If you wander down Broadway on a brisk Saturday morning this winter, you won’t find the classic white tents with farmers bundled up and selling their wares on the street this time of year. You’ll find them all cozy and festive inside the beautiful wood floored ballroom of the Masonic Temple’s first floor. When you walk inside, the high ceilings are lit with twinkle lights and the room is full of festivity, music, and a rainbow of produce, bread, cheese, soap, fermented products, baked goods and more. Spread out all along the walls and in a square in the center are the dedicated growers and vendors for Asheville City Market’s Indoor market. Dedicated market goers can arrive at 9 am to shop with their favorite farmers all through the winter.
Here are a few highlights:
1. Fiddler’s Green , a beginning farmer and member of the Organic Growers School’s CRAFT Farmer Network, has been bring fresh cut greens, cabbage, potatoes, winter squash, carrots, eggs, heirloom corn grits and chicken. Ryan Clark apprenticed for Ivy Creek Farm for 2 years before buying his own farm in Madison County.
2. East Fork Farm, under the new ownership and leadership of John and Meena, have been bringing an assortment of grass fed lamb, chicken, beef and pork.
3. Green Toe Ground is also at the market, bringing salad greens, arugula, turnips , radishes, spinach, dried cut flowers, wreaths and more each week. They are also a CRAFT member and longtime OGS supporter.
Other farm vendors have a plethora of produce, plus some unique products like rice, yogurt drinks and CBD oils.
To see more farms that provide sustainably grown produce, check out Organic Growers School Farm Network.
Farms you can find at the market:
- Ten Mile Farm
- Green Toe Ground
- Jake’s Farm
- Fiddler’s Green
- Spinning Spider Creamery
- New Moon
- Dry Ridge Farm
- Gibson Berry Farm
- Wildwood Herbal
- East Fork Farm
- Creasman Farm
- Lee’s One Fortune Farm
- Once Upon a Cow Micro-Dairy
Author: Nicole DelCogliano
Nicole DelCogliano is Farmer Program Coordinator at OGS. She teaches the year long Farm Beginnings program to new and beginning farmers. She also farms in Yancey County with her husband, at Green Toe Ground farm.