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Farm Tour: On a weekend a year, Western North Carolina farms open their barn doors to the public. ASAP’s Farm Tour is a chance to experience firsthand how food is grown and raised in the Southern Appalachian mountains, taste farm fresh products, meet farm animals, and connect with the community’s food producers. Discover some of Western North Carolina’s unique and beautiful working farms through tours, demonstrations, and hands-on activities.

Business of Farming Conference: If you’re currently farming or seriously considering farming as a profession, this conference is for you. Join farmers, agriculture professionals, and business and marketing specialists every February for learning sessions and opportunities to meet with restaurant and wholesale buyers.

CSA Fair: Want to learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and meet area CSA farmers face-to-face? Attend our annual CSA Fair, where you can gather information, meet local producers, and sign up on the spot for a produce, meat, and even flower share.

Growing Minds Farm to School Conference: Each year, our Growing Minds Farm to School Program conducts topical conferences. Past events have covered Farm to School cooking and starting Farm to School programs in schools and communities. Visit to find current details.

Events Calendar and Workshops

But that’s not all! The best way to keep up with ASAP events is to check our online calendar at The From Here calendar is a comprehensive collection of our events and other exciting food and farm happenings throughout the Southern Appalachian region. Find upcoming ASAP events in your area. Or, view the entire local food events calendar. Have an event you’d like to see on the calendar? Submit here. You can also check our workshop page for additional ASAP events and trainings.

ASAP Special Events

ASAP’s Local Food Experience

August 18, 2016, 5:30-8:30 pm
Highland Brewing Company Event Center, Asheville, NC
Purchase your tickets online or contact us for more information.
Eating local is about more than just food. It’s about the relationship with the farmer, the connection to place and heritage, and the sense of community that comes from knowing firsthand the story behind your food. It’s about experiencing something fresh, seasonal, and grown here. This summer, ASAP invites you to experience the diverse foods and culinary traditions of the Southern Appalachian mountains at ASAP’s Local Food Experience.

Tickets are $20 and include food, activities, and non-alchoholic beverage samples; $10 reduce price tickets for children 12 and under are available at the door.

For more information about the Local Food Experience click here.

Farm to Village
September 8, 2016, 6 pm
Join the chefs and brewers of Biltmore Village for a evening of local fare. Pairing local farms with each course of the meal, dine with friends and find the connections between local farms and your community. Tickets are $100 per person with proceeds benefiting ASAP. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.


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