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Attention last-minute Thanksgiving shoppers! Here’s what you need to know:

West Asheville Tailgate Market’s final tailgate of the season is tomorrow, November 22nd, from 2:30 until 5:30 pm. Find all the produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods you’ll need for your big meal, as well as holiday baskets chock-full of goodies from market vendors.

Both the Wednesday Co-op Tailgate Market next to the French Broad Food Co-op and the Montford Farmers Market are open Wednesday, the 23rd, from 2 to 6 pm with an abundance of produce, meats, and cheeses, along with flowers and wreaths for your tablescape. It’s the last full market of the season for the Wednesday Co-op Tailgate (some vendors will remain through December), and it’s the final market for Montford before the site becomes home to the 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar, December 3, 10, and 17.

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It’s a veritable pumpkin patch at area farmers tailgate markets now that October is here! Pick pie pumpkins for your favorite recipe. They’re smaller, sweeter, and less grainy than their carving counterparts, making them perfect for, well, pie!

Of course jack-o-lanterns can be “picked,” too. At Asheville City Market, visit Hugh Wright of Arbor Studios. He brings a selection of already carved pumpkins that are truly works of art. What’s more, he carves live at his booth and offers custom designs. He’ll keep his patch packed through Halloween, but his intricate designs should last until well after the spooky day. Vendors also sell Indian corn, colorful squash, and gourds for decoration. Read the rest of this entry »

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