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These are giddy days at farmers tailgate markets. New summer produce is popping up everywhere, and there is a joyful sense of abundance. (Or an overwhelming experience, if you’re trying to decide what to buy first!)

This past week saw the first pints of early-season blueberries, including from Gibson Berry Farm and Flying Cloud Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market) and Ivy Creek Family Farm (Weaverville Tailgate Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market). Cherries, too, made their first appearance, from Lyda and Sons Orchard (Weaverville Tailgate Market) and Full Sun Farm (River Arts District Farmers Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market). Pies are certainly the iconic way to enjoy these summertime berries, but they can also pair extremely well with the vegetables sitting alongside them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unique to area farmers tailgate markets are the moments that shoppers share with farmers and each other when they express enthusiasm for a new produce item: that excitement of finding your favorite fruit that has finally arrived at market; of finding a new variety of veggie that you hadn’t known existed; of finding a food your family cooked for you as a kid. For some folks, summer squash — particularly zucchini — can elicit such an exchange. Read the rest of this entry »

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Going to area farmers tailgate markets is more than just “going shopping.” The market can be an event — wonderful music, catching up with old friends, and connecting with folks that grow our food — a festive way to celebrate life, food, and our vibrant communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tomatoes are one of the most iconic foods of summer. It may seem unlikely to find tomatoes this early in the year, but with season extension practices such as greenhouses, some farmers are surprising us at area farmers tailgate markets. Read the rest of this entry »

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Celebration is in the air this week at area farmers tailgate markets! Fourth of July is around the corner and we’re getting ready to fire up those grills, make some potato salad and coleslaw, and eat succulent summer fruit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer is here! After Saturday’s solstice, the season has officially begun. Even without a calendar, area farmers tailgate market goers know this to be true by the 80 degrees reached at 10:30 in the morning, and the colorful summer veggies filling vendors’ stalls. Read the rest of this entry »

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