We rolled into town from a little vacation on Saturday ~ just in time to hear a fabulous parade of thunder and lightning. The thunder sounded like a big stout troll was lumbering through the neighborhood shaking the earth, and slinging lightning bolts as he went. A blessing of rainfall followed in his wake.
Unfortunately, we missed the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the North Asheville Tailgate Market by a few hours. According to my friend
Jean is selling, Bill is buying
Jo, “It was…a lot of fun to see friends, & celebrate such a great market (now in the best place they’ve ever had.) I learned the entire history from Ron Ainspan, and talked to Ian Robertson who was in on it at the very beginning also (from Warren Wilson Farms).” Jo and a bunch of my buddies are Tailgate Market regulars that love the food, know the growers at least by sight, and look forward to quickie visits with friends during the market.
The UNCA location truly is quite wonderful. The sun is buffered by lots of shade trees, the layout is very inviting, and live music is always drifting though the market crowd. Because I have to dash off to work by 8:20 many Saturdays ~ many of my visits are limited to about 20 minutes. Even though I find a parking space with ease, the parking lot is mostly full at that early hour. Lines are forming for bread, tomatoes or berries. Since I have so little time and I am sidetracked into visiting, I usually bring a list so I don’t forget crucial items.
30 years! How cool is that? The North Asheville Tailgate Market started in 1980, and could rightfully be called the leader of the pack. It has been
Susan Mallard with her son, Blue Heron Farm
chugging along through a number of locations, and gaining momentum from the start. It still retains some of the original vendors AND ultra-loyal customers. The market predates “Buy Local” slogans, but has benefited from the renewed dedication of customers seeking out real-life connections to the locally grown food they want to eat. Congratulations to the North Asheville Tailgate Market, to the fabulous market and all its vendors, and to the faithful customers who support it!
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