The End of the Growing Season at Long Family Farm

It’s the end of the growing season and Harold Long is standing in front of a row of pole beans. The vines are withered and the pods are bone dry, but this seed’s journey is actually just beginning.  Harold and his wife, Nancy Long, grow heirloom beans, corn, pumpkins, and heritage chickens at Long Family … Read more

Saving Seeds and Sustaining Cherokee Traditions at Long Family Farm

It’s the end of the growing season and Harold Long is standing in front of a row of pole beans. The vines are withered and the pods are bone dry, but this seed’s journey is actually just beginning. Harold and his wife, Nancy Long, grow heirloom beans, corn, pumpkins, and heritage chickens at Long Family … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peaches

Summer has officially arrived, and with it has come plenty of new fruits and berries at Buncombe County farmers markets this week! Be sure to arrive early to get in on some of the goodness.   Creasman Farms brought their first picking of peaches this season to Asheville City Market this past Saturday. For more peaches, … Read more

2022 NC Foothills Farm Tour

The NC Foothills Farm Tour is back with a fantastic lineup on June 25th, 2022. The event is open to everyone and will feature six locations throughout Polk and Rutherford counties. The June farm tour is self-guided, so you can look into all of the options ahead of time and decide where you want to … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

cucumbers at farmers markets

As summer gets closer, we are starting to see more exciting arrivals at area farmers markets!  Cucumbers made their seasonal debut at farmers markets this week, with Thatchmore Farm (West and North Asheville markets), Velvet Morning Farms (Asheville City Market), and Ivy Creek Family Farm (Weaverville and North Asheville markets) offering an early harvest of … Read more

Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers

Wes and Ben Easton of Sunburst Trout Farms

“I remember shoveling fish guts, doing the hardest work on the farm,” recalls Wes Eason of Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County, NC. “If you’re the owner’s grandkid, you’re not getting the best jobs to start.” Wes is now a co-owner of the third-generation family business, alongside his brother, Ben, and mother, Sally. Sunburst Trout … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

peonies from Blazing Star Flowers

Mother’s Day is Sunday and farmers markets are full of treats for the mother figures in your life—or to treat yourself! Fresh cut, local flowers are bringing a riot of color to markets right now. Look for peonies, ranunculus, poppies, snapdragons, and more. You can find bouquets from Blazing Star Flowers (East Asheville Tailgate Market), Carolina Flowers (Asheville City … Read more

Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation

The Dillingham Family, photo by Hannah Furgiuele

“What’s happening now with Dillingham Family Farm is what I  hoped would happen—that our children would become more  involved,” says Brenda Dillingham. “I can transition out of things  and know that the farm will continue on and that the grandchildren  will be a part of that one day. That’s really important to me.”  The Dillingham … Read more

SMM Farm and Moreno Family Farm: Rediscovering the Past

The Moreno Family, photo by Camilla Calnan Photography

Shortly after signing the papers on their dream farm property in Hayesville, NC, Salvador and Alyssa Moreno took a walk with their kids, ages six and four. They found what turned out to be an old American hazelnut variety. “I said, ‘I think it’s poisonous and it will definitely kill us,’” laughs Salvador. “But we … Read more

Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

ramps from Wild Goods

Things are ramping up at farmers tailgate markets! We’ve spotted several much-anticipated spring fruits and vegetables in the past week, including the first strawberries, asparagus, and, yes, ramps.  Ramp mania has been going strong for several years, from foragers who fiercely protect their secret patches to chefs who dream up creative ways to use them. … Read more

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