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Such an exciting time at area tailgate farmers markets — some of the most iconic summer produce arrived at markets this past week! From fruits to vegetables, the season is picking up, despite the rains that hit last month.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The rain keeps coming in the Southern Appalachians, but that hasn’t stopped area farmers from bringing a variety of spring harvest to area farmers tailgate markets.

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Memorial Day is this weekend! We’ve seen plenty of rain the past few weeks, so this could be your weekend to get out the grill. Find an abundance of local fixins at area farmers tailgate markets to toss on the grill or to make into yummy entrees and sides for your weekend festivities.

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Spring produce is best known for its bright, crisp varieties, including sugar snap peas and kohlrabi. Both have made their first market appearances this year, but still only in small quantities, so get there early if you want to catch these treats.

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ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Gretchen Farrell of Open Ridge Farm. They are one of the farms who will be participating in the 2018 Farm Tour

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, and you can get incredible, locally-made, last minute gifts from area farmers tailgate markets. In addition to produce, many farmers markets have crafts, body care and natural cleaning products, flowers, plant starts, and shelf-stable foods, which all make great gifts.

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The most iconic spring produce is asparagus and strawberry and both are coming in slowly this year. In the face of the limited supplies and late starts of these gems, it’s nice to focus on the certainty of staples at area tailgate farmers markets.

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This spring has been a hard one for farmers. Cold temperatures, high winds, and frozen precipitation have caused farmers to devise resourceful ways of protecting their fledgling plants. In the face of these conditions, farmers at tailgate markets may have a different haul of veggies than they may have intended to at the start of the season. In the face of these challenges it’s a great time to show your support of local farmers at area farmers tailgate markets.

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Despite the harsh drop in temperature this week, farmers still have the best of early spring on offer! Strawberries, ramps, and rhubarb have arrived at farmers tailgate markets, alongside many other exciting products.

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ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Derek Powell, Executive Restaurant Chef for Cedric’s Tavern at Biltmore. Chef Powell recently did a local food taste test for the students at Fairview Elementary School. 

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