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FIVE IDEAS TO GET THE MOST FROM INDOOR WINTER MARKETS

tailgatemarketsThis guide to Asheville-area tailgate markets is supplied by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. For more WNC listings, visit http://from-here.org.

“Winter farmers markets create opportunities for us to connect with local farmers and pickup produce such as potatoes, carrots, kale, salad greens and other staples all year.  For some, shopping at the winter markets is a new experience; for others, it’s deeply entrenched in their weekly routine.

New to the market or looking for ideas about how to make the most of your visit?  Here are some tips:

  • Take Cash or Plastic – Most markets have tables where you can run your crerdit or debit cards in exchange for tokens.  At Asheville City Market, you can run your EBT card for tokens.  All vendors accept cash and market tokens and some accept credit cards, which they can swipe themselves.
  • Take a Lap – Walk around the whole market before making your first purchase.  This allows you to decide which items you want to fit into your budget.  You might also change your mind from what you planned to purchase when you first walked in.
  • Try It! – If a vendor is offering samples of something, don’t be afraid to try something new.  If there is something you’ve never had before, ask them to give you a sample – it doesn’t hurt to ask.
  • Create Your Own Variety – There is less change from week to week in the winter that during summer or fall.  If you need a lot of variety in what you eat, create your own by taking weeks off from certain things.  For example, one week, purchase squash and collards, the next sweet potatoes and red leaf lettuce.
  • Early Bird Gets The Worm! – Get there early for the best selection – but there will still usually be some things left to bring home even if you get there later.

Winter markets take place throughout the region.  Check out the “2016 Winter Farmers Markets” page on ASAP’s website at www.asapconnections.org.  As always, you can find information about which farm stands are open and other farms to visit in the winters months by visiting ASAP’s on-line Local Food Guide at http://appalachiangrown.org.”

WMC TAILGATE MARKETS…

ASHEVILLE CITY MARKET:  10 am to noon, Saturdays – Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. – www.asapconnections.org.

JACKSON COUNTY FARMERS MARKET:  Winter Market 10 am to 1 pm. Saturdays through March 26 – Community Table, Central Street, Sylva, NC

SPRUCE PINE FARMERS MARKET:  Winter market Jan2 , Feb 6 and March 5 – inside The Pizza Shop at Dry County Brewing Co.

TRANSYLVANIA WINTER TAILGATE MARKET:  10 am to noon Saturdays, 190 E. Main Street, Brevard, NC  Visit TransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com

YMCA INDOOR WINTER MARKET:  10 am to 12:30 pm, Grace Covenant Presbyterian church, 789 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, beginning Jan. 9.

SOURCE:  Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times

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