Friday, May 07, 2010

West Asheville tailgate market gets serious

Cross-posted from the Ashvegas/Jason Sandford column in the Asheville Citizen-Times (appearing twice weekly on Tues and Fri, BTW):

The conditions are right for the West Asheville Tailgate Market to flourish.

It's been a long time coming. The tailgate market has been “kind of dying on the vine” for about the past seven years in the lawn behind the Westville Bakery, Jim Gordon told me recently. Some weeks, the market had just seven or eight vendors.

Gordon is the market's senior manager. It's been his leadership that's kept the market going. And he's excited about this year.

The market moved to its current location in the Grace Baptist Church and SunTrust Banking parking lot on Haywood Road late last year. It's roomier and much more visible from the road. Gordon said the market also reorganized by creating committees and getting more people involved in the market's operation.

Gordon says there's a waiting list now for vendors. Hickory Nut Gap Farm is now an anchor vendor, said Gordon, who farms at Graceful Growers in Leicester. “I think we have a better chance of making it here,” Gordon said.


Read the rest of the article here. Asheville Citizen-Times link, may require login.

The West Asheville Tailgate Market is on Facebook. Just search West Asheville Tailgate Market.

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