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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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Tonight I had a simple all-local supper…thrown together after some staring in my refrigerator.  Had some leftover roasted potatoes I wanted to use, and I didn’t want to spend much time cooking.  Here’s what I came up with:

Free-range Eggs in a Nest of Spinach and Roasted Potatoes

Olive Oil

1/4 Onion – chopped

1 Bunch Spinach (from my garden)

Roasted Potatoes ~ about 2 smallish potatoes (Blue Hill Farm)

2 Free-range Eggs (East Fork Farm)

Farmstead Cheese (Yellow Branch Farm)

Chives (my garden)

Salt and Pepper to taste

Saute onions in olive oil until clear.  Add spinach and stir until wilted.  Add roasted potatoes (or substitute potatoes that have been cooked until just tender), and stir until the potatoes are heated through.  Make a nest leaving a hole in the middle for the eggs.  Drop eggs in nest, and then sprinkle with chives, salt and pepper.  Turn heat down and cover skillet so the eggs will cook without the spinach and potatoes burning.  When the eggs are cooked to your liking, sprinkle with grated cheese.  Serve when the cheese has melted.  Add a dollop of picante and sour cream if you like.

Eggs in a Spinach & Roasted Potato Nest

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