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Buncombe County Farmers Markets Welcome Spring

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Asheville – The arrival of spring in Buncombe County heralds the opening of farmers markets throughout April and May, beckoning residents to savor a bounty of fresh produce, meats, cheeses, eggs, baked goods, and plant starts. These markets are not just havens for locavores; they are also key players in enhancing access to healthy, locally sourced foods for the community.

Nine farmers markets in Buncombe County are poised to participate in the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP) initiatives to bolster access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Two notable programs, Double SNAP for Fruits and Vegetables and Farm Fresh Produce Prescription, aim to bridge the gap for those in the community who may struggle to afford these nutritious offerings. More information on these programs can be found at asapconnections.org/farmersmarkets.

Mark your calendars as the participating markets unveil their opening dates and locations:

– Asheville City Market: April 6, Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, located at N. Market St. between Woodfin and Walnut

– Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4, Saturday, 9 a.m.–noon, situated at 130 Montreat Rd.

– East Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Friday, 3–6 p.m., found at 954 Tunnel Rd.

– Enka-Candler Farmer’s Market: April 18, Thursday, 3:30–6:30 p.m., located at 1465 Sand Hill Rd.

– North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 6, Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon, stationed at UNC Asheville, Lot P34

– River Arts District Farmers Market: April 3, Wednesday, 3-6 p.m., positioned at 350 Riverside Dr.

– Southside Community Farmers Market: May 4, 1st Sunday, 12–3 p.m., established at 133 Livingston St.

– Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 3, Wednesday, 3–6 p.m., housed at 60 Lakeshore Dr.

– West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 2, Tuesday, 3:30–6:30 p.m., located at 718 Haywood Rd.

Aside from managing Asheville City Market, ASAP extends promotional and technical aid to all farmers markets in the region, nurturing over 100 such markets in the broader Appalachian Grown territory, encompassing Western North Carolina and adjacent counties in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. Explore these markets based on location, SNAP access, and other criteria at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide on appalachiangrown.org.

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) stands dedicated to amplifying local farm viability, forging essential links between farmers and markets, and fostering vibrant, healthy communities through local food connections. For additional insights on ASAP and its mission, visit asapconnections.org.

In embracing the burgeoning season of growth, let us support and celebrate the richness of local agriculture at these bustling farmers markets in Buncombe County. Their offerings not only nourish our bodies but also serve as vibrant hubs that connect us to the land and community around us. Let the colors and flavors of spring ignite our senses and our commitment to sustainable, local food systems thrive.