Farmer’s Markets have become very fashionable lately. More people have a desire to know where their food comes from, they want their money to stay in the local economy, and they want to form a relationship with the producers of the products they buy.
Meeting St Market at Cedar Walk in South Ballantyne takes place Tuesday Evenings from 4pm to 7:30 pm in the Courtyard of the Cedar Walk and is just a short drive from Fort Mill. It’s goal is to provide a healthy, convenient, and affordable way for community members to purchase their foods after a day at the office.
If you go to the market right at 4pm, which is what I try to do to avoid traffic, it can be brutally hot and there is no shade. I’ve had no trouble finding parking right along the street, although I am a little jealous of those who live in the townhomes and have this fantastic resource literally right in their front yard.
There are several vendors selling fruits and vegetables. This time of year there are loads of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and corn. There is usually a lady selling home-baked breads, and T & D Farms is at Meeting St Market each week with a selection of 100% all natural grassfed beef, as well as pasture raised pork and chicken.
The first week I went to Meeting St Market, Switchin Kitchens had a tent set up and I purchased a shrimp tomato pasta meal from them that was all prepped and ready to be cooked. All I had to do was cook the pasta, saute the shrimp, and add prechopped garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil and butter and capers into the saute pan. It was lightning quick and a super easy way to prepare a fresh meal because someone had already done the chopping and measuring for me.
It tasted delicious too!
I was disappointed to see that Switchin Kitchens was not at the Market the next time I went. Not sure if they just weren’t there that particular week or they won’t be back.
The real find at Meeting St Market was another new vendor, The Whole Enchilada, selling authentic homemade Mexican dishes. I bought 2 tubs of chicken in a chipotle tomato sauce with onions for $14 plus some pico de gallo for $3.. The chicken was delicious. Nicely spiced and tender. I served it over a flour tortilla which I browned in a skillet with some oil. Dressed it up with shredded lettuce, avocado, green onion, and sour cream for an easy meal.
Meeting St Market at Cedar Walk
11034 Cedar Walk Lane
(Just off of Ardrey Kell next to Lorenzo’s Pizza)
Charlotte, NC 28277
Open Tuesdays May-November from 4-7:30pm
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