Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Community Partner: WNC Farmers Market

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WNC Farmers Market

Physical Address:
570 Brevard Road, Asheville NC 28806
(828) 253-1691

Market Hours of Operation:
24/7, 361 days a year market access for farmers
Office: Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Market Shops: 7 days a week, 8 am to 5 pm
Wholesale and Truck Sheds: 7 days a week

The WNC Farmers Market is the premier destination for buying and selling the region’s best agriculture products directly from farmers and food producers to household and wholesale customers in an environment that celebrates the region’s diverse culture, food & heritage.

Operated by the NC Department of Agriculture, the WNC Farmers Market’s mission is to support the region’s farmers, growers, and makers.

The Educational Farmers Market Garden reflects the WNC Farmers Market’s commitment to agriculture, farmers, and the Western North Carolina community.

The Educational Farmers Market Garden

In 2022, the WNC Nature Center and the WNC Farmers Market partnered to create a new exhibit at the wildlife park. The Educational Farmers Market Garden provides fresh produce for the animals in addition to educating the public about how agriculture and nature can have a sustainable relationship. 

Using sustainable planting methods including rainwater collection, composting, soil restoration, and companion plants, the educational garden produces lettuce, carrots, squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, cherry tomatoes, and acorn squash for the animals’ diets and enrichment. The Farmers Market is also working directly with their farmers and vendors to provide watermelon, pumpkins, and trees for enrichment that can’t be grown onsite at the garden.

The WNC Nature Center and the WNC Farmers Market both opened to the public in 1977, and for the past 45 years, millions of visiting residents and tourists have learned that Western North Carolina is a unique ecosystem of plants and animals combined with a culture as rich as its soil. 

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