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Fruits and Veggies
Where are the farmers markets located in Mecklenburg County?
When is the best time to buy certain fruits and vegetables?
Fresh fruits and vegetables taste the best and are richest in nutrients when in season! Check out the Mecklenburg County Fruit and Vegetable Coalition website to find out what’s in season
during each part of the year in North Carolina. For information about seasonal produce across the country, visit the Fit City Challenge
I am trying to get my family excited about fruits and vegetables, any tips?
There are many creative ways to get your family excited about fruits and vegetables! Check out the quick & easy recipes and healthy eating games for kids on the More Matters
website. Find more fun recipes and budgeting tips on the Fruits and Veggies Matter
page and numerous healthy eating tips and resources for kids on the MyPlate
Where can I find tips on canning fruit and vegetables
? The Complete Guide to Home Canning
created by the USDA is a helpful tool for safely canning fruits and vegetables.
What is the best way to freeze fruit and vegetables
Freezing fresh fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to preserve them while retaining most of the nutritive value and the quality of the produce. Oregon State University
provides a great resource for freezing fruit and vegetables.
I am limited on yard space; can I still have a vegetable garden?
Yes! Container gardens and raised bed gardens are an excellent option for people with limited space. For information on how to start these types of gardens, see the information and links below.
How do I start a container garden?
It does not take much to start a container garden! Purchase a plastic tub with a tray or lid, pebbles, potting soil, and seeds or plants. The only tools you will need are a hammer and nails. Check out these instructions on creating a container garden
and create your container garden in no time!
How can I get a community garden started?
It’s easier than you may think. Check out Eat Smart Move More North Carolina’s planning and resource guide
, a helpful resource for anyone who is thinking about starting a community garden. The guide describes a community garden, its benefits, how to find or start a garden and tips for growing, storing, preparing and enjoying fruits and vegetables.
What should I plant and during what season?
With each season comes a different and exciting selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, which is what makes gardening so fun! You can find out what should be planted for spring
, and winter
with these resources from Friendship Gardens.
Are there any gardening classes available to me in the Charlotte area?
I am really interested in organic gardening; do you have any resources for that?
provides an excellent resource for organic gardening, including tips for pest and disease control. Check out the list of homemade organic controls to try in your garden.
Do farmers markets accept EBT cards?
A few farmers markets in Mecklenburg County accept EBT cards. They include:
- Atherton Market (year round)
- David B. Waymer Center Market (seasonal)
- Davidson Farmers Market (year round)
- Redeemer in Mission for Christ Church Market (seasonal)
- Sow Much Good (seasonal)
- Total Image Produce (year round)
Companion planting is strategically planting flowers, fruit plants and vegetable plants together to help each other grow. Learn more about companion planting
is a national movement supporting local produce and growing your own food!
provides information and resources for school and family gardening, along with garden social network for connecting with youth garden advocates.
School Garden Wizard
offers answers to common gardening questions asked by the K-12 school community.
encourages people to spend 10% of their food dollars locally and provides helpful information about local food.
Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension
offers information about agriculture and food in North Carolina.
SLOW Food Charlotte
is a movement to support local food in the Charlotte area and strengthen the connection of food with community and tradition.
Fit City Challenge
provides access a personal fitness log where you can track your physical activity, fruits and vegetables, and fitness goals!
NC Eat Smart Move More
provides information about health and nutrition in NC as well as useful nutrition and exercise resources.
is an organization that promotes gardening and greenhouses within the community.
Sow Much Good
works to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to areas with limited access through organic gardening.