Charlotte Fresh must admit that part of what drove last Saturday’s two-market odyssey was a strong desire to eat at a certain bright orange food cart. You all know what I’m talkin’ about, and if you don’t, you should. So, we hopped in our most fuel-efficient vehicle possible and made the trek to Yorkmont Rd. “Eat Local. Ask for Local Food. Demand Quality Food.” Amen.
The orange cart in question is, of course, The Harvest Moon Grille, a venture of our favorite farming duo, Cassie Parsons and Natalie Veres of Grateful Growers Farm. (Natalie and Cassie farm on 10 acres in nearby Denver, N.C.) Hubby has eaten at The Moon when he’s uptown, and I tried The Moon for the first time during the Know Your Farms tour last year. I’ve been dreaming of it ever since.
We figured out that on Saturday, we can buy our pork (Tamworth) from Natalie at Matthews Community Farmers’ Market in the morning. Then, if we high-tail it around I-485, we can say hi to Cassie at the cart for brunch/lunch. By the way, you can also buy GG’s pork at the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market and at the Davidson Farmers’ Market. Here’s a link to other markets and retailers of their fine pork products: http://www.ggfarm.com/our-amazing-products/markets-retailers/
But I digress. Back to The Moon. Cassie is a trained chef and really knows how to source and showcase locally-grown food. She’s working with a team that’s dedicated to the cause, too. The Moon’s menu changes weekly according to what’s fresh and available. Pork is usually highlighted, but so are vegetarian items. Naturally, we went for the pork: I had what was called a “Budda Bellie” pork belly sandwich with lettuce, crispy rice noodles and BBQ sauce on a yeast roll; hubby had a Polish sausage with relish on a yeast roll. Yummm. I had jaw surgery earlier this year, but this sandwich was so soft and tender, I had no problem handling it. Then, we had Local Boy Bakery earthquake cookies. These are gluten-free, chocolate cookies that crumble in your mouth – so good. I wish I could eat at the cart every day – that would mean a lot of driving for me, but it would be worth it.
So, if you want something for lunch that’s good for you and local, too, then those of you who work uptown actually can eat at The Moon four days a week! Find it at Gateway Village by Johnson & Wales University on Mondays & Wednesdays. Tuesdays & Thursdays, it’s at Tryon at Fourth St. The menu is on this page: http://www.ggfarm.com/welcome-to-grateful-growers/harvest-moon-grille/
Watch this Vendr.tv video to learn more and to see some of their great food:
Note: the URL at the end of the video is incorrect, and it should be www.ggfarm.com