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Charlotte Regional Farmers Market: My 6 Favorite Farmers

I make an almost weekly Saturday morning trip to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market where I try to buy the bulk of my meat, eggs, fruits and veggies. I have been visiting this market for over five years now and over the course of that time I have gotten to know and love several of the farmers.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

When I tell friends and clients that I go to the Regional Market, many comment that they’ve never been because a) it seems too far away or b) they don’t know how to navigate it. The reason I choose to drive nearly 20 minutes to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market (it’s located off Yorkmont road in the direction of the airport) is for the selection and prices.

We have quite a few farmers markets in town but many of them are either not true farmers markets (I’m looking at you King’s Drive) or pricy (hey Atherton Market). The King’s Drive Farmers Market is a produce and not a true farmers market. It’s run by Simpson’s Produce. While they do source some things locally, you can also buy things like avocados, bananas and other non-regional produce items there. They also admit to getting a “jump start” on the season by trucking things in from places like Florida. They are a produce re-seller versus buying direct from the farmer. All that said, I totally get why people shop there and I grab things from there on occasion as well. I’m not knocking it. I’m just saying that it’s not a “true” farmers market and you have to ask about where things came from.

And while I really love the Atherton Market, it tends to be really expensive and I can get at least twice as much for the same amount of money at the Regional with tons more selection.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

The Regional Market is huge! There are three main market buildings and a greenery building. I spend most of my time in Building A, which is the “Got to be NC” building. There are a few other vendors that I frequent in buildings B and C but for the purpose of this post, I’m sticking to the farmers I buy from.

The following list features 6 of my favorite farm/farmers at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I have been buying from all of these guys for years and I would say that 95% of my market purchases come from them.

1. Windy Hill Farm

Windy Hill Farm

If you’ve been following my blog any length of time, you’ve heard me mention Windy Hill many, many times.

Windy Hill Farm

I have been buying my meat and eggs from Charlie for years. He’s the nicest guy and often brings his kids with him to the market. He always asks me about yoga and we talk about working out. He has a garage gym where he and his wife workout. Last year he was working on handstands! 🙂

Connect with them on Facebook.

2. Hoffman Heritage & Heirlooms

Hoffman Heritage and Heirlooms

I started buying from Hoffman Heritage and Heirlooms last summer and Andre has quickly become one of my favorite farmers. They grow only heirloom produce and we only raise heritage breeds of animals. They don’t use pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer and their animals live out on pasture in an enriched and humane environment. They state on their website, “we believe that you are what you eat, and what you eat should be as pure and unaltered as possible.”

Hoffman Heritage and Heirlooms

Andre has a really cool story. In 2011 he left the corporate world after losing his home in a massive wildfire and moved back to Lincolnton, NC to help his mom with the farm that had been in their family since 1870. He’s been able to breathe new life into it and it’s really inspirational to see. I love following their farm adventures on Facebook.

3. Poplin Farms

Poplin Farms

Poplin Farms is located in Albemarle, NC and owned by a husband and wife team. They offer produce and grass-fed beef.

Poplin Farms

They always have a great selection of grass-fed beef as well as beautiful produce.

Poplin Farms

I especially enjoy their humor. 🙂

See more on Facebook.

4. A Way of Life Farm

A Way of Life Farm

A Way of Life Farm is a small, family-owned farm located in Sunshine, NC. Doesn’t that just sound nice? Their mission is, “To use diverse natural systems that build living soil while producing food for healthy people, healthy economy, and healthy ecology.” The farm was started in 2009 by husband and wife team Jamie and Sara Jane Davis who say, “Living on land that we can grow on for the rest of our days is a dream come true!”

A Way of Life Farm

They grow everything they bring to market and without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides. They also offer soy-free fed pork. A Way of Life always has a beautiful selection of seasonable produce.

Follow them on Facebook for more scenes from the farm.

5. Bluebird Farm

Bluebird Farm

Bluebird Farm is another husband and wife duo who grow healthy, flavorful veggies and pastured meats and eggs. They are located in Morganton, NC and always have the most beautiful display of vegetables. They grow over 100 varieties of vegetables!

Bluebird Farm

Their animals are raised outside on pasture without antibiotics or synthetic hormones and are fed certified organic grains. The vegetables are grown in living soils without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. 

Check out their Facebook page.

