Early-season tailgate markets in Western North Carolina feature more variety than you might imagine: Naturally, there are early greens—especially fresh lettuce. And there are starter tomatoes, herbs, peppers, squash and more, as well as local meats, breads and even homemade tamales, on occasion. But there’s also the unexpected: Oyster mushrooms grown in Alexander by Carol Dreiling. “They’re almost too pretty to eat,” Drieling remarked on a recent Saturday, which is when you’ll find the North Asheville Tailgate Market open at UNCA.
For a schedule of local markets, click here. You’ll also find hints at what veggies and other locally grown, locally produced stuff will likely be found at upcoming markets.