Shop Fresh and Local in Henderson County: A 2024 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? Farmer’s Markets provide a unique opportunity for community members to purchase fresh, nutrient-dense, produce from local growers. With a shorter timeframe between picking and selling, produce maintains more of its nutrients and flavor. Antioxidants and polyphenols found in fruits and vegetables are particularly beneficial for health, especially when eating a mix of fruits and vegetables.

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 4, 2024
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 26, 8 a.m.–noon at Mills River Elementary School on 94 Schoolhouse Road
Website: Mills River Farmers Market (Facebook)
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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 a major push for the market with a fun-filled Kid’s Zone and a Demonstration Kitchen for the adults.

Picture of Hendersonville Farmres Market Sign

Hendersonville Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 4, 2024
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 26, 8 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot on 650 Maple Street (rain or shine)
Website: Hendersonville Farmers Market
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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.

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Henderson County Tailgate Market

Opening Day: April 20, 2024
Hours/Location: Saturdays through October 26, 8 a.m.–noon at 100 North King St. Hendersonville, NC
Website: Henderson County Tailgate Market (Facebook)

They say you should eat a rainbow of color every day. The Henderson County Tailgate Market has been bringing that rainbow for 45 years. Join local farmers and crafters rain or shine for Henderson county’s finest seasonal fruits, fresh mushrooms, vegetables, local honey, meat, eggs, garden plant starts, perennials and much more.

Weekday Markets

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Flat Rock Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 2, 2024
Hours/Location: Thursdays through October 31, 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 18th 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 and fruit farmers, craft-food makers, bread bakers, wild crafters, art-crafters, and merrymakers.

Etowah Lions Club Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 1, 2024
Hours/Location: Wednesdays through October 30, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. at Etowah Lions Clubhouse on 447 Etowah School Road
Website: Etowah Lions Farmers Market (Facebook)

In its fourth year the Etowah Lions Farmers Market is pleased to once again bring the market to our community and beyond. We will have loads of fresh produce, honey, sweets, flowers, plant starts and locally crafted wares. Please stop by to chat with our vendors and Lions and enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Check out our Farmers Market Page for Video Tours of each Market and for Double SNAP Program Information: