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shiso

Have you tried shiso? This herb, also called perilla, is in the mint family and is most familiar as the garnish on a sushi platter. But it has many more culinary uses—and you can get it now at multiple farmers tailgate markets from Lee’s One Fortune Farm.

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Oyster mushrooms from Asheville Fungi

With the opening of outdoor farmers tailgate markets comes the return of some of your favorite farmers and producers who may have taken a break over the winter season. If you’ve been missing your mushroom fix, Asheville Fungi will be back at Asheville City Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market this week.

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Many fruits and vegetables are widely celebrated in the fall including apples, pumpkins and other winter squash. At area farmers tailgate markets, there are so many varieties of vegetables worthy of homage, yet unfortunately ignored by the mainstream autumnal attention. Sweet potatoes, arugula, sweet potato greens, and wild mushrooms, are just a few.

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The fruit you’ve been dreaming of during every summer cookout is finally at area farmers tailgate markets: watermelon. Multiple melons have made their debut of the season this past week! Read the rest of this entry »

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With all the dry weather throughout the summer, farmers were hoping for rain, but as the adage goes, “be careful what you wish for.” Farmers have not been affected uniformly by the heavy rains that hit the region last week; each farm has different soil type, elevation/gradient of their fields, microclimate (which affected how much rain they got), and growing practices (raised beds, tunnels, etc). The variation in produce affected by the rain at area farmers tailgate markets this week will vary from farm to farm. Read the rest of this entry »

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You’ll want to make sure to turnip at area farmers tailgate markets this week because spring radishes and turnips are particularly flavorful this time of year. Other new and notable additions to the market vendors’ tables: pea shoots, a broader range of fresh herbs, and mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Flowers are blooming and leaves are budding at the first outdoor farmers tailgate markets of the season! This past week, Asheville City Market opened among stunning trees in full bloom, with music playing, kids frolicking, sunny skies, and many conversations full of smiles and laughter — it was a picture-perfect first market day! Read the rest of this entry »

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Things are getting wild at area farmers tailgate markets! There are reports of wild foods such as foraged mushrooms, fermented veggies, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

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It’s hard to be blue when there are blueberries at area farmers tailgate markets this week! Blueberries have arrived at a handful of markets in the Asheville area, and they’re sure to be at even more markets next week. Read the rest of this entry »

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All kinds of farm-fresh goodness at area farmers tailgate markets this week.

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