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Get Local La Tomatina with Cúrate!

As part of ASAP’s Get Local campaign – a year-round initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and community members to highlight a featured local food – we are partnering with restaurants that go above and beyond when it comes to purchasing and serving local foods from Appalachian Grown certified farms. Asheville restaurant Cúrate has been a leader in their commitment to local farms since opening in 2011. 

What better way to celebrate tomato month in August than with Get Local La Tomatina at Cúrate on August 6, 6:30-9:30 pm. The multi-course dinner will be a fun play on a traditional tomato festival in Spain. See the full menu for the evening below. Katie Button, Cúrate Chef, and Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s Executive Director, will speak at the dinner. Tickets are $125 per person (includes drink, tax, and gratuity). Proceeds of the event benefit ASAP. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS.

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ASAP’s Farm Tour – September 20-21, 2014!

ASAP’s Farm Tour is closer than you think! Passes are on sale now for the weekend of September 20-21, 2014. Click here to meet the 36 farms on the tour, sign up to volunteer, get the details on the Farm Tour photo contest, and more!

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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

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