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Seeking Market Vendors


Here’s your chance to see what it takes to become a vendor at the Henderson County Tailgate Market for the upcoming 40th Anniversary season.  A meeting will be held Thursday,  February 28th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Center, 100 Jackson Park Road.   Interested vendors need to produce/make their products in Henderson County. Rules and regulations will be available and applicants can register. Current vendors, board members and Karen Blaedow, agent of the NC Cooperative Extension will be available for questions and discussion of applicant requirements and market protocols. “We are especially excited as we’ll accept SNAP/EBT and debit/credit cards for the first time since our beginnings,” said Blaedow.

The Henderson County Tailgate Market opened in 1979 featuring fresh county grown produce. It is one of the oldest and successful open air markets in Western North Carolina.

This year the season is open to the public from April 6 through October 26 from 8am to 12noon at 100 North King Street in the parking lot of the county office building.

Our History


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.



 Established in 1979, The Henderson County Tailgate Market is one of the oldest open air markets in Western North Carolina. This unique Saturday morning market has a festival feel in the heart of Hendersonville. The market is filled with local growers who operate small family farms in Henderson County. They have developed a reputation for quality and high-value specialty crops and nursery stock. Throughout the season you can find beautiful annual flowers, perennials, native plants and shrubs, trees, and fresh cut flowers for your bouquets. You will find in season crops of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Whether you are looking for organics herbs or vegetables starts, local fruits and vegetables, farm fresh eggs, renewing your yard with local plants, surprising a special someone with fresh cut flowers, or freshly baked goodies, you can find it all here. Bring your whole family with their baskets or wagons and shop with us at 100 N. King Street from 8 am till 12 pm, every Saturday from April through October. Visit our website for more information.

13th Annual Tomato Festival


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.