The French Broad Co-Op, which is held downtown on Wednesdays, is one of several regional farmers markets that accepts payment through food assistance programs such as EBT.

Welcome to spring: Here’s where to find your neighborho­od tailgate market

Most area markets will be starting up in the next few weeks, though a few — including the Asheville City Market, the WNC Farmers Market and the Jackson County Farmers Market — are open year-round. With the help of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Xpress is providing a roundup of regional markets, including markets accepting food assistance programs.

Sir Charles Gardner works in the Pisgah View Peace Garden, a community garden and commercial enterprise that grows food for — and employees — public housing residents.

Green developmen­ts: How Asheville’s public housing communitie­s are leading the eco-scene

From the Get It! Guide: Green jobs, lush community gardens, community cookouts and water quality testing — these might not be things many in Asheville picture when they think of public housing. But residents says Asheville’s public housing neighborhoods are investing in their communities’ welfare and leading a growing interest in “greening” up the neighborhoods.

SAY CHEESE: Katie Moore of the Cheese Store of Asheville is one of the organizers of the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest. Xpress file photo

A cheesy affair: Movie and tasting event raises funds for Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

With nearly a dozen local creameries in the area, quality, craft-made cheeses are in abundance in Asheville — something both the Cheese Store of Asheville and the WNC Cheese Trail are hoping to educate eaters about through the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest on April 26. As a fundraiser for the festival, the Cheese Store of Asheville will host a cheese tasting and movie night this week at Metro Wines.

Todd Woods, chef de cuisine at Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, brings to his job a deep-rooted love of Southern cooking. Photo courtesy of Todd Woods

Changes at Seven Sows

Things have been changing at Asheville’s beloved Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder. Hosting Blind Pig Supper Club events both regionally and on the road, chef and owner Michael Moore has found himself drawn from the kitchen more and more lately, leading to rumors that he was closing or selling the restaurant.

NIGHT CREW: From left, Chef Katie Button, Felix Meana and Liz Button are set to open their new night spot on Feb. 2. Photo by Mark-Ellis Bennett

Ring the Nightbell

Asheville’s spectrum of nocturnal food-and-drink destinations will soon expand: Nightbell will open Sunday, Feb. 2, at 32 S. Lexington Ave. Created by the family that owns and operates the popular Spanish tapas restaurant Cúrate on Biltmore Avenue, Nightbell will feature an assortment of premium liquors, craft cocktails, wine, dance music and imaginative cuisine. Cúrate chef […]

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