Pitch Pine Farm at Transylvania Farmers Market.

Outdoor Tailgate Markets Return for the Season

Flying Cloud Farm at North Asheville Tailgate Market.
Photo courtesy of ASAP

Farmers markets are opening outdoors throughout the region.

Spring is here and the growing season is upon us. The Spring Herb Festival will be at the WNC Farmers Market May 3, 4, and 5 for the thirtieth year. Elsewhere, tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what Appalachian Grown™ farms are growing. At early spring markets find fresh salad mix, root vegetables, spring greens, mushrooms, apples, spring onions, microgreens, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, honey, preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts.

Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

Molly Nicholie, the Local Food Campaign Director for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, is always excited for the opening of markets each year. “Outdoor farmers markets are one of my favorite harbingers of spring. Whether I’ll be returning to a long-time favorite market or discovering new markets in the region, showing up to reconnect with farmers and friends is a great way to renew your community connections and find a fresh start to the season.”

With more than 100 farmers markets across the region, there are opportunities to explore local food and farm offerings throughout the mountains.

Blue Meadow Farms at Asheville City Market – courtesy of ASAP

Opening Days for Regional Tailgate Markets

Central Mountains

Asheville City Market – Downtown: April 6 (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

Asheville City Market – South: April 3 (Wednesdays, noon–4 p.m.)

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4 (Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon)

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 3 (Fridays, 3–6 p.m.)

Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market: April 6 (Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Mars Hill Farmers & Artisans Market: April 6 (Saturdays, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 6 (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

River Arts District Farmers Market: May 1 (Wednesdays, 3–6 p.m.)

Sundays on the Island in Marshall: March 31 (Sundays, noon)

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 3 (Wednesdays, 2:30–6 p.m.)

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 9 (Tuesdays 3:30–6:30 p.m.)

WNC Farmers Market: open year-round (daily, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Pitch Pine Farm at Transylvania Farmers Market.

Southern Mountains

Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 2 (Thursdays, 3–6 p.m.)

Henderson County Curb Market: open year-round (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.)

Henderson County Tailgate Market: April 6 (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

Mills River Farmers Market: May 4 (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

Saluda Tailgate Market: May 3 (Fridays, 4:30–6:30 p.m.)

Transylvania Farmers’ Market: open year-round (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

Near West

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market: open year-round (Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 20 (Wednesdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.–noon)

Jackson County Farmers Market: April 6 (Wednesdays, 3:30–6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon)

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 15 (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon)

High Country

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: April 24 (Wednesdays, noon–4 p.m.)

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 27 (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.


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