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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Month

Sure, holiday farmers markets are focused on gifts right now, but market shoppers still want to get groceries each week. What produce and gifts can you expect to find at area farmers tailgate markets now?

Jake’s Farm (Asheville City Market) had some celery this past week and may have it again in the coming weeks. This is particularly exciting because there has been very little celery to find at markets this growing season. Lee’s One Fortune Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market) has a wonderful mustard green variety that isn’t too bitter or prickly, and is sweet and tender. Jah Works Farm (Asheville City Market) and McConnell Farms (West Asheville Tailgate Market and Asheville City Market) both have ginger that is great for freezing and using all winter to add a warming element to sautees, soups, and teas.

You can also find a myriad of leafy greens from lettuces to cabbage, and varieties of turnips, radishes, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, apples, and more.

And as for the gifts? There are many jewelry makers sharing their wares, such as earrings, which can make a great gift for those who like to add flair to their outfits. Jars of honey and jam are great for folks with a sweet tooth. And farmers market gift certificates or tokens are an ideal stocking stuffer for the local food fans in your life.

To find holiday markets throughout other regions, visit Farmers Market Closings and Holiday Dates.

Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.