ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

Always Learning at Terra Lingua Growers

Learning how to farm is a life-long endeavor. Even the most experienced farmers are always learning new things—whether they’re trying a new crop, combating an unexpected pest, or adapting to extreme weather. It’s a journey that continues to inspire Jessica […]Read More ▶▶


The Sounds of Last Year’s Farm Tour

More than 1,000 people visited local farms on ASAP’s 2018 Farm Tour, and the sounds of farms at work were heard throughout Western North Carolina. Come along for an audio tour as we meet an array of animals, go behind […]Read More ▶▶


Greenshine Farms Gets Ready for Farm Tour

Most weeks on Growing Local we take you to a local farm through the magic of radio. But in just a few weeks, farms in Western North Carolina will welcome everyone in person. ASAP’s Farm Tour is coming up on […]Read More ▶▶


Common Bonds – Foothills Meats

In many ways, relationships drive the local food system. If you follow the path local food travels from field to fork, you’ll find partnerships built on common goals and mutual trust. Take Foothills Meats and Mountainside Family Farms, for example. […]Read More ▶▶


Fun for Kids at Markets

It’s Saturday morning in Mills River, North Carolina and we’re standing outside the elementary school. School isn’t in session this weekend, of course, but kids are still learning at the farmers market. Linda Brittain is an organizer of the Mills […]Read More ▶▶


Scaling Up with Strong Values

It’s a glorious spring morning at Dry Ridge Farm in Mars Hill, North Carolina. The hillsides are lush and green as farmers Graham and Wendy Brugh walk up the gravel path to their new barn. If you perk up your […]Read More ▶▶


Farm to School Teacher Looks Back

The end of the school year is on the horizon and school gardens are flourishing. Many of the vegetables that students planted earlier in the spring are now ready for harvest. As kids eat the kale, carrots, and chard they […]Read More ▶▶


First Day Festivities

Outdoor farmers markets are starting up across the region, so it’s a good time to revisit the excitement from last year’s opening day of the outdoor Asheville City Market. We’ll take you back to a downtown destination where food and […]Read More ▶▶


A Farmer at your Front Door

Western North Carolina is on the cusp of spring. The redbud trees are bursting with color and daffodils line the streets of the West Asheville neighborhood. The seasons are changing, which means outdoor farmers markets are right around the corner. […]Read More ▶▶


What Does it Take to Run a Farmers Market

Spring is here and so are outdoor farmers markets! Farmers across the region are dusting off their tents and getting their products ready.  As you grab your shopping bag and jot down your grocery list, take a minute to think […]Read More ▶▶


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