Farmers market roundup — Let's get fresh

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles editor | Jul 11, 2014
Photo by: Rachel Robles THE BEET GOES ON — Beets made an appearance during last Saturday's market at the Historic Waynesville Farmers Market.

Get fresh at the farmers market with locally grown produce, baked goods, meats, seafood, honey, crafts and plants.

Kale, pattipans, green beans, tomatoes, cabbage, zephyr squash, yellow squash, zucchini, potatoes, beets, fennel, cucumbers and blueberries are currently in season. Corn is expected to arrive in two to three weeks.

Here’s a roundup of the farmers markets in Haywood County —

The Historic Waynesville Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through mid December in the parking lot of HART Theater, located at 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Call 550-4554 for information.

The Historic Waynesville Farmers Market has been in the HART parking lot for six years now, and allows vendors from outside of Haywood County to sell their goods. Produce and crafts from Jackson and Buncombe counties are available, and fresh seafood from the coast is a big hit. This market features fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, candles and homemade crafts. Another big draw is that the market moves indoors during the winter. And if all goes according to plan, vendors at the market will begin accepting EBT and SNAP by the end of August.

The Waynesville Tailgate Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays through the last Saturday in October in the parking lot of the American Legion, located at 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville. Call 456-1830 for information.

Currently in its 30th year, the Waynesville Tailgate Market is strictly for Haywood County vendors. This market features fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers. Farmers are available to discuss their crops and answer general questions. The market also holds a Kids Corner Market on select days throughout the summer that provides fun, interactive activities for children in order to teach them about good nutrition and healthy eating habits. The next Kids Corner Market will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, and kids will learn about bees. Kids will learn the “waggle dance,” make and take a bee and learn about pollen.

Recently, the garden wagon used for the Kids Corner Market was stolen. The person who stole it is asked to call Judy West at 648-6323 so he or she can get the sides that attach to the wagon.

The Canton Farmers Market and Heritage Crafts is open from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Sorrells Street Park, Canton. Call 734-9071 for information.

The Canton market is in its second year and is an afternoon/evening market that features fruits, vegetables, 100 percent grass-fed beef, pork, baked goods, candles, honey and homemade crafts. Craft vendors include pottery, soap, woodworking, knit goods and jewelry.

The market is currently looking for local farmers to sell produce, plants and dairy. Interested vendors can visit www.focusofcanton.com/farmers-market-canton-nc.html for a vendor application and additional information.

The Maggie Valley Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to dusk on Fridays and Saturdays next to Organic Beans Coffee, located at 1098 Soco Road, Maggie Valley.

In its first year, the Maggie Valley market features local produce, crafts and local artists selling paintings, ceramics, native woodwork and jewelry.

Produce vendors are needed and those interested are asked to call Adam Capparelli at 209-8061 or visit www.organicbeanscoffee.com/market for vendor information.

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