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Local Food. Strong Farms. Healthy Communities

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 ▶▶

Eat Local All Season with a CSA

Seasonal eating is one of the joys of living in the Southern Appalachians. Community Supported Agriculture, also known as a CSA, lets you celebrate the arrival of each fruit and vegetable. There are CSAs for produce, meat, and even flowers. […]Read More ▶▶

School Lunch Goes Local

School lunches sometimes get a bad reputation. Pizza, frozen foods, and canned vegetables might be the only options in a typical school cafeteria, and this was especially true when farmer Steve Whitmire was in school. “I remember our lunches they […]Read More ▶▶

Shopping Local with the Chef

It’s a rainy Saturday morning outside Asheville City Market. Buses and cars splash water on the curb, but for one local chef, this dreary February day brings plenty of inspiration. “Hey, my name is Graham House. I’m the chef at […]Read More ▶▶

Carving a Niche in the Local Food Movement

It takes all kinds of farmers to build a local food movement, from small-scale growers to farmers who harvest or raise animals on hundreds of acres. Brian Chatham hits the sweet spot between the two at High Mountain Farms in […]Read More ▶▶

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 ▶▶

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