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Fresh at Farmers Markets This week

Flowers are blooming and leaves are budding at the first outdoor farmers tailgate markets of the season! This past week, Asheville City Market opened among stunning trees in full bloom, with music playing, kids frolicking, sunny skies, and many conversations full of smiles and laughter — it was a picture-perfect first market day!

This upcoming Saturday morning you can make your way to either (or both) Asheville City Market and North Asheville Tailgate Market. It’s the first North Asheville Tailgate Market of the season, and it’s sure to be wonderful! West Asheville Tailgate Market and Weaverville Tailgate Market both opened this past week, on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

What can we expect from vendors at farmers tailgate markets this first month? Find farm fresh items such as asparagus, beets, braising mix, herbs, kale, lettuce, microgreens, mugwort, mustard greens, mushrooms, radishes, ramps, rhubarb, salad mix, sochan, spinach, spring onions, and watercress. Pick up baked goods like sourdough bread, gluten-free bread and sweets, pastries, bagels, and raw treats. Wondering about some other exciting things you might come upon at market? Expect to see coffee, tea, raw juice, cow’s milk and goat’s milk cheeses, chicken and duck eggs, beef, chicken, lamb, rabbit, pork, seitan, mushrooms and mushroom kits, fresh flower bouquets, pickled and fermented goods, jams, pesto, honey, hummus and other dips, herbal tinctures and medicinal products, hand-made soap, dog treats, plant starts, prepared foods, and much, much, much more!

More markets open around the neighborhood this week. On Saturday April 18, both Transylvania Farmers Market and Yancey County Farmers Market open. Live in Asheville? Make a trip out of it: Visit the Transylvania Farmers Market in the morning and then explore historic downtown Brevard and dine at an Appalachian Grown partner restaurant in the area.

For more information about spring opening dates for farmers tailgate markets in our region, visit our full list of market opening dates. See our seasonality chart to know which fruits and vegetables are likely to be available at markets right now. 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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