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Market History

The River Arts District Farmers Market has been sharing fresh, local foods with the community for over 20 years. Beginning in the parking lot of the French Broad Food Co-op in the early 2000's, the market has relocated four times before ultimately finding our home at Smoky Park Supper Club. Several of our vendors have been with the market since the very beginning- a testament to the depth of our community roots.

The market has grown tremendously over the years thanks to the support of our beloved customers, sponsors, and hosts.


Archived photo of the RAD Farmers Market circa 2015, when the market was held at All Souls Pizza

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Market Director

Lyric Antio (she/her) returned to the RAD Farmers Market as Market Director in March of 2022, after serving as the Market Assistant in 2015. Lyric has been home in Western North Carolina for nearly a decade and has remained devoted to the local food community throughout that time. After intensively homesteading for 6 years, she and her husband are in their first year of owning their own farm business, Wild East Farm, in McDowell County.

Market Assistant

Anna Zurliene (she/her) has been assisting in RAD market operations since summer of 2022. She is deeply involved in food equity in our region and believes that access to food is a human right. She loves to cook and generally experiment in the kitchen, so if you are ever looking for new ideas on how to prepare your produce from the market, stop by and have a chat with her!

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