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watermelon radishes from Ten Mile Farm

The weather continues to defy autumn’s arrival, but cooler-weather crops are arriving at farmers tailgate markets, including fresh root vegetables like radishes, beets, carrots, and turnips.

Watermelon radishes are a particularly fun find right now, spotted at both Ten Mile Farm (Asheville City Market, River Arts District Farmers Market) and Headwaters Market Garden (Asheville City Market). These heirloom varieties of the daikon are all business on the outside and party on the inside, with fuschia cores rimmed in white and lime green, reminiscent of their namesake. You can snack on them or use them as a dipper as you would other varieties of radish, but their bright centers beg for a pretty presentation. Here are a few suggestions.

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Quiche from Ma Bell France

With the bouts of sunshine and rain we’ve seen through the past week, farmers tailgate markets should be popping with produce and blooms this week. Mother’s Day is Sunday, so make that part of your Friday afternoon or Saturday morning shopping plan. Even if you’re a mid-week market-goer, our guess is that Mom would be happy to be showered in local food love any day of the week.

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Sunburst Trout

This Thursday, May 16, is your chance to dine for Growing Minds—and to walk into a restaurant and say, “I’ll see the all-local Appalachian Grown™ menu, please!” It’s the fifth year Peter Pollay has hosted the fundraiser at his eatery, Posana Cafe, which is also celebrating its fourth anniversary. We caught up with Peter to ask him about the tradition and to see if he’d spill the beans about the dishes he has planned…

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Local Menu

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, our development team explains how vital community partners are to ASAP and talks about an exciting (and sure-to-be delicious!) fundraiser coming up on May 16 at Posana Cafe.

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Spring’s boldest flavors—from ramps to asparagus and stinging nettles to spring onions—were front and center at area farmers tailgate markets this past week and weekend, and they should be available for your favorite recipes a little longer.

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