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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Greater Asheville: "Pick Your Own" Organic Farms

We had a recent inquiry about "pick your own" organic farms in the area.

It seemed like a perfect way to learn some things we did not know and to highlight this part of the greater Asheville economy at the same time.

Sifting through a few pages of Google results we were able to come up with the set of online resources below.

Pick Your Own: Organic Farm Resources
Explore Asheville, from the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority provides a list of such farms, with links to their websites. Bottom line advice is to call ahead.

The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
gives us a nice search tool where visitors can use drop down menus to choose any such businesses from farm, to retail, wholesale, or tailgate markets. The same organization provides us with a list of members and links to the Mountain Tailgate Market Association.

North Carolina State University gives us this long list of organic resources ranging from marketing to tailgate markets and certifications.

The New Life Journal did a profile on The Zimmerman Berry Farm located in our home county of Madison. A quick look at their website indicates that prime picking season begins in mid June. Check them out at their website or call 828-656-2056.

What's in Season? A handy link to have throughout the year. For this point in May, major availability includes:
The year's first root vegetables are available, including radishes and turnips. Ramps--regional, wild onions--are also offered. Get them now--they're only briefly in season in the spring.

Moderate temperature keeps greens crisp. So, spring is also the prime time to shop for wide variety of greens for cooking and eating raw, as well as asparagus.
And we will close with a complete "pick your own" directory statewide from

Happy picking.

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