Tailgate shopping strengthens relationships: When you ask people why they shop at a tailgate market, everyone has a slightly different answer, says Molly Nicholie of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. "Everyone has their own reason for shopping at their particular market. I think a lot of it is really based in relationships — and wanting a direct connection with who is growing your food." Photo courtesy of ASAP

Fresh food connection­s at your local tailgate market

(Go to the bottom of this article for a listing of local tailgate markets) With springtime and warmer weather finally underway here in the mountains comes the opportunity to head outdoors to our local tailgate markets. While some of them won’t set up their tents until mid-May, most tailgate markets have already begun their season. […]

What’s fresh at farmers markets

Wave goodbye to Thanksgiving and say a big hello to December holidays at area tailgate markets this week. Even though the growing season has ended, farmers markets are getting in gear for the holiday season with wreaths, trees and gifts, like candles from Osada Bee Farm at the North Asheville Tailgate Market (pictured above). Don’t worry — plenty of food is available still, too.