ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

Alan Ward Innovates Apple Country with Local Spirits

It’s a misty morning in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Rain dances on the tin roof of a 1940s barn at Appalachian Ridge Artisan Hard Cider. Owner Alan Ward gives us a tour of the historic space he’s turned into a tasting […]Read More ▶▶

Winter Foods Galore at Farmers Markets

It’s Saturday morning at Asheville City Market. Music wafts through the hallway of the Masonic Temple as customers chat with farmers and do their shopping for the week. All around the room, farmers stand behind tables full of eggs, meat, […]Read More ▶▶

Ginseng: A Mountain Tradition

Deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina, there’s a plant that’s been prized for hundreds of years. Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial with valuable roots that can be exported to Asia where it’s sought after for its medicinal properties. […]Read More ▶▶

Turning a Hobby Into a Business

Winter is an ideal time to pick up a new skill in the kitchen. People throughout Western North Carolina spend chilly mornings learning how to bake bread, make yogurt, and ferment vegetables. Sometimes, with the help of the community, those […]Read More ▶▶

Microgreens Bring Macro Growth

Growing a farm business is a bit like growing microgreens. Microgreens are tiny edible plants produced from vegetable and herb seeds. They’re harvested when they’re bigger than sprouts, but smaller than baby greens. Microgreens are crunchy with a big burst […]Read More ▶▶

Healthy Kids in the New Year

Elementary students rush into the cafeteria at North Buncombe Elementary School in Asheville, North Carolina. Kirk Fiore, a chef from the Biltmore, is here with kale pesto for the kids to taste. The kale was grown at the estate and […]Read More ▶▶

Support ASAP and Join the Local Food Movement

This year on Growing Local, we’ve shared dozens of stories about farmers, chefs, kids, and community members who support the local food movement. Today we’ll share some ways you can support local food, and take you behind the scenes at […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmer: M&M Berry

It’s the end of the season at M&M Berry Farm in Henderson County, North Carolina. Mike Pack Junior walks through the rows of dormant blackberry bushes at his family’s farm. “What we’re walking through right now are the canes that […]Read More ▶▶

Local Christmas Trees Brighten the Holidays

A freshly cut Christmas tree brings the magic of the outdoors inside. The experience of driving out to a local tree farm, choosing the perfect tree, and seeing it cut on the spot is a cherished holiday tradition in the […]Read More ▶▶

Stock Up on Local Sweet Potatoes

It’s a chilly winter night, just after dark. Summer vegetables are gone, and the fridge is pretty empty, yet it’s time to get dinner on the table. Rather than rush to the grocery store, you check the pantry to make […]Read More ▶▶

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