Hendersonville has a lot to offer. From a pristine downtown overflowing with history to nearby hiking and outdoor exploration opportunities, it truly is a great place to call home —- especially if you live an environmentally-conscious lifestyle. Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets are a great way to stock up on fresh local produce and meet other community members that practice sustainable living. Hendersonville’s farmers market returns this spring on May 8th.
Located at the Historic Train Depot on Maple Street, this market is a community hub for gathering and sharing fresh produce and meats, baked goods, and other handcrafted products. The market hosts a variety of vendors, but the focus is put on those who grow and make things in Henderson County.
The farmers market also has a place to enjoy live entertainment. Local musicians are to be featured all summer long, adding to the vibrant and energetic environment of the market. Food trucks set up their operations for the day around the market so visitors can partake in local fare.
Historic Train Depot
The farmers market is held in Hendersonville’s Historic Train Depot. Constructed in 1902, the station was an important stop on the Southern Railroad for many years. It eventually fell into disrepair when the route became obsolete and plans were set in motion to destroy the landmark. Fortunately, the Parks Department and devoted citizens fought to save it — and won. A revitalizing project spearheaded by the City of Hendersonville and the Apple Valley Model Railroad Club brought it back in 1992.
Since then, the space has been used to host the club and occasional city events. The Hendersonville farmers market has established a new people-focused purpose for the space and provides exceptional value to the community responsible for saving its life.
Hendersonville’s farmers market has activities for the whole family. Various vendors offer crafts and projects to kids of all ages. Family-friendly shows are also planned for lively entertainment throughout the summer. The market has also planned themed days such as Kids’ Day and Pollinators’ Day which involve interactive and fun learning experiences for young ones.
The weekly event is sponsored by local businesses and the city of Hendersonville. Volunteers help coordinate the operation and socialize with guests, and they’re always looking for more local help. To get involved, sign up here. Volunteering is a great way to meet new folks if you’re new to town or catch up with old ones if you’re a longtime resident.
The Hendersonville Farmers Market will run on Saturdays from 8-1, with a planned start date of May 8th through the end of October. You won’t want to miss this one!
Asheville Farmers Markets
If Hendersonville is too far, or those days and times don’t work for your schedule, check out some of our favorite farmers markets in Asheville, NC.
Western North Carolina Farmers Market
Open Daily: April-October 8-6pm; November-March 8-5pm
This marketplace is open year-round and features products from farmers and artists from all over the western part of the state. It’s actually owned by the state of North Carolina and regulated by the Department of Agriculture. Offerings vary by season, but at the WNC you can find anything from spring flowers and fruits to Christmas trees and hand-knit hats and scarves. To find out more, visit them on the web.
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Saturdays 8-12pm from April to November
The North Asheville Tailgate Market is located on the University of North Carolina’s campus. It offers a variety of fruits and vegetables, fresh eggs, meats, baked goods and prepared foods. Food and coffee vendors keep you satisfied while you peruse the market — because it’s dangerous to shop hungry! This market has plenty of shady trees to meet up with friends or pack up a picnic lunch with the family.
To learn more about the North Asheville Market, visit here.
River Arts District Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3-5:30pm from May to November
Located in the artistic southwest corner of town, this market has heaps of sustainably-grown fresh produce as well as artwork, handmade soaps, pottery and other gifts from local artists. Visit their website for more info about special events.
Whether you live closer to Hendersonville or want to try one of the many Asheville farmers markets, there are plenty of options to choose from. North Carolina puts a lot of value in knowing where your food comes from and supporting local farmers.
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