'Original Waynesville Tailgate Market' to open May 15

May 07, 2013

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market is gearing up for its 29th season. The Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 15, at the American Legion parking area, 171 Legion Dr., just below Bogart’s.

Haywood County growers will have small amounts of vegetables, plant starts, herbs, black walnuts, dahlia tubers and some greens. There will be some nursery plants for sale. Some of farmers are already “greening up” the vendor area with early garden plants on Saturdays.

“But, the bounty will grow with the sum,” said Vicky Rogers, co-manager. “Fresh green beans, ears of corn by the dozen, beets to beat the band, berries that melt in your mouth — there are so many vegetables our vendors grow that we provide recipes to help shoppers learn how to cook the newer ones.”

New this year will be the Kids Corner Market stall. Kids Corner Market begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. Some of the growers, along with two Master Gardeners, are getting ready for fun children’s activities, while parents check out the vendors' booths. The goal is to help young children learn about the growing process of plants.

Market organizers also want young children to correlate the farm to dinner table idea and encourage healthy eating habits with fresh produce products from seeds to plants, to the vegetables themselves.

In addition, on Buy Haywood will provide a cooking demonstration June 1 by a local chef to enhance the Kids Corner Market activities.The Kids Corner Market will continue once a month through October, when the market closes for the season on Oct. 31.

The market will offer a community nonprofit table, where Haywood County organizations can showcase work. Call to reserve a spot at this table.

For information about being a vendor or produce information, call market manager Judy West at 648-6326 or Rogers at 456-1830. Look for the market on Facebook, at Waynesville Tailgate Market. This site provides old and new information about the vegetables available at the market.

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