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Friday December 3rd, 2021 09:38 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

With the Thanksgiving holiday past us, Buncombe County farmers tailgate markets have shifted into holiday market gear. That means you may find changed or abbreviated hours, so double check this list or your market’s social media to confirm. You’ll also find more artisan and craft vendors and fewer produce vendors. While you can still grab what you need to prepare nourishing meals this week (including greens, root veggies, winter squash, meat, eggs, cheese, bread, and more), you might also be able to check a few items off your holiday shopping list. 
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Friday November 26th, 2021 09:00 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is not a festival of light eating. You could celebrate this holiday—which starts on Monday—with a different dish or dessert for all eight nights! Incorporate a variety of local ingredients all available now at tailgate markets throughout Buncombe County.   Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday November 19th, 2021 09:44 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

In the age-old fairy tale, turning into a pumpkin at midnight is frowned upon. This year at Thanksgiving, however, when you turn the centerpiece of your meal into a magically stuffed Cinderella pumpkin, you can be sure that your holiday guests will wonder which fairy godmother swooped in to prepare it.

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Friday November 12th, 2021 09:37 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

There were a limited number of local turkeys available from Appalachian Grown farms this year, and those sold out by the end of October. So what if you didn’t reserve your bird early, but still want a local meat centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner? If you’re willing to get a little creative, you can find alternatives at farmers tailgate markets. (Planning a vegan or vegetarian feast? Stay tuned for next week’s column for ideas.)

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Friday November 5th, 2021 11:34 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The mornings and evenings are getting pretty chilly, and if you’re feeling like us, you may want to snuggle in with a warm drink for a few extra minutes. Farmers tailgate markets have lots of nourishing options for getting creative with hot drinks, whether you prefer tea, cider, or even a frothy vegetable latte. 

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Thursday October 28th, 2021 15:33 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Last chance to get your decorative gourds and jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! Farmers tailgate markets have plenty of pumpkin and squash types to choose from, but why stop there? You can collect an assortment of fall veggies for carving up a spooky-but-cute porch display.

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Friday October 22nd, 2021 12:54 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Many farms in the region experienced their first frost this week, which signals the end of tomatoes, peppers, and other summer veggies for the season. We may see the final harvest of these crops at farmers tailgate markets for another week or so, but it’s time to fully embrace fall. Right now we’re seeing lots of head lettuce coming back to market as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.

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Friday October 15th, 2021 11:40 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Persimmons are a lovely fall treat, great for making baked goods, fruit leather, pudding, jam, and other sweets. But you can also use this autumnal fruit in more savory dishes. The fuyu variety of persimmon, which tastes similar to an apricot or date with notes of cinnamon, is great in salads, in stews, or roasted. 

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Thursday October 7th, 2021 12:37 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Late summer and early autumn produce continues to mingle on farmers tailgate market tables, giving shoppers a panoply of options. You can get ripe tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, okra, beans, and potatoes alongside winter squash, apples, the earliest sweet potatoes, and hardy greens like kale, collards, arugula, chard, and mustard. With this abundance, you might be thinking about preserving a little bit for later. Not sure where to start? DIY hot sauce is one of the easiest ways to savor local flavor all winter.

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Friday October 1st, 2021 12:49 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

As the seasons are shifting towards cooler nights and shorter days, and the leaves are starting to change, it is the time of year to cozy up with warming ginger tea or hot apple cider to celebrate the fall harvest and prepare for the winter. Apples, pumpkins, ginger, turmeric, winter squash and sweet potatoes are among some fall favorites that you can find throughout our region, providing just the right combination of flavors, and inspiration for so many delightful and nourishing meals.

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