ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

From Stocks and Bonds to Squash and Beets

Frances Juhlin from Candy Mountain Farm remembers the tension of her first career. It was the 1980s in Palm Beach, Florida and Frances was an assistant at a high-powered brokerage firm.  “It was so fast moving. Once the markets were […]Read More ▶▶


Well Seasoned Table Embraces the Business of Farming

When Sarah Wickers started Well Seasoned Table in 2014, she did it all. She grew produce, foraged wild greens, blended spices, and marketed her seasonings everywhere from farmers markets to retail locations. She even designed the website and packaging herself. […]Read More ▶▶


Business of Farming Conference Sparks Connections

Farming can be a solitary experience where some people spend more time with plants and animals than people. But if you look closer, the food system is a web of personal relationships between people who are working toward common goals.  […]Read More ▶▶


Everyone is Part of the Family at Creasman Farms

If you ask the Creasman family to name their favorite apples, they won’t hem and haw.  “My most favorite apple that we grow on the farm is a Swiss Gourmet,” says Dawn Cresman.  “I like a Rusty Coat. It has […]Read More ▶▶


Cows in the Field, Cheese in the Cave

In last week’s episode, we took you to a dairy farm in Columbus, North Carolina. Jennifer Perkins from Looking Glass Creamery was standing on top of a grassy hill and imagining its transformation into an underground aging cave for their […]Read More ▶▶


From Curds to Herds

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 ▶▶


Fresh Food all Winter

As winter farmers markets open for the season, you might be wondering how those tender greens were grown during some of the coldest months of the year. Over the past several years, more local farmers have been using tools and […]Read More ▶▶


The Tobacco Barns of Madison County

I’m hunting the ghost of tobacco farming with Taylor Barnhill from the Appalachian Barn Alliance. As we drive around the tight curves and steep hillsides of Madison County, we see dozens of old barns teetering on the edge of the […]Read More ▶▶


The Legacy of Tobacco in WNC

If you drive through the hills and along the river in Madison County, North Carolina, you’ll see a community in transition. Some fields are fallow, others are filled with hay, and around the bend, farmers are growing fruits and vegetables […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food in 2020

The ups and downs of 2020 have affected us all differently, but one thing we have in common is the daily task of eating. Being able to access food was one of the early concerns that many people shared, and […]Read More ▶▶


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