Updated Apr 4, 2024 - Food and Drink

Detailed guide to 17 Charlotte-area farmers markets

Kings Drive Farmers Market. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

Charlotte is home to a lot of great farmers markets.

Here's what to know to navigate Charlotte-area farmers markets like a pro.

North End Farmers Market

The vibe: It runs Thursday, April 18, through October at Camp North End. This season's market has a mix of 20 anchor vendors and weekly rotating vendors that sell everything from flowers to desserts.

If you go: 1701 N. Graham St. (Camp North End's Keswick district.)

  • Open every Thursday from 4-8pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, card, SNAP and EBT.
  • There's parking and it's dog-friendly.
people walking in Camp North End
Photo: Corine Olarte Photography

Uptown Farmers Market

The vibe: Starting April 13 through Dec. 14, you can shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods.

If you go: 300 S. Davidson St.

  • It's open on Saturdays from 8am-12:30pm (rain or shine).
  • Vendors accept cards, SNAP and EBT.
  • There's parking and it's dog-friendly.

University City Farmers Market

The vibe: The market takes place every Saturday in May through October from 9am-1pm. Shop for veggies and fruits, pasture-raised eggs and meats, artisanal food, and natural beauty products while looking out onto the water.

If you go: NOVEL University Place at 6010 Jasmine Lane

  • Vendors accept cards, SNAP and EBT.
  • It's dog-friendly and there's plenty of parking.
university city farmers market
Photo courtesy University City Farmers Market

South End Farmers Market

The vibe: Along with 16 mainstay vendors, South End Farmers Market also has a rotating lineup of other local food artisans and crafters.

If you go: 2000 South Blvd. (at Atherton Mill, across from the Charlotte Rail Trail)

  • It's open year-round on Saturdays from 8am-1pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, cards, SNAP and EBT. As part of the county-wide DoubleBucks program, recipients will receive double their purchase in SNAP tokens, up to $50 ($100 in tokens).
  • It's dog-friendly and there is parking.
South End Market, Atherton Market
Photo: Axios archives

Mecklenburg County Market

The vibe: This farmers market started in 1937. You’ll find local and organic produce, baked goods and other local products.

If you go: 1515 Harding Pl.

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 7am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, cards and checks.
  • It's dog friendly and there is parking.
  • Pro tip: Call ahead (704-606-1045) to see if they have what you're looking for.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

The vibe: This huge state-run market features fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers and more.

If you go: 1801 Yorkmont Road

  • It's open year-round, Wednesday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Payment type varies by vendor. There's an ATM on site.
  • Dogs are welcome on the property but cannot enter buildings.
  • There are bathrooms and a parking lot onsite.

Plaza Midwood Farmers Market

The vibe: This small neighborhood market, spearheaded by The Farm at Dover Vineyards, sets up shop on Wednesdays at 7th Street Public Market, Thursdays at Local Loaf and Saturdays at the Common Market.

If you go: Its first market of the season will take place April 13 at Common Market in Plaza Midwood.

Cotswold Farmers Market

The vibe: Providence Rotary Club launched the market in spring 2016. It features local fresh produce, bread, eggs and meats, and handmade soaps, flowers, and more. The market this year starts May 4.

If you go: 4921 Randolph Road, in the Providence Baptist Church parking lot.

  • Saturdays from 8am-12pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT
  • It's dog-friendly and there's parking.

Kings Drive Farmers Market

The vibe: The roadside lot with the iconic little red and white building has fresh produce in the spring and summer, pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees in the winter. The 2024 season starts Friday, April 12.

If you go: 938 S. Kings Dr.

  • It's open Tuesday 7am-5pm, Friday 7am-7pm, Saturday 7am-3pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, credit and debit.
  • It's dog-friendly and there's parking, but no bathrooms.
Kings Drive Farmers Market
Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Davidson Farmers Market

The vibe: Expect vendors selling fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, freshly baked bread and artisanal baked goods, and health and beauty products, among other offerings. The season is now through Nov. 23.

If you go: 120 S. Main St.

  • Every Saturday 9am-noon.
  • There's on- and off-street parking available on Main Street, Town Hall Lot, Police Department Lot and Davidson Presbyterian Church lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets.
  • Dogs are not allowed (see dog policy).

Matthews Community Farmers Market

The vibe: It’s the largest and most diverse producer-only farmers market in the greater Charlotte area, per the market. All market products, except fish, are sourced within 50 miles of Matthews. Market events include live music, cooking demonstrations, food trucks and fun contests.

If you go: 188 N. Trade St.

  • The market is open every Saturday from April 13 through Nov. 23 from 8am-12pm.
  • Vendors accept cash, cards, SNAP/EBT (varies by vendor). The market will give and match tokens to use at the market if you use your SNAP/EBT card.
  • Dogs are not allowed (more info can be found in their pet policy).

Mount Holly Farmers Market

The vibe: Shop for fresh produce and enjoy live music from local artists. The weekly vendor list can be found on their Facebook page. Opening day is April 6.

If you go: 226 S. Main St.

  • It's open on Saturdays from 8am-noon through October.
  • Payment methods vary by vendor, but most accept cards.
  • It's not dog friendly and there's parking.

Union Market

The vibe: This open-air market in Waxhaw is open three seasons out of the year (April-October), specializing in local produce, prepared foods and products from local vendors. The 2024 season starts on April 8.

If you go: 1316 Providence Road S.

  • It's open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm and Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm.
  • They accept cash or cards as a payment method.
  • It's dog-friendly and there's parking.

Waxhaw Farmers Market

The vibe: Not to be confused with the Union Market above, the Waxhaw Farmers Market is smaller but packed with vendors. It opens April 6.

If you go: 27283 Waxhaw Pkwy.

  • Stop by on Saturdays from 10am-12pm.
  • They accept cash and credit cards.
  • Only service dogs allowed.

Belmont, NC Farmers Market

The vibe: Starting Thursday, April 4, expect vendors from local farms, pet treats, and local artisans.

If you go: The market will be open weekly through the end of October, every Thursday from 4pm until 7pm in Stowe Park at 24 Main Street in downtown Belmont.

Mint Hill Farmers Market

The vibe: Take a step back in time when you stroll through this market, located in the Carl J. McEwen Historical Village in Mint Hill.

If you go: 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road

  • It's open on Saturdays May-Oct. 9am-1pm
  • They accept cash and credit cards.
  • It's dog-friendly and there's parking.

Old Town Market in Rock Hill

The vibe: Shop from local vendors selling local meats and seafood, fresh produce, eggs, honey and bread, among other foods. 

If you go: Wells Fargo Lot 101 E Main St.

  • It's open every Saturday from 9am-2pm starting May 4 through Oct. 26.
  • They accept cash and credit cards.
  • It's dog-friendly and there's parking.

Editor’s note: This guide was last updated on April 4, 2024

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