The following is the weekly email newsletter about Atherton Market. The Atherton Market is a producer only, year-round, indoor farmer’s market located at 2000 South Blvd in the old trolley barn at Atherton Mill. The market is open Tuesday from 2pm-7pm, Wed-Friday 10am to 2pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Not Just Coffee is a coffee vendor in side the market and does open at 7am Tue-Fri and at 8am on Saturday. For more details please contact market manger, Lynn Caldwell, details below.
What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?
Can you believe it is August already? For us that means thinking toward fall, shorter days and cooler weather. Our farmers are already planting brassicas, greens and root vegetables. If you are planning a fall garden then you should be planting those things too so they have time to mature before autumn arrives. Microfarm Organic Gardens blogged recently about planting for the fall and winter. If you aren’t big on starting from seed, you can soon get seedlings from Matt to get a jumpstart on growing your own fall crops.
In exciting culinary news, we are proud to announce a partnership with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen (Alyssa Goerlick and Andrew Wilen are pictured right) to offer hands on cooking classes at their new cooking school, exclusive to the Atherton Market. In addition to the classes you can register for at http://www.chefalyssaskitchen.com, they will work with you on a private event for your friends or co-workers. Like them on Facebook, and stay tuned for more news about this exciting adventure.
There are several upcoming events to share with you! Next Tuesday, August 13th, we’ll host the Art of Connecting Green. In partnership with Go Green Tours, the Art of Connecting Green is a community based opportunity for you to meet the proprietors of area home-based local businesses who support our mission to promote sustainability while enjoying food and drink! Enjoy a wine tasting by Vin Master, food truck dinner, dessert from King of Pops and samples and treats from various vendors, as well as advice on improving the quality of your life from the doctors at Maximized Living. You can also take part in the filming of a documentary featuring Christina Welsh and her Free Hugs! They were featured on Charlotte Today this morning, and have been seen in various hot spots around town sharing their good cheer and generating smiles. Creative Loafing did a great piece on The Hugging Documentary here.
On Friday, August 16th at 10:30 am and again at 11:00 am bring the kids for Music with Holly! http://www.musicwithholly.com/ Holly will perform two fun, twenty minute sessions complete with shakers, instruments, and irresistible song and dance. Her activities are probably best suited for kids 7 and younger, but even the kid in you will enjoy her whimsical fun. (Or you can just get a cup of coffee and watch.)
Are you planning to attend the Southern Ideal Home Show on August 23-25? Come visit us there! We’ll be the anchor vendor for the Farmers Market area, and will partner with various chefs on the Cooking Demo stage to showcase local, seasonal food. Watch for opportunities on our Facebook page to win free tickets.
Also that weekend we are proud to host a fundraiser for Dowd’s Crowd, a community-based event on Saturday, August 24th from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm sponsored by an organization of friends and family raising money to support the family and research around Dowd Maye’s inoperable brain tumor. Come enjoy a plate of barbeque or a barbecue sandwich and share in this feast for a cause. More information and tickets at http://www.dowdscrowd.com.
On Friday September 6th, we’ll open from 5:00 until 8:00 pm in the evening for another First Friday Arts Market in conjunction with other South End businesses and galleries. If you are a local artist and are interested in a space for that evening, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lots going on at the market! Hope to see you here soon. Feel free to share this newsletter, and invite your friends to our upcoming events.
Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager