Many tailgate markets open around mid-April and close around the end of October…but some tailgate markets are open through December and many host Holiday Markets. Various indoor markets have been open during the winter months too. Comment here if you have additional information about your market.
Western North Carolina is blessed with many wonderful farmers’ Tailgate Markets. Some have been ongoing for decades, and some are brand new. Whichever, it won’t take long before you know and recognize the folks
who are raising the food you eat. How cool is that? Shoot for maximizing the list of items you get from your local tailgate market, even simple things like onions and garlic. Eat deliciously, and support small family farms & producers at the same time. Everybody wins in a yummy way!
TAILGATE MARKET LIST: Your tailgate or farmer’s market not on the list? Leave a comment and let me know, so I can add or update the information.
Asheville City Market, 161 S. Charlotte Street, Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm, Opens April 4, accepts EBT/Debit & Credit Cards
Asheville City Market South, Biltmore Park Town Square, Wednesdays, Noon-4 pm, Opens April 1
Bakersville Farmers Market, at Bakersville Community Medical Clinic, Saturday, 8 am – 12 noon, Opens April 4.
Big Ivy Tailgate Market, old Fire Station parking lot at 1679 Barnardsville Highway, Saturdays, 9 am-12 noon,
Black Mountain Tailgate Market, behind the First Baptist Church at 130 Montreat Road in Black Mountain, Saturdays, 9 am -12 noon, Opens May 2
East Asheville Tailgate Market, Grace United Methodist Church parking lot, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, Fridays, 3-6 pm, Opens May 15
Fairview Farmers Market, Fairview Elementary School parking lot, 1355 Charlotte Highway, Fairview, Once monthly on Saturdays, 9 am
Flat Rock Tailgate Market, behind Hand & Hand Gallery, Greenville Highway, Thursdays, 3-6, Opens May 7,
French Broad Food Coop Wednesday Tailgate Market, 76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, Wednesdays, 2 pm -6 pm, Open April 15
Glorious Jackson County Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 9 am-12 noon, opens April 4, next to the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva, NC, April – October
Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Waynesville, 250 Pigeon Street (276S), HART Theatre parking lot, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 am – 12 Noon, Open April 25
Henderson County Tailgate Market, 100 North King Street, downtown Hendersonville, Saturdays, 7 am -12 noon, Opens March 14
Leicester Farmers’ Market, 338 New Leicester Highway, Saturdays, 9 am -2 pm, Opens April 4
Madison County Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market, on Highway 213, Mars Hill College campus, Mars Hill, Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm, Opens April 4, accepts EBT/Debit & Credit Cards
Marshall Island Farmers’ Market (Sundays on the Island), on the island across the river from downtown Marshall, Sundays, 12 noon -4 pm
Mills River Tailgate Market, 5046 Boylston Highway, Saturdays, 8 am -12 noon, Opens May 2
Mission Hospital Tailgate Market, Biltmore Avenue, Thursdays, 10 am -2 pm
Mitchell County Tailgate Market, Saturdays, 8 am -12 noon
Monday Afternoon Tailgate Market, Hendersonville Community Co-op, 715 South Grove Street, Mondays, 3 pm -6 pm
North Asheville Tailgate Market, UNCA, Saturdays, 8 am -12 noon, Opens April 11
Oakley Farmer’s Market, 607 Fairview Road, Thursdays, 3:30 pm -6:30 pm, Opens May 7
River Arts District Farmers Market, next to All Souls Pizza at 175 Clingman Avenue, Wednesdays, 2 pm – 6 pm, opens May 6, May-Nov.
Spruce Pine Farmers’ Market, at Pollyanna’s Porch in downtown Spruce Pine, Wednesdays, 2 pm -5 pm, Opens May 6, Winter Market: Jan. to April, Saturdays, 2-6 at Mountain Side Wine
Transylvania County Tailgate Market, Corner of Johnson and Jordan Street behind Comporium, Brevard, Saturdays, 8 am -12 noon, Opens April 18
Warren Wilson College, Garden Shed, Tuesdays, 10 am – 4 pm
Waynesville Tailgate Market, 171 Legion Drive, American Legion Parking Lot, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 am-12 noon, Opens May 13
Weaverville Tailgate Market, upper parking lot above Lake Louise, Merrimon Avenue, Wednesdays, 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Opens April 8
West Asheville Tailgate Market, 718 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, Grace Baptist Church parking lot, one block east of Brevard Road, Tuesdays, 2:30-6:30, April 7, accepting EBT, Debit & Credit Cards
Wolf Laurel Farmers’ Market, Mars Hill, in Bright Hope United Methodist Church parking lot, Tuesdays, 3 pm -6 pm, starts after Memorial Day
Yancey County Farmer’s Market, Behind Burnsville Town Center, Hwy. 19E at South Main Street, Saturdays, 8:30 am -12:30 pm, Opens April 18
YMCA at Woodfin, held at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, 789 Merrimon Ave., Saturdays, January through March, 10-12:00, Closed until late fall 2015
For a more extensive list of farmers’ Tailgate Markets in the Southern Appalachians, visit:
Put visiting farmers’ Tailgate Markets on your vacation agenda when you are traveling. It’s fun.
For a national list of tailgate markets, visit:
For a National List of CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) visit: