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Turn your at-home dinner into a gourmet feast without going to a restaurant by shopping at area farmer tailgate markets. Local farmers have unique varieties of vegetables that can provide infinite inspiration to make your meals magnificent.

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Asheville and Western North Carolina have so much to offer in the way of outings. The mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests are perfect for exploring. Area farmers tailgate markets are a great excursion, too. Try new foods, connect with community, listen to live music, and buy fruits, vegetables, and more direct from local farmers.

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Summer is in full swing this week — all of the berries are in season and grills have been fired up for days alongside the Fourth of July. Are you so excited about summer and the holiday that you never want it to end? Preserving the summer harvest is a great way to bring the season with you into fall and winter — and now is the time to get to it! Visit area farmers tailgate markets to get all the goods you need to keep the grilling going and start preserving.

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This past week — really this whole spring and now summer — have been very wet.

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The past week has been a turning point for produce farmers this season; it feels like everything has come in at once! There’s still more produce to trickle in over the rest of June and through July, but this week sure was packed. What are some of the new things you can find this week?
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Such an exciting time at area tailgate farmers markets — some of the most iconic summer produce arrived at markets this past week! From fruits to vegetables, the season is picking up, despite the rains that hit last month.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The rain keeps coming in the Southern Appalachians, but that hasn’t stopped area farmers from bringing a variety of spring harvest to area farmers tailgate markets.

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Memorial Day is this weekend! We’ve seen plenty of rain the past few weeks, so this could be your weekend to get out the grill. Find an abundance of local fixins at area farmers tailgate markets to toss on the grill or to make into yummy entrees and sides for your weekend festivities.

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Spring produce is best known for its bright, crisp varieties, including sugar snap peas and kohlrabi. Both have made their first market appearances this year, but still only in small quantities, so get there early if you want to catch these treats.

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ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Gretchen Farrell of Open Ridge Farm. They are one of the farms who will be participating in the 2018 Farm Tour

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