Short news bite today: Looks like Uptown is finally going to get its City Market, currently planned to have 30 vendors selling “fresh produce, meats, fish, baked goods and prepared foods.” Other big cities have fresh food markets in the center of it all, and it’s been a topic debated here for some time as to need and accessibility.
As you may be aware, there was some recent controversy surrounding the funding of this new market proposed for the former Reid’s space; the City Council declined the $1 million requested. But now, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Carolinas HealthCare System have partnered and made a five-year agreement to back the market. It’s a win-win for those who live in the Uptown area and for the backers from a preventative health perspective. It will also be a new venue for our farmers to present their food. Not sure yet on the opening date for this market, but you know Charlotte Fresh will be there to scope it out when it arrives.
Read more about this new development in this Charlotte Observer article.
This supplements the recent news that Whole Foods is coming to South Park in 2012. Great for regular grocery store items that our farmers’ markets don’t yet or plan to supply. Let’s encourage the company to incorporate in its offerings a good deal of produce, meats and dairy from our local farmers and suppliers. It would be a great win for our farmers if they do. More info from the Observer if you’re interested.