Vendors, Products & Weekly Happenings

Saturday, August 1, 2020 

Farmers' Markets Have Risen To The Challenge

 

National Farmers Market Week, August 2 - 8, is an annual celebration coordinated by the National Farmers' Market Coalition to highlight the crucial role that we play in the nation’s food system. During these challenging times, it is more important than ever for us to bring people together safely. 

 

Farmers markets have shown that local food systems with short supply chains are resilient and dependable in making food available to their communities. Our SNAP/EBT program, which has grown exponentially since the beginning of the pandemic, enables us to also serve those in our community who could not otherwise afford fresh, local foods. We implemented measures early in the pandemic in order to provide a safe space for everyone. MCFM is better than your local grocery store, because you can shop in the fresh air for products that are handled by fewer people in the supply chain. 

 

We hope you still consider us your "happy place" - a place where you can feel reassured that our farmers are always ready to share the "who, how and where" of their bumper crops. You'll find figs, blueberries, peaches, tomatoes, sweetcorn, peppers, eggplant, okra and squash, in addition to naturally raised meats, local honey and artisan baked goods. We're here to help you make the best possible start to your Saturday morning.

 

Safety First

 

We really appreciate how our market family continues to work together to follow our safety precautions. We thank you for your due diligence when wearing your face coverings. For the time being, the entry control system will continue, beginning at 8 am. We will monitor the situation during the morning and discontinue entry control once the lines diminish to the point where it's safe to allow free access.  We want to avoid large crowds to maintain adequate social distancing inside the market. 

 

If you see crowding or several people lined up at one vendor's booth, please consider completing your other shopping before joining that line, especially if you've already pre-ordered with that vendor. You can avoid lines by pre-ordering and picking up later in the morning. Click HERE for a list of those vendors facilitating pre-orders. Please also maintain adequate social distancing as much as possible by adhering to the orange distancing lines painted on the ground, and by following the posted signs at vendors' booths. Again, thank you for your continued cooperation.

 

Another Way You Can Help...

 

Stabilizing our current local food economy requires substantial financial resources. You can help by calling your US Senators now to ask them to include local foods, farmers and farmers' markets in the next COVID-19 relief package.

 

Market Information Table Relocated

The market information table has been relocated to the small grassy area to the left of the entrance to the community house. SNAP/EBT, icepops, water and market information will be available. 

 

Some Last Minute Reminders...

  • Line up for your peaches to the left of the traffic cones in front of the community house and follow the arrows. 

  • Please do not handle the fruit and allow a volunteer to hand you your purchase.

 

Vendors attending the market this Saturday (listed alphabetically)

(Updated 7/30/20)

Annual Peach Fundraiser: CAROLINA GOLD are juicy, yellow free-stones with a slight red blush. This great tasting variety was originally developed and introduced by NC State University. 

Beverly's Gourmet Foods: vegan and vegetarian chef-prepared foods.

Big Oaks Natural Farm: Figs, okra (limited quantities), cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes (Celebrity, Better Boy), Blue Lake green beans, garlic.

Bun Appetit: artisan baked cinnamon buns. Featured flavors: vanilla bean glazed cinnamon bun, caramel pecan sticky bun, triple almond cinnamon bun, honey bun (using Dancing Bees Honey Farm's wildflower honey).

Cannizzaro Sauces: marinara, mushroom marinara, vegan marinara, arrabbiata, vodka) and piccata sauce. 

Carolina Baskets & Chair: hand woven baskets, hand crafted decorated gourds; free-range chicken eggs.

Cody Strawberry Farm: blueberries. FINAL WEEK!

Copper Queen Farm: Figs, pears, cucumbers (straight and pickling), yardlong beans, cherry tomatoes, limited quantities of yellow wax beans, heirloom tomatoes, peppers (mini bell and habaneros), eggplant, yellow summer squash and carrots; fresh cut flowers.

Dancing Bees Honey Farm: local raw honey & honey products, beeswax and beeswax products (including lip balms, candles & lotions).

Double Up Farm: Elderberry products, hand-crafted vegan soaps, wool dryer balls, reusable cloth face coverings.

Ferebee Farm: non-GMO-fed chicken (backs and necks); free-range chicken and duck eggs; fresh cut flowers; sheepskins.

Glen Meadow Farm: local raw honey. 

Gluten-Free Baker's Bench : gluten-free artisan baked goods:  Challah bread (limited quantities), sandwich bread mix, reduced sugar lemon poppy seed muffins, morning glory muffins (dairy-free recipe), marble coffee cake, cinnamon sugar doughnuts, chocolate chip scones, lemon lavender shortbread cookies (vegan recipe), chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip bars.

Good Cup Coffee Co: espresso coffee (using locally ground beans).

Hot Pepper Herb Farm:  Figs, lettuce, garlic, Hood and Keiffer pears, eggplant, tomatoes (ripe and green), cucumbers, peppers (assorted varieties), red and yellow candy onions; plants (aloe, jade, cat grass).

King of Pops ice pops: available at the information desk in front of the community house.

