This past week may have ushered in the start of school, but seasonally speaking, summer isn’t over yet. Area farmers tailgate markets are still full of summer fare, though some favorites may disappear soon, so get ‘em while you can.
Corn is still at market in large quantities, including two different varieties from Jake’s Farm (Asheville City Market) and many other farms, as well. Think grilled corn-on-the-cob, creamed corn, corn salad, corn salsa and more.
Raspberries are here for a limited time from Bear Necessities Farm (West Asheville Tailgate Market and Asheville City Market). These summer gems will leave us soon, so scoop them up before it’s too late.
Summer squash can still be spotted around markets, but in far smaller quantities than before. Similarly, eggplant is here, but not for long. Be sure to cook all of your favorite zucchini dishes, eggplant spreads, and roasted vegetable medleys with these summer friends before they’re gone. Tomatoes and peppers will be around for much longer, so no need to rush off to get these two stars of the season.
A great way to cherish the seasonal transition is with some last sips of summer with ice teas and infused waters using ingredients from the market. For iced teas, chop the following ingredients, add to boiling water, let cool, then add ice. Lemongrass from Lee’s One Fortune Farm (East Asheville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market, Asheville City Market, Asheville City Market – South) and Thai roselles — a relative of hibiscus — from Sleight Family Farm (Asheville City Market and West Asheville Tailgate Market) both make great late summer ice teas. And infused waters made with cucumbers, berries, and herbs such as basil are all wonderful to try as well.
Area farmers tailgate markets take place throughout the region. 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.
(Prepared by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.)