Atherton Market Opens In South End
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - There are no more trolleys inside Charlotte's old trolley barn in South End. Now, it's home to the Atherton Market. That means fresh eggs, veggies, fruit, jams and bread!
Market manager Lynn Caldwell says ,"Our goal is be a one stop shopping experience for savvy localvores.” Yes, "localvores." It means people who prefer to eat locally grown or produced foods. It's a movement that's gaining in popularity and it doesn't just mean eating green veggies. It also includes stuff like vegan sesame noodles and potato salad.
And for dessert, brownies on a stick. Or "inside out carrot cake cookies" from Crumbs, a New York style bakery. Owner Brian Adinolfe says support for the new market is overwhelming. "There was a couple things, like our cinnabuns, that ended up selling out before 11 o'clock."
The new Atherton Market is going to serve as the primary food source for people living in South End, but organizers say they've had visitors drive down from Matthews, Mint Hill, even Huntersville. That's where Rose Barringer lives with her family. She plans on making the trip to the Atherton Market once a week for the local, sustainable and even organic food that she says has made her kids healthier and happier. "The more people come, the more they'll realize that the things they need aren't in the big box stores,” says Barringer.
Caldwell says, "Our goal is for this to change the shopping habits of people who live in this area."
The Atherton Market is open twice a week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are currently 2local and regional vendors but expansion plans are already in the works.
You can also get locally raised meats at the Atherton Market. Other local markets include the Neighborhood Farmers Market in northwest Charlotte and the Meeting Street Market in the Ballantyne area.