Farm fresh

The farmers market season is in full swing again. On a gorgeous, breezy spring day, what better way to while away whatever spare time you might have? Farmers markets are a great chance to get out and about, hobnob with the local foodie community, meet a farmer or two and fondle your fair share of vegetables.

This weekend, consider hitting up the Asheville City Market on Saturday afternoon. It is peak strawberry season, after all. Pick up a few baskets of the berries, eat some in the car on the way home, maybe reserving a few to try out in this fabulous recipe from Rachel Brownlee.

Don’t forget the local goat cheese; you can find some of that at the ACM, too. What other treasures are available right now? Tender garden lettuces, peas and pea shoots and plenty of other spring goods. Don’t forget to pick up a loaf of locally baked bread and some preserves to go with it.

The Asheville City Market is located at 161 S. Charolotte St., and is open between 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Rett Murphy sells a variety of spring greens at Asheville City Market. Photo courtesy of ASAP.

On Sunday, swing by the grassy area next to the Greenlife parking lot to find local, organically grown vegetables for a nice spring stir fry. Perhaps pick up a couple of plant starts, as well. Since Mother’s Day has passed (the unofficial last possible frost date), it is finally safe to plant.

Viable Cultures and their fabulous tempeh will set up shop, as will a local flower vendor and a stand stocked with vegan baked treats. Take it all home, and set up a nice table outside where you can dine al fresco, enjoy the Asheville weather and the great food that we are so fortunate to have here.

The Greenlife Sunday Market is located at 70 Merrimon Ave. It takes place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


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