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Tuberose from Flying Cloud Farm

Tuberose from Flying Cloud Farm

This simple flower, the tuberose, is sending me to my knees every time I walk down my hall. She is getting more fragrant by the hour; slowly intoxicating the house. I wonder if she is pumping out her breathtaking scent in hopes of finding a pollinating bee.

Anticipating my sister and niece spending Saturday night with me (along their route to Charlottesville), the North Asheville Tailgate Market was packed when I arrived to shop around 8:30. I gathered goodies at the market for the happy occasion – Pecan Sandies from Jean (we ate ALL of them in one sitting); Rosemary Fig Chevre from Spinning Spider Creamery; Roots and Branches crackers; beautiful lettuce mix from Full Sun Farm; Asiago Ciabatta from Wake Robin Farm Breads, and blueberries from a farmer I don’t know. All of it contributed to our LOCAL hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and breakfast. And the tuberose from Flying Cloud Farm got right to work putting out her sweetness. Thank you farmers!

From North Asheville Tailgate Market this Saturday

From North Asheville Tailgate Market this Saturday

P.S. My niece contributed a delicious bottle of wine from Argentina – San Gimignano Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.- very lovely!

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Beautiful weather, the buzz of customers, and lots of LOCAL food – that was today at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. I was enticed to the market by Carl and Julie’s (Mountain Harvest Organics) roasted Italian peppers. Every fall Carl and Julie fill the market with the delectable aroma of roasting  peppers. Peppers are ready hot out of the roaster…but be sure to buy some extras to freeze and use when winter is threatening never to end. The next time they will roast peppers is  on Saturday, October 11 at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. Don’t miss out.

Roasted Italian Peppers from Mountain Harvest Organics - a Real Treat!

Roasted Italian Peppers from Mountain Harvest Organics – a Real Treat!

I got a number of staples and treats this week – some to share at a party next weekend in Chapel Hill ~ salad mix from Full Sun Farm, pears from Bill Whipple, potatoes from Flying Cloud Farm, St. Paulin cheese with it’s lovely crust from Three Graces Dairy, pound cake from Cathy Osada, pistachio shortbread from Sweetheart Bakery (not picture as I already ate it!), roasted red Italian peppers from Mountain Harvest Organics, grits from East Fork Farm (They have a mill on their farm!), crackers from Roots & Branches, butternut squash and onion from Mountain Harvest Organics, wild sockeye salmon and smoked salmon form the Wild Salmon Company, and two milder Habanero peppers from Thatchmore Farm (I hope to trick my friend at work into thinking I am eating a fiery pepper without blinking).

Fall Bounty of Sincerely Local Food - each associated with a particular farmer.

Fall Bounty of Sincerely Local Food – each associated with a particular farmer when eaten.

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You won’t find these at the grocery store:

Real Musicians Playing Wonderful Music

Real Musicians Playing Wonderful Music

Really Good & Truly Homegrown Tomatoes

Really Good & Truly Homegrown Tomatoes

Baby Pies made from Local Berries and the Bakers Children Practiceing Entrepenuership

Baby Pies made from Local Berries and the Baker’s Children Practicing Entrepreneurship

Picking Up CSA Boxes & Visiting at the Market

Picking Up CSA Boxes & Visiting at the Market

Local Unsprayed Berries

Local Unsprayed Berries

Beautiful Bouquets Made with Flowers Florists Don't Have

Beautiful Bouquets Made with Flowers Florists Don’t Have

 

Today at the market I got Honeycrisp Apples, Yellow Peaches, Shortbread Cookies, Bread for dinner and for this week’s sandwiches, and Sweet Corn. I have okra, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and baby lettuce in my garden. The market this week was bounteous with lots of beautiful peppers, squash, tomatoes, and eggplants…berries, greens, onions, cucumbers, okra, hydrangea flowers, sunflowers, cherry tomatoes, cheeses, meats, trout, smoked salmon, mushrooms including reishi mushrooms, crackers, empanadas, eggs, fragrant basil and other herbs, and so much more!

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 At The Market


At The Market

On Wednesday, I showed up at the Montford Farmers Market past closing time. Even though most of the farmers had already gone home, a few were still packing up and I was lucky enough to find some fresh strawberries. Halleluiah! These Flying Cloud Farm strawberries were destined to become baby strawberry shortcakes to help celebrate a friend’s graduation from Asheville High. The extra handful of strawberries made perfect smoothie material. I also discovered some serviceberries on this trip, an unexpected treat.

On Saturday two weeks ago, I got organic greenhouse tomatoes from Thatchmore Farm. What a treat to have tomatoes on my sandwiches for the first time since October. Alas, this week I arrived too late and the tomatoes were sold out, but I did find plenty of other goodies. I could not resist the gorgeous red butterhead lettuce from Gaining Ground Farm…even though I have lettuce growing in my own garden…very irrational of me! I needed a red cherry tomato plant and I found a Sweet Million Tomato at B & L Organics. I still haven’t planted it and the other tomatoes in my garden are huge in comparison. (it has been great gardening weather!) The Wake Robin Farm Rye loaf is almost gone (lunch bread all week), so I will be looking for bread tomorrow. I made a yummy little quiche with Anne Gaine’s eggs, and Ivy Creek’s spinach & broccoli. Planning on cooking up the kale I got from Green Toe Ground Farm with some pinto beans. Really and truly, I DID spot some squash last week at the market. Time to make some squash casserole and feel like summer is really here.

So, the moral of the story is…if you really have your heart set on something special – like strawberries or tomatoes – get to the markets early.

Soon to be Strawberry Shortcake!

Soon to be Strawberry Shortcake!

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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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You still have time to make it to today’s Tailgate Markets! Drop everything and swing by the Markets before they close for the day. Some close at 12 o’clock, and some close at 1:00. Temps are cool and comfortable.

Gaining Ground Veggies

Just about anything you could want is available this time of year. Along with a bounty of truly gorgeous vegetables, farmers with meat and seafood coolers were doing a brisk business this morning too. Colorful flower bouquets were nestled into market bags. Don’t forget about the breads, crackers, cheeses, jams, and salsas. How ’bout the soaps and crafts? I even found some pink-eyed peas at the Gaining Ground Farm booth. Full Sun had their fairytale eggplant, and everyone had various colors and shapes of eggplant. Luther had a bin of sweet corn. What captures that summer taste better than sweet corn! Watermelon maybe.

Tailgate-Goers Eating Goodies While Shopping

I have lots to harvest from my own garden right now…but I still managed to buy: Scallops, eggplant, pink-eyed peas, gala apples, cabbage, onions, and some baked treats from Sweetheart Bakery.

Aimee (Sweetheart Bakery) put in a good word for the great food of Asheville. On her recent trip to a large metropolitan area, she was hard pressed to find a good bakery and memorable restaurants. According to Aimee, the hype about Asheville being a foodie town is absolutely true. Were pretty lucky, huh?

Mountain Harvest likes it HOT

Flowers From Ivy Creek

Loading Up at Flying Cloud

Wake Robin Farm Bread

Adorable Toddler Rocking Out to Butter Holler String Band

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Saturday morning, the EMBE (Evergreen’s Multicultural Beat Ensemble) Marimba Band lured us to Asheville City Market for their last performance for this school year. These children are fantastic and entertaining musicians. Can

EMBE Marimba Band at Asheville City Market

you imagine having that much fun playing music as a middle schooler? The band is directed by Evergreen Charter School’s music teacher and Chikoma Marimba band member, Sue Ford.

This Saturday, Tailgate Market fans choose from a bounty of produce, including new potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, squash and cucumbers. I cannot wait to make my first squash casserole of the year, and eat new potatoes.

Asheville City Market

What a true luxury. These beautiful veggies have NOT been heaped up under fluorescent lights in the grocery store after traveling in a truck from California. They are fresh from the fields of our local farms. They are still cloaked in the flavor of sunshine and rain, and the care of the farmer.

Paper Crane Farm

Roots & Branches Crackers, East Fork Eggs, Firefly Farm Lettuce, Ten Mile Farm Potatoes, Paper Crane Farm Cauliflower, Flying Cloud Squash, Aardvark Broccoli?, Thatchmore & Hominy Valley Tomatoes

Next stop was the Bluff Mountain Music Festival in Hot Springs. Great traditional mountain music; amazing clogging; adorable children running around; this very sweet festival was born from the determination to save Bluff Mountain from being clear-cut eighteen years ago. Since it is a fundraiser for the Madison County Arts Council, the musicians donate their time and their music. Betty Smith – the ballad singer and dulcimer player who initiated the original protest to save Bluff Mountain – sang her heart out and gave us a little history about the songs, and Cecil Sharp.

Betty Smith, Ballad Singer

Sending a shout out to the Owen Family, who played along with their son Ben. Ben Owen is only about eight years old, but plays some mean guitar and even sang lead vocals. He recently placed fifth in Youth Guitar at the Mount Airy Fiddler’s Convention. Congratulations Ben!

After the music was over, we rode around in Hot Springs. The number of veggie gardens just off the main street was impressive…here are a few that were within about two blocks!

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