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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Does the warmer weather this week have you craving green things? Look no further than winter farmers markets to get your fix of green veggies from microgreens to cabbage, and many options in between.

 Arguably, there’s no vegetable more winter season applicable than winter squash. Perfect for roasting or thick soups and stews , winter squash are hearty and flavorful to keep you warm and cozy through the long nights. At Asheville City Market, find a range of varieties of winter squash from Ten Mile Farm.
 
In the winter, bread and cheese make a wonderful meal, nearly on their own — just add a side of greens, and you have a perfect dish! Crust Never Sleeps have beautiful loaves of bread. Gluten-free or paleo, stop by Rebel Oven for grain-free breads, such as bone broth bagels. Spinning Spider Creamery and Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery have a range of delicious cheeses to choose from. Make your own local cheese board — even add pepper relish from Jah Works Farm to spice and sweeten things up! Find all of these vendors at Asheville City Market.
 
Asheville City Market,​ Saturday, 9 am-noon, in the Masonic Temple downtown.
 
YMCA Winter Market,​ Saturday 9 am–noon, in the parking lot of the Woodfin YMCA.
 
The ​YMCA​is also hosting a ​South market​, held Wednesdays 4 pm – 6:30 pm in the YMCA in the lobby of the Reuter Family YMCA in Biltmore Park.
 
This week, consider exploring a market outside of Asheville. Here are just a few nearby to choose from:
 
Black Mountain Winter Market​, Saturday 11 am–2 pm, inside of the heated pavilion at the intersection of Ridgeway and Sutton in downtown Black Mountain.
 
Transylvania Farmers’ Market​, Saturday 10 am–noon, outdoors in their regular location: 190 E. Main Street, Brevard.
 
Jackson County Winter Farmers Market​, Saturday 10 am–1 pm, inside The Community Table building, 23 Central Street (across from Poteet Park).
 
Winter farmers 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.