Swannanoa Valley residents can choose from several area tailgate markets, each one offering a variety of produce and other products. The Black Mountain market, 130 Montreat Road, is a seasonal Saturday morning community event featuring organic and sustainably grown produce, plants, cut flowers, herbs, locally raised meats, seafood, breads, pastries, cheeses, eggs and local arts and handcrafted items. The market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. – noon.
The Warren Wilson College tailgate market happens on Fridays from 11 – 1 p.m. outside the Gladfelter cafeteria on the Warren Wilson campus. Shoppers can purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables, hand made herbal products, eggs, and pastured-based chicken, pork, lamb, and beef, all grown on the 1000-acre campus.
Just a bit further afield, the East Asheville tailgate market, located at 954 Tunnel Road (Groce United Methodist Church), is open on Friday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. Stop by to enjoy local music while you shop for fresh vegetables, baked goods, honey and jams, and many other products.