Farm-to-Freezer-to-Table: Put the tailgate market in your freezer
By Cat Kessler
Yes, the growing season is coming to a close. And this is the last weekend for the tailgate markets in the Asheville area. But if you get a little blue when you think about the end of fresh produce, then the folks over at Winter Sun Farms would be happy to brighten your day.
Winter Sun Farms has created a unique sort of CSA program to bring you through the colder months. Once a month (Dec.-Mar.), members of the Winter Share program can pick up a box of frozen local produce, including: tomato puree, green beans, whole strawberries, minestrone mix, edamame, and butternut squash puree. And of course, their website also features recipes in case you don't know what to do with these things.
The Winter Share program operates out of Blue Ridge Food Ventures, the largest food incubator in North Carolina. Basically, people who are interested in starting a food business (selling their hot sauce, jams, bamboo pickles, etc.), but who don't have access to a commercial kitchen, can rent the BRFV kitchen to do their preparation in a space that is well-equipped and up on all the health codes. So the Winter Sun Farms program partners with local farmers to freeze, package, and deliver the summer bounty during winter's lull.
Staying in Asheville for the winter? Have a friend who likes fruits and veggies? Consider Winter Share for yourself or as a gift. One more way the Foodtopian Society is there for you, all year 'round.