Market 101

The North Asheville Tailgate Market. Photo courtesy of UNCA

The North Asheville Tailgate Market, a Saturday morning tradition for those who love fresh produce, baked goods and flowers, will reopen for its 32nd season on Saturday, April 14, on the UNCA campus. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon and offers plenty of convenient parking.

The area's oldest producer-only farmer's market will have nearly 50 local food vendors this year. They’ll offer organic fruits, vegetables and herbs; artisan breads and cheeses; local honey; fresh baked goods and gourmet deserts; free-range meat and eggs; fresh seafood; homemade jams and ice cream; plants and flowers; and locally roasted coffee.

The market welcomes a new director this week, Shay Amber, a North Carolina native who grew up on a prolific farm, and who brings with her a deep appreciation of how tailgate markets benefit both farmers and communities.

To accommodate UNCA's May 5 commencement ceremony, the market will be held that Saturday in the parking lot of MAHEC's Family Health Center (188 W.T. Weaver Blvd). The market will return to its usual UNCA spot the following weekend, May 12, and will feature a special Spring Fling and Mother's Day Celebration.

To visit the North Asheville Tailgate Market, enter the UNCA campus at the traffic circle on Weaver Boulevard. Travel up the main drive and take the first right at Parking Lot C. A campus map is available online at: unca.edu/campusmap.

To find out about other farmers markets in the area, visit the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project new community website, fromhere.org.

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