Fresh at [Winter] Farmers Markets This week

Though produce is one of the biggest draws on Saturday morning, there are other delights at area winter farmers tailgate markets that garner crowds, excitement, and dedicated customers.
At Asheville City Market, visit the non-produce vendors for some special treats. Chris at Mountain Man Preserves has jams that are quite popular with many regular customers. He has standard jams made of strawberry and raspberry, as well as more adventurous flavors like his blackberry lemongrass and peach kolsch beer jelly. Chris uses fruit from the season that he buys from fellow vendors selling produce at the market, such as Creasman Farms and Jake’s Farm. Find beautiful hand-knit fiber products and jewelry, handmade from the wool of animals at Myseanica Family Farm. Looking for a wonderful dinner party dish? Pick up some delectable savory quiches, freshly prepared gourmet soup, or ratatouille brimming with flavor and French cuisine flair at market from Ma Belle France. Maybe you need a gift for the host? The High Fiber has hand-printed tea towels and linen cloth napkins that are stunning. Shecology offers natural laundry detergent made from soap nuts. Get moisturizers, scrubs, and washes from Bonny Bath Organic Bodycare, and find healing salves and naturally pigmented lip balm at Hap Mountain Herbal.
At the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market, you can encounter wonderful ways to make your Saturday morning stand out by visiting vendors with delectable non-produce goods. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolates from Silver Moon Chocolate and quench your thirst with juice from Mountain Juicery. Home is Where the Heart Is Bakery has started selling savory prepared gluten-free dishes like Cajun pasta, inspired by the owner’s New Orleans background. Another gluten-free savory option is tamales from La Gringa Tamalera, available at Asheville City Market and the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market on alternating weeks.
Have a hard time waking up on Saturday morning? Roll out of bed and head straight to the market for breakfast! Start your day with coffee from Biltmore Coffee Traders at Asheville City Market or Notorious Coffee Roasting Company at the YMCA Indoor Winter Tailgate Market. Then have your pick of foods for breakfast- muffins, bagels, bread and cheese, or perhaps microgreens from L.O.T.U.S Urban Farm and Garden Supply and apples from Creasman Farms are more your morning style.
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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