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Farmers, especially those here in our region, are remarkable. They’re up against so many odds, and they still deliver the most exquisite — in both flavor and aesthetics — produce, meats, cheeses, and more to area farmers tailgate markets each week. Right now we are, and have been, experiencing severe drought conditions, and our farmers are still showing up to markets, abundance in hand. When at a market this week, be sure to tell your farmers thank you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Area farmers tailgate markets continue to open outside for spring this week. In Buncombe County, Asheville City Market- South opened this past Wednesday (April 6) and Weaverville Tailgate Market and French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market both begins next Wednesday (April 13). For more market openings throughout Western North Carolina, check out 2016 Tailgate Market Opening Dates. Read the rest of this entry »

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With the warmer weather, we’re gearing up for outdoor farmers tailgate markets to open. But before they do, we have a few more weeks to visit indoor winter markets. Be sure to check out the vibrant, colorful indoor markets before they close for the season in the last week of March. Read the rest of this entry »

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There is so much ingenuity that our local farmers employ in order to consistently have produce throughout the harsh winter conditions over the past few weeks. Be it through alternative growing practices like hydroponics, or attentively caring for greenhouse plants as if they are newborns, farms still have produce to bring to area winter farmers tailgate markets. All those veggies still go quickly, though, so get to market early. Read the rest of this entry »

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Don’t let the season fool you – each week is still slightly different at area winter farmers tailgate markets. Although winter produce has little variety throughout the season, the markets still do; new vendors appear, and what they have available for sale can certainly change from week to week. Read the rest of this entry »

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A new and exciting item has popped up at area farmers tailgate markets this week: popcorn from Full Sun Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market). All types of corn will pop to some degree, but popcorn-specific varieties have a hard enough shell around the kernel that causes pressure to build up and explode inside out. Full Sun Farm sells their popcorn on the cob. Pick the kernels off and cook on your stovetop, or place the whole cob in a paper bag in the microwave and the kernels will pop off straight from the cob! Read the rest of this entry »

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