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Fresh at Farmers Markets This week

“Eat your colors.” You’ve probably heard this before — an expression touted by grandmothers, dietitians, and food magazines, alike. In the summer months, what foods are available in each color group varies throughout the growing season. What veggies of the rainbow can be found at area farmers tailgate markets right now?

Red. Look for tomatoes from McConnell Farms (Asheville City Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market), and beets from Blue Ribbon Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, Asheville City Market).

Orange. Explore carrots from Blue Meadow Farms (Black Mountain Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market), and daylilies from Eagle Rock Farm (East Asheville Tailgate Market). Daylilies are an edible (and beautiful!) flower that adds an onion-like flavor to your favorite dishes.

Yellow. Try yellow summer squash from Ten Mile Farm (River Arts District Market, Asheville City Market).

Green. So many options for this color! Fill your plate with collards, broccoli, lettuces, green beans, and the list goes on… Spring greens are still available but will disappear soon.

Blue/purple/black. Discover black raspberries from Synchronicity Farms (Oakley Farmers Market), blueberries from Full Sun Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market, River Arts District Farmers Market), and blackberries from McConnell Farms (Asheville City Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market).

White. Keep your eyes out for daikon radishes from Becki’s Bounty (East Asheville Tailgate Market, Black Mountain Tailgate Market), and cauliflower from Aardvark Farm (River Arts District Market, Yancey County Farmers Market, and Asheville City Market).

Rainbow chard! A vegetable made up of multi-colors, find some from Long Valley Eco-Biotic Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Weaverville Tailgate Market, Madison County Farmers Market).

There are more items in each color group than just listed here, and many more farms than the ones cited above have these goods. Next time you’re at the market, try to buy at least one vegetable or fruit in every color!

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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