Nearly 100 tailgate markets can be found in the Southern Appalachians—and a whopping 20 of them are located in the greater Asheville area. Shop at one of these many markets and odds are you'll be shopping alongside chefs from the best Asheville restaurants. Eateries like Tupelo Honey Cafe, Lexington Avenue Brewery and The Market Place are only a few of the many places you can nosh on farm fresh food.
Though some close in November, plenty of holiday and indoor markets remain open, offering timeless (and season-less) Appalachian products like meats, cheese and crafts. Throughout autumn, tailgates and roadside stands are stocked with edible and decorative gourds, fall harvest arrangements and wreaths, various vegetables and more than enough jarred and packaged goods for stocking stuffers and Appalachian gifts.
For a list of local tailgate markets, and the days and times they are open, click HERE.
Tour de Asheville
Asheville is known as the Paris of the South for its galleries, cafes and world-class food scene. Get an insider's view to the city's many farm-to-table restaurants through some of the local walking tours. There's Eating Asheville, created by two local restaurant veterans, offering tours from the basic to the posh (with five whole drink pairings). The newly minted Dishcrawl tours four to eight restaurants, depending on your appetite, all within walking distance of each other. In a sipping and sitting mood? Try Brews Cruise, which wheels you around the area's bevy of breweries. You did know Asheville is Beer City USA, didn't you?
Oh honey, honey
Asheville is also Bee City USA. The area loves its pollinators, which make possible up to two-thirds of what we eat. Wild Mountain Bees is a bee-centric store offering local honey, beekeeping needs and honey-based beauty products. It also has demonstrations geared toward both the advanced and aspiring beekeeper. For a different honey experience, visit the WNC Farmers Market, which is brimming with honey and other locally made products (and boasts gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains).