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ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Meet the people changing our food system and taste the flavors of summer in the mountains, one bite at a time.

ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Date: Thursday, August 18, 5:30-8:30

Location: Highland Brewing Company Event Center, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803.

Ticket Information: Tickets are $20 per person; with $10 reduced price tickets available for children 12 and under at the door.  Purchase your tickets online by clicking on this link. Tickets are good for food and non-alcoholic beverages; Highland beer will be sold separately.  We recommended purchasing your tickets in advance, as there may be a limited number of tickets available at the door. All ticket proceeds benefit ASAP.

Event information: Eating local is about more than just food. It’s about the relationship with the farmer, the connection to place and heritage, and the sense of community that comes from knowing the story behind your food. It’s about experiencing something fresh, seasonal, and grown here.  On August 18, savor the food and culinary traditions of our Southern Appalachian Mountains, and meet your farms, artisans, and  businesses working together to localize our food system.

Attendees will enjoy a sampling of local food tastings, small dishes, and seasonal fare served by Appalachian Grown farms and partners including Looking Glass Creamery, Sunburst Trout Farms, Imladris Farm, Green River Picklers, Waynesville Soda Jerks, Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Ultimate Ice Cream, French Broad Chocolates, HomeGrown, and more!

There will also be family friendly activities, and a silent auction offering exclusive local food experiences, including farm stays, winery and cidery tours, workshops, a private dinner, and other exciting local food experiences.  A full list of auction items will be posted in early August.

For more information contact Robin at 828-236-1282 or robin@asapconnections.org, and keep an eye on our website, social media pages, and e-newsletters for more event updates.

Featured Farms and Appalachian Grown Partners

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  • Green River Picklers
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm
  • HomeGrown
  • Imladris Farm
  • Looking Glass Creamery
  • Sunburst Trout Farms
  • Ultimate Ice Cream
  • Waynesville Soda Jerks
  • more coming soon!

2016 Southeast Farm to School Conference – Register Now!

The Southeast is having a farm to school gathering and you are invited!

On September 23-24, 2016 in Greenville, SC, join teachers, early childhood educators, parents, community health professionals, and child nutrition staff from across the Southeast to strengthen existing programs and jump start new farm to school efforts.

The preschool track of the conference is pre-approved as a continuing education activity for early childhood educators in SC, NC, and GA. In addition, the entire conference has been approved for all states as a continuing education activity by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. All attendees will receive certificates of completion. State networking sessions will be provided for states within USDA’s SE region: NC, SC, FL, KY, TN, GA, AL, and MS.

Friday, September 23 – Pre-conference day with field trips to sites in Upstate SC and a local foods reception.
Saturday, September 24 – Full day conference and state networking sessions.
The field trips and reception will be an additional charge with limited capacity.

Full information including the workshop schedule and field trip details is available on the Growing Minds website.

Want to promote your support of farm to school? Consider sponsoring the conference! Check out sponsorship opportunities here!

 

ASAP’s 2016 Farm Tour was farm-tastic!

Thank you for joining us for our 2016 Farm Tour! Relive the fun by visiting our Facebook or Instagram page and searching hashtag #asapfarmtour.

We would love to hear your Farm Tour stories and feedback! Share your tour experience by clicking on this survey link, and be entered into a drawing to win a FREE 2017 Farm Tour car pass.

If you missed the tour, or are excited to visit more local farms, use our online Local Food Guide to search nearby farms to visit, or check out other farm events and tours near you at fromhere.org.

Plus, save the date for the 2017 Farm Tour, June 24 & 25! 

The 2015 Appalachian Grown Survey Results Are In!

This past March, ASAP’s Local Food Research Center sent a survey to all Appalachian Grown (AG) certified farms. The purpose of this survey was to better understand the experiences of farmers in our region, learn about the impact of our work, and to gather feedback to help shape the program’s future direction. We are very pleased to share that we received responses from 222 farms.

Our 2015 AG Producer Survey Report contains the findings from the survey and a summary of selected survey results from over the last three years. Highlights from our findings:

  • Most farmers report that there are more market outlets available to them in 2015 compared to 2014;
  • Customers are specifically asking for AG certified products – 68% of respondents reported that customers are asking for AG certified products;
  • Farmers are using AG materials to brand their products – 47% of farmers’ total sales were identified as AG;
  • Farmers consider AG promotional materials to be very important in helping to increase sales;
  • Restaurants are the biggest area of increased sales – 29% reported that their sales to restaurants increased from 2014 to 2015.

Our 2016 Appalachian Grown survey will be sent in January 2017.

ASAP is Now On the Air!

“Growing Local” is a new radio series on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am. “Growing Local” comes from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, and will feature stories about local food and farms in the Southern Appalachians.

If you miss an episode on the radio, you can follow our SoundCloud page, where they’ll be posted each week. Or, like our Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with “Growing Local”.

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