The foundation of culture in Western North Carolina lies in a keen emphasis on things locally made and grown. Whether it’s the porch sounds of mountain music or stitching together one’s heritage with an elaborate quilt, quality and one-of-a-kind are attributes to the many products offered in this region. And at the heart of these traditions is the fresh produce raised and harvested from the rich soil of Southern Appalachia.
There is a renewed vigor in the local farmer’s markets as new growers working smaller farms have become the norm. From delicious fruits and crisp vegetables, to sweet honey and fresh trout, there are innumerable unique items locals and visitors alike can purchase. Throughout the week, dozens of vendors in several towns gather to showcase and sell their goods. With organic products becoming more popular, these markets provide the community with the perfect avenue for healthy options.
• Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market
Fresh, local produce, fresh seafood, baked goods, goat cheese, herbal products, meat, eggs, plants, flowers, preserves, honey and heritage crafts. Live music. 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 31, with a winter market through mid-December. 250 Pigeon Street in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com.
• Waynesville Tailgate Market
Fruits, vegetables, black walnuts, organic food and other homemade products. 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29. 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.648.6323 or www.buyhaywood.com.
• Canton Farmer’s Market & Heritage Crafts
Fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. Open from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays through October at municipal parking area in Sorrells Park. 828.734.9071 or www.buyhaywood.com.
• Jackson County Farmer’s Market
Plants, seeds, honey, breads, sweets and locally made crafts, local meats. 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. Railroad Avenue at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park in downtown. The winter market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November through March across the bridge at the Community Table in downtown. 828.631.3033 or www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.
• Whee Farmer’s Market
Locally grown vegetables, eggs, and more. 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Corner of North Country Club Drive and Stadium View. www.facebook.com/cullowheefarmersmarket.
• Cashiers Tailgate Market
• Cowee Farmer’s Market
Local produce, plants, herbs, honey, crafts, and more. 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 28. 51 Cowee School Drive. 828.524.8369 or www.coweefarmersmarket.com.
• Franklin Farmer’s Tailgate Market
Variety of only products such as cheese, plants, eggs, trout, honey and more. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through November. 200 East Palmer Street. 828.349.2049. www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket.
• Swain County Farmer’s Market
Organic produce, plants, trout, honey, jams, quail and rabbit as well as an array of local crafts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through October. The Barn on Island Street in downtown. 828.488.3848 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
• Cherokee Farmer’s Tailgate Market
Fresh local, organic and heirloom produce. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays through October. Acquoni Road. 828.554.6931.
• Cherokee Farm Stand
Locally-grown agricultural produce. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through October. 876 Acquoni Road at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. 828.359.6935.
• Graham County Farmer’s Market
Local farmers, growers and harvesters. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from July through October. 828.479.8871.
• Stecoah Tailgate Market
Local produce and handmade products. 8 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 828.479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com.
• Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market
Fresh produce, meats and handmade products. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the old L&N Depot in downtown. www.doylescedarhill.com/farmers-market.
• Andrews Farmer’s Market
Live music and community produce. 8 a.m. to noon from mid-June through mid-October. First Street at Hall Memorial Park. 828.321.5960.
• Hayesville Evening Market
High quality, local produce and farm products. 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays through September. 828.389.8931 or www.southernappalachianfamilyfarms.com.
• Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market
Local farmers and growers, homemade baked goods and products. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October. Old Courthouse Square. 828.361.7261.
• Brasstown’s Farmer’s Market
Local produce, organic chicken, eggs. Open last Wednesday in May through last Wednesday in October. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Old Highway 64. 828.360.2498.