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Navigating Charlotte’s Matthews Community Farmers Market

June 27, 2012 6:00 AM

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matthews comm market Navigating Charlottes Matthews Community Farmers Market

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Matthews Community Farmers Market
208 N Trade St
Matthews, NC 28105
(704) 821-6430
www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com

Hours: Sat – 7:15 a.m.  to 12 p.m. (Apr 7 – Nov 18), 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Dec 1 – March 30), Tues – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (May 22 – July 24)

Click here for a current list of what is in season.

Located in downtown historic Matthews and established in 1991 as a means of supporting local farmers and growers, the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market features goods all grown or produced within 50 miles of the Matthews area – and offering only organic and naturally grown items. Schedule a visit to stock up on the best of what’s in season and compile a day of running errands into one, enjoyable trip. Most vendors only accept cash, so be sure to have plenty of small bills on hand. Vendors begin selling when the opening bell rings and the market is busiest during the first two hours of operation, so get there early for the best quality and selection. The following five vendors cannot be passed by as they offer wonderful goods for you to take home and share with family and friends, or just enjoy all to yourself.

hot pepper farm Navigating Charlottes Matthews Community Farmers Market

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Hot Pepper Herb Farm
(803) 482-6869
www.ashotaspossible.com

If you like things sizzling hot, visit the Hot Pepper Herb Farm stand, which hails from Great Falls, South Carolina. The farm focuses on raising quality tomatoes and over 30 varieties of peppers that, in addition to being available for purchase at the market, are used to make Hot Pepper’s fresh and delicious salsas, pepper jellies, dipping oils and dry mixes. Purchase a couple of garden-ready pepper or tomato plants and try your hand at growing your own veggies, or pick up some accoutrements for the evening’s meal.

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mamaw flower Navigating Charlottes Matthews Community Farmers Market

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MaMaw Shine’s Flower Patch
(704) 753-2083
www.mamawshinesflowerpatch.com

Some of the most beautiful flowers are grown in Indian Trail and brought to the market each week by Harriette Griffin. Mix, match and create your own bouquet from the fresh-cut stems, or ask for guidance to create anything from a casual gathering of colorful snapdragons or wildflowers to a more elegant creation bursting with colorful peonies or intoxicatingly scented roses. The farm in Indian Trail is not open to the public, so purchasing these plants at the market is your best bet.

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Baker’s Blessings 
(704) 906-9005

Fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing you’ll find at the Matthew’s Community Farmers’ Market. Baker’s Blessings Bakery provides fresh breads baked with love and made with hand-ground whole grains. At any given time, you’ll be tempted by loaves of rustic Italian bread, French boules, sourdough and loaves flavored with onion, garlic and olives. Kick your loaf up a notch by purchasing one of the signature cheddar and jalapeño or mozzarella and artichoke options. Sweet bread varieties are perfect for breakfast or to snack on while perusing with flavors like cinnamon swirl, banana, chocolate prune, blueberry and apple.

codys strawberries Navigating Charlottes Matthews Community Farmers Market

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Cody Strawberry Farm
(704) 791-0342
www.codystrawberryfarm.com

The line is long for patrons wanting the voluptuous, juicy-red berries from family-owned Cody Strawberry Farm in Stanly County, available in gallon or half-gallon containers. Berry season lasts through early July, weather permitting, so get your berries soon before these scrumptious nibbles are gone for the season. Bring some home for making great smoothies or topping your bowl of ice cream. According to these farmers, “the secret to our success is your commitment.”

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dancing bees Navigating Charlottes Matthews Community Farmers Market

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Dancing Bees Honey
(704) 764-3731
www.dancingbeeshoney.com

Whether you are a seasonal allergy sufferer or just enjoy a drizzle of sweet, amber-colored honey on your morning toast, stop by the Dancing Bees Farm booth where you can buy local honey and beeswax candles. Studies have shown that ingesting honey harvested from local hives causes the body to release antibodies that ward off pollen spores and allergens. The honey itself contains pollen spores gathered from plants and flowers and when ingested in small amounts, the body is prepared to fight the sniffling, sneezing nasal invaders. And what’s better, this honey is delicious.

A former personal chef, caterer and gourmet market entrepreneur, Alison Penland retired from earning her living in the food business and now focuses on sharing her love of all things food and drink related with friends, family and readers. Alison hails from Charlotte, NC. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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