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Fresh at (Winter) Farmers Markets This Week

If apples are, well, the apple of your eye, you won’t want to miss area farmers markets these next three weeks! Creasman Farms has been bringing their apples to both Asheville City Market South (Wednesdays, 2-6 pm) and the indoor market at the Woodfin YMCA (Saturdays, 10 am-noon) all winter long. But, their supplies of the fall crop can’t last forever. Expect them to stay through the end of March—they’ll still have their apple baked goods and apple butter, too. Should they not sell out of Pink Lady and the other remaining varieties by the end of the month, you may find them vending into April. But if they do sell out, you’ll have to wait to see Creasman again until July, when they return to Asheville City Market with their summer crops of peaches and berries.

Note: The indoor market at the Y is slated to run through the end of the month, possibly the first week of April; Asheville City Market South will run indoors through April 25 then move outside to their usual location on the mall at Biltmore Park Town Square.

Of course, between now and summer there’s this thing called spring! As we reported in our last update, more and more veggies are making the way to winter markets as the new season approaches. Blue Meadow Farms returned to Asheville City Market South last week, and they’re slated to continue to vend there every other week through the end of April (March 21, April 4, and April 18). Expect items like mustard greens and early spring salad mixes. French radishes will add a splash of color to their booth!

Find fresh veggies this week at the Jackson County Winter Farmers Market, too, back Saturday at St. John’s Episcopal Church (9 am-noon). It’s their penultimate—or next to last—market before opening outdoors for the season on April 7. Asheville City Market downtown also opens on April 7 (it’s the market’s earliest opening day to date). Stay tuned to future updates for all the regular-season markets’ opening details.

Wait…what’s a tailgate market report without mention of sweet treats? Thinking spring, The Chocolate Lab is already looking ahead to Easter with their white chocolate egg creations at Asheville City Market South. The egg-shaped chocolates feature a yellow center with red sprinkles to mimic a deviled egg!

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