It’s Spring time in Asheville and that means outdoor farmers market season has arrived! Expect to find local goods, hearty greens, farm fresh eggs, artisan cheese and even fresh strawberries.

Farmers Markets opening near you include:

The year-round Asheville City Market Downtown that has moved outside is open Saturdays at 8am

The Asheville Market South at Biltmore Park, Wednesdays at Noon

The North Asheville Market, my personal favorite – I was there this past weekend, at UNC Asheville, Saturdays at 8am

And the West Asheville Market, Tuesdays at 3:30

Find all of this and more at: https://asapconnections.org/find-local-food/farmers-markets/asheville-city-market/

Starting in May you can also catch:

The River Arts District Farmers Market, Wednesdays at 3 – https://radfarmersmarket.wixsite.com/rad-farmers-market

And the East Asheville Market, Fridays at 3 – https://www.eastashevilletailgatemarket.com/

The 15th annual Asheville Bread Festival, you heard me, is happening on Saturday April 13th at New Belgium Brewing! Annie’s Bakery, West End and OWL Bakery are among the over 20 vendors showcasing their unique style of baked goods. There are also workshops available like “The Science behind Sourdough” and “Carolina Ground: Rebuilding A Sustainable Food System From Grain To Loaf” – spots are going fast so register now at AshevilleBreadFestival.com. The Festival is free to attend, so stop by this Saturday at New Belgium and meet your local artisan bakers and eat ALL the bread.

Urban Orchard, The American Pig Supper Club, OWL Bakery… Game of Thrones?? On April 14th, Urban Orchard Cider Company on the South Slope is hosting “Feast Your Eyes FEAST” a Game of Thrones Watch Party. The event will include an airing of the last episode from Season 7 followed by the debut of Season 8, Episode 1 at 9pm. Guests will be feasting on a massive charcuterie spread by The American Pig, and OWL Bakery will be providing bread and dessert. Don’t forget your costumes, there will be prizes. More details and tickets head over to Urban Orchard’s website: https://www.urbanorchardcider.com/. Let the feast begin! Do you have your costume ready, Jess?

South Asheville will be the first location outside of North Florida to get a Cantina Louie, a swanky little Mexican street food spot. Jason Sharpe, an Asheville native and close friend of the originator of Cantina Louie, loved the concept so much he wanted to bring the flavors and vibe to Asheville. Bright colors and murals fill the space that was once occupied by CharBar 7. Opening this week, stop on by to find authentic street food favorites like Elotes and homemade Tamales and pair them with one of their signature drinks. Cantina Louie is now open. Sounds like a perfect spot for our next girls night out!

The Chupacabra, The Yeti, The Fat Elvis… no, these are not the nicknames of Jess’s ex-boyfriends but are in fact unique flavored lattes made and sold at 10th Muse Coffee. The unique coffee shop located in Biltmore Village is also known for their list of “break-from-the-norm” avocado toasts. But this story is not about a smashed green fruit smeared on crispy warm bread, nor about their recently celebrated 1-year anniversary… no, this story is about, MINI-DOUGHNUTS. That’s right, starting this week you can now get fresh, MADE TO ORDER, red velvet, devil’s chocolate cake or vanilla mini-doughnuts with your choice of toppings. Visit 10th Muse now to eat all the doughnuts.

https://www.facebook.com/10thmusecoffee/

Now we have a real feel good story for you all. Ashevillians can proudly say there is just something special about our city. Well now, chef Steven Goff of Aux Bar just made our favorite city even more special. Chef Goff is selling wooden nickels for $5 each to customers at Aux Bar. What’s so special about wooden nickels you ask? Well, customers who purchase the nickels can give them to homeless folks or anyone in need of a meal. Right? Incredible. Recipients can then take the nickel back to the restaurant with no questions asked and exchange it for a warm meal. These wooden nickels are a regular menu item now and can be purchased at Aux Bar on North Lexington Ave. Way to be a leader, chef Goff.

https://www.auxbarasheville.com/

Also, don’t forget to visit our friends from Asheville Date Night Guide, here: http://ashevilledatenight.com/