ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Can’t Move Mountains: How Geography Shapes Local Farms

Have you ever wondered why there are so many small family farms here? In other parts of the country larger-scale commercial operations line the highways with hundreds, or even thousands, of acres of a single crop, so why not here? […]Read More ▶▶


Why I Farm All Winter: Local Farms Respond to Community Demand

Winter markets are bustling this year. Crowds of people come together each weekend at markets across the region, including the Asheville City Market where towers of fresh veggies greet the community when they walk through the door. Market manager Mike […]Read More ▶▶


Discover the Business of Farming

Imagine a place where farmers and buyers join forces. Relationships are forged, connections are made, and a locally-sourced meal joins everyone together. This place is not a figment of our local food-loving imaginations. It happens right here every winter at […]Read More ▶▶


One Farmer’s Story: Pangaea Plants

Last summer farmer Gabriel Noard, owner of Pangaea Plants, poured his heart and soul into a crop of watermelon on his 24-acre farm in Rutherford County North Carolina. These “Moon and Stars” watermelon—a heirloom variety known for its speckled green […]Read More ▶▶


Why Winter Markets Rule

A crowd of people line up on the street waiting for the doors to open at Asheville City Market. They huddle with neighbors and friends until the doors are unlocked and everyone rushes in. It’s not a movie premiere. It’s […]Read More ▶▶


Roots of Local Movement

For most of the region, agriculture is in a state of transition. For example, burley tobacco once dominated farming in the Southern Appalachians. It was a major cash crop at the center of the region’s agriculture for over a century. […]Read More ▶▶


Where to Find Local Winter Foods

Tomato season has come and gone and summer squash is a distant memory, but local food thrives all year long in the Southern Appalachians. There are many vegetables that stay fresh during the winter months—including giant kohlrabi and other root […]Read More ▶▶


Local Food For All

A stroll through the local farmers market is like walking through a cornucopia of abundance. Sweet potatoes are piled high near yellow onions and fresh greens. But before these ingredients are ready for the soup pot, a transaction must be […]Read More ▶▶


How to Have a Local Thanksgiving

The sky is misty and grey, but the hills are firey with autumn color at East Fork Farm in Madison County, North Carolina. Owners Stephen and Dawn Robertson are making their way up the steep gravel driveway, like they do […]Read More ▶▶


Growing Local: Meet ASAP

The way we eat and the way we live are intertwined. Agriculture sustains us and connects us with the farmers who grow our food and the markets, grocers, chefs, and home cooks that bring it to our table. For over […]Read More ▶▶


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