Asheville North Carolina is blessed for many reasons. It’s a small, vibrant city in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and it’s surrounded by verdant farmland. As a result, it has a thriving farm-to-table movement that involves several restaurants. Additionally, the city plays host to ten tailgate markets around town.
That’s correct: ten markets, scattered around town and happening on various days of the week. Fresh food never tasted so good and benefitted so many real farmers and ranchers. Here is a quick rundown of these seasonal tailgate markets:
Asheville City Market
This market attracts families and you can even bring your dog. Enjoy fresh produce and meats, cheeses and eggs, baked goods, crafts and more. There is even live music. Saturdays from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm in the Public Works Building lot, 161 Charlotte Street.
Biltmore Park Town Square Market
Biltmore Park is a new live-work-play community in South Asheville. Find seasonal produce, dairy, meats, locally made condiments, snacks, body care products and more. Live music. Wednesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
East Asheville Tailgate Market
East Asheville includes neighborhoods like Beverly Hills and Haw Creek. Fresh vegetables, meats, cheese, eggs, chocolates, plants and flowers, candles, breads, jams, berries and hand-crafted wooden ware. Fridays from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at 954 Tunnel Road.
French Broad Food Co-op Tailgate Market
Run by a local food co-operative, this market on the southern edge of downtown Asheville offers produce, breads, meats, cheeses, flowers, mushrooms and cakes, as well as prepared foods. Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 76 Biltmore Avenue.
Montford Farmers Market
Located behind the Asheville Visitor’s Center at 36 Montford Avenue, this small market has fruits and vegetables, baked goods, wood-fired breads, meats, goat cheese, handmade soaps and more. Wednesdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm.
North Asheville Tailgate Market
This popular market attracts a college crowd as well as affluent families. Fresh produce, flowers, local crafts, baked goods and more. Live music. Saturdays from 8:00 am until noon on the lower level of parking lot “C” on the UNCA campus.
Oakley Farmers Market
Oakley is an old neighborhood southeast of downtown. This small market offers locally grown produce, crafts and prepared food on Thursdays from 2:00 to 6:00 pm at 607 Fairview Road.
Weaverville Tailgate Market
A small town north of Asheville, Weaverville is a charming place to spend an afternoon at the market. Produce, meats, seafood, eggs, baked goods, plants, jams and jellies. Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 pm at 60 Lakeshore Drive, right off Route 19 by Lake Louise.
West Asheville Tailgate Market
West Asheville has a personality of its own. Its market reflects that, featuring common and exotic produce, pastries, coffee and tea, fish, flowers, herbal products and desserts. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at 718 Haywood Road.
Western North Carolina Farmers Market
Open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, this is the mother of all markets. It has a deli, a restaurant and a garden center. Fresh fruits and vegetables, jams, cheeses, baked goods, homemade fudge, crafts, flowers and plants. At 570 Brevard Road, right off I-40.