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Fresh from Gaston County: Your guide to area farms, gardens and markets

There is something about the summer air, longer days and rising temperatures that has us dreaming about fresh and juicy strawberries and colorful blooming flowers in our kitchens. Luckily for Gaston County residents, there are plenty of places right in our County to get your farm-fresh fix for your household needs. From fresh fruit jams, juices and wines, veggies straight from the earth, grass fed eggs and meats and locally crafted soaps, these farms and markets from Dallas to Mount Holly have all the local and natural products of your summertime dreams.

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Cherryville Farmers Market

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220 E. Main St., Cherryville

Thursday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Right off Cherryville's Main Street, the Cherryville Chamber of Commerce hosts a farmers market every Thursday from June to October. When this years market season kicks off on June 3rd, you will be able to find all your produce, baked goods and local craft needs at this farmers market.

Dallas Lavender Lane Farm

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937 Old Willis School Rd., Dallas

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Monday, Closed

Just north of main street Dallas, Lavender Lane Farm sits on 38 acres used to grow multiple strains of Lavender, hold family friendly festivals and raise livestock. As the farm's name suggests, lavender is the main focus of the business—their lavender is grown to both look gorgeous on display and to take advantage of the plants holistic benefits. The farm's store sells soaps, teas, oils and baked goods all containing their fresh and aromatic lavender. Every June, Dallas Lavender Lane hosts a weekend long event on the farm called the Lavender Bloom Festival, where families can pick their own lavender while shopping at local vendor pop-ups.

Gastonia Farmers Market

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410 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Closed

Mostly Gaston County grown, the Gastonia Farmers Market provides our community with local produce, meats and goods, while providing a space for small businesses to sell their products. A full list of vendors hailing from Dallas to Bessemer City, can be found here.

Green Meadow Farm

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637 Eaker Rd., Kings Mountain

Daily 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sitting on 20 acres between Kings Mountain and Cherryville, Green Meadow Farm is an up-and-comer in the Gaston County farm scene. Currently, the farm is bursting with summertime flowers, which guests can come pick themselves. Outside of the you-pick flower fun, Green Meadows owner, Deborah Gibson, arranges flowers for weddings and events. The Gibson's also raise a dozen free-range chickens and sell eggs at their farm.

Lineberger's Farm

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906 Dallas Stanley Hwy., Dallas

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Linenberger Family has owned their farm outside of Dallas since the 1920s. Still family operated four generations later, the farm is committed to providing delicious, sustainable and quality fruit, veggies, jams, pickles, cider and more to the Gaston County community. After over 90 years, the Lineberger farm has transformed from a plot of land used to feed the immediate family to a huge farm, offering a variety of produce, opportunities for kid's to learn about farming through their homeschool days, weekly vegetable box subscriptions and the ability for customers to pick their own fruit. Whether you are craving berries in the summer or want to spend time with your kids outside, Lineberger's is a local farm everyone will enjoy.

Mount Holly Community Garden

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126 N. Main St., Mount Holly

For veggie lovers that also have a green thumb, Mount Holly Community Garden offers a space for you to grow your own produce in a controlled setting. The garden is home to 52 plant beds which grow a variety of different plants, herbs, fruits and veggies. The community garden charges $60 per season to rent a bed and offers various workshops throughout the spring and summer teaching gardening, cooking and healthy living tips.

Mount Holly Farmers Market

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226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

Saturday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Downtown Mount Holly's summer Farmers Market kicks off every Saturday morning with live music, local food trucks and of course, farmers and makers selling their locally produced goods. The Mount Holly Farmers Market is committed to providing their town with healthy, sustainably grown foods and the opportunity to support small, local businesses. At the market, some vendors also perform live cooking demonstrations to help customers get the best use of their product. This market is also home to the monthly Mt. Holly & The Makers for locally made goods.

Shady Creek Farm

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213 Kiser Dairy Rd., Dallas

Tuesday 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

The team behind Shady Creek Farm, located outside of Dallas, is all about all-natural, good-for-you cleaning products. From their Goat Milk based body soaps, plastic free laundry detergent and hand crocheted swiffer sweeper covers, Shady Creek specializes in health and sustainability. Outside of cleansing soap and cleaning products, the farm is home to livestock, vegetable plots and huge sunflowers. Their produce and products can be purchased at their farm, markets and local retailers, such as Mount Holly's Create in Us.


Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

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1801 Yorkmont Rd., Charlotte

Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.; Monday, Closed

Organizaed by the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Charlotte Regional Farmers market is one of the state's four regional markets, providing a space for local farmers, big and small, to sell their products directly to their regional consumer. At the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Gaston County businesses are well represented, with vendors from Bessemer City, Gastonia, Cherryville and Mount Holly present every weekend.

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