Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Thanksgiving is past, and now, what’s next at area farmers markets? After the many hours planning meals, shopping, cooking, and dining, we look forward to December with full bellies. This weekend at markets there are likely to be a few less vendors due to holiday travel, but there are still folks to get your local food fix from. And, now’s the time to give new life to your thanksgiving leftovers.
Give remaining stuffing a makeover by mixing it with eggs from market and frying in patties to make croquettes. You can also do this with leftover mashed or roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, or any other vegetable side dish.
Utilize every bit of the bird, and make stock from the turkey carcass. Stop by markets this week to get carrots, onions, and celery from farmers.
Tired of turkey? Stop by a farmer selling meat and pick up something totally different than what you’ve been eating: bacon or burgers are about as far from turkey as you can get.
Done with cooking for a few days? Dine out at Appalachian Grown partner restaurants committed to sourcing from the same local farmers you see at markets each week! Find restaurants in our online Local Food Guide.
This Saturday, November 26, is “small business Saturday”. Shop at area farmers markets, and use the hashtag #smallbizsat on social media to support local businesses and connect with people across the country doing the same!
Many markets expand their craft vendors this time of year to help make your holiday and grocery shopping a one-stop excursion. And, farmers often bring gift-oriented foods like jam, popcorn, and other items, for those friends and family in your life that only want food for presents. Visit “2016 Tailgate Market Closing, Holiday, & Winter Dates to learn more about which markets are open when, leading up to the holidays.
Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. Find out where farmers tailgate markets are on which days. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting our online Local Food Guide.

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