The Dirt: Happy tailgating

Pick your day, pick your town, and there's probably a tailgate market nearby. In the Asheville area, in fact, you could spend the better part of your week bouncing from market to market.

Click the image above to view a slideshow by Margaret Williams.

But the bounty doesn't end with fresh, local veggies. I recently snagged a beautiful loaf of bread and some sticky buns made by Steve Bardwell. The latter recipe, he confessed, came from Broadwing Farm, whose owners now concentrate on cabin rentals. “One of the conditions of my being in this market was that I take over and make these sticky buns using Mary Dixon's recipe,” said Bardwell.

I never got to sample those buns, though: I hauled them home, set a pot of coffee going, went outside for a moment … and returned to find naught but the wrappers on the kitchen floor — and my dog Molly looking rather guilty.

So it's back to the market, I guess.

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About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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