From Uptown to Ballantyne, Davidson to Rock Hill, the Charlotte area isn't at a loss for great places to pick up fresh fruit and veggies - and great plants for your yard and garden, too!
The markets vary as to the time of year that they open, the number of local vendors, and the particulars of what they sell. Some lean more 'local, and others rely on regional or even national/international (think Mexican) growers.
Of course, the granddaddy of them all is the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, which is open year round and one of five farmers markets owned by the state of North Carolina. Under its four open-air sheds, vendors offer fresh flowers, produce, prepared foods, baked goods, cheeses, and even handmade crafts at the Craft Barn (where open months/hours vary).
Per CharlotteMagazine.com, "Look for the “Local Farmer, Local Food” flags—they distinguish local farmers from other vendors. A greenery shed offers plants, trees, and shrubs. The CRFM is near the airport, at 1801 Yorkmont Rd.
Other highlighted markets?
The Mecklenburg County Market - which is also the oldest in NC (1937!), and still exists in its original location—a small, red brick building in Dilworth—and "many of the vendors are descendents of the original founders." The address is 1515 Harding Place.
One of my favorites is The Matthews Community Farmers Market. Why? Because "all of the food and products sold at this market are grown, raised, or made within fifty miles of Matthews." Follow the crowds 'downtown,' at shop 188 N. Trade St., Matthews. Make sure you hit up Renfrow Hardware (circa 1900), afterwards - and check out the hens or chicks 'out back!'