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A Few Goodies for A Cold Weather Supper

A Few Goodies for A Cold Weather Supper

The YMCA WINTER MARKET has moved. It is now located at the Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church at 789 Merrimon Avenue from 10 to 12:30 every Saturday morning until April. That is the church with the giant community garden in the front yard facing Merrimon Avenue – most of the harvest goes toward feeding the hungry.

With only a few minutes to shop, I stocked up on grits and eggs from East Fork Farm, two kinds of potatoes from Meadow Cove Farm plus some beautifully dried shiitake mushrooms, AND a beautiful apple turnover decorated with a heart (smile) from Aimee Mostwill of Sweetheart Bakery plus a yummy coconut shortbread cookie.

On this blustery day, doesn’t a cozy soup (based on potatoes and shiitakes) with an warm apple turnover for dessert sound marvelous and comforting?

NOTE: All the greens were gone quickly…I missed them by a long shot. Meanwhile over at CITY MARKET, Missy of Jake’s Farm said she sold out of her veggies within ten minutes. Wow. Asheville City Market’s winter location is indoors at the Public Works Building on Charlotte and Eagle Streets from 10 to noon.

Hint, hint…Don’t lollygag like I did. Get to these Saturday markets at 10 o’clock if you are serious about winter greens!

 

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I am aching for spring. Since I work outside, the weather is an ever-present phenomenon, and it seems that the mild mid-winter has morphed into a very mean late-winter. The wooly worm was right! Monday was spent attending to a new shipment of fruit trees in biting wind. Tuesday got colder as the day went on. Wednesday…ahhh…the sun actually stayed out for most of the day. It wasn’t warm, but it wasn’t grey either.

Woodfin Y Market - People In Line for East Fork Farm

Woodfin Y Market – People In Line for East Fork Farm

Today I wore about 3 shirts, a vest, a fleece, a wool hat, gloves, and occasionally my lined Carhartt jacket. I felt a bit like the Pillsbury Doughboy. I checked the weather report and temperatures through the weekend will be colder than normal. That’s right. Colder than normal. This is gonna sound like whining, but ugg, and double ugg. My stepdaughter, Amelia, wrote a wonderful post about February. Here is the first bit, but you should read the whole post! “Every year I think that I want to break up with February a little more.”

Our tailgate market farmers have to move forward with determination despite the bitter weather. To get goods to the market as early as possible, you can bet that many of their days are spent outside on these fierce windy days. Stuff has to happen while we are sitting on our cozy sofas drinking tea. Otherwise, when the spring markets open there would not be anything for sale. Farmers are BUSY right now – growing transplants, planting seeds, plowing ground, cutting down cover crops, birthing baby animals, building structures for the coming year, repairing greenhouses, fixing machinery, maintaining fruit and berry plants, and God knows what else. All of these tasks are done by the farmers with a leap of faith that rain will come when it is needed, that the plants will produce, and that someone will buy their goods.

Seth Salmon of Flying Fish CSA and Wildwood Herbal at Woodfin Y Indoor Market

Seth Salmon of Flying Fish CSA and Wildwood Herbal at Woodfin Y Indoor
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If you ever think you are paying too much for something at the Tailgate Market, flash on the dedication our farmers bring to their work. We probably aren’t paying them enough. These folks aren’t doing this only for fun. It is their job and

the way they pay their bills and buy their kids shoes. As I have said before – farming is a labor of love and we are the lucky recipients. Lets support them now (at the winter markets) as we anticipate the arrival of the spring markets soon. Best wishes and praying that the weatherman got it wrong.

Hand Knitted wool Socks at City Market (Indoors)

Hand Knitted wool Socks at City Market (Indoors)

Smoke Signals at City Market (Indoors)

Smoke Signals at City Market (Indoors)

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January has been wishy-washy…first cold, then warm, then ice and snow, then flooding rain, then fierce winds, then sunshine and calm. But no matter what, we ARE one month closer to spring and that always makes me happy. Winter jasmine is blooming, forsythia buds are swelling, and I saw one or two quince flowers last week. We even heard the sound of frogs during a warm spell.

Cilantro in January, Grown Under Floating Row Cover

Cilantro in January, Grown Under Floating Row Cover

Surprise! Cilantro is thriving under row cover in my garden. What an awesome addition it made to the mango/avocado salsa we concocted for fish tacos last weekend (thanks to Amelia & Drew). Until this winter, I had no idea cilantro could take that much cold weather. In fact I hadn’t checked my garden lately and was astonished to find such happy cilantro. Conclusion: Plant cilantro in fall and enjoy it hopefully until the following summer.

I have two patches of arugula. The arugula under row cover is huge and starting to bolt. The other arugula patch is out in the open and, along with the unprotected spinach, clings to the ground for warmth.

Chives are Peeking Out

Chives are Peeking Out

Chives are starting to pop up (they are happy that spring is coming too!).  Its time to start thinking about planting sugar snaps (on Valentine’s Day) and sneaking in some potatoes in March.

And of course, seek out the winter markets for a LOCAL fix. Get up on Saturday morning, down some coffee, blast yourself off your cozy sofa, and get there early-ish. You’ll be surprised by the selection, even in January, uhh I mean February.

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Great market this morning at Reynolds Village (by Woodfin Y). Here are just a few pictures to whet your appetite. The market was indoors today at the LOFTS diagonally across from the Woodfin Y. Cecelia’s Empanada Truck was outside for your delicious empanada fix. Also there were eggs, meat, maple syrup, fresh greens, and more.

