ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Sorghum: An Appalachian Tradition

If you drive through the back roads of Madison County, North Carolina on an autumn morning, you might think you’ve traveled back in time. Today, there are still a few family farms, nestled in the hills and hollers, that use […]Read More ▶▶


Fall Fun at Darnell Farms

It’s a stunning fall day at Darnell Farms in Bryson City, North Carolina. The sky is bright blue and autumn leaves light up the mountains, but this idyllic morning is far from calm for the Darnell family. More than 2,000 […]Read More ▶▶


The Classroom Crunch

Did you hear that sound? It’s preschoolers, K-12 students, and teachers chomping down on fall’s crispiest fruit: the apple. Kids throughout North Carolina will celebrate National Farm to School Month with the “North Carolina Crunch” when they all take a […]Read More ▶▶


Tea Company Infuses Local Flavor

It’s a bright, sunny day at the Pick and Preserve Food Hub in Barnardsville, North Carolina. Jessie Dean, the owner of Asheville Tea Company, is waiting by the door for farmer Michael Rayburn. “We’ve got lemon balm, pineapple sage, roselle, […]Read More ▶▶


South Carolina School Grows a Farm

Fresh produce doesn’t travel far to get to school cafeterias in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. In 2016, Spartanburg School District Six embarked on a big project to connect students with local food by starting its own farm. The Spartanburg County […]Read More ▶▶


Kids Boost Local Food Movement

October is National Farm to School month and kids across the country are digging into garden projects, tasting new foods in the cafeteria, and practicing cooking skills in the classroom. This month is also a time to think about the […]Read More ▶▶


Spice Up Fall with Local Garlic

Walk into a grocery store and you’ll find one or maybe two varieties of garlic. Visit a local garlic farm, and you’ll smell dozens of different varieties, each with its own flavor, scent, and color. You’re probably used to soft […]Read More ▶▶


Fun For Kids at Markets

It’s Saturday morning in Mills River, North Carolina and we’re standing outside the elementary school. School isn’t in session this weekend, of course, but kids are still learning at the farmers market. Linda Brittain is an organizer of the Mills […]Read More ▶▶


What to Do with All Those Apples

It’s a crisp, fall day in the orchard and ripe apples are everywhere. You spent all afternoon picking these red and golden beauties, and now it’s time to head home from your u-pick adventure. After you load up the car […]Read More ▶▶


Brushy Mountain Apples

Deep in the Brushy Mountains of Western North Carolina, there’s a hidden gem of apple production. An abundance of orchards dot the hillsides, and families have been growing apples here for generations. Perry Lowe III, also known as Ty, is […]Read More ▶▶


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