Hubby was awesome to scout out the new market Uptown since Charlotte Fresh is, well, out-of-town. Below is all from Hubby. CF will return soon….
Great news brightened a rainy Tuesday this week: Charlotte’s Uptown got its long-awaited local food market when the 7th Street Public Market opened its doors. It’s the culmination of years of progress with the help of local food advocates, city leaders, and private industry.
Tuesday it resulted in a ribbon cutting attended by a host of dignitaries and quite a crowd of appreciative future local food shoppers.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx also spoke at the event. These leaders all spoke of the ability of the market to bring the community together around fresh food Uptown. The area has paradoxically been a food desert as far as farm-fresh produce at retail, even while full of restaurants. The market will solve that for the Uptown, and for people around the city, given its location adjacent to a Lynx light rail stop.
At its opening Tuesday, not all vendors were in place due to some lingering snafus, but they will be there soon. A sampling of what’s available so far includes of course fresh produce.
Wrapped meat ready to go (such as from T & D Farms of China Grove, NC and Scally’s Natural Beef with farms in Stanly and Mecklenburg Counties) has already shown up in the refrigerator cases. There will also be a butcher shop and fishmonger (Meat & Fish Co.) in the back of the market. Although they were not able to open Tuesday, they had Plexiglas cases of a familiar kind; sure enough their employees on hand Tuesday confirmed these would house swimming fish, which have previously been found only in various ethnic groceries in Charlotte.
The Uptown business lunch crowd will eventually be treated to barbecue and a new branch of Fran’s Filling Station, both not yet open. In the meantime, the most hopping corner of the market was probably the Not Just Coffee open-air coffee bar. Clearly they brought their game from the old location. The staff were busy and efficient with pour-over perfectionist coffee, clearly showing no first-day hesitancy.
This is just a small sampling of the many vendors who will be moving in as the market gets up to speed. Check back here and on the market’s own web site to see what other goodies await.