Annie Louise & Flying Cloud Farm

Annie Louise & Flying Cloud Farm

Got Some Sweet Potatoes from Flying Cloud!

Got Some Sweet Potatoes from Flying Cloud!

Check Out This Beautiful Cheese

Check Out This Beautiful Cheese

Lively Winter Greens From Bee Tree Farm

Lively Winter Greens From Bee Tree Farm

Fresh Pasta

Fresh Pasta

Farm & Sparrow Bread and Goodies

Farm & Sparrow Bread and Goodies

Three Graces Dairy

Three Graces Dairy

Treats from Sweetheart Bakery

Treats from Sweetheart Bakery

Cecelia's Empanada Truck ~ Yum!

Cecelia’s Empanada Truck ~ Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today marks the first “winter market” at the Woodfin YMCA. It is not actually inside the Y this year and will be held outdoors if weather permits or at the LOFTS at Reynolds Village (Building 51). This building is located diagonally across the intersection from the Y. Parking is easy. Hours are short…from 10 – 12:30…but so worth the effort to get great eggs, cheeses, breads, meats, pasta, chocolates, coffee, value-added items, and even some fresh greens and vegetables from our local producers.

Don’t let winter change your habits! Eat well and LOCAL all year long.

Other markets open next Saturday (like the indoor Asheville City Market from 10 am-1 pm on Saturdays at the Haywood Park Hotel atrium).

Local Dinner in January, Soup with Garden Potatoes and Full Sun Broccoli

Local Dinner in January, Soup with Garden Potatoes and Full Sun Broccoli

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Christmas Market Schedule

FRIDAY

Carolina Wild Seafood (and possibly other vendors)

will be in the Build-It-Naturally parking lot until about 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21

Chocolates!

Chocolates!

Marion Tailgate Market

Friday, Dec. 21, 9-12

SATURDAY

Bakersville Farmers Market, Historic Courthouse

Open Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10-2

Grow Down Home Farmers Market, indoors in Black Mountain

Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10-1

Haywood County, Waynesville, inside the Shelton House Barn

Saturday, Dec. 22, 8-12

HOLIDAY BAZAAR at North Asheville Tailgate Market, UNCA at parking lot C

Saturdays, Dec. 22, from 12-4

Jackson County Farmers Market

Saturday, Dec. 22, & 29, from 10-1, indoors at the Community Table

Madison County Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Saturdays, Dec. 22, from 9-1, indoors at Fiddlestix in Mars Hill

North Asheville Tailgate Market hosting the HOLIDAY BAZAAR, UNCA

Saturday, Dec. 22 from Noon to 4…moving indoors to Woodfin Y in January

Transylvania County Tailgate Market

Saturday, Dec. 22

NOTE: Asheville City Market ~ CLOSED until after Christmas…then moving indoors for winter

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HOLIDAY MARKETS & Tailgate Markets SCHEDULE

The regional schedule is below. Check for Saturday AND Tuesday and Wednesday Markets. Don’t miss your chance to get wonderful local food, incredible baked goods, chocolates, and gifts! The weather will be mild and shopping will be festive & enjoyable. Click here for more details about individual markets.

Some highlightsCarolina Ground Flour (grown and ground in North Carolina) will

Holiday Bazaar Shoppers with Treska Lindsey in the Background

Holiday Bazaar Shoppers with Treska Lindsey in the Background

be on sale at the HOLIDAY BAZAAR at North Asheville Tailgate Market, as well as Treska Lindsey’s very wonderful children’s books (beautifully illustrated & heart-warming stories). At all the markets, expect extra vendors for the holidays, including more craftspeople and gift-y items, wonderful foods, vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey and molasses, chocolate, and more.

Asheville City Market, same location (Charlotte Street)

Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, & 15, from 8-1,

Bakersville Farmers Market, Historic Courthouse

Open Saturday, Dec. 8 and 22, from 10-2

Dillingham Market, Dillingham Family Farm, Barnardsville

Saturday, Dec 8, from 10-2…not sure about subsequent Saturdays

Flat Rock Tailgate Market

Saturday, Dec. 8, from 2-5, same location

Grow Down Home Farmers Market, indoors in Black Mountain

Farm & Sparrow Bakery

Farm & Sparrow Bakery

Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, & 22, from 10-1

HOLIDAY BAZAAR at North Asheville Tailgate Market, UNCA at parking lot C

Saturdays, Dec 1, 8, 15, & 22, from 12-4, from Noon to 4

Jackson County Farmers Market

Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, 22, and 29, from 10-1, indoors at the Community Table

Madison County Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, from 9-1, indoors at Fiddlestix

 Marion Tailgate Market

Tuesdays, Dec. 4, 11, & 18 from 3-6, and Friday, Dec. 21, 9-12

North Asheville Tailgate Market hosting the HOLIDAY BAZAAR, UNCA

Saturdays, Dec. 8, 15, & 22 from Noon to 4

Transylvania County Tailgate Market

Saturday, Dec. 8, 15, & 22

Weaverville Tailgate Holiday Market, Indoors at Lake Louise Community Center

Beautiful Holiday Flowers or Hostess Gifts

Beautiful Holiday Flowers or Hostess Gifts

Wednesdays, Dec. 12, & 19, 2:30-6:30,

Yancey County Farmers Market

Saturdays, Dec. 8 & 15, 8:30-12:30

Was your market left out? Sorry ‘bout that! Leave a comment and I will update.

Chocolates!

Chocolates!

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