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Revamped Bryson City market to start in May

The farmers market in Bryson City is growing, with Swain County Cooperative Extension and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority collaborating to plan an expanded and enhanced market this season. 

The Smoky Mountain Farmers & Artisans Market will be held two days per week this year, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays May through October at the 117 Island Street on the grounds of the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium, which is open Thursday through Saturday with no admission fee. In addition to vendor tables, the market will feature food trucks, live music and a riverside location that will encourage people to stay longer and maybe even enjoy a meal at one of the picnic tables. 

“We are excited about the increased exposure and sales opportunities for our growers and artisans with this new format,” said Horticulture Extension Agent Katie Ashley. 

The area is dog-friendly for leashed pets and features a fishing pier and Tuckasegee River access. Current COVID safety protocols will be observed. Food truck hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There is no vendor fee, and Extension is actively recruiting farmers, growers and artisans. Sign up online at or pick up an application at the Extension office or the Visitor Center and Heritage Museum in Bryson City. Call 828.488.3848 with vendor-related questions. 

In addition, the TDA is hiring acoustic artists to entertain at the market various mountain music styles. Musicians will stroll throughout the market to help with social distancing. To be considered for selection, contact Rita Jones at 828.788.3563 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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