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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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!

Over the next month, we’ll highlight a range of gift ideas to be found at markets, but there are only so many we can cite — be sure to visit them yourself, and see what you can discover!

This past week on ASAP’s radio series, Growing Local, the episode featured farmers market gift ideas, including bringing a “root bouquet” to dinner parties, in lieu of a traditional flower bouquet. The root bouquet is an upside down arrangement of assorted root vegetables — it is both a gorgeous decoration, and a scrumptious addition to a meal. Find these from Gaining Ground Farm at the North Asheville Holiday Bazaar. You can listen to this and other episodes of Growing Local at SoundCloud and iTunes.

Another perfect present suggestion for the food lovers in your life? Gift Certificates to farmers markets! Stop by the market manager table at Asheville City Market and the North Asheville Holiday Bazaar and ask about gift certificates and market tokens to use as gifts. They make great stocking stuffers, too.

Almost every time you left the house this week, you likely saw a Christmas tree hitched to at least one car. You can find Christmas trees, wreaths, and other decorations from local farms at holiday markets this month. You can also find farms that sell Christmas trees and wreaths, on farm by searching in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.

Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. Find out where farmers tailgate markets are on which days. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting our online Local Food Guide.

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