ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

From Curds to Herds

It’s 5:30 in the evening and the cows are already lined up at the gate. Alan Harmon of Harmon Dairy is getting the milking machine ready. How many times has Alan started and ended his day in the milking parlor?  […]Read More ▶▶


Fresh Food all Winter

As winter farmers markets open for the season, you might be wondering how those tender greens were grown during some of the coldest months of the year. Over the past several years, more local farmers have been using tools and […]Read More ▶▶


The Tobacco Barns of Madison County

I’m hunting the ghost of tobacco farming with Taylor Barnhill from the Appalachian Barn Alliance. As we drive around the tight curves and steep hillsides of Madison County, we see dozens of old barns teetering on the edge of the […]Read More ▶▶


The Legacy of Tobacco in WNC

If you drive through the hills and along the river in Madison County, North Carolina, you’ll see a community in transition. Some fields are fallow, others are filled with hay, and around the bend, farmers are growing fruits and vegetables […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food in 2020

The ups and downs of 2020 have affected us all differently, but one thing we have in common is the daily task of eating. Being able to access food was one of the early concerns that many people shared, and […]Read More ▶▶


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 […]Read More ▶▶


Local Christmas Trees Brighten the Season

Picture the perfect Christmas tree. It’s tall and cone-shaped, has strong boughs for hanging ornaments, its needles stay on the tree for weeks after it’s harvested, and it smells divine. This ideal Christmas tree is likely a Fraser fir.  Fraser […]Read More ▶▶


Farmers Market Managers Look Back on 2020

2020 has been an unusual year in every way, including how we access food. At the beginning of the pandemic, many people were concerned about safety at grocery stores and worried about food shortages as national supply chains were strained. […]Read More ▶▶


Feasting with Farmers

After a long year of planting seeds, harvesting summer crops, and tending to fall greens, many farmers look forward to a holiday feast. It’s a time to share the abundance with the people they love and enjoy the bounty they’ve […]Read More ▶▶


Meet The Farmers Who Grew Your Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving plate is more than a collection of fall foods. It’s also a way to give thanks to the farmers who spent months growing the vegetables, fruit, and main dishes that bring us comfort each year. On this episode […]Read More ▶▶


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