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There is new legislation that has farmers and tailgate markets across North Carolina very concerned. Though there is very little information on the legislation at this point, ASAP is hearing from markets that they are already losing vendors and managers because they cannot or do not want to be responsible for this new regulatory burden. N.C.G.S. § 66-255 has the potential to create an insurmountable barrier for many new markets, it threatens the national leadership that North Carolina has shown in providing outlets for farmers to direct sell their products, and it undermines the great progress the state has made in expanding access to food insecure communities.

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Despite snow on the ground, shoppers are getting out to winter farmers tailgate markets! Word on the street is that if you want to get kale, you need to get there early as produce vendors are selling out fast! In addition to kale, look for turnips, carrots, Kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, Daikon radishes, winter squash, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, body care products, and more.

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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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Winter farmers tailgate markets are heating up! This Saturday marks the second Woodfin YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market (10 am-12:30 pm). The first market was a big success. New Moon Herbs Farm’s produce included sweet potatoes, kale, and lettuce. Ivy Creek Family Farm had turnips, mushrooms, arugula, and more. Cheese vendors like Three Graces Dairy and Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery offered up their specialties. There were apples, ginger, greens, carrots, sprouts/microgreens, meats, crafts, cheese, and baked goods.

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Local Tomatoes

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Local Food Campaign talks about Asheville City Market (did you know it’s an ASAP program?!) and their excitement about Saturday’s Tomato Festival.

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Appalachian Grown Region

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our Local Food Campaign talks about their recent trip out west—the far west of WNC, that is—to spread the ASAP gospel!

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Local Cheese

…to area Appalachian Grown™ partner tailgates and restaurants this May!

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Asparagus

Adore asparagus? Then get thee to a farmers tailgate market this week and weekend! Although stalks have been trickling in for a bit, markets are moving toward asparagus abundance thanks to vendors like McConnell Farms (Asheville City Market, Asheville City Market South, North Asheville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market).

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ASAP’s spring communications intern, Casey Toth, is at it again! She has created another great video. This time, she combined still images with video interviews to tell the story of local food in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians—particularly in Asheville—as she’s experienced the movement so far through her internship. The interviews feature folks behind artisan food products and Appalachian Grown partner restaurants, including Green River Picklers, HomeGrown, and Posana Cafe. If you see her out snapping photos or filming at spring tailgate markets, be sure to say hello, comment, and, of course, smile!

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Tailgate Tents

Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with this week’s confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season!

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