- MARKETS OPENING this coming week:
Greenlife Sunday Market opens this Sunday, May 1, 11-3
Wednesday Coop Market opens this Wednesday, May 4, 2-6:30
Asheville City Market – South, opens this Wednesday, May 4, 2-6
Flat Rock Tailgate Market opens this Thursday, May 5, 3-6
Big Ivy Tailgate Market opens this Saturday, May 7, 10-12
Mills River Tailgate Market opens this Saturday, May 7, 8-12
Marshall Island Farmers Market opens Sunday, May 8,12-4
Madison County Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market, Saturdays, 9-1
Asheville City Market, 161 S. Charlotte Street, Saturdays, 8-1
Henderson County Tailgate Market, Saturdays, 7-12
North Asheville Tailgate Market, UNCA, Saturdays, 8-12
Yancey County Farmer’s Market, Saturdays, 8:30 -12:30
Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8-1
West Asheville Tailgate Market, Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30
Weaverville Tailgate Market, Wednesdays, 2:30 – 6:30
For other location details and other market info click here: http://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com/market-list/
- CONGRATULATIONS to the Knife and Fork Team (from Spruce Pine) with Gaelan Corozine of Green Toe Ground Farm. They won their recent bout in the WNC Chef’s Challenge match, and their next heat is on May 23rd. Come root for Gaelan! Check out the details at www.wncmagazine.com/wineandfood/challenge.
- TUESDAY was amazing, starting with a local breakfast at Over Easy followed by a hike to Catawba Falls to walk the big breakfast off. This time of year the woods were glowing with baby green foliage. We identified many native plants along the way, including Tiarella, Solomon’s Seal, False Solomon’s Seal, Rattlesnake Plantain, Yellowroot, Asters, Buckeye, Ferns, and Dwarf Crested Iris. The walk culminated at the upper falls where an enormous Red Buckeye (in bloom) rose from a soil-less tumble of giant rocks in the middle on the creek.
Next Stop: I hadn’t been to the West Asheville Tailgate Market since their move to the Grace Baptist Church parking lot on Haywood Road. Usually I am working on Tuesday. The market had a great feeling and was WAY bigger than it used to be. First I got a bear claw pastry from Darci (Loaf Child Bakery). Lots of butter layered in the pastry with an almond filling. Yep! It was delicious. Then we bought some watercress from Long Valley Farm, which combined with greens from my garden for a salad at dinnertime. Laura Bower had beautiful veggie starts. Got a loaf of rye bread from the Simple Bread guy (it made a great sandwich today).
West Asheville Tailgate Market Goodies
We talked to the hotdog guy for a little while. They are called Hardcastle Hotdogs and ~ can you believe this? They are homemade with ingredients from Hickory Nut Gap Meats. He builds your hotdog to order. If you are a hotdog eater, these might be the best ever. Next to the hotdog stand was a Popsicle maker. We got Coconut-Lemongrass, and Pear-Vanilla-Honey Popsicles. Laura got the last Dark Chocolate-Seasalt Popsicle. So OK, we were filling up on sweets right before dinner.
I sampled some of the Roots & Branches Crackers. Honestly, I had no intention of buying crackers, but they were so doggone good I couldn’t resist. We were about to drive off when we decided that we HAD to have some goat chevre to go along with those crackers. Jumped back out and got some Dillicious Chevre from Three Graces Dairy.
I really enjoyed this market. Check it out yourself next Tuesday. It runs from 3:30 to 6:30.
CANNING & PRESERVING MADE EASY ~ WORKSHOP
May 17 from 1 to 4:30
Learn more about canning or just brush up on the latest information on home food preservation from canning to freezing to drying. This workshop is an introduction to canning, pickling, jams and jellies, freezing, drying and storage. $10. For more info call 828-649-2792. Madison County Cooperative Extension Service.
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