Strawberries, greens, turnips, radishes and more continue to cover farmers tables at area tailgate markets. There’s more than just produce, also look out for meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, baked goods, and crafts. And, as spring markets get rolling, meet more growers and producers and build relationships to foster throughout the season.
Outdoor farmers tailgate markets are finally here! The following Buncombe County tailgate markets will open this week: Asheville City Market (April 2), Leicester Farmers Market (April 2), North Asheville Tailgate Market (April 2), and West Asheville Tailgate Market (April 5). See the full list of tailgate market opening dates across Western North Carolina.
The winter months are here and so are the indoor farmers tailgate markets! Two markets opened this past week to large enthusiastic crowds. Fortunately, both the Asheville City Winter Market and the YMCA Indoor Winter Market have more vendors than in past years, and more than enough produce to meet the growing winter demand. Both markets had local greens, root vegetables, microgreens, onions, pickles, eggs, meat, cheeses, bread, snacks, and much more.
Our local farmers, producers, and crafters prepare creative and beautiful gifts for the holiday season at area farmers tailgate markets. Each week this December, we’ll bring you highlights of what you can find at holiday markets. But, we won’t be able to include anywhere near all of it, so you’ll have to visit the markets yourself to discover everything they have to offer. And, don’t worry — there’s also still plenty of local food available for your regular weekly grocery shopping.
Sometimes less is more. In this case, that’s less variability from week to week at area farmers tailgate markets this time of year. The consistency in availability allows market shoppers to experience all the fall produce farms have to offer without breaking the bank on one visit to the market.
Summer is in full gear and with it comes an abundance of farm fresh fruit including peaches, blackberries, plums, and tomatoes, from area farmers tailgate markets! And with Independence Day coming up on Saturday, there are plenty of grilling options for your holiday parties including local meats and veggies.
Along with the weather, trees, and wildlife, area farmers tailgate markets are in transition this time of year. Some markets are still operating under winter schedules, while others are opening outside for the first time this year. Be sure to check the dates and hours of your favorite markets before heading out.
Absolutely nothing compares to a truly farm fresh breakfast — the smell of potatoes, garlic, and onions frying, or good ol’ bacon and eggs. Find the highest quality and freshest breakfast ingredients at area winter farmers tailgate markets.
With all the cold weather we’ve had lately, there are many folks sure to have pots of chili on their stovetops. The best kind by far is chili with locally sourced ingredients, and area winter farmers tailgate markets have everything you need.
What are some unique foods that you’ve tried from a vendor at area winter farmers tailgate markets? Perhaps it was a rare heirloom variety of peppers or tomatoes in the summer, a special one-time only cheese, or a fruit seldomly sold at market like Autumnberries. This week, a new vendor has increased the possibilities for the specialty items available at market: cricket bars by The Cricket Girl.