Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Although Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, our farmers markets will continue to run on their winter schedules till the end of March. As winter temps swing up and down, winter markets offer an array of goods that can be used for cozy meals. What better way than with a hearty, filling shepherd’s pie? This … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

bone broth

With more limited produce at markets, this time of year is a great opportunity to explore the wonderful meat vendors at market! Whether you’re looking for a local product to feature in your Super Bowl shareables, searching for more immunity boosting recipes to stave off a cold this winter, or just trying to support farmers … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

Chicken from Wild East Farm at Asheville City Market

Locally raised turkeys are in high demand leading up to Thanksgiving! If you weren’t able to place an order in time for your bird this year, but are still looking for a local holiday centerpiece, not to worry! Farmers markets have plenty of options for a turkey alternative, including chicken, lamb, beef, and pork. Or … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

While locally grown cut flowers for a Valentine’s Day gift may be hard to come by at farmers tailgate markets this time of year, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate local produce into this special holiday! Markets have plenty of colorful produce to coordinate an at-home Valentine’s Day meal, including sweet potatoes, radishes, … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

roasted quail with herbs and cranberry sauce

There were a limited number of local turkeys available from Appalachian Grown farms this year, and those sold out by the end of October. So what if you didn’t reserve your bird early, but still want a local meat centerpiece for your Thanksgiving dinner? If you’re willing to get a little creative, you can find alternatives at farmers tailgate markets. (Planning a vegan or vegetarian feast? Stay tuned for next week’s column for ideas.)

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

persimmons from Lee's One Fortune Farm

Persimmons are a lovely fall treat, great for making baked goods, fruit leather, pudding, jam, and other sweets. But you can also use this autumnal fruit in more savory dishes. The fuyu variety of persimmon, which tastes similar to an apricot or date with notes of cinnamon, is great in salads, in stews, or roasted. 

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Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

chicken and veggies from Fiddler's Green Farm

As temperatures continue to rise, more farmers and others vendors are returning to fill out farmers tailgate markets—and a few more markets are ready to open! Enka-Candler Tailgate Market, at the A-B Tech Small Business Center in Enka, opens this Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Black Mountain Tailgate Market will open next Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. (If you’re looking for a market outside of Buncombe County, here’s a full list of opening dates throughout the region.)

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