For 36 years Gailya Cherry has been coming to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market every Friday and Saturday to sell her corn, squash, onions, and best of all, her tomatoes. People come from all over the area to buy her famous tomatoes, which she says are some of the only homegrown tomatoes that can be found during the summer. Although times have been rough lately, Cherry has not been deterred. Her consistency makes her a favorite at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, and if you take a trip down that way, be sure to check out her wares.
Creative Loafing: How far you drive to get here?
Gailya Cherry: Denver, N.C. That’s where the farm’s at. We raise horses out there. About 65 of them.
What sells best out here?
Tomatoes. That’s the most popular. We sell them $1.69 a pound. We ought to charge more than that but other people have them out here and if you charge too high, people notice. People look at prices. But we’ve been coming so long that people know that we have the best homegrown tomatoes in the summer, so they’ll pay. They pay a $1.69 rather than pay $.99 and have them shipped from somewhere.
Looks like you have a lot of stuff here. Does the Farmers Market provide you with tables?
Well, most of the stuff we’re able to store since the beginning of the season. But most is our stuff. The Farmers Market only provides one table per vendor.