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What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

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What’s happening this week at the Atherton Market?

Happy almost fall!  We’ve had some welcomed autumn teasers recently, including cooler mornings, the appearance of winter squash and greens, and school buses on the road again.  We’re getting a jump on the season this Friday September 6th with our First Friday Fall Arts Market from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.  From upcycled clothing to art and handmade items, there will lots to discover.  You can taste craft cocktails created by Jonathan Pike from Dilworth Billiards; dine from the Home Plate food truck; get your picture made instantly in a fun photo booth, and view live performing art.  Some of our regular vendors will be available with items including honey, bath products, and jewelry, as well as sweets and dry goods.  Definitely an evening of fun and frolic!

There are still a couple of spaces available for Friday evening’s market, so if you have art to share please send me an inquiry at athertonmarket@gmail.com or reply to this newsletter.

In other market news, the cooking classes offered by Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen have gotten off to a great start.  They’re filling the calendar with classes and private events that are fun and have been well-received.  They just added another series of dates for October, so take a look and jump in with both feet.  A class would also make a great gift for someone you love, so consider that as the holidays approach. http://www.chefalyssaskitchen.com

Nourishing Charlotte has just announced a series of classes at the market for the fall.  The first in the series is on Friday, September 20th at 10:30 am.  The topic is Nose to Tail Cooking, and there is more information and registration information here: http://www.nourishingcharlotte.com/local-events/  Past classes have been popular and filled up quickly, so don’t delay.

We’ve heard the request for more lunch options at the market, and in response Rochelle at Queen City Pantry has recently introduced a line of prepared foods that she’ll grow with demand.  This week she’ll have her own pimiento cheese made into sandwiches, Caprese pitas, and a phenomenal Three Bean Salad made with Anson Mills beans and local produce.  She also still carries meals by Nourish and Modpaleo which are either ready to eat or just need a little heat.  In addition, Beverly’s Gourmet Foods has been stocking her cooler with a variety of salads, soups, and casseroles, so don’t cruise through without taking a look there.

A spectacular upcoming event to add to your calendar is the first annual pumpkin carving competition – CARVE – on Sunday, October 20th.  Area chefs will go head to head and only one will walk away with the grand prize.  The event is a fundraiser for the Slow Food Farmers Fund, and is shaping up to be a carnival-like evening of family fun.  More details to come!

Speaking of competitions, many of our market friends who are chefs are competing in the Fire in the City Competition Dining series that begins tonight.  Check the schedule, and get your tickets to cheer on your favorite restaurant kitchen guru.  I’ll be blogging for WFAEats tomorrow night and judging the semi-finals in October, so I hope to see some of you there.  Get more info on the history of the event and a link to tickets here:http://heidibillottofood.com/

We wish our Jewish friends a Happy New Year, as Rosh Hashanah begins on Wednesday.  We have lots of apples and honey, so come stock up for your celebratory events.  Shana tovah u’metukah!

Keeping it fresh and local,
Lynn S. Caldwell
Atherton Market Manager



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