It is almost spring in Asheville and while you are planning your trip to your favorite Asheville Bed and Breakfast Association Inn, remember it is time to continue a wonderful tradition in Asheville: visiting the WNC Farmers Market. The WNC Farmers Market offers produce, canned goods, fudge, wine, meats, honey, crafts, soaps, and many other goods from the area. Jesse Israel is a top notch nursery with beautiful plants and gardening supplies. The WNC Farmer’s Market is conveniently located near downtown Asheville between two major Interstate Highways( I-40 and I-26). It sits on a thirty-six-acre site with a beautiful panoramic view of the mountains and the Biltmore Estate. The market was first opened in 1977 and is open year round, seven days a week. Below are some of the annual events the market offers. Please check the official website when planning your visit as dates can change.
April 11, 2014
Farmers Market Car Show (Free)
10 AM – 2 PM
April 10-11, 2015
BBQ Cook-off & Bluegrass Jam (Free)
Live Bluegrass music and the regions best BBQ
April 14 & 28, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Master Gardener Plant Clinic (Free)
The NCSU Master Gardeners Program offers plant clinics to assist the public in diagnosing and solving gardening questions. All clinics are free.
Vidalia Onion Day (Free)
Come join us for a taste of fresh cooked onion rings. Recipes will be available. Drawings will be held for bags of Vidalia Onions, processed products and other types of Vidalia gifts!
May 1-3, 2015 Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM- 3 PM
Annual Spring Herb Festival (Free)
This Herb Festival is unlike any other in the Southeast with over 50 herb businesses from North Carolina and Southeast with the largest selection of herb plants anywhere.The venders will have everything from herbs, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, some baked goods, fruit plants and there is something new every year. The best advice is to get there early and window shop before you purchase.
Friday, July 17, 2015 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Watermelon Day (Free)
Sweet, juicy melons in July! Try locally grown watermelons at the Watermelon Day and enjoy a little family fun. Hosted by the WNC Farmers Market, the N.C. Watermelon Association, and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Watermelon Day has activities to bring out the kid in all of us. Free watermelon slices and drawings for free watermelons and prizes. The watermelon seed-spitting contest and watermelon-eating contest for kids is a blast to witness. And, the reigning N. C. Watermelon Queen will be there too!
Friday, September ??th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This is the time of year local grown N.C. apples are in plentiful supply. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the many varieties available at the market. Located between Retail Buildings A&B. Try the Honey Crisp apples!
November 2015 ($30.00)
16 cideries from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, plus special guests Blake’s Hard Cider from Michigan, Woodchuck Hard Cider from Vermont and Spanish Bereziartua will be serving samples of this crisp fall beverage, 1-5 PM. Hard cider will be paired with local cheeses from five creameries and artisan hand-crafted breads including apple cider pretzels and gluten-free apple fritters. In addition, non-alcoholic organic cider will also be served. Live music, food trucks, panel and activities for kids. Benefits WNC Green Building Council. Tickets are limited. Buy at http://ciderfestnc.com. $30 (21+) or $20 for Designated Drivers. Ages 20 and under are free.
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