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.
Thank to local media for recent coverage of our 13th Annual Tomato Festival.
Fox Carolina 21, WLOS-TV News 13 and WSPA 7News featured us on their morning newscasts.
Here's a photo of Joe Gagnon of Fox Carolina when he visited the farm of Jenny, Jim and Chesnee Sexton and Crab Creek Produce to preview the Tomato Festival. The series of six live shots included the making of a tomato sandwich. North Carolina Extension Service Agent Karen Blaedow and marketing board member Joey Popp joined the Sextons for interviews from early to mid-morning. Click for photos and media coverage:
Thanks for being a part of our record breaking crowd as we handed out at least 700 free tomato sandwiches to celebrate the crop that's important to Henderson County's economy.
Click here for photos. https://goo.gl/photos/zcELbAgYE2DmjMVS7