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Reconnecting with the Land; Meeting the People ~Asheville Area Events Series: Tailgate Markets- The Mars Hill Market.

The Amazing (though small) MARS HILL Tailgate Market. MARS HILL, NC Tailgate Market

 

It's a mild August Saturday morning, and I'm  on my way to the Madison County Tailgate and Artisans Market in Mars Hill, NC . 

You may not be able to tell from this photo, but it is right on the campus of Mars Hill College!

This college is a bit of history in and of itself! . It is a liberal arts college founded WAY back in 1856.(For more on the college and Mars Hill,  see my college and small towns around Asheville series.)

Summer's here, the mountainsides are blooming and the dear old trees are deepening to even deeper shades of green.

Coming into Mars Hill, I spot the tailgate market  just over the hill. Now it occurs to me. . .I love the idea of sustainable agriculture and sustainable practices that bring organic fruits and vegetables to the tailgate markets in and around Asheville.

Today, there  appear  to be just about twenty vendors down in a sheltered parking lot on Mars Hill College Campus Drive. Small can be good, you know. Gives one a chance to be neighborly. Suddenly, I'm wondering what it looked like back in 1856. ..and who was talking with whom WAY back then.

Speculation aside, it is obvious that this tailgate market, though smaller than those I've told you about in previous posts (Asheville City Market  and UNCA sponsored tailgate market), still has much to offer.  There is, for one thing,  that special quality that gives the market experience a particular and pleasing atmosphere. You could say it is a "human scale" delight. Reconnecting with the land and meeting the people means so much to me...how about you? 

Mars Hill Tailgate Market FINDSFINDS: Good organic produce here-tomatoes, cukes, squash and blueberries,  and my favorite-of-all-time chevre from Spinning Spider Creamery. Don't miss this!   Outstanding crafts, bedding plants , jams and jellies are here, too...and baked goods that satisfy the hunger for authentic ingredients and baking  that feeds the spirit. 

Gail Lunsford from Wake Robin Farm Breads is one of the regular vendors. . She does her baking in a wood-fired brick oven on a farm that's been in the family for 150 years. Wake Robin Farm is out in the Sandy Mush Community. (More on this in another post)  Good to know that if you live in the Greater Asheville area, or you are visiting, you can find Gail's breads at the tailgate markets at UNCA and at the  French Broad Food Co-op.  

Tomorrow I'm going to pack a picnic basket for LPS with apples, bread, and an out-of-this-world jam from an "old-timer" at the market. Maybe I'll toss in some decadent cookies and white peaches....

Resources:

 All the Asheville area Tailgate Markets are mentioned in the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's Local Food Guide. the Guide lists:

· 180 family farms
· 38 apple orchards
· 36 U-pick farms
· 20 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms
· 31 farm tourism destinations
· 20 roadside farm stands
· 8 wineries
• 39 farmers' tailgate markets

 Madison County Farmers & Artisans Markets  : Mars Hill Tailgate Market

Madison County, NC Farms   "Nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Madison County is home to over 1500 rural, family farms.  From farm tours, pick-your-own berries, choose and cut Christmas trees, and horseback riding, Madison County offers many things to see, do and buy...." 

RESEARCH--Fascinating Madison County History!  It's a good-guess that my friend the  well-known author D. Silver  will be delving into some research on Madison County...maybe from the College Campus (see photo)  MARS HILL COLLEGE Campus

THAT should prove to be a good read on Mars Hill and Madison County history in the not too distant future.  The Silvers, by the way,  are stewards  of 20+  amazing acres in Madison County. I'm thrilled that the ECO TEAM at Our Firm found the acreage with vocal stream and oak barn for them.

Festivals::

Bascom Lamar Lunsford Mountain Heritage Festival  The 41st annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival will take place October 4, 2008 on the campus of Mars Hill College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m  (Look for my post on this event!! Some time in October, 2008) 

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Reconnecting with the land and meeting the people means so much to me...how about you? 

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Mars Hills is a beautiful small town with a beautiful mixture of people from different backgrounds.  Connecting with them is a wonderful experience.

Arlene

Posted by Arlene Brown (Eco Steward Realty) almost 12 years ago

You have the BEST farmers markets and events!  My daughter is coming out on Sept 30 - Oct 6.  If there is anything special going on in Ashville let me know as we are looking for fun things to do! (email me).  BTW, I've finished 2 of the 3 EcoBroker classes.  How are you doing?

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) almost 12 years ago

Arlene~

I agree. It is nice to have a "place" to get conversations going with folks you may not see at work each day. Many of them are energizing the green and living things with lots of good attention...many are creating crafts and some are making the earrings I love  to wear... =)...and the neat thing is, we get to learn from these folks and enjoy their experiences as stories told and shared...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Diane~

Organic Fest is happening soon...not sure of dates...will have to check the dates, and I'll email ya' and let you know...hope we can get together!

In the meantime, Asheville.com offers this calendar

September 26 thru September 28 - Greek Festival - Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Downtown Asheville. FREE. For three days each fall "it won't cost hundreds of dollars to go to Greece." That's because Asheville's vibrant Greek community will bring authentic foods, music and dancers in native costumes, booths with cultural education and games, and much more to Downtown Asheville's MLK Park. Take a trip to Greece this September 26th - 28th. Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

October 4 - FOURTH ANNUAL SCARECROW FESTIVAL and CRAFT SHOW - Lake Julian, Skyland NC will be the site of the Fourth Annual Scarecrow Festival and Craft Show that will offer the community an opportunity to view & purchase quality arts and crafts in a beautiful lakeside setting. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

October 4 - Flat Rock Art and Wine Festival - Info: (828) 693-0731 or toll-free (866)732-8008. Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine. The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe and Singleton Center present the second annual Flat Rock Art and Wine Festival, a juried art and craft show celebrating great wine and regional artists. Proceeds to benefit the Flat Rock Playhouse YouTheatre Education Center. Info: (828) 697-6828 or www.flatrockwineshoppe.com.

October 4 - Flat Rock Art and Wine Festival - The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe and Singleton Centre present the second annual Flat Rock Art and Wine Festival, benefiting the YouTheatre of Flat Rock Playhouse, on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This juried art and craft show celebrates great wine, music, and regional artists. The Flat Rock Wine Shoppe is located just down the street from Flat Rock Playhouse in The Singleton Center. Please call 828-697-6828 for more information or visit www.flatrockwineshoppe.com.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

That looks like so much fun - great post. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) almost 12 years ago

One of my personal favorites - open air farmer's markets!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 12 years ago

janeAnne, you've made me hungry this morning! I have to agree w/ you, it is a "human scale" delight. Great picture of those fruit and veggies!

Posted by Cynthia Bartch almost 12 years ago

Georgina~

The amazing thing about these tailgate markets is that you can visit them almost every day of the week...check out the Marshall tailgate market (next post)

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Barbara-Jo~

I love the sense of community and happy spirit I find when I go to the open-air markets.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

Cynthia~

You picked up on the "energy" that seems to make all of the tailgate market goers smile...it does seem to have something to do with being "human scale"... nothing like home-baked cupcakes to bring that out, eh?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

The Local Food Guide is fantastic.  If you're in the area, you definitely need to pick one up.  So glad to live in an area where things like that are created and published (and for free too).

Posted by Rhodes Waite almost 12 years ago

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