Your regional farmers markets in Asheville, Charlotte, Colfax and Raleigh are full of delicious fall produce like apples and grapes, as well as a large selection of late-summer favorites. Selections vary by location, so read on to see what’s available at the market near you.
WNC Farmers Market, Asheville – The different varieties and colors of apples and pumpkins are bringing fall to the WNC Farmers Market. The pumpkins are coming in all sizes, shapes and colors with some very unique painted ones to select from. Also, the fall items are available like mums, bales of straw, and corn stalks for decorating. In addition to the apples and pumpkins, the market has tomatoes, peppers of many varieties, fall squash, cabbage, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onions, Asian pears, muscadine grapes and much more.
The Retail Shoppes are gearing up for the fall leaf season, with lots of fresh produce, crafts, local cheeses, N.C. wines, local honey, homemade fudge, essential oils and seafood, to name a few. The Ice Cream Shoppe/Deli serves delicious homemade ice cream. The Garden Center is full of fall products and the Moose Café serves a wonderful breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Charlotte – The Charlotte market is full of apples, grapes, muscadines, plums, cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, peppers, leafy greens, pumpkins, onions, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, mushrooms, honey, various meats and seafood. You also can find cut flowers, nursery plants, baked goods, delicious culinary items and handmade crafts.
UPCOMING EVENT: Johnny Appleseed Day is September 26. Vendors will be highlighting all things apple related. There are more than 12 different varieties of apples at the market that visitors can choose from, along with tasty baked goods filled with apples. Guests to the market can stop by the crafter areas to purchase a lovely basket or skillfully crafted wooden bowl to display their apples at home.
Robert G. Shaw Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, Colfax – Market vendors have plenty of N.C. apples, with new varieties being added each week. You will find a full line of produce at the market including tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, string beans, peas, new crop sweet potatoes, pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupes, eggplants, peaches, cabbage, corn, sweet and hot peppers, new potatoes, blackberries, pears, herbs and more. There’s also award-winning goat milk cheeses, home baked goods, N.C. wine, candies, sauces, fresh salsa and local pimento cheese. You can find chicken, beef, pork, lamb and fresh seafood from the coast. And, if you are ready to start some fall planting, you’ll find trees, shrubbery and bedding plants.
State Farmers Market, Raleigh – Stop by the State Farmers Market to pick up fresh produce, like new crop sweet potatoes, muscadine grapes, a great selection of apples, apple cider and other apple products. You’ll also find peanuts, and of course all of the summer harvest that is still coming in. The market also has an abundant supply of herbs, perennials, trees, shrubbery and mums.
SPECIAL EVENT: The market will be celebrating Grape Day Friday, September 18. Stop by for samples of locally grown grapes, wines and other grape products.