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Asheville City Market Announces New Downtown Location Opening April 1

Asheville’s premier downtown farmers market opens on North Market Street on April 1

Asheville City Market, one of the region’s vibrant farmers markets, is moving to a new, street-closed location in downtown Asheville. Starting on April 1, Asheville City Market will be open on North Market Street, between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street, where shoppers can enjoy open-air shopping for goods offered by local farmers, craftspeople, bakers, and other vendors.

“The goal of Asheville City Market has always been to be a destination market for Asheville residents as well as visitors to the region,” said Mike McCreary, Asheville City Market Manager. “The relocation will allow the market to grow, both in the number of vendors as well as in the number of people served every week. This  new location improves opportunities for local farms to reach a broader customer base and build more connections with downtown businesses .”

 Wendy Brugh is co-owner of Dry Ridge Farm, a vendor at Asheville City Market. “We are excited to bring Asheville City Market to a central location in downtown,” Brugh said. “Asheville City Market has the best variety of local farm products of any farmers market in the region. The market is good for my own business because we can interact directly with our customers, and they learn what goes into producing their food.”

Asheville City Market was launched in April 2008 as a program of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) to support economically sustainable agriculture and enhance market access for farmers.

In addition to seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, vendors from across Western North Carolina provide specialty food products which include cheeses, grassfed meat, homemade pasta, eggs, jams and preserves, artisan breads, baked goods, honey, plants, artisan crafts, and much more. A “producer only” market, each vendor literally has a hand in growing, producing, or crafting their products, giving shoppers the opportunity to meet farmers and artisans, learning more about opportunity to meet farmers and artisans in our community. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or electronic food stamps, have been accepted since Asheville City Market opened, and Asheville City Market will continue to welcome SNAP shoppers.

 Free parking for Asheville City Market is available at the HomeTrust Bank lot as well as the lot across from the YMCA at 35 Woodfin Street. Paid parking is also available at the Buncombe County parking deck off of College Street for $1 per hour. Market hours are 8 am to noon, April through October. The market will be held on North Market Street through December with special holiday hours before it moves indoors at the Asheville Masonic Temple for the winter.

 Support for Asheville City Market comes from the City of Asheville, HomeTrust Bank, the Asheville Citizen-Times, the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, and many more community partners.

 More information about Asheville City Market can be found atashevillecitymarket.org.

[High-resolution photos are available. 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 in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call(828) 236-1282.

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Scott Bunn
ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)
Development Director

306 West Haywood Street, Suite 200

Asheville, NC 28801
www.asapconnections.org
(828) 236-1282 x118

Consider a gift to ASAP to support local food, strong farms, and healthy communities!


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