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Friday June 1st, 2012 09:37 True Love & Homegrown Tomatoes!

Tomato plants are now in the ground of Western North Carolina’s farms and gardens. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to speed up the growing process. But, we can offer news to keep excitement of the summer favorite’s arrival building: advance tickets are now on sale for our Homegrown Tomato Contest, to be held August 11 from 2 until 5 pm at the Market Place in downtown Asheville. The event is scheduled in conjunction with Get Local, which will highlight, you guessed it, tomatoes in August!

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Wednesday December 28th, 2011 15:07 Local Food Luck in 2012

Looking to create a delicious and auspicious New Year’s meal? Our quick guide will help you find just what you need—straight from a local farm, of course!

Go Greens
Even if you’re the meat and potatoes type, you’ll want to work a little something green onto your plate this New Year’s. Superstition says that consuming leafy greens—which resemble folded money—will help usher in riches. Local “bills” may still be found on the shelves of select area groceries, as well as year-round farm stands. Search for your favorite variety using our online Local Food Guide.

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Wednesday December 21st, 2011 10:47 Local Food Gifts + A Giveaway!

The gift-giving season is in full swing, and we want to know: What local food gift have you received and/or what local food gift are you planning to give? Of course, you don’t need to share whom the gift is intended for; we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise!

As our gift to you  for sharing your stories, we’re going to give away THREE of our “Certified Local” t-shirts. (We’re even giving you the green light to re-gift!) All you have to do is answer our question above by commenting on this post + share the best way to reach you should you win. We’ll put all the names in a hat and draw tomorrow morning, Dec. 22, at 9 am.

PS: Want to give a year-end gift to ASAP? Here’s just some of what your donations do:

– $1,000 expands markets for farmers, whether a grocery store or a local restaurant.
– $500 brings a class of school children to a local farm.
– $100 funds a cooking demo on how to prepare fresh foods.
– $50 trains a farmer in new business skills.
– $25 provides seeds and resources for school gardens.

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Monday November 21st, 2011 09:18 Thanksgiving Tote & Tee Giveaway!

Thanksgiving is near, and we want to hear: What local foods are you planning to include in your meal?

Did you pre-order a local turkey? Pick up winter squash and potatoes from market this past weekend? Comment below before 7 pm today (Monday, November 21) to get your name in our drawing for an ASAP t-shirt AND tote bag for your last minute tailgate trips tomorrow and Wednesday! (Feel free to also share a recipe for those still unsure of their menu!) We’ll announce the winner first thing tomorrow morning.

We can’t wait to hear your plans. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Friday October 21st, 2011 13:25 Win Tickets to Pig and a Pint!

Why is the Thursday, October 27, benefit for Black Mountain Tailgate Market (BMTM) called Pig and a Pint? It’s at Pisgah Brewing Company and will feature a whole-roasted hog + an artisanal pig butchery demonstration, that’s why! Don’t worry, there will be plenty of food for vegetarians, too, including produce, cheese, and sweet treats from market vendors. And, there’ll be live music; it’s a party, after all!

The folks of BMTM hope you can make it. In fact, they’ve generously offered us two tickets to give away! All you have to do is be the first to comment below with the correct answer to one of three market trivia questions. Remember: We’ve got two tickets to give away. If one correct answer has been confirmed, try for another question. The questions are tough, but we know you local food lovers and diehard tailgate shoppers can do it! Here goes:
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