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The River Arts District Farmers Market is hosting a Summer Farm to Table Feast on September 24th, 7-10 pm

The RAD Farm Dinner will be held at THE JUNCTION ( located at the south end of the colorful Pink Dog Creative building at 348 Depot Street, just south of the Soapy Dog and next door to Siteworks Studios) with a decadent menu created by CHEF CHAD KELLY.

From the RAD Farmers Market: “Join us for our first Farm to Table Dinner in the River Arts District! Chad will masterfully prepare a four course meal from our market’s abundant fresh harvest. The Junction owners, Charles and Tanya Triber, have been long-time market supporters. Their food concept is based on fresh, local food with a fine-dining twist.  Your dinner will include one glass of beer or wine. A vegetarian dinner option is available. There will be a cash bar for additional drinks and creative market-fresh cocktails.”


Course 1:  Housemade Farm Bread with “Snack Pack:” Acorn Squash
 Peach Pepper Jelly, Miticrema (sheeps cheese),
Jalapeno Honey

Course 2:  Baked Figs, Roasted Torpedo Onions, Thyme Butter, Greens,
                   Butternut Grits, Pickled Carrot Jus, Blueberry Reduction

Course 3: Roasted Sweet Peppers, Roasted Eggplant Compote, Smoked
 Italian Sausage, Horseradish Emulsion, Cherry Tomato Jam
                   (for vegetarians this will be presented with Italian Seitan Sausage)

 Dessert:   Acorn Squash Frozen Custard, Julienned Peaches,
                   Basil, Salted Carrot Caramel

Individual Ticket – $65
Group ticketing – $62 per ticket for 4 reserved seats together

Get Tickets here:

Proceeds go toward the growth of the River Arts District Farmers Market (formally the Montford Farmers Market).

ALSO: Remember to visit the RAD Farmers Market for delicious local foods on Wednesdays from 2-6 at the River Arts District Farmers Market located at All Souls Pizza, 165 Clingman Avenue.



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This salad of oh-so-delicate buttercrunch lettuce came from last week’s indoor Tailgate Market at the Lofts by the Woodfin YMCA. I was able

new Moon Herbs Farm Bibb Lettuce

New Moon Herbs Farm Bibb Lettuce

to stock up on eggs from East Fork Farm, lettuce and collard greens from Gregg Adams of New Moon Herbs Farm and some Market Bread from Farm & Sparrow Bakery (plus a biscotti that I gobbled up). Of course I ran into friends and we spent a while catching up while Barbara drank her tiny baby coffee.


Glorious weather arrived today. Finally. And just in time for the official opening of the outdoor Tailgate Markets on Wednesday. Oh joy. What a way to herald in April flowers.



Asheville City Market South, 2-6 pm

French Broad food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market, 2-6 pm



Asheville City Market, 8 am -1 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market, 7 am – noon

Leicester Farmers Market, 9 am – 2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market, 9 am – 1 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market, 8 am – noon




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This Saturday, September 28, the North Asheville Tailgate Market will be located in the MAHEC parking lot (instead of their usual location at UNCA). The MAHEC parking lot is located at 118 W.T. Weaver Boulevard just a stones throw from the UNCA roundabout at the Barnard Road intersection.

IMPORTANT: The NATM will be extending it’s hours until 1 PM this Saturday, so all of

Anne's Carrots

Anne’s Carrots

their awesome customers have a chance to get their Tailgate Market favorites.

The weather is supposed to be marvelous this weekend. I can’t imagine a more glorious way to spend Saturday morning…gathering goodies for feasting through the weekend and into the week. Fall is hinting its arrival. Revel in LOCAL FOOD while you can!

WHY will they be at MAHEC? The Citizen Times Marathon is passing through UNCA this Saturday.

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The ASAP Farm Tour is SO much fun. I have attended the Farm Tour multiple times over the years, and each farm we visited was unique and memorable. This is your chance to meet some of your favorite Tailgate Market farmers right on their farms, see the farm, and get a feel for how farming works. The Farm Tour runs from 1-6 p.m. on this Saturday and Sunday, September 21 & September 22.

