Saturday is coming right up – with at least two market openings, and another market opening on Sunday.
The North Asheville Tailgate Market opens this Saturday, April 14, from 8-12. The market takes place in a parking lot at UNCA and the woodsy setting makes it one of the prettiest markets around the area. Many loyal customers visit this market every week.
The Haywood Historic Farmers’ Market also opens this Saturday, April 14, from 8-12 at 250 Pigeon Street (276S) in Waynesville. You may also recognize their location as the Hart Theatre parking lot. This market is also open every Wednesday in the same location from 8-12.
This Sunday, April 15, the Marshall Island Farmers Market opens from 12-4 (sometimes called Sundays on the Island). This market has a unique setting on an island in the French Broad River that is just a stone’s throw from the County Courthouse in downtown Marshall. Marshall High Studios is also on the Island, so you might be able to visit the artist studios while you are there too.
Other Saturday Markets already open: Remember that the Asheville City Market (161 S. Charlotte St.) is already open on Saturdays from 8-1. So is the Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market – on Saturdays from 9-1 (located on Highway 213, Mars Hill College campus, Mars Hill). You can also catch the Dillingham Family Farm Winter Market on Saturday from 10-1 (on Dillingham Road in Barnardsville).
I visited the West Asheville Tailgate Market this past Tuesday. Vendors were out in force and there were plenty of customers throughout the afternoon. I showed up hungry (big mistake!) so everything looked extra-delicious. Salad greens, greens, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and veggie & herb plants were plentiful. I also spotted duck eggs, baby fir trees, and Japanese maples. The wind was crazy and it actually demolished Ron Gagliano’s pop-up tent. Other vendors were holding down their tents during gusts, while bits of acoustic music floated across the wind – for all of us to enjoy.
And remember all of the Wednesday Markets too…French Broad Food Coop Wednesday Market, Wednesdays from 2-6:30, 76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville; Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8-Noon, Waynesville, 250 Pigeon Street (276S), Hart Theatre parking lot; and Weaverville Tailgate Market, Wednesday from 2:30-6:30, upper parking lot above Lake Louise in Weaverville, Merrimon Avenue.
Show up and give our farmers a warm welcome! They have been battling the danger of frost most of the week. We are looking at a nice warm spell starting Friday, so buy some transplants from the farmers and plant your own little garden.