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February is often the height of cold and flu season. While the common cold is not usually cause for medical treatment, it can certainly knock you out for a few days (or longer), and that first throat scratch or sneeze might have you reaching for your standby home remedies—if not for a cure, at least for some comfort. Winter farmers markets can be a good place to stock up on your arsenal of cold-fighting and feel-good foods, from chicken broth to elderberry syrup.

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Bill Durr of Ward and Smith, P.A.

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with attorney Bill Durr of Ward and Smith, P.A., which is a sponsor of the 2020 Business of Farming Conference. Durr will co-lead a conference workshop, A Decade of Farming and the Legal Issues You’ll Face Along the Way.

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apple heart valentine

If you’re the type to serve your sweetheart a locally sourced Valentine’s Day meal, take note that you’ll need to stop at a farmers tailgate market tomorrow or Wednesday to collect ingredients in time for Feb. 14. Pretty much any meal you shop for and prepare yourself hits the mark for a romantic gesture, but we’ve included a few suggestions to really get into the spirit.

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Farmers market eggs, photo by Lauren Gallagher

It’s common for chickens to slow down their laying in January and February, meaning that eggs can rise to a new level of scarcity at winter markets. If you’re looking to score a dozen (or more), it’s best to get to market early and head straight for one of the following vendors. 

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bok choy

An abundance of leafy greens cover farmers tailgate markets these days, and even if you regularly fill your bag with kale and collards, there are more options than ever for trying new varieties. Here’s a rundown of what you might discover at markets this winter.

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We’re finally in for some colder nights this coming week, so it’s a good time to stock up on stew ingredients to fortify you against the chill. Whether your preferred simmering method involves an Instant Pot, slow cooker, or good, old-fashioned Dutch oven, your first step is to gather everything you can at a winter farmers tailgate market. We’ve got a few ideas to get you started.

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purple cauliflower

This past December didn’t bring the same significant snowfall and freezing temperatures we’ve seen in recent years, and as a result we’re seeing some unexpected produce at winter farmers tailgate markets alongside winter stalwarts like sweet potatoes, apples, and collard greens. Read the rest of this entry »

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Asheville City Market - Winter

Winter has arrived (recent weather notwithstanding) and many year-round farmers tailgate markets have moved indoors. Though fewer in number, these markets still offer the best of local, seasonal produce. Throughout the colder season you will find plenty of storage crops, like sweet potatoes, potatoes, apples, cabbage, turnips, winter squash, beets, and carrots. Many farms make use of greenhouses or high tunnels to continue producing salad mixes, lettuces, and dark, leafy greens straight through to springtime. Meats, eggs, cheeses, bread, and artisan foods and products will also be available. 

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collard greens, kale, and radishes

Tomorrow is your last chance to shop local farmers tailgate markets this year! The final two markets of the season are tomorrow (Saturday): Asheville City Market (downtown from 9 a.m. to noon) and The Holiday Bazaar (on the UNCA campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). All markets will take an hiatus through the end of the year. Indoor winter markets, including in Buncombe County Asheville City Market (Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon  in the Masonic Temple) and River Arts District Winter Market (Wednesdays 3 to 6 p.m. at Plēb Urban Winery) will return beginning January 4. A full list of holiday and winter markets throughout the region can be found at asapconnections.org.

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Stacey Thompson of Our Fiddlehead Farm

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talk with farmer Stacey Thompson of Our Fiddlehead Farm in Haywood County, who will be presenting at the Business of Farming Conference on Feb. 22.

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