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.
• 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 (May 6-Oct. 28), and also from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays (June 14-Aug. 16). The Barn on Island Street in downtown. 828.488.3848 or www.greatsmokies.com.
• Cashiers Tailgate Market
• 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 mid-October. 876 Acquoni Road at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. 828.359.6935.
• The ‘Whee Farmer’s Market
Locally grown vegetables, eggs, and more. 4 p.m. until dusk Tuesdays through October. Corner of North Country Club Drive and Stadium View Drive. 828.476.0334 or www.facebook.com/cullowheefarmersmarket.
• Cowee Farmer’s Market
Local produce, plants, herbs, honey, crafts, and more. 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (May 10-Oct. 25). 51 Cowee School Drive. 828.524.8369 or www.coweefarmersmarket.com.
• Franklin Farmer’s Tailgate Market
Variety of only homegrown products such as cheese, plants, eggs, trout, honey and more. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (April 2-Nov. 5). 200 East Palmer Street. 828.349.2049 or www.facebook.com/franklinncfarmersmarket.
• Jackson County Farmer’s Market
Plants, seeds, honey, breads, sweets and locally made crafts, local meats. 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (April 2-Oct.29). Railroad Avenue at the Municipal Parking Lot near Bridge Park in downtown. The winter market is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays (November through March) across the bridge at the Community Table in downtown. 828.399.0290 (summer) or 828.393.5236 (winter) or www.jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org.
• 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 (April 16-Nov. 26), with a winter market through mid-December. 250 Pigeon Street in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. www.waynesvillefarmersmarket.com.
• Original Waynesville Tailgate Market
Fruits, vegetables, black walnuts, organic food and other homemade products. 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays (May 14-Oct. 29). 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion in Waynesville behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.456.1830.
• Andrews Farmer’s Market
Live music and community produce. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (June 4-Oct. 22). First Street at Hall Memorial Park in Andrews. 828.321.5960.
• Brasstown Farmer’s Market
Local produce, organic chicken, eggs. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays (April 13-Oct. 26) on Old Highway 64. 828.360.2498.
• Hayesville Evening Market
High quality, local produce and farm products. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays (May 1-Sept. 1). 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 (May 7-Oct. 29). Old Courthouse Square. 863.287.4482.
• Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market
Fresh produce, meats and handmade products. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (April 2-Oct. 29) in the old L&N Depot in downtown. www.doylescedarhill.com/farmers-market.
• Graham County Farmer’s Market
Local farmers, growers and harvesters. 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (July 9-Oct. 1). 828.479.8788.