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Vegetables are not necessarily relegated to one season only; some produce is available twice a year. This is due to their preference for the moderate temperatures of spring and fall. It’s incredibly exciting knowing that your favorite vegetable will be back again, fresh and local at area farmers tailgate markets, in just a few months.

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Strawberries, greens, turnips, radishes and more continue to cover farmers tables at area tailgate markets. There’s more than just produce, also look out for meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, and crafts. And, as spring markets get rolling, meet more growers and producers and build relationships to foster throughout the season. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweet, spicy, starchy, surprising… So much variety to be found at area farmers tailgate markets this time of year. Fall is a time of roots, dark greens, and warming flavors. Farming doesn’t end with the summer, even if some of the markets do. Explore the diversity of foods this season and try something new, or find your good ol’ favorites. Read the rest of this entry »

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The recent heat and humidity are deceptively summer-like. Before the season is officially upon us, be sure to take advantage of the bounty of spring from area farmers tailgate markets. A wonderfully refreshing way to do that is with a fresh, crisp, and locally-sourced spring salad. Read the rest of this entry »

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You’ll want to make sure to turnip at area farmers tailgate markets this week because spring radishes and turnips are particularly flavorful this time of year. Other new and notable additions to the market vendors’ tables: pea shoots, a broader range of fresh herbs, and mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first of the outdoor farmers tailgate markets are springing up left and right! With these markets, we can reconnect with community members we might not have seen all winter, find delectable farm fresh foods, and encounter beautiful flowers, crafts, plant starts, and more! 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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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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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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An interesting week at area farmers tailgate market as market vendors and shoppers were bundled up for our annual “blackberry winter,” referring to a cold snap that often occurs in late spring when the blackberries are in bloom.

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