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 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 been highly involved in the local food community throughout that time. After intensively homesteading for 5 years, she and her husband are in the early establishment phases of beginning their own farm, Wild East Farm, in McDowell County.