Looking for local fare? The farmers markets of Jackson County offer homegrown produce, meats, baked goods, and dairy products from local farms, so you can enjoy the highest-quality food western North Carolina has to offer. Whether you’re looking for fresh ingredients for seasonal cooking or handmade crafts from local artisans, take a stroll through one of our markets. You won’t be disappointed.
Organized by The Village Green to benefit residents and visitors alike, Locally Grown on the Green is a weekly tailgate market that features a first-class selection of fruits and vegetables, meats, homemade foods, baked goods, and fresh wild-caught fish from local vendors. Stop by The Village Green Commons on Frank Allen Road (next to the Cashiers post office) May through September from 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to get your fill.
The ‘Whee Market’ not only boasts garden-fresh ingredients – it’s the only Jackson County source for quality meat and dairy from local producers. Hunt down all the items on your farm-to-table grocery list, including milk, butter, chicken, beef, eggs, and more. Browse everything from ceramics, journals, and clothing to hand-blown and functional glass art. You might even hear some live music while you shop. Hours are 3–6 p.m. every Tuesday from March to November, and from 3 p.m.-Dusk December to March, at 113 Market St. in Cullowhee.
The Jackson County Farmers Market has everything you’d expect and more. A wide range of local produce and farm goods is available, as well as cheeses, breads, plants, and crafts. With more than 35 full-time vendors and even more drop-in vendors, this biweekly market brings in over 12,000 customers to Sylva annually.
From April to October, hours are Wednesdays from 3:30–6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. The market is also held outdoors (weather permitting) in November and December on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Check it out at 110 Railroad Avenue in Sylva.
Every Saturday from 1-5 p.m., the Jackson Arts Market is a fun, funky, and free Arts & Music Festival. There are three stages of live music, live art demonstrations, fire spinning, and much more! Connect with local artisans as they share their artistic process and don’t forget your pup, as the Arts Market is pet friendly. Free parking is available in both Sylva Public Parking Lots, as well as the First United Methodist Church next to City Lights Café. Learn more here.