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This salad of oh-so-delicate buttercrunch lettuce came from last week’s indoor Tailgate Market at the Lofts by the Woodfin YMCA. I was able

new Moon Herbs Farm Bibb Lettuce

New Moon Herbs Farm Bibb Lettuce

to stock up on eggs from East Fork Farm, lettuce and collard greens from Gregg Adams of New Moon Herbs Farm and some Market Bread from Farm & Sparrow Bakery (plus a biscotti that I gobbled up). Of course I ran into friends and we spent a while catching up while Barbara drank her tiny baby coffee.


Glorious weather arrived today. Finally. And just in time for the official opening of the outdoor Tailgate Markets on Wednesday. Oh joy. What a way to herald in April flowers.



Asheville City Market South, 2-6 pm

French Broad food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market, 2-6 pm



Asheville City Market, 8 am -1 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market, 7 am – noon

Leicester Farmers Market, 9 am – 2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market, 9 am – 1 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market, 8 am – noon





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Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Good news for local food lovers. Three – yes THREE – more markets open this Saturday, May 4, and in three different communities.

The Black Mountain Tailgate Market sits under beautiful shade trees and serves a wide swath of folks. They feature a diverse group of farmers & vendors, including Looking Glass Creamery, Foothills Family Farm, and Jake’s Farm. Their market is held behind the First Baptist Church at 130 Montreat Road in Black Mountain on Saturdays from 9-12.

The Mills River Farmers’ Market opens this Saturday from 8-12 at 5046 Boylston Highway in Mills River. I have never been to this market, but I have seen lots of pretty pictures on Facebook. I know Jeanine Davis and Paul Shoemaker sell there sometimes.

It’s a special market day in Lenoir, NC. The Lenoir Downtown Farmers Market is celebrating its opening day with Lighting Up The Skies, an event that takes place this Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 7 pm with fireworks at dark, and cool demonstrations during the day at the market (like a shiitake mushroom demo).

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market


The Oakley Farmers Market opens this coming Thursday, May 9, from 3:30 to 6:30. Just today, I heard that Oakley is a really sweet, friendly market.

Flat Rock Tailgate Market is now open on Thursdays from 3-6.

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

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Outdoor temps are wonderful, and everywhere I look – things are super-green. What better way to celebrate the first day of May than supping on delicious local food for dinner?

Full Sun Farm Tomatoes at the Montford Farmers Market (too early for tomatoes now but lots of other goodies!)

Full Sun Farm Tomatoes at the Montford Farmers Market (too early for tomatoes now but lots of other goodies!)

Get you some. Today. Welcome the Montford Farmers Market back to town this Wednesday and every Wednesday until about Thanksgiving time. This wonderful market is held behind the Asheville Chamber of Commerce Building on Montford Avenue…just off I-240. It is a quick stop, and if you live in Montford …think about supporting this market EVERY Wednesday. Get the neighborhood spirit going and keeping it going all season. Support your neighborhood market…wherever you live.

Also opening today:

Spruce Pine Farmers Market – at Pollyanna’s Porch in downtown Spruce Pine – Wednesdays, 2-5 pm.

LOCAL FOOD TODAY! Wednesday Markets now open or opening today:

Asheville City Market – SOUTH: Wednesdays, 1-5 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: Wednesdays, 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: Wednesdays/Saturdays, 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 2-6 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 2-5 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 pm

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Relatively weed-free. That’s what I thought until I generated a huge pile of weeds in my garden. What a thrill to be outside today – soaking up the warm air – working in my garden. I even harvested some dinner as I cleaned up the last of my winter garden. Potatoes, lettuce, and onions…those fresh potatoes are cooking as I write.

One Last Harvest From My Winter Garden

One Last Harvest From My Winter Garden

Couldn’t resist grabbing a minute to lay down on the earth and watch the white puffy clouds traveling the blue sky. Robins hopped in the grass, safely distant and waiting for my departure to explore the potential for worms in the newly-bare dirt. A soft grey bird boldly flew down and started pecking. I become a statue. She adventured toward me checking for tidbits, an immature mocking bird.

Awed by the magic of the day, the bird & insect song, the bumblebee hedging along the honeysuckle-covered fence, the horsetail equisetum that rooted in my vase, the dogwood flowers I picked in my yard, and the optimism of planting a spring garden – I am mystified by bombs in Boston and how we have come to this. I want to know the recipe for healing our country and whatever seems to have gone so wrong with our world.

I feel lucky for my own fearless childhood where bad things (except me getting in trouble) were not on my radar screen. I can’t help but wonder if the people who do these crazy things would be so crazy if they spent more time outside. Without even trying we are surrounded by Beauty. No matter where we live there is always the sky, the sun, the rain, birds flying, plants sprouting in the sidewalk.

I am beginning to think that the human race is the worse invasive species on the planet. Not because of our numbers, but because of our greedy care-less attitudes. We are all so busy. It’s sincerely hard to snatch moments of calm and serenity, to slow things down a notch, and find ourselves blown away by the wonder of creation. I wish I could ensure that kids went outside everyday, or I wish I knew THE answer. I don’t.

But things like local farmer’s markets do weight the game towards personal relationships with our food and the people

Dinner From The Last Winter Harvest

Dinner From The Last Winter Harvest

who grow it. Even if we don’t consciously sense this, I think our bodies know the difference and they thrive on food grown with love and care. Let’s get out there and embrace this season of new fruits from our earth. Visit the market. Plant your own garden. Bring magic and wonder to your children any way you can. Celebrate that we are here. Share the love.

Click here for the farmer’s Tailgate Market 2013 schedule.

More thoughts…on hearing this morning’s news…it sounds a bit naïve to suggest that people like this would be transformed by exposure to the outdoors. Its crazy the way we humans are; killing our own on a regular basis. Seems the whole planet needs some serious grounding in the basics of what truly matters during our short lifetimes. All the while though, the Beauty surrounds us with such unimaginable complexity. It’s there, waiting, always ready to show us the way.

And at work today, my boss Wilma Penland wrote this about Earth Day for our eNewsletter – but it fits these thoughts perfectly:  “Studies from around the world have shown that when adults interact with nature and plants, they have less stress and depression in their lives and that children are less hyperactive and more creative. Research has also shown there is less crime in cities with parks and nature areas.”

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North Asheville Tailgate Market is OPENING this

Saturday, April 13 from 8-12:  

Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood!

It’s opening day for the North Asheville Tailgate Market! The weatherpeople are predicting 68 degrees and sunny. Can you believe that after our recent weather?

This wonderful market is one of the most popular in the Asheville area. It is located in a parking lot on the UNCA campus. It’s easily accessible and has a great selection of mostly long-term vendors. Like most area tailgate markets, everything at this market is locally grown/produced.

You will find vegetables, vegetable starts, herbs, plants, cheeses, meats, eggs, artisan breads, baked goods, chocolates, honey, handmade soaps & body products, pottery, jewelry, crafts, jams, condiments, homemade sauces & dressings, a food truck with empanadas, music, and a feeling of excitement in the air. Have a happy spring adventure (maybe there are sticky buns in your future). Get out and visit the North Asheville Tailgate Market – or your neighborhood farmer’s tailgate market – this Saturday.

Asheville Area Farmer’s Tailgate Markets that are


Tomato Starts For SaleSATURDAY –

Asheville City Market: Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: Wednesdays, 1-5 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: Saturdays 8 am-12 pm (opening this Saturday)


West Asheville Tailgate Market: Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm



French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

For more details about the markets visit: https://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com/market-list/

For more details about the farmers visit: https://tailgatemarketfanclub.wordpress.com/farms-etc/

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Winter markets are still open, but it won’t be long before area farmers’ Tailgate Markets open (see list below). Yay! In fact, the Leicester Farmers Market opens tomorrow, Easter Saturday, from 9-2!

Gaining Ground Farm

Gaining Ground Farm

Asheville City Market South and the French Broad Food Coop Wednesday Market open this coming Wednesday, April 3 – both from 2-6. The Asheville City Market (on Charlotte Street from 8-1) and the Madison County Farmer’s & Artisan’s Market (in Mars Hill from 9-1) both open next Saturday, April 6. West Asheville Tailgate Market’s opening day is Tuesday, April 9 from 2:30-6:30. At UNCA, the North Asheville Tailgate Market opens on Saturday, April 13 from 8-12.

We have had a serious bout of unrelenting cold weather. Even last night temperatures fell into the 20’s, so farm crops will come in a little later this year. BUT if you have been attending the winter tailgate markets, you know that – even over the winter – vendors have offered a wonderful diversity of local foods for local-lovers.

List of Market Openings for 2013:

Asheville City Market: April 6, Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 3, Wednesdays, 1-5 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 25, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 4, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 17, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: May 2, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 3, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 20, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: early spring TBA, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 14, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 30, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 6, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 4, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 13, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 9, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 1, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 20, Saturdays 8 am-12:30 pm

Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 15, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 10, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 9, Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 20, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

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