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Wednesday November 15th, 2017 10:38 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Holidays — no matter where in the world — are predicated on stories. Stories about religious figures, historical accounts, or momentous events; the origins of people, places, and ideas. This holiday season, add the story of your meal to the mix: the story of the farms and farmers that grew your food; of their journey to starting or taking over the farm; of the pastoral fields with mountain backdrops; of the heirloom variety of squash; of the trip to the farmers market to get it.

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Wednesday November 8th, 2017 11:52 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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.

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Friday November 3rd, 2017 10:46 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

When thinking about the colors of autumn, it is typical to think of fall foliage. The fall produce at area farmers tailgate markets is a splendid array of shades and hues that should not be passed by!

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Friday October 27th, 2017 08:24 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Warming, wholesome, and hearty — soup is the perfect meal as the temperature continues to drop, and area farmers tailgate markets are full of inspirational ingredients for a perfect pot of soup.

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Friday October 20th, 2017 10:59 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The changing leaves and long-overdue crisp chilly weather has our attentions turned to fall foods, such as apples.

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Friday October 13th, 2017 10:59 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The summer-like weather of the past week feels quite at odds with the changing leaves and October dates. This juxtaposition of the seasons is also reflected in the produce at market: there’s winter squash, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, yet there are also still tomatoes, cucumbers, and okra to be found, as well as other delights not as emblematic of either season.

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Friday October 6th, 2017 11:25 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Cruciferous vegetables, also known as brassicas, are autumnal superstars. Broccoli, cauliflower, romanesco, cabbage, kohlrabi, and other varieties are just now beginning to come into full swing. Broccoli is back and other brassica are on their way!

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Friday September 29th, 2017 10:02 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The return of the root vegetables is imminent. Though some root veggies are around for most of the year — for example, potatoes last from midsummer harvests through their midwinter storage crops — other root vegetables come and go. Radishes and turnips have just begun to appear at farmers’ stands, and more (carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, etc) are on their way.

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Friday September 22nd, 2017 12:51 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The first sweet potatoes always arrive later than the first winter squash. Once that initial squash makes an appearance, it’s only a matter of weeks before the sweet potato does, and for fans of these tubers, those weeks are a countdown.

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Friday September 15th, 2017 10:54 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Winter squash is beginning to take center stage at area farmers tailgate markets, along with the cooler temperatures and crisp, fall-like weather. 

There’s already a range of squash varieties. Kabocha, Delicata, Butternut, and Acorn are all here, ready to be roasted. These squashes have so much flavor, you need not add more than butter and a sprinkle of salt. And don’t forget the seeds – all of these squashes have great seeds for roasting. Remove them from the meat of the squash, clean them, and roast at a low temperature until they’re dry and crisp. Add butter and seasoning to make a great snack!

Two particularly exciting varieties to check out are Spaghetti squash and a Honeynut squash, which look like baby Butternut squash. Ask anyone who has tried them – they’re absolutely delicious! These squash are especially sweet, making them great for dessert ingredients for pies and other fall treats. Find Spaghetti squash and Honeynut squash from Wendy Town Farms at West Asheville Tailgate Market, as well as from other farms throughout the area. 

Each week farmers have a wide array of fruits and vegetables. In addition to produce, you can always find a range of meats, cheeses, eggs, breads, baked goods, value added items, fresh flowers, and other treats!

Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.

 

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