Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

carrots at farmers markets

Now that Halloween is behind us, it’s time to start planning some holiday recipes! Try mixing up your Thanksgiving and Christmas desserts this year with new ideas for local carrots, persimmons, and apples! Farmers markets are stocked with a colorful assortment of carrots this week! Gajar ka Halwa, or carrot pudding, is a popular Indian … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

sweet potatoes

While sweet potatoes are typically available year round, we’re starting to see more vendors bring the root crop to markets as we make our way into fall! The mild, sweet flavor of this vegetable pairs wonderfully with autumnal warming spices like ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves, making it a perfect seasonal comfort food. You can … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

preserved food in jars

The arrival of earlier sunsets, cooler mornings, and early fall produce at farmers markets all signify the official beginning of fall this coming week! At markets you’ll find many fall staples including sweet potatoes, winter squashes, apples, onions, and more! While we’re excited about the return of some of our favorite fruits and vegetables, it … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

winter squash

Winter may seem far away, but winter squash varieties are already at farmers markets! While our favorite summer squashes—such as zucchini, green-and-yellow zephyr and pattypan are still in abundance, we’ve spotted winter squash varieties like delicata, acorn, kabocha, and spaghetti squash at markets in the past few weeks! Don’t let the hard outer shell of … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

watermelon at farmers market

Melons have finally made their way to market! While watermelon and cantaloupe are typically enjoyed by themselves, you can do a lot more with them than you think. There are plenty of creative ways to incorporate them into your cooking this summer, including in salads, soups, or even thrown on the grill!  Look for both … Read more

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edamame at farmers markets

Shelling beans are hard to come by at local farmers markets, but we’ve spotted a few options in the past few weeks. Ten Mile Farm has had crowder peas, a purple-hulled shelling bean, at Asheville City Market and Black Mountain Tailgate Market. Flying Cloud Farm has edamame, another favorite shelling bean, at North Asheville and … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

okra

Okra is a favorite among southerners and, when cooked right, is quick to win over those who are not as familiar with the vegetable! Whether you fry, grill, roast, or pickle it, the wide variety of uses and unique taste of okra makes it the perfect main dish or side to any meal this summer. … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peppers at farmers market

Markets are heating up this week with plenty of new pepper varieties to spice up your cooking! This pepper cornucopia includes shishito, jalapeño, Anaheim, poblano, bell, and sweet peppers. Look for peppers from Sleight Family Farm (West, North, and Asheville City markets), Thatchmore Farm (West and North Asheville markets), Ten Mile Farm (Asheville City Market), … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

a variety of eggplant at farmers markets

There’s so much new summer produce flooding farmers markets this week, we can hardly keep up! The latest summer delicacy is eggplants!  With several farms selling different varieties of the versatile plant, the opportunities for cooking in the weeks to come are endless.  Look for an assortment of globe, Asian and fairy tale eggplant varieties … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

potatoes

With farmers markets overflowing with summer produce, local food is the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day! If you’re planning to spend some time outdoors with the father figure in your life this Sunday, try grilling some local meats and vegetables.  New potatoes are flourishing at farmers markets this week, with lots of varieties available. … Read more

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