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    July 23, 2020

    Restaurants, markets expand into retail produce

    Here’s where to get meat and veggies from local restaurants

    Restaurants have been rapidly experimenting with new ways to bring in revenue as the Covid-19 pandemic continues. Most are now offering curb-side pick-up and delivery; some are selling cocktail kits and family-style meals. Also gaining in popularity is the sale of local goods, from produce and meats to grits and flours, along with restaurant to-go meals. Support farmers and restaurants in Charlotte’s local food ecosystem with the options below. —Kristen Wile

    300 East
    Each Tuesday, 300 East partners with Coto Family Farms to host what they call a “micro market.” Visit the farm on Instagram to pre-order, then stop by 300 East between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to pick up your produce and enjoy a cup of Honduran coffee.

    Local Loaf
    This small neighborhood bakery, deli, and restaurant opened with a selection of bulk goods and local products, but expanded their offerings to include butter, milk, eggs, meat, honey, and other seasonal produce. Order online and pick up your order.

    NoDa Company Store
    This neighborhood hangout amped up its selection of produce and meats to meet neighborhood demand, adding all of the basics from canned goods, pasta, and butter to eggs, onions, and potatoes — locally sourced whenever possible. Delivery and curbside pickup are available.

    Fine dining long-timer Santé added a market to its online menu sections, with items available for pickup Tuesday-Saturday nights and Saturday mornings. Purchase carrots, sweet potatoes, seafood, steaks, spreads, condiments, sausages, and more along with a prepared meal.

    The Stanley
    Each week on Instagram, The Stanley posts a list of proteins available for sale by the pound from its pop-up butcher shop. Availability changes each week, with steaks, seafood, and poultry. Order by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for pickup on Friday.

    The Waterman
    Canceled your beach vacation? Swing by The Waterman to pick up an oyster shucking kit that can transport you to a beachside oyster shack. Get two dozen oysters, a bucket, condiments, and a shucking knife for $55. Each additional dozen costs $20. Order online for pick up between 11 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

    Your Mom’s Donuts
    Owner Courtney Buckley slowly started adding products from local farmers to her shop’s online ordering, and quickly realized there was demand for much more. Produce, meat, herbs, dairy, and more are now available to purchase — along with the popular shop’s signature square doughnuts, of course.

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