Welcome to spring: Here’s where to find your neighborhood tailgate market

The French Broad Co-Op, which is held downtown on Wednesdays, is one of several regional farmers markets that accepts payment through food assistance programs such as EBT. Photo by Hayley Benton

With winter’s cold (mostly) behind us, it’s a great time to welcome in the days of fresh, local produce, meats, eggs and flowers with a visit to a neighborhood farmers market. Western North Carolina is home to a cornucopia of tailgate and farmers markets which offer everything from local food and live music to cooking demonstration and children’s activities. Many also participate in food assistance programs and accept payment through EBT/ SNAP or WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Most area markets will be starting up in the next few weeks, though a few — including the Asheville City Market, the WNC Farmers Market and the Jackson County Farmers Market — are open year-round. With the help of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Xpress is providing a roundup of regional markets, including markets accepting food assistance programs. You can find specific start and end dates for the 2014 season for each market by clicking on their description within the map or scrolling through the markets by day of the week. You can also find a calendar view in our Community Calendar.

For more information on area farmers/ tailgate markets, you can also check out ASAP’s Local Food Guide, online or in print.

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By Day


Every day

WNC Farmers Market

570 Brevard Road; wncfarmersmarket.org; 253-1691

May 7 – Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


 Sunday

Marshall Sunday Island Market

Blanahasset Island, Marshall; steverice@hotmail.com

April 12 – Oct. 11, noon – 4 p.m.


Tuesday

Cowee Farmers Market

51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin; coweefarmersmarket.com; 524-8369

May 12 – Oct. 27, 3:30 – 7 p.m.

 

Henderson County Curb Market

221 N. Church St., Hendersonville; curbmarket.com;  692-8012

April 5 – Dec. 27, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Historic Marion Tailgate Market

W. Henderson St. & Logan St., Marion; marionc.org/farmers.php; 652-2215

May 5 – Dec. 15, 3 – 6 p.m.

 

Rutherford County Farmers Market

172 Depot St., Forest City; rutherfoodcountync.gov/farmersmarket; 287-6080

April 28 – Oct. 27, 8 .am. – 1 p.m.

 

West Asheville Tailgate Market

718 Haywood Road; westashevilletailgatemarket.com; 545-4516

April 7 – Nov. 24, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday

• Asheville City Market- South

1 Town Square Blvd.; facebook.com/ashevillecitymarket; 348-0340

April 1 – Oct. 28: noon – 4 p.m.

 

French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market

76 Biltmore Ave.; frenchbroadfood.coop; 255-7650

April 15 – Nov. 25, 2 – 4 p.m.

 

Haywood’s Historic Farmer’s Market

250 Pigeon St.; waynesvillefarmersmarket.com; 550-4554

April 29 – Nov. 25, 8 a.m.- noon

 

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

171 Legion Drive, Waynesville; 648-6323

May 13 – Oct. 28, 8 a.m. – noon

 

River Arts District Farmers Market

175 Clingman Ave., RADfarmersmarket.com

May 6 – Nov. 25, 2 – 6 p.m.

 

Spruce Pine Farmers’ Market

585 Oak Ave., Spruce Pine; Facebook page; 688-3538

May 6 – Oct. 28, 2 – 5 p.m.

 

Weaverville Tailgate Market

60 W. Lakeshore Drive, Weaverville; weavervilletailgate.org

April 8 – Oct. 28, 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 

• ‘Whee Farmer’s Market

416 Central Drive, Cullowhee; facebook.com/CullowheeFarmersMarket

April 1 – Oct. 28; 4:30 p.m. – dusk


Thursday
Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Farmers Market

876 Acquoni Road, Cherokee; 359-6935

May 7 – Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Flat Rock Tailgate Market

Little Rainbow Row, Flat Rock; facebook.com/flatrockfarmersmarket; 845-430-8003;

May 7 – Oct. 29, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m.

 

Henderson County Curb Market

221 N. Church St., curbmarket.com;  692-8012

April 2 – Dec. 31, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Oakley Farmers Market

607 Fairview Road; oakleyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com; 407-0188

May 7 – Sept. 24, 3:30 – 6 p.m.

 

Tryon Tailgate Market

Palmer Street, Tryon; polkcountyfarms.org/farmers-markets; 894-2281

May 7 – Oct. 29, 4 – 6 p.m.


Friday

East Asheville Farmers Market

954 Tunnel Road; facebook.com/eastashevilletailgatemarket

 May 1- Sept. 25, 3 – 6 p.m.

 

Swain County Farmers Market

Island St., Bryson City; 488-3848

May 1 – Oct. 30, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Saturday

Asheville City Market – Downtown

161 S. Charlotte St.; facebook.com/ashevillecitymarket; 348-0340

Jan.10 – March 28: Indoor winter market, 10 a.m.-noon

April 4 – Oct. 31: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Nov. 7 – Dec. 19: 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

 

• Asheville City Market – South

1 Town Square Blvd.; facebook.com/ashevillecitymarket; 348-0340

April 1 – Oct. 28, 12 – 4 p.m.

