Fresh at (Winter) Farmers Markets This Week

Last report, we talked about more veggies and more vendors. This report, we’re talking about more markets!

On Wednesday, February 6, Blue Ridge Food Ventures (BRFV) will host a winter market 9 am-1 pm and 4-7 pm at 1461 Sand Hill Rd. on the Enka campus of A-B Tech. Market organizers expect local cheeses, meats, eggs, shiitake mushrooms, special herb blends and more. They also share that some of the items to be sold are prepared or were started right in Blue Ridge Food Ventures’ commercial kitchen! The market is open to the public and is held in conjunction with BRFV’s Winter Sun Farms CSA pick-up.
Also in conjunction with the Winter Sun Farms CSA delivery will be the winter Grow Down Home Farmers Market on February 9 at the Grow Down Home Kitchen, 105 Richardson Blvd. in Black Mountain, from 10 am until 1 pm. The indoor/outdoor market will offer local produce, fresh seafood from the Outer Banks, local meats, soaps, pickles, pottery and lots more. Expect one more Grow Down Home Market on March 9.
Let’s get to what you can fill your market baskets with this weekend! Jake’s Farm and their veggies will return to Asheville City Market (ACM) downtown and the Neighborhood Y at Woodfin Winter Tailgate Market Saturday. Their offerings last weekend included red leaf lettuce, kale, cabbage, and fresh herbs like thyme and cilantro (pictured above).
It’s Spinning Spider Creamery’s week at Asheville City Market downtown. Find their fresh chevre, aged cheeses, and specialty bloomy rind or surface ripened options. If you want some fresh bread to go with their cheese, Smoke Signals Baking will also return to ACM. Baker Tara Jensen shares that Saturday’s lineup will include the usual offerings of 100% Whole Wheat (plain or sesame), the Plowman (plain or sesame) and baguettes. But, she also shares that a new bread will make its debut: Crema. Its name comes from Carolina Ground’s most refined flour; Jensen describes it as a “a great table bread, rustic yet refined.”
And don’t forget that Jackson County Farmers Market will host a winter garden workshop Saturday after market at 2 pm at the Sylva Community Garden. The cost is $5 (kids free), and all proceeds benefit the market. You can sign up just before it begins. The Jackson winter tailgate runs 10 am-1 pm at the Community Table. Expect lots of veggies and meats as well as botanicals and crafts this week!
Find more details about these and other winter tailgates HERE; also find winter markets listed at our online farmers market calendar.

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