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Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Announces Holiday Tailgate Market Schedule

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s that time of year again when some area farmers tailgate markets wrap up their season. Don’t worry too much, though; many remain open into November and December for all of your holiday cooking and shopping needs! Select ‘Read more’ for details.

Final Market Dates (and Holiday Market Details)


Ashe County Farmers Market: Reg season has ended. (Annual holiday markets November 20, 26, and 27 and December 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day; selection of handmade arts and crafts for holiday gift-giving.)


Asheville City Market: South: October 27 (Produce, cheeses, meats, baked goods, plants, home goods, and more; 2-6 p.m.); Downtown: December 18 (Holiday markets November 27 and December 4, 11, and 18; holiday market hours will change from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature live music as well as a holiday bike drive in December to collect unwanted bikes or parts for recycling; the bike drive will also feature bike repair demos and used bikes for sale.)
Big Ivy Tailgate Market: October 30
Black Mountain Tailgate Market: October 30 (Holiday market, 2nd annual, November 20; regular food vendors plus a wide variety of craft and artisan vendors for gift shopping. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
Greenlife Sunday Market: October 31
Mission Hospital Tailgate Market: October 1
North Asheville Tailgate Market: December 18 (Regular hours November 20 and 27, with a special Thanksgiving market November 20. The 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar will be held December 4, 11, and 18 at the North Asheville Tailgate Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will feature produce, crafts, gifts, meats, cheeses, baked goods, chocolate, cider, coffee, and more.)
Riceville Tailgate Market: September 18
Victory Tailgate Market: September 29
Wednesday Co-op Market:  November 24
West Asheville Tailgate Market: November 9 (Holiday event Tuesday, December 7 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
Weaverville Tailgate Market: October 27 (Season finale celebration; cookie decorating, scavenger hunt, and pumpkin decorating from 3-5:30 p.m. Costumes are optional but encouraged.)


Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: October 30 (Fall Harvest Party on October 30; details soon. Special winter markets November 20 and 24 and December 8 and 11 from 9 a.m. until noon; markets will offer fall and winter vegetables, apples and cider, farm-raised eggs, meat, cheese, NC seafood, baked goods, preserves, and heritage crafts.)


Flat Rock Tailgate Market: October 28 (Special Christmas Market December 4 from 2-5 p.m. Usual vendors from tailgate market plus new additions, Christmas trees, handspun scarves, dried Henderson County apples, handmade furniture, herb baskets, pizza kits, and more. For more information, call 828-697-7719.)
Hendersonville Community Co-op Tailgate Market: October 18
Henderson County Tailgate Market: Operating on regular schedule until further notice.
Henderson County Curb Market: Operating on regular schedule until further notice.


Johnson County Farmers Market: Reg season has ended. (Second Annual Holiday Market December 4th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; vendors include local meat, veggies, jams and jellies, wreaths, crafts, baked goods and more. The Christmas Parade starts at 3 p.m.)


Franklin Tailgate Market: November 20 (Final market 9 am to noon.)


Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: November 20 (Special winter markets held inside at Fiddlestix the Saturday after Thanksgiving until the Saturday before Christmas.)


Historic Marion Tailgate Market: October 26


Christmas Farmers Market: December 4 at the Mill Spring Agricultural Center (4 School Rd) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; trees, winter vegetables, crafts, and more.


Transylvania Tailgate Market: December 18 (Open Saturdays only in December from 9 a.m. until noon.)


Blowing Rock Farmers Market: October 14 (Holiday markets November 23 and December 21, 4-6 p.m.)

Watauga County Farmers Market: October 30 (Third annual holiday market November 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; trees, wreaths, and seasonal items along with homemade crafts and goodies of all types.)


Yancey County Farmers Market: October 30 (Special holiday market/event December 4 in conjunction with Burnsville’s Winterfest activities. More details to come.)

