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Beyond the Farm Tour

Don’t want your Farm Tour weekend to end? It doesn’t have to! Stay connected with ASAP and local food in the region by:

  • Did you taste something unforgettable this weekend? You can find many of your favorite Farm Tour farms at Appalachian Grown partner restaurants, tailgate markets, grocery stores, and retailers. Click here to find where you can purchase products from farms on the tour, including whether they have a farm store or operate a CSA program.
  • Want to volunteer with ASAP again? Or join us as an intern? Click here for more details. 

Farmers and participants alike agree that the Farm Tour is one of their favorite weekends of the year. Want to ensure that we can continue offering the Farm Tour? Donate to ASAP today to support local food, strong farms, and healthy communities!

Share your tour experiences with us and complete our Farm Tour survey. Your feedback helps us improve future tours!

Local Food Sales Surge in WNC

ASHEVILLE, NC (May 2, 2014) – Local food sales in Western North Carolina have grown significantly in the last five years. The 2012 Census of Agriculture, released on May 2, shows that direct sales alone have increased by nearly 70% in the region according to analysis by ASAP’s Local Food Research Center, from under $5 million in 2007 to over $8 million in 2012. The 2012 Census of Agriculture also shows that the region has reversed a disturbing trend in loss of farm acres, actually adding over 10,000 acres between 2007 and 2012 while the rest of North Carolina and the country lost farmland.


At What Cost? Food Hubs, Walmart, and Local Food

By Charlie Jackson and Allison Perrett
March 26, 2014

It is generally recognized that we have big problems with our food system. Industry and government policies and practices are concealed in an anonymous and largely unsustainable global economic system that degrades individual and community health, harms the environment, and is failing to sustain our farms and communities. In this pervasive global system, the effects of our food choices are hidden, and we are unable to see our impacts as consumers and citizens.


North Carolina Sales Tax Laws Impacting Farmers & Farmers Markets

There have been lots of alterations to the North Carolina tax laws affecting farmers selling at farmers markets as well as new requirements for market managers. Changes are happening every day, so keep up-to-date at From Here and our Guide to Compliance with N.C.G.S. § 66-255 For Farmers Market Managers and Vendors.



Business of Farming Conference

Missed our 2014 conference? View several conference presentations at ASAP’s slideshare site, and sign up here to be added to our conference mailing list.


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