With the growing popularity of the local foods movement, a variety of farmers markets have sprung up across the region. The largest in the area is what’s called the Yorkmont or Charlotte Regional Farmers Market located near the old Coliseum. The market is comprised of 4 large open-air sheds; 1 for crafts, 1 for various types of greenery (flowers, plants, and shrubs), and 2 for produce as well as different types of food vendors.
Some of my favorite vendors include Great Harvest Bread, The Secret Chocolatier, the Mushroom Man from Clover Organic Mushroom Farm, and Yah’s Best Salsa. There are an increasing number of vendors selling all types of asian produce including many I can’t identify and wouldn’t know what to do with. But boy would I like to know.
The Yorkmont Farmers Market advertises that it opens at 8am, but most vendors set up well in advance and on a typical summer Saturday, the parking lot is at least half full by 8.
Contrary to several of the other Charlotte area farmers markets that have strict rules allowing only the sale of produce grown locally, you will find vendors at Yorkmont selling imported fruits and vegetables. If you came to buy from local producers- read the signs carefully. The local farms do a good job of advertising themselves as being local and if you’re not sure just ask.
The third-party vendors tend to be towards the back of the sheds. Once you start seeing bananas and avocados, you know you’re not dealing with a local farmer.
On a typical Saturday morning in the summer, this place is packed and there are literally dozens and dozens of vendors. It can almost be a little overwhelming. I find myself walking back and forth past all the vendors with wide-eyes, 2 or 3 times before I choose anything to purchase. I stopped to admire the squash blossoms pictured above, but I knew that lacking a plan for them, they would wither and wilt in my refrigerator, only to be tossed in the garbage can next week. I’ve never cooked with squash blossoms before. I’ll get to them eventually.
Maybe the best thing about Saturday mornings at the Yorkmont Farmers Market is the Harvest Moon Grille food truck owned and operated by Grateful Growers Farm. Grateful Growers is one of the vendors at the market and they operate a 10 acre farm in Lincoln County specializing in pork, but they also produce chicken, eggs, and produce.
I ordered the cheddar biscuit with 6 hour braised pork belly and caramelized onion marmalade. Absolute heaven! One of the best things I’ve EVER eaten. The biscuit had a different texture to it with the cheddar and butter dominating over the flour. The pork was the most succulent pork to ever enter my mouth. Each piece had a nice layer of melt in your mouth fat. The pork had a tasty vinegar based sauce, similar to eastern-style NC barbecue sauces, but better. Gave the whole thing a nice tang.
Yorkmont Farmers Market is open every day except Monday. I’ve only been on Saturdays, so I can’t say for sure, but I believe the number of vendors present is greatly reduced on weekdays. And the craft shed is only open Saturdays.
Yorkmont (Charlotte Regional) Farmers Market
1801 Yorkmont Rd
Charlotte, NC 28266
Open year round but days and times change in the fall/winter.
Other Charlotte Area Farmers Markets