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Find a farmers market

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Flowers are blooming, leaves are unfurling and farmers markets are starting up across Western North Carolina. No matter what county you live in, there’s a place to go for a weekly opportunity to purchase fresh, local produce and handmade crafts.

Haywood County

Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Waynesville

Getting there: 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays now through the end of October, at 250 Pigeon St. in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. 

What’s happening: Local produce; meats, eggs, honey, dairy, value-added products, heritage crafts and more for sale by 30 to 40 vendors at the height of the season, all of whom produce their wares in Haywood or an adjacent county. 

Ways to pay: Credit and debit card, SNAP/EBT benefits, cash. 

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Online at www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com or www.facebook.com/haywoodhistoricfarmersmarket.

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market, Waynesville 

Getting there: 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays May 17 to the end of October at the American Legion Parking Lot on Legion Drive off Main Street.

What’s happening: Haywood County vegetables, fruits, eggs and cut flowers for sale. Kids Corner Market will be offered on the first Saturday of the month June through September to provide farm-related, kid-friendly activities about local food. New vendors are wanted. 

Ways to pay: Cash, check, WIC and senior coupons from the Haywood County Department of Health and Human Services. 

Contact: Vicky Rogers, 828.456.1830 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Jackson County

Jackson County Farmers Market, Sylva

Getting there: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon at Bridge Park through the end of October; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community Table November to March. 

What’s happening: A variety of locally produced vegetables, meats, honey, plants and crafts. Plants, mushrooms, greens, spices, eggs, baked goods, goat cheese, flowers and local crafts such for sale by 20-35 vendors. Family Art at the Market offered some Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. A Taste the Market fundraiser occurs on the second Saturday of each month. 

Ways to pay: Cash, credit, debit and SNAP benefits accepted.

Contact: Lisa, 828.393.5236 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.facebook.com/thegloriousjacksoncountyfarmersmarket, or www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.

The ‘Whee Farmers Market, Cullowhee

Getting there: 4 p.m. to dusk, Tuesdays through the end of October, at the University Inn on 563 North Country Club Drive. 

What’s happening: Meats, eggs, cheeses, vegetables, value-added products and crafts sold by an average of eight vendors. 

Ways to pay: Cash/check, with some vendors accepting credit and debit cards.

Contact: Curt Collins, 828.476.0334. 

www.facebook.com/CullowheeFarmersMarket

Macon County

Franklin Farmers Tailgate Market 

Getting there: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays though the end of October on East Palmer Street across from Drake Software. 

What’s happening: Variety of homegrown products, including fruits and vegetables, cheese, plants, eggs, trout, preserves, honey and artisan breads sold by an average of 25-30 vendors. 

Contact: Alan Durden, 828.349.2049 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket.

Swain County

Swain County Farmers Market, Bryson City

Getting there: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fridays May 5 through October 27, at the barn on Island Street in Bryson City. 

What’s happening: Local produce, nursery plants, herbs, trout, eggs, honey and artisan crafts such as jewelry, wood carvings and gourds sold by anywhere from eight to 15 vendors. 

Ways to pay: Cash/check. 

Contact: Christine Bredenkamp, 828.488.3848 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

www.facebook.com/SwainCountyFarmersMarket.

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