Apr 20, 2023 - Food and Drink

Detailed guide to 16 Charlotte-area farmers markets

Kings Drive Farmers Market. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

Charlotte is home to a lot of great farmers markets, and you’ll probably have some questions before your first visit.

Can my dog come? Do I need cash? Is there a bathroom?

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

North End Farmers’ Market

Now through October, you can shop for local goods from vendors at Camp North End. This season’s market has a mix of 20 anchor and rotating vendors that sell everything from flowers to desserts.

Address: 1701 N. Graham St. (Between The Mount and Keswick districts)
Hours: Wednesdays from 4-8pm.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, card, SNAP/EBT
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes

North End Farmers' Market
Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

University City Farmers Market

Starting April 29 through Oct. 28, you can shop for veggies and fruits, pasture-raised eggs and meats, artisanal food and natural beauty care products while looking out onto the water.

Address: NOVEL University Place at 6010 Jasmine Lane
Hours: Saturdays 9am-1pm
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash, Card, EBT/SNAP

  • Of note: EBT/SNAP recipients will receive double their purchase in SNAP tokens – up to $50 ($100 in tokens) which can be used to buy eligible food products from the market’s participating vendors. Redeem at the University City Farmers Market Tent. 

Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes

university city farmers market
Photo courtesy University City Farmers Market

Uptown Farmers Market

Shop from over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies, meat and poultry, and artisan foods and baked goods.

Address: 300 S. Davidson St.
Hours: Saturdays from 8am-12:30pm (rain or shine)
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Card, SNAP/EBT, touch-free payments appreciated (i.e. Venmo)
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes — has a dedicated lot

South End Farmers Market

In addition to the 16 mainstay vendors, South End Farmers Market also has a rotating lineup of other local food artisans and crafters.

Address: 2000 South Blvd. (at Atherton Mill, across from the Charlotte Rail Trail)
Hours: Year-round, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, card, SNAP/EBT

  • Of note: As part of the county-wide DoubleBucks program, recipients will receive double their purchase in SNAP tokens, up to $50 ($100 in tokens).

Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: Yes — parking lot

South End Market, Atherton Market
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Mecklenburg County Market

This farmers market started in 1937. You’ll find local and organic produce, baked goods as well as local preserves like jelly and honey.

  • Pro tip: Call ahead (704-606-1045) to see if they have what you’re looking for.

Address: 1515 Harding Pl.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm, Saturday, 7am-6pm, Sunday, 10am-4pm.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, check.
Dog friendly: Yes
Bathroom: 
Yes
Parking: 
Yes

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

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

Address: 1801 Yorkmont Road
Hours: Year-round, Wednesday-Sunday 8am-5pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor. ATM on site.
Dog-friendly: Dogs are welcome on the property but cannot enter buildings.
Bathroom: 
Yes
Parking: 
Yes — has a dedicated lot

Plaza Midwood Farmers Market

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.

7th Street Public Market address: 224 E 7th St.
Local Loaf address: 800 E. 35th St.
Common Market address: 2007 Commonwealth Ave.
Hours: Wednesdays from 5-6pm at 7th Street Public Market, Thursdays from 5-7pm at Local Loaf NoDa, and Saturdays from 10am-1pm at Common Market.
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, card, check
Dog-friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes — at Common Market
Parking: 
On-street

Cotswold Farmers Market

Providence Rotary Club launched the market in Spring of 2016. It features local fresh produce, bread, eggs and meats, and handmade soaps, flowers, and more. The 2023 season runs from May 6-Oct. 28. 

Address: 4921 Randolph Road, in the Providence Baptist Church parking lot
Hours: Saturdays, May through October, 8am-12pm.
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, SNAP/EBT
Dog-friendly: Yes
Bathroom: Yes
Parking: 
Yes

Kings Drive Farmers Market

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.

Address: 938 S. Kings Dr.
Hours: Tuesday 6am-5pm, Friday 6am-7pm, Saturday 6am-3pm
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash, credit/debit, check (ID required for credit and check)
Dog-friendly: Yes
Bathroom: No
Parking: 
Yes — has a dedicated lot

Kings Drive Farmers Market
Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Davidson Farmers Market

Expect vendors selling fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, freshly baked bread and artisanal baked goods, and health and beauty products, among other offerings.

Address: 120 S. Main St.
Hours: Every Saturday, April 1-Nov. 18 9am-12pm.
Setting: Suburban; small town
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor, SNAP/EBT accepted
Dog-friendly: No (see dog policy)
Parking: 
On- and off-street; available on Main Street, Town Hall Lot, Police Department Lot and Davidson Presbyterian Church lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets.

Matthews Community Farmers’ Market

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.

Address: 188 N. Trade St.
Hours: Every Saturday, April 8-Nov. 18, 8am-12pm.
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash, Card, SNAP/EBT (varies by vendor)

Dog-friendly: No (more info can be found in their pet policy)
Parking: 
Dedicated lots

Mount Holly Farmers Market

Shop for fresh produce and enjoy live music from local artists. The weekly vendor list can be found on their Facebook page.

Address: 226 S. Main St.
Hours: Saturdays from 8am-noon
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Varies by vendor, but most accept cards.
Dog-friendly: No
Parking: Yes

Union Market

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. 

Address: 1316 Providence Road S.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm and Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm.
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash/Card
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes

Waxhaw Farmers Market

Not to be confused with the Union Market above, the Waxhaw Farmers Market is smaller but packed with vendors. It’s open April 8 through the end of December.

Address: 27283 Waxhaw Pkwy.
Hours: Saturdays 10am-12pm.
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash/Card
Dog-friendly: Service dogs only
Parking: Yes

Mint Hill Farmers Market

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

Address: 7601 Matthews Mint Hill Road
Hours: Saturdays May-Oct. 9am-1pm
Setting: Suburban
Accepted payment: Cash/Card
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes

Old Town Market in Rock Hill

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

Address: Wells Fargo Lot 101 E Main St.
Hours: Saturdays 8am-12pm from May 6-Nov.18
Setting: Urban
Accepted payment: Cash/Card
Dog-friendly: Yes
Parking: Yes

Editor’s note: This guide was last updated on April 20, 2023.

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