Asheville Farmstead School's

 Executive Director and Lead Teacher

Lauren Brown has her M. Ed. in Science Education, keeps her Wilderness First Responder certification current, is certified in the Cedarsong way of Forest Kindergarten teaching as well as a certificate in Environment, Education, and Community.  She has been passionately pursuing the Farmstead dream full time since May 2016!

Our Address

218 Morgan Cove Rd.
Candler, NC 28715

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Enka-Candler Tailgate Market

The Enka-Candler Tailgate Market’s purpose is to promote local agriculture and heritage crafts in Western North Carolina, to provide the Enka-Candler community with a market for fresh local produce and other quality products, and to serve as an educational resource. It is run by Asheville Farmstead School, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation, along with an Advisory Committee, volunteers, and involved community members.


* Seventy-Five percent of Enka-Candler Tailgate Market proceeds (after Market business and maintenance costs) will go towards a student and summer camp scholarship fund for Asheville Farmstead School to promote diversity and accessibility to children learning about themselves and nature through farm and forest. The remaining 25% will be given back to the local Enka-Candler community, directed by the Enka-Candler Tailgate Market Advisory Committee.


Location: 70 Pisgah Hwy, Candler, NC 28715

2019 Season: Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm, May- October.


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Contact us: Market Manager, Heather Fleming, 770.401.1523


List of  2019 Vendors - click to link to Facebook pages

Rainbow Ridge Gardens at Asheville Farmstead School

Seeds of Thought Farm

Myseanica Family Farm

Heartstone Farm

Jake’s Farm

HeadShrink Farms

KT's Orchard and Apiary

Pisgah plants

Green River Botanicals

Huang Di: The Yellow Emperor Mobile Herbal First Aide Clinic

Home Again Homestead

Soshua Creations

Cole Aurichio Ironworks

Bonny Bath

Whisk Avl Bakery

Hominy Valley Hearth Bakery

South Slope Coffee

Luscious Liquor Ice Cream

Hominy Valley Hearth Breads

List of Supporters (Discounts, donations, or in-kind support)

  • The Sutton Firm, P.A. and Emily Sutton Dezio, P.A., for the generous use of their property.

  • Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)

  • Anthony Brickner, for creating our wonderful logo.

  • Vulcan Gravel

  • Doug Snipes trucking

  • Griffin Waste, port-a-potty service

  • Henco Printing

  • Signs Express

Vendor Information

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Rainbow Ridge Gardens includes the vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, and animal husbandry aspects of Asheville Farmstead School. We believe that the best way to make a connection to nature, living organisms, and nutrition is to be involved in these parts of our world on a daily basis. The children at AFS are an integral part of our gardening program and chicken care. This involves starting seeds, turning soil, transplanting seedlings to the garden, watering, harvesting (and eating) vegetables and fruits grown here. The hens are well-loved each day with cuddles from the children and a large pasture to free-range. The children help check for eggs each day and are a part of the hen’s daily needs.


Littlest Learners is a farm-and-forest-based early-childhood enrichment program for students aged 5-8. With our Littlest Learners program, the older children are even more involved with our Farm and the Tailgate Market, using the gardening program to learn across the subjects of natural science, literacy, social-emotional skills, and unstructured play.

Rainbow Ridge Gardens sales at the Enka-Candler Tailgate Market directly support our gardening and animal husbandry programs, as well as advance our student scholarship fund.