There are many ways to enjoy your apple cake and eat it too near Asheville, NC
By Asheville Insider
Did you know that North Carolina is the seventh largest apple-producing state and that apples have been a part of the history and heritage of Western North Carolina since the mid-sixteenth century? No wonder there are so many fall festivals with the apple at its “core,” the largest one being the annual North Carolina Apple Festival, which celebrated its 76th year in 2022.
So apples to apples, where is the best place to take a bite of - or better yet - to pick - the ripe, juicy fruit yourself?
Evidence of old orchards is found throughout the area, on hikes, in backyards, and in community gardens - but there are other more accessible, and perhaps easier, ways to get your apple fix.
Local Markets in Asheville
Every day of the week you can find a local outdoor market in the Asheville area - from Tuesday’s West Asheville Tailgate Market on Haywood Road to the River Arts District Farmers Market at the Smoky Park Supper Club next to the French Broad River. These “tailgate markets” are the best bet if you don’t have much time but want the freshest in local produce, including apples. You’ll start seeing the red, gold, green and pink fruits appear towards the end of summer and remain the iconic fruit of fall through November. Keep your eyes peeled for frequent cooking demos as well.
Besides tailgate markets, Asheville is home to the WNC Farmers Market, a state-run market open seven days a week. You’ll not only find one of the largest selections of apples in the area, you’ll also discover apple pies, apple bread, apple butter, dried apples and even pickled apples. Pro tip: drive to the stalls towards the back of the market where you can buy direct from local farmers.