The days are short and the fields are mostly empty, but that doesn’t mean local food is in hibernation. Many vegetables like winter squashes and apples are harvested in the fall, stored in cool conditions, and sold all winter. Greens like spinach and collards can be grown in hoop houses. Carrots, beets, and turnips are available during the winter months, and meats and cheeses are available year-round.
Where to find this winter abundance? At your local farmers market, just like during the growing season. But before you grab your canvas bag, be sure to check when and where to find your favorite market. Many markets move inside and have adjusted hours.
The Asheville City Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays at the Asheville Masonic Temple, starting January 7th. The Henderson County Curb market is open Saturdays in January, February, and March on North Church Street in Hendersonville. The Transylvania Farmers Market in Brevard is open year-round on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.
Another way to connect with farmers during the winter is on social media. Lots of farms keep a Facebook or Instagram page with updates about what they have for sale and snapshots of their lives on the farm. Search for #appalachiangrown online.
Keep up to date on farmers markets and find ways to make local food part of your life in any season at www.asapconnections.org