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Kings Drive Farmers Market opens

Posted on 3 Apr 2009 by Liz Barrett

After days of rain and gloom, Charlotte awoke to bright sunny skies this morning. With spring fever in the air (and pollen on our cars), it couldn’t be a better day for Kings Drive Farmers Market to kick off its season.

The market is located just outside uptown at the intersection where Kings, Morehead and Queens all come together. A family business started by Willie Simpson, I chatted with the grandkids and their long time best friend about where the food comes from and what they do in the winter (nothing).

The market is able to get a jump-start on the season by trucking in fresh produce from Florida, but they tell me as soon as vegetables and fruit start sprouting up at area farms, they’ll sell as much local and organic as they can. But even then, to meet the amount of customers coming through their market they claim there’s no way they could sell all organic, but they try their best. Not all of it is marked, so if you’re looking for local be sure to ask and they’re happy to help.

As far as prices go, Mr. Simpson’s grandson said their prices are always lower than what you’ll find in chain grocery store’s by on average 50 cents and in some cases a few dollars. I left with one onion, a bunch of radishes, two tomatoes, three squash, one zucchini, and a red and green pepper all for a grand total of $5.71.

In addition to fruits and veggies, they sell plants, fresh local flowers (the best bouquets for the price in Charlotte), fresh bread products from The Bread Basket on Monroe Road, and in a month or so a fisherman will appear with fresh catches from the coast.

Market hours:

Tuesday and Friday, open all day
Saturday, 7am – 3pm

926 S Kings Dr
Charlotte, NC 28204
(704) 3326366
Google Map

Opening Soon:

Two other center city green markets open soon and we’ll be there to give you the details.

April 26th: The Tailgate at South End (Camden & Park Ave)
May 9th: The Center City Green Market at The Square on Trade and Tryon

Here’s a slideshow of pictures I took at today’s market:

photos: Liz Barrett; view these photos on Flickr

Comments

  1. catalina 4 Apr 2009 at 4:00 PM

    hurray!
    it finally feels like spring is here when the market opens!!!!
    thanks for the video!!!

  2. Deanna 6 Apr 2009 at 11:28 AM

    The produce is awesome, and I got gorgeous tulips that are still a beautiful centerpiece on my dining room table. I only spent $12 and got a lot!

  3. Ciordia9 6 Apr 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Yea it’s unfortunate but not many farmers support this market and so even year round it is 95%+ resellers. There was one guy toughing it out but he’s now gone. While it’s good to get your fruits and veggies, you can source out the real local. Davidson, Matthews, Waxhaw, Indian Trail, NCDA Yorkmont, Tailgate.

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    Justin Ruckman 6 Apr 2009 at 7:32 PM

    Yeah I’m excited for the Tailgate opening later this month. We’ll be covering that too.

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    Melissa Fortune 7 Apr 2009 at 12:34 AM

    Liz these pics look delicious! Will be there first thing saturday.

  6. Liz 7 Apr 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Yeah, that’s definitely disappointing. I asked if they were feeling pressure from the local, organic movement to make more strides in that direction, but it doesn’t seem like a priority. They have no lack of shoppers and I think most consumers don’t know to ask where their food is coming from. We’ll be sure to highlight the origins of the food in the other markets and celebrate their local ways!

  7. Joe 14 May 2009 at 4:30 PM

    hah! getting some info up on our site for local farmers market and came across this! maybe you can share some info I don’t have? Keep it up liz — you and your scooter!

    BTW — hands down the best thing at this market is from the bakery — a bedder cheddar sough dough loaf — better than Something Classic’s Peanut Butter brownies!

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  9. Chris Oneal 25 May 2010 at 3:42 PM

    We always hit up this farmers market as a matter of convenience. Point well taken on the misnomer of “Farmers” Market, however, there is a local meat guy there selling grass fed organic beef,..spendy items but I like the idea of a local source for non-industrial meat. I am looking to get my wife to roll up on Tuesdays and sell our eggs from our backyard flock here in Charlotte

  10. charlottean2010 21 Jun 2010 at 10:50 AM

    I’ve gone to this Farmer’s Market numerous times and have had some very disturbing treatment from what I think is one of the owners of Simpson’s Produce. He’s a person who works looks like he’s in his 50’s and is usually behind the checkout area, not working on the registers but “managing”. The last 3 times I’ve been there, including last Friday, he has insulted me by pointing me out to people working for him and making offensive comments; he seems to find himself hilarious. I’ve decided not to go there anymore; I’d rather go to a place that respects ALL of their customers.

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  13. Sue 6 May 2012 at 1:23 PM

    You should check out Fat Brian’s sauce’s and salsa. He make his own corn chips and they are to die for. He makes them fresh every day most of the time he runs out of everything. They need to bring him back and make room for him

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  16. Beverly 8 Apr 2015 at 7:30 PM

    …I have shopped at this market for many years! I buy fruit and vegetables all summer and freeze them for the winter. Last year when they re-opened I had only (1) bag of squash left in my deep freezer. I buy green beans, okra, green and red tomatoes (my Mother likes to fry the green ones), eggplant, corn, cabbage. I really like the Granny Smith apples to make fresh apple pie. I like the flat(s) of double yolk eggs to bake cake(s). The flowers are just beautiful and I patronize the fisherman with the fresh seafood. He has been known to have a list and you can request jumbo shrimp or fresh flounder and he delivers it to your liking. One of my favorite places to go!