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The first spring bounty has arrived at area farmers tailgate markets — ramps and asparagus! These veggies have long been the first signifiers of the start of the spring harvest and evoke celebration in many agrarian traditions. Both have a very short harvest period, so enjoy them while they’re here! Read the rest of this entry »

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We like to share stories of people who are passionately part of the local food system. One such person is Jen Pearson, owner of Guadalupe Cafe in Sylva. Read the following excerpt from our interview with Jen, highlighting cheese as part of Get Local, and perhaps it will inspire you! Read the rest of this entry »

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The first of the outdoor farmers tailgate markets are springing up left and right! With these markets, we can reconnect with community members we might not have seen all winter, find delectable farm fresh foods, and encounter beautiful flowers, crafts, plant starts, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

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ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly and provides the opportunity for people to learn how ASAP supports the local food movement in the Southern Appalachians. So let’s meet the new batch of ASAP interns!

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Flowers are blooming and leaves are budding at the first outdoor farmers tailgate markets of the season! This past week, Asheville City Market opened among stunning trees in full bloom, with music playing, kids frolicking, sunny skies, and many conversations full of smiles and laughter — it was a picture-perfect first market day! Read the rest of this entry »

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Along with the weather, trees, and wildlife, area farmers tailgate markets are in transition this time of year. Some markets are still operating under winter schedules, while others are opening outside for the first time this year. Be sure to check the dates and hours of your favorite markets before heading out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring is here! Last Friday was the official first day of spring, and with the change of season comes the opening of many of the region’s spring/summer/fall farmers tailgate markets. Winter markets and hours are still in effect for most markets, so it’s best to check their listing in our online Local Food Guide before leaving the house. Read the rest of this entry »

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What a long, cold winter it’s been! Our local farmers have not been hibernating, though. They have been busy preparing their soil, lovingly deciding what to plant and grow, and looking forward to seeing all of their loyal customers and friends at the 2015 spring tailgate market openings! Local food supporters throughout the region are getting excited for the fresh bounty of spring and the bursting abundance of summer; both of which are right around the corner. So, come on out and support your local farmers!

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Absolutely nothing compares to a truly farm fresh breakfast — the smell of potatoes, garlic, and onions frying, or good ol’ bacon and eggs. Find the highest quality and freshest breakfast ingredients at area winter farmers tailgate markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Though produce is one of the biggest draws on Saturday morning, there are other delights at area winter farmers tailgate markets that garner crowds, excitement, and dedicated customers. Read the rest of this entry »

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