Farmers Market Study
Project Overview. The City is exploring how to create a stronger public market system, enhance food entrepreneurship and access, and support farming in our community.
Project Goals. The goal is to develop a recommendation for a Charlotte market system that supports farmers, entrepreneurship, and healthy food access while building community and place throughout Charlotte and the region.
On January 9th the City's consulting team, Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P) returned to Charlotte to provide an update for the community. They discussed ongoing progress, data they'd collected so far, and laid out twelve possible recommendation ideas for attendees to review. Over one hundred residents and stakeholders attended and provided commentary to help refine the scope of the recommendation set and highlight priorities. On July 23rd and 24th KK&P will be coming back to Charlotte to present their final report and go over the four recommendations and implementation plan. They will also be able to discuss the report data and answer any questions as well. More details to come soon.
On December 7, 2016 a focus group meeting was held to help inform the path forward. Participants consisted of representatives from government agencies, non-profits, food access & security advocates, market managers, local farms, restaurants, distributors and food entrepreneurs. A summary of the stakeholder meeting will be made available on this webpage as soon as it is available.
We are pleased to announce that we have selected our consultant, Karen Karp & Partners, and they are scheduled to begin work in the fall of 2017. Karen Karp & Partners has decades worth of consulting experience amongst their staff and specialize in food system planning and supply chain strategies.
From their website: "It's our job, our mission, and our commitment to help you connect the two. From designing regional sourcing strategies and sustainability plans to developing cutting-edge food curricula, we customize our approach to changing the food environment in your communities, marketplaces, or within your own organizations."
Please click on the link below to see pictures and details of their previous projects including increasing local food procurement in New York City schools, preparing strategies to advance the food economy of Central Louisiana, and designing an analysis of the food industry in Boston and Detroit as awarded by the U. S. Department of Commerce.
KK&P is also working with local consultants Suede Onion, Charlotte Mecklenburg Food Policy Council, and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (FARMS). The collective knowledge and experience of all participating consultants will serve well in addressing all of the issues present in our current food system.