Feasting on freshness

Tailgate to stay: Let local chefs do the cooking at the Montford Farmers Market feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Photo of market regulars Flying Cloud Farm courtesy of ASAP
Tailgate to stay: Let local chefs do the cooking at the Montford Farmers Market feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Photo of market regulars Flying Cloud Farm courtesy of ASAP

A summer market meal

If you're not sure what to do with this summer's abundance of peppers or peaches, let the Montford Farmers Market be your guide. The tailgate will host a community feast on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 7-9 p.m.

Chefs and owners Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 and Jacob Sessoms of Table will present a four-course, family-style meal featuring food straight from the market. Come to earlier in the afternoon to pick up your own veggies, or let these noted serve you their own seasonal delights.

The dinner will be held at Tod's Tasties, 102 Montford Ave. $40 includes wine tasting and live music. Limited seating; advance tickets required. http://avl.mx/ym.

Invading our ecosystem

Western North Carolina's native plants face stiff competition. Many exotic species have faster growth rates and higher production levels than native plants, giving them an edge over the area's original species.

Botanical Gardens of Asheville garden manager Jay Kranyik will lead a class on invasive species that have made WNC their home. The class will meet on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the BGA Butler Room. Most of the program will be held outdoors, so bring rain gear if the forecast is customarily gloomy. $15; $10 members. Registration required. 252-5190.

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