188 N. Trade Street
28105

Listing Contact

(704) 821-6430
Pauline Wood

Availability

Covered
No
Runs all year?
Yes
Days
  • Tuesday
  • Saturday
Hours
Saturday Market: 7:15-noon, April 7 - November 18 Tuesday "Twilight Market": 6:30-8:30pm, May 22 - July 24 Saturday Winter Market: 8-10am, December 1 -March 30
Notes
Open Year-Round on North Trade Street in Historic Downtown Matthews, NC

Items available at this Farmer's Market

  • Baked Goods
  • Cheese and/or Dairy
  • Crafts
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Vegetables
  • Honey
  • Jams, jellies and preserves
  • Meat and/or Poultry
  • Plants
  • Prepared Food (ready to eat)
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Matthews Community Farmers Market
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At the Matthews Community Farmers Market, customers  buy food directly from local farmers - that's as fresh, tasty and nutritious as it gets.

The market provides the community with locally raised foods as marketgoers help preserve the tradition of small farms in the area. Customers make a direct connection with the source of their food and get to know the person or farm family who grows it.

During our regular season market, enjoy cooking demonstrations by top local chefs and relaxing live music. You can even get your culinary questions answered and learn basic food prep skills at our weekly Chefs' Secrets class. And,  our special events schedule is always full of family-friendly activities and fun contests.

YOUR FOOD DOLLAR WELL SPENT

Dollars spent at the Matthews Community Farmers Market on food from local farmers buys you more than groceries. In addition to sustenance, nutritious food and great flavor, it helps support local farms as part of the fabric of the community. Even more than that, it buys you peace of mind that you know where your food comes from and who is growing it.

Most of our regular customers are savvy consumers and do not come to the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market looking for bargains. They know that good food is not cheap.

Here’s what you get for your money at the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market:

Food That's Grown By Hand

Growing food on small farms is labor intensive, especially when the farmer uses natural or organic growing practices. Weeds are pulled by hand. Harvesting is done by hand. When people object to, say, the cost of green beans, our farmers explain just what kind of time and labor it takes to hand-pick each bean that goes into that pound bag. None of our farmers us mechanized harvesting equipment.

High Quality, Excellent Value

Food at the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market is sold at its freshest and at the peak of ripeness, when flavor and nutrition are highest. It is harvested within hours of your purchase.  Supermarket produce, often is picked green to prevent damage during long-distance transit, and can take weeks to get to your plate.  There is no comparison. The food you find at this farmers market is some of the freshest and best available. The flavor of the food speaks for itself, whether it’s the produce, free-range chicken eggs, or pasture-raised meats.  Ever wondered why is there such a run on free-range chicken eggs at every market even though they are $4 or $5 a dozen? If you think that’s an outrageous price, then don’t ever taste one. Once you do you’ll never want to buy supermarket eggs again.

More Varieties Of Produce Grown For Their Taste

Not How Well They Ship -Many of the produce varieties that our farmers grow are selected for flavor, not ease of growing or yield. They are more expensive to grow, but worth it. That’s why you’ll find dozens of kinds of lettuce, myriad types of radishes, scores of different tomato varieties, multiple kinds of eggplant, peppers and and beans, to name a few – all picked for their taste. You’ll quickly find your favorites in every season and may discover foods you never knew existed.

Supporting Local Farms And Farm Families

Our farmers’ market is important because it allows farmers to charge retail prices so they can make a decent income from what they grow. As it is, many of our farmers work another job so they will have enough income to support themselves and their families.  Farmers charge what they believe is a fair price, factoring in what it cost in time and labor to plant, nurture and harvest foods, as well as flavor, quality, sustainability and nutrition. Money spent on good locally grown food benefits the farm, the local economy, the consumer and the environment. When you buy from a local farmer, you help make it possible for them to be good stewards of the land. Without enough support from consumers who recognize the outstanding value in what they produce, we run the risk of losing our region’s farmers and farmland, as well as our local food security. So, get to know the local farmers producing your food. You’ll know where your food is coming from, how and where it was grown and you’ll be supporting the continuation of family farms in the process.

 

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We love going every weekend, it's more than shopping it's an experience. There's live music, cooking demos, contests, and the food is unbelievable. Part of the fun is talking and getting to know the farmers as well. Everything is local (no outside vendors like some markets) and everything is fresh! The best pasture raised meats, pesticide free produce, baked yummies, spices... I could go on and on. Parking is a little tight because this is a happening spot on Saturdays so go early. Expect to spend at least 1-2 hours taking it in and enjoying all the friendly Matthews folk. We can't wait to meet you!
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Reviewed by Farmersbarket May 24, 2014
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Friendly Farmers Amazing Food

We love going every weekend, it's more than shopping it's an experience. There's live music, cooking demos, contests, and the food is unbelievable. Part of the fun is talking and getting to know the farmers as well. Everything is local (no outside vendors like some markets) and everything is fresh! The best pasture raised meats, pesticide free produce, baked yummies, spices... I could go on and on. Parking is a little tight because this is a happening spot on Saturdays so go early. Expect to spend at least 1-2 hours taking it in and enjoying all the friendly Matthews folk. We can't wait to meet you!

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Reviewed by Lisa Leake May 04, 2012

Great growers only farmers' market!

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great selection, lots of organically grown items, 100% local
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opens a little too early in the AM for my taste
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