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Going to area farmers tailgate markets is more than just “going shopping.” The market can be an event — wonderful music, catching up with old friends, and connecting with folks that grow our food — a festive way to celebrate life, food, and our vibrant communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Round things abound at area farmers tailgate markets. So many fruits and vegetables are rolling into season and onto vendors’ stands. Read the rest of this entry »

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ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission, such as Omni Grove Park Inn chef, Philip Bollhoefer. Philip will be cooking at ASAP’s Local Summer Cookout coming up on August 13. Come out and support local food at a lovely brewery on a summer’s evening! Read the rest of this entry »

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Each and every week, area farmers tailgate markets have newly in-season vegetables and fruits to boast — there are almost too many to name here! What’s on the roster of just-arrived produce? Corn, okra, celery, and watermelons, to name but a few! Read the rest of this entry »

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There is no singular way to visit area farmers tailgate markets. Perhaps you stay the for multiple hours talking to everyone you know and see. Or, maybe you seek out foods to try that you’ve never eaten before. Farmers markets are an opportunity to have a range of new and interesting experiences, and try new flavors. At the same time, they’re venues full of familiarity; the veggies you know and love year after year, the friendly faces of farmers and community members. These local food community spaces are where the familiar and the out of the ordinary meet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer is in full gear and with it comes an abundance of farm fresh fruit including peaches, blackberries, plums, and tomatoes, from area farmers tailgate markets! And with Independence Day coming up on Saturday, there are plenty of grilling options for your holiday parties including local meats and veggies.
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“Eat your colors.” You’ve probably heard this before — an expression touted by grandmothers, dietitians, and food magazines, alike. In the summer months, what foods are available in each color group varies throughout the growing season. What veggies of the rainbow can be found at area farmers tailgate markets right now? Read the rest of this entry »

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Things are getting berry exciting at area farmers tailgate markets this week! The first blueberries, raspberries, and Goumi berries have all been reported. And, if you’re lucky, there may be one last opportunity for strawberries this season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer is the sweetest of all the seasons. Fruit and sweet vegetable varieties are becoming more abundant at area farmers tailgate markets as the weeks march towards the solstice. This week, as strawberries made their exit, cherries and peaches take center stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tomatoes are one of the most iconic foods of summer. It may seem unlikely to find tomatoes this early in the year, but with season extension practices such as greenhouses, some farmers are surprising us at area farmers tailgate markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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