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Friday June 2nd, 2017 10:56 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

This has been quite a rainy spring so far, and based on the weather forecast, it looks like it will continue to be for at least a little while longer. This has made it a challenging season for farmers.

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Thursday May 25th, 2017 10:06 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

This week, a whole range of new produce items made their seasonal debut. Area farmers tailgate markets are looking lush! What are some recently arrived vegetables you might find? 

Gaining Ground Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market, River Arts District Farmers Market) brought three new items to markets this past week: broccolini (which you can also find from Fiddler’s Green Farm at Asheville City Market), radicchio, and kohlrabi.

Fresh spring garlic made its way to the West Asheville Tailgate Market from Root Bottom Farm. Spring garlic has not yet been dried and cured and therefore needs to be kept in the fridge and used within a couple of weeks. It’s more tender than mature, cured garlic, and it has a wonderful garlicky flavor.

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Thursday May 18th, 2017 10:04 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Spring is the “lightest” of the seasons — the leaves on the trees are a brighter green than during the summer, the days have the most hours of sun of the year, and area farmers tailgate markets are brimming with light and tender salad greens and bright red strawberries.

Eating light meals in the spring, such as bread and cheese with salad, is a great way to take advantage of the abundance of greens available. Add items such as radishes, green onions, and maybe even cured meats to make a well-rounded salad. There are even greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers from farms such as Thatchmore Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market).

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Thursday May 11th, 2017 11:09 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to fill up on asparagus and strawberries, a few other new produce items are here to provide more variety at May markets.

Early alliums are popping up, including scapes, which you can find from Highgate Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Weaverville Tailgate Market, Black Mountain Tailgate Market) and green garlic from Olivette Farm (Asheville City Market, Asheville City Market – South). Green garlic is baby garlic taken straight from the ground, without the curing process normally seen with garlic. It has a more subtle flavor than mature, cured garlic, but still adds a crisp, springtime garlic flavor to dishes!

Flying Cloud Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market, River Arts District Farmers Market, Asheville City Market) brought a few of their first heads of broccoli to markets this past Saturday! Broccoli has two seasons — spring and fall — and will only be around for a few weeks each time, so grab it up while it’s here!

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Thursday May 4th, 2017 10:56 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Tasting the first local strawberry of the season can feel like an enchanted experience — bursting with flavor, strawberries are spring’s sweetest treat, and they’re now at tailgate farmers markets across the region.

In Asheville, strawberries can be found from McConnell Farms and Bear Necessities Farm (both out at Asheville City Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market, with McConnell also at North Asheville Tailgate Market) and Flying Cloud Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market, and Asheville City Market).

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Thursday April 27th, 2017 11:41 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

This upcoming week, all of the markets in Buncombe County will be open for the season! Four Asheville-area markets will open:

River Arts District Farmers Market: May 3, Wednesdays 2:00–6:00 pm
Oakley Farmers Market: May 4, Thursdays 3:30–6:30 pm
East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 5, Fridays 3:00–6:00 pm
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 6, Saturdays 9:00 am–12:00 pm

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Friday April 21st, 2017 11:33 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Markets are ramping up in multiple senses of the word. More markets and vendors will be in attendance throughout the coming weeks with an increasing abundance of spring fare such as asparagus and rhubarb. And, ramps are in season and available from some farms.

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Friday April 14th, 2017 09:44 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

In rhythm with the opening of spring flower buds, each week new market tents open for the season, drawing market shoppers in with an ever expanding bounty of seasonal offerings.  

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Thursday April 6th, 2017 10:37 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Trees are blooming and budding, farms are transplanting seedlings, and outdoor farmers tailgate markets are here!

The past week’s market openings have been festive. Media outlets throughout Asheville celebrated the opening of the season as market-goers excitedly browsed and mingled with fellow shoppers, farmers, and other vendors. Below are the next week’s market openings, which will continue to be full of the fresh spring energy and unique flair of each market:

Asheville-area:
West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 4, Tuesdays 3:30–6:30 pm
Asheville City Market – South: April 5, Wednesdays 12:00–4:00 pm

Throughout WNC:
‘Whee Market: April 4, Tuesdays 4:00–7:00 pm
Columbus Tailgate Market: April 8, Saturdays 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Rutherford County Farmers Market: April 15, Saturdays 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 15, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Ashe County Farmers Market: April 15, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am–1:00 pm

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Thursday March 30th, 2017 10:21 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Area farmers tailgate markets will begin to open outdoors this week! The list includes Asheville City Market’s new location on North Market Street in the heart of downtown Asheville. Here are the markets that will open Saturday, April 1:

Asheville
Asheville City Market: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
North Asheville Tailgate Market: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Outside of Asheville
Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Henderson County Tailgate Market: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Transylvania Farmers’ Market: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jackson County Farmers Market: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

What can you expect from these first outdoor markets in April?
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