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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

The winter months are here and so are the indoor farmers tailgate markets! Two markets opened this past week to large enthusiastic crowds. Fortunately, both the Asheville City Winter Market and the YMCA Indoor Winter Market have more vendors than in past years, and more than enough produce to meet the growing winter demand. Both markets had local greens, root vegetables, microgreens, onions, pickles, eggs, meat, cheeses, bread, snacks, and much more.

Asheville City Market has moved into its new indoor home for the winter months at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville (80 Broadway St, at the corner of Broadway and Woodfin Street). Ten Mile Farm had sweet potatoes, white sweet potatoes, small butternut squash, beets, and bags of greens such as lettuce, braising mix, and arugula. Greens were plentiful from Jake’s Farm including kale, collards, and bok choy. Wildwood Herbal were showing off their sweet carrots and tiny beets, and Ashville Fungi had oyster and lion’s mane mushroom or sale, as well as kits to grow your own. Shady Brook Farms and Dry Ridge Farm have you covered for eggs and meat, including beef, pork, and chicken. Expect these vendors and more at Asheville City Winter Market throughout the winter months.

The YMCA Indoor Winter Market (789 Merrimon Avenue at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church) also had their inaugural market of 2016. Fiddlers Green Farm, New Moon Herbs Farm, and John’s Berry Patch and Farm offered a variety of produce from kale to turnips. Mushrooms were plentiful as Meadow Cove Farm offered their dried shiitakes. Farmin’ The Sky, a new farm, was on hand with dino kale. Are meats and cheese on your January dinner tables? Try East Fork Farm for meat and Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery for all kinds of different cheeses.

Looking for farm fresh local food in the Brevard area? Several vendors will appear weekly at the site of the Transylvania Farmers Market at 190 E. Main Street in Brevard. There are a few more winter markets throughout the region that will meet on various Saturdays in the winter months. Check out the 2016 Winter Farmers Markets page for more. As always, you can find information about farm stands open and other farms to visit in the winter months at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.

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