Fresh at [Winter] Farmers Markets this Week

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than something hot to eat or drink. At area farmers tailgate markets, there are piping hot beverages and plenty of options to create your favorite warm, steaming dishes at home.
On market days, stop at one of the coffee vendors to fill your mug before shopping, and buy beans from them, too. Biltmore Coffee Traders at Asheville City Market and Notorious Coffee Roasting Company at the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market greet you with smiles as they help you get your aromatic morning fix. Both vendors have organic and fair trade options available.
Soups and stews are some of the best winter meals. Stock your slow cooker with market goodies, and let the magic of melding flavors fill your bowls. There are many other stews and soups you can devise with ingredients from the winter markets. One recipe to try this season is apple butternut squash soup — ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program has a recipe from Biltmore Chef, Mark DeMarco, that was featured at a taste test last week. The kids agreed it’s magnificent! This recipe and more are available on the Growing Minds’ website. Find squash from New Moon Herbs Farm at the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market and apples from Creasman Farms at Asheville City Market.
Nothing goes better with a hot bowl of soup than a good slice of bread. There are wonderful loaves available from Simple Bread at Asheville City Market, as well as Farm & Sparrow at the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market. Both vendors’ breads are sourdoughs, and many of their varieties are made with heirloom grains, which makes them that much more healthy, flavorful, and enriching.
For more information about winter farmers tailgate markets in our region, visit our 2015 Winter Farmers Markets page. For a complete list of Appalachian Grown™ certified tailgate markets browse our online Local Food Guide or online farmers market calendar.

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