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Are you looking for a fresh, Appalachian Grown™ turkey for your Thanksgiving table? Local farms and businesses are taking orders! Find out how to pre-order your bird, plus how the turkeys were raised, price per pound, and much more.

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Thanksgiving is past, and now, what’s next at area farmers markets? After the many hours planning meals, shopping, cooking, and dining, we look forward to December with full bellies. This weekend at markets there are likely to be a few less vendors due to holiday travel, but there are still folks to get your local food fix from. And, now’s the time to give new life to your thanksgiving leftovers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Area farmers tailgate markets have an abundance of appetizing foods to be thankful for, perfect for every component of your Thanksgiving meal. Whether it be a traditional or unconventional dish, local farmers and food artisans have such a wide array of produce, staples, and prepared goods, that you can let your creative culinary side shine. This Thanksgiving, get local! Read the rest of this entry »

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There are less locally-raised turkeys available this holiday season. Why? Many farmers didn’t want to take the risk of raising poultry in the face of the avian flu outbreak in the western U.S.

There are still local turkey options available throughout the region. We have put together a list of farms that have Thanksgiving turkeys available below. If your heart’s set on a turkey, we encourage you to reserve it as soon as you can, as they’re likely to sell out early. Read the rest of this entry »

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In the Southern Appalachians it’s easy to fill your Thanksgiving table with a cornucopia of local food! There are many holiday tailgate markets open this week where you can shop for your feast.  Lauren Hoffman, one of ASAP’s communications interns, wants to share some locally-inspired dish ideas that incorporate ingredients from these markets for your holiday menu! Read the rest of this entry »

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With Thanksgiving less than a month away, now’s the time to reserve your local, Appalachian Grown bird. Find a farmer to supply your feast—plus learn how their turkeys are raised, get prices, and more—with the following list. Keep in mind, farms often sell out, so order soon. You can visit the farms’ websites (linked) and/or contact them directly for more details and to order. Many farms are also at local tailgate markets and can provide additional info or register you there.

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It’s time to turn our market report’s focus to Thanksgiving. After all, the food-filled holiday is just around the corner. But, don’t stress! Area farmers tailgate markets are there to help you make the freshest, best-tasting meal possible. Here’s a rundown of what you can shop for this week and go ahead and check off your list.

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Watermelon Radish

The runt of the fall produce litter is a big dog these days at area farmers markets! We’re talking about the typically tiny radish, an oft-overlooked root veggie that comes in a surprising number of varieties and sizes that are taking over tailgate tables now. (PS: It’s Get Local root veggie month, so also look for beets, turnips, and lots more.)

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*UPDATE* As of this morning, Balsam Gardens and Which Came First Farm still have turkeys available. Contact them directly; details below. Hickory Nut Gap Farm and East Fork Farm have sold out and are no longer taking reservations. East Fork Farm is, however, still taking reservations for Christmas goose.

Want to make a local Thanksgiving meal this year, starting with a farm-fresh bird? The following farms are taking turkey reservations now; visit their websites and/or contact them directly for more details and to order. Many farms are also at local tailgate markets and can provide additional info or register you there.

Note: This is not necessarily a complete list. We will update it to include more farms as we gather that information, as well as share when farms have sold out. You can also browse farms offering turkeys (year-round and at the holidays) via our online Local Food Guide

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Shopping for Thanksgiving this week and weekend? The following Asheville-area farmers markets are open and ready to serve you so that you can serve up a fresh local feast. Expect meats, cheeses and produce like apples, greens, roots and winter squash, along with baked goods and gifts galore!

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