I suggest wearing good shoes for tromping around and adventuring. Bring an iceASAP Farm Tour Hominy-Valley_Artz-family-hill-climb_small-300x225 chest in case you want to buy something at the farm, and water to drink, snacks, and a sun hat/sunscreen. Some farms are selling treats or even wood-fired pizza! (Read the guide.) We always end up lingering longer than we planned on each farm, so get an early start. Plan to be at the first farm right after one o’clock. Do not arrive early. Most of these farmers sell at the Tailgate Markets on Saturday and will barely have gotten home before the Farm Tour begins at 1 p.m.

The Farm Tour is affordable too. Your entry fee covers your entire carload. For more information and where to buy tickets...click here.

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Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Good news for local food lovers. Three – yes THREE – more markets open this Saturday, May 4, and in three different communities.

The Black Mountain Tailgate Market sits under beautiful shade trees and serves a wide swath of folks. They feature a diverse group of farmers & vendors, including Looking Glass Creamery, Foothills Family Farm, and Jake’s Farm. Their market is held behind the First Baptist Church at 130 Montreat Road in Black Mountain on Saturdays from 9-12.

The Mills River Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday from 8-12 at 5046 Boylston Highway in Mills River. I have never been to this market, but I have seen lots of pretty pictures on Facebook. I know Jeanine Davis and Paul Shoemaker sell there sometimes.

It’s a special market day in Lenoir, NC. The Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market is celebrating its opening day with Lighting Up The Skies, an event that takes place this Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 7 pm with fireworks at dark, and cool demonstrations during the day at the market (like a shiitake mushroom demo).

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market


The Oakley Farmers Market opens this coming Thursday, May 9, from 3:30 to 6:30. Just today, I heard that Oakley is a really sweet, friendly market.

Flat Rock Tailgate Market is now open on Thursdays from 3-6.

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

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Outdoor temps are wonderful, and everywhere I look – things are super-green. What better way to celebrate the first day of May than supping on delicious local food for dinner?

Full Sun Farm Tomatoes at the Montford Farmers Market (too early for tomatoes now but lots of other goodies!)

Full Sun Farm Tomatoes at the Montford Farmers Market (too early for tomatoes now but lots of other goodies!)

Get you some. Today. Welcome the Montford Farmers Market back to town this Wednesday and every Wednesday until about Thanksgiving time. This wonderful market is held behind the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Building on Montford Avenue…just off I-240. It is a quick stop, and if you live in Montford …think about supporting this market EVERY Wednesday. Get the neighborhood spirit going and keeping it going all season. Support your neighborhood market…wherever you live.

Also opening today:

Spruce Pine Farmers Market – at Pollyanna’s Porch in downtown Spruce Pine – Wednesdays, 2-5 pm.

LOCAL FOOD TODAY! Wednesday Markets now open or opening today:

Asheville City Market – SOUTH: Wednesdays, 1-5 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: Wednesdays, 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: Wednesdays/Saturdays, 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 2-6 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 2-5 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 pm

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North Asheville Tailgate Market is OPENING this

Saturday, April 13 from 8-12:  

Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

It’s opening day for the North Asheville Tailgate Market! The weatherpeople are predicting 68 degrees and sunny. Can you believe that after our recent weather?

This wonderful market is one of the most popular in the Asheville area. It is located in a parking lot on the UNCA campus. It’s easily accessible and has a great selection of mostly long-term vendors. Like most area tailgate markets, everything at this market is locally grown/produced.

You will find vegetables, vegetable starts, herbs, plants, cheeses, meats, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods, chocolates, honey, handmade soaps & body products, pottery, jewelry, crafts, jams, condiments, homemade sauces & dressings, a food truck with empanadas, music, and a feeling of excitement in the air. Have a happy spring adventure (maybe there are sticky buns in your future). Get out and visit the North Asheville Tailgate Market – or your neighborhood farmer’s tailgate market – this Saturday.

Asheville Area Farmer’s Tailgate Markets that are


Tomato Starts For SaleSATURDAY –

Asheville City Market: Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: Wednesdays, 1-5 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: Saturdays 8 am-12 pm (opening this Saturday)


West Asheville Tailgate Market: Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm



French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

For more details about the markets visit: https://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com/market-list/

For more details about the farmers visit: https://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com/farms-etc/

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