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Get your greens at area farmers tailgate markets now! Tailgates from Asheville City Market (ACM) to Jackson County Farmers Market, Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market to Weaverville Tailgate Market, and French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market (FBFC) to West Asheville Tailgate Market and North Asheville Tailgate Market have opened outdoors for the season with all kinds of leafy greens. We’re talking arugula, chard, herbs (like cilantro and oregano), kale, lettuces, mustard greens, pak choi, and spinach.

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Yes, holiday farmers tailgate markets are wrapping (pun intended!) up. But that doesn’t mean there will be months of missing markets until spring rolls around; winter tailgates are just around the corner!

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Our fall communications intern, Alex Alesi, closed out his internship by making a list—and checking it twice—of the fabulous finds to be found at the Holiday Bazaar at the site of North Asheville Tailgate Market! In doing so, he got a little nostalgic about his tailgate time with ASAP. Keep reading for his report, reminiscings, and future local food plans.

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The holiday season has officially begun, and area farmers tailgate markets have caught the spirit! Many markets’ monikers even reflect the time of year; for example, North Asheville Tailgate Market becomes the Holiday Bazaar! What exactly can you expect from the tailgates turned one-stop holiday shops?

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You could say this week has a split personality: the rush of days leading up to Thanksgiving and the (minus Black Friday) more relaxing days just after. Fortunately, area farmers markets are happy to cater to both sides!

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The broccoli buzz is back at area farmers tailgate markets! Just like this spring, over the weekend shoppers could be heard sharing where they snagged their stalks and be seen scurrying to vendors’ booths hoping to buy some before it sold out.

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Expect a bean bounty at area farmers tailgate markets. For example, nearly every produce vendor at French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market reports they’ll offer them this week. And let us spill the beans: many farmers are offering the veggie in bulk now, as they’re doing with tomatoes, so you can put them up for the winter when they can’t be found locally. Not sure if your farmer is offering a bulk deal? Just ask!

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These are the salad days of area farmers tailgate markets. They’re young, just beginning, bustling with excitement, and chock full of everything you need for a spring salad—from lettuce mixes to spinach to radishes!

Like your salad with a bit of a kick? Punch it up with watercress, spotted recently from Long Valley Eco-biotic Farm (Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market, Weaverville Tailgate Market, Sundays on the Island) and Paper Crane Farm (Asheville City Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market ). Early spring is the prime flavor time for spicy watercress, which also goes well in sandwiches and sauces. Arugula can be found now, too, for a peppery punch. Harvest Table Farm recently brought theirs to the West Asheville Tailgate Market, along with the piquant green Mizuna.

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