The North Asheville Tailgate Market will be open May 2 – November 21

IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Rules and Safety Procedures

Customers and Vendors who do not follow these rules will be asked to leave.

Our Goals:

  • Safe customers
  • Safe vendors
  • Provide essential products to our community
  • Safer customer and vendor experiences than alternatives such as grocery stores
  • A demonstration that we are a responsible Asheville business by modeling virus-safe behavior
  • As a market, we are determined to treat this public health crisis seriously.  Persons failing to follow any of the rules below must leave the market immediately.

Maintaining Distances:

  • Minimum of six feet between canopies
  • Minimum of six feet between vendors, between vendors and customers, and between customers
  • Wide aisles (>20 feet) to allow distance between customers 
  • Children (if they must attend) must be closely controlled by an adult.
  • No pets allowed.
  • The number of shoppers permitted within the market will be limited by market staff.
  • One way traffic flow (lane) i.e., enter at one end of the market, exit at the other end. No one allowed to walk in the opposite direction. Stairs will be blocked off.

Limiting Numbers:

  • Customers will enter the market through a staff managed single entrance.  No customer nor vendor exhibiting symptoms will be allowed to enter the market.
  • A maximum of 25 vendors will be permitted at market on any given day. Each vendor will be allowed to have only 1 staff person. No more than 50 customers shopping within the market at any time. If more than 50 customers arrive at once, they will be asked to wait in their cars or in a line with 6 foot spacing between customers and staff.

Limiting Touch:

  • No more than one customer is allowed at each vendor’s booth.  Any others will wait in line six or more feet away.
  • All products must be clearly labeled with prices. Prepackaged products are strongly recommended. Customers cannot touch products prior to purchasing. Vendors will gather purchased items and place them on a table for pick-up. Customers can only pick up their purchases once the vendor has stepped away and a 6’ minimum distance is maintained. Vendors are strongly encouraged to arrange for preorders and prepayment.
  • No samples allowed.
  • All vendors and their staff will be required to wear a mask at all times during the market.

Payments and Transactions:

  • If payment is required at the market, only credit/debit cards or exact cash will be accepted. Vendors who accept payment at the market must use gloves. Contactless card readers and cash drop-in containers will be strongly encouraged to avoid direct contact of customer to vendor. Vendors must use designated gloves, i.e., 1 set of gloves for handling their products, a different set of gloves for handling payment.
  • No tokens allowed.

Practicing Periodic Disinfection:

  • NATM will provide two hand-washing stations for customers and vendors.
  • Vendors must use cleanable surfaces and will frequently sanitize all contact surfaces e.g., tables, shelves, card readers, etc.

Additional Safety Measures: Prepare Market Staff and its Vendors

  • Signs at market and information on websites and social media will be posted to publicize all market rules.
  • Vendors are encouraged to create alternate delivery or pick up options to cut down on customer traffic at market. NATM is assisting in promoting these alternatives to our customers.
  • Vendors are encouraged to run their booth solo to cut down on the amount of people at the market. If there are two people manning a booth, one person will be designated to handle products, and a different person designated to handle purchase transactions.
  • Provide guidance for hand washing (liked time intervals) and handling materials.
  • Vendors are informed where they can find contactless credit/debit card chip readers and sanitizing materials.
  • Vendors are encouraged to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings that may increase risks for potential exposure during off hours.



Welcome to Western NC’s most premier farmers market! Since 1980, we have been providing Asheville and the surrounding area with a full range of local, sustainably produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, prepared foods and crafts. Day vendors complement the members’ offerings with additional products and services. The North Asheville Tailgate Market is a weekly, Saturday morning gathering of the best farmers, craftsmen, and bakers. With over 40 vendors and more than 40,000 annual customers, the market’s energetic and warm environment exemplifies the celebrated diversity of our community.

To purchase directly from farmers and vendors, here is a directory with their contact information.


Market values

  • Local

  • Our items are always locally sourced when possible. By purchasing local goods, you are recycling money back into our local economy, helping to strengthen our community.

  • Quality

  • Our vendors have a direct hand in producing all the goods they sell. Through their passions and integrity, they yield foods and crafts of the highest quality.

  • Community

  • Healthy bodies and minds establish a strong community. Chef demos, dietitian talks, and our Growing Minds at Market are just a few ways we contribute to creating a healthier community.

  • Organic

  • Most of our growers use organic practices and the Market strives to give you organic choices for all products. Choosing organic is better for you and the environment.

Our Sponsors

Ashewell Medical Group
  • Ashewell Medical Group

  • Ashewell Medical Group 408 Depot Street, Suite 160 Phone: (828) – 477-4077   Ashewell Medical Group provides direct primary care for Asheville, NC. We offer exceptio... [read more]
Joel Adams: Season Sponsor
  • Joel Adams: Season Sponsor

  • Joeladamsasheville.com 828.251.9700 545 Merrimon Ave. Asheville, NC  28804 A financial advisor since 1985, Joel is a skilled listener who is experienced at helping clients reach... [read more]