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It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the multitude of apple varieties on offer at farmers tailgate markets each autumn. Some are better for baking, some for snacking. Maybe you prefer a sweeter apple or something more tart. Maybe you know you’ve tasted the perfect apple before, but you can’t remember what it was called. How do you choose? Well, apart from asking the farmer’s advice (which is always a good first step), you might consider throwing together an apple taste test.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Your favorite peak summer produce—tomatoes, corn, peppers, melons, peaches, blackberries, beans, okra, eggplant—is still filling the tables at farmers tailgate markets. We have a month or two more to enjoy these items. But there are hints of seasonal change in the air.

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The North Carolina Apple Festival is held annually over Labor Day Weekend in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It has been Western North Carolina’s Premier Family Festival for over 60 years. https://www.ncapplefestival.org/

From August 31, 2018 – September 3, 2018, you can enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with Freshly Picked Apples, Arts & Crafts, Festival Food and FREE Entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s Beautiful Main Street. 

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Here is a recipe for Apple Stack Cake courtesy of Creasman Farms!

Apple Stack Cake from Creasman Farms

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter (you can use unsalted, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees
  2. Flour 4 to 5 nine inch pie pans
  3. Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl
  4. Mix butter and brown sugar together until creamy, add eggs and molasses and blend until combined
  5. Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to the wet ingredients until combined
  6. Divide the batter between pans and spread out with spoon
  7. Bake 15 to 20 min. Let them cool about 10 mins. And then take out of pans to finish cooling.
  8. Filling: "I use homemade applesauce but my grandmother would use dried apples reconstituted and some people use applebutter."
  9. Once the cakes are cooled, place a cake on a plate put layer of filling, place the next cake, then filling until you have built a stack.
  10. The cake needs to sit for a while so all the filling can soak in.
https://fromhere.org/recipes/apple-stack-cake-from-creasman-farms/

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Though summer fruits may be the most varied and abundant, autumn fruits are wonderfully crisp, and bursting with flavor! Read the rest of this entry »

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The weather this year has not been kind to fruit. Late frosts in spring, hailstorms, and weeks of temporary drought followed by daily thunderstorms have left fruit altered in some cases, and limited their availability in others. Read the rest of this entry »

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As we pass the Summer Solstice, markets are entering into their peak season and debuting many summer favorites. Despite persisting dry weather for most farms in the region, area farmers tailgate markets are bursting with vibrant veggies and flavorful fruits! Read the rest of this entry »

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Routines make up our lives. Some routines are daily, others weekly. For many, visiting indoor winter tailgate markets is part of their regular, Saturday routine. What these routines look like vary by individual and family, but one routine might look something like this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Just one more month of indoor winter tailgate markets! If you haven’t checked out what all of the excitement is about, be sure to visit before the end of March. Come see all of the wonderful farmers and other vendors who are making it possible to eat locally grown and produced food all year long!
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The indoor farmers tailgate markets continue to be a popular attraction during the winter months! Local produce, meat, cheeses, eggs, apples, specialty food products, and more motivate shoppers to flock to winter markets just like tailgate markets in the spring, summer, and fall. Read the rest of this entry »

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