The Wonderful World of Local Week-end Markets - Black Mountain Tailgate Market
Yesterday I was in the charming town of Black Mountain, North Carolina - sometimes known as "Mayberry with hippies". My son, Buck, who is working at Camp Merri-mac and Camp Timberlake, turned 21 this week-end and he took the day off to go exploring the town with my husband and me. While breakfasting at Black Mountain Biscuit Company saw an advertisement for this market. Local markets can provide a glimpse into the heart of the community and the glimpse we saw this last Saturday was quite inviting!
Located in the lawn behind the Baptist Church, about 20+ pop-up tents provided an open market for local vendors.
My favorite was this soft-spoken gentleman who used found items or yard sale finds to create adorable birdhouses. My husband was impressed with the high quality workmanship this gentleman put into the houses and we came home with a few for our own yard.
Oddly enough, we never were able to get his name but he said he is at the market often.
This stoplight birdhouse was adorable!
The pottery tent was beautiful but the owner was oddly unwilling for me to take any other photos to advertise her work.
Kicked out of the pottery tent for taking a picture!
Fresh cut flowers from "Farm Girl Flowers" was sold out before the end of the morning.
"Gardening is not some sort of game by which one proves his superiority over others, nor is it a marketplace for the display of elegant things that others cannot afford. It is, on the contrary, a growing work of creation, endless in its changing elements. It is not a monument or an achievement, but a sort of traveling, a kind of pilgrimage you might say, often a bit grubby and sweaty though true pilgrims do not mind that. A garden is not a picture, but a language, which is of course the major art of life." Henry Mitchell "The Essential Earthman"
I work as the Floriculture Director for Landscape Services, Inc. My job includes designing and planting semi-annually hundreds of annual beds containers and garden beds for commercial development, neighborhoods, and residents requesting our horticulture services. I love my job and the opportunity to bring beauty to our local communities. Most of all, I love introducing new plant material to the average gardener, and to helping them find success in their own gardens.