Join the Asheville Art Museum’s Holiday Art Camp

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Art Museum invites you to enjoy the season with a Holiday Art Camp Monday, December 27 through Thursday, December 30, 2010 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each day. The cost is $18 per day for Museum Members and $20 per day for Non-Members.
Take a break over the holidays and sign your art enthusiasts up for one or all four days of hands-on fun at the Museum’s Holiday Arts Extravaganza! Campers will spend their afternoons creating art of all kinds in the bright and sunny studio at the Asheville Art Museum. Pre-registration is required.
For information on the Museum’s Art Camp programs or to register, contact Sharon McRorie, Education Programs Manager at 828.253.3227, ext. 122 or at [email protected]

Healthy Holiday Cooking Class to be Held Dec. 14th

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Thought about adjusting some of your favorite holiday dishes or baked goods to make them healthier? Do you want some new recipes to try that fit into a Diabetic or Heart Healthy eating plan?

Bring your lunch and join us on December 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at this hands-on class where we will try some healthy holiday recipes as well as learn ways to make our favorite recipes healthier.

Class size is limited so register early. Registration fee is $5 and covers items for the recipes as well as handouts.

All classes are held at Buncombe County Cooperative Extension. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all classes. For more information, call the Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

Community Invited to Enjoy Christmas Season at Montreat College

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

MONTREAT, NC – On Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m., the Music Program of the Fine Arts Department of Montreat College will present its annual Christmas Concert in the chapel. Admission is free and open to the public. The program will feature the Montreat College Choir as well as performances by instrumental ensembles and instrumental and vocal soloists.

The Chapel of the Prodigal is open for those who want to come and pray or for visitors who wish to see the fresco and experience the chapel for the first time. The chapel is also often known as an intimate place of worship on campus, where students, faculty, or people in the community can gather. “The Chapel is a symbol of the Mission Statement of the college, which states that we seek to equip agents of transformation, renewal, and reconciliation,” says Teresa Price, the Director of Auxiliary Services at Montreat College. In addition, though it is barely a decade old, it has been included as one of only 22 sites named as “Heritage Treasures of Western North Carolina” by the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area web site.

Last month UNC-TV featured Montreat College’s Chapel of the Prodigal on its “Our State” program. The series discusses the fifteen frescoes created by world-renowned artist Benjamin Long in Montreat and in other western North Carolina locations. Long’s painting has always intended to be a centerpiece to turn visitors’ hearts toward this beautiful story of reconciliation, depicting the reunion of the Prodigal Son after he returns to his father’s home. So, it is with great honor and pride that we join with UNC-TV on this program.

The Chapel of the Prodigal’s hours for November are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is closed for the weekends from November through March.  Docent-led tours are available as well. To arrange a tour, call Teresa Price at 828-669-8012, extension 3821.

Asheville Independent Restaurants Reach For New Heights

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR), which began in 2002 as a group of determined independent restaurateurs, has played an integral role in cultivating Asheville’s reputation as a culinary destination. Now, with over 45 members and 23 local business sponsors, the organization is poised for its next iteration of growth and development.

The group hosted its largest ever Taste of Asheville event, Thursday, November 18th – featuring 31 restaurants highlighting the local independent restaurant culture. Entry included a Taste of Asheville Passport, a booklet with over $600 in buy one-get one savings at AIR member dining establishments. The booklet is also on sale to the general public as a great value in savings throughout the year at area independent restaurants. It can be purchased at www.airasheville.org or at the Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau at 36 Montford Avenue.

During the event, a newly designed website and marketing identity for the organization was unveiled, featuring a new logo of a chef flying through the sky. The whimsical chef is a symbolic visual of the upward direction for the organization- through its rise in membership as well as future plans for expanded programming and community outreach. Throughout the strategic and branding process, AIR board members identified the organization’s role as an avid proponent of local food, local businesses and local philanthropies.

“We think AIR — our community of independent restaurants — elevates the food scene in our community to a level beyond expectations,” said Kevin Schwartz, AIR board president. “Not only do we offer a uniquely Asheville dining experience, we also are proud to be a vital and giving part of the community through our events, collaboration with organizations and charitable causes, and our Chefs of Tomorrow culinary scholarships at AB-Tech. We also believe that for both residents as well as visitors to the area, dining at one of our independent restaurants is the ultimate way to experience Asheville,” said Schwartz.

For more information about Asheville Independent Restaurants, visit www.airasheville.org

December Garden Chores

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – It’s cold outside, and the last thing you are thinking about is your lawn or garden. There are, however, some chores that need to be done in December.


  • Take a break for a while, as long as the last of the leaves have been raked and the grass has been mowed
    that last time.


  • If possible, before bringing a Christmas tree indoors, give it a good shake and even a good cleaning with the garden hose to remove pollen and hitchhiking insects.
  • Keep a living tree indoors no longer than 10 days. Then take it out and plant it in the landscape as soon as possible.
  • To enjoy the poinsettia as long as possible, give it very little direct sunlight, keep it away from heat vents and cold drafts, and water regularly.
  • Keep good pruning practices in mind when cutting holiday greenery. Make clean cuts at branch angles or leaf nodes, and keep an eye on the shape of the plant.
  • Inspect house plants, especially any that spent the summer outdoors. They often carry in small insects such as scale, mealybugs, whiteflies and spider mites.


  • Although you do not want to prune fruit trees until March, it is OK to prune grape vines now.
  • The strawberry bed can be mulched with straw when nights are regularly falling below freezing.


  • Clean up the asparagus bed. Remove and discard dead ferns and pull weeds.
  • Parsnips, turnips, beets and carrots can still be dug if the soil has not frozen.
  • Monitor greenhouses, cloches and cold frames daily. Temperatures heat up quickly on a sunny day.


  • Along with the holiday greetings, the garden catalogs will be arriving in the mail. Start flagging your wish list pages for spring orders.

Choosing and Caring for a Cut Christmas Tree

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you’ve decided to purchase a cut tree this year, here are some tips that will help you select the best tree and keep it in good condition throughout the holidays.

  1. Purchase a fresh tree with needles that do not fall off when shaken.
  2. Store the tree outdoors, standing in a bucket of water until it is brought inside.
  3. Re-cut the base of the stem when the tree is brought into the house.
  4. Be sure your tree stand is large enough to hold adequate water. Check the water level daily and keep the cut surface covered with water at all times. A cut Christmas tree will absorb between two pints and one gallon of water per day.
  5. Avoid exposing the tree to heat sources and warm drafts. Use an anti-transpirant spray (Antitranspirants are compounds applied to the leaves of plants to reduce the evaporation of water.) to help slow the drying out of the needles.

The selection and decoration of a Christmas tree is an important part of many families’ traditional holiday activities. By following a few simple guidelines, trees can be chosen and cared for in a manner that enhances the enjoyment of a special season.

For more information, see the Holiday Plant Tips video which will tell you how to choose and care for poinsettias and cut and live Christmas trees. You can also visit the NC Cooperative Extension website or call 255-5522.

Lake Julian Festival of Lights Starts December 3

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Light up your holiday nights with the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights!

This drive-through light show is open nightly from December 3 through 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. Last year’s show drew over 2300 automobiles, vans and buses – in spite of an early snow storm. The cost is $5 for a car, $10 for vans and $25 for a bus.

Twenty percent of proceeds are designated for Special Olympics Buncombe County. The balance is used to purchase new lights and displays and for the upkeep of the older displays. The mega-production increases yearly as new light displays are added, making Lake Julian Park the shining jewel of Buncombe County every December.

For more information, call Lake Julian Park at (828) 684-0376 or email [email protected].

Safety Tips for Online Shopping

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you are buying items from an online retailer or auction website, the Federal Trade Commission offers this advice to help you make the most of your shopping experience:

  • Know who you’re dealing with. Which company owns the website that you are using?
  • Make sure the page is secure before you enter credit card information. There must be a letter “s” after http (or https://) for the transmission to be secure.
  • Know exactly what you’re buying.
  • Know what it will cost.
  • Check out the terms of the deal, such as refund policies and delivery dates.
  • Keep a paper trail.
  • Don’t email your financial information.
  • Check the privacy policy.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

UNC Asheville to Hold Holiday Ceramic and Art Sale

Monday, November 29th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – UNC Asheville’s Art Department will hold its annual holiday sale of ceramics, glass and other art objects from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, located on the ground floor of Owen Hall. The sale is open to the public.

A wide variety of functional and decorative items crafted by UNC Asheville students will be on sale with prices beginning at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Art Department.

For more information, call UNC Asheville’s Art Department at 828.251.6559.