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Saturday’s at Atherton Market

The following is the weekly newsletter from Lynn Caldwell, Manager of the Atherton Market. It’s an incredible feature to have a year round, in-door market in South End and I appreciate all the hard work from Lynn and the vendors to make this happen! To subscribe to the Atherton Market Newsletter click here. Check out the details for this week and make note that the market has new hours for Wednesday 11am-7pm. Additionally the market is open Tuesdays 3-7pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm.

Atherton Market now Accepts EBT!

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?The heat is finally starting to break, and most of us have gotten some rain… not a moment too soon. I’ve already gotten warnings from our farmers that the blueberries, corn, and melons are suffering from the weather. This is traditionally the season of summer abundance, and since we’re seeing piles of squash, tomatoes, eggplant, and green beans, I thought that it might be useful to provide a quick guide as to how to store them at length for optimal quality, though all produce begins to leach nutrients soon after picked, with the exception of melons. Special produce bags are a great replacement for plastic bags and further extend the life of your produce!

  • Basil and other fresh herbs – Basil does best at room temperature standing in a vase of water.
  • Cucumbers, beans, chard, peppers, squash, and eggplant – Refrigerate them unwashed and very dry in a plastic bag in the produce drawer (or the warmer part of your fridge). Keep these away from ethylene-producing fruits, such as peaches, avocados, most melons (but not watermelons, which also suffer near ethylene) and bananas.
  • Berries – Pick through berries and discard damaged or moldy ones. Place unwashed raspberries and blackberries in a single layer, cover loosely, and store in the refrigerator. Blueberries are sturdier and can be refrigerated in their container.
  • Corn – Refrigerate in the husk in a bag.
  • Tomatoes – Keep tomatoes at room temperature on a plate STEM end down. A cut tomato can be stored on the counter tightly wrapped in plastic.
  • Peaches – Ripen stone fruits at room temperature, STEM end down. A sweet, flowery smell means peaches are ripe and should be refrigerated, unwashed, in a plastic bag.
  • Melons – Melons do not ripen or become sweeter once they are picked. Store whole melons at room temperature for 2 to 4 days, wrap well and refrigerate after cutting.

Speaking of tomatoes – put the 21st of July on your calendar to join us for our annual festival honoring the celebrated tomato! We’ll have an impressive number of varieties on hand to taste, and a fun set of pairings with exotic salts courtesy of the Savory Spice Shop. With live music and more, you won’t want to miss visiting on that day. More details next week.

Simply Local’s Cheese of the Month is fantastic – very different from anything else she carries. It’s a beautiful Gruyere-style cheese called Fortsonia from Nature’s Harmony Farm. Firm, nutty, sweet and dense – let it come to room temperature before you enjoy it with a glass of wine. Chris from Vin Master can advise on a great pairing!

Our 4th underground Modern Dinner is sold out! We’ll have a date soon for the next one. It’ll have a different theme, and a surprise twist. Stay tuned. Stay cool. And keep us on your radar, because exciting things are getting ready to happen.

Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager

Market Vendors

Enjoy this list, share it with others, use is as a guide but not the gospel, and embrace changes when they happen as an opportunity to experience something new! In alphabetical order, with descriptions, days and links as available (T=Tuesday, W=Wednesday, S=Saturday):

Belle Terre – A purveyor of all natural, handcrafted soaps, lip balms and related products. They use only organic oils in their soap, lotion, and lip balm; use minimal and recycled packaging; and commit 5% of sales to a local charity while working to be carbon neutral. Their new display is the “picture of the week.” http://belleterrenc.com T,W, S

Beverly’s Gourmet Foods – Beverly’s products are vegetarian and vegan. She cooks only with olive oil and vegetable oil. She doesn’t use processed foods, artificial coloring, artificial flavorings, or preservatives – only whole foods. http://beverlysgourmetfoods.com T,W,S

Brewington’s Farm – A variety of NC grown produce using considerate conventional inputs. S

Cardais Gourmet – Cardais Gourmet offers a variety of baked goods, along with specialty granolas, chutneys, and gift bags and boxes. Stop by her booth to check out her photo album of desserts for specials orders — or visit her online at www.cardaisgourmet.com. T,W,S

Cheval Farmstead Dairy – High quality handmade and French style goat cheeses made the old fashioned way. http://www.facebook.com/chevalfarmsteaddairy S

Chosen Roaster – Freshly roasted nuts, including pecans, peanuts, almonds, and cashews. Also preparing to introduce “mix your own” trail mixes! T,W,S

Cloisters Honey – Cloister Honey offers natural honey as well as a variety of other wonderful honey-based products. Generous samples – come experience the sweet life! http://cloisterhoney.myshopify.com/ T,W,S

Clothesline Candy – Aprons and cloth creations handmade in Charlotte. Sweet, green and clean. clotheslinecandy.textiles@facebook.com S

Coldwater Creek Farm – A local grower of certified organic produce. Also carries dairy products for Cackleberry Farm. http://coldwatercreekfarms.blogspot.com/ T,S

Dukes Bread – A small commercial bakery with fantastic breads and tasty accompaniments. Also pizza dough! http://www.dukesbread.com/ T,S

