Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peaches

Summer has officially arrived, and with it has come plenty of new fruits and berries at Buncombe County farmers markets this week! Be sure to arrive early to get in on some of the goodness.   Creasman Farms brought their first picking of peaches this season to Asheville City Market this past Saturday. For more peaches, … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peonies from Blazing Star Flowers

Mother’s Day is Sunday and farmers markets are full of treats for the mother figures in your life—or to treat yourself! Fresh cut, local flowers are bringing a riot of color to markets right now. Look for peonies, ranunculus, poppies, snapdragons, and more. You can find bouquets from Blazing Star Flowers (East Asheville Tailgate Market), Carolina Flowers (Asheville City … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

strawberries, photo by Camilla Calnan Photography

Get ready! The next few weeks are when we’re going to see the biggest bounty of fresh strawberries at farmers markets. So far we’ve spotted them from Headwaters Market Garden (Asheville City Market), Full Sun Farm and Flying Could Farm (North Asheville Tailgate Market and, starting May 4, River Arts District Farmers Market), and McConnell Farms (North and West Asheville markets). But even more farms will have … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

goat cheese and crackers_photo by Sarah Jones Decker

Are you a DIY gift maker (or baker)? Or perhaps in need of something special to bring to a holiday gathering? Sweet treats abound this time of year, but don’t overlook the savory and snackable gift. Shopping at farmers tailgate markets can be great inspiration!

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

purple and orange sweet potatoes

The mornings and evenings are getting pretty chilly, and if you’re feeling like us, you may want to snuggle in with a warm drink for a few extra minutes. Farmers tailgate markets have lots of nourishing options for getting creative with hot drinks, whether you prefer tea, cider, or even a frothy vegetable latte. 

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broccoli

Many farms in the region experienced their first frost this week, which signals the end of tomatoes, peppers, and other summer veggies for the season. We may see the final harvest of these crops at farmers tailgate markets for another week or so, but it’s time to fully embrace fall. Right now we’re seeing lots of head lettuce coming back to market as well as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Assorted Peppers

Late summer and early autumn produce continues to mingle on farmers tailgate market tables, giving shoppers a panoply of options. You can get ripe tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, eggplant, okra, beans, and potatoes alongside winter squash, apples, the earliest sweet potatoes, and hardy greens like kale, collards, arugula, chard, and mustard. With this abundance, you might be thinking about preserving a little bit for later. Not sure where to start? DIY hot sauce is one of the easiest ways to savor local flavor all winter.

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

delicata squash

Farmers, even in the best of times, experience setbacks. Many farms in our region are grappling with enormous loss due to Tropical Storm Fred. Meanwhile, a series of late frosts in April significantly damaged apples and other fruit this year. The effects of these events might not be felt at farmers markets immediately, but you’ll see fewer of your favorite crops come fall and winter. Check in with your farmers and continue to support them by shopping for what is available. If you’re looking for ways to directly help fams impacted by Tropical Storm Fred, you can donate to ASAP’s Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund. This fund provides immediate needs grants to farmers impacted by natural disasters and other emergencies. Find out more at asapconnections.org/farmer-relief-fund.

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

ginger gold apples from Creasman Farms

This is the sweetest of times. The great mingling of late summer and early fall fruits is happening now at farmers tailgate markets! While many farms still have peaches, raspberries, blackberries, and even blueberries, we’re also starting to get the first pear and apple varieties. Figs have arrived and watermelons and cantaloupes are more widely available.  

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

corn

Corn arrived at farmers tailgate markets especially early this year, thanks to an early planting gamble that paid off for Lee’s One Fortune Farm. You can get solid yellow or bicolor “peaches and cream” ears from the Lees now at ASAP, Black Mountain, West Asheville, River Arts District, and East Asheville markets. Expect other farms to have it ready in the next few weeks. 

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