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Outdoor markets will be opening in a few weeks, but there’s still plenty to find at winter farmers tailgate markets!

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Winter tailgate markets abound with local farm products! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week than to get some greens from your local farmer?

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As part of ASAP’s 2014 4th Annual Asheville CSA Fair  planned for March 13, Denise Barratt will conduct a cooking demonstration. Denise is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with Health Concepts Nutrition Therapy and Vine Ripe Home Grown Nutrition. Want a sneak peek as to what she will be cooking at the CSA Fair? Take a look at the recipe below, and try it at home!

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Market season really starts swinging in April, but there are plenty of markets during the winter months!

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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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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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Local Greens Galore

Yep, you can go ahead and think spring. Even though the new season won’t officially arrive for a couple weeks, bright spring greens already have and even more are on the way! That’s why greens get the Get Local focus this month. Keep reading for some delicious specials on menus now…

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You’ll know from this week’s regular Fresh at Farmers Markets posting that local farms continue to bring fresh produce and proteins of all kinds to tailgates. Specifically, fall must-haves like stew meats, winter squash, and apples abound. But let’s go beyond what’s fresh!

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Get sweet treats this week at area farmers tailgate markets, and not the kind you think! Sure, there will be Halloween- and fall-inspired cupcakes, pies, and tarts (and even a chance to trick or treat—more later). But the real sweet story is the season’s veggies.

The first freeze, predicted mid-week, will actually make fall favorites like kale, broccoli, parsnips, and carrots sweeter and more flavorful than they’ve been so far! How?
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