Going to the market in Charlotte


I’ve noticed these little farmer’s markets popping up around town and at first I was very excited. What’s not to like about a farmer’s market? There is fresh, local produce everywhere and sometimes baked goods. Frequently, they attract artists, musicians and street performers and thus are a great addition to communities. However, I’ve found myself avoiding these places because the goods are too expensive.  Recently I saw one vendor selling a ciabatta bread for $12.00, seriously! The produce, as well, seems a little high compared to the super markets, which is curious since they presumably don’t bear the costs of transporting goods around the world.

I  like  the idea of walking or biking to the market. In the time I’ve spent in New York, Buenos Aires, or even smaller communities, I’ve always enjoyed walking to the market or finding clusters of vendors that  facilitate the shopping process. This is not typical of Charlotte. Granted, many Charlotte neighborhoods have a Harris Teeter or Food Lion and it can be convenient to shop in a big box, or category killer as they like to say, but these establishments rarely have everything you need, and thus I find myself driving across town to another category killer.  Sometimes I prefer the smaller boutique-style experience, especially when there is a sole proprietor or artisan around who is actually invested and cares about the business.

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About W. Hudson Temples

American artist, William Hudson Temples, grew up drawing pictures and cartoons. His early inspirations were Maurice Sendak, Charles Schultz, and Shel Silverstein. In 1987, he began formal art training at the Savannah College of Art and Design and in 1991 was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in illustration. Temples also holds a Master's Degree in Health Science from the University of North Carolina. Temples has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator, and cartoonist. His comic strip, Dumbbells, was published across North America in the Canadian Magazine, Razor. Currently, Temples is occupied in the field of education and fine art. He divides his time between North and South America, and much of his artwork reflects the cultural influences of his wife's native country, Argentina. With collectors in Latin America, Europe, and Asia, Temples' visual art has attracted a global audience.
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1 Response to Going to the market in Charlotte

  1. karen says:

    I agree with so much of what you write about. The lack of pedestrian areas where people can stroll the art/food scene. We had NoDa and so many galleries closed down there due to lack of business. Plaza Midwood is coming up fast but not really considered an “art” area yet. I also would never conceive of Charlotte as an Art Destiny. But there is plenty of art, it is just spread out and you have to drive 30 miles to get to each center/gallery. McColl is cool and I will try to get over there more. I am a member and took some classes and the array of art being produced there is amazing. And then there’s the Bechtler-what a gem we have here in Charlotte!
    Karen Cohen

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