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Show off your gorgeous homegrown tomatoes, and enjoy tomato hors d’oeuvres and cocktails prepared by Chef William Dissen at the Market Place on Saturday, August 11 from 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday I saw the most beautiful tomato ever ~ in Joe Evans’ (Paper Crane Farm) booth at the West Asheville Tailgate Market. I don’t know the cultivar name. It was striped green, red, and purple, and absolutely exquisite (sorry, I didn’t get a picture) and just the sort of tomato that would win a tomato contest.

Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and The Market Place are sponsoring the contest. Enter your tastiest and prettiest tomatoes in the Homegrown Tomato Contest for a chance to win $100 gift certificate to The Market Place, Goodies from Sow True Seed, $25 in Market Bucks to the Asheville City Market, and a free pass to ASAP’s Local Farm Tour in September.

Enter a tomato in the “Ugliest” contest too!

This is a fundraiser for ASAP, so there is a charge. It costs $10 to enter the contest. If you don’t have homegrown tomatoes to enter, the public can still come and enjoy the festivities for just $20. Hey, this is a great deal. For just ten bucks, you get to eat hors d’oeuvres at the Market Place, visit with your friends and fellow gardeners, and possibly win some awesome prizes. And remember…each entrant will be helping out ASAP, our local organization that helps farmers by promoting LOCAL food. Pick out your prettiest ‘mater and show up on Saturday, August 14.


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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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