7/20/2007 - North Asheville tailgate market moving to UNC Asheville
ASHEVILLE - The North Asheville Tailgate Market, a Saturday morning institution for those who love fresh produce and flowers, will relocate to UNC Asheville beginning Aug. 4.
The area's oldest and largest producer-only farmers' market continues to expand and the move to UNC Asheville will provide additional space for local farmers to sell their products and more parking for customers, said Tom Elmore, market co-manager.
The market, which has had three previous locations, currently uses the parking area behind Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company on Merrimon Avenue. "They came to the rescue when we were forced to leave our previous site," said Cathy Osada, market co-manager. "They have been very generous with their time and space over the years, but we just outgrew their facility."
The market, which will be located in a large tiered parking lot near the entrance to the campus, will continue to operate on Saturdays only; market hours are 7 a.m. to noon, through early December.
To visit the tailgate market's new location, enter the UNC Asheville campus at the traffic circle on W.T. Weaver Boulevard. Travel up the main drive and take the first right at the blue sign that reads Commuter/Faculty-Staff Parking Lot C. A campus map is available at www.unca.edu/campusmap/Summer_Map.pdf.
"We are very pleased to be part of a collaboration that benefits our local growers, our community and our students," said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder. "We anticipate multiple opportunities for our students studying food consumerism and nutrition, and those doing undergraduate research in health and wellness, economics and environmental studies."