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WNC FARMERS OFFER CRUNCHY, JUICY, TASTY, FRESH SNACKS

Excerpted from ASAP article in The Asheville Citizen-Times

“Vegetables at market aren’t just good for making meals; they’re also great for snacking.  Stop by farm vendors of area farmers’ tailgate markets to discover your new favorite mid-afternoon bites.

Beans are a great snack food that packs protein.  Haricot verts (“fancy”green beans), and similar varieties, make for a crisp snack eaten raw.  Other beans, such as greasy beans, edamame and others are a great snack once they’re cooked, which need not take long.  Boil them in salt water for 5-10 minutes, depending on the texture you want).  Drain them, and then add a little butter, a pinch of salt, and you have a perfect quick snack.

Beans are good cold, too.  You can cook them the night before and eat them on the go the next day.  Stop by Dreamy Bean Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market) to learn more and pick up the beans of your dreams.

Mexican sour gherkins (tiny cucumbers) are a great snack ready-to-go…they’re bite-sized and wonderful for crunching down on between meals. Sleight Family Farm (at West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market) has these gems now.

Watermelons and other melon varieties have made their debut.  A quintessential summer treat,  melons can be a great thirst-quenching snack in the middle of a hot  afternoon.  Orchard fruits are always a classic snack to fall back on, and right now Asian pears as well as plums, doughnut peaches, white and yellow peaches, blackberries and early apples are making their appearance.

Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region.  As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.”

SOURCE:  ASAP/Asheville Citizen Times  IMAGE:  thefitfork.com

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