Tomato Day Vendor List (Aug. 7) at Hendersonville Farmers Market
The Hendersonville Farmers Market will celebrate the humble tomato this Saturday with a special Tomato Day event as the crop reaches peak season in Western North Carolina. During the regular market location and hours of 8am until 1pm at 650 Maple Street, shoppers are invited to enjoy a day of tomato-filled fun!
Free Tomato Sammies: Half-sized tomato sandwiches will be offered free of charge while supplies last, using only the classic ingredients of bread, mayonnaise, and fresh Henderson County tomatoes. Watch the volunteer-run tomato sandwich operation in real-time in front of the Historic Train Depot.
Kid’s Corner: Tomato Beauty Pageant & Kid Yoga: Visit the Kid’s Corner to vote for a tomato in the Tomato Beauty Pageant and enter to win a prize. Also, Yoga and Massage will be leading free 20-minute Kid Yoga sessions at 10 and 10:30am for ages 3-10, mats provided.
Tommy Tomato Mascot: Can you spot Tommy Tomato, the local tomato mascot? The cheery, human-sized tomato will be happily strolling the market, dancing along to the live music, and posing for photos with shoppers.
Heirloom Tastings and Tomato Talks with Craig LeHoullier, NC Tomato Man: Craig LeHoullier, who has 105 tomato varieties growing in the backyard of his new Hendersonville home, is not just any tomato gardener. An advisor for the Seed Savers Exchange, he was credited for naming the Cherokee Purple variety in 1990! Craig authored the award-winning book Epic Tomatoes (which he will be signing and selling at the market) and was once featured on the PBS show “Growing a Greener World.” Craig will be leading Tomato Talks at his booth at the top of each hour during the market. He will also be offering tastings of several of his heirloom tomatoes.
More than 40 vendors will be at the market on Tomato Day with an expansive selection of tomatoes including slicing varieties, paste varieties, and even experimental varieties varying in color, taste, and size. Other products at the market range from locally grown produce and meat to fresh coffee, baked goods, cut flowers, plants and artisan crafts.
Live Music: Myron Hyman
Sponsor Tables: Tomato Day Sponsor - Charlotte Sheppard, REALTOR, Keller Williams Mountain Partners; Presenting Sponsor Pardee UNC Health Care
Farmers & Growers (produce, eggs, meat, honey): Barry Farms, Bee-utiful Farm and Garden, Black Dog Flowers, Bright Branch Farm, Broom's Blooms, Colfax Creek Farm, Crow Holler Produce, Garden of Griffin, Grateful Bed Farm, Gray Family Farmstead, Hillside Farm, Honeybee Bliss, M & M Berry Farm, Mickey Lively Plants, Natural Foods, Newman Farm, Popp’s Posies at The Popp Shoppe, Pressley Farm, Revis Farms, Simply Caught Seafood, Sylvia’s Succulents, Cacti and Plants, Tiny Bridge Farm, Violet Aurora Farm
Prepared Food/Drink Vendors (baked goods, fermented foods, value added products): Chef Squared Co., Deena’s Bakery, Echo Mountain Inn Cold Pressed Juice, Homemade Pasta Noodles, Mimi's Mountain Mixes, Raspberry Fields, ShareWell Coffee Co. & Roastery, Spinning Spider Creamery, Sweet Brine’d, Underground Baking Co., Young’s Backyard BBQ
Food Truck: Feta Flav