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sandwich after tailgate 1Fresh + ingredients you won’t find in grocery stores. That is the beauty of our tailgate markets. My sandwich ingredients from today’s tailgate market:  ripe purple tomatoes, crispy white cucumbers, and pan-roasted Italian sweet pepper on a bed of sweet basil, and from the grocery store – organic cream cheese, balsamic vinegar, and local artisan bread.

Yes, you can buy basil and purple tomatoes from the grocery store, but are they this fresh and from people who farm in our neighboring counties? People with kids that they are raising. People with land payments. People we know. Will my meager purchases help send their kids to college? Well, no, not exactly. But each little purchase adds up.

I pray that when they count up their money at the end of each market, it is enough to sustain them and their families. Cause these are some hard working folks. Heros. Their food tastes like it came from my home garden. Just look at the color of that tomato. I mean really look. Soak it in. This food brings me to my knees.

I have missed this food during my recent period of busy-ness. I have missed the people too. Manysandwich after tailgate grilled have been so kind to ask about my recently married daughter. Some conversations have made our eyes well up with emotion. Together, all of us have watched these tailgate market children grow and blossom. Suddenly the baby is a seventh grader is a college student is adventuring in Europe is being married or becoming a parent. Again I am on my knees with wonder, and so grateful that I am sailing along on this lovely planet amid this miraculous journey.

Back to sandwiches. This is important – sandwiches taste so much better when they are made on good bread. It is worth the splurge to get good local bread if you are a sandwich-eater. Pan-roast the peppers. Pile the ingredients to the edge of the bread and grill in a skillet with your choice of fat (I used olive oil).

pistachio shortbread sweetheart bakeryPistachio shortbread cookie for desert from Sweetheart bakery.

Purple tomato from Green Toe Ground Farm. White cucumber from Full Sun Farm. Peppers from Gaining Ground Farm. Basil from Mountain Harvest Organics. Bread from Annie’s Naturally Bakery.

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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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This Saturday, September 28, the North Asheville Tailgate Market will be located in the MAHEC parking lot (instead of their usual location at UNCA). The MAHEC parking lot is located at 118 W.T. Weaver Boulevard just a stones throw from the UNCA roundabout at the Barnard Road intersection.

IMPORTANT: The NATM will be extending it’s hours until 1 PM this Saturday, so all of

Anne's Carrots

Anne’s Carrots

their awesome customers have a chance to get their Tailgate Market favorites.

The weather is supposed to be marvelous this weekend. I can’t imagine a more glorious way to spend Saturday morning…gathering goodies for feasting through the weekend and into the week. Fall is hinting its arrival. Revel in LOCAL FOOD while you can!

WHY will they be at MAHEC? The Citizen Times Marathon is passing through UNCA this Saturday.

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What? The 10th Annual Holiday Bazaar opens this Saturday, December 1. Its location may vary from year to year, but the Holiday Bazaar is going strong and celebrating 10 years.

When?  Saturdays – December 1, 8, 15, and 22 from Noon to 4

Where?  At the North Asheville Tailgate Market location at UNCA. If you are coming up the hill from the roundabout on W. T. Weaver Boulevard, it is the very first right turn (basically into a parking lot)

Who?  A wonderful mix of farmers, bakers, cheesemakers, and craftspeople. You can find delicious foods, meats, seafood, cheeses, breads, savouries, sweets, honey, sorghum molasses, Carolina Ground flour, soaps, plants, holiday flowers, wreaths, maybe Christmas trees, jewelery, pottery, sculpture, all sorts of crafts, and more. Shop for holiday occasions and for holiday gift giving. Be Local!

Questions? Call 828-776-6286.

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Great market weather is predicted for Saturday, so all the Tailgate Markets should be cranking. A broader range of offerings are showing up with each week. Be absolutely sure to get strawberries before they are gone for the season. We had our third batch of Strawberry Shortcake last night. It is SO simple to make and so delicious. Make it a springtime tradition!

This weekend is also prime time for planting your own veggie

B & L Organics’ Tomato Plants

garden. Market farmers have super-healthy tomato and pepper transplants for sale. Look for all sorts of veggies and herb plants to tuck into your garden…and you will enjoy a delicious harvest later! The farmers’ prices beat box store prices and the quality is ten times better (in my humble opinion). You can tell how healthy they are just by looking. Hey – these plants are raised with love, good dirt, and quality seed.




East Asheville Tailgate Market, Grace United Methodist Church parking lot, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, Fridays, 3-6 pm, opening May 18


Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market


Because of graduation at Mars Hill College this Saturday, the Market will be held from 1-4 in the afternoon this Saturday only – at the same location with the same wonderful offerings. Next week the Madison County Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market hours will return to their normal morning hours.

North Asheville Tailgate Market

SPECIAL EVENT for Mothers Day:

The NATM will be in its normal location this week. For the third year in a row B & L Organics will host a kids planting activity to celebrate Mother’s Day. Laura Bower – with her friend Cheri Hoefelmeyer – will set up a potting table for kids to plant seeds in an arrangement for Mom. Laura and Cheri have made up their own organic potting mix and will be using untreated and organic seeds. Bring the kids out to visit Laura’s booth (across from Frank’s booth and the seafood) for some hands-in-the-dirt fun and a chance to make something for Mom.



