New manager joins the Charlotte Farmers Market
A former extension agent has been named the new manager of the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. Amie Newsome replaced Fred Cole, who retired in December. She is the first female full-time manager of the market.
Newsome spent nine years as an agent with Johnston County Cooperative Extension. She also has worked for retail gardening centers, nursery wholesalers and has taught agricultural education at Southern Vance High School in Henderson. Newsome has a degree in horticulture from N.C. State University.
“The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market has been serving farmers and consumers in the Queen City for more than 30 years,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Amie brings a lot of fresh ideas that will help the market continue to serve Charlotte’s diverse community for years to come.”
Newsome said she wants to create a family atmosphere for shoppers and vendors. She plans to work with farmers and crafters to improve their stands and presentation. In addition, she hopes that vendors will work together to share best practices with one another. Newsome also hopes to explore new partnerships with local food trucks, restaurants, universities and schools.
“There are dozens of farmers markets in the Charlotte area where farmers can sell their products,” Newsome said. “My job is to make sure that those farmers see the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market as a viable option to sell their goods.”
The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is one of four state-owned farmers markets operated by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The market, located at 1801 Yorkmont Road, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/charlotte/.