Clay County Farmers Market

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The much-awaited return of a farmers market to Clay County has been officially announced by the N.C. Cooperative Extension – Clay County Center. Responding to numerous requests for local food options, this initiative aims to cater to the immediate needs of Clay County residents while laying the groundwork for a larger, more permanent market in the future.

Kim Terrell, Clay County Extension Director, expressed her excitement about the project, stating, “The market comes after receiving many requests for information on local food options. We have been working closely with County Manager Debbie Mauney and county leadership to find funding to build a more permanent farmers market for Clay County. However, we felt our office could do our part by starting a small tailgate market that would easily transition into the larger farmers market once established.”

The initiative began with the formation of a committee comprised of key figures such as Kim Terrell, Tyler Osborn, Phillip Moore, Clyde McCoy, Karen Holcomb, and Benita England. Together, they reviewed guidelines and crafted a vision for the tailgate market that aligns with the community’s needs without competing with larger surrounding markets.

Scheduled to begin on May 16 and run through October 31, the market will operate every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Clay County Recreation Park in front of the Black and Gold Center, located at 333 Ball Park Dr, Hayesville.

In its initial phase, the market will focus on locally produced agriculture products, value-added agriculture products, and baked goods. Craft vendors will not be accepted due to space constraints.

Prospective vendors are encouraged to apply through the Cooperative Extension Center. While there is no vendor fee, approval is required to participate. Vendors are not limited to Clay County, however, Clay County producers will have priority. Applications can be obtained online at, by calling (828) 389-6305, or by visiting the Extension office at 25 Riverside Circle, Suite 2, Hayesville.

This farmers market promises to be a vibrant hub of community activity, showcasing the best of Clay County’s agricultural heritage and fostering connections between local producers and consumers. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to support local farmers and producers while enjoying fresh, locally sourced goods!

Vendor Info

Farmers Market Vendor Application

Farmers Market Guidelines & Policies

Clay County Farmers Market


Come out and support your local farmers & shop local agriculture products at the NEW Clay County Farmers market!


Thursdays 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
May 16 – October 31


Clay County Rec Park 333 Ball Park Dr, Hayesville
In front of Black & Gold Center

Interested in becoming a vendor?

Visit or call N.C. Cooperative Extension, Clay County Center at (828) 389-6305.