Fresh and local, the Transylvania Farmers’ Market has dozens of vendors selling products that are grown or produced within 100 miles of Brevard.
The market is a great place to shop, listen to live music and to learn more about all that the area has to offer. Open from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday, May through November, and then 10 a.m. to noon, December through April, the Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Brevard, just off East Main Street behind Comporium at the corner of Johnson and Jordan streets.
Each week, the Farmers’ Market offers locally-grown produce, meat, eggs, dairy and cheeses, honey, mushrooms, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, hot breakfast and coffee, jams and jellies, pickled and fermented foods, vinegars and mustards, prepared foods, body care products, and a variety of locally handcrafted and artisan items.
There is also a “Kids Corner,” with crafts, scavenger hunts, produce tasting and other fun activities. The Transylvania County Extension Office regularly hosts a booth with the Master Gardeners and other educational offerings.
The market has also partnered with The Sharing House, allowing customers to purchase and donate produce and eggs, and farmers to donate excess produce, all of which goes to The Sharing House’s food pantry for those in need. The market hosts live local music each week, May through October, and there are special events planned throughout the season.
Events planned over the autumn months include:
•Aug. 31 – The annual Farm Fair includes fun and games, such as watermelon seed spitting, an egg and spoon race, a jam and jelly contest, free face painting for the kids, a puppet show, tomato tasting, antique tractors, baby chicks and more. There will also be live music by Crooked Pine and a corny scavenger hunt for the kids.
•Sept. 7 – Live music by Howie Johnson, plus learn about spiders at the Kids Corner.
•Sept. 14 – Live music by Dave Desmelik, plus taste veggies and talk about the five senses at the Kids Corner.
•Sept. 21 – Sponsored by Transylvania Regional Hospital, with special attractions, including live music by Ray Adams, and learning about bees at the Kids Corner.
•Sept. 28 – Live music by Bradford Carson, plus it’s all about apples at the Kids Corner.
•Oct. 5 – During Autumn Fest, taste more than a dozen varieties of locally-grown apples. There will also be live music by URU, plus a pumpkin ring toss and scavenger hunt at the Kids Corner.
•Oct. 12 – Live music by Dave Desmelik, plus learn about snakes at the Kids Corner.
•Oct. 19 – Live music by Chrysalis, plus learn about owls at the Kids Corner.
•Oct. 26 – Come start your Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard at the market. There will be live music by Bradford Carson and stop by the Kids Corner to learn about bats.
•Nov. 23 – Customer Appreciation Day. Join the market as it appreciates you with an old-fashioned cake walk, giveaways and more.
•Dec. 7 – HolidayFest and the first day of the 10 a.m. to noon hours at the market. Join the market for a festive day filled with holiday shopping, and the word is that Santa may just stop by!
Visit the website at www.TransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com for more information on each of these events, and for regular updates follow the Transylvania Farmers’ Market on Facebook and Instagram. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.