Appalachian Grown Is Certified Local
ASAP created Appalachian Grown certification as a tool to easily identify and find local food. Look for the logo on product labels and displayed at participating grocers, restaurants, and other businesses. When you see it, you know the product was grown or raised in the Southern Appalachians and that your purchase helps support the local economy.
Find Local Food
- Search for farms and businesses. ASAP’s Local Food Guide is the region’s definitive resource to connect with local farms and the farmers markets, grocers, restaurants, and retailers where you can buy local food. In the wake of the COVID-19 emergency, we have added search functions for online ordering, delivery, and pickup options.
- Visit a market. There are more than 100 farmers markets in the region.
- Find your farm share. Learn about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Why Buy Local?
Keep Value in the Local Economy
Buying local is about more than where we spend our dollars. It’s about supporting what we value in our community, such as fair pay, sustainable agriculture, healthy food, and strong local economies.
Build Community Resilience
Buying local supports a diversity of innovative and interdependent businesses that make it possible for communities to survive and thrive in both good times and bad.
Strengthen Community Ties
Purchasing products made or grown by our neighbors builds relationships that strengthen the economy while creating opportunities for greater civic engagement.
Create the Food System We Want
When we get local, we exercise our power to change the food system to one that is more transparent and more supportive of our farms, workers, environment, and entire community.
Celebrate Local Character and Heritage
Buying local ensures that our farms and local businesses remain vibrant and productive and contributes to preserving our scenic landscape and unique culture.