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Mother’s Day is this weekend, and you can get incredible, locally-made, last minute gifts from area farmers tailgate markets. In addition to produce, many farmers markets have crafts, body care and natural cleaning products, flowers, plant starts, and shelf-stable foods, which all make great gifts.

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The most iconic spring produce is asparagus and strawberry and both are coming in slowly this year. In the face of the limited supplies and late starts of these gems, it’s nice to focus on the certainty of staples at area tailgate farmers markets.

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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.

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Despite the harsh drop in temperature this week, farmers still have the best of early spring on offer! Strawberries, ramps, and rhubarb have arrived at farmers tailgate markets, alongside many other exciting products.

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ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Derek Powell, Executive Restaurant Chef for Cedric’s Tavern at Biltmore. Chef Powell recently did a local food taste test for the students at Fairview Elementary School. 

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As tailgate markets open in spring, farmers bring with them storage crops from last year, greenhouse-grown goods, and wild edibles, along with freshly harvested, outdoor-grown produce. Spring — especially early spring — isn’t the year’s most abundant time, but that’s no matter at area farmers tailgate markets — our industrious farmers have plenty of delicious produce on offer!

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 This week marks the first transitions from indoor winter markets to outdoor spring markets. What can you expect to find in the early weeks of spring at these first outdoor markets throughout the region?

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Just about time for outdoor tailgate markets!

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ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby of Pitch Pine Farm in Transylvania County.
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Spring is here! This past Tuesday marked the first day of the season, and that means we’re thinking about the upcoming outdoor farmers tailgate market openings!

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