To benefit FEAST, a program of Slow Food Asheville

Learn how to make homemade sushi and support an excellent cause! FEAST director Kate Justen will teach a hands-on Sushi making class on Sunday May 20th at Francine Delany New School for Children in the Dogwood Building from 4-6 pm. You will learn the proper way to prepare the rice, sushi vegetables, smoked fish, and tempeh (we will not be working with raw fish in this class). Then practice and hone your skills at rolling them all together into a sushi roll! All of the proceeds will go to support FEAST – a program of Slow Food Asheville – empowering youth by teaching them hands on cooking skills and encouraging healthy eating habits. Contact Cathy Cleary at cathycleary@gmail.com to sign up and pay, or more information call Cathy at 828-545-1295.

$25 pre-payment required. Class limited to 15 people, so sign up now!

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Saturday is coming right up – with at least two market openings, and another market opening on Sunday.

The North Asheville Tailgate Market opens this Saturday, April 14, from 8-12. The market takes place in a parking lot at UNCA and the woodsy setting makes it one of the prettiest markets around the area. Many loyal customers visit this market every week.

The Haywood Historic Farmers’ Market also opens this Saturday, April 14, from 8-12 at 250 Pigeon Street (276S) in Waynesville. You may also recognize their location as the Hart Theatre parking lot. This market is also open every Wednesday in the same location from 8-12.

This Sunday, April 15, the Marshall Island Farmers Market opens from 12-4 (sometimes called Sundays on the Island). This market has a unique setting on an island in the French Broad River that is just a stone’s throw from the County Courthouse in downtown Marshall. Marshall High Studios is also on the Island, so you might be able to visit the artist studios while you are there too.

Other Saturday Markets already open: Remember that the Asheville City Market (161 S. Charlotte St.) is already open on Saturdays from 8-1. So is the Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market on Saturdays from 9-1 (located on Highway 213, Mars Hill College campus, Mars Hill). You can also catch the Dillingham Family Farm Winter Market on Saturday from 10-1 (on Dillingham Road in Barnardsville).

I visited the West Asheville Tailgate Market this past Tuesday. Vendors were out in force and there were plenty of customers throughout the afternoon. I showed up hungry (big mistake!) so everything looked extra-delicious. Salad greens, greens, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and veggie & herb plants were plentiful. I also spotted duck eggs, baby fir trees, and Japanese maples. The wind was crazy and it actually demolished Ron Gagliano’s pop-up tent. Other vendors were holding down their tents during gusts, while bits of acoustic music floated across the wind – for all of us to enjoy.

And remember all of the Wednesday Markets too…French Broad Food Coop Wednesday Market, Wednesdays from 2-6:30, 76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville;  Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8-Noon, Waynesville, 250 Pigeon Street (276S), Hart Theatre parking lot;  and Weaverville Tailgate Market, Wednesday from 2:30-6:30, upper parking lot above Lake Louise in Weaverville, Merrimon Avenue.

Show up and give our farmers a warm welcome! They have been battling the danger of frost most of the week. We are looking at a nice warm spell starting Friday, so buy some transplants from the farmers and plant your own little garden.

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NEWSFLASH! Your favorite tailgate market is either open right now, it opens this week, or will open very soon. Hard-core tailgate market lovers have been attending various wintertime markets, BUT it is time to rescue those market baskets from the back of the closet. Make a note of the market times on your calendar or phone, and revel in this gorgeous spring. Get outside and welcome the farmers back with enthusiasm and start another season of good eating!

What’s open already?

Asheville City Market, Saturdays from 8-1, 161 S. Charlotte Street, Asheville, accepting EBT, Debit & Credit Cards

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market, Saturdays from 9-1, on Highway 213, Mars Hill College campus, Mars Hill, accepting EBT, Debit & Credit Cards

French Broad Food Coop Wednesday Market, Wednesdays from 2-6:30, 76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville

Dillingham Family Farm Winter Market, Saturdays from 10-1, Dillingham Road in Barnardsville


Opening Tuesday, April 10 (that’s tomorrow!):

West Asheville Tailgate Market, Tuesdays from 3:30-6:30, 718 Haywood Rd., West Asheville, Grace Baptist Church parking lot, one block east of Brevard Road, accepting EBT, Debit & Credit Cards.


Opening Wednesday, April 11:

Weaverville Tailgate Market, Wednesday from 2:30-6:30, upper parking lot above Lake Louise, Merrimon Avenue


Opening Saturday, April 14:

North Asheville Tailgate Market, Saturday from 8-Noon, parking lot at UNCA, Asheville

Haywood Historic Farmers Market, Wednesdays & Saturdays from 8-Noon, Waynesville, 250 Pigeon Street (276S), Hart Theatre parking lot

 Opening Sunday, April 15:

Marshall Island Farmers’ Market, Sundays from 12-4, on the island across the river from downtown Marshall, Sundays, 12-4

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