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 their need of 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-October). 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-October). 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-November). 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-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. on Saturdays (November-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 15-Oct. 28), 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 6-Oct. 28). 171 Legion Drive at the American Legion in Waynesville behind Bogart’s restaurant. 828.456.1830.
• Graham County Farmer’s Market
Local farmers, growers and harvesters. 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (July 8-Oct. 7). 828.479.8788.
• Cedar Valley Farmer’s Market
Fresh produce, meats and handmade products. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (April-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 on Saturdays (June-October). First Street at Hall Memorial Park in Andrews. 828.321.5960.
• Hayesville Evening Market
High quality, local produce and farm products. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays (May-October). Town Square. www.hayesvilleeveningmarket.com.
• Mountain Valley Farmer’s Market
Local farmers and growers, homemade baked goods and products. 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays (May-October). Old Courthouse Square. 863.389.6338. www.claychambernc.com.
• Brasstown Farmer’s Market
Local produce, organic chicken, eggs. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays (April 26-Oct. 25) on Old Highway 64. 828.360.2498.