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Morning at the Market

By Steve Jones

On a hot June morning, a trip to the biggest farmer's market in the Charlotte- Metro area seemed like just the thing to do. Pulling into the vast facility, one can see three large covered buildings with people teeming all around. The flow of buyers viewing the assorted array of goods seems oblivious to the vendors hustling to replace the apples, corn or tomatoes that have been snapped up by the crowd.

Falling into the graceful ballet of folks, one quickly finds produce of every sort. Lettuce, watermelons, sweet corn, green and red peppers, potatoes, okra and squash fill table after table. They share space with strawberries, watermelons, blackberries, blueberries and peaches as well as jams and jellies. Vendors such as Fat Boy's Produce and Cotton Hills Farm provide produce. If a piece of fresh dough is what you crave stop by Melissa's Bakery or Nova.

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If it's meat you're after, there are several choices. We met Marc and Taylor manning the Grateful Growers booth offering a wide variety of pork and other meats (no hormones or antibiotics). Shelley Proffitt Hagen from Proffitt Family Farm in Kings Mountain, NC spoke to us about their grass fed cattle and the beef they offer. Also Gil and Amy Foster offer pasture raised beef and chicken along with free-range eggs from their Gilcrest Natural Farm in Iron Station, NC.

But it's not only food that's available. Across the lot is an entire building just for plants and flowers. Everything I saw would surely brighten one's home or yard.

So come on out and see these good folks and all the wonderful nourishing things they offer. It's good for your body and soul. If you are like me, you won't leave empty handed.