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Winter farmers tailgate markets are going strong with farm-fresh local food offerings every week. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, than by shopping for or with loved ones at a winter tailgate market! Markets have great gift ideas such as chocolates, baked goods, and jewelry, as well as plenty of produce, including lettuces and greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, microgreens, and turnips. And don’t forget to pick up local meats, cheeses, eggs, and plenty more!

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The warm weather has come along fast, and that means area farmers tailgate markets are offering even more produce options!

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by Catherine Stiers, Communications Intern for ASAP

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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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Outdoor markets will be opening in a few weeks, but there’s still plenty to find at winter farmers tailgate markets!

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And they’re off—area outdoor tailgate markets, that is—to a great start (pun intended)! Leicester Farmers Market, the first outdoor market to open this spring, overflowed with beautiful plant starts last weekend. In fact, Finally Farm had almost five tables of starts. Vendors will have lots more this Friday (4-7 pm) and Saturday (9 am-2 pm); the market will continue now two days a week.

Hoping to start a culinary herb garden? Visit vendors like Blue Heron Farm for thyme, parsley, lemon verbena, rosemary, and more. Thinking about planting veggies? Find starts for heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash, and beans from vendors like Synchronicity Farms. Garden-friendly flowers like marigolds will also be available.

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Even though the weather has been summerlike, local farmers and vendors are still heading indoors for “winter markets” this week. But, talk has definitely turned to spring—and its outdoor markets and bounty. (Can it be three seasons all at once?!)

At Asheville City Market South’s winter market—which runs indoors Wednesdays from 2 to 6 pm through the end of April—farmer Missy Huger of Jake’s Farm is excited to offer spring greens galore. Look for everything from spinach and salad mix to herbs and Asian greens like Bok Choy and Tatsoi.

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Asheville City Market South‘s indoor winter market kicked off with a bang last week. Nine vendors took part in the grand opening…

Three Graces Dairy offered up a wide variety of flavored goat’s milk cheeses, as well as aged sheep’s milk, cow’s milk, and all the blends in between. Roots & Branches offered the perfect cheese vessel: artisan handmade crackers, including flavors like Kalamata olive. They had fresh-baked breads, too, as did Sweet Monkey Bakery, who even brought their scrumptiously soft whole wheat bagels.

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Late-season veggies, meats, and cheeses? Check! Christmas trees and wreaths? Check! Handcrafted gifts like soaps and jewelry? Check! Area holiday markets have it all. So, bundle up and shop ’til you drop at these tailgates! Of course, we’d love if you shared your finds and photos in the comment section below.

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Been bit by the holiday decorating bug? Then head out to area farmers tailgate markets this week for festive farm-fresh flourishes!

Weaverville Tailgate Market kicks off their holiday season Wednesday, November 30th. Vendor Lyda Farms promises lots of holiday greenery, as well as decorative branches of Curly Willow and Pussy Willow. Weaverville’s holiday markets run the next four Wednesdays, through December 21, from 2 until 6 pm inside the community center near Lake Louise.

Corners Knob Farm will bring their just-cut Fraser Firs and handmade Fraser wreaths to Asheville City Market Saturday. They’ll remain through the final holiday market. But, don’t rest on your laurels; they could sell out before then.

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