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Area farmers tailgate markets are brimming with wild, early spring delights! The first weeks of outdoor markets reflect the newness of the season, characterized by tender greens and native wild plants. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first spring bounty has arrived at area farmers tailgate markets — ramps and asparagus! These veggies have long been the first signifiers of the start of the spring harvest and evoke celebration in many agrarian traditions. Both have a very short harvest period, so enjoy them while they’re here! Read the rest of this entry »

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Flowers are blooming and leaves are budding at the first outdoor farmers tailgate markets of the season! This past week, Asheville City Market opened among stunning trees in full bloom, with music playing, kids frolicking, sunny skies, and many conversations full of smiles and laughter — it was a picture-perfect first market day! Read the rest of this entry »

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So much is going on at area farmers tailgate markets as we get a little deeper into spring and the growing season.

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Strawberries are one of the most anticipated of early spring offerings at farmers tailgate markets. And, we’re delighted to report that they are here!

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Spring has arrived in the mountains! We’re welcoming spring back with outdoor farmers tailgate markets opening across the region!

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Ramps and Greens

Ramps fans rejoice: Harvest time is here for the region’s beloved early-spring vegetables, which are found growing wild in forests and cultivated on forestland. Their harvest is short—only two to three weeks. But, that won’t stop area Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants from reveling in ramps this month. In fact, the Get Local celebration, like the veggies of honor, will be bold: Ramps’ flavor can be described as a mix of onion and garlic.

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Get your greens at area farmers tailgate markets now! Tailgates from Asheville City Market (ACM) to Jackson County Farmers Market, Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market to Weaverville Tailgate Market, and French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market (FBFC) to West Asheville Tailgate Market and North Asheville Tailgate Market have opened outdoors for the season with all kinds of leafy greens. We’re talking arugula, chard, herbs (like cilantro and oregano), kale, lettuces, mustard greens, pak choi, and spinach.

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Sunday, April 22, was all about local ramps (April’s Get Local featured food) at Early Girl Eatery! They made their way into biscuits, sticky rice, jam, you name it thanks to the talents of James Beard Award-winning chefs Andrea Reusing of the Lantern in Chapel Hill and Robert Stehling of the Hominy Grill in Charleston and Early Girl staff.

The ASAP benefit dinner, officially titled In Celebration of Ramps, featured four fantastic courses and delicious wines; BIG thanks to the farmers who provided local products—from additional produce to meat, fish, and cheese—and Sour Grapes Wine. And, of course, thanks to the chefs, Early Girl, and everyone who attended! Find a photo album from the event HERE, and keep reading for a ramps recipe from Chef Reusing.

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April is Get Local Ramp Month!

“I think they’re best paired with wild mushrooms and goat feta cheese over a protein, freshly picked and cooked over an open fire in a cast iron skillet with a big chunk of bacon and a few potatoes, or in a cornbread stuffing.”

What’s John Stehling—who owns Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurant Early Girl Eatery with his wife, Julie—talking about? Ramps, of course! (Keep reading for one of their favorite ramp recipes!)

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