The Market is open Tue 10am-7pm, Wed 10am -2pm, Thur 10am-2pm, Fri 10am-2pm and Sat 9am – 2pm and is located at 2000 South Blvd in the back of Atherton Mill.
What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
Just in time for nearly spring, we’d like to introduce the young couple pictured right as our Customers of the Month. Josh and Jori Goodman are frequent shoppers, and big fans of all things local. Here’s what Jori had to say when I caught up with them last Saturday morning: “My husband and I shop at Atherton Market to not only buy local and support our local community, but also to support a healthier lifestyle. We know exactly where our food is grown/made and who is making it. We can ask questions, try products and even gather recipe suggestions. You can’t get the same quality and experience at a grocery store chain.” Say hi next time you see them!
If you haven’t been to the market lately, you might think there isn’t much fresh food available, but our farmers have really been pulling it off! Rowlands Row and the Lomax Incubator are gearing up for spring in Cabarrus County. I had a chance to catch up with Joe Rowland last week and he said that things are growing steadily at the farm and they are getting set to put tomatoes in the high tunnel. He has spinach and lettuce nearing harvest size, and beets, carrots, onions, peas, and more spring veggies are in the ground every week. The laying chickens are kicking in to production with about 15 dozen a day, plus weekly fresh chicken will return as of mid-late April.
This is your last chance to sign up for the popular Nourishing Traditions class on lacto-fermenting that will be offered this Friday by Carolyn Erickson of Nourishing Charlotte. You can get more information and register here: http://nourishingcharlotte.com/2013/02/12/lacto-fermenting-workshop/
We’re on for a First Friday Spring Arts Market on Friday, April 5th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar for food, drinks, art, crafts and fun for all ages. More details to come, but we want you to save the date. If you attended the holiday event in December, you know you are in for a treat, and with any luck the weather will cooperate and we can roll up the doors to enjoy the evening.
The Carolina Learning Connection wanted me to pass along news of their open house event, which will be held here at the market on March 30 from 3pm until 6 pm. At this event, attendees will be able to meet the teachers for Semester 2, including the Teacher of the Year, author John Hartness. You can also see (and participate in!) live demonstrations from some of their teachers – such as djembe drumming and Qi Gong. They’ll have samples from the culinary teachers and craft teachers, and fun prizes to win. Take advantage of Open House specials if you sign up for upcoming classes at the event. If you bring a friend to the event and you both sign up for the same class, one of you gets in at 50% off.
We’re having fun with the CCDS field trips! The kids have been learning a lot, and bringing their families back for a visit on the weekends. It’s wonderful to see how excited they are about their new discovery. Bring your friends and family so they can discover us too.
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager