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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

chard from Highgate Farm

We’ll have three weekly farmers tailgate market options in Buncombe County this winter! In addition to the winter market versions of ASAP Farmers Market and River Arts District Farmers Market, Weaverville Tailgate Market will now offer a year-round shopping opportunity with an indoor market on Wednesdays at Weaverville Community Center. 

Though winter markets are smaller, you can still find a solid mix of seasonal produce. You’ll find storage crops, like sweet potatoes, potatoes, and winter squash, plus cold-weather veggies like turnips, radishes, and dark leafy greens. Meats, eggs, cheeses, bread, and artisan foods are also available. Here’s what to look for at each market:

ASAP Winter Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the campus of A-B Tech beside the student center (340 Victoria Rd.). The market will continue outdoors through the winter, shifting its hours slightly later with the hopes of avoiding the coldest early-morning temperatures. The market will average 45 vendors each week, with many continuing on from the regular season, plus a few relocating from markets now closed for the winter. Expect to see more than a dozen produce vendors each week, plus half a dozen bread and sweets bakers, several meat and cheese vendors, coffee, and a wide variety of artisan food products.

River Arts District Winter Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 3 to 5:30 p.m., indoors and outdoors at Plēb Urban Winery (289 Lyman St.). Look for winter produce from Highgate Farm and Lee’s One Fortune Farm, along with specialty products like mushrooms from Black Trumpet Farm, bread from Hominy Farm, goat cheese from Spinning Spider Creamery, vegan cheese from Darë, sweets from Beeswax & Butter and Flat Rock Village Bakery, and more.

Weaverville Tailgate Winter Market: Wednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m., indoors at Weaverville Community Center at Lake Louise (60 Lakeshore Dr.). Regular season food makers like Lane in the Woods Creamery, High Top Bread Company, and Fermenti will anchor a lineup of craft and artisan vendors. 

Need more options? Take a winter road trip to visit a market you’ve never been to before elsewhere in the region! Find a full list of winter markets here. Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region, even in the winter. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.

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