As a producer-only farmers’ market, our mission is to strengthen the local foods movement of Western North Carolina by organizing a dynamic and inclusive outlet for farmers and small businesses to connect with customers and community.
The North Asheville Tailgate Market is a vibrant Saturday morning gathering place that creates a fun, safe and enriching environment for youth, adults and folks from all walks of life. We began in 1980 to offer local farmers an outlet for selling their farm fresh goods. What began as a handful of farmers, now represents over 120 of the best farmers, bakers, growers, chefs and artists.
Today over 80% of these vendors earn their primary income from self-produced products. Cooking demos, dietitian talks, live music and our Growing Minds at Market are just a few of the ways we engage our community in education, health and culture.
HOURS & ANNUAL SCHEDULE
1st Annual Winter Market
February 4th – March 25th, 2023 | 10am – 1pm
2023 Regular Season
April 1 – November 18, 2023 | 8am – 12pm
2023 Holiday Bazaar
November 25th – December 16th, 2022 | Hours to be Determined
WHAT TO EXPECT AT MARKET
You SNAP, we match! Thanks to a grant through ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program) we are able to double your SNAP dollars. Just come to our market information booth, swipe your card with us, and we will give you double that amount in market SNAP tokens that you can use on all qualifying produce and food products at the market.
Our market is outdoors on a paved parking lot with a moderate grade increase from the South Entrance (entering from University Heights) to North Entrance (exiting onto Edgewood Rd). There are at least 8 accessible/handicap parking spots at our South Entrance near our Porta Johns. One of our two Porta Johns are handicap accessible and we have a hand washing station that is about 3-4ft high to reach. Most vendor stalls are accessible by rollator and wheelchair but some may be a tight fit for mobility devices. If you need any assistance getting items to your vehicle, shopping at various booths, or have ideas to better our accessibility please visit our yellow information booth in the middle of market or send us an email at NATMdirector@gmail.com. Additionally, our market can be overstimulating for some due to high customer traffic and noise levels. We have weekly musicians and some bring amplification. Dogs are allowed and present at market. SNAP/EBT is accepted by all food vendors by first visiting our information booth to get SNAP tokens.
The lower lot of P28, where the market happens, can get very busy. There are a number of lots on UNC Asheville’s campus that are nearby and available to use including P25, P26, and P27. P25 and P26 are always nearly empty with plenty of parking and are just a one to two minute walk to the main market entrance. We encourage market goers to park there. You can follow this Google Maps link for directions.
While dogs are allowed, please help us ensure a safe and comfortable market environment for all by making sure all dogs at the market are well mannered and well behaved. Customers are responsible for the behavior of their dogs at all times and will be asked to leave by the market staff if they are determined to be endangering the market. Customer’s dogs are allowed only if:
- On a short leash of 18 inches or shorter at all times. No retractable leashes.
- The customer pays for any supplies or products damaged by their dog.
- They use the bathroom outside of the market area and are cleaned up after.
- They can remain calm in a crowded, public setting.
- They can exhibit self control around people of all ages and other dogs (no lunging, barking, growling, or aggression).
- They show manners at vendor booths by not sniffing, licking, or tasting vendor’s goods.