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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

This spring has been a hard one for farmers. Cold temperatures, high winds, and frozen precipitation have caused farmers to devise resourceful ways of protecting their fledgling plants. In the face of these conditions, farmers at tailgate markets may have a different haul of veggies than they may have intended to at the start of the season. In the face of these challenges it’s a great time to show your support of local farmers at area farmers tailgate markets.

ASAP’s radio series, Growing Local, featured the opening of markets by visiting Asheville City Market and interviewing farmers and shoppers, and, to quote one market shopper, “It’s fun to see the farmers… it’s like going back to summer camp, someplace you go every summer, but you only see people during that time frame, so it’s a good feeling, a good homecoming.”

A whole new round of markets are opening with the start of May: Black Mountain Tailgate Market, East Asheville Tailgate Market, Oakley Farmers Market, and River Arts District Farmers Market, not to mention all the markets outside of Buncombe County opening across the region.

Want to keep up with your favorite vendors between market days? Follow markets, farmers, and other vendors on social media. By liking and following their Facebook and Instagram accounts, you can learn about updates and promotions, see inspiring photos, and more.

Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. Check out the full list of spring market opening dates across 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.