(Elisabeth Richardson) Davidson Farmers’ Market Offers Food, Products, and North Carolina Hospitality

With temperatures starting to cool, it’s the perfect time to visit the Davidson Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, 8am-noon. Arrive early if you’re looking for something particular; eggs sell out quickly and I’ve missed out on the perfect pastry because I was late. Bring a sturdy shopping bag. I’ve also made the mistake of forgetting one and have had trouble juggling my tomatoes, pastries, fruit, and nut butter.

Speaking of which, try Abby’s Better Nut Butter. You’ll find her stand on the right as you enter from Main Street. Abby, a Mooresville resident, started this company when she was fifteen and looking for a healthy alternative to store brand peanut butter. Every delicious spread has 3-5 ingredients, and my favorite is Coffee Almond, which I use in smoothies and on apples. Yum. You will not be disappointed.

You’ll also want to sample Updog Kombucha, which is under the adjacent tent. I first became familiar with this brand at my yoga studio, Yoga On Davidson, where it’s on tap. My favorite flavors are Wild Thing (apple ginger) and Happy Baby (lavender). And I’m also impressed with the two young women who started this company out of their dorm room at Wake Forest a couple years ago. Now, their products are spreading all over North Carolina—both on tap and in bottles.

Here’s a sampling of what you’ll see, all grown or made within 100 miles of Davidson!

Get these now! They are fresh and delicious, and often the ones at the grocery store are bland and taste like plastic. These are perfect—to eat with a little salt, build a caprese salad, or cook up in your favorite meal.

I overheard the proprietor tell a boy who wanted a single jalapeno: “If that’s all you need today, just take you one.” That is southern hospitality and one more reason to love the market!

Pick up some fresh honey from Renn Bee Farm in Salisbury!

Sample and then buy some handmade, all-natural skincare products from Essential Soap Company. They use essential oils to create a range of scents: spicy, earthy, clean, and sweet. Something for everyone.

Favorite stop. The flowers I bought here had an amazing, vibrant color and lasted all week.

Bleu Barn Bistro’s farm-to-truck cuisine is one of the best food trucks in Mecklenburg County. This perfectly toasted Heirloom Tomato BLT was made on a buttery brioche bun with arugula, applewood smoked bacon, roasted garlic aioli, and shaved red onion. Anything you try will be excellent! Offers breakfast and lunch entrees.

The centrally located playground always bustles with activity, providing a space for the little ones to burn off some energy.

Behind The Pickled Peach, a green space with picnic tables offers a restful place to enjoy your food from Bleu Barn Bistro as the kids scale the perfect climbing tree! Dogs are welcomed in the area, but not within the borders of the market.

So grab a shopping bag and some cash (most vendors take credit cards as well, but bring some cash just to be safe), and head out to the market this weekend. Peak times are between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., so if you need a special item, come early. Parking is available on Main Street, Town Hall Lot, Police Department Lot, and at the Davidson Presbyterian Church lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets.

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