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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

And they’re off—area outdoor tailgate markets, that is—to a great start (pun intended)! Leicester Farmers Market, the first outdoor market to open this spring, overflowed with beautiful plant starts last weekend. In fact, Finally Farm had almost five tables of starts. Vendors will have lots more this Friday (4-7 pm) and Saturday (9 am-2 pm); the market will continue now two days a week.

Hoping to start a culinary herb garden? Visit vendors like Blue Heron Farm for thyme, parsley, lemon verbena, rosemary, and more. Thinking about planting veggies? Find starts for heirloom tomatoes, peppers, squash, and beans from vendors like Synchronicity Farms. Garden-friendly flowers like marigolds will also be available.

Of course, Leicester’s grand opening offered many more signs of the season. John’s Berry Patch brought mesclun salad mixes and bags of stinging nettles. Kale & Kin Farms brought spring onions and bright green bunches of spinach with leaves much larger than what you typically see.

The new bi-weekly market features more than veggies. This week, look for Mountain Lady Farm and farm-fresh eggs in all colors, just in time for Easter egg hunts. That’s because Ameraucana chickens naturally lay eggs with green and blue shells! Expect meat vendors, too. Carolina Bison grilled up some tasty samples last weekend.

The market momentum from last Saturday will spread this week, as it’s a BIG one for outdoor spring tailgate openings:

Look ahead to more opening dates, including next week’s West Asheville Tailgate Market and Weaverville Tailgate Market, with our new online farmers market calendar.

For a full list of tailgates, visit our online Local Food Guide at buyappalachian.org.

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