ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Fresher By a Thousand Miles

Consider an apple on a grocery store shelf. Bright green and waxy, a Granny Smith apple can travel over 8,000 miles to get from New Zealand to North Carolina. A combination of trucks, airplanes, and refrigerated ships are often used […]Read More ▶▶

Working Farms Preserve WNC Landscape

When you’re driving through the Southern Appalachians, nearly every twist and turn reveals steep hills and cascading creeks. Cattle dot the hillsides and tidy rows of vegetables line the bottomland by the road. This landscape has been cherished for generations […]Read More ▶▶

ASAP’s Impact in the Community

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 ▶▶

Winter Bounty

The days are short and the fields are mostly empty, but that doesn’t mean local food is in hibernation. Many vegetables like winter squashes and apples are harvested in the fall, stored in cool conditions, and sold all winter. Greens […]Read More ▶▶

Is Your Food Truly Local?

If you look for local products when you shop or dine out, you might notice the term “local” is often left undefined, or given a broad definition. For those of us who want to support family farms in the Southern […]Read More ▶▶

Raising a Family on the Farm

Farmer Anna Littman stands beside the north fork of Ivy Creek in Barnardsville, North Carolina. Her 10-month-old baby Abe squirms in a carrier on her back. Abe is on the move, eager to get his hands in the soil. Anna […]Read More ▶▶

Farm-Fresh Local Gifts

‘Tis the season to give and receive gifts, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than to give local this year. Shopping at farmers markets and local businesses offers unique gifts that  keep money in the local economy. Here […]Read More ▶▶

Make It A Local Thanksgiving

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 ▶▶

Why I Support Local Food: Steven and Rebecca

Rebecca Collins is passionate about local food. She’s a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville where she’s pursuing a degree in Sustainable Studies. When she’s not learning about food, she works at the farmers market in Waynesville where she […]Read More ▶▶

The Big Crunch

Did you hear that sound? It’s preschoolers chomping down on fall’s crispiest fruit: the apple. Kids from Florida to Kentucky participated in National Farm-to-School Month with the Southeast Crunch, a celebration orchestrated by ASAP and the Southeast state leads. Over […]Read More ▶▶

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