Laughing Owl Farm: tomatoes, onions, garlic, heirloom apples, fresh cut flowers.

Madison Woodworks: WELCOME BACK! Artisan, fine wood pieces. Located in the center tent between Laughing Owl Farm and New Legacy Farms.

New Legacy Farms: watermelon, leeks, red and yellow onions, Irish potatoes, fingerling potatoes, Early Girl tomatoes, garlic, blueberries, green beans, green cabbage, carrots, Catalyst sweetcorn (limited quantity); free-range chicken eggs.

New Town Farms: watermelon, leeks, okra, field-grown tomatoes (assorted heirloom varieties), leeks, potatoes (red thumb fingerlings, purple Viking, Huckleberry gold), sweet onions (white supersweets, purple hamburger), cabbages (Capture, red), summer squash (yellow, patty pan, zucchini, Zephyr), garlic; Forest-raised, non-GMO-fed Ossabaw pork sausage; whole chickens (French Heritage, free-range, non-GMO-fed).

Nonni's Gourmet Kitchen: red and green pepper jelly (6 & 9 oz), cranberry chutney (9 oz), chow chow (1 pint), brittle (nutty, pecan, cashew, spicy pistachio almond) in 1/2 oz containers or 4oz bags. 

Nut Hill Farm: flat pole beans, squash (spaghetti, summer yellow straight neck, green and yellow zucchini, Malabar spinach, tomatoes (Juliette and Better Boy), cucumber (Burpless), peppers (sweet banana and green bell), assorted cut culinary herbs (stevia, garlic chives, lemon verbena, Thai basil, blue basil, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, Cuban oregano); fresh cut flowers; louffah sponges.

Proffitt Family Cattle Co: 100% grass-fed beef (hamburger patties). Pre-order by emailing shelley@proffittfarms.com. Located next to Double Up Farm.

Queen City Kitchen: muffins (peach streusel, blueberry, lemon poppy seed), crumb cake, maple walnut coffee cake, maple brown butter cinnamon buns, scones (cinnamon sugar, blueberry, lemon ginger), blueberry pop-tarts, Kouign Amann, croissants (plain, chocolate, almond), croissant bread pudding, croissant monkey bread, cookies (lavender shortbread, peanut butter, chocolate chunk), carmelita bars, walnut fudge brownies, cranberry apricot granola. 

Single Acre Farm: pints of assorted tomatoes; raw honey; fresh cut flowers.

Strudelteig Food Truck: Austro-Hungarian breakfast fare. Hours: 8 - 11.30 am in the Cotton Gin parking lot. Pre-order HERE. Strudels (chocolate,blueberry polenta) must be ordered by no later than 10am on Fridays. All other menu items may be ordered at any time during the week.

Stumpf Gourmet Tomatoes: hothouse tomatoes. 

Summer Star Farms: homestead jams, preserves and syrups; artisan wood wick candles.

Tega Hills Farm: peppers (cayenne, sweet Italian, shishito, jalapeno), Provider green beans, watercress, Torero beefsteak tomatoes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, mixed baby greens, red mizuna, cut culinary herbs (dill, parsley, rosemary, mint, basil), Tromboncino squash, Italian dandelion, arugula, lettuce (green butter, red butter, green oakleaf, red oakleaf, crisp, and Lollo Rossa), micro-greens (celery, cilantro, beets, green and purple radish, arugula, Italian basil, rainbow mix), shoots (sunflower, pea), edible flowers, squash blooms, fresh cut wildflowers.

Toro Loco: fresh gourmet salsas (cantina blended, mild, hot and mango), guacamole.    

Uno Alla Volta: handmade Italian cow's milk cheeses (ricotta, mozzarella, smoked mozzarella, burrata), cottage cheese, goat's milk chevre, yogurt, and cultured butter; fresh pasta; granola. 

Urban Gourmet Farms: fresh mushrooms, including oyster, shiitake, Lion's Mane, trumpets, maitake.

Verdant Bread: artisan baked breads (including country, sesame, olive, Einkorn, sprouted rye, focaccia, English muffins).

Wild Hope Farm: baby beets, scallions, elephant garlic, watermelon, cantaloupe, cut basil, tomatoes (assorted varieties), eggplant, shishito peppers; free-range chicken eggs; fresh cut flowers.

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Did You Know...?

 

...Chefs are a catalyst for the market's success and in educating the public about the importance of local foods and supporting local farms

 

"The chefs who shop at our market and buy from local farmers have been a principal force in driving the local foods movement," says grower Sam Koenigsberg of New Town Farms. "They have made the market what it is today and have helped the market continue to grow. They have that platform - through a plate of good food - to educate people. That plate of local food is the window back to the farm. Chefs have an enormous role in advancing the market and making more local food available for you, the consumer."  

... that the musicians who play so beautifully volunteer their time and talents?

 

We are so grateful for the enjoyment their music brings.

Check out our guest chefs and musicians from previous Saturdays

Location: 188 N. Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105       Phone: 704-488-4763      E-mail: matthewsfarmersmarket@gmail.com

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