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ASAP Outdoor Farmers’ Market Throughout Our Region

ASHEVILLE, NC (March 28, 2018)—Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! 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 as well as value-added farm products like 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.

Asheville City Market, one of the region’s vibrant farmers markets, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with a grand opening on April 7. As part of the celebration, the market is featuring new Asheville City Market merchandise (t-shirts and hats) and special events throughout the outdoor market season. The Empire Strikes Brass is playing on opening day.

Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director, is always excited for the opening of markets each year, “Spring markets are not only a great way to celebrate the season, but a chance to connect with community and renew support for Appalachian Grown farms.”

With more than 100 farmers markets across the region, there are opportunities to explore local food and farm offerings throughout the mountains. Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2018 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

 Central Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets

Asheville City Market: April 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Asheville City Market – South: April 4, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 5, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 1, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Hot Springs Homegrown and Handmade Market:  April 7, Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Mars Hill Farmers & Artisans Market: April 7, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 3, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm

River Arts District Farmers Market: May 2, Wednesdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Sundays on the Island: April 1, Sundays 12:00 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 18, Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:00 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 10, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm

WNC Farmers Market: Jan 1, Open Everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 21, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

 

Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets

Caldwell County Farmers Market: May 5, Saturdays 6:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hildebran Farmers Market: May 22, Tuesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 1, Tuesdays 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market: Jan 1, Thursdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fridays 1:00 – 5:00 pm, Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Morganton Farmers Market: May 2, Wednesdays 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rutherford County Farmers Market: April 14, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sawmills Farmers Market: May 2, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pm

Valdese Farmers Market: May 19, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Fridays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Southern Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets

Columbus Farmers Market: April 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 4, Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Henderson County Curb Market: Year-round; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 am –2:00 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: April 7, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 6, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Saluda Tailgate Market: May 4, Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Tailgate Market: May 1, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

Transylvania Farmers’ Market: Year-round; Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tryon Tailgate Market: May 3, Thursdays 4:30 PM – 6:30 pm

 

Near West Regional Tailgate Markets

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market: TBA

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 14, Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am– 12:00 pm

Jackson County Farmers Market: April 4, Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am –12:00 pm

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 16, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Swain County Farmers Market: May 4, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

‘Whee Market: April 3, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

 

Far West Regional Tailgate Markets

Brasstown’s Farmers Market: April 25, Wednesdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Graham County Farmers Market: July 8, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hayesville Farmers Market: May 4, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

High Country Regional Tailgate Markets

Alleghany County Farmers’ Market: May 5, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ashe County Farmers Market: April 14, Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Avery County Farmers Market: May 10, Thursdays 4:30 – 7:00 pm

King Street Market: May 14, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm

The Parkway Farmers Market: May 1, Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: April 18, Wednesdays 2:00 – 5:30 pm

 

GA Farmers Markets

Blue Ridge Downtown Market: June 2, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clarkesville Farmers Market: May 12, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Clayton Farmers Market: April 28, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dahlonega Farmers Market: May 5, Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lavonia Farmers Market: April 7, Wednesdays and Saturdays 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Union County Farmers Market: June 2, Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

White County Farmers Market: June 17, Saturdays 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

SC Farmers Markets

Anderson County Farmers Market: June 2, Tue., Thu., Sat. 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Clemson Farmers’ Market: May 3, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Foothills Heritage Market: May 5, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Hub City Farmers Market: April 7, Wednesdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Landrum Farmers Market: May 5, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Norris Farmers’ Market: TBA, Mondays 3:00 – 6:00 pm

TD Saturday Market: May 5, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Travelers Rest Farmers Market: Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

 

TN Farmers Markets

Dandridge Farmers Market: May 19, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Depot Street Farmers Market: May 6, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dixie Lee Farmers Market: April 28, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ebenezer Road Farmers Market: April 10, Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Erwin Farmers Market: July 3, Tuesdays 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fox Park Fair: April 27, Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Fridays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmers Market: May 12, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Greeneville Farmers Market: May 12, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Johnson City Farmers Market: April 15, Wednesdays 7:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturdays 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Jonesborough Farmers Market: May 5, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Lakeshore Park Farmers Market: April 13, Fridays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Marble Springs Farmers Market: May 17, Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Market Square Farmers’ Market: May 2, Wednesdays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Maryville Farmers Market: April 21, Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Monroe on the Move Farmers Market: June 1, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

New Harvest Park Farmers’ Market: April 12, Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Newport Farmers Market: May 2, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sevierville Commons Farmers Market: May 18, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Seymour Farmers Market: June 1, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

 VA Farmers Markets

Independence Farmers Market: May 11, Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rural Retreat Farmer’s Market: June 13, Wednesdays 1:30 – 5:30 pm

 This spring has been a hard one for farmers. Cold temperatures, high winds, and frozen precipitation have caused farmers to devise resourceful ways of protecting their fledgling plants. In the face of these conditions, farmers at tailgate markets may have a different haul of veggies than they may have intended to at the start of the season. In the face of these challenges it’s a great time to show your support of local farmers at area farmers tailgate markets.
 
Visiting a market on opening day is wonderful to celebrate, whether it’s your neighborhood market or a market requiring a road trip. Check out the following markets opening this coming week:
 
Buncombe County Tailgate Markets
Black Mountain Tailgate Market
East Asheville Tailgate Market
Oakley Farmers Market
River Arts District Farmers Market
 
Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets
Caldwell County Farmers Market
Historic Marion Tailgate Market:
Morganton Farmers Market
Sawmills Farmers Market
 
Southern Mountains Regional Tailgate Markets
Flat Rock Farmers Market
Mills River Farmers Market
Saluda Tailgate Market
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co Tailgate Market
Tryon Tailgate Market
 
Near West Regional Tailgate Markets
Swain County Farmers Market
 
Far West Regional Tailgate Markets
Hayesville Farmers Market
 
High Country Regional Tailgate Markets
Alleghany County Farmers’ Market
The Parkway Farmers Market
 
Georgia Farmers Markets
Dahlonega Farmers Market
 
South Carolina Farmers Markets
Clemson Farmers’ Market
Foothills Heritage Market
Landrum Farmers Market
TD Saturday Market
 
Tennessee Farmers Markets
Depot Street Farmers Market
Jonesborough Farmers Market
Market Square Farmers’ Market
Newport Farmers Market
   
Read the rest of this week’s market report. Check out the full list of spring market opening dates across the region. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, grocers, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.

[High-resolution market images attached; for more, contact Development Director Scott Bunn at scott@asapconnections.org.]

 

ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

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