A Year-Round Guide to Franklin and Nantahala

Find farmers markets in your region. Western      Central      Eastern Updated 9/8/22 Western WNC Farmers Market — Asheville Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The WNC Farmers Market sits

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Strata

Find farmers markets in your region. Western      Central      Eastern Updated 9/8/22 Western WNC Farmers Market — Asheville Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The WNC Farmers Market sits

This Week at the Market

Find farmers markets in your region.

Western      Central      Eastern

Updated 9/8/22


WNC Farmers Market — Asheville

Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The WNC Farmers Market sits on a 36-acre site overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Biltmore Estate. Specialty items offered include ramps, sourwood honey, mountain cabbage, and Biltmore tomatoes.

This week: Fill your basket with prune plums, muscadines, butterbeans, and several varieties of peaches and apples. Plus, enjoy tasty Mexican cuisine from Taqueria Muñoz food truck on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Click here for directions.
570 Brevard Road
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 253-1691

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market — Waynesville

Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

With more than 30 vendors, Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in the far western part of the state. Vendors at this producer-only market grow, raise, produce, create and craft their bounty in Haywood or adjacent mountain counties.

This week: Shop for tomatoes, squash, zucchini, a variety of beans, blackberries, and more as you listen to live music and enjoy treats from Harvest Moon Crepes and Coffee food truck.

Click here for directions.
250 Pigeon Street
Waynesville, NC 28786
(828) 655-5305

Mount Holly Farmers Market — Mount Holly

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The largest all-volunteer market in North Carolina, the Mount Holly Farmers Market is dedicated to supporting small farms. During non-pandemic times, there is also a chef-in-residence program, in which a chef demonstrates healthy cooking techniques using in-season ingredients that can be found at the market.

This week: Shop for elderberries, tomatoes, okra, corn, beans, peas, house plants, and more as you listen to live music.

Click here for directions.
226 South Main Street
Mount Holly, NC 28120
(704) 951-4066



Lexington Farmers Market — Lexington

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Located in a historic train depot, the Lexington Farmers Market offers a large variety of seasonal produce, plants, meat, chicken, honey, baked goods, and crafts. Visitors can also enjoy local musicians and on-site cooking demonstrations throughout the season.

This week: Will Wright, aka the Tomato Man, will have plenty of — yes — tomatoes and other veggies. Fill your basket, then browse for local handmade crafts, from artisan soaps to wooden spoons. Build your own bouquet with Blue Butterfly Farm as you enjoy live music by Ken & Kenneth. Plus, Davidson County Master Gardeners will be sharing information about over-wintering plants.

Click here for directions.
129 South Railroad Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market — Charlotte

Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m to 6 p.m

The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables sourced from both local and global producers. Other products offered include fresh pork, grass-fed beef, goat-milk cheese, baked goods, jams and jellies, fresh-cut flowers, and plants.

This week: Shop for seedless muscadine grapes, squash, cantaloupe, cut flowers, and more. Looking ahead, Friday, September 30, is Muscadine Day!

Click here for directions.
1801 Yorkmont Road
Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 357-1269

Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market — Colfax

Daily, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Encompassing 70 acres, this market hosts more than 200 farmers, artisans, and concessioners. It’s also home to the Moose Café, which serves down-home classics for breakfast and lunch, as well as AB Seed, a one-stop shop for gardening needs.

This week: Look for figs; muscadine, scuppernong, and concord grapes; butter beans; crowder peas; plums, melons, and the season’s first pumpkins. Plus, take part in a yoga class at 9:30 a.m.

Click here for directions.
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
Colfax, North Carolina 27235
(336) 605-9157

State Farmers Market — Raleigh

Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This market dates back to the pre-World War II era. It moved from downtown Raleigh in 1955 and settled at its current location — on 77 acres with 16 buildings — in 1991. The State Farmers Market hosts hundreds of vendors and serves more than 3 million visitors per year. There are also three on-site restaurants: The Market Grill by Carolina Crispy Fry, serving breakfast and lunch; the State Farmers Market Restaurant, serving down-home country cooking; and the North Carolina Seafood Restaurant.

This week: Fill your basket with plenty of muscadine grapes, Asian pears, some early varieties of apples, plums, and green peanuts, which are coming in along with other summer goodies like okra, hot and sweet peppers, bell peppers, tomatoes, peaches, and more.

Click here for directions.
1249 Farmers Market Drive
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 733-7417


New Bern Farmers Market — New Bern

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The farmers market tradition in New Bern is one of the oldest in the state, dating back to at least the 1930s. The market has been operating at its present location in the historic downtown area since the early 1980s, exclusively featuring products that are homegrown or handmade by vendors — everything from eggs to ornaments — and offering a creative outlet for local artisans.

This week: Look for the first apples of the season from the mountains, and get those fall gardens planted! Plant vendors have bedding plants for cabbage, collards, bokchoi, lettuce, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. But there are still plenty of late-summer veggies: Fill your basket with melons, tomatoes, okra, peas, sweet and hot peppers, and more. 

Click here for directions.
421 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 633-0043

Nash County Farmers Market — Rocky Mount

Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Located in the Rocky Mount Mills Historic District, this market offers produce, plants, freshly caught local seafood, jams and jellies, freshly baked bread, handmade crafts, and local craft beer. More than just a place to buy and sell, visitors flock to the Rocky Mount Farmers Market to enjoy the experience of shopping local and meeting the vendors who grow and craft their products.

This week: Shop for muscadine grapes, peaches, peas, okra, craft beer, boiled peanuts, fresh-cut flowers like dahlias, and more as you enjoy offerings from Parker’s BBQ food truck.

Click here for directions.
1006 Peachtree Street
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
(252) 459-9810

Not seeing a market in your area? Check out the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Farmers Market Directory.

Discover the Magic of Figs


Did you know that when you taste a fig, you’re actually eating an inverted flower that pollinates itself? That’s one of the many fun facts we learned from Danny McConnell, resident fig farmer at McConnell Farms in Hendersonville. Learn more about this fascinating fruit and the numerous treats — two scoops of fig ice cream, please! — that McConnell has created.

Q: What should people look for when buying figs?

McConnell: Usually, if you see fruit that has cracked, it’s overripe, but not with figs — a cracked fig means it’s ready to eat. Keep an eye out for different varieties, like the sweet Chicago Hardy and the Yellow Long Neck, which is known for its molasses-like flavor.

Q: What are some of your favorite ways to eat figs?

McConnell: For a quick snack, I’ll thinly slice a baguette, toast it, and top it with a piece of cheese and a whole fig. Figs don’t have a very long shelf life, so try to eat them as soon as possible, or you can freeze them and use them in a smoothie.

Q: What sorts of fig treats do you sell at your farm?

McConnell: In addition to fresh figs in late summer, we have fig doughnuts, fig preserves, and fried fig pies. My favorite product is our fig ice cream, which is one of the stars of our annual Fig Fest in September — we make a brandy-maple fig, which is made by soaking the fruit in brandy and mixing in maple syrup.

McConnell Farms
177 Old Dana Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792
(828) 692-2819

Learn more about figs at ourstate.com/figs.

This story was published on Apr 20, 2022

Our State Staff

Since 1933, Our State has shared stories about North Carolina with readers both in state and around the world. We celebrate the people and places that make this state great. From the mountains to the coast, we feature North Carolina travel, history, food, and beautiful scenic photography.