2015 Tailgate Market Spring Openings

Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what is growing in your community. At early spring markets, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products 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. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.

 

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days for the central mountains below. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2015 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

 

Opening Dates in the central mountains:

 

Asheville City Market: April 4, Saturdays 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 1, Wednesdays 12:00-4:00 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: April 4, Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 2, Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 1, Fridays 3:00-6:00 pm

Flat Rock Farmers Market: May 7, Thursdays 3:00-6:00 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 15, Wednesdays, 2:00-6:00 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 25. Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 14, Saturdays 7:00 am-12:00 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 5, Tuesdays 3:00-6:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Jackson County Farmers Market: April 4, Saturdays 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: April 4, Saturdays 9:00 am-2:00 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 4, Saturdays 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 2, Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 11, Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 7, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

River Arts District Farmers Market: May 6, Wednesdays 2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 6, Wednesdays 2:00-5:00 pm

Transylvania Farmers Market: April 18, Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 13, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 8, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 7, Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 18, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

 

[High-resolution 2014 and winter 2015 market images available; contact Development Director Scott Bunn at scott@asapconnections.org.]


ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.