Each week I re-post the Atherton Market weekly newsletter so you can see the events happening each week. Market is open year round, Tue-Sat from 9am to 2pm with extended hours on Tuesdays to 7pm. Lots of great things lined up for this week with a special book signing by Charlotte Observer Food Writer Kathleen Purvis. See all the great events below and happy shopping!
What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
I’ve got lots to share about market happenings, but first let me mention that we now have public Wi-Fi that is available during market hours. You can connect to AthertonMarketGuest and get a little work or surfing done while you enjoy a coffee from Monk’s and snacks from around the market. The market is a great place to hide out from your co-workers or your kids on a school holiday! Or bring the family along and let them have fun too.
This Saturday we are honored to host Charlotte Observer food writer and book author Kathleen Purvis for a signing of her new book “Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook” from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Come meet our local celebrity, and buy a copy of her book for her to autograph. Kathleen’s book would make a great gift this season, and it may also give you some fresh ideas for seasonal dishes as we approach the holidays.
Next week we host Mary Roberts from Windcrest Organics for a Wreath-Making class on Thursday, November 15th from 10 a.m. until noon. She’ll bring organic, natural dried materials from the farm and help you create a family heirloom to enjoy at Thanksgiving and beyond. Make one yourself, or if you have kids at home bring them along to help. You can register here.
And unbelievably it is time for our 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest! Register now through December 6th at the market and declare your category by age or group. When you register you’ll get 1 set of gingerbread house pieces, icing mix and decorator bags, and a display board for your masterpiece. Judging will be on Saturday, December 8th and will be based on craftsmanship, composition, creativity, and completion. Last year we got some impressive entries.
On December 15th at 6:00 pm we’re thrilled to host a different kind of dinner at the market in a break from the Modern Dinner series. This dinner features Chef David Quintana and Chef Geoff Blount in a cooperative effort to provide you with a seven course nose to tail tour of pork-based dishes with wine pairing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a request for reservations and you will be billed via PayPal. Tickets must be paid to hold your seats, and there are only 20 available at $80 a head.
Some of you are probably wondering about holiday hours Thanksgiving week. We will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday as usual, and closed Thursday and Friday. We will open again as usual on Saturday and will follow the regular schedule through December 22nd. Don’t forget our second annual Holiday Market on Friday, December 7th! Christmas week we will be closed through the 26th and open on Thursday, December 27th with a regular schedule through the New Year. Look for news about a possible New Year’s Day event coming soon.
If you only think about fresh flowers in the summer, you’ll be surprised to note that Commonwealth Farms has a bumper crop of fall offerings, fresh and dried, that will last for days in your home. She also has ginger, galangal, and turmeric roots to spice up your dishes. Find Jane at the market this evening from 3 until 7, and then again on Saturday. Her flowers and spices will also be available via Pat at the Food Hub Wednesday through Friday.
There is more to tell, but I’ll save it for next week and Facebook. With Small Business Saturday coming up soon, remember to “Shop Small” and keep your dollars in the local economy. Today may be Election Day nationwide, but you can vote here with your fork five days a week.
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager