Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

fresh ginger

This weekend is your last chance to find a local jack-o-lantern or other decorative squash for Halloween next week! Farmers tailgate markets have plenty of pumpkins, as well as other festive winter squash varieties like kabocha, butternut, acorn and jester squash to adorn your home with spooky decor for the holiday. You can find winter … Read more

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cabbage

Roasted Garlic Parmesan Cabbage

Cabbage originated as a wild plant in Europe and the Mediterranean region, growing along bodies of water. Early Greek and Romans had great respect for cabbage as they thought it had healing properties. Cabbage is a low-calorie vegetable with a high fiber content that assists with controlling blood sugar and reduces the chance of spikes … Read more

Butternut Squash and Turmeric Soup

squash turmeric soup

Butternut is a winter squash variety and originated in Mexico and Guatemala. You can substitute any winter squash for this soup, such as acorn or kabocha squash. Turmeric is native to southern India and Indonesia. It’s generally available in its dried spice form, but some farmers in our region grow it in the fall as … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

winter squash

Summer is coming to a close, and with fall just a few short weeks away, we’re already starting to see winter squash make its way to markets! This week, look out for butternut, acorn, spaghetti, kabocha, and honeynut squash! If you can’t wait for all the delicious recipes that come with autumn, try making some … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

bok choy at farmers markets

Despite fewer markets and colder temperatures, produce vendors still have lots of vegetable variety each week! We’re seeing plenty of hardy, winter greens like kale, mustard, and collards, as well as an abundance of root vegetables like sweet potatoes, radishes, and turnips. In addition to other winter cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, you can … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

parsnips

With an abundance of Thanksgiving leftovers, cooking might be the last thing on your mind, but don’t forget to visit farmers markets this weekend for some fresh local produce! This week, you can find a bounty of root vegetables at markets, including rutabagas, parsnips, and potato varieties, as well as a collection of cruciferous veggies, … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

carrots, turnips, beets

Still trying to figure out what to cook friends and family for Thanksgiving this year? Try putting a spin on ordinary Thanksgiving sides with local produce from farmers tailgate markets! Despite some below freezing temperatures last week, there are still plenty of fresh vegetables at markets to use in your holiday cooking.  This grain-free veggie … Read more

Chef William Dissen’s Candy Roaster Squash Soup

Chef William Dissen's candy roaster soup

William Dissen is the executive chef and owner of The Market Place in Asheville as well as Haymaker in Charlotte, and Billy D’s Fried Chicken at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro. I worked with the Slow Food organization to help get candy roaster squash on their arc of taste. The heirloom squash dates back … 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

Dry Ridge Farm at ASAP Farmers Market, photo by Camilla Calnan

Maybe it’s just February vibes or because we’re already thinking about Super Bowl snacks, but we have chili on the brain. If slow-cooking a piece of meat sounds good to you, too, winter farmers markets are a great place to start! We have a few variations on the chili theme below—including a non-meat option that still hits that same comfort-food note. 

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