There’s nothing quite like the tastes of spring. And though the season slips away all too quickly, two local gardeners and writing partners are able to offer tips on preserving the garden’s bounty through beverages that capture the changing seasons.
Amy Fiedler is a no-nonsense farmer. Like many Western North Carolina growers, her farm was hit hard by last year’s rain, forcing Fiedler to re-think her approach to farming. She is in the process of diversifying her farm with the help of a recent grant from the nonprofit organization Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.
The Asheville Herb Festival — now in its 25th year — started out with just four growers and a handful of people gathered in a parking lot. The sustainable food movement was in its infancy and the public was just starting to gain an appreciation for the benefits of local food, but as the local food movement grew, so did the herb festival.
Want to add some chickens to your back yard, some fermentation to your kitchen or honey bees to your garden? Whether you have a sprawling lawn you hate to mow or a patch of grass in need of a purpose, the French Broad Food Co-op’s Urban Homesteading Fair has what you need to turn your home into a homestead.
For the past 15 years, the Buncombe County Extension Master Gardeners have cared for a small plot of vegetables, herbs and flowers outside MANNA FoodBank. This year the garden will be bare. MANNA is going through a physical expansion and needs the space for increased food storage and distribution.
Like a prized Pekingese waiting in the wings, glamorous orchids are being primped and groomed for the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s 2014 Orchid Show, scheduled for Saturday, March 29, and Sunday, March 30, at the N.C. Arboretum.
Growing a community garden isn’t possible for everyone. But when you can’t grow fruits and veggies with your neighbors or in your own backyard, a CSA (community supported agriculture) program lets anyone enjoy the bounty of the harvest without the commitment of tending to a garden week after week.
As Western North Carolina creeps toward spring, now is the time to learn about the intricacies of growing in the Southeast. Although early March may not seem like a particularly productive time for farmers and gardeners, it's a key season to study up on new techniques and approaches. For the past 21 years, professional farmers […]
Do you make the best blueberry pie in the land? Want to share your secret for the crispiest fried chicken? Xpress invites all home cooks, amateur chefs and anyone who loves playing in the kitchen to share their culinary creations. The dish doesn't have to be yours; it just needs to be homemade. Grandma's Sunday […]
Ten Mile Farm faces a common problem in Western North Carolina: lack of affordable land for small-scale farming. Ten Mile recently lost its lease after eight years as a fixture in the local food movement. In this post, operator Christina Carter shares her and her husband’s struggle to find a place to grow their crops, next year and into the future.
Organic Growers School hosts three Saturdays of education on everything from city chickens to growing garlic to the virtues of medicinal plants.
The bounty of summer is over, but that doesn't mean that fresh veggies are a thing of the past. When the sun sets early and the nights get chilly, there are still many ways to grow your own food. Patryck Battle, director of Mills River Educational Farm and teacher at Living Web Farms, has some […]
ASAP's Farm Tour always brings out the crowds – and the cameras. Shutterbugs from near and far descended upon Western North Carolina's family farms on Sept. 21 and 22. They brought with them an enthusiasm for local agriculture and a keen eye for what makes a good shot. Here are the winning photos from ASAP's […]
When Joe Yonan, the food and travel editor of The Washington Post, tells you to eat your veggies, you better grab a fork. Author of Eat Your Vegetables, he’s a two-time James Beard Award-winning writer. Yonan focuses on vegetarian cooking, but his writing is just as applicable to those with a few extra mouths to […]
When 19-year-old Shannon Dexter packed her bags for her first year at NC State University this fall, she arrived with more than band posters and a mini-fridge. She brought her passion for horticulture and a vision for the future of agriculture with her. Dexter, a recent graduate of Madison Early College High School, is the […]
Washington Post food writer Joe Yonan and Firefly Farms join forces for a cooking demo on Sunday, Oct. 6.
Shetland sheep graze in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains at Sycamore Farms. These ewes and rams trace their ancestry back to Scotland, but their modern counterparts have made a permanent home in Western North Carolina. The sheep are small by design. Unlike their long-wool cousins, Shetland sheep are bred for their miniature size […]
Share your culinary specialties with Xpress for a chance to be included in future food coverage. Photo by Max Cooper.
The average age of Western North Carolina farmers is 57 and creeping higher every year. Where’s the next generation of agriculture entrepreneurs? Fortunately, a new breed of growers in their 20s and 30s are bridging the gap and applying innovative approaches to 21st century farming. Photos by Rich Orris. Instagram images by Travis Moore.
West Asheville's small and varied plots are full of gardening possibilities. Turn a corner to find wild roses spilling over onto the sidewalk. Peek behind a stone wall and plants of all shapes and sizes reveal themselves. On Saturday, Sept. 14, the public is invited to see approximately 15 of these gardens — and meet […]
Stroll through Asheville’s First Friday art walk or stop by Organicfest this weekend. Podcast hosted by Theresa Amandi of Asheville Free Media’s Bombshell-ter Radio.