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Support ASAP and Join the Local Food Movement

This year on Growing Local, we’ve shared dozens of stories about farmers, chefs, kids, and community members who support the local food movement. Today we’ll share some ways you can support local food, and take you behind the scenes at […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmer: M&M Berry

It’s the end of the season at M&M Berry Farm in Henderson County, North Carolina. Mike Pack Junior walks through the rows of dormant blackberry bushes at his family’s farm. “What we’re walking through right now are the canes that […]Read More ▶▶

Local Christmas Trees Brighten the Holidays

A freshly cut Christmas tree brings the magic of the outdoors inside. The experience of driving out to a local tree farm, choosing the perfect tree, and seeing it cut on the spot is a cherished holiday tradition in the […]Read More ▶▶

Stock Up on Local Sweet Potatoes

It’s a chilly winter night, just after dark. Summer vegetables are gone, and the fridge is pretty empty, yet it’s time to get dinner on the table. Rather than rush to the grocery store, you check the pantry to make […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmer: Highlands Family Farm

Highlands Family Farm sits on 125-acres of beautiful farmland in Burke County, North Carolina. Farmer Daniel Wall and his business partner Jon Mercer come from decidedly different backgrounds, but together with their young families they’ve started a farm that promotes […]Read More ▶▶

Thanksgiving Bounty

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it’s time to set the table. First off, the veggies. Start the meal with a salad of local lettuce and goat cheese from a nearby dairy or creamery. Serve alongside bread from […]Read More ▶▶

Sorghum in the Kitchen

If you’ve seen sorghum on restaurant menus lately, you may be wondering what exactly it is. While sorghum syrup is often just called molasses, sorghum molasses is different from sugarcane molasses. When sorghum cane is boiled down, it results in […]Read More ▶▶

Sorghum: An Appalachian Tradition

If you drive through the back roads of Madison County, North Carolina on an autumn morning, you might think you’ve traveled back in time. Today, there are still a few family farms, nestled in the hills and hollers, that use […]Read More ▶▶

Fall Fun at Darnell Farms

It’s a stunning fall day at Darnell Farms in Bryson City, North Carolina. The sky is bright blue and autumn leaves light up the mountains, but this idyllic morning is far from calm for the Darnell family. More than 2,000 […]Read More ▶▶

The Classroom Crunch

Did you hear that sound? It’s preschoolers, K-12 students, and teachers chomping down on fall’s crispiest fruit: the apple. Kids throughout North Carolina will celebrate National Farm to School Month with the “North Carolina Crunch” when they all take a […]Read More ▶▶

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