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Tailgate Tents Going Up: Area Farmers Markets Open Outdoors this April

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with the confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season. At spring tailgates, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm items like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. Last winter was also much warmer, so early April markets won’t have the exact same offerings as they did in 2012.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. Markets listed are all members of the Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA), a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only area markets. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgates in the region, including their season start dates (a new feature for 2013!), visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2013 print guide hits stands in late April.

MTMA Opening Dates

Asheville City Market: April 6, Saturdays

8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 25, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 17, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: May 2, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 20, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: early spring TBA, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 14, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 30, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 6, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 4, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 13, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 9, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 20, Saturdays 8 am-12:30 pm

Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 15, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 10, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 9, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 20, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

City Market South Has Kicked Off at Biltmore Park Town Square

Monday, June 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s City Market South returned to Biltmore Park Town Square earlier this month.  This is an excellent opportunity for south Asheville residents to enjoy convenient access to Western North Carolina’s very own fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, handmade crafts, and more.  Why buy local?  Click here to view 10 Reasons to Buy Local Food.

The market lined the median of Town Square Boulevard and included a variety of local vendors.  The array of vendors at the first market included:  gourmet cheeses, locally grown fresh produce, handmade gourmet chocolates, and locally roasted coffee & beans.  Below are some of the vendors at the City Market South:

Be sure to check out the City Market South, every Wednesday, between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Get Local With ASAP: December’s Focus is Farm Raised Meat

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Turkeys have gotten all the attention lately, haven’t they? While area farmers do raise the birds, they also raise bison, chickens, cows, goats, lambs, pigs, and rabbits. In honor of the variety, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is shining the spotlight on farm raised meats this December in their Get Local initiative.

A year-round component of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign, Get Local brings together farmers, chefs, and community members in celebration of a featured food available at tailgate markets, groceries, and restaurants during the month. Area tailgates close just before Christmas, making December the perfect time to stock up. But, don’t worry; although local meats are getting special attention now, you can find them for sale and on restaurant menus throughout the winter.

Find lamb from East Fork Farm featured at Posana Cafe in Asheville, goat at Asheville’s Simma Down; and local beef, bison, and pork (from Apple Brandy Beef, Carolina Bison, and Hickory Nut Gap) at Square One Bistro in Hendersonville. The list of restaurants doesn’t end there. You can also enjoy local meat from a hot dog cart, Local Buggy, Saturdays at Asheville City Market this month (keep your eyes peeled for the cart at the East Asheville Home Depot, too).

For a complete list of Get Local restaurants, as well as more information about the initiative, visit the Get Local page of asapconnections.org. There, you can also download a Get Local school calendar; from December through March, participating schools will highlight local apples. Search for farm stands, groceries, and tailgate markets in ASAP’s Local Food Guide, online at buyappalachian.org. If you’re a chef or restaurant interested in participating, contact Marketing Coordinator Lee Seabrook at [email protected].

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Announces Holiday Tailgate Market Schedule

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s that time of year again when some area farmers tailgate markets wrap up their season. Don’t worry too much, though; many remain open into November and December for all of your holiday cooking and shopping needs! Select ‘Read more’ for details.

Final Market Dates (and Holiday Market Details)

ASHE COUNTY

Ashe County Farmers Market: Reg season has ended. (Annual holiday markets November 20, 26, and 27 and December 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day; selection of handmade arts and crafts for holiday gift-giving.)

BUNCOMBE COUNTY

Asheville City Market: South: October 27 (Produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, home goods, and more; 2-6 p.m.); Downtown: December 18 (Holiday markets November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18; holiday market hours will change from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature live music as well as a holiday bike drive in December to collect unwanted bikes or parts for recycling; the bike drive will also feature bike repair demos and used bikes for sale.)
Big Ivy Tailgate Market: October 30
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: October 30 (Holiday market, 2nd annual, November 20; regular food vendors plus a wide variety of craft and artisan vendors for gift shopping. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Greenlife Sunday Market: October 31
Mission Hospital Tailgate Market: October 1
North Asheville Tailgate Market: December 18 (Regular hours November 20 and 27, with a special Thanksgiving market November 20. The 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held December 4, 11, and 18 at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will feature produce, crafts, gifts, meats, cheeses, baked goods, chocolate, cider, coffee, and more.)
Riceville Tailgate Market: September 18
Victory Tailgate Market: September 29
Wednesday Co-op Market:  November 24
West Asheville Tailgate Market: November 9 (Holiday event Tuesday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Weaverville Tailgate Market: October 27 (Season finale celebration; cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, and pumpkin decorating from 3-5:30 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged.)

HAYWOOD COUNTY

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: October 30 (Fall Harvest Party on October 30; details soon. Special winter markets November 20 and 24 and December 8 and 11 from 9 a.m. until noon; markets will offer fall and winter vegetables, apples and cider, farm-raised eggs, meat, cheese, NC seafood, baked goods, preserves, and heritage crafts.)

