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Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Meet Your Farmer: Highlands Family Farm

Highlands Family Farm sits on 125-acres of beautiful farmland in Burke County, North Carolina. Farmer Daniel Wall and his business partner Jon Mercer come from decidedly different backgrounds, but together with their young families they’ve started a farm that promotes […]Read More ▶▶

Thanksgiving Bounty

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 ▶▶

Sorghum in the Kitchen

If you’ve seen sorghum on restaurant menus lately, you may be wondering what exactly it is. While sorghum syrup is often just called molasses, sorghum molasses is different from sugarcane molasses. When sorghum cane is boiled down, it results in […]Read More ▶▶

Sorghum: An Appalachian Tradition

If you drive through the back roads of Madison County, North Carolina on an autumn morning, you might think you’ve traveled back in time. Today, there are still a few family farms, nestled in the hills and hollers, that use […]Read More ▶▶

Fall Fun 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 ▶▶

The Classroom Crunch

Did you hear that sound? It’s preschoolers, K-12 students, and teachers chomping down on fall’s crispiest fruit: the apple. Kids throughout North Carolina will celebrate National Farm to School Month with the “North Carolina Crunch” when they all take a […]Read More ▶▶

Tea Company Infuses Local Flavor

It’s a bright, sunny day at the Pick and Preserve Food Hub in Barnardsville, North Carolina. Jessie Dean, the owner of Asheville Tea Company, is waiting by the door for farmer Michael Rayburn. “We’ve got lemon balm, pineapple sage, roselle, […]Read More ▶▶

South Carolina School Grows a Farm

Fresh produce doesn’t travel far to get to school cafeterias in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. In 2016, Spartanburg School District Six embarked on a big project to connect students with local food by starting its own farm. The Spartanburg County […]Read More ▶▶

Kids Boost Local Food Movement

October is National Farm to School month and kids across the country are digging into garden projects, tasting new foods in the cafeteria, and practicing cooking skills in the classroom. This month is also a time to think about the […]Read More ▶▶

Spice Up Fall with Local Garlic

Walk into a grocery store and you’ll find one or maybe two varieties of garlic. Visit a local garlic farm, and you’ll smell dozens of different varieties, each with its own flavor, scent, and color. You’re probably used to soft […]Read More ▶▶

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