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When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than something hot to eat or drink. At area farmers tailgate markets, there are piping hot beverages and plenty of options to create your favorite warm, steaming dishes at home. Read the rest of this entry »

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After a two week hiatus, everyone was happy to be back at area farmers tailgate markets to find familiar faces, favorite farmers, and fantastic winter fare! And boy, markets were bustling- many vendors had lines at their tables, and everyone was exceptionally excited. Read the rest of this entry »

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There is no need to buy kale from California this winter- not with all the fresh local food available at the area farmers tailgate markets open throughout the year! Winter greens are grown all over the region in hoop houses, root vegetables and apples can store for months after harvest, and the most delicious local staples like eggs, meat, and cheese are around no matter what the weather. Not to mention artisan food products like baked goods, spice blends, and chocolate. What more could anyone ask for? Read the rest of this entry »

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2014 is almost over and next week is your last chance to shop at area farmers tailgate markets before the new year. Novel, exquisitely beautiful, and often delicious discoveries are abundant! There is so much to explore at this time of the year: winter produce, meats, cheeses, cookies, artwork, jewelry and more. Read the rest of this entry »

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Visit these farmers markets to find Appalachian Grown™ produce and more, all winter long! Read the rest of this entry »

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Throughout the year in many different state-wide locations, ASAP and  RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) will facilitate “Making the Most of your Market” workshops. These workshops are a part of a new initiative, Connect2Direct, created by partners ASAP and RAFI-USA in order to support the development of farmers tailgate markets in North Carolina. Lauren Hoffman, a communications intern for ASAP, wrote this first-hand account of a workshop held in West Jefferson, NC.

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In the moment when you find the perfect gift, you imagine the excitement you know you’ll incite when it is unwrapped by your loved one. Shopping for gifts can be tedious and tiring, but at area farmers tailgate markets you’ll be sure to find the best possible presents this holiday season. Not only will the gifts be thoughtful and unique, but you’ll be supporting your local farmers, crafters, and your community. Read the rest of this entry »

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Everyone is full of cheer at area farmers tailgate markets, welcoming the arrival of the holiday season. Starting this week many markets will have special events in honor of the beginning of the winter. Market managers, vendors, and farmers want to celebrate with you, and say thank you for supporting them this past year! Read the rest of this entry »

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In the Southern Appalachians it’s easy to fill your Thanksgiving table with a cornucopia of local food! There are many holiday tailgate markets open this week where you can shop for your feast.  Lauren Hoffman, one of ASAP’s communications interns, wants to share some locally-inspired dish ideas that incorporate ingredients from these markets for your holiday menu! Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanksgiving is here at area farmers tailgate markets! Stop by holiday markets this week for your last minute local ingredients.

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