Spring flings open the doors of local farmers markets

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As we stuff our scarcely worn winter coats into the backs of our closets and thoughts turn to checking "spring cleaning" off our to-do lists, it's not a bad idea to take that mentality and run with it all the way to the grocer's.

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What better way to recharge that "new year, new me" resolution than to rid your home of processed, nutritionally questionable food-like items and stockpile your kitchen with fresh, local deliciousness? Here, CL gives you the deets on a farmers market near you.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market
One of only five markets actually owned by the state of North Carolina and operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, it's now open Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., until September. Summer hours take place May through August, on Sundays from 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
1801 Yorkmont Road; 704-357-1269.

Kings Drive Farmers Market
The Simpson family has been running their produce-oriented operation since 1941. The market's grand re-opening is scheduled for Friday, April 6.
938 South Kings Drive; 704-332-6366..

Matthews Community Farmers Market
The end of March brought the end of the "Winter Market," with regular season hours swinging into operation Saturday, April 7. This market opens at 7:15 and goes until noon.
105 N. Trade St., Matthews.

Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market
Opens Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate the opening with a wine tasting at 11, available first come, first serve.
1521 Elizabeth Ave; 704-333-3396.

Meeting Street Market
Opening April 24, this market will be open every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
9612 Longstone Lane

Atherton Mill and Market .
Market Hours: Tuesday, 3-7pm; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Bring some cash, as not all vendors accept cards.
2104 South Blvd..

Hillbilly Produce Market
Although it's not a traditional farmers market, it's still a great place to find fresh, local foodstuffs. Their summer hours run from now through Thanksgiving: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
7024 E. Independence Blvd; 704-535-1468.

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