All Souls Pizza, hatchback markets reopen; upcoming fermentation series

ASHEVILLE — Popular pizzeria reopens with upgrades and rotating menu; spring crops are ripe for shopping at local tailgate markets; and here’s how to ferment with the best of them.

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The wait is over, All Souls Pizza fans.

The pizzeria has reopened after repairs and renovations.

Pizza Lady Edison at All Souls Pizza.

On March 2, All Souls Pizza closed its doors and began the improvement project focused on essential behind-the-scenes repairs. The kitchen floor and behind the bar have been replaced and the plumbing updated, manager Chad Palme said in an email.

Although customers may not notice the difference, the work was much needed, he said.

On March 24, staff at All Souls Pizza once again welcomed customers into the restaurant to order from the menu which constantly offers something new.

“We change our menu every week,” Palme said. “We do our best to work with the season and present great products that we are passionate about and enjoy. This week we have a Lady Edison Country Ham Pizza, as well as a radicchio salad with grapefruit, olives and a very good feta cheese from Looking Glass Creamery.

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If you need more reasons to visit, Palme has offered a few more enticing spots.

Guanciale Pizza

“Simply because the pizza is delicious,” he said. “We have a large space inside and outside. We change the menu every week. It’s fun food made with serious ingredients, all in a casual, laid back location. On top of all that, the people here are really fantastic.

All Souls Pizza is located at 175 Clingman Avenue. Hours of operation are 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Check out the menu at allsoulspizza.com.

Save the dates for tailgates

Keep meals fresh and local cash at area hatchback markets.

Tailgate – or farmers – markets are reopening for spring and one is returning to downtown for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Asheville City Market is open Saturday mornings on Market Street downtown.

East Asheville Tailgate Market will reopen on April 1. Hours will be 3-6 p.m. every Friday through October 28 at 954 Tunnel Road. For more details, visit eastashevillemarket.com.

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Ashville City Market was hosted as ASAP Farmers Market at AB Tech for better social distancing practices, but will revert to North Market Street and its original name this spring. The Asheville City Market will open from 9 a.m. to noon on April 2 on North Market Street, between Woodfin and Walnut streets in downtown Asheville. The market will be open on Saturdays until December 17. Free and handicapped parking is available at the HomeTrust Bank lot and at the Family Justice Center lot across from the YMCA, 35 Woodfin St. For details, visit asapconnections.org.

The North Asheville Tailgate Market will reopen on April 2. Hours will be 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Nov. 19 at UNC Asheville lot P28. For more details, visit northashevilletailgatemarket.com.

Eggs for sale at the Asheville Town Market

The West Asheville Tailgate Market will reopen April 5 and will operate from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at 718 Haywood Road. The market runs until November 22. For more details, visit westashevilletailgatemarket.com.

River Arts District Farmers Market will reopen on May 4. Hours will be 3-5:30 p.m. every Wednesday through October 26 at 289 Lyman St. For details, visit radfarmersmarket.com.

Also check out the WNC Farmers Market, open year-round and daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 570 Brevard Road in Asheville. For more details, visit ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/asheville/.

Tailgate Markets offer the opportunity to support local farmers and vendors while bringing home fresh food and original produce. Reconnect with the community, enjoy free concerts, take part in family activities and more in an outdoor environment.

Blue Meadows Farm at Asheville City Market

Additionally, SNAP is accepted in many markets. At Asheville City Market, SNAP shoppers can double the value of their dollar. The way ASAP breaks it down is that “if a SNAP customer swipes their EBT card for $10, they will receive $10 in SNAP tokens as well as $10 in Farm Fresh Bucks.”

For a complete list of regional hatchback markets, visit appalachiangrown.org/listing/show/221-wnc-farmers-market.

To good health in Hendersonville

Learn about the health benefits of fermentation from the experts.

Fermenti will present a series of five Master Class sessions on fermentation this summer. Classes will be held from 2-4 p.m. on June 4, June 25, July 30, August 27 and September 24 at Veterans Healing Farm, 38 Yale Road in Hendersonville.

Students will receive instruction on how to ferment at home with in-depth discussions on home-made fermented, lactic acid bacteria, and probiotic-rich foods. Topics will include how fermentation can be used to balance blood sugar, in recovery from addiction, and to improve immune health.

Meg Chamberlin with jars of Fermenti Foods at her farm in Marshall on February 26, 2021.

Participants will receive a Fermenti home fermentation kit and take home their own artisan ferments.

The series is a benefit to the Veterans Healing Farm, which will provide produce grown on the property specifically for the series of events. The farm’s mission is to improve the mental, emotional, and physical well-being of veterans nationwide through agro-therapy, camaraderie, and community.

Fermenti is a local, Marshall-based company dedicated to providing probiotic-rich live fermented foods.

For series updates and ticket purchases, visit fermenti.biz and Veteranshealingfarm.org.

Tiana Kennell is a food and restaurant reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Help support this type of journalism by subscribing to the Citizen Times.