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Fresh at Farmers Markets this Week

In the moment when you find the perfect gift, you imagine the excitement you know you’ll incite when it is unwrapped by your loved one. Shopping for gifts can be tedious and tiring, but at area farmers tailgate markets you’ll be sure to find the best possible presents this holiday season. Not only will the gifts be thoughtful and unique, but you’ll be supporting your local farmers, crafters, and your community.

Looking for a gift for a fan of farmers markets? Buy a gift certificate to their favorite market! Check in at the info table or with market managers for more information about gift certificates or ask Santa to drop some market tokens in your stocking this year.

Perhaps you want to pick out their gift for them, instead of getting a gift certificate.

West Asheville Tailgate Market will be at The Mothlight on Tuesdays this month, and has vendors with creative and inspired gifts available. Faerie Made and Buck Naked will both be at West Asheville with their lines of all-natural body products such as soaps, salves, tinctures, and lip balms. Highland Gourmet makes beautifully bottled, delicious vinegar, and Mushroom Central has mushroom growing kits, which make wonderful interactive gifts for all ages.

Weaverville Tailgate Market on Wednesdays also has many craft vendors with delightful gift options including handmade wooden utensils, goat milk soap, Christmas ornaments, kitchen towels, pottery, and more!

Set the mood for your holidays with decorations, libations, and tasty treats.

Farmers have preserved the harvest for generations by making hard cider and wines. Support this tradition here in the mountains by coming out to the Asheville City Market this Saturday, December 13. Urban Orchard Cider Co., Noble Cider, and Addison Farms Vineyard will have their wine and ciders for sale and to sample. These drinks featured local apples and grapes, so be sure to stock up.

Wreaths are a wonderful winter adornment for inside or out. Find traditional and classic wreaths from Corners Knob Farm (Asheville City Market), as well as more alternatively designed wreaths from Fisher Branch Farm (Asheville City Market) and Flying Cloud Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market and Asheville City Market) incorporating unique greenery such as magnolia leaves or dried seed pods .

In much of the world, tamales are the traditional Christmas Day dish. La Gringa Tamalera (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market, and Weaverville Tailgate Market) has superbly scrumptious tamales to serve up fresh or freeze for unexpected company. And absolutely no holiday would be complete without sweet, baked goods. If you have never tried a fruit cake done right, look for Sweetheart Bakery at North Asheville Tailgate Market. Also try homemade apple butter doughnuts, pies or sticky pecan rolls as area markets are steaming with options for every sweet tooth . Gluten free? Stop by The Herban Baker at North Asheville Tailgate Market and Asheville City Market.

For a complete list of Appalachian Grown™ certified tailgate markets browse our online Local Food Guide or online farmers market calendar.

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