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Monday, 02 June 2014 00:00

Farmers and tailgate markets

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If you’re visiting Western North Carolina and are looking for some fresh food to complement you picnic or campfire fare, visit one our famer’s markets. Not only will you find sumptuous food, you’re also likely to meet some colorful characters who have come off the farm to sell their goods. Shopping at these markets is as entertaining as it is bountiful.

 

Haywood County

Canton Farmers Market and Heritage Crafts 

Produce, plants, chicken and quail eggs, grass-fed beef and other naturally raised meats, natural soaps and body care products, chemical-free candles, woodwork and scroll saw art, preserves, pottery, paintings, iron work and other heritage crafts. Credit and debit accepted by some vendors. 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 31 in the municipal parking lot in downtown. Robin Smith, 828.734.9071 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.focusofcanton.com/farmers-market-canton-nc.html

Haywood Historic Farmers Market

Local produce; meats, seafood delivered overnight from Kitty Hawk, local mountain trout; cheese, eggs and honey; spring bedding, plants and flowers; pickles, preserves and sauces; baked goods; fresh pasta, cornmeal, mushrooms and beverages from the Soda Jerks; birdhouses, feeders and gourds and heritage crafts such as pottery, blacksmithing, furniture and soaps. Live music and Kids’ Corner Market offered monthly. Crafters regularly give live demos. Many vendors accept credit cards and coupons from Senior Nutrition Program and WIC; SNAP/EBT benefits will likely be accepted by early June. 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday and Saturday through mid-December at 250 Pigeon St. in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. Carol James, 828.280.1381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com

Maggie Valley Farmers Market

Local produce, arts and crafts, with vendor space still available at this new market. Live music and children’s activities planned periodically. Cash only with PayPal plans in the works. 8 a.m. to dusk Fridays and Saturdays through the first frost beside Organic Beans Coffee Co., 1098 Soco Road. Adam Capparelli, 828.209.8061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market

Fresh fruits and vegetables, honey and plants from Haywood County farmers. A monthly Kids’ Corner event promotes healthy eating. Tables available for nonprofits to share information. WIC and Senior Nutrition Program coupons accepted. 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29 at 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion behind Bogart’s restaurant. Judy West, 828.648.6323. Facebook: Waynesville Tailgate Market. 

 

Jackson County 

Cashiers Tailgate Market

Fresh baked goods, pesticide-free vegetables and fruits, fresh trout, local beef and lamb, goat cheese, eggs, jellies, fruit pies and more. Community-supported agriculture memberships available. 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays May through October. Anglican Church parking lot next to Macon Bank on U.S. 64 East. Donna Few, 828.226.9988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva

A variety of locally produced vegetables, meats, honey, botanicals, crafts and more. Plant starts, green and other spring veggies, meats, eggs, baked goods, mozzarella, honey, jams and jellies, pickles and local crafts such as pottery, soaps, journals, scarves,  toys, candles, kitchen accessories and more. SNAP benefits, credit and debit payments taken. Family Art at the Market offered 10 a.m. to noon; Storytime with City Lights at 11 a.m.; monthly fundraising brunches and occasional music given. 9 a.m. to noon April to October at Bridge Park; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. November to March at the Community Table.  Jenny, 828.631.3033 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

 

Macon County

Cowee Farmers Market, Franklin

Fresh, local vegetables, fruits, botanicals, baked goods, eggs, prepared foods, arts and crafts and pasture-raised meats. Live music, junior vendor and education-focus booths, food tastings and arts and crafts planned. Vendor space still available at this new market. 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays May 13 through Oct. 28 at Old Cowee School, 51 Old Cowee School Drive. Susan Ervin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.8369. www.coweefarmersmarket.com.

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

Variety of homegrown products, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, plants, eggs, trout, preserves, herbal soap, honey, artisan breads and more. 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through November on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software. Alan Durden, 828.349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket

 

Swain County

Swain Farmers Market, Bryson City

Organic and sustainably grown produce, plants, herbs, trout and honey as well as locally crafted jewelry, quilts, pottery, gourds and more. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 31. 210 Main St. at the corner of Main St. and Everett St. Christine Bredenkamp, 828.488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Facebook: Swain County Farmer’s Market. 

Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market

Fresh local, organic and heirloom produce. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. Acquoni Road 828.554.6931.