Tuesday, May 22, 2012

3 Shopping Meccas: Tailgate Markets, Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands

It is the end of May in our small North Carolina vacation spot.  The tailgate markets, farmers markets and roadside stands are really starting to bustle.  The last few weeks have brought beautiful, sweet strawberries, and pretty soon it will be blueberry season.  And then the tomatoes come in, and do not forget about the fresh corn on the cob.  Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention watermelon (my personal favorite!).

Keeping a farm fresh kitchen at our Hendersonville inn would be tough if we did not get out and find all of those wonderful small growers that are near to us.  Finding fresh and tasty, newly grown morsels to eat is also fun and educational.  Locating fresh fruits and vegetables is definitely part of the charm of Henderson County and if you can take the time to wander around the area on a Saturday, you will not be disappointed.  Every other day- of-the-week will also net you some goodies if you do a little homework first.  Do not be put off.  It is not much homework if you look for Diane Daniel’s book “Farm Fresh North Carolina”, go to www.farmfreshnorthcarolina.com or do a little research on the internet.  

Here are just a few of the more memorable tailgate and farmers' markets near the inn:
o  Henderson County Tailgate Market – Saturday mornings on King Street in Hendersonville.  Local farmers come to the parking lot with produce, flowers and meats.      www.hendersoncountytailgatemarket.com
o  Curb Market – Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturday mornings on Church Street in Hendersonville.  The vendors sell local foods, herbs, vegetables, fruits and crafts made and grown in Henderson County.       www.curbmarket.com  
o  Flat Rock Tailgate Market - Thursdays, 3 – 6pm Little Rainbow Row on Greenville Highway in Flat Rock.  Locally and regionally grown plants and produce is usually grown using organic or sustainable practices.  828-697-7719
Do you know of any special tailgate or farmers markets that we all need to try?
We hope we've given you yet another reason to visit the 1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, NC very soon!

John, Diane, Darla & Debbie
1898 Waverly Inn
Bed and Breakfast Hendersonville NC

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