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It's farmers market season

The weather is warming up, 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 is 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 and 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.

Here's a roundup:

Saturday markets


Hendersonville Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 6
Hours/Location: Saturdays through Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Historic Train Depot, 650 Maple Street (rain or shine)
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.

Mills River Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 6
Hours/Location: Saturdays through Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon at Mills River Elementary School, 94 Schoolhouse Road
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 a major push for the market with a fun-filled Kid’s Zone and a Demonstration Kitchen for adults. Come help us celebrate our 15th season!

Henderson County Tailgate Market

Opening Day: April 22
Hours/Location: Saturdays through Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon at 100 North King St.

They say you should eat a rainbow of color every day. The Henderson County Tailgate Market has been bringing that rainbow for 44 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


Flat Rock Farmers Market

Opening Day: May 4
Hours/Location: Thursdays through Oct. 26, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Pinecrest ARP Church, 1790 Greenville Highway

The Flat Rock Farmers Market is in its 17th 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 3
Hours/Location: Wednesdays through October 25, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at Etowah Lions Clubhouse, 447 Etowah School Road
Website: Etowah Lions Farmers Market (Facebook)

In its third year the Etowah Lions Farmers Market is pleased to bring the market once again 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.