Founders Leconte Lee and Nick Knock sell produce at the first go-go fresco, a weekly “pop-up” farmer’s market, designed to benefit local farmers and nonprofit missions. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

Founders Leconte Lee and Nick Knock sell produce at the first go-go fresco, a weekly “pop-up” farmer’s market, designed to benefit local farmers and nonprofit missions. PHOTO BY DEREK LACEY

A new, Mint Hill-based farmer’s market is bringing a fresh way to support local farmers and local nonprofits to the Charlotte area.

Founders Nick Knock and Leconte Lee combined their passions of health and public service to create go-go fresco, a new kind of farmer’s market.

Go-go fresco brings fresh produce from local farms like Barbee Farms and The Farm at Dover Vineyards to sell at different locations around Charlotte, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting local nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity and Charlotte Rescue Mission.

The idea came to Knock as he was riding his bike to the coffee shop one day, and from there it snowballed into a new take on both charity and produce.

“Why not make doing charity as easy as grocery shopping?” asks Lee. And that’s exactly what they’ve set out to do, offering fresh produce for .

The plan is to set up the market at different places, benefitting different nonprofits, all while providing healthy, fresh produce.

“It slowly developed from one idea to the next and the next, and we started contacting churches and nonprofits and farmers and everybody’s been really enthusiastic and supportive,” Knock said.

To get started, Knock and Lee contacted local farmers and missions via email, phone, and on foot, getting new clients involved and getting their idea off the ground.

“Farmers love us,” said Lee, “They like what we’re doing.”

Monday, March 18 marked the first market, held 12–2 pm at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Mint Hill, and benefitted the Cornerstone Preschool program, a not-for-profit preschool at the church.

Moving forward, go-go fresco is looking to expand, and plans are in the works to set up at Green Market Saturdays, an upcoming farmers and craftsman market to be held every Saturday from April 27 to September 28 at the 7th Street Public Market in Charlotte.

“We’re starting small and seeing where it goes and how it goes and moving forward from this point,” Knock said. “We may get to the point where we can operate more than one at a time.”

Go-go fresco is based on an all-local philosophy. Local produce means a smaller carbon footprint for the veggies on your dinner table, more money circulating in your local economy, and more nutritious, better-tasting produce.

The market is still cutting its teeth, but the plan is to operate on a year-round, every week, at each location.

The next go-go-fresco will be Sunday, March 24 at Light of Christ United Methodist Church, 9212 Bryant Farms Road, from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm, benefitting Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.

For more information or to get your farm or nonprofit involved, email gogofresco@gmail.com, or visit their website www.gogofresco.org.