One of the communities we are considering
for our relocation is Matthews.
We're hoping to find a semi-rural area
with a strong local and organic food source
that fosters homeschoolers
with a rich history and cultural diversity.
is one of the largest in this area,
and one of the only year-round venues.
The best feature of this market is that
all of the produce sold here must be grown within 50 miles.
Now, that's local!
We got a late start,
so many of the vendors had already
sold out and left for the day.
We were still able to find fresh produce, grass-fed meats
and homemade baked goods.
Next time we'll get there earlier.
The local bees found something they liked too!
One of the treasures on the main drag
is Renfrow's Hardware & General Store.
This place is over 100 years old
and completely no frills.
This old canner and a few other relics were on display.
Limited hours keep the store hoppin'.
Along with a newer, fantastic library,
Matthews offers the charming small town feel
we're looking for,
with rural pockets that are still
within an easy distance from Sister's in Charlotte.
We hope to go back and explore on another day.
Relocating can be exciting, but daunting.
We plan to take our time in the choosing,
because we want this to be our forever home.
How did you decide on the location of your homestead?