ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

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 ▶▶


Farm Tour Voices

The sun beats down on Dry Ridge Farm in Madison County, North Carolina. It’s ASAP’s Farm Tour weekend and crowds of people are hiking up and down the hillsides to see the farm’s free-range chickens and pastured hogs. Down in […]Read More ▶▶


Chef Demos Spice Up Farmers Markets

Eric Scheffer arrives at the North Asheville Tailgate Market in a blue pickup truck with a crew of staff right behind him. The owner of Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian restaurant is here to cook for market-goers who will arrive in just […]Read More ▶▶


Discover Madison County on ASAP’s Farm Tour

ASAP’s Farm Tour is just days away and farmers are putting the finishing touches on their plans for this year’s tour. Here at Growing Local, we’ve put together a few mini audio adventures about different farms on the tour. This […]Read More ▶▶


Go East on Farm Tour

Watch piglets snuggle with their sow and learn how and why they’re raised on local pastures on ASAP’s Farm Tour in just a few weeks. Vandele Farms, near Lake Lure, is worth a drive to this beautiful part of North […]Read More ▶▶


Fairview Farm Tour Adventures

Picture yourself standing in a field of flowers, surrounded by blooms grown by a local farmer. Feel the breeze as it whispers through the blueberry bushes. Imagine standing in the barnyard petting baby calves or watching cheese get made in […]Read More ▶▶


Agritourism – Behind the Scenes

Farmers throughout the region are getting ready for farm tour season, and dozens of farms in the Southern Appalachians will open their gates to the public this month. At many farms, the community can walk through the fields, hear about […]Read More ▶▶


100% Local Food Challenge

There are lots of ways to eat locally, and it’s entirely possible to eat only local food for an entire day. Here are a few ways to take the 100% Local Challenge. Start the day with farm fresh eggs and […]Read More ▶▶


Why Do We Say “Bring Home the Bacon?”

You can bet the farm on the way agriculture comes up in the way we talk. Many of the words and phrases we use in everyday life — like “flew the coop” or “spring chicken” — come to us from […]Read More ▶▶


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