When you think of area farmers tailgate markets, do you only think of produce? Sure, fruits and vegetables are certainly crucial to a successful market trip, but there are many other staples available at markets that round out your grocery list.
For many folks, bread is a must-have and bakers at markets have them covered. Depending on the baker, these breads are made from regional, heirloom, and/or hand-milled flours. Some of these include Crust Never Sleeps (Asheville City Market), and Simple Bread (Weaverville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market). Gluten-free? Asheville City Market has multiple vendors offering gluten free and paleo breads.
For home bakers and brunch aficionados eggs are certainly a weekly staple. Many farmers at markets across the region have eggs. Not sure how to choose? Farmers have different practices in keeping chickens for eggs and therefore different price points. They’re happy to tell you about them if you have any questions.
For omnivores, meats might be a must. Farmers with wonderful meats can be found at nearly every market across the region. From a whole chicken to bratwursts and many kinds and cuts in between.
For many cultures around the world yogurt is a staple. A new vendor at Asheville City Market, Once Upon a Cow Micro Dairy now have small batch Grade A yogurts available, including plain, strawberry, and maple.
Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. 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.