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Throughout the year in many different state-wide locations, ASAP and  RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) will facilitate “Making the Most of your Market” workshops. These workshops are a part of a new initiative, Connect2Direct, created by partners ASAP and RAFI-USA in order to support the development of farmers tailgate markets in North Carolina. Lauren Hoffman, a communications intern for ASAP, wrote this first-hand account of a workshop held in West Jefferson, NC.

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Thanksgiving is here at area farmers tailgate markets! Stop by holiday markets this week for your last minute local ingredients.

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To keep you up to date with changes to North Carolina tax laws and how it impacts farmers, we share with you the latest from our friends at North Carolina Farm Bureau:

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Why are farmers markets important to our community? The following is an excerpt from presentation by ASAP’s Executive Director Charlie Jackson to the NC House Committee on Food Desert Zones.

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Outdoor farmers tailgate markets are finally here! Read the rest of this entry »

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The beginning of spring is here and there’s buzz about outdoor tailgate markets opening up at long last! But before they do open, be sure to stop by the last of the indoor winter markets this week.

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The trees are about to turn green again, and soon you’ll be able to find greens at your local tailgate markets, too! Area farmers will soon be setting up outdoors for the new growing season.

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Getting to the bottom of this new tax law and how it applies to farmers markets and their vendors has been a long strange trip. Though I think we are far from the end of this saga, recent information and conversations lead me to conclude that we can reasonably interpret that the new tax laws (NCGS 66-255) do not apply to most farmers market managers in NC.

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Market season really starts swinging in April, but there are plenty of markets during the winter months!

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Winter farmers tailgate markets are going strong with farm-fresh local food offerings every week!

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