HUNTERSVILLE – The Huntersville Growers’ Market rings in the spring season once again for its opening day at Main & Maxwell Park at 10 a.m. May 10.

The market has made its way to Huntersville for 15 years since 1999. At that time, the grower’s market had very little vendors. As for this year’s vendors, the number is expected to grow to 25 or more.

“Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture granted the grower’s market $46,000 to make minor improvements and incorporate new additions and events,” said Tracy Houk, town recreation superintendent.

The market will now have an enhanced landscape, more picnic tables with umbrellas, pop-up tents for the vendors and special activities on market mornings.

Farmers and vendors come from all over the state.

These food growers sell a variety of goods at the grower’s market. Visitors can find honey, eggs, produce, meats, baked goods, fudge and cupcakes in a jar.

The grower’s market will also sell jewelry and plants for those interested in items other than food.

A grower’s market is more than just a place to buy produce and meats.  It serves as a way to bring the community together where people from all over the Lake Norman community and beyond can go to interact with the farmers, their neighbors and friends.

“Ultimately, high-quality markets succeed because people get something from going there beyond a simple bag of produce,” Houk said.  

About 100-150 visitors came out weekly to last year’s grower’s market. Houk expects that number to possibly double at this year’s market because of the increase in vendors and awareness of the market.

During the market hours, adults, families and children can take place in several events. They can even learn from the farmers at every table on how to prepare a meal with the food they buy.

“A local caterer shops the market Saturday mornings and then uses the items he purchases to create dishes right on the market grill,” Houk said.

A grower’s market proves beneficial for both the farmers and the surrounding community.

“A local farmers market keeps that ‘small town’ feel here in Huntersville,” Houk said.  “A market shows the support our community has for local farmers and the community cares where their food comes from.”

The Town of Huntersville and Carolinas Healthcare System sponsor the grower’s market.

 

 

Want to go? The Huntersville Growers’ Market’s regular season spans 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays at Main & Maxwell Park. Vendors include Coddle Creek Farm, Burton farms, Grandpa’s Gourmet Popping Corn, Bame Farms, Little Sister’s Fudge, Farmer Neil, Whynot Farm on Snow Creek, Green Thumb Gardens, Great Harvest Bread Co., Hopewell Harvest, Ocean Harvest and NC Littlecakes.