Purchasing Local Produce and Plants
Over the past several weeks our office has been receiving questions about where to purchase local produce and plants during the pandemic. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has deemed agriculture a critical industry, which includes farms, farmer’s markets and farm stands. Below is a listing of resources to help connect customers with local producers. This list is not a complete list of all local sources but is an attempt to direct people to some of the options available. It is critical that shoppers visiting these essential businesses observe the latest CDC recommendations for slowing the spread of the virus.
Many Henderson County growers, businesses and markets have been working tirelessly to implement new policies and purchasing options to keep customers and the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important to note that some markets/businesses are changing locations or altering operation hours during this challenging time so please refer to their website for the latest up-to-date information.
Local Farmers Markets
Henderson County Farmers Markets
|Henderson County Tailgate Market||Saturdays (April-Oct)||8 a.m.-noon|
|Mills River Farmers Market||Saturdays (May 16-Oct)||8 a.m.-noon|
|Flat Rock Farmers Market||Thursday (May-Oct)||3-6 p.m.||Website|
|Hendersonville Farmers Market||Saturdays (June 6-Oct)||8 a.m.-1 p.m.||Website|
Asheville-Western North Carolina (WNC) Farmers Market
|WNC Farmers Market-Asheville||Daily (Mon-Sun)||8 a.m.-6 p.m.|
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
|Order Online, Delivery||(828) 674-8023||Website|
|Order Online, Delivery, Safe Pickup, Vegetable Transplants||(828) 243-7492||Facebook
|Order Online||(828) 450-9859||Online store|
|Order Online, Delivery, Safe Pickup||(904) 514-1958||Website|
|Order Online, Safe Pickup||(828) 595-3445||Website|
It is important to note that lots of other places carry veggie starts and seeds locally as well:
Raymond’s Garden Center, Briggs Garden Center, A Growing Concern Garden Center, Valley Ag, Nelon’s Feed and Seed, Linda’s Plants & Shrubs, Stepp’s Plants, Bullington Gardens, Southern States, Ace Hardware, Lowes, Home Depot
If your interested in purchasing a variety of Tomato Transplants call Paul Shoemaker, Owner of Holly Springs Farm: 828-891-4968
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Local Food Guide
Find family farms, farmers markets, wineries, grocery stores, restaurants, caterers and bakers, farm stores and stands, farms to visit, B&Bs and farm lodging, u-pick farms, CSAs, and distributors in the region.
Use the online guide to search for specific businesses, products, locations, and more.
Purchasing Local Fruits and Vegetables Using SNAP/EBT
New Website for Purchasing Local Meat
In March a new website, MeatSuite.com, was launched that allows customers to purchase meat in bulk directly from farms across the state of NC. Customers can search for farms that sell particular types of meat within 25 to 100 miles of their ZIP code. Bulk amounts vary from 10-pound boxes of hamburger to whole animals.