ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Healthy Kids in Henderson County

Late summer is a time of abundance, but for many families, getting healthy food on the table is a daily challenge. WIC is a federal program that stands for Women, Infants, and Children. It provides food and nutrition education to […]Read More ▶▶

Let’s Go To Farm Camp!

It’s a hot summer day at Franny’s Farm Camp in Leicester, North Carolina. Farmer Frances Tacy and a gaggle of campers are searching for a pig named Doughnut. Franny and the kids shout out “Come here doughnut,” and the sweet […]Read More ▶▶

Get Your Eclipse Fix at Farms

Eclipse madness has hit Western North Carolina, and the rest of the country. On the afternoon of August 21st, daylight will become twilight as the moon passes between the sun and Earth. It’s the first total solar eclipse visible in […]Read More ▶▶

The Future of Harmon Dairy

It’s 5:30 in the evening and the cows are already lined up at the gate. Alan Harmon of Harmon Dairy is getting the milking machine ready. How many times has Alan started and ended his day in the milking parlor? […]Read More ▶▶

Ice Cream From the Ground Up

Berries are a highlight of summer in the Southern Appalachians. Market shoppers and chefs alike rush to their kitchens when strawberries and blueberries burst onto the scene. During peak berry season at The Hop Ice Creamery in West Asheville, raspberries […]Read More ▶▶

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 ▶▶

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