Valentine's Ideas + February Photo of the Month

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Local Food, Strong Farms, Healthy Communities
ASAP's Weekly Farmers Market Report - February 7, 2020 
Fresh at Farmers Markets 
Valentine's Day apple hearts
 
If you’re the type to serve your sweetheart a locally sourced Valentine’s Day meal, take note that you’ll need to stop at a farmers tailgate market tomorrow or Wednesday to collect ingredients in time for Feb. 14. Pretty much any meal you shop for and prepare yourself hits the mark for a romantic gesture, but we’ve included a few suggestions to really get into the spirit.
 
Rosy-hued apples from Creasman Farms (at both Asheville City Market–Winter on Saturday and River Arts District Winter Market on Wednesday) make a great alternative to red candy hearts. Make this treat extra special for Valentine’s Day by swapping a heart-shaped cutout from a red and green apple using a small heart cookie cutter or sharp paring knife.
 
Highgate Farm (River Arts District Winter Market) had baby beets available this past week—yellow ones, not the classic Valentine’s red, but these root veggies have a natural heart shape in addition to being extremely heart healthy. Roast them whole and toss with red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, and diced shallots. 
 
If it’s color you want, the Japanese sweet potatoes from Lee’s One Fortune Farm (Asheville City Market–Winter and River Arts District Winter Market) have a tendency to dye whatever you’re preparing purple. Use that to your advantage by pureeing boiled or roasted sweet potatoes with sautéed onion and garlic, thyme, and stock of your choice for a lovely violet soup. For full visual appeal, top with a dollop of yogurt and a pinch of microgreens (available from Sleight Family Farm or Myseanica Family Farm at Asheville City Market–Winter or Greenshine Farms at River Arts District Winter Market). 
 
Watermelon or purple daikon radishes (Ten Mile Farm at Asheville City Market–Winter has both) are another good way to add traditional Valentine’s colors to the plate. Thinly sliced, either is great in salad, slaw, or salsa. You can also pickle them or even roast them in wedges with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
 
Oysters are a classic aphrodisiac and traditionally included on fancy Valentine’s Day menus. Mother Ocean Market (Asheville City Market–Winter and River Arts District Winter Market) often has them available, along with other North and South Carolina seafood worthy of a special meal.
 
At winter markets now you’ll also find winter squash, turnips, carrots, potatoes, fennel, cabbage, leafy greens, salad mix, snow peas, 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.
February Photo of the Month
The greenhouse at Farm Fresh Ventures.
 
Our photo of the month comes from Eugene Jones, a certified horticultural therapist for Recovery Ventures - Farm Fresh Ventures in McDowell County. Greenhouses can keep lettuces and microgreens like these available to shoppers and chefs year round.
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Upcoming Events
2/8

Farm Dreams Workshop
 
Homestead Dreams: Design & Plan for Living on Your Land
 
2/11
Friends of Ag Breakfast
 
2/13
Burke Small Fruit Production Workshop
 
2/18
Madison County Garden Club

2/22

ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference
 
2/24
Wehrloom AVL: Announcement Party
 
2/25
Small Farms Agrishops
 
View the full calendar of events.
ASAP on the Air
A CSA share from Mountain Food Products
 
Mountain Food Products operates largely behind the scenes in our local food system, but the 36-year-old wholesale distributor connects a lot of dots between farms, restaurants, and even individual customers through its multifarm CSA. Hear from founder Ron Ainspan on this week's Growing Local.
 
You can listen to all
Growing Local episodes on SoundCloudiTunes, or on ASAP's website.
Local Food & Farms in the News
Earth Fare's closing sent shock waves through the region this week and will have an effect on some local food makers and producers. Read more in Asheville Citizen-Times, WLOS, and The Wall Street Journal.
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