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Thursday March 23rd, 2017 10:26 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Spring is here, which is exciting and inspiring, but for local farmers, the cold snap we had a couple of weeks ago isn’t fading from memory like it’s wont to do for the rest of us. The effects of two days of super cold weather and snow have varied between farms based on their microclimates, what they’re growing, and how they’re growing it. 

One of the many amazing aspects of area farmers tailgate markets is that you get to hear the stories behind the food — the challenges, triumphs, and steadfast resilience of the folks and farms where our food comes from.

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Thursday March 16th, 2017 10:20 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

This past week’s weather makes talking about the start of spring, only a few days away from now, feel jarringly out of place. But the season of rebirth is almost upon us. What does that mean for area farmers tailgate markets?

March and April can be the sparsest months for farmers markets. Stored crops such as potatoes, cabbage, and beets have dwindled; main-season produce has just begun to be planted; and even greens — which can be grown year-round — are less abundant because many produce farmers are focusing their time on planting and cultivating what will be harvested later in the year.

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Thursday March 9th, 2017 13:07 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Spring is just around the corner, and outdoor markets will be opening back up soon. (My, this “winter” has flown by!) Check back in throughout March and April as we let you know which markets will be opening up and where they’ll be held. As for this week, it’s still winter, and indoor markets are still in full swing!

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Thursday March 2nd, 2017 10:39 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Perhaps you think of bone broth as a hip trend, or perhaps you reminisce about your grandmother’s chicken stock as an age-old cure for ailments. Either way, bone broths, stocks, and broths are perfect for giving our systems a boost in the face of recent erratic weather that has wreaked havoc on immune systems and allergies.

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Friday February 24th, 2017 10:01 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Breakfast looks wildly different across the world — some cultures fill up on hearty fare, while others go lighter with the morning meal. No matter your preference, you can pick up ingredients at area farmers tailgate markets to fix a breakfast that’s just right for you. Standard regional breakfast fare abounds: eggs, bacon, bread, grits, potatoes, and cheese. But what about some playful and unconventional options?

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Thursday February 16th, 2017 14:15 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Farms can cultivate all sorts of things on the land — from fruits and veggies to fibers and flowers, milks, meats, mushrooms, and more. When folks think of area tailgate markets, they often think of veggies — and for good reason, as vegetables often abound at markets — but there’s a whole cornucopia that can be available on Saturday mornings, even throughout the winter.

Farmers at markets are producing meat that is unparalleled in quality. Farm-raised, grass-fed, pastured, humanely raised, organic — ask your local farmers what practices they use for more precise insight. They’ll be happy to tell you all about the methods behind the meat.
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Thursday February 9th, 2017 11:14 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

There’s something about a really great loaf of bread that speaks to our stomachs and our souls in wonderful ways. The texture and flavor of wood-fired oven baked sourdoughs are unparalleled. At area farmers tailgate markets, bakers have some of the best breads around.
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Friday February 3rd, 2017 13:14 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Area farmers tailgates are fully stocked to equip your full week’s worth of meals: bread, eggs, chocolate milk, bacon for breakfast; cheese, greens, apples, and all the fixins for leftovers at lunch; and a wide range of roots veggies, squashes, dark leafy greens, and more for dinner. The possibilities are endless!
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Thursday January 26th, 2017 14:30 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

Eating with the season — not the same foods or dishes month after month — allows the vegetables and dishes we consume to mirror the time of year and our bodies’ responses to the weather. Spring is light and green with small bursts of sweetness, much like the new leaves and budding blooms. Summer is brimming with so many flavors and colors, all juicy, vibrant, and full. Fall is rich and earthier — as the leaves move towards the ground, so do our foods’ colors and flavors. Winter is the most grounded, with root vegetables, hardy greens, wholesome grains, and fermented foods (which traditionally were fermented underground). Winter has always been a time to hunker down, and our seasonal, local foods help us to do so.

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Friday January 20th, 2017 10:30 Fresh at Winter Farmers Markets This Week

The doors are set to open into the main room of the Asheville Masonic Temple — where Asheville City Market winter vendors have set up tables full of their products — and the atmosphere is anticipatory, festive, and full of excitement. In the entryway, a trio of musicians play old bluegrass tunes, and early-arriving customers order coffee and breakfast pastries (filled with local veggies grown by farmers at the market) while chatting merrily with one another.

Indoor winter farmers markets in Western North Carolina — including the Asheville City Market — offer shoppers and visitors a very different experience from the outdoor spring-through-fall markets. The produce selection follows the seasons, of course, but their smaller size and indoor locations make them feel more intimate than their warm-weather counterparts. They feel more like community events than simple errand stops to pick up weekly groceries.

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