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Celery, one of the more limited veggies to be found at area farmers tailgate markets, is here now! Celery is limited in the length of its harvest season as well as how many farms grow and sell it. There are cooking applications that celery is used in that make its appearance at market particularly exciting — one of which as an ingredient in aromatics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Many fruits and vegetables are widely celebrated in the fall including apples, pumpkins and other winter squash. At area farmers tailgate markets, there are so many varieties of vegetables worthy of homage, yet unfortunately ignored by the mainstream autumnal attention. Sweet potatoes, arugula, sweet potato greens, and wild mushrooms, are just a few.

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Heading back to school this fall, kids are donning new shoes or book bags, teachers are working long days, and the child nutrition staff in Western North Carolina (WNC) are serving up local produce. While the school year does not neatly fit with the growing season in our region, August through October is a great time for schools to take advantage of the harvest. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, melon, and even corn on the cob are making its way into cafeterias this year. While it is often difficult for schools to work with multiple farmers, local produce distributors can help make sure Appalachian Grown™ products are still available to schools throughout the region.

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Western North Carolina is in transition during the month of September. It’s not quite fall yet, and summer is still holding on. Area farmers tailgate markets reflect this acutely in their range of produce that still has vestiges of the heat and long days, with tell-tale veggies of crisp days to come. Read the rest of this entry »

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Discovering a new, unfamiliar, or unique product at market can make us feel like explorers seeing new lands for the first time on what would otherwise be a regular weekday afternoon or Saturday morning. Area farmers tailgate markets are full of fantastic and often uncharted culinary adventures. Read the rest of this entry »

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Despite the whispers and hints of fall in the early mornings and evenings, it’s certainly still summer at area farmers tailgate markets. This means there’s plenty of summer goodies like peppers, melons, figs, grapes, and other warm weather favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

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Preserving the harvest can seem daunting and overwhelming to someone preparing to try it for the first time. There are certainly routes for preservation that are intensive and laborious. But some methods take less time, know-how, and have fewer steps. Stock up on fruits and veggies that are great for preserving at area farmers tailgate markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re nearly in the home stretch of summer. Just one more month and autumn will be upon us. In the meantime, while many of us bemoan the persistent heat, let’s not overlook the last of the magical abundance of the season, as we also welcome the very first signs of fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, in anticipation of ASAP’s Local Food Experience, we’ve spoken with Dan Silo of Buxton Hall BBQ. Dan is a dedicated chef who is committed to sourcing and serving local. Hear why Dan loves what he does, and buy your ticket to the Local Food Experience today! Read the rest of this entry »

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The weather this year has not been kind to fruit. Late frosts in spring, hailstorms, and weeks of temporary drought followed by daily thunderstorms have left fruit altered in some cases, and limited their availability in others. Read the rest of this entry »

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