Love is in the air at your local farmers market

By on February 11, 2016

Tunnel-grown strawberries are now available from local farmers.

Tunnel-grown strawberries are now available from local farmers.

Looking for something sweet for your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than your regional farmers market. The markets in Asheville, Colfax, Charlotte and Raleigh are open year-round, and have a great selection of special treats for your Valentine.

From N.C. wines and cheeses to fresh meats and produce, you can find all the ingredients you need to prepare a romantic dinner at home. Set the mood with handcrafted candles, and don’t forget the tunnel-grown strawberries and artisan chocolates. You also can pick up gifts such as handmade jewelry, woven and gourd baskets, essential oils and soaps.

If you’re in Charlotte this Saturday, stop by the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market where vendors will be giving away free sweet recipes for you to take home.

Love is in the air at your regional farmers market. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Farmers markets are a great place to find unique gifts, such as handcrafted lavender soap, for your special someone.

Farmers markets are a great place to find unique gifts, such as handcrafted lavender soap, for your special someone.

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