Asheville strives to be a sustainable community
The local Tailgate Markets reflect this unique characteristic of our mountain town, one of the reasons Asheville is repeatedly praised as a favorite destination. Just recently, TripAvisor named Asheville as one of its "15 Destinations on the Rise," citing food and culture among the reasons to visit.
Going to market is fun!
Musicians show up with acoustic instruments and entertain. People bring their dogs and mill about meeting each other and chatting about the weather. Plus, eating fresh vegetables and breads is a healthy lifestyle choice. At the Tailgate Market, you'll also find locally raised meats and eggs that came straight from the farm to your basket.
Support local business
Not only do local foods taste better than store bought goods, you're also supporting community agriculture. You can extend this philosophy to nearly everything you do in Asheville, such as supporting local business by booking an Asheville vacation rental cabin from Carolina Mornings, a locally-owned and operated business for 15 years.
Plenty of opportunities
There's an Asheville Tailgate Market almost every day of the week. Check the From Here calendar for details. Wednesdays downtown at the French Broad Co-op Tailgate Market is one of the largest. If you're up for an adventure, take a scenic drive up the French Broad River to Marshall for Sundays on the Island.
In-season radishes give salad a kick, or you can whip a little something together and serve them as a side dish.
Tangy Radish Salad
2 T apple juice
2 T orange juice
2 T fresh lime juice
2 T olive oil
1 t sugar
salt and pepper
a large bunch of radishes (any kind), cut into wedges
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped red onion
In a large bowl, mix the juices, olive oil, and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the radish wedges, cilantro, and red onion. Toss and refrigerate.