Waynesville Tailgate Market returns May 14

May 07, 2014
Photo by: Donated LOCALLY GROWN — Pictured are blueberries, potatoes and lavender from last year's season.

The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market opens for its 29th year at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, in the American Legion parking lot, located at 171 Legion Drive. The market will continue to provide fresh vegetables throughout the summer and into the fall on Wednesdays and Saturdays up to the last Saturday in October.

All vegetables and fruits are grown in Haywood County and sold by local farmers. Each farmer will be able to talk about his/her crop, some of the expected ripening dates for various produce based on weather conditions, and general growth patterns for specialty items. Customers can even learn more about how to manage their own crops from farmers who have been growers for many years.

On opening day, growers will have a selection of bedding plants including varieties of tomato plants, squash, cucumber and herbs for sale. Beautiful dinner plate Dahlia tubers will be for sale along with other bulbs and plants.

Growers will have fresh cut vegetables such as lettuce and chard, radishes, spinach and onions. There will be dried gourds from last year's season. Other early season items may be available, too.  As the season progresses there will be many more vegetables and fruits.

The Kids Corner Market, for children elementary age and younger, will kick off Saturday, June 21. There will be an activities tent from 10 a.m. to noon when the market closes. The first KCM theme will be "Growing Plants." Members of the Tailgate Market will talk with the children about plant growth, look at seeds and plants, and discuss what seeds need to grow healthy vegetables and flowers.

Call 456-1830 for information.