6. Unity Farms

Unity Farms

Unity Farms is over in Building B and they have a huge set up. It’s another husband and wife team but on a much larger scale. I have to share this story from their website…

About 16 years ago we moved from Charlotte to Denver, North Carolina and purchased 10 acres to start our family farm. We built a house and developed the land for farming, we build a goat enclosures, pig pens, chicken coops, dog houses, and of course, a large walk in cooler and two large sheds for our produce. We purchased two 200 ft. greenhouses and  multiple trucks to run our business and transport our produce.

We had three kids, Peyton, the oldest son, Kendra, the middle child and our only daughter, and Walker, the youngest son. One of the main reasons we became farmers is to create a future for our children, to learn about and eventually take over this family business. In 2008 we bought 100 acres out in Iron Station to grow our farm and that’s were we produce most of our product. Even though we still live on our Denver farm.”

Unity Farms

I tend to buy mostly fruit from Unity Farms. It seems that they partner with other local farmers on some of their fruit selection.

Unity Farms

The berries have been incredible this year.

I highly recommend making the trip to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market if you live in the area. Give yourself a good 1-2 hours to explore all the market has to offer and engage the farmers in conversation. It’s great to ask questions about how things are grown and where. They enjoy talking to you about their work and usually have great ideas on different ways to prepare common things as well as how to prepare produce you may not be familiar with.

Note, you do have to watch out for produce re-sellers…especially in Building B. Again, nothing wrong with it but if you want to buy direct from farmers be diligent!

I have loved this market for years but after writing this post and reading up on all of my favorite farmers, I love it even more. They work so hard and deserve our support.

Local readers…have you visited the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market? 

Non-local readers…tell me about your favorite farmers market and farmers! 

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  • Emily July 22, 2016, 7:09 pm

    This is very helpful! I have not been there yet but I am now planning to go as soon as possible!

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:09 pm

      So happy to hear it! Let me know if you have any questions!

  • erin July 24, 2016, 11:38 am

    This post came at the perfect time – Jen. My mom is in town helping with the new baby and she LOVES cooking! I’ve turned her onto so many of your recipes and they have now become her staples. This past Saturday, I took her to Kings Drive/Atherton Market but it looks as though we need to hit up the Regional one this coming Saturday. I’ve been once before, but I was so overwhelmed, so THANK YOU for breaking it down for us. Can’t wait to go!!

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 5:07 pm

      This all makes me so happy! That your mom is there, that she’s enjoyed my recipes, that these tips are helpful. Yay!

  • Tara July 26, 2016, 2:23 pm

    wow what an awesome thing to have so close. in my area we do not have anything like this (that i am aware of). we more have small pop up type things where you would stop for 1 or 2 thing but couldn’t really count on items being there and the prices are high for what (to me) doesn’t always looks the best. though maybe this is what fruit/veg is supposed to look like if not coated in chemicals! i go back and forth. while i fully know that eating pesticide grown food is probably not the best for you, its a catch 22. we have so many people in this world without basic food that we could never support the number of people on this earth without modifying food and treating it for certain pests, diseases, etc. its so nice you have this option and looking at the few prices that were listed they do seem reasonable. My one local grocery store sells grass fed ground beef at like $13-15+/lb. that is simply ridiculous ! Luckily my local aldi has started carrying it for a bit less than $7/lb. Not a farmers market but better than nothing !

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 4:59 pm

      Yes, I feel so lucky to have these amazing food resources nearby. I know that so many do not and I’m grateful for it all the time. So great that ALDI is starting to carry more organics, naturals and things like grass fed beef.

  • Amy July 27, 2016, 12:50 pm

    If you’re ever in Tulsa, OK during the March-Oct months, we have a lovely farmer’s market on Cherry Street. It’s fantastic–a wide variety of produce, meats, eggs, etc. I’ve been a part of a CSA for one local husband and wife team for several years. That’s been such a blessing!

    • Jen DeCurtins July 28, 2016, 4:56 pm

      i’ve never visited tulsa! thanks for the head’s up!!! i love hearing about things like this all over the country.

  • Eva November 6, 2016, 12:51 pm

    The Charlotte Regional farmer’s market is awesome! One of the things I looked forward to when I moved here a few weeks ago. Do you know if anyone has pawpaws? I know the season’s probably over but I really want to find them next year

  • Liz N. July 6, 2017, 12:25 pm

    Shame on me for not going to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market yet! I didn’t know it about until this post. It looks amazing. Do you simply carry a reusable bag for your haul or do you bring a cooler for perishable items? I love that you’ve taken the time to talk to the farmers and build relationships with them. I’ll need to check this out this weekend. It looks amazing!

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