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Winter farmers tailgate markets may be smaller than their counterparts during the other seasons of the year, but that doesn’t mean that they’re any less remarkable or exciting! They are still filled with a plethora of delicious farm-fresh products, baked goods, and more! What can you expect to find at winter markets? Read on to find out. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sometimes less is more. In this case, that’s less variability from week to week at area farmers tailgate markets this time of year. The consistency in availability allows market shoppers to experience all the fall produce farms have to offer without breaking the bank on one visit to the market. Read the rest of this entry »

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The very first sweet potatoes have been reported at area farmers tailgate markets. Sweet potatoes are beloved for their flavor and versatility — great in both savory dishes, such as sweet potato au gratin, and sweet dishes, like pies. Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s time to get to the bottom of things at area farmers tailgate markets, the bottom of plants, that is. Root vegetables are flourishing this fall, and there’s quite a variety of them! But not all root vegetables are actually roots, exactly. Roots can be true roots, as well as tubers, rhizomes, corms, and bulbs, which technically don’t function as roots, so much as underground stems. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week at area farmers tailgate markets the vendor stands are full of color, mirroring the trees and mountains this time of year. Greens, reds, oranges and yellows are abundant in the peppers, winter squash, cabbage, potatoes, and more! There are even splashes of purple in kale, carrots, potatoes and rutabaga. Read the rest of this entry »

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Carrots, Beets, Radishes

Beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, and sweet potatoes don’t mind the cooler weather. In fact, it sweetens these root veggies, all of which get our Get Local spotlight this November!

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Think apples are the last hurrah when it comes to local farm-fresh produce before wintertime? Think again! Right now, farmers are digging up root vegetables, and lots of them—from beets to carrots and radishes to turnips. While also available at other times during the year, roots reach their full flavor potential in the fall.

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Get sweet treats this week at area farmers tailgate markets, and not the kind you think! Sure, there will be Halloween- and fall-inspired cupcakes, pies, and tarts (and even a chance to trick or treat—more later). But the real sweet story is the season’s veggies.

The first freeze, predicted mid-week, will actually make fall favorites like kale, broccoli, parsnips, and carrots sweeter and more flavorful than they’ve been so far! How?
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