Food & Farm Stories

  • Suzanne Nolter
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Suzanne Nolter

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we talked to farmer Suzanne Nolter, owner of Blazing Star Flowers. Suzanne is selling dried flowers and specialty chocolates—studded with herbs and flowers from her farm—at several holiday markets this season, including East Asheville Tailgate Market’s final market tomorrow … Read more


  • Nichole Efird
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Nichole Efird

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month—National Farm to School month!—we’re talking to Nichole Efird, a pre-K teacher with the Cherokee Elementary in the Qualla Boundary. Nichole is part of the 2022-23 Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership, which connects outstanding educators with mentors, creating opportunities … Read more


  • Tiana Kennell
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Tiana Kennell

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to Tiana Kennell, the food and dining reporter for the Citizen Times. Tiana moved to Asheville last year from Shreveport, Louisiana, where she was the Louisiana Flavor Reporter for the Shreveport Times. Did you get to have any farm experiences … Read more


  • Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers

    “I remember shoveling fish guts, doing the hardest work on the farm,” recalls Wes Eason of Sunburst Trout Farms in Haywood County, NC. “If you’re the owner’s grandkid, you’re not getting the best jobs to start.” Wes is now a co-owner of the third-generation family business, alongside his brother, Ben, and mother, Sally. Sunburst Trout … Read more


  • Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation

    “What’s happening now with Dillingham Family Farm is what I  hoped would happen—that our children would become more  involved,” says Brenda Dillingham. “I can transition out of things  and know that the farm will continue on and that the grandchildren  will be a part of that one day. That’s really important to me.”  The Dillingham … Read more


  • SMM Farm and Moreno Family Farm: Rediscovering the Past
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    SMM Farm and Moreno Family Farm: Rediscovering the Past

    Shortly after signing the papers on their dream farm property in Hayesville, NC, Salvador and Alyssa Moreno took a walk with their kids, ages six and four. They found what turned out to be an old American hazelnut variety. “I said, ‘I think it’s poisonous and it will definitely kill us,’” laughs Salvador. “But we … Read more


Story Archive

The Appalachian Grown region is rich with local food and farm stories—from farmers, educators, chefs, community advocates, and many more. ASAP tries to share as many of these as possible, including in our annual Local Food Guide, in our newsletters, and on social media.

From 2015 to 2021, ASAP presented Growing Local Radio, a weekly broadcast on WNCW. Stories were based on research from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center. More than 200 audio stories and transcripts from Growing Local Radio are included in the archive below.

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Recent Stories

Suzanne Nolter November 16th, 2022 in Faces of Local

Nichole Efird October 26th, 2022 in Faces of Local

Tiana Kennell September 29th, 2022 in Faces of Local

Kikkoman Shaw August 30th, 2022 in Faces of Local

Shaniqua Simuel July 26th, 2022 in Faces of Local

Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli June 23rd, 2022 in Faces of Local

Charlie Jackson May 23rd, 2022 in Faces of Local

Farside Farms: From Burley Tobacco to Farm Stand Eggs May 19th, 2022 in Local Food Guide

Sunburst Trout Farms: From Wholesale to Restaurants and Local Customers May 11th, 2022 in Local Food Guide

Dillingham Family Farms: Eighth Generation April 22nd, 2022 in Local Food Guide


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