ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Farm to Table Events Spark Up Summer

Summer is the perfect time to explore farm to table food. There’s something for everyone—from elegant dinners at local farms to summer treats made by artisans who are inspired by the towers of produce at area farmers markets. If you’re […]Read More ▶▶

From Field to Grocery Shelf

The distribution center at Ingles Markets is massive—1.6 million square feet. We’re in a motorized cart, whizzing past towers of food and grocery items. Ingles employee Elizabeth Harris is at the wheel, taking us through a refrigerated produce section filled […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmer: Tumbling Shoals Farm

Jason Roehrig of Tumbling Shoals Farm in Wilkes County, North Carolina grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Pennsylvania, but it wasn’t until he went to Madagascar that he realized he wanted to be a farmer. He was a Peace […]Read More ▶▶

CSA through the Seasons

Seasonal eating is one of the joys of living in the Southern Appalachians. Community Supported Agriculture, also known as a CSA, lets you celebrate the arrival of each fruit and vegetable. There are CSAs for produce, meat, and even flowers. […]Read More ▶▶

Farm Tour Travels

Nothing says summer like a Sunday drive, or Saturday drive for that matter. Now add food, farms, and animals and you’ve got ASAP’s Farm Tour – a self-guided journey through the mountains to see Western North Carolina farms in action. […]Read More ▶▶

Sisters in Cheese

Growing up on a farm isn’t always idyllic, but the three women who run Cane Creek Creamery in Fletcher, North Carolina say they wouldn’t have wanted their childhoods any other way. Sisters Mollie Hembree and Alma Nesbitt are cheesemakers at […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmer: Donna Gains

For Donna Gains of High Mountain Meadows Farm and Creamery, all it took was one agricultural project with her granddaughter to change her way of life. Before she became a farmer, Donna was a nurse for 30 years. “When I […]Read More ▶▶

Mountain Fresh Flowers

Big, beautiful poppies waver in the breeze at Flourish Flower Farm in Candler, North Carolina. Their peach, orange, and off-white petals are just beginning to unfurl. “As you can see on this one, the bud is just starting to crack. […]Read More ▶▶

From Farm to Taproom with Sierra Nevada

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is boosting markets for local farmers and food businesses at its taproom in Mills River, North Carolina. While the ingredients  for beer are not prevalent in our region, Sierra Nevada is showing its commitment to local […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food: Then and Now

Agricultural traditions in Western North Carolina stretch back generations, particularly farming tobacco and raising cattle, but the idea of a local food movement is still relatively new. When ASAP was founded in the mid-1990s, the idea of consumers seeking out […]Read More ▶▶

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