HENDERSON COUNTY

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: October 28 (Special Christmas Market December 4 from 2-5 p.m. Usual vendors from tailgate market plus new additions, Christmas trees, handspun scarves, dried Henderson County apples, handmade furniture, herb baskets, pizza kits, and more. For more information, call 828-697-7719.)
Hendersonville Community Co-op Tailgate Market: October 18
Henderson County Tailgate Market: Operating on regular schedule until further notice.
Henderson County Curb Market: Operating on regular schedule until further notice.

JOHNSON COUNTY, TN

Johnson County Farmers Market: Reg season has ended. (Second Annual Holiday Market December 4th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; vendors include local meat, veggies, jams and jellies, wreaths, crafts, baked goods and more. The Christmas Parade starts at 3 p.m.)

MACON COUNTY

Franklin Tailgate Market: November 20 (Final market 9 am to noon.)

MADISON COUNTY

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: November 20 (Special winter markets held inside at Fiddlestix the Saturday after Thanksgiving until the Saturday before Christmas.)

MCDOWELL COUNTY

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: October 26

POLK COUNTY

Christmas Farmers Market: December 4 at the Mill Spring Agricultural Center (4 School Rd) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; trees, winter vegetables, crafts, and more.

TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY

Transylvania Tailgate Market: December 18 (Open Saturdays only in December from 9 a.m. until noon.)

WATAUGA COUNTY

Blowing Rock Farmers Market: October 14 (Holiday markets November 23 and December 21, 4-6 p.m.)

Watauga County Farmers Market: October 30 (Third annual holiday market November 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; trees, wreaths, and seasonal items along with homemade crafts and goodies of all types.)

YANCEY COUNTY

Yancey County Farmers Market: October 30 (Special holiday market/event December 4 in conjunction with Burnsville’s Winterfest activities. More details to come.)

Marshall Handmade Market Takes Place This Weekend

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

MARSHALL, NC – This weekend visit the Marshall Handmade Market, just North of Asheville on Saturday November 20th from 10am-5pm. Work by over 50 regional artists and exhibitors will be featured, along with music by the Butter Holler String Band and the Madison County Scotch Hoppers dance group.
Event takes place at the Marshall High Studios, a historic 1925 highschool building that was converted into artists studios in 2007 located in downtown Marshall. A great way to visit a historic part of the Western North Carolina mountain, view unique work by local craftspeople and artisans, and purchase one of a kind holiday gifts. Open to the public and free. Visit http://www.marshallhandmade.com for additional information and directions to the market.

ASAP Posts Fall/Holiday Tailgate Market Schedule

Friday, October 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s that time of year again when some area farmers tailgate markets wrap up their season. Don’t worry too much, though; many remain open into November and December for all of your holiday cooking and shopping needs! Select ‘Read more’ for details.

Final Market Dates (and Holiday Market Details)

BUNCOMBE COUNTY

Asheville City Market: South: October 27 (Produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, home goods, and more; 2-6 p.m.); Downtown: December 18 (Holiday markets November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18; holiday market hours will change from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Big Ivy Tailgate Market: October 30
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: October 30 (Holiday market, 2nd annual, November 20; regular food vendors plus a wide variety of craft and artisan vendors for gift shopping. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Greenlife Sunday Market: October 31
Mission Hospital Tailgate Market: October 1
North Asheville Tailgate Market: December 18 (The 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held December 4, 11, and 18 at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. The market will feature produce, crafts, gifts, meats, cheeses, backed goods, chocolate, cider, coffee, and more.)
Riceville Tailgate Market: September 18
Victory Tailgate Market: September 29
Wednesday Co-op Market:  November 24
West Asheville Tailgate Market: November 9 (Holiday event Tuesday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Weaverville Tailgate Market: October 27 (Season finale celebration; cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, and pumpkin decorating from 3-5:30 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged.)

HAYWOOD COUNTY

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: October 30 (Fall Harvest Party on October 30; details soon. Special winter markets November 20 and 24 and December 8 and 11 from 9 a.m. until noon; markets will offer fall and winter vegetables, apples and cider, farm-raised eggs, meat, cheese, NC seafood, baked goods, preserves, and heritage crafts.)

HENDERSON COUNTY

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: October 28 (Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 28 from 3-6 p.m; produce, homemade treats, handmade crafts, scarecrow making event, wool spinning demonstration, and petting zoo.)
Hendersonville Community Co-op Tailgate Market: October 18

MADISON COUNTY

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: November 20 (Special winter markets held inside at Fiddlestix the Saturday after Thanksgiving until the Saturday before Christmas.)

MCDOWELL COUN
TY

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: October 26
Information above is incomplete, and dates are subject to change; check back often for updates as markets determine closing dates and holiday market details. For a complete list of area tailgates and their contact information, click here.

Information provided by the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project (ASAP)