 

Bakersville Farmers Market

101 Hemlock Dr., Bakersville; 688-6131

April 4 – Dec. 19, 8 a.m. – noon

 

• Black Mountain Tailgate Market

130 Montreat Road, Black Mountain; blackmountaintailgatemarket.org

 May 2 – Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Farmers Market

876 Acquoni Road, Cherokee; 359-6935

May 2 – Oct. 31, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Franklin Farmers Market

226 E. Palmer St., Franklin; facebook.com/FranklinNCFarmersMarket; 349-8992

April 11 – Nov. 7, 8 a.m. – noon

 

Haywood’s Historic Farmer’s Market

250 Pigeon St.; waynesvillefarmersmarket.com; 550-4554

April 25 – Nov. 28, 8 a.m.- noon

 

Henderson County Curb Market

221 N. Church St., curbmarket.com;  692-8012

April 4 – Dec. 26, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Henderson County Tailgate Market

100 N. King St, Hendersonville; facebook.com/hendersoncountytailgatemarket; 697-1153

March 14 – Nov. 28, 7 a.m. – noon

 

Historic Marion Tailgate Market

W. Henderson St. & Logan St., Marion; marionc.org/farmers.php; 652-2215

June 20 – Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Jackson County Farmers Market

jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org; 399-0290

April 11 – Oct. 31: Bridge Park on Railroad Ave., Sylva;  9 a.m. – noon

After Nov. 7: The Community Table, 23 Central St., Sylva; 9 a.m.- noon

 

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market

On the campus of Mars Hill University; marshillmarket.org

April 4 – Dec. 19, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

Mills River Farmers Market

5046 Boylston Highway, Mills River; Facebook page

May 2 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – noon

 

North Asheville Tailgate Market

On the UNCA campus; northashevilletailgate.org; 776-6286

April 11 through Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-noon

 

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

171 Legion Drive, Waynesville; 648-6323

May 16 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – noon

 

Rutherford County Farmers Market

172 Depot St., rutherfoodcountync.gov/farmersmarket; 287-6080

April 25 – Oct. 31, 8 .am. – 1 p.m.

 

Transylvania Farmers Market

190 E. Main St., Brevard; transylvaniafarmersmarket.com; 548-0660

April 18 – Dec. 19, 8 a.m.-noon

 

Yancey County Farmers Market

10 S. Main St, Burnsville; yanceycountyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com; 682-4108

April 18 – Dec. 19, 8:30 a.m.- noon

 


Accepting EBT/ SNAP or FMNP

 

Asheville City Market – Downtown

161 S. Charlotte St.; facebook.com/ashevillecitymarket; 348-0340

Saturdays: April 4 – Dec. 19, 8am – 1p.m.

 

Asheville City Market – South

1 Town Square Blvd.; facebook.com/ashevillecitymarket; 348-0340

Wednesdays: April 1 – Oct. 28, noon – 4 p.m.

 

French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market

76 Biltmore Ave.; frenchbroadfood.coop; 255-7650

Wednesdays: April 15 – Nov. 25, 2 – 4 p.m.

 

Haywood’s Historic Farmer’s Market

250 Pigeon St.; waynesvillefarmersmarket.com; 550-4554

Wednesdays & Saturdays:  April 25 – Nov. 28, 8 a.m.- noon

 

Historic Marion Tailgate Market

W. Henderson St. & Logan St., Marion; marionc.org/farmers.php; 652-2215

Tuesdays: May 5 – Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – noon

Saturdays: June 20 – Oct. 31, 9 a.m. – noon

 

Jackson County Farmers Market

jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org; 399-0290

Saturdays:

April 11 – Oct. 31: Bridge Park on Railroad Ave., Sylva;  9 a.m. – noon

After Nov. 7: The Community Table, 23 Central St., Sylva; 9 a.m.- noon

 

Mills River Farmers Market

5046 Boylston Highway, Mills River; Facebook page

Saturdays: May 2 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – noon

 

North Asheville Tailgate Market

On the UNCA campus; northashevilletailgate.org; 776-6286

Saturdays: April 11 through Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-noon

 

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

171 Legion Drive, Waynesville; 648-6323

Wednesdays & Saturdays: May 13 – Oct. 31, 8 a.m. – noon

 

Rutherford County Farmers Market

172 Depot St., rutherfoodcountync.gov/farmersmarket; 287-6080

Tuesdays & Saturdays: April 25 – Oct. 31, 8 .am. – 1 p.m.

 

Tryon Tailgate Market

Palmer Street, Tryon; polkcountyfarms.org/farmers-markets; 894-2281

Thursdays: May 7 – Oct. 29, 4 – 6 p.m.

 

West Asheville Tailgate Market

718 Haywood Road; westashevilletailgatemarket.com; 545-4516

April 7 – Nov. 24, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

 

Yancey County Farmers Market

10 S. Main St, Burnsville; yanceycountyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com; 682-4108

April 18 – Dec. 19, 8:30 a.m.- noon

 

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