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Local Food, Strong Farms, Healthy Communities
ASAP's Weekly Farmers Market Report - January 31, 2020 
Fresh at Farmers Markets 
farmers market eggs, photo by Lauren Gallagher
 
It’s common for chickens to slow down their laying in January and February, meaning that eggs can rise to a new level of scarcity at winter markets. If you’re looking to score a dozen (or more), it’s best to get to market early and head straight for one of the following vendors. 
 
At River Arts District Winter Market on Wednesdays, look for eggs from Lee’s One Fortune Farm, Lick Log Apiaries, Black Trumpet Farm, and Headshrink Farms. At Asheville City Market–Winter on Saturdays, you can find eggs from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Lee’s One Fortune Farm, Fiddler’s Green Farm, and Dry Ridge Farm
 
After scaling up in 2019, Dry Ridge Farm has one of the biggest egg-laying operations around, and should be back to having enough eggs to go around in a few weeks. In the meantime, ask about their pullet eggs, which are smaller and come from hens in their first few months of laying. You’ll never find these eggs in traditional grocery stores, as they don’t conform to standard sizes, but they are often considered to be richer with brighter yolks. Pullet eggs poach or fry up beautifully, but you can also use them for baking. Just aim for a ratio of one-and-a-half pullet eggs to one regular size egg (so a recipe calling for two eggs would require three pullet eggs). 
 
At the other end of the spectrum, you can find duck eggs from Lee’s One Fortune Farm. Duck eggs are about fifty percent larger than standard chicken eggs and have a thicker shell, which means they stay fresher longer. With bigger yolks and a higher fat content, they are generally found to be creamier than chicken eggs and are prized by bakers for fluffier cakes and more stable meringues. 
 
It’s worth seeking out eggs of any size right now, as they are the perfect accompaniment to the winter greens and starchy root veggies abundant at winter markets. A simple but delicious weeknight meal can be made of rice or grits with roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed greens such as Swiss chard, bok choy, or turnip greens, crowned with a poached or fried egg. Maybe add a little kimchi or fermented hot sauce from Sweet Brine’d (River Arts District Winter Market) or Serotonin Ferments (Asheville City Market–Winter) on top. 
 
In addition to eggs, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens, market vendors are stocked with potatoes, apples, turnips, carrots, radishes, fennel, cabbage, snow peas, salad greens, mushrooms, meat, cheese, bread, baked goods, and much, much more.
 
Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region, even through the winter. As always, you can find information about farms, tailgate markets, and farm stands, including locations and hours, by visiting ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.
Early-bird registration for the Business of Farming Conference ends Feb. 1
Want to save on your Business of Farming Conference registration? Make sure you register by tomorrow! Rates go up on Feb. 2. Find out more about the conference—including workshop descriptions and schedule, speakers, Grower-Buyer Meeting participants, and more—and register at our website.
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ASAP's mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. 
Upcoming Events
2/1
Holistic Crop Management: Managing Weeds Holistically
 
2/3
What do we call it? Organic, etc.
 
2/6
Advanced Enterprise Development 
 
Sierra Club: Preserving A Picturesque America
 
2/8
Farm Dreams Workshop
 
2/11
Friends of Ag Breakfast
 
2/13
Burke Small Fruit Production Workshop

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ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference
 
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ASAP on the Air
Nicole and Aaron Bradley of Colfax Creek Farm; photo by Bright Planning
 
Aaron and Nicole Bradley of Colfax Creek Farm have generations of farming experience in their families. Now they're carrying on the family’s commitment to raising pastured livestock. Hear more about their journey on this week's Growing Local.
 
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Growing Local episodes on SoundCloudiTunes, or on ASAP's website.
Local Food & Farms in the News
Asheville ranked number one on Yelp's list of best food destinations, calling out the "restaurants, breweries and food businesses powered by generations-old family farms." (Food and Wine checked in with its take on Asheville as well.)
 
The Asheville Food Fan Awards honored local food businesses, including Gaining Ground Farm as farm of the year and Meg Chamberlain of Fermenti as food maker of the year. The Asheville Citizen-Times has the complete list. 
 
 
Several upcoming local events feature truffles, including a truffle farm visit at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville, reports the Asheville Citizen-Times.
 
In The Laurel of Asheville, Robert Turner considers ideas for farmland preservation in Western North Carolina.
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