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Winter farmers tailgate markets are going strong with farm-fresh local food offerings every week!

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A warm weather spell is coming to the mountains, and while spring is not yet here, there are still plenty of farm-fresh products for sale at winter tailgate farmers markets. What can you find? How about turnips, cabbage, apples, sweet potatoes, eggs, red beets, goat cheese, baked goods, local meat, and more!

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There’s a new twist to the sales tax issue. It seems the new ruling by the North Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR)  just increased the complexity for farmers to qualify for the sales tax exemption on sales at farmers markets.

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The good news is that we were heard (at least partially). The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) has decided that farmers that are exempt from paying sales tax don’t have to register and file reports or post the certificate under N.C.G.S. 66-255. While it is a minor victory for farmers in that they do not now have to fill out a little more paper work, the recent decision by NCDOR may actually make it harder for market managers. Market managers are now not only required to make sure that non-exempt vendors obtain and display the certificate, they must now also determine if a farmer is exempt from paying sales tax.

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There are two new sales tax laws in North Carolina that impact farmers.

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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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ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Those include an Operations intern, two Growing Minds Farm to School Program interns, two Local Food Campaign interns, a photography intern, and a communications intern. Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly. We are excited that this is one of the biggest intern groups that ASAP has had at one time. Without further ado, meet the interns!

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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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Yesterday we wrote a post about the new N.C.G.S. § 66-255  legislation that, as it currently stands, will impact all North Carolina farmers markets and farmers market vendors. In keeping with our promise to give you more information as it becomes available, we have created a Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors detailing the specific requirements farmers market vendors and farmers market managers are being asked to comply with.

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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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