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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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Winter tailgate farmers markets are busy, busy! Market-goers tell us that you can find turnips, apples, sweet potatoes, cabbage, collards, and spring onions. We have also heard about a rainbow of carrots, including orange, yellow, and purple!

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Despite snow on the ground, shoppers are getting out to winter farmers tailgate markets! Word on the street is that if you want to get kale, you need to get there early as produce vendors are selling out fast! In addition to kale, look for turnips, carrots, Kohlrabi, sweet potatoes, Daikon radishes, winter squash, baked goods, meats, cheeses, eggs, body care products, and more.

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It’s like spring in the winter! Not necessarily for temperatures, but certainly if you’re shopping at winter farmers tailgate markets. Lettuce, kale, turnips, winter squash, and Daikon radishes were all spotted at markets this weekend. In addition, you could also find market staples such as local meat, cheeses, potatoes, eggs, sweet potatoes, and more!

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Cranberry Red Potatoes

Cooler weather got you craving soup? Consider tailgate markets your one-stop soup shop this week (and all throughout fall and winter, too)!

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Tomatoes and Blackberries

What’s fresh at markets this week? What isn’t! These days, summer favorites like beans, bell peppers, cabbages, eggplants, potatoes, and tomatoes are joining an already seasonal abundance of greens, summer squash, berries, and peaches.

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Local Peas

Shell peas, and snap peas, and snow peas, oh my! All types of peas were available under “one roof” at Black Mountain Tailgate Market this past Saturday. Find them at many other markets around the region now, too.

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It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for a new Get Local schedule (and wall calendar)! Our 2013 campaign kicks off with potatoes in January, which are great storage crops. That means that although farmers have already harvested potatoes, including sweet potatoes, they can still sell them now directly or through distributors to area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants and grocers. Local potatoes can also be found at winter farmers markets. Keep reading for the full 2013 schedule.

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We’ve been talking a lot about shopping at area holiday farmers tailgate markets for perfect presents. But they are farmers markets after all, and farmers are still setting up shop each week. So, be sure to bring your gift and grocery lists!

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Chef Brian Ross of the soon-to-open Dough has been a long-time participant in our Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program! He recently said goodbye to November’s Get Local @ School potato month by making potato latkes with his son’s classroom at Avery’s Creek Elementary. And he shared the recipe just in time for us to share with you before Hanukkah begins Saturday! Keep reading for his story and how-to.

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