ISO fresh produce? If you love to cook, you might be feeling hard hit by sparse shelves at some of our area grocery stores. But area farmers are rising to the challenge, which means it’s a great time to go local with mealtimes.
Ready to shop? Here are the latest updates on how to have your veggies – and eat them, too.
- The WNC Farmers Market (570 Brevard Rd.) is open for business daily from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Find fruits + veggies, plus other staples like meats, cheese, beans, preserves, salsas, honey + condiments.
- ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) has organized a new farmers market at A-B Tech, happening Saturdays from 9 a.m.-12 p.m in the A2, A3, and A7 parking lots. The market is designed to comply with CDC guidelines and mitigate viral transmission points, including by strictly controlling the number of people who enter. Protip: Payment is online and completed after you shop.
- For $25, you can order a box of produce from The Culinary Gardener and either pay ahead of time or when you pick it up in downtown Asheville. Boxes will contain radishes, spinach, green garlic, salad mix + more.
- Looking for meat? Hickory Nut Gap Farm (57 Sugar Hollow Rd., Fairview) specializes in pork, poultry + beef and has transitioned to drive-through pickups only (Thurs.-Sun. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.). Butchery will be offering pre-packed boxes of various cuts for pick up. Place your order here.
- CSAs are also currently enrolling. CSA stands for “community shared agriculture,” and means that you pay into a farm for a season by pre-purchasing a half- or full-share. Check out CSAs in the Asheville area here, and find Hendersonville CSAs here.
- Mountain Food Products is offering a multi-farm CSA. The sign-up deadline to lock in early bird pricing is March 31, and delivery starts May 28. And, if you’re new to the CSA scene – or home cooking in general – be sure to read this Voices piece that shares five tips on how to use your CSA basket.
Are you eating more local produce these days? Or, have you started a garden this year? We’d love to hear about it.
You can find the latest tips on food safety + COVID-19 here.