Local Markets To Buy Organic Food In Charlotte
Charlotte’s consumers are becoming more aware of what they eat and want more organic and local nutritious options. While Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and even Wal-Mart offer organic products for Charlotte customers, these stores and markets are local to the Charlotte region and sell a wide variety of organic food.
Atherton Mill and Market
Adjacent to the Lynx light rail, the Atherton Mill and Market gives local farmers, artisans and artists a space to sell their products. The market operates on Tuesday through Saturday, and customers can find a wide array of organic products, try different samples and interact with vendors on a very intimate level. For example, Cloister Honey, LLC sells raw, natural honey produced in Charlotte, NC.
Harris Teeter, Inc
With over 200 stores in eight states and the District of Columbia, the Matthews, NC-based Harris Teeter, Inc. has its own line of organic products, called Harris Teeter Naturals. The grocery store also makes organic products easily identifiable with a purple organic sticker. Throughout the year, it also sells organic and local produce, depending on the season for the desired product.
Based out of Asheville, NC, Earth Fare supports local with local produce, local animals products and local supplementary items. Every store’s supply is sourced uniquely within a 100-mile radius. Earth Fare features family-owned farms or artisanal companies because it believes in the power of small, local businesses. In addition, Earth Farm does not sell items that have artificial qualities to them, such as artificial sweeteners and flavors and animal products with antibiotics or synthetic-growth hormones. Earth Fare also had a delicious salad bar that is a great place for lunch.
Charlotte Farmers Market
Operating year-round but with significantly more selection in the summer months, the farmers’ market off of Yorkmont Road offers some of the best selection of local and organic items for the Charlotte area. Housed beneath two vast open-air roofs, vendors set up their sections early in the morning until early afternoon. To ensure quality produce amidst summertime crowds, you should arrive early to have the best selection of fruits and vegetables. In the fall and winter season, less people go to this market but Christmas greenery and decor is available.
Matthews Community Farmers’ Market
Situated in the historic downtown of Matthews, NC, this jewel of a farmers’ market serves the Charlotte community year-round with limited hours in the winter season. Almost weekly, the market features cooking demonstrations and lessons from various local chefs and restaurants. Many organic products can be found and a list of vendors is available on the website.
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