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Vegetables are not necessarily relegated to one season only; some produce is available twice a year. This is due to their preference for the moderate temperatures of spring and fall. It’s incredibly exciting knowing that your favorite vegetable will be back again, fresh and local at area farmers tailgate markets, in just a few months.

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Unique to area farmers tailgate markets are the moments that shoppers share with farmers and each other when they express enthusiasm for a new produce item: that excitement of finding your favorite fruit that has finally arrived at market; of finding a new variety of veggie that you hadn’t known existed; of finding a food your family cooked for you as a kid. For some folks, summer squash — particularly zucchini — can elicit such an exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

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Amidst the hype of strawberries, more delicious new spring fruits and veggies continue to arrive at area farmers tailgate markets. Broccoli, rhubarb, garlic scapes, and snap peas are all making their debut. Read the rest of this entry »

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Things are cooling down at area farmers tailgate markets. Most area farms experienced frost conditions this past week. Frost can mean trouble for some crops, but for others it is a welcome occurrence — it can sweeten some vegetable varieties, and who doesn’t like their daily dose of vegetables to be sweeter? Read the rest of this entry »

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With all the dry weather throughout the summer, farmers were hoping for rain, but as the adage goes, “be careful what you wish for.” Farmers have not been affected uniformly by the heavy rains that hit the region last week; each farm has different soil type, elevation/gradient of their fields, microclimate (which affected how much rain they got), and growing practices (raised beds, tunnels, etc). The variation in produce affected by the rain at area farmers tailgate markets this week will vary from farm to farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seasonality is inherently ephemeral — all local produce is only available for a limited time of the year. Certain produce embodies this more noticeably than others: asparagus is often cited as one of the go-to examples of the temporality of food — it is one of the first things ready to harvest in the spring, and its season only lasts for approximately six weeks. Less often referred to varieties have similarly fleeting availability, and there a few such foods present at area farmers tailgate markets this time of year, including chestnuts, sugar snap peas, arugula, grapes, broccoli, and cauliflower. Read the rest of this entry »

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The times, they are a changin’ at area farmers tailgate markets. Some summer varieties won’t be around for much longer, and you should get them while you still can. Fall produce varieties are just now arriving, and we can look forward to them in the coming weeks. Read the rest of this entry »

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The recent heat and humidity are deceptively summer-like. Before the season is officially upon us, be sure to take advantage of the bounty of spring from area farmers tailgate markets. A wonderfully refreshing way to do that is with a fresh, crisp, and locally-sourced spring salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter squash are taking over area farmers tailgate markets. There are so many varieties to choose from! Read the rest of this entry »

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The warmer days are bringing more and more products from local farms at area farmers tailgate markets. Cauliflower, cherries, broccoli, and baby summer squash have been spotted along with strawberries, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and much much more!

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