We have been visiting any number of Greater Asheville, N.C. area tailgate markets on the hunt for engaging photos about organic eats and other "good things" for sustainable living.
This has turned out to be pure bon chance . An early morning adventure is one of many reasons why the Asheville area tailgate markets are special placesfor us. But there are other reasons why we rise just after dawn (you can go much later but we like to be there first) on various days of the week to visit the tailgate markets.
Tailgate markets offer so much more than the scent of fresh baked goodies in the air, the sound of neighbors chatting, the warm touch of fresh farm produce, and the tastes that promise to make your meals bedazzling.
Young and old alike come together at the UNCA Sponsored Tailgate market.
Possibly the overriding reason-benefit is reconnecting with the land; meeting the people who devote their lives to bringing food from their farms to our tables.
There's a sense of expectation, neighborliness and excitement in the air!
(See photo I took of young girl as she dashes on her way to share the flowers at UNCA sponsored North Asheville Tailgate Market. What a delight!)
This week, as we stroll along the rows of colorful tents beneath the huge shade trees, we are on the lookout for heirloom tomatoes and Granny's recipe for Heirloom Tomato Panzanella. (There's a close replica here.)
According to Wikipedia, most authorities agree that heirlooms, by definition, must be open-pollinated. They may also be open pollinated varieties that were bred and stabilized using classic breeding practices.
While there are no genetically modified tomatoes available for commercial or home use, it is generally agreed that no genetically modified organismscan be considered heirloom cultivars. We'll need 2 pounds ripe heirloom tomatoes a nice organic red onion , organic garlic, and some fresh basil ( we have this in our own garden).
So off we go, baskets and cameras in hand.
Until we reconnect with some of our favorite folks from a local certified Organic Farm. Just seeing their friendly faces reminds us of how much we enjoy reconnecting with the land; meeting the people who devote their lives to bringing food from their farms to our tables.
Maybe one day you could meet us at the market. . . just in case. . .
If you are relocating to, visiting , or already are lucky enough to live in the Greater Asheville, NC area, take it from us, you will love visiting every one of these. You also can also get video tips on shopping at markets or find various farm to table restaurants to sample fresh local food.
Green-o-Lina's FYI:Did you know that it takes almost 20 times more oil to transport nonlocal food compared to what you will find produced nearby which has been brought with personal care to our local tailgate markets?
Next stop...more heirloom tomatoes and some R&R at Zydeco Moon Organic Farm and Cabins. We heard by the "tomato vine" that Sally's crop of heirloom tomatoes now is in full swing. Brandywines, Cherokee Purples, Lillians, Green Zebras, Hughes, all open pollinated old timey tomatoes that taste like tomatoes used to taste. Five pounds of these organic beauties will be waiting for us in the Blue Moon or Harvest Moon.
Check back soon for our photo shoot and adventure at Zydeco Moon Farm.
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