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Reconnecting with the Land; Meeting the People : Tailgate Markets- The UNCA Sponsored Market.An Asheville Area Events Series:

We have been visiting any number of Greater Asheville, N.C. area tailgate markets on the hunt for North Asheville Tailgatge Market Sponored by UNCAengaging 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.

 

She loves the North Asheville UNCA tailgate market

 

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 North Asheville UNCA Sponsored Tailgate Marketfor heirloom tomatoes and Granny's recipe for Heirloom Tomato Panzanella. (There's a close replica here.)  

heirloom tomatoesAccording 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).

Strolling through Asheville Tailgate Market

 

So off we go, baskets and cameras in hand.

 

 Pet-Friendly Asheville Tailgate market Until we reconnect with some of our favorite folks from a local certified Organic Farm. Organic Farmers at UNCA Tailgate Market 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. . .

  Here's 2008  list of farmers tailgate markets provided by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

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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Comments

Seems that reconnecting with the land; meeting the people who devote their lives to bringing food from their farms to our tables makes sense...let me know what you think. . .

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

JaneAnne - Looks like you had a great time, and you captured the day with your shots.  I grow my own tomatoes without the aid of any products and you just can't beat the taste.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 11 years ago

janeAnne,

Your articles are always top notch.

In a country starved for substance, more substantive content needs to be introduced.

This is just my  opinion.

Farmers markets are a great place for great food and some fun.

Blueberries are my favourite item to look for.

You obviously have photographic talent.

The running girl and the tomatoes are wonderful captures, jane Anne.

Keep up the great work.

NeighborJohn

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago

I had never heard of tailgate markets.  This looks like a lot of fun beside finding and enjoying local produce.  I'll have to see if there is anything like that in my neck of the woods.  Those tomatoes look so good!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago

Your commentaries glow with your love for the land & people.

Arlene

 

Posted by Arlene b over 11 years ago

Oooh...I'm curious to hear about your visit to Zydeco Moon Farm, please let us know how it goes.

And I agree janeAnne, farmer's markets (a.ka. tailgate markets) are the greatest!  There are so many more reasons to go than just to buy food for the week.

Posted by Rhodes Waite over 11 years ago

Jennifer~ 

You made me smile when you commented, " I grow my own tomatoes without the aid of any products and you just can't beat the taste...". i do, too! And there is NOTHING like the taste of a tomato fresh f rom the garden and still warm f rom the sun!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

John~ 

OK...we have a philosopher present!..or possibly a poet  or folk hero? You commented..." In a country starved for substance, more substantive content needs to be introduced. " Your insight is remarkable and much appreciated.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Joan~

I am wondering if you have had any luck in finding locally-grown and harvested food in your neck 'o the woods??

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Arlene~

I appreciate your sentiment. And it is true. I am so lucky to be in an area where 'mountain heritage" is honored, respected, well and alive!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

Rhodes~

Thanks for echoing one of my favorite anthems in terms of local growers at local markets...You commented, " There are so many more reasons to go than just to buy food for the week...." and I agree!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 11 years ago

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