I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend!  This past Sunday, I took a trip to the Charlotte Farmer’s Market.  I’ve been wanting to go for awhile, so I was really excited when I finally got the chance. 

Located in the south western part of Charlotte, it’s a quick and easy trip that I’ll definitely be making again.  I took $40 cash out and figured I could get a majority of my grocery shopping done anyway since what I buy is mostly produce and meats.  I showed up around 12:30 {it opens at noon on Sundays}, and it wasn’t very crowded.  I think it gets busier later in the day, and it’s definitely busier on Saturdays.  It was nice browsing around and talking with some of the vendors.  Everything looked so healthy and colorful…oh yea, and did I mention huge?

Sweet potatoes the size of your head, I tell ya!  They were all about this big, it was unreal.

Stoplights…

And these adorable, little baby eggplants.  I’ve never seen any so small.  I already had so much produce by the time I saw these, but you better believe I’m researching what I can do with them…{stuffed baby eggplants, anyone?}.

There was also a stand where a man was making flower bouquets on the spot…they were all so beautiful!

My favorite vendor went by the name of Cyrus, he hooked me up with a dozen organic eggs from Cherry Grove {which is right down the road}, and filled me in on which vendors were local, hormone free growers.  My kinda guy.  I decided to take a page out of Jessica Alba’s book, The Honest Life. when she talks about getting to know your farmers.  Just because something is coming from the Farmer’s Market doesn’t mean that it’s almost the same as what can come from the produce aisle of your grocery store.  It’s imporatnt to learn how the food you’re buying is grown, and what standards the farmers grow by.  I also got suckered into buying almost a dozen peaches.  The first stand I walked by, the guy {I think his name was Mac} cut me a fresh slice of peach to let me try….it melted in my mouth.  Then some of his other customers were around, telling me how they “only buy peaches from him”…okay, sold.

 Safe to say I went HAM at the Farmer’s Market {not pictured:  the dozen eggs}

And I got it all for around $30…who says eating healthy is expensive? 

What do you like to buy at the Farmer’s Market?

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