Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

rice at Lee's One Fortune Farm

Locally grown rice from Lee’s One Fortune Farm has arrived at markets this week! While rice is not commonly grown in Southern Appalachia, and generally grown in few areas of the United States, the Lees’ use of nearby streams to irrigate their rice paddies creates the submerged conditions needed to grow their rice. Red rice … Read more

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preserved food in jars

The arrival of earlier sunsets, cooler mornings, and early fall produce at farmers markets all signify the official beginning of fall this coming week! At markets you’ll find many fall staples including sweet potatoes, winter squashes, apples, onions, and more! While we’re excited about the return of some of our favorite fruits and vegetables, it … Read more

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Asian pears at market

It’s officially pear season in North Carolina! Asian pears were in abundance at farmers markets this week, so be sure to grab some while they’re still around. Their sweet, refreshing flavor and crisp texture make for the perfect late-summer snack. You can find Asian pears from McConnell Farms (North and West Asheville markets), Bright Branch … Read more

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tomatoes

Labor Day is coming up, and one of the best ways to relax during the long weekend is to grab everything you need at the farmers market to make a few easy meals! Try throwing together a simple tomato salad to share with friends and family, or grilling out in the evenings with the plethora … Read more

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winter squash

Winter may seem far away, but winter squash varieties are already at farmers markets! While our favorite summer squashes—such as zucchini, green-and-yellow zephyr and pattypan are still in abundance, we’ve spotted winter squash varieties like delicata, acorn, kabocha, and spaghetti squash at markets in the past few weeks! Don’t let the hard outer shell of … Read more

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watermelon at farmers market

Melons have finally made their way to market! While watermelon and cantaloupe are typically enjoyed by themselves, you can do a lot more with them than you think. There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate them into your cooking this summer, including in salads, soups, or even thrown on the grill!  Look for both … Read more

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edamame at farmers markets

Shelling beans are hard to come by at local farmers markets, but we’ve spotted a few options in the past few weeks. Ten Mile Farm has had crowder peas, a purple-hulled shelling bean, at Asheville City Market and Black Mountain Tailgate Market. Flying Cloud Farm has edamame, another favorite shelling bean, at North Asheville and … Read more

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apples at market

We’re already halfway through summer, which means our favorite fall produce is getting closer than we think! As August arrives, we’re starting to see some of the season’s early apples make their way into farmers markets. In addition to a few delicious apple varieties, the cornucopia of summer fruits at markets right now includes peaches, … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

okra

Okra is a favorite among southerners and, when cooked right, is quick to win over those who are not as familiar with the vegetable! Whether you fry, grill, roast, or pickle it, the wide variety of uses and unique taste of okra makes it the perfect main dish or side to any meal this summer. … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peppers at farmers market

Markets are heating up this week with plenty of new pepper varieties to spice up your cooking! This pepper cornucopia includes shishito, jalapeño, Anaheim, poblano, bell, and sweet peppers. Look for peppers from Sleight Family Farm (West, North, and Asheville City markets), Thatchmore Farm (West and North Asheville markets), Ten Mile Farm (Asheville City Market), … Read more

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