Farmer’s market takes fresh look at helping local farmers and missions

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.

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A few more weeks left for the farmers market

Numerous visitors and new vendors continue to attend the farmers market at the Mint Hill Historical Society on Matthews-Mint Hill Road.  Last Saturday was the first farmers market in September, the final month of the season.

“It’s been wonderful.  Every year we keep getting more people aware of the farmers market, and it has been great this year,” said Jamie Smith of Smith Nursery and a coordinator of the farmers market.

Smith is at the farmers market every Saturday.  She said a lot of people were coming for the produce, but that has slowed down since the produce season ended.  Her nursery is doing well, though.

“I sold a lot of plants today because September to October is another time to plant,” she said on Saturday.  As the season ends, many of her plants go on sale.  Look for Smith Nursery’s one-gallon plants for $2.50, and others for $2.  Next year she will offer more hand painted signs, handmade birdhouses, granite stools, and plants.  She will also be changing the name of her business to Brook’s Creek in an effort to involve her daughter, Brook.

Tonya Beauvais attended the farmers market as a vendor for the first time last Saturday, and she plans to stay through September.  Beauvais recently received a culinary arts degree and is a baking and pastry arts instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.  She offers various breads and pastries at the farmers market.

“I’m passionate about baking,” said Beauvais.  She has in-depth knowledge of baking as an art and a science.

The Mint Hill farmers market invites visitors and vendors every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm through September.

“I have made so many new friends,” Smith said.  “The farmers market here is family.”

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Farmers Market opens May 5

The Mint Hill Farmers Market will open its season May 5 with more than produce. Visitors can listen to folk music and learn about the history of Mint Hill. The market will be open Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm and run until September 29.

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