Early-season tailgate markets in Western North Carolina feature more variety than you might imagine: Naturally, there are early greens -- especially fresh lettuce. And there are starter tomatoes, herbs, peppers, squash and more, as well as local meats, breads and even homemade tamales, on occasion. But there's also the unexpected: Oyster mushrooms grown in Alexander by Carol Dreiling. "They're almost too pretty to eat," Drieling remarked on a recent Saturday, which is when you'll find the North Asheville Tailgate Market open at UNCA.
For a schedule of local markets, click here
. You'll also find hints at what veggies and other locally grown, locally produced stuff will likely be found at upcoming markets.
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