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Goodies from Blue Heron Farm

It’s Saturday morning! Slam down some coffee and get out to the Tailgate Markets while you still can.  Even if you love winter, this cooler weather should be your signal.  The regular growing season is nearing its end ~ many markets will begin closing for winter, so get your fix now.  Gather some goodies for a cozy fall meal with your family, or conjure up a major feast.  The bounty of delicious market edibles is pretty fantastic, not to mention all the breads, pastries, and meats.  Do it!

Cathy Bennett, Doubletree Farm Sorghum Molasses

Other thoughts: Brenda Dillingham is taking orders for Thanksgiving turkeys and fresh chicken (she grows some heirloom breeds).  So place your orders with Brenda, or your favorite local meat producer.

North Asheville Tailgate Market


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We rolled into town from a little vacation on Saturday ~ just in time to hear a fabulous parade of thunder and lightning.  The thunder sounded like a big stout troll was lumbering through the neighborhood shaking the earth, and slinging lightning bolts as he went.  A blessing of rainfall followed in his wake. 

Unfortunately, we missed the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the North Asheville Tailgate Market by a few hours.  According to my friend 

Jean is selling, Bill is buying


Jo, “It was…a lot of fun to see friends, & celebrate such a great market (now in the best place they’ve ever had.)  I learned the entire history from Ron Ainspan, and talked to Ian Robertson who was in on it at the very beginning also (from Warren Wilson Farms).”  Jo and a bunch of my buddies are Tailgate Market regulars that love the food, know the growers at least by sight, and look forward to quickie visits with friends during the market. 

The UNCA location truly is quite wonderful.  The sun is buffered by lots of shade trees, the layout is very inviting, and live music is always drifting though the market crowd.  Because I have to dash off to work by 8:20 many Saturdays ~ many of my visits are limited to about 20 minutes.  Even though I find a parking space with ease, the parking lot is mostly full at that early hour.  Lines are forming for bread, tomatoes or berries.  Since I have so little time and I am sidetracked into visiting, I usually bring a list so I don’t forget crucial items. 

30 years! How cool is that?  The North Asheville Tailgate Market started in 1980, and could rightfully be called the leader of the pack.  It has been 

Susan Mallard with her son, Blue Heron Farm


chugging along through a number of locations, and gaining momentum from the start.  It still retains some of the original vendors AND ultra-loyal customers.  The market predates “Buy Local” slogans, but has benefited from the renewed dedication of customers seeking out real-life connections to the locally grown food they want to eat.  Congratulations to the North Asheville Tailgate Market, to the fabulous market and all its vendors, and to the faithful customers who support it!

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Greetings everybody! Farmers were still setting up when I arrived at the North Asheville Tailgate Market last Saturday.  I had to speed-shop since I was scheduled to be at work by 8:30, but I still managed to get some goodies and do a little bit of visiting.  Check it out!

Joanne Moore's Delicious Apple Hand-Pies

I got some of Vanessa’s (Full Sun Farm) Red Russian Kale, and some beautiful serrated-leaf red mustard from Tom (Thatchmore Farm) to mix up in the pot.  There were lots of tantalizing baked goods from various vendors…Farm & Sparrow, Joanne Moore, Sweetheart Bakery, Blue Heron Farm…Joanne’s Apple Hand-pie ended up in my bag.  The intention was to share it with buddies at work, but we were so busy that I didn’t eat it until later that evening; heated in my toaster oven.  So yummy!

I am addicted to Beth’s (Dancing Woods) handmade soap, so I stocked up on her wonderful herbal soap.  Sent a bar to my friend Vicki, along with some extra Rose Finn Apple fingerling seed-potatoes.  It’s time to plant potatoes, folks!  Bread was

Beth Herdman's Dancing Woods Soaps

definitely on the list, and because I was so early, I was able to get some Market Bread with Herbs from Farm & Sparrow.  I’m not sure when Wake Robin Farm Breads arrive at the market.  Maybe this week.  Piles of watercress, eggs, goat cheese, beautiful veggie starts, blueberry plants, perennials, and even blooming azaleas were to be found.

I hear from Aimee Mostwill that City Market was fabulous last week too! Remember, Aimee was able to make a meal with 2/3rds Tailgate Market

Full Sun Farm

food last week.  Take the challenge!


  • Yancey County Farmer’s Market opens tomorrow, April 24, from 8:30 to 12:30.  Everything from Maple Syrup and pork, to arugula and veggie starts, with some goat cheese and baked goods thrown in for good measure.
  • There is speculation that Michelle Obama might visit one of the Tailgate Markets on Saturday…wouldn’t that be a thrill?  Maybe even President Obama will show up!?
  • Get some veggie starts. Pop something in your flowerbed, if you don’t have an actual veggie garden.  Lettuce is very decorative and edible!
  • Loved Anne Gaines Grier’s (Gaining Ground) egg sign.

Anne Has Happy Eggs

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