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Tailgate Markets Move Indoors

Love shopping for local food at area farmers tailgate markets? You still can this winter! That’s right, many tailgates have moved indoors to keep going during what is typically the off season. Expect everything you love about regular-season markets: produce, baked goods, crafts, and more. Find a list of these markets and their dates, or head over to our community website, From Here, to view them on our online farmers market calendar. You c...

Asheville City Market Moves Indoors This Winter

...ood and a desire to not only enjoy it year-round but continue the direct involvement with producers that farmers tailgate markets allow. The winter market trend looks like it will continue, in our region and beyond.” In the Asheville-area, the Neighborhood Y at Woodfin Reynolds Mountain Winter Tailgate Market—entering its second year—kicks off the winter market season on January 5 from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Find a list of more winter markets, includ...

Mountain Tailgate Market Association

Mountain Tailgate Market Association
The Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA) is a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only markets in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. Formed in 2002, the organization works collaboratively to promote local markets, fresh food, and artisan crafts of the area’s farmers, artists, bakers, food processors, and other producers....

2012 Local Food Guide

ASHEVILLE, NC (May 8, 2012)—The growing season is nearing full swing in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. Tailgate markets are opening, restaurants are featuring local food, and roadside stands are overflowing with local strawberries, while many family farms are offering them for picking. To help local food lovers find and support these farms and businesses—this spring and beyond—ASAP is releasing their 2012 Local Food Guide. The guide is a cor...

Appalachian Grown™ FAQ

Appalachian Grown Logo
...ms and build a local food system, ASAP developed the Appalachian Grown program with the goals of expanding local markets for area farms and providing a way for the public to easily identify products from local farms. Who can participate in the program? The Appalachian Grown program is for Southern Appalachian farmers, tailgate markets, farmers markets, retailers, and wholesalers of local food and farm products. Why...

Board of Directors

Marla Tambellini — President Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau Q: What are you up to when you’re not at board meetings? A: I’m busy promoting the Asheville area to the world in my duties as marketing director for the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). In my world, work and play intermingle, because it’s critical that I see our destination the way visitors do. When I’m...

Get Local 2013 Featured Foods Announced

...food itineraries and guidance for eating locally and seasonally. The free calendars are available at many winter tailgate markets and ASAP’s office at 306 West Haywood Street in Asheville. 2013 Get Local Featured Foods January: Potatoes February: Meats March: Greens April: Ramps May: Cheese June: Honey July: Beans August: Tomatoes September: Mushrooms October: Apples November: Root vegetables December: Winter squash Stay tuned to ASAP’s websit...

Get Local With ASAP: Get Local Gets Berry Cool This July

...rly-black blackberries to blue-hued blueberries to rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants. Local wineberries and mulberries can be found, too. All get the spotlight in ASAP’s Get Local this month. Mulberries are intriguing to Greg and Ashley Garrison of The Hop, who, along with Kevin and Lucia Barnes of Ultimate Ice Cream, are teaming up with ASAP t...

Get Local With ASAP: Ramp up for Ramps This April

...m and food producer, whips up ramp goat cheese each spring. They’ll likely have it for sale at some of the first tailgate markets of the season this month, but do get there early, as the product frequently sells out. Of course, chefs await ramps’ arrival, too. On April 22 at 6:30 pm, Early Girl Eatery will use ramps in as many dishes as they can for an ASAP benefit titled In Celebration of Ramps. The meal will feature original recipes of two Jame...

Get Local With ASAP: Get Local Gets Berry Delicious This July

...rly-black blackberries to blue-hued blueberries to rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants. All get the focus this month in ASAP’s Get Local initiative, which spotlights seasonal local foods. To celebrate, Vidalia Restaurant & Wine Bar—an Appalachian Grown partner and Get Local participating restaurant—will offer a special tasting menu featuring...
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