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ASAP’s Local Food Experience

Celebrate the Local Food and Culinary Traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains at ASAP’s Local Food Experience

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When: Thursday, August 18, 5:30-8:30

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

Details: 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. This summer, ASAP invites you to experience the diverse foods and culinary traditions of the Southern Appalachian mountains at ASAP’s Local Food Experience!

Experience the the dynamic connections between farmers, chefs, and artisan food producers by sampling Appalachian Grown foods and meeting the faces of the local food system. Enjoy local bites and plates from Ultimate Ice Cream, Looking Glass Creamery, Sunburst Trout Farms, Waynesville Soda Jerks, Imladris Farm, Green River Picklers, French Broad Chocolates, HomeGrown, and many more. Additionally, we’ll have a silent auction with exclusive local food experiences, and family friendly activities for all ages to enjoy.

Ticket Information: Purchase your Local Food Experience tickets online by clicking on this link. Tickets are $20, with $10 reduced price tickets available for children 12 and under available at the door.  Tickets are good for food and tastings of non-alcoholic beverages. Highland beer will be sold separately. Depending on online ticket sales, there may be a limited number of tickets available at the door. All ticket proceeds benefit ASAP.

A complete list of participating farms and partner businesses will be posted soon, as well as preview of our silent auction items. Check our website for updates or contact us at 828-236-1282 or for more information.


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

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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