Take home some delicious local and/or organic food from one of our many farmers' markets located throughout western North Carolina. Also, see our Guide to Farms to Visit in Western North Carolina near Asheville.
The biggest one is the Western North Carolina Farmer's Market, open every day! This 36-acre complex is conveniently and between two major Interstate highways (I-40 & I-26 on Brevard Road). Come enjoy the atmosphere and character of the mountains. Admission is free. The retail area features displays of high-quality fruits and vegetables, mountain crafts, jams, jellies, preserves, sourwood honey and dozens of other farm-fresh items. Inside you will also find a deli that offers sandwiches and ice cream. Many special events.
Top 15 Tailgate & Farmers' Markets
Asheville City Market - Downtown
Saturdays 8 AM-12 Noon, April-December
This very popular downtown market on North Market Street is between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street. This "producer only" market features goods by local farmers, craftspeople, bakers and other vendors. Free parking for Asheville City Market is available at the HomeTrust Bank lot and the lot across from the YMCA at 35 Woodfin Street. Street parking is usually easy on Saturday morning. Held outside through the 3rd Saturday in December, with special holiday hours before it moves indoors at the Asheville Masonic Temple for the winter.
Asheville City Market - South
Wednesdays 12-4 PM, April-October
Midweek market operated by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP).
Location: Long Shoals Road at I-26, Exit 27. In the center of Biltmore Park on Town Square Boulevard.
French Broad Food Coop Tailgate Downtown Market
Wednesdays 2-6 PM, April-November
Asheville's original organic tailgate market since 1990.
Location: 90 Biltmore Avenue, next to the French Broad Food Co-op, Asheville.
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Saturdays 8 AM-12 PM, April-November
The area's oldest market with 40+ of the best farmers, bakers, growers, chefs and artists who offer a wide range of products.
Location: UNC Asheville (UNCA) Campus Commuter Lot #C. Enter UNCA from the WT Weaver Blvd. traffic circle onto University Heights. The market is the first lot on the right. Follow yellow signs for additional parking. Only a couple miles north of downtown.
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 PM, April-November
Location: 718 Haywood Road, Asheville
East Asheville Tailgate Market
Fridays 3-6 PM, May-September
Location: 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville
Black Mountain Tailgate Market
Saturdays 9 AM-12 Noon, May-October
Location: 130 Montreat Rd. (behind the First Baptist Church), turn on First St off Montreat Road, Black Mountain.
Henderson County Tailgate Market
Saturdays 8 AM-12 Noon, April-October
One of the oldest open-air markets in Western North Carolina, this unique market has a festival feel, with local growers who operate small family farms in Henderson County.
Location: 100 North King Street in downtown Hendersonville.
Henderson County Curb Market
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8 AM-2 PM
Indoor co-op market since 1924 with 100 vendors.
Location: 221 North Church Street in downtown Hendersonville.
Haywood's Historic Farmers Market
Wednesdays & Saturdays 8 AM-12 PM, Late April-December
Location: At HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon Street in Waynesville.
Madison Co. Farmers & Artisans Market
Saturdays 9 AM-21 PM, April-October
Location: Mars Hill College, at the intersection of Highway 213 and Athletic Street.
River Arts District Farmers Market
Wednesdays 2-6 PM
Producer-only market that provides an array of local, hand-crafted products. Offering sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, wood-fired breads, an amazing selection of meats, goat cheese and handmade soaps.
Location: 175 Clingman Avenue, Asheville River Arts District.
Transylvania Farmers Market
Saturdays 8 AM-12 Noon, Mid April-December
50 vendors offering fresh, locally-grown produce, meat, poultry, eggs, honey, cheese, coffee, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, jams, jellies, relishes, prepared foods and handcrafted items.
Location: 190 East Main Street, Brevard.
More Asheville Local Food Info
The Local Food Guide for the Southern Appalachians is the best resource for the local food scene. Use the comprehensive online version or pick up a free printed copy throughout western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina and at visitors centers and restaurant throughout the region.
The Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), unites the independent restaurant community committed to local people, food and businesses with a promise to preserve the authenticity of their mountain home through genuine food and signature hospitality.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is a non-profit organization that supports farmers and rural communities in the mountains of western North Carolina and the southern Appalachians by providing education, mentoring, promotion, web resources, and community and policy development. Their mission is to create and expand regional community-based and integrated food systems that are locally-owned and controlled, environmentally sound, economically viable and health-promoting. Their vision is a future food system throughout the mountains of North Carolina and the southern Appalachians that provides a safe and nutritious food supply for all segments of society; that is produced, marketed and distributed in a manner that enhances human and environmental health; and that adds economic and social value to rural and urban communities.