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Atherton Market: Come Experience Local

Come experience the local produce of the region at the Atherton Farmer’s Market. Open 5 days a week, Tue – Sat from 9am to 2pm. Short trip down the light rail to East/West Station and quick walk south about half a block to Atherton Mill. The market is in the old Trolley Barn. See the newsletter below for details from the market manager, Lynn Caldwell.

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

This is an exciting week for Charlotte, with all eyes on the city hosting the Democratic National Convention.  Visitors and delegates alike are finding a great deal to love about Charlotte, and the hope beyond the events of the week is that there will be a legacy moving forward that benefits our community,
from boosting the local economy to supporting healthful communities and education.  The Atherton Market has a leg up on all of those efforts, as we host small farms and businesses and promote healthful habits.

Whether we’re making learning fun for kids on a field trip, or cooking up good local cuisine and sharing recipes, we have a great deal to offer every hour that we’re open.  Omni Montessori brought 25 elementary-aged kids to the market last week, and we gave them a tour, planted lettuce and tasted tomatoes, journeyed to the Spice Shop, and wrapped up with a scavenger hunt and shopping
for their pizza party back at the school on Friday.  We’d love to engage your kids too!  Send inquiries about field trips to athertonmarket@gmail.com.

Chef Robee was in the market last Wednesday and again on Saturday doing her magic with little more than a few pots and pans and a couple of butane burners.  Many of you asked for her Saturday recipe for Vietnamese-Style Chicken Meatballs Poached in a Light Coconut Lemon Grass Jus on a bed of Summer
Stir fry Vegetables & Whole Wheat Pasta.  If you want to receive it, respond to this newsletter and I’ll send it along.
Chef Robee will be back again for one more demo this Tuesday (today, September 4) from 3pm until around 6:30.  She’ll be cooking up a pot roast and fixings to go alongside, so come and get another great dinner idea that will be particularly appealing as we head into fall.

In produce news – APPLES are in!  The news recently about the NC crop of apples was quite discouraging, but several orchards to the north of Mecklenburg County, including Brushy Mountain, were not affected by the spring weather.  So come and get it!  Also, this is the season for scuppernongs and muscadines.  If you aren’t familiar with this fruit, they can be used in lots of ways, and have more antioxidants than blueberries.   Find them in abundance this week at the market.

Next Tuesday, September 11th, we’re hosting a meetup with the traveling contingent from Carolina Farm Stewards Association while they are on their Barnstorm Tour.  They’ll be collecting stories from our vendors, unveiling their Local Food Finder, and answering your questions about the Farm
Bill.  Don’t be shy!  Pay them a visit and find out what you can do to support our farmers and the local economy.

The America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest wrapped up last night at midnight, and with a second place for NC finish we’re proud to say that we’re feeling good about our young market’s acknowledgement in this competition.  Thanks for your votes and support!  Keep telling your friends.  Word of mouth is the best marketing tool we have to help us grow.

Keeping it fresh and local,

Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager
http://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket

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