Food & Farm Stories

  • Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Aaron Grier, John Fleer, and Brian Canipelli

    ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month we’re talking to farmer Aaron Grier of Gaining Ground Farm along with chefs John Fleer of Rhubarb and Brian Canipelli of Cucina 24 about what has made those chef-farmer relationships so strong over the past decade. (Photo of John … Read more


  • Charlie Jackson
    FACES OF LOCAL

    Charlie Jackson

    ASAP founder Charlie Jackson is retiring this month. For our Faces of Local interview, we asked him about what led him to farming in Western North Carolina and the organization’s early days. (Read more about ASAP’s history and agriculture in WNC here.) Where were you before ASAP?  I was in grad school in Maine and … Read more


  • Farside Farms: From Burley Tobacco to Farm Stand Eggs
    LOCAL FOOD GUIDE

    Farside Farms: From Burley Tobacco to Farm Stand Eggs

    “I’ve just always wanted to farm since I was a child,” says Mike Brown, owner of Farside Farms in Buncombe County, NC. “My grandfather in Virginia farmed, and I guess that’s kind of where I got bitten by the bug when I was little.”  Brown has now been farming in Western North Carolina for five … 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

Faces of Local: Claire Danielson December 18th, 2020 in Faces of Local

The End of the Growing Season at Long Family Farm December 14th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

Local Christmas Trees Brighten the Season December 7th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

Farmers Market Managers Look Back on 2020 November 30th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

Faces of Local: Aaron Bradley November 24th, 2020 in Faces of Local

Feasting with Farmers November 23rd, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

Meet The Farmers Who Grew Your Thanksgiving November 16th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

TK Farm Grows an Orchard and a Family November 9th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

CSA Farmers Look Back on an Unusual Year October 26th, 2020 in Growing Local Radio Series

Faces of Local: Heather Gast October 21st, 2020 in Faces of Local


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