The Uptown Farmers Market will open for a fourth season starting Saturday, April 15.
Why it matters: The market is operated by a nonprofit organization that seeks to address food insecurity in the Charlotte community, support local farmers and educate residents about healthy eating.
New this year: On the third Saturday of the month, the market will provide SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients with “triple bucks.”
The new program is in response to the recent end of SNAP emergency allotments that were provided during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Market officials said the “triple bucks” program will ensure that “the healthiest food remains affordable and accessible to all patrons.”
How it works: Each week at participating farmers markets, SNAP recipients who spend at least $50 can get a dollar-for-dollar match through a county-funded “double bucks” program. Now on the third Saturday of each month, the uptown market will provide up to an additional $50.
Opening day at the Uptown Farmers Market will also initiate the auction of an original painting by Curtis King, the local artist responsible for creating the Uptown Farmers Market mural. Proceeds from the sale will go to help support the market’s Community Table Fund, which provides fresh produce to residents struggling with food insecurity. Visit www.uptownfarmersmarket.com to learn more about the auction.
On Opening Day: Stop by the Welcome Tent and register to win a gift basket filled with vendor favorites and a gift donated by the Wells Fargo Championship.
IF YOU GO:
Location: 300 S. Davidson Street
Dates: Every Saturday through Dec. 9
Time: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Parking: free on-site
More info: www.uptownfarmersmarket.com