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.
New Location: 1465 Sand Hill Rd, Candler, NC 28715
Parking lot of the Small Business Center at A-B Tech Enka Campus, across from Ingles.
2020 Season: Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm, May- October.
Follow us: www.facebook.com/enkacandlertailgatemarket
Contact us: Market Manager, Heather Fleming
2020 Season Vendors
List of 2020 Vendors - click to link to web pages
Farm/Garden Vendors (* indicates SNAP benefits accepted)
Prepared Food Vendors
Herbal and Natural Product Vendors
List of Supporters (Discounts, donations, or in-kind support)
Small Business Center at A-B Tech, Enka Campus
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP)
Anthony Brickner, for creating our wonderful logo.
Enka-Candler Business Association
The Sutton Firm, P.A. and Emily Sutton Dezio, P.A.
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.