ASAP Connections

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Shop Local at Holiday Markets

The holiday season is in full swing here in Western North Carolina, and farmers markets are bustling with locals and visitors looking for holiday gifts. We ran into two customers at Asheville City Market who agreed to let us follow […]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 ▶▶

Why I Appreciate Farmers

Earlier this fall, ASAP set up a story booth at the Local Food Experience event. We invited community members to stop by and tell us about how local food is part of their lives. We heard from parents, college students, […]Read More ▶▶

Hmong Farmers Escape Laos and Find Safety in WNC

Tou Lee stands in the middle of a rice field at Lee’s One Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. He pulls on a glove, runs his hand up the stalk and over the tassel, and shakes individual grains of rice […]Read More ▶▶

Harvesting Rice at Lee’s One Fortune Farm

Tou Lee walks through the rice field at Lee One’s Fortune Farm in Marion, North Carolina. There was a big storm last night and the bottom of the rice plants are submerged in water and mud. “Be careful where you […]Read More ▶▶

Autumn Adventures 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 ▶▶

Community Story: Why I Teach my Kids to Love Local

Most weeks on Growing Local, we talk to farmers, chefs, and educators who are working to improve the local food system. But there’s another important link in the food chain—the community members who support local food. We wanted to know […]Read More ▶▶

The Evolution of M&M Berry Farm

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 ▶▶

Lewis Creek Farm Branches Out into Cider Apples

When apples are abundant in Western North Carolina, it’s time to think about how to preserve the fruit. When stored in a cool, dark place, some apple varieties will stay tasty all winter. Others are turned into juice and ciders […]Read More ▶▶

Holt Orchards Keeps the Family Dream Alive

Holt Orchards in Flat Rock, North Carolina has a legacy worth saving. A brother and sister team, Todd Kirmss and Tracy Cavagnaro, left their jobs in 2009 to come back to the family orchard full-time. The orchard was originally their […]Read More ▶▶

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