ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Fun For Kids at Markets

It’s Saturday morning in Mills River, North Carolina and we’re standing outside the elementary school. School isn’t in session this weekend, of course, but kids are still learning at the farmers market. Linda Brittain is an organizer of the Mills […]Read More ▶▶

What to Do with All Those Apples

It’s a crisp, fall day in the orchard and ripe apples are everywhere. You spent all afternoon picking these red and golden beauties, and now it’s time to head home from your u-pick adventure. After you load up the car […]Read More ▶▶

Brushy Mountain Apples

Deep in the Brushy Mountains of Western North Carolina, there’s a hidden gem of apple production. An abundance of orchards dot the hillsides, and families have been growing apples here for generations. Perry Lowe III, also known as Ty, is […]Read More ▶▶

Healthy Kids in Henderson County

Late summer is a time of abundance, but for many families, getting healthy food on the table is a daily challenge. WIC is a federal program that stands for Women, Infants, and Children. It provides food and nutrition education to […]Read More ▶▶

Let’s Go To Farm Camp!

It’s a hot summer day at Franny’s Farm Camp in Leicester, North Carolina. Farmer Frances Tacy and a gaggle of campers are searching for a pig named Doughnut. Franny and the kids shout out “Come here doughnut,” and the sweet […]Read More ▶▶

Get Your Eclipse Fix at Farms

Eclipse madness has hit Western North Carolina, and the rest of the country. On the afternoon of August 21st, daylight will become twilight as the moon passes between the sun and Earth. It’s the first total solar eclipse visible in […]Read More ▶▶

The Future of Harmon Dairy

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 ▶▶

Ice Cream From the Ground Up

Berries are a highlight of summer in the Southern Appalachians. Market shoppers and chefs alike rush to their kitchens when strawberries and blueberries burst onto the scene. During peak berry season at The Hop Ice Creamery in West Asheville, raspberries […]Read More ▶▶

Farm to Table Events Spark Up Summer

Summer is the perfect time to explore farm to table food. There’s something for everyone—from elegant dinners at local farms to summer treats made by artisans who are inspired by the towers of produce at area farmers markets. If you’re […]Read More ▶▶

From Field to Grocery Shelf

The distribution center at Ingles Markets is massive—1.6 million square feet. We’re in a motorized cart, whizzing past towers of food and grocery items. Ingles employee Elizabeth Harris is at the wheel, taking us through a refrigerated produce section filled […]Read More ▶▶

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