Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald
Make a food connection—and perhaps even a friend connection as well—at the many Western North Carolina tailgate and farmers markets.
Succulent strawberries, vine-ripe tomatoes, fresh cut flowers, artisan cheeses—these are just a small sampling of the variety of offerings at local farmer and tailgate markets across Western North Carolina. The region is blessed with a bountiful selection of markets where farmers are ready, willing, and able to talk with customers about their products—what they are, how they were grown, and even how to prepare them when you take them home. A visit to the market is a smorgasbord of color, texture, and taste.
“We have a wonderful mix of markets across the region,” says Molly Nicholie, Program Director – Local Food Campaign for ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project). “Five days a week there is a different market available just in Buncombe County alone.”
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