ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Winter Bounty

The days are short and the fields are mostly empty, but that doesn’t mean local food is in hibernation. Many vegetables like winter squashes and apples are harvested in the fall, stored in cool conditions, and sold all winter. Greens […]Read More ▶▶

Is Your Food Truly Local?

If you look for local products when you shop or dine out, you might notice the term “local” is often left undefined, or given a broad definition. For those of us who want to support family farms in the Southern […]Read More ▶▶

Raising a Family on the Farm

Farmer Anna Littman stands beside the north fork of Ivy Creek in Barnardsville, North Carolina. Her 10-month-old baby Abe squirms in a carrier on her back. Abe is on the move, eager to get his hands in the soil. Anna […]Read More ▶▶

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 ▶▶

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