Discover Buncombe County’s Best Farmers Markets

Whether you’re a longtime local or just visiting, farmers markets provide an excellent opportunity to explore the region’s bounty, support small businesses, and enjoy vibrant communities all throughout Western North Carolina.


Asheville City Market

Location: 52 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: Asheville City Market
Hours: Saturdays | 9 AM – 12 PM

Situated in the heart of downtown Asheville, the Asheville City Market is a bustling hub for fresh, local produce and artisanal goods. This market features a diverse array of vendors offering everything from seasonal fruits and vegetables to handmade crafts and gourmet foods. Live music and cooking demonstrations often enhance the vibrant atmosphere.


East Asheville Tailgate Market

Location: 954 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
Website: East Asheville Tailgate Market
Hours: Fridays | 3 PM – 6 PM

The East Asheville Tailgate Market provides a convenient stop for fresh, local goods. With a variety of vendors offering produce, baked goods, and artisan crafts, this market is a great way to support local farmers and artisans while avoiding the weekend crowds.


West Asheville Tailgate Market

Location: 718 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Website: West Asheville Tailgate Market
Hours: Tuesdays | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This vibrant midweek market on popular Haywood Road offers a diverse selection of fresh, locally sourced produce, meats, cheeses, and handcrafted items. It’s the perfect place to pick up fresh ingredients for dinner and enjoy the lively community atmosphere that West Asheville is known for.


North Asheville Tailgate Market

Location: UNC Asheville Campus, 3300 University Heights, Asheville, NC 28804
Website: North Asheville Tailgate Market
Hours: Saturdays | 8 AM – 12 PM

One of the oldest and most beloved markets in the area, the North Asheville Tailgate Market provides a community-focused experience with a wide variety of locally grown produce, baked goods, and artisan products. Located on the scenic UNC Asheville campus, it’s a great spot to support local farmers and enjoy a morning out.


River Arts District Farmers Market

Location: 289 Lyman St, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: River Arts District Farmers Market
Hours: Wednesdays | 3 PM – 6 PM

Located in Asheville’s artistic River Arts District, this midweek market is known for its eclectic mix of local produce, meats, and handmade goods. The market’s unique setting among artist studios and galleries makes it a must-visit for both fresh food and local culture enthusiasts.

Southside Community Farmers Market

Location: 133 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801
Website: Southside Community Farm
Hours: First Sunday of the Month | 12 PM – 3 PM

The Southside Community Farmers Market is dedicated to providing fresh, affordable produce to the local community. With a focus on accessibility and community engagement, this market features a variety of BIPOC vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, and locally made products in a welcoming atmosphere.


Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Location: 130 Montreat Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Website: Black Mountain Tailgate Market
Hours: Saturdays | 9 AM – 12 PM

Just a short drive from Asheville, the Black Mountain Tailgate Market offers a charming, small-town market experience. Featuring local farmers, bakers, and artisans, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the picturesque surroundings and pick up some high-quality, local products.

Enka-Candler Tailgate Market

Location: 1465 Sand Hill Road, Candler, NC 28715
Website: Enka-Candler Tailgate Market
Hours: Thursdays | 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Candler’s best farmer’s market features fresh local produce, heritage crafts, and more. Its convenient Thursday hours make it a great stop for stocking up on midweek essentials while supporting local farmers and artisans.


Leicester Farmers Market

Location: 2979 New Leicester Hwy, Leicester, NC 28748
Website: Leicester Farmers Market
Hours: Wednesdays | 3 PM – 6 PM

All items at this market are grown or produced in the Leicester area. This community-led market features local meats, cheeses, and crafts. The Leicester Farmers Market is a great place to experience the local charm and support small-scale farmers and artisans.


Weaverville Tailgate Market

Location: 60 Lakeshore Dr, Weaverville, NC 28787
Website: Weaverville Tailgate Market
Hours: Wednesdays | 3 PM – 6 PM

The Weaverville Tailgate Market brings together a friendly community of local vendors offering fresh produce, meats, eggs, and crafts. It’s a great way to spend a Wednesday afternoon, supporting local agriculture and enjoying the charming town of Weaverville.


Source: Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project