Detailed guide to 13 Charlotte-area farmers’ markets

Detailed guide to 13 Charlotte-area farmers’ markets
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This story is proudly presented by Charlotte Country Day School. Whether in the classroom or out and about in the Queen City, Country Day is all about finding ways to bring learning to life. Need some inspiration? Try a trip to a farmer’s market, going on a nature walk, or starting a garden in your own backyard.


Editor’s note: This guide was last updated on August 13, 2021.

Charlotte is home to a lot of great farmers’ markets, and you’ll probably have some questions before your first visit.

Can my dog come? Do I need cash? Is there a bathroom?

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Here’s what to know to navigate Charlotte-area farmers’ markets like a pro.


North End Farmers’ Market

Now through October, you can shop local goods from vendors at Camp North End. This season’s market has a lineup of 26 vendors (16 anchor vendors and 10 rotating) that sell everything from eggs and produce to CBD products and candles.

Address: 1701 N. Graham Street (Between The Mount and Keswick districts)
Hours: Wednesdays from 4-8pm.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Card & SNAP/EBT
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes

North End Farmers' Market

Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

North End Farmers' Market

Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios


University City Farmers’ Market

At University City Farmers’ Market, you can shop for veggies and fruits, pasture-raised eggs and meats, artisanal food and natural beauty care products. while looking out onto the water.

Address: 8929 JM Keynes Drive
Hours: Saturdays 9am to 1pm
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash, Venmo, check, and Paypal
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes – parking lot

university city farmers market

Photo courtesy University City Farmers Market


Uptown Farmers’ Market

Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods.

Address: 300 S. Davidson St.
Hours: Saturdays from 8am to 12:30pm (rain or shine)
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Card, SNAP/EBT, touch-free payments appreciated (i.e. Venmo)
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes – has a dedicated lot


South End Market (Formerly Atherton Market)

In addition to the 16 mainstay vendors, South End Market also has a rotating lineup of other local food artisans and crafters.

Address: 2000 S. Boulevard (Across from the Charlotte Rail Trail)
Hours: Year-round, Saturdays 8am to 1pm
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, card, SNAP/EBT
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes — parking lot

South End Market, Atherton Market

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios


Mecklenburg County Market

It’s the oldest farmers’ market in North Carolina. You’ll find local and organic produce, baked goods, and prepared vegetarian meals by Beverly’s Gourmet Foods.

Address: 1515 Harding Place
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9am to 6pm, Saturday, 7am to 3pm, Sunday, noon to 5pm.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, check.
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: 
Yes
Parking: 
Yes


Charlotte Regional Farmers’ Market

This huge state-run market features fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers and more.

Address: 1801 Yorkmont Road
Hours: Year-round. [May-September]: Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 6pm., and Sunday noon to 6pm; [October – April]: Tuesday through Saturday 8am to 5pm.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor, ATM on site.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome on the property but cannot enter buildings.
Bathroom: 
Yes
Parking: 
Yes — has a dedicated lot


Plaza Midwood Farmers’ Market

This small neighborhood market, spearheaded by The Farm at Dover Vineyards, sets up shop on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Local Loaf address: 800 E. 35th Street
7th Street Public Market address: 224 E 7th Street
Common Market address: 2007 Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte NC 28205
Hours: Wednesdays from 5-6pm at 7th Street Public Market, Thursdays from 5-7pm at Local Loaf NoDa, and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm at Common Market.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, card, check
Dog-friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes — at Common Market
Parking: 
On-street


Cotswold Farmers’ Market (Reopens August 21)

Providence Rotary Club launched the market in Spring 2016. It features local fresh produce, bread, eggs and meats, and handmade soaps, flowers, and more.

Address: 309 S. Sharon Amity Road
Hours: Saturdays, May through October, 8am to noon.
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT
Dog-friendly: Service dogs only — but volunteers will hold your dog for you just outside the market area and provide water and snacks while you shop
Bathroom: No
Parking: 
Yes — large lot


Kings Drive Farmers’ Market

The roadside lot with the iconic little red and white building has fresh produce in the spring and summer, pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees in the winter.

Address: 938 S. Kings Drive
Hours: Tuesday 6am to 5pm., Friday 6am to 7pm, Saturday 6am to 3pm
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, check (ID required for credit and check)
Dog-friendly: Yes
Bathroom: No
Parking: 
Yes — has a dedicated lot

Kings Drive Farmers Market

Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Kings Drive Farmers' Market

Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios


Davidson Farmers’ Market

This season’s market will host 36 vendors selling fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, freshly baked breads and artisanal baked goods, and health & beauty products among other offerings.

Address: 120 S. Main Street, Davidson
Hours: Year-round, Saturday 9am to noon.
Setting: Suburban; smalltown
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor, SNAP/EBT accepted
Dog-friendly: No (see dog policy)
Parking: 
On- and off-street; available on Main Street, Town Hall Lot, Police Department Lot and Davidson Presbyterian Church lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets


Matthews Community Farmers’ Market

It’s the largest and most diverse producer-only farmers market in the greater Charlotte area. All market products, except fish, are sourced within 50 miles of Matthews.​ Market events include live music, cooking demonstrations, food trucks, and fun contests.

Address: 188 N. Trade Street
Hours: Year-round, Saturday, 8am to noon (April through November), 8-10am (December through April)
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor; most vendors accept cards. If using cash, small bills are appreciated.
Dog-friendly: No (more info can be found in their pet policy)
Parking: 
Dedicated lots


Mount Holly Farmers’ Market

Shop for fresh produce and enjoy live music from local artists. The weekly vendor list can be found on their Facebook page.

Address: 226 S. Main Street
Hours: Saturdays from 8am to noon
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor, but most accept cards.
Dog-friendly: No
Parking: Yes


Downtown Pineville Farmers’ Market

The Downtown Pineville Farmers Market starts up for the season on May 15 and runs until September.

Address: 100 Dover Street, Pineville
Hours: Every Saturday, 8am to noon
Setting: Quaint downtown
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes – has a dedicated lot

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