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Valentine’s Day is this coming Friday, and what better way to celebrate with your sweetie than warming up at a winter farmers tailgate market!

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February is here, and winter farmers tailgate markets are going strong! What can you find at a winter market? Plenty of farm products are offered, including cabbage, sweet potatoes, apples, eggs, cheese, and local meats.

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Winter tailgate farmers markets are busy, busy! Market-goers tell us that you can find turnips, apples, sweet potatoes, cabbage, collards, and spring onions. We have also heard about a rainbow of carrots, including orange, yellow, and purple!

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It’s like spring in the winter! Not necessarily for temperatures, but certainly if you’re shopping at winter farmers tailgate markets. Lettuce, kale, turnips, winter squash, and Daikon radishes were all spotted at markets this weekend. In addition, you could also find market staples such as local meat, cheeses, potatoes, eggs, sweet potatoes, and more!

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Local Broccoli

Cuckoo for crucifers? You’re cordially invited to a cabbage family reunion at area farmers tailgate markets this week! Most members—including broccoli, arugula, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, kohlrabi, daikon and other radishes, and bok choy—are at the party now; expect Brussels sprouts soon.

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Last Saturday, Haywood Park Hotel’s atrium began its winter transformation into a local food paradise with the first indoor Asheville City Market. The aroma of Biltmore Coffee Traders’ Sumatran blend filled the corridor, while farmers and artisan food producers dotted the space with all kinds of goodies—we’re talking chicken, chocolate, eggs, lamb, pickles, pork, you name it. Talented area craftspeople were there, too, with bath products for the winter blues, handmade lunch sacks and more.

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It’s not just deja vu! Most cool-weather veggies last seen in spring are back again at markets. Joining returning roots like turnips and greens like kale this week are Asian greens and cauliflower.

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As part of Biltmore’s sponsorship of our upcoming Growing Minds’ Farm to School Institute (November 10), their executive chef, Damien Cavicchi, will lead a workshop on cooking in the classroom with local produce. He just sent over the recipe that he’ll prepare, and it’s too good to keep to ourselves! This Cool Cabbage and Apple Salad features local cabbage (the Get Local @ School item for October), local apples, and local carrots! Remember, the institute registration deadline is near: October 22; click to sign up now. 

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Area farmers tailgate markets are definitely in full swing. In addition to offering fresh local produce, meats and cheeses, and other food and artisan products, summertime tailgates feature musical entertainment, kids activities, and cooking demonstrations! Our summer communications intern, Emma, recently attended a sauerkraut making workshop at Oakley Farmers Market, and she’s passing on what she learned:

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Spring salad ingredients are stealing the spotlight at area farmers tailgate markets now. And we’re not just talking about the standards—although crisp local lettuces and radishes abound. Find everything you need for specialty side salads: slaw, pasta salad, even potato salad!

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