It's time to celebrate one of Henderson County's richest and most delicious resources. We are a top producer across the nation of the edible fruit of Solanum lycopersicum, commonly known as the tomato. Come grab a free sandwich, sample tastings, share recipes and shop around with our vendors to discover the many tomato varieties grown in Henderson County.
Ernie Thurston was hired by "North Carolina Agricultural Marketing Project" in Raleigh to begin and organize a market in Hendersonville during the summer of 1979. To this day, Mr. Thurston is proud of what he started and how the Henderson County Tailgate Market has grown over the years. Click below to view Mr. Thurston's collection of photos. He is the one holding the Farmers' Fair banner in a couple of the photos.
Ernie recently dropped by the market to say hello.
Want to help with our Tomato Festival? We have openings for extra hands in our sandwich preparation tent, artists for face painting, entertainers taking center stage. Sign up sheets are available at our vendor's booths on Saturday. Thanks!