Tailgate Markets in Madison County, North Carolina

Fresh produce straight from the farm to you every week is available at the farmers markets on Saturday in Mars Hill, on Sunday in Marshall and on Tuesday afternoons in Upper Laurel. Not only can you find fresh vegetables and fruits, but there are also eggs, cheeses, jams and sauces as well as home-baked bakery goods. Local artisans offer their crafts, too, at these tailgate markets.

Madison County Farmers and Artisans Market

Farmers Market in Mars Hill

Hwy 213 near the Tennis Courts,
Mars Hill University campus
Mars Hill, NC 28754


From April through November from 9am to 1pm every Saturday (since 1999), this tailgate market has been serving up fresh farm products and more to the people of Madison County and its visitors in a Mars Hill University parking lot just a few short blocks from Main Street in Mars Hill. If you are looking for a choice of fresh vegetables and fruits, there are plenty of choices. You can even pick up plants to get your own crops of vegetables or herbs started. But, the choices don’t stop there. There are farm-fresh eggs and cheeses, as well as pestos, sauces, salsas, honey. And, don’t forget to sample some of the baked goods. Craftspeople also offer their wares from yarn to jewelry to woodcrafted items.

Marshall Farmers Market

Marshall NC Farmers market on Blannahassett Island

Photo credit: Timages

Blannahassett Island
Marshall, NC 28753


Beginning in May through October, every Sunday from Noon to 4pm, come out to Blannahassett Island to pick up some local products. From fresh-baked bread to jams & jellies to free range eggs and locally-grown vegetables, you can find local products here. Or you can select plants to get your own crops of vegetables or herbs started. There are also some craftspeople also offer their items. Sit back and enjoy local music, too. For questions, contact Nancy ODell at redclay_7777@yahoo.com.