The Atherton Market is Charlotte’s first, indoor, year-round, producer only farmer’s market. The market is located in the historic Atherton Mill and is open Tuesday – Saturday. Below is the weekly newsletter from the market manager, Lynn Caldwell.
What’s Happening This Week at the Market?
The recent cooler rainy weather has really been slowing down the growth of Spring crops. It is great for the greens though, so continue to embrace them as we finally start seeing more carrots, radishes, and the other roots of spring. This is a great time to get your own spring garden underway. Microfarms Organic Gardens has lots of seedlings all week long, and on Saturdays you can get Sow True Seeds from the 100 Gardens guys.
We’ve got several upcoming events for your calendar! The first is our Spring Arts Market this Friday from 4:00 pm until 8:00pm. Grab street food from the Roots food truck, and enjoy local musician Sy Arden from 6:00 until 8:00 pm. And just in time to celebrate National Poetry Month, local author Lisa Zerkle will also be with us to offer advance sales of her book Heart of the Light. Book clubs that purchase her book at the market event will have the opportunity to host her at their meeting after they read the book!
Next up is a full day of wineries and wine tasting on Tuesday, April 16th when we partner with the World Trade Association for their “First in NC Wine and Cheese Flight) exporting event. Nine NC Wineries will be set up for the entire day showcasing the best they have to offer. The market will close to the public at 5:30 for a private event that you can attend if you purchase a ticket in advance to attend a special tasting complete with hors d’oeuvres and giveaways. More info here.
On Friday, April 19th at 10:30 am we have scheduled another class with Carolyn of Nourishing Charlotte on Lacto Fermented beverages. Seating is limited! You can get more information and register here.
Tuesdays for you can now be Terrarium Tuesdays! If you drop Linda Barnett a line at firstname.lastname@example.org she’ll make sure to have all of the supplies on hand for you, your children, or your group to make their own special terrariums for $10 a piece. This is a fun activity for all ages!
Last but not least, the application is now available for farms and small food producers to apply to win a micro-grant through the Funds to Farms event that we’re co-sponsoring on Sunday, May 12. Visit the Funds to Farms Web site to download and fill out an application. Tickets will be available to purchase on April 15th.
Things are heating up at the market, even if it’s still a little cool outdoors. We’ll soon be able to warm up your insides with coffee by the cup from our newest vendor – Not Just Coffee! Within the next couple of weeks there will be a new face to welcome you and give you a reason to linger. More on that next week.
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager