What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
If you’ve been at the market in the last week, you probably noticed that we’re moving things around a bit and are “under construction.” The modifications to the booth at the front door are to accommodate our newest vendor, Not Just Coffee. James Yoder is a familiar name and face to those of you “in the know” about coffee culture in Charlotte. We’re excited to be able to offer you the talent behind his fine coffee drinks on a regular basis beginning in about two weeks. But pardon our sawdust in the process!
We’ve got a little less than two weeks to sell out Chef Michael Bowling’s Farmers Market Takeover. He will kick off our spring and summer dinner series with a seasonal menu sourced directly from our farmers and fresh food vendors. For an affordable $45, you can enjoy his 5 course menu with vegetarian options and wine pairings. View the invitation here and share with your friends!
This evening we celebrate NC wineries with a wine tasting event in partnership with the World Trade Association and the NC Department of Agriculture. Nine wineries will have booths at the market by 5:30 this evening. You can reserve a ticket in advance, or a few will be available at the door to attend a special tasting complete with hors d’oeuvres and giveaways.
There are still a few spaces for the class on Lacto-Fermented beverage on Friday, April 19th at 10:30 am. Carolyn Erickson of Nourishing Charlotte will be with us to share information about the health benefits and how to make your own. You can get more information and register here.
We continue to build momentum toward our Funds to Farms event on May 12! Encourage new and beginning farmers who you know to apply, and purchase your ticket today. Visit the Funds to Farms Web site to purchase a ticket or fill out an application. http://fundstofarms.com/ The application deadline is April 26th, so don’t delay.
Speaking of farms and funding, we are happy to host Jared Cates of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association on April 30th from 7:00 pm until 8:00 pm to talk about The Farm Bill Extension and Its Effects on Local Foods. You will hear how the current funding cuts are affecting real people – farmers, researchers and communities – throughout the Carolinas and in your region. There will also be time for questions. Plan to join us for this very special and informative evening.
We have a great deal happening at the market, and several of our vendors also have news. As the seasons change and your thoughts turn to grilling think of Windy Hill Farm! They have lots of options for the grill. One of the popular choices right now is the Link Sausage Sampler (contains 1 pack each: bratwurst, sweet Italian, chorizo, polish kielbasa) for $22 including tax. These sausages may also be purchased individually, but why not start planning your Sausage Fest 2013?
We’re also happy to welcome back Coto Family Farm this Saturday after their break to tend their coffee plantation in Central America and to erect a high tunnel to extend their seasons. Look for them to come in with lots of seasonal offerings, including plants, coffee beans, and Karin’s thoughtful recipe cards with delightful ways to feature their produce. Glad to have them back!
And if we haven’t seen you in awhile, we’ll be glad to say hello you too. The spring veggies are finally starting to appear, and our calendar is filling up with fun events for you and your friends and family. See you at the market!
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager