ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Breeze Into Autumn at Farmers Markets

Summer is making a swift exit. Crisp autumn mornings mean tomato season is on the way out, and though there are still some beautiful peppers to be found, late September marks a shift in the growing season. One of the […]Read More ▶▶

Back to School with Local Food

School is back in session. Kare learning new lessons, and so are their teachers. This month, educators from throughout the Southeast will converge at ASAP’s Southeast Farm to School Conference in Greenville, South Carolina. They’ll learn how to bring farm […]Read More ▶▶

When Berries Met Basil: An Ice Cream Love Story


Our First CSA: Mason and Luke

Joining a CSA can be an eye opening experience. With Community Supported Agriculture, community members support farmers by paying for food in the beginning of the season, and then they get a box of farm-fresh food each week. For Macon […]Read More ▶▶

Why I Support Local Food: Debra and Nelson

Knowing where their food comes from is “vitally important” to Deborah and Nelson Copp. They moved to East Asheville from San Diego five years ago and have embraced the local food movement since making the Southern Appalachians their full-time home. […]Read More ▶▶

Seeing the Old Family Farm

Eva Duckett stepped back in time this summer. Her family grew hay and tobacco for most of her life in Big Sandy Mush, North Carolina, at what is now Full Sun Farm. Full Sun Farm was a stop on ASAP’s […]Read More ▶▶

Local Food Experience

There’s a story behind the foods we eat. The rolling hills, fertile fields, and especially the people who produce our food create a narrative of life in the Southern Appalachians. On Thursday August 18, 2016, an array of farmers, chefs, […]Read More ▶▶

Growing and Eating Organically, Without Certification

Kendall Huntley sees organic certification both ways. He has grown organically since 1996, but hasn’t always had USDA certification. He started as a small-scale farmer, and over time he partnered with other farmers in Buncombe and Yancey Counties who now […]Read More ▶▶

Balsam Gardens Scales Up and Gets Certified

Balsam Gardens, a certified organic farm in Western North Carolina, is growing fast. In 2008, owners Steven Beltram and Becca Nestler started bringing extra produce from their family garden to the Jackson County farmers market. They used organic methods to […]Read More ▶▶

What Does Organic Really Mean?

Organic food sales are up in the United States. Consumer demand shows double-digit growth, and sales reached nearly $36 million dollars in 2014. But what does “organic” really mean? The USDA organic label indicates the farm has been certified as […]Read More ▶▶

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