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Thanksgiving is here at area farmers tailgate markets! Stop by holiday markets this week for your last minute local ingredients.

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It’s easy finding greens at winter farmers markets now! After all, it is greens month in our Get Local initiative (click HERE for savory specials from Appalachian Grown partner restaurants).

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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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Valentine’s Day was definitely the theme of winter farmers markets last week—think handmade jewelry, crafts, and desserts galore, including giant chocolate hearts bearing the quintessential phrase Be Mine. Though the holiday and its special sweets will have come and gone before this week’s markets arrive, there will still be lots to swoon over!

Market favorites Rio Bertolini’s—who offer fresh pastas, sauces, and pizza dough—came back for good last week to Asheville City Market South’s winter tailgate (Wednesdays 2-6 pm). For their return, they brought several new flavors of raviolis, including pea and pancetta and parsnip and chestnut. Be on the lookout for exciting new fillings this week and every Wednesday. You can also find Rio Bertolini’s at the Winter Market at the Neighborhood Y at Woodfin (Saturdays 10 am-noon).

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