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10/26/2011 - TAILGATE MARKETS!
by Asheville Citizen Times

TAILGATE MARKET INFORMATION FROM AROUND THE CITY AND REGION...

 

Asheville City
Market

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Parking lot of the Public Works Building at 161 S. Charlotte St.
Asheville City
Market South

When: Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Town Square Boulevard in the center of Biltmore Park Town Square, Interstate 26-Long Shoals Road exit in South Asheville.
Big Ivy Tailgate
Market

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Parking lot of the old Barnardsville fire station, across from the post office on N.C. 197.
Black Mountain
Tailgate Market

When: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon
Where: Behind the First Baptist Church in Black Mountain at 130 Montreat Road.
Mission Hospital
Tailgate Market

When: Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: At the back entrance to the Mission Hospital Heart Center on the Memorial Campus.
Montford Tailgate Market

When: Wednesdays, 2-6 p.m.
Where: Parking lot of the Asheville Visitors Center off Montford Avenue.
North Asheville
Tailgate Market

When: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Where: UNC Asheville Campus Commuter Lot C. Take Weaver Boulevard.

Weaverville

Tailgate Market

When: Wednesdays, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: On the hill overlooking Lake Louise behind the Community Center on Weaverville Highway.
Wednesday Co-op Market

When: Wednesdays, 2-6:30 p.m.
Where: 76 Biltmore Ave., in the parking lot next to the French Broad Food Co-op.
West Asheville
Tailgate Market

When: Tuesdays, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: 718 Haywood Road, in the parking area between the Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank.

 Get sweet treats this week at area farmers tailgate markets, but not the kind you think.

Sure, there will be Halloween- and fall-inspired cupcakes, pies and tarts (and even a chance to trick-or-treat -- more later). The real sweet story is the season's veggies.

The first freeze will actually make fall favorites like kale, broccoli, parsnips and carrots sweeter and more flavorful than they've been so far. How? Kale, for example, reacts to cold conditions by producing sugars. And root veggies convert their existing starches to sugar once the cold hits. Don't worry, the freeze isn't the end for these veggies. A second frost only intensifies their flavor more, and most will remain at markets through the end of the season.

Of course, sweet fruits -- from apples to pears -- can be found, too. At Asheville City Market, don't pass by McConnell Farms' unnamed heirloom pears. Farmer Danny McConnell says the mysterious variety is wonderful baked in a homemade tart. Blue Meadow Farms (West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market downtown and South) has been bringing sweet and juicy Sugar Baby watermelons to market. They're down to the last melons of the season, so grab them while you can.

Starting your gift hunt? More and more artisan vendors are joining tailgates. The number of arts and crafts vendors at Asheville City Market will reach 10 this Saturday, the most ever for an October date. (November and December dates promise even more.) You can even find handmade jewelry made by a (very talented) 11-year-old, Jenni Gems. Saturday will also be the market's final mug promotion. While supplies last, purchase a brand-new market mug and receive a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Asheville City Market runs 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Next Tuesday, trick-or-treat at the Historic Marion Tailgate Market. Trick-or-treating will run 3-4 p.m. with other special fall market activities until 5 p.m.

On Thursday, Black Mountain Tailgate Market will host a benefit tasting event at Pisgah Brewing Co. 4-7 p.m. The event will offer tastes of local foods from market farmers, live music and more. Find information at www.blackmountaintailgatemarket.org.

Most area markets remain open through the end of the month. Many run through November and into December.

 

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