One of Charlotte’s newest farmer’s markets is bridging the gap between community coffee shops and local food market.
The Cotswold Farmers market first started by the Charlotte Providence Rotary Club under the leadership of Mike Walker.
“The initial mission of the Charlotte Providence Rotary Club in 2016 was to provide locally grown and produced nutritional foods for discerning individuals and families. But that mission has grown,” Walker told me.
In addition to local produce, meat, soaps, and dog treats, the community market also now features a food truck and live cooking demonstrations each Saturday morning;
as well as free music performed live each week by young Cotswold residents;
“The Cotswold Farmers Market in the Cotswold area of Charlotte has become more than a farmers market,” Walker noted. “Welcoming the community of all ages – both young & old – to come by on Saturday mornings, grab a hot coffee, maybe a breakfast burrito or sweet roll, relax at a cafe table under an umbrella, listen to the young musicians weekly, and just generally have a relaxing morning place to hang out.”
The organizers of the market also have a passion for giving back to the community. This year alone, they’ve provided exposure for 9 local non-profits, including;
Charlotte Community School of the Arts
Charlotte Film Society
Greater Charlotte Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Crisis Assistance Ministry
Urban Ministry Center
Their next major fundraiser will be the ‘The Cotswold Feast on the Farm‘ dinner, now scheduled for Sunday October 21 from 4-7pm at Rocky River Farms in Monroe.
The Cotswold Farmers Market will be open every Saturday morning from 8:00 AM til 12:00 Noon now through October 28th at 309 S. Sharon Amity Road. You can find out more about the market on their website here or by following them on Instagram here.