ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Farm-Fresh Local Gifts

‘Tis the season to give and receive gifts, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than to give local this year. Shopping at farmers markets and local businesses offers unique gifts that  keep money in the local economy. Here […]Read More ▶▶


Make It A Local Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it’s time to set the table. First off, the veggies. Start the meal with a salad of local lettuce and goat cheese from a nearby dairy or creamery. Serve alongside bread from […]Read More ▶▶


Why I Support Local Food: Steven and Rebecca

Rebecca Collins is passionate about local food. She’s a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Asheville where she’s pursuing a degree in Sustainable Studies. When she’s not learning about food, she works at the farmers market in Waynesville where she […]Read More ▶▶


The Big Crunch

Did you hear that sound? It’s preschoolers chomping down on fall’s crispiest fruit: the apple. Kids from Florida to Kentucky participated in National Farm-to-School Month with the Southeast Crunch, a celebration orchestrated by ASAP and the Southeast state leads. Over […]Read More ▶▶


SNAP at Farmers Markets

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that provides low-income people with a monthly benefit for food. It’s similar to what was once known as food stamps, but the funds are distributed through electronic cards. Many farmers […]Read More ▶▶


Closing Out the Season

As the summer growing season slips away, farmers are looking ahead. Even when pumpkin vines wither in the field and farmers pull out the last of their tomato plants, the growing season is never truly over. One of the last […]Read More ▶▶


The Next Generation of Holt Orchards

Holt Orchards in Flat Rock, North Carolina has a legacy worth saving. A brother and sister team, Todd Kirmss and Tracy Cavagnaro, left their jobs in 2009 to come back to the family orchard full-time. The orchard was originally their […]Read More ▶▶


Apples for Everyone

It’s a warm afternoon at the River Arts District farmers market in Asheville North Carolina. Cars whizz past on the busy road as farmers set up their tents. Summer produce is everywhere, but it’s definitely fall at this booth. It’s […]Read More ▶▶


Fall Farm Adventures

Pumpkins, apples, and corn mazes are the hallmarks of fall. Local orchards are full of families picking apples and eating cider doughnuts. Kids dart through corn mazes, and in just a few weeks, crowds will descend on pumpkin patches to […]Read More ▶▶


Breeze Into Autumn at Farmers Markets

Summer is making a swift exit. Crisp autumn mornings mean tomato season is on the way out, and though there are still some beautiful peppers to be found, late September marks a shift in the growing season. One of the […]Read More ▶▶


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