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Atherton Market wins Historic Charlotte Blast for the Past Award

Congratulations are in order for the Atherton Market for their Blast for the Past Award from Historic Charlotte for adaptive reuse of a building in a historic district. The award ceremony will be on October 10th and if you would like to purchase tickets to attend, please note the details below in the weekly Atherton Market newsletter.

As always, the Atherton Market is Charlotte’s only indoor, year round farmers market, which is open Tue-Sat from 9am to 2pm with extended hours on Tuesday until 7pm. See the latest news for this week at the farmers market.

What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

I’m just back from the International Public Markets Conference that was held in Cleveland, Ohio and I’m happy to report that it was three days well spent touring markets and urban farms, and making connections with markets and market visionaries all over North America.  I have new friends at the Findlay Market in Cincinnati, the Capitol City Market in Charleston, West Virginia, and the Halifax Market in Nova Scotia, as well as many others.   I came back with ideas that you’ll see implemented in various stages in the months to come, in the form of events, partnerships, and new vendors.  And I’ll be looking for your feedback as we proceed, because this is your market, after all.

While I was away several exciting things happened here!  Simply Local has expanded her product offerings to include meat from Hilltop Ostrich.  Charlotte Magazine did a great article in the October issue about sourcing local that included Simply Local, Windy Hill, and Coldwater Creek Farm, all vendors we’re really proud to host at the Atherton Market.  Simply Local and some of our other vendors will also be offering specials on the weekdays, so check with them Wednesday through Friday for the “daily deals.”

Windy Hill Farm has been listening to your requests, and just began offering ground chicken in packages of various sizes!  Find them in person on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings, though their products are available all week through the Food Hub.  Other Food Hub produce news includes ginger and mixed lettuces from Windcrest Organics, as well as butter beans coming in on Wednesday morning and apples, apples, apples!

We were thrilled to find out last week that we won a Historic Charlotte Blast for the Past award for adaptive reuse of a building in a historic district.  We have been invited to receive the award at the ceremony on October 10, 2012 at the Foundation for the Carolinas, and would love it if you would join us to show your support!  Tickets are available here for their fundraising event that promises to be entertaining and enlightening.

There are still spaces in the class offered by Chef Manny and Coach Jessica from Just Focus this Saturday, September 29th.  Signing up for the class gives you an opportunity to get all of the recipes and taste the chef’s creations in preparation to recreate them for your own events.  The menu this Saturday will include all-beef chili, brats with a cider slaw, and veggie kabobs.  Chef Manny will also make apple salsa with sweet potato chips for snacking during the demo.  If you can’t sign up for the whole class, you can do a “walk up” tasting of one item and take home the chili recipe for $5.

Don’t forget to drop off your gently used costumes to exchange for tickets that you can redeem on October 13th at our Green Halloween Costume Swap.  We’ll take costumes in any size!  On October 20th we’ll have a “costume parade” and a pumpkin carving contest to continue the seasonal celebration.

I learned a lot the last few days, but above all I came back with the reminder that what we are doing here is important, because markets remind us that we are human and connected to each other.  And you can’t get that just anywhere else.

Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager
http://www.facebook.com/athertonmillandmarket

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