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There’s no better meal than the feast on Thanksgiving to stuff your dinner dishes with local produce and ingredients. This year, area farmers tailgate markets have an abundance of appetizing foodstuffs to be thankful for, perfect for every component of the big meal. This Thanksgiving, get local!

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Despite the recent snow, area farmers tailgate markets are as full as ever with delicious and colorful fare. The fall produce is abundant including squash, roots, and greens. Some summer veggies are also still around, such as tomatoes and peppers, not to mention all of the breads, cheeses and other amazing goods available at markets every week. Read the rest of this entry »

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An internship with ASAP provides the opportunity for people to learn how ASAP supports the local food movement in Western North Carolina.  Each of our fall interns have found a niche in one of our departments including, the Local Food Campaign, Growing Minds Farm to School Program, the Local Food Research Center and many more!  The team at ASAP includes some of the most enthusiastic and hard-working people around and our interns are no exception. Meet our Fall 2014 interns! Read the rest of this entry »

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A new and exciting item has popped up at area farmers tailgate markets this week: popcorn from Full Sun Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market). All types of corn will pop to some degree, but popcorn-specific varieties have a hard enough shell around the kernel that causes pressure to build up and explode inside out. Full Sun Farm sells their popcorn on the cob. Pick the kernels off and cook on your stovetop, or place the whole cob in a paper bag in the microwave and the kernels will pop off straight from the cob! Read the rest of this entry »

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A 2012 UNC-Asheville study showed that customers love interacting with farmers and vendors as much as the availability of fresh, local produce at farmers markets.

ASAP’s communications intern Greg Parlier will post a series of stories from the field demonstrating our impact in the community. Here’s the second post in the series from Greg:

ASHEVILLE | With another farmers tailgate market season winding down in the Southern Appalachians, it’s a good time to reflect on what makes our markets successful.

From local apples and kale to coffee and scones, activities for kids to hot food on wheels, and sometimes even a dancing bear, there are many elements to a successful market.

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by Lauren Hoffman, Communications Intern for ASAP

As a 29-year-old intern with ASAP, people are often curious about what I hope to gain from an internship at this point in my career. It seems risky to spend any amount of time working without pay. My answer is two-fold: Yes, it is risky, and, yes, my work is meaningful!

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Are you looking for a fresh, Appalachian Grown turkey for your Thanksgiving table this year? Local farms are taking orders! Find out how to pre-order your bird, plus how the turkeys were raised, price per pound, and much more.  Keep in mind that most farms and retailers will sell out quickly so please be sure to order your turkey at least two weeks before Thanksgiving.

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It’s time to get to the bottom of things at area farmers tailgate markets, the bottom of plants, that is. Root vegetables are flourishing this fall, and there’s quite a variety of them! But not all root vegetables are actually roots, exactly. Roots can be true roots, as well as tubers, rhizomes, corms, and bulbs, which technically don’t function as roots, so much as underground stems. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week area farmers tailgate markets are ripe with apples, honey, and many other delicious fall finds! Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s fall, and that means your favorite tailgate market will likely be closing for the winter season soon. Below is a list of closing dates for all markets, and dates and locations for holiday markets. Not all locations will have winter or holiday markets. Some dates and locations have yet to be determined, so contact specific markets (listing on for more information. Don’t miss the last markets of the season! Read the rest of this entry »

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