Maybe it’s because it is 102 degrees outside, I don’t know, but all of a sudden cool fresh fruits and vegetables sound so good to me. I have had this stack of information about our local farmers markets, farms and produce stands for weeks so it’s high time I finally share all of the information with you!
Just like our daffodils and tulips, as spring arrives in Lake Norman our local produce stands and farmers markets start to come to life. Anytime between April and June you will being to see fresh plants, local honey and jams made over the winter and the first of our spring harvests. You don’t need to look more than a few miles In the Lake Norman area to find a great selection of official farmers markets as well as numerous road side stands selling not just the seasonal fruits and vegetables but fresh pies and other home-made goodies. Every week their signs will announce new arrivals like green peanuts, peaches, okra, corn, local blueberries and pumpkins. Some even open to sell Christmas trees and wreaths.
My favorite local produce stand is Josh’s Farmers Market on Williamson Road which is now open seven days a week, check their website for hours. By the way, Josh’s carries Nana’s Pies which was rated as one of the best pies in Charlotte. This week she had peach, sweet potato, apple and pecan. Yes, I have gained a couple of pounds since moving here!
Here is the list of our Lake Norman area’s farmers markets:
- Davidsons Farmers Market is head over heals the best. They even have food trucks! Open Saturdays 8am-noon.
- Mooresville Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8a.m. – noon @ Church Street/East Iredell in Downtown Mooresville
- Huntersville Growers/Farmers Market: Saturdays from 8a.m. -12:00p.m. @ Main and Maxwell, one block east of Townhall
- Lincoln County Farmers Market: Saturdays 8a.m. until noon @ Rock Springs Elementary School in Denver
- Catawba Valley Farmers Market: Tuesdays and Saturdays 7a.m. until sold out in Newton on North Ashe Street
- Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: Open year round but times and days vary.
- Center City Green Market: Saturdays 8a.m.-1p.m. @ Seventh St. between College and Brevard
- Statesville Farmers Market: Wednesdays and Saturdays @ Sharpe Street beside the police department
- Statesville Evening Farmers Market: Thursdays 6pm -9pm
There are also some wonderful farms where you can buy and even pick seasonal fruits and vegetables like Carrigan Farms in Mooresville.
All of these farmers markets open and close different months of the year and times and dates will vary so it is a good idea to check your local newspaper before going. Or check out the North Carolina Farm Fresh wesite.