Harmony Gardens – Urban homestead garden producing unique varieties of produce and lots of eggs, just a few short miles from the market! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Harmony-Gardens/134443333235880?sk=wall S

Houston Farm – Located in Huntersville, Houston Farm produces a great variety and quantity of seasonal produce using considerate conventional means. http://www.houstonfarm.com/ T,W,S

JW’s Farm – JW’s Farm is committed to bringing fresh, healthy, delicious, local produce and transplants to the Charlotte-Metro area, by using environmentally responsible and sustainable farming methods. http://www.localharvest.org/jws-farm-M40172 S

Kobe’s Kreations – Restaurant quality prepared foods including entrée’s, sides, accompaniments and soups that you can take home and enjoy in minutes with minimal preparation. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kobes-Kreations/167977513288403 T,W,S

Landis Gourmet Mushrooms – Landis Gourmet Mushrooms is located in the basement of an old cotton mill that sat vacant for years. They grow three strains of oyster mushrooms and shitakes. T,S

Lomax Incubator -This incubator farm works much like a business incubator. Individuals interested in starting a business as a farmer can enroll in the program which provides classroom instruction on the business of farming in Cabarrus County as well as hands–on experience on the farm. T,W,S

Microfarm Organic Gardens – Organically grown heirloom seedlings and urban farm services including organic garden design, rain harvesting systems, chicken coops and more. http://www.microfarmgardens.com S

Monk’s Groovy Beans – Monk’s Groovy Beans is a specialty micro-roasted coffee company located in Fort Mill, SC. Monk’s passion is seeking the finest, green coffee beans from top-notch producers all over Mother Earth, and to keep Mother Earth happy, we choose only fair trade and certified organic beans. Monk’s Passion for groovy coffee continues as we stay one step ahead in the industry by embracing the latest coffee trends, consulting importing partners as well as industry veterans, and fine-tuning our roasts and blends by our most favorite method: cupping coffee constantly. http://www.monksgroovybeans.com/ T,W,S

Ohh-lio Express – A mobile taproom serving the Carolina’s with the freshest exotic cooking oils and flavor-infused vinegars. http://www.ohhlioexpress.com/ S

Pickleville – Kosher-Deli Style pickles, pickled peppers & veggies, fresh salsas, Cajun spices, mixes, and snacks. http://www.pickleville.net or http://www.facebook.com/pickleville T,W,S

Proffitt Family Cattle Co. – Proffitt Family Cattle Co. raises 100% Pasture finished grass fed beef on certified USDA Organic pastures. Their farm is Animal Welfare Approved and their cattle are never fed any corn or grain products. No hormones or antibiotics and guaranteed to be tender. Come see why their beef is award winning and known as the best beef in town! http://proffittfarms.com/ S

Rio Bertolini’s Pasta – Ever changing and seasonal menu of fresh cut raviolis, pasta, and gnocchi. http://www.riobertolinispasta.com/ T,S

Round Table Creations – Creations offers ridiculously tasty gourmet brioche rolls, authentic Italian pastries as well as whole grain breads and whole wheat pierogies. All our products are made from scratch, with local organic ingredients and recipes passed down through generations. http://www.facebook.com/RoundTableCreations T, S

Simply Local – Simply Local is a retail grocery within Atherton Market. She offers great local foods and goods that are otherwise not available at Atherton Market or often at other area markets. With more than 20 cheeses, milk, butter, ice cream, sauces, kits, snacks, and even peanut butter, you are guaranteed a one-stop shopping experience! Watch for a cheese feature each month at Simply Local throughout 2012. January’s feature is a 5yr aged cheddar from Ashe County Cheese Co. February’s feature will be a marinated chevre from Goat Lady Dairy. http://www.facebook.com/SimplyLocal T,W,S

SkyeTurtle Designs – SkyeTurtle Designs at Atherton Market offers personally handcrafted jewelry using genuine materials and nutricious homemade organic dog treats. http://www.facebook.com/pages/SkyeTurtle-Designs/151994301501410 T,W,S

Urbana Teas – Looseleaf teas to in a variety of blends to invigorate you or soothe your spirit. From organic to rare to perfect for every day, you can create urbana wherever you are. http://www.urbanatea.com/ S

Verve – Hand-poured soy candles in various fragrances. http://www.pamatverve.blogspot.com/ T,W,S

Vin Master – Vin Master is a retail wine store that focuses on natural wines. http://thevinmaster.com/ T,S

Windy Hill Farm – Windy Hill Farm offers local & naturally-raised pork, beef, chicken, lamb, duck and eggs produced on their small family farm in New London, NC. You can pre-order your meats and eggs at their online store or swing by the market and see what’s available. http://www.WindyHillFarmNC.com T,W,S

Note that Essential Soap and North 40 Farm are taking a brief break to catch up after the holiday season. Also – look for exciting new vendor news coming soon!

We also host a variety of artisans and food trucks weekly – stay tuned to our Facebook page and read your newsletter for updates. Share this with your friends, and bring them along to the market! See you soon.

Keeping it fresh and local,

Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager



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