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Thursday January 16th, 2020 15:09 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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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Friday January 10th, 2020 13:54 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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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Friday January 3rd, 2020 09:00 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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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Friday December 20th, 2019 14:03 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

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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Friday December 13th, 2019 10:56 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

This week offers several prime opportunities to shop local farmers tailgate markets for holiday gifts, party preparations—or just your weekly grocery needs. East Asheville Tailgate Market’s holiday market and fundraiser is today, from 3 to 6 pm, plus there are still several Saturday morning (Asheville City Market and The Holiday Bazaar) and midweek (West Asheville Tailgate Holiday Market, River Arts District Winter Market, Weaverville Tailgate Winter Market) markets open for convenient shopping.

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Friday December 6th, 2019 09:00 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Are you a handmade gift-giver? Farmers tailgate markets are a great place to get inspiration and ingredients for these extra-special holiday gifts (or treats to keep for yourself—you definitely deserve it). Here are a few DIY ideas to get your started this season.

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Friday November 29th, 2019 09:00 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

While some farmers tailgate markets have closed for the season, a growing number in Buncombe County offer special holiday markets or even run through the winter. These markets often have different hours or locations than their regular season counterparts, so check the list below to make sure you know when and where to find local food in December.
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Friday November 22nd, 2019 09:30 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

An all-local Thanksgiving dinner is a lofty goal, but probably impractical (and could add some additional stress to the holiday for sure). Some traditional ingredients, like green beans or corn, have passed their peak harvest season here in Western North Carolina, so if you didn’t freeze some back in September, you might be out of luck now. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find local cranberries or pecans. But there are ways to feature something local in each dish, if you’re up for the challenge!
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Friday November 15th, 2019 10:33 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

For a stress-free Thanksgiving, making a plan and doing as much prep work in advance is the way to go. That means you should start your farmers tailgate market list now, and even get some of the shopping out of the way, rather than wait for the mad rush on the final pre-holiday weekend. (Although if you do find you need to do some last-minute shopping, West Asheville Tailgate Market is open on Tuesday and River Arts District Farmers Market is open on Wednesday the week of Thanksgiving.)

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Friday November 8th, 2019 09:00 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

As we move into November thoughts turn to holiday feasting, and for many that means a turkey centerpiece. Local turkey is available from several local farms in the region, including Hickory Nut Gap Farm and Dillingham Family Farm, though you will need to order in advance—and act fast! These birds tend to sell out every year. Find a list of farms in the area with local turkeys, and information on how to order them here.

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