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Summer is settling in nicely at area farmers tailgate markets! It’s quite the rainbow at vendors’ stalls – from purple eggplant to green squash, yellow tomatoes to blueberries, and orange peppers to pink beets – there’s as much for your eyes to feast on as there is to eat! Read the rest of this entry »

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Local Figs

Visit a tailgate market this week to see the fruits of farmers’ labor—we’re talking apples, Asian pears, figs, and more!

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It’s officially okra time at area farmers tailgate markets! The Southern summer staple has come out swinging in gorgeous greens and reds; it will stick around through the end of the season and likely into early fall.

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This week, scoop up your summer favorites from area farmers tailgate markets before they’re gone and store them away for winter. After all, fall will officially take summer’s place in about a month. Try freezing fresh okra so you can warm up with a pot of local gumbo once the cool weather arrives. Pickle beans and peppers together for dilly beans; they’ll serve as a crisp summery reminder. Or, freeze berries and can peaches to enjoy more than apples next season. We hear McConnell Farms had three types of peaches at last weekend’s Asheville City Market!
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