Friday, April 18, 2014

Bundle up for the Matthews farmers market

The Matthews Community Farmers' Market, North Trade and East John streets in Matthews, kicks off the spring season Saturday morning, with a celebration of the  new tent and lots of improvements after the old tents were destroyed in that ice storm in February.

The market raised so much money to replace the tent that the staff and volunteers were able to make all sorts of improvements, including regrading the market site and adding new wooden posts for some of the stands. They also will open with new hours: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. No more waking up and trying to remember if opening bell is at 7:15 or 8.

In addition there are some new vendors: If you read my story this week about Courtney Buckley and Benjamin Frye of Your Mom's Donuts, you can meet them. They have a new market stand, with flavors that will change every week.

King of Pops is coming, too! Neil Ringer and Brandon DeCurtins are bringing one of the carts with the bright umbrellas and the amazing flavors. And Natalie Veres of Grateful Growers will bring food from her new venture, Butcher-Baker-Sausage Maker, including gnocchi and various breads made with local ingredients.

They'll also kick off the season with a 9 a.m. cooking demonstration from Paul Verica of Heritage Food & Drink in Waxhaw.

It's market season, folks: Shop, cook, eat. And if you see those baby hakurei turnips, the little round white ones, they taste really sweet if you leave them raw and shave them over a salad. I'm just saying . . .

PHOTO: Matthews Community Farmers' Market.