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Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Musician Returns to Tennessee Farming Roots

From agriculture to music, Appalachian culture is rich with traditions. The land provides endless inspiration for farmer and musician Barry Bales. He and his family run Bales Farms, a 6th-generation family farm in Tennessee that sells pastured pork and poultry, […]Read More ▶▶

First Day of Market Festivities

Today we’ll take you on trip to a downtown destination where food and community fill the streets of Asheville, North Carolina. Music from the local band Empire Strikes Brass echoes through downtown as farmers, customers, and vendors kick off the […]Read More ▶▶

From Academia to Farmer

People come to farming from all walks of life, whether they’re born into a farming family or decide to pursue agriculture as an adult. For Robert Russell, starting French Broad Creamery meant leaving a career in academia. For decades, he […]Read More ▶▶

A Sweet Toast to Spring Markets

Outdoor markets are finally here, and farmers will load up their vans with spring produce, meat, and more for the opening day of Asheville City Market on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Summer veggies are still seedlings, growing inch by inch […]Read More ▶▶

Growing Tea Closer to Home

Sweet tea is a staple of Southern life, but many tea leaves travel thousands of miles before they’re brewed and served to neighbors on the front porch. Much of the tea sold in the U.S. comes from India, Kenya, and […]Read More ▶▶

Meet the Mountain Popcorn Girls

If you look through old books about farming in the mountains of Western North Carolina, you won’t find much mention of popcorn. If a farmer had enough flat land to grow corn, they were more likely to grow varieties that […]Read More ▶▶

Eat Local All Season with a CSA

Seasonal eating is one of the joys of living in the Southern Appalachians. Community Supported Agriculture, also known as a CSA, lets you celebrate the arrival of each fruit and vegetable. There are CSAs for produce, meat, and even flowers. […]Read More ▶▶

School Lunch Goes Local

School lunches sometimes get a bad reputation. Pizza, frozen foods, and canned vegetables might be the only options in a typical school cafeteria, and this was especially true when farmer Steve Whitmire was in school. “I remember our lunches they […]Read More ▶▶

Shopping Local with the Chef

It’s a rainy Saturday morning outside Asheville City Market. Buses and cars splash water on the curb, but for one local chef, this dreary February day brings plenty of inspiration. “Hey, my name is Graham House. I’m the chef at […]Read More ▶▶

Carving a Niche in the Local Food Movement

It takes all kinds of farmers to build a local food movement, from small-scale growers to farmers who harvest or raise animals on hundreds of acres. Brian Chatham hits the sweet spot between the two at High Mountain Farms in […]Read More ▶▶

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