Ideas for Spring Grilling + Appalachian Farms Feeding Families

Newsletter received on 05/22/20 from [ASAP] Sarah Hart
Local Food, Strong Farms, Healthy Communities
ASAP's Weekly Farmers Market Report - May 22, 2020 
Fresh at Farmers Markets
grilling strawberries
 
With Memorial Day weekend and a possible break in the rain, your grill may be calling to you. As Phase 2 of the state’s reopening approaches, it might even feel safe enough to grill up a few burgers and brats for someone other than yourself and immediate family members, especially if you’re dining outside. No matter how you decide to enjoy the holiday, farmers tailgate markets have what you need. (Remember that even as the city and state progress through planned phases of reopening, it’s important to continue precautions like wearing a mask and maintaining a six-foot distance from others when you shop at markets.)
 
Most spring veggies, rubbed with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and maybe some chopped herbs, grill up beautifully. Try whole spring onions from Green Toe Ground and Mighty Gnome Market Garden (both at ASAP Farmers Market Saturday) or Full Sun Farm and Ivy Creek Family Farm (both at North Asheville Tailgate Market; Full Sun also at River Arts District Farmers Market and Ivy Creek also at Weaverville Tailgate Market). The time for asparagus is fleeting, but you should still be able to get it from McConnell Farms (NATM, WATM) or Root Bottom Farm (WATM). Hakurei turnips (the small white ones, also called salad turnips) and radishes are available from numerous produce vendors. You can grill both in foil packets or on skewers to get that charred skin.
 
What about fruit? You can grill strawberries too! These are great drizzled with balsamic for a salad, as a secret ingredient in your barbecue sauce, or just enjoyed over ice cream. Threading the berries on water-soaked skewers will make grilling a bit easier. Find strawberries from Bear Necessities Farm (ASAP Farmers Market Saturdays and WATM), Full Sun Farm, Ivy Creek Family Farm, and McConnell Farm, among others.
 
Just want some grill-ready meats? Here’s a quick rundown of what you can find at each market: On Saturdays at the ASAP Farmers Market, Dry Ridge Farm has a wide assortment of sausage, pork ribs, chops, steaks, brisket, and more. Hickory Nut Gap Farm has beef, pork, and chicken products at North Asheville Tailgate Market, where you can also find lamb from Grassroots Farm & Dairy. At Black Mountain Tailgate Market, look for chicken and lamb from Sugar Hollow Farms. On Tuesdays at West Asheville Farmers Market, you have another chance to shop from Dry Ridge and Grassroots Farm & Dairy. On Wednesdays at the River Arts District Farmers Market, try the specialty Belted Galloway beef from Headshrink Farm or take another opportunity to stock up from Dry Ridge. You can also pick up beef and pork from Dillingham Family Farm at Weaverville Tailgate Market. And on Thursdays, find Headshrink Farm again at Enka-Candler Tailgate Market or grab pork sausages from Cove Creek Farm at the ASAP Farmers Market.
 
If gardening is on your agenda, markets still have lots of plant starts like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and squash. You’ll find also find plenty of greens as well as eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, honey, ferments, and more.
 
For a full list of markets open throughout the region, visit asapconnections.org. Find contact information and more details about the region’s farms and farmers markets in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide.
Announcing the Appalachian Farms Feeding Families Program
food box with local squash and tomatoes
 
The Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program gets fresh, healthy food to people who need it—while also fairly compensating farmers. Our communities are facing unprecedented challenges right now, with many families struggling to access fresh foods. Farms in our region are entering the time of year where production is high, but many have lost market outlets with restaurant closures or reduction of service. The Appalachian Farms Feeding Families program facilitates direct connections between farms and relief efforts that might not otherwise be logistically feasible.
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The closure of multiple farmers markets prompted ASAP to create a new outdoor market in a matter of days. Hear how the market operates and why it’s more important than ever to support the local food system
 
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Local Food & Farm News
Food donations by farms are among the community aid helping WNC food banks meet challenges, according this article in the Mountain Xpress.
 
As bars and restaurants have temporarily reimagined themselves as grocers, some are providing another outlet to purchase local food from farms, The Asheville Citizen-Times reports. 
 
The price of meat in our country doesn't reflect the cost of producing it, and some shoppers may experience sticker shock buying from local farms. Meredith Leigh has some suggestions in the Mountain Xpress
 
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