Saturday, July 16, 2011

On Thursday, July 21st, the Friends of the City Market will host an Open House at the 7th Street Station Charlotte City Market site in conjunction with the return of Chow Down Uptown (located in the Secure Parking lot across the street). New Charlotte City Market Executive Director, Christy Shi, will be introduced. She will provide the very latest news on the Market, as well as share plans for its opening. The open house is free and open to all. The doors open at 6:30pm. We will have information on the Market as well as a draft site plan.

“As the new director of the Charlotte City Market, I am looking forward to this preview as we begin to shape the Market,” says Shi. “This upcoming meeting at the Charlotte City Market will be a forum in which to discuss the how the Market can serve our entire community. This feedback will be critical to be sure we are putting policies, pricing, education etc. in place that supports an environment that serves our community.” Here are some details about the Market:

• Six-day, year-round, indoor market
• Four-fold vision:
o Showcase local and regional food in an authentic community gathering place
o Support other farmers' markets in the area
o Incubate new food businesses
o Improve access to healthy food in low-income neighborhoods
• Opening Fall 2011

This Public Market can provide economic opportunity by acting as a business incubator, providing a low-cost way for 30-40 entrepreneurs to start small ventures with supported back office, educational opportunities and common marketing. It can be a link for urban and rural economies, providing a place where the divergent worlds of city and country meet and mutually support each other….through commerce and conversation. It can be a forum for public health and wellness in the geographic center of the city and connected by transit can help ensure that citizens, living in neighborhoods that are not well-served by conventional grocery stores, have access to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish. Public markets can also be non-threatening and welcoming places for education about the benefits of nutrition and healthy living practices and habits as well as a community gathering place to celebrate our diverse population.

Parking will be available for these meetings at the Secure Parking lot across the street from Seventh Street Station. All attendees are invited to take advantage of the food offered at the Uptown Chow Down, a food truck festival featuring fresh and local foods, going on in the Secure Parking lot from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.