From the Office of Sustainability
The smells and colors of fall are starting to creep in with crisp mornings and the full flavors of the late season. Fall is a great time to support local farmers, enjoy fresh food, and bolster Asheville’s local food economy at our many farmers markets. Local farmers markets, or tailgate markets, are still in full swing with summer favorites and fall treats.
Many markets in the Asheville area accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), some even have “Double SNAP” programs which match dollars spent through SNAP to stretch your farmers market dollars even further. Check out this postcard to learn more about Double SNAP markets and market locations in Buncombe County.
Looking for a convenient way to get to the market? Check out this ART bus map to find routes that will take you to daily markets!
Fall is also a great time for your family to experience the views, flavors, and projects happening at our local farms. Get out to the farm and connect with the region’s farmers and catch a behind-the-scenes tour of local food in the mountains by checking out ASAP’s Farm Tour on September 18-19. More information is available on ASAP’s website (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project).
Fresh food from local farms not only tastes great, but has outstanding nutritional value, low carbon footprint, and supports the farmers and food businesses that steward our land, soil, and waterways. Every dollar we spend at our local tailgates is an investment in a greener, cleaner, tastier Asheville.
Keep an eye out for other apple U-pick and on-farm activities coming your way this fall!