Nationwide and with promotion even from the White House by Michele Obama, there is a growing interest/push for Local Foods, Strong Farms and Healthy Communities. You can drive down Merrimon Ave. (just two streets over from Cumberland Circle) and see where churches are growing vegetables on their front and side lawns ( cared for by their congregations). Members of AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) have all committed to using local farm products within 100 miles. ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) is a hugely responsible for teaching local farmers how to market their products, connecting food service buyers and Chefs to farms that can fill their needs, producing and publishing a local Food Guide, designing a brand that certifies products that are Appalachian Grown, education of school children focusing on where their food comes from (farm tours) and organizing Asheville City Markets coordinating with the Mountain Tailgate Market Association. Even if you are just visiting you can enjoy the following list of Tailgate Markets: Asheville City Market-8am – 1pm, Saturdays, 161 S. Charlotte St. and Eagle Street- free parking available; Asheville City Market South-1-5pm, Wednesdays – 2 Town Square Blvd- Biltmore Park Town Square; French Broad Food Co-op Market– 2-6pm, Wednesdays, 76 Biltmore Ave., in parking lot next to French Broad Food-Co-op; Montford Tailgate Market-2-6pm, Wednesdays, parking lot of the Asheville Visitors Center, 34 Montford Ave; East Asheville Tailgate Market-3-6pm, Fridays, Groce United Methodist Church’s parking lot at the corner of Beverly and Tunnel road; West Asheville Tailgate Market-3:30-6:30 pm, Tuesdays, 718 Haywood Road, in parking area between Grace Baptist Church and Sun Trust Bank. Items to buy range from flowers, goat cheese, grass fed beef, pasteurized pork, cider, vegetables, fresh bread, honey, molasses, mushrooms, eggs, soap and chocolate, to name a few items for sale.