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.
Tuesday and Friday, open all day
Saturday, 7am – 3pm
926 S Kings Dr
Charlotte, NC 28204
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