Shop Fresh and Local in Henderson County: A 2021 Farmers Market Guide

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The weather is warming, summer is just around the corner and that means in the next few weeks farmers markets will start popping up around Henderson County.

Why shop at the farmers market? There’s simply no better place to find fresh, local food than at a producer-only market where you can purchase directly from a grower. Shopping at farmers markets is a way to support small businesses as well as the local economy. Furthermore, a trip to the farmers market can be fun and family friendly. Several of the markets in Henderson County incorporate live music, kids’ activities, chef demos, giveaways, and special events to keep things educational and exciting.

What’s healthier than local food? Trying to make sure that everyone has access to it! The Henderson County Committee for Activity and Nutrition (HCCAN), as part of the community health improvement process, focuses on strategies to make it easier for folks to find and afford local foods at farmers markets. In partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Henderson County, ASAP, and local farmers markets, one way that HCCAN is doing this is Double Dollars, doubling the value of EBT/SNAP benefits when SNAP recipients buy local fruits, vegetables, and other eligible foods at participating Henderson County locations. “Working together as a community is more important than ever given the far-reaching health and economic effects of COVID-19 on local families.” said Milton Butterworth, HCCAN Facilitator. “We are excited to offer Double Dollars again in 2021!”

So, whether you’re a list-shopper or a spontaneous browser, there are plenty of reasons to grab your reusable shopping bag and visit any of Henderson County’s farmers markets this season.

Saturday Markets

 People at a Farmers Market

Mills River Farm Market

Opening Day: May 1, 2021
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 30, 8 a.m.–noon at Mills River Elementary School on 94 Schoolhouse Road
Website: Mills River Farmers Market (Facebook)
SNAP/EBT Retailer with Double SNAP Program

If you are looking for a vibrant, friendly market, the Mills River Farm Market is the place for you. This market is a producer-only market, selling only products raised or produced within 50 miles of the market. Listen to local musicians as you shop the wide variety of vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, and high-quality crafts. Educating the entire family is major push for the market with a fun-filled Kid’s Zone and a Demonstration Kitchen for the adults.

People browsing produce

Hendersonville Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 8, 2021
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 30, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot on 650 Maple Street (rain or shine)
Website: Hendersonville Farmers Market
SNAP/EBT Retailer with Double SNAP Program

Hendersonville Farmers Market aims to be a world-class market that contributes to the success of local producers and growers, expands access to farm-fresh foods, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. With produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, coffee, crafts, food trucks, live music, kids’ activities, and more, Hendersonville Farmers Market is a weekly outing with something for everybody. Hendersonville Farmers Market is presented by Pardee UNC Health Care.

People browsing produce stands

Henderson County Tailgate Market

Opening Day: April 3, 2021
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 30, 8 a.m.–noon at 100 North King St. Hendersonville, NC
Website: Henderson County Tailgate Market (Facebook)

For farm-to-table freshness look to the Henderson County Tailgate Market for all your produce needs. Fresh picked seasonal vegetables, blueberries, fruit, local honey, cut flowers, plant starts, and more. This rain or shine market has been in operation for 42 years.

Weekday Markets

Peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes

Flat Rock Farmers Market

Opening Day: April 29, 2021
Hours/Location: Thursdays through October 28, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at Pinecrest ARP Church on 1790 Greenville Hwy
Website: Flat Rock Farmers Market

The Flat Rock Farmers Market is in its 15th season, bringing farm-fresh, locally-produced fruits and vegetables to the Flat Rock community. The market is made up of a diverse group of local produce farmers, makers, bread bakers, wild crafters, and merrymakers.

Front of house

Etowah Lions Club Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 5, 2021
Hours/Location: Wednesdays through October 27, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at Etowah Lions Clubhouse on 447 Etowah School Road
Website: Etowah Lions Farmers Market (Facebook)

The Etowah Lions Club is excited for the opportunity to bring the Etowah Lions Farmers Market to our community. This first year will be one of learning, sharing, and fellowship. We look forward to bringing fresh produce, meats, sweets, breads, arts, and much more to our community of Etowah and beyond.

Written By

Karen Blaedow, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionKaren BlaedowExtension Agent, Agriculture - Vegetable and Small Fruit Call Karen E-mail Karen N.C. Cooperative Extension, Henderson County Center
Posted on Mar 29, 2021
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