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Give local this holiday season by shopping at area tailgate farmers markets for your holiday gifts. Explore the beautiful and bountiful creations — both edible and craft — that our local farmers, artisans, and others have to offer! Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanksgiving is past, and now, what’s next at area farmers markets? After the many hours planning meals, shopping, cooking, and dining, we look forward to December with full bellies. This weekend at markets there are likely to be a few less vendors due to holiday travel, but there are still folks to get your local food fix from. And, now’s the time to give new life to your thanksgiving leftovers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Farmers, especially those here in our region, are remarkable. They’re up against so many odds, and they still deliver the most exquisite — in both flavor and aesthetics — produce, meats, cheeses, and more to area farmers tailgate markets each week. Right now we are, and have been, experiencing severe drought conditions, and our farmers are still showing up to markets, abundance in hand. When at a market this week, be sure to tell your farmers thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fall is called the harvest season for good reason. There are so many delicious and hearty produce varieties to be found at area farmers tailgate markets. Some, such as butternut squash, potatoes, and carrots are well-known favorites, but others should not be overlooked. Read the rest of this entry »

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When thinking about the colors of autumn, it is typical to think of fall foliage. But, the fall produce at area farmers tailgate markets is a splendid array of tints and hues that should not be passed by! Read the rest of this entry »

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Halloween is coming up fast, and though produce typically does not fit into the holiday’s emphasis on candy, area farmers markets still have wares to contribute to your festivities! Read the rest of this entry »

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Are you looking for a fresh, Appalachian Grown™ turkey for your Thanksgiving table this year? Local farms are taking orders! Find out how to pre-order your bird, plus how the turkeys were raised, price per pound, and much more.

There are still local turkey options available throughout the region, but not all that many. If your heart’s set on a turkey, we encourage you to reserve it as soon as you can, as they’re likely to sell out early. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vegetables are not necessarily relegated to one season only; some produce is available twice a year. This is due to their preference for the moderate temperatures of spring and fall. It’s incredibly exciting knowing that your favorite vegetable will be back again, fresh and local at area farmers tailgate markets, in just a few months.

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Here is a recipe for Apple Stack Cake courtesy of Creasman Farms!

Apple Stack Cake from Creasman Farms

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter (you can use unsalted, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Flour 4 to 5 nine inch pie pans
  3. Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl
  4. Mix butter and brown sugar together until creamy, add eggs and molasses and blend until combined
  5. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to the wet ingredients until combined
  6. Divide the batter between pans and spread out with spoon
  7. Bake 15 to 20 min. Let them cool about 10 mins. And then take out of pans to finish cooling.
  8. Filling: "I use homemade applesauce but my grandmother would use dried apples reconstituted and some people use applebutter."
  9. Once the cakes are cooled, place a cake on a plate put layer of filling, place the next cake, then filling until you have built a stack.
  10. The cake needs to sit for a while so all the filling can soak in.
http://fromhere.org/recipes/apple-stack-cake-from-creasman-farms/

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Though summer fruits may be the most varied and abundant, autumn fruits are wonderfully crisp, and bursting with flavor! Read the rest of this entry »

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