ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

Community Story: Preserving Farmland and Passing Down Values

Earlier this summer, ASAP invited members of the community to come to our storybooth to talk about how local food is part of their lives.  George Ivey from Hendersonville, North Carolina stepped right up with his 15-month-old son. His baby […]Read More ▶▶

Workplace Wellness: Farm Fresh at Work

Living healthy requires effort. And some workplaces are taking the lead in encouraging people to live the healthiest lives they can. Workplace wellness programs have emerged as an option for employers to help workers adopt healthy habits. Larger workplaces often […]Read More ▶▶

Community Story: Finding Out Where Food Comes From

Each week on Growing Local, we share the sounds of local food in action. We visit farms, talk to chefs, go to farmers markets and schools to talk to people about their role in the food system. Once a year […]Read More ▶▶


Alan Ward Innovates Apple Country

It’s a misty morning in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Rain dances on the tin roof of a 1940s barn at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider. Owner Alan Ward gives us a tour of the historic space he’s turned into a tasting […]Read More ▶▶

50 Years of U-Pick Apples

Mike and Rita Stepp are standing in their 70-acre farm and apple orchard in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The apples are almost ripe and soon people will come to pick them right off the trees. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is celebrating its […]Read More ▶▶

I Want to Share my Food with Everyone

The foods we eat as children often bring back the strongest memories. Even the humblest meals can be touchstones of culture and community. Sometimes these memories are even stronger for immigrants, for whom food is a powerful connection to the […]Read More ▶▶

New Roots Market Garden Finds Its Niche

It’s a glorious morning at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. A jazz band serenades shoppers as sunlight filters through the trees. People wander through the tents, picking up fresh produce, cheese, and bread. The mood is languid and relaxed, but […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmers: The Moreno Family

The Moreno family’s farming roots stretch back to Mexico where Salvador Moreno Senior herded goats as a young boy. It was a long journey to Hayesville, North Carolina where he and his family now grow and sell produce under the […]Read More ▶▶

Connecting the Dots with Mountain Food Products

It’s a busy morning at Mountain Food Products. Employees are answering phones, rifling through paper invoices, and getting deliveries ready for the day. Boxes of tomatoes and peaches are packed up and wheeled out to trucks, which will deliver produce […]Read More ▶▶

Double SNAP Increases Access to Fresh Foods at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are places where communities come together. Farmers markets do many things to make it as easy as possible for everyone to shop there. Besides providing a wide variety of fresh farm products and handmade foods, some provide activities […]Read More ▶▶

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