Tailgate Market Season is Here Area farmers markets begin opening outdoors on Saturday

first_imgFranklin Farmers Tailgate Market: TBAHaywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 15, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmJackson County Farmers Market: April 1, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pmOriginal Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 6, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmSwain County Farmers Market: May 5, Fridays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm‘Whee Market: April 4, Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 pmFar West Regional Tailgate MarketsAndrews Farmers Market: TBABrasstown’s Farmers Market: April 26, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pmCedar Valley Farmers Market: TBAGraham County Farmers Market: July 8, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pmHayesville Evening Market: May 5, Fridays 2:00 – 6:00 pm High Country Regional Tailgate Markets Caldwell County Farmers Market: May 6, Saturdays 7:00 am – 1:00 pmHildebran Farmers Market: May 2, Tuesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pmHistoric Marion Tailgate Market: TBALenoir Downtown Farmers Market: April 1, Wednesdays – Saturdays 10:00 am – 6:00 pmMorganton Farmers Market: May 3, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmRutherford County Farmers Market: April 15, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmSawmills Farmers Market: May 2, Tuesdays 3:00 – 6:30 pmValdese Farmers Market: May 12, Wednesdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and Fridays 2:00 – 6:00 pmSouthern Mountains Regional TailgateColumbus Tailgate Market: April 8, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmFlat Rock Farmers Market: May 4, Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 pmHenderson County Curb Market: Year-round; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 2:00 pmHenderson County Tailgate Market: April 1, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmMills River Farmers Market: May 6, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmSaluda Tailgate Market: May 5, Fridays 4:30 – 6:30 pmTransylvania Farmers’ Market: April 1, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmTryon Tailgate Market: May 3, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Alleghany County Farmers’ Market: May 6, Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pmAshe County Farmers Market: April 15, Wednesdays and Saturdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pmAvery County Farmers Market: April 1, Thursdays 4:00 – 7:00 pmThe Parkway Farmers Market: May 1, Saturdays 10:00 am – 2:00 pmSpruce Pine Farmers Market: TBA Near West Regional Tailgate Marketscenter_img Asheville City Market: April 1, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmAsheville City Market – South: April 5, Wednesdays 12:00 – 4:00 pmBlack Mountain Tailgate Market: May 6, Saturdays 9:00 am – 12:00 pmEast Asheville Tailgate Market: May 5, Fridays 3:00 – 6:00 pmFrench Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 19, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pmMadison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 1, Saturdays 9:00 am – 2:00 pmNorth Asheville Tailgate Market: April 1, Saturdays 8:00 am – 12:00 pmOakley Farmers Market: May 4, Thursdays 3:30 – 6:30 pmRiver Arts District Farmers Market: May 3, Wednesdays 2:00 – 6:00 pmSundays on the Island: April 1, Sundays 12:00 –Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 12, Wednesdays 2:30 – 6:30 pmWest Asheville Tailgate Market: April 4, Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30 pmWNC Farmers Market: Jan 1, Open Everyday 8:00 am – 6:00 pmYancey County Farmers Market: April 22, Saturdays 8:30 am – 12:30 pm  Foothills Regional Tailgate Markets Spring is here and the growing season is upon us! Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what Appalachian Grown™ farms are growing. At early spring markets, find fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm products like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region. But the season changes quickly, with new offerings sprouting up each week.Asheville City Market, one of the region’s vibrant farmers markets, is moving to a new, street-closed location in downtown Asheville. Starting on April 1, Asheville City Market will be open on North Market Street, between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street, where shoppers can enjoy open-air shopping for goods offered by local farmers, craftspeople, bakers, and lots of new vendors.Find a list of other spring tailgate opening days below. For a complete list of the tailgate markets in the region, including their season start dates, visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide atappalachiangrown.org. The 2017 print guide hits stands in mid-April.Central Mountains Regional Tailgate Marketslast_img read more

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Of politics and finance in Indian sports

first_imgSharda UgraPolitics, as we understand it, is usually party versus party. Congress vs BJP vs RJD vs LSD vs WMD… you get the drift. Politics, as the Ministry of Sports sees it, is a different, diversionary kind of tactic.Here party lines blur and the only line adhered to is one,Sharda UgraPolitics, as we understand it, is usually party versus party. Congress vs BJP vs RJD vs LSD vs WMD… you get the drift. Politics, as the Ministry of Sports sees it, is a different, diversionary kind of tactic.Here party lines blur and the only line adhered to is one of self-interest. All those in favour of perpetuating self-rule on one side and the befuddled babus on another. If this were a wrestling contest, it would be like sending a 50 kg stick insect up against a 110 kg gorilla. As things stand, India’s leading federation bosses, the er… above mentioned gorillas, first have their cakes bought with public money. Then they get to eat them too with a bunch of bananas-trips to the Olympics and other world events – thrown in as bonus. Suresh Kalmadi, P.R. Dasmunshi, K.P.S. Gill, V.K. Malhotra, Digvijay Singh, K.P. Singh Deo, et al, belong to India’s original Backscratchers Union.They have survived changes of government, ideology, policy and post-Olympics purges because they look after one another. Just as the BCCI lives in mortal dread of a “corporate takeover” and so resists professionalisation, our sports administrators also invoke the bogeys of a “threat to autonomy”.It’s great, this autonomy. It means a freedom from accountability (and actually from accounting) but does not imply demonstrating the dynamism to find independent funding. For that there is always the bottomless pool of our taxes.In the ministry, when faced with this powerful all-party club, they tend to throw up their hands and then do the easy thing – go after tricolours on helmets or what the cricket team is called. In recent months, though, something stirred: elite athletes were told they could bypass their federations and approach the ministry directly for funding.Now a scale for financing sports based not on a fixed priority list of disciplines but on a dynamic performance rating is being formulated. Whether the new sports minister will follow through on this is another matter. A few months ago, a meeting of state sports ministers was to discuss moving sport from the state list to the concurrent list, i.e. putting sport under Central control. Just before the meeting, a senior Indian Olympic Association (IOA) official hosted the ministers for breakfast after which the collective power of persuasion and pakoras had them opting for the status quo.advertisementYes, the government of India is not the world’s most efficient creature and yes it has more important things to do. But when it foots the bill for most Olympic sports, you would think a statement of expenses is the least it is entitled to.last_img read more