ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities.

50 Years of U-Pick Apples

Mike and Rita Stepp are standing in their 70-acre farm and apple orchard in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The apples are almost ripe and soon people will come to pick them right off the trees. Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard is celebrating its […]Read More ▶▶

I Want to Share my Food with Everyone

The foods we eat as children often bring back the strongest memories. Even the humblest meals can be touchstones of culture and community. Sometimes these memories are even stronger for immigrants, for whom food is a powerful connection to the […]Read More ▶▶

New Roots Market Garden Finds Its Niche

It’s a glorious morning at the North Asheville Tailgate Market. A jazz band serenades shoppers as sunlight filters through the trees. People wander through the tents, picking up fresh produce, cheese, and bread. The mood is languid and relaxed, but […]Read More ▶▶

Meet Your Farmers: The Moreno Family

The Moreno family’s farming roots stretch back to Mexico where Salvador Moreno Senior herded goats as a young boy. It was a long journey to Hayesville, North Carolina where he and his family now grow and sell produce under the […]Read More ▶▶

Connecting the Dots with Mountain Food Products

It’s a busy morning at Mountain Food Products. Employees are answering phones, rifling through paper invoices, and getting deliveries ready for the day. Boxes of tomatoes and peaches are packed up and wheeled out to trucks, which will deliver produce […]Read More ▶▶

Double SNAP Increases Access to Fresh Foods at Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are places where communities come together. Farmers markets do many things to make it as easy as possible for everyone to shop there. Besides providing a wide variety of fresh farm products and handmade foods, some provide activities […]Read More ▶▶

Farm Tour Adventures, Part 2

It’s almost the end of our farm tour audio adventure, but there are still two more farms to visit on ASAP’s 2019 Farm Tour. I talk to Jeff Frisbee, owner of Addison Farms Vineyard, about his winery in Leicester, North […]Read More ▶▶

Farm Tour Adventures, Part 1

ASAP’s Farm Tour connected the community with agriculture at farms throughout Western North Carolina last month. Radio reporter Jen Nathan Orris was on the scene at four farms and recorded this audio adventure to share the magic of local farms […]Read More ▶▶

From Computer Desks to Corn Fields

If you were looking for Julie Mansfield and Carl Evans during the dot com boom of the 1990s, you’d find them at their desks in front of computers, developing software for banks and insurance companies. “We worked together at a […]Read More ▶▶

Goats Galore at Round Mountain Creamery

It’s a misty, grey morning at Round Mountain Creamery in Black Mountain, North Carolina. A herd of goats huddles in the barn, trying to stay out of the rain, until they hear farm manager Adam Jernigan call them over. Some […]Read More ▶▶

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