ASAP Connections

Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

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 ▶▶

Why I Support Local Food

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 ▶▶

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 ▶▶

A Farmers Market Road Trip

Pack up your cooler and your sense of adventure for a farmers market road trip this weekend. May 5th is the opening day of the Travelers Rest Farmers Market in South Carolina. It’s about an hour south of Asheville and […]Read More ▶▶

Musician Returns to Tennessee Farming Roots

From agriculture to music, Appalachian culture is rich with traditions. The land provides endless inspiration for farmer and musician Barry Bales. He and his family run Bales Farms, a 6th-generation family farm in Tennessee that sells pastured pork and poultry, […]Read More ▶▶

First Day of Market Festivities

Today we’ll take you on trip to a downtown destination where food and community fill the streets of Asheville, North Carolina. Music from the local band Empire Strikes Brass echoes through downtown as farmers, customers, and vendors kick off the […]Read More ▶▶

From Academia to Farmer

People come to farming from all walks of life, whether they’re born into a farming family or decide to pursue agriculture as an adult. For Robert Russell, starting French Broad Creamery meant leaving a career in academia. For decades, he […]Read More ▶▶

A Sweet Toast to Spring Markets

Outdoor markets are finally here, and farmers will load up their vans with spring produce, meat, and more for the opening day of Asheville City Market on Saturday, April 7, 2018. Summer veggies are still seedlings, growing inch by inch […]Read More ▶▶

Growing Tea Closer to Home

Sweet tea is a staple of Southern life, but many tea leaves travel thousands of miles before they’re brewed and served to neighbors on the front porch. Much of the tea sold in the U.S. comes from India, Kenya, and […]Read More ▶▶

Meet the Mountain Popcorn Girls

If you look through old books about farming in the mountains of Western North Carolina, you won’t find much mention of popcorn. If a farmer had enough flat land to grow corn, they were more likely to grow varieties that […]Read More ▶▶

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