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One of the best things about summer is the bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables that can be grown in the Carolinas. Of course, we may not all have the time or yard space to grow our own produce. Thank goodness for farmers markets!

While my wife and I do grow some vegetables and herbs at our home, we have also been regular customers at a couple of the farmers markets in the Charlotte area for years. We recently became aware of one on the west side of the city: the Rosa Parks Farmers Market.

Established in 2016, the Rosa Parks Farmers Market is now open for the summer in its new location, 2020 Beatties Ford Road. Unlike most farmers markets that often run out of their best offerings by mid-morning, the weekly Rosa Parks Farmers Market is convenient for late sleepers and people on their way home from work. You can shop for locally-sourced produce every Tuesday from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, June through September.

The Rosa Parks Farmers Market is more than just a place to load up on fresh fruits and veggies. It also serves as an educational outreach initiative of the Mecklenburg County Health Department, so you and your kids are likely to learn something about agriculture, sustainability, and history while you’re there. Follow them on Facebook for updated information.