“With Asheville’s unprecedented growth and tourist traffic, we face new challenges and opportunities,” says Franzi Charen, founder and director of Asheville Grown Business Alliance, a grassroots movement helping level the playing field for locally owned businesses. “We want to foster a more in-depth conversation about what we want this community to look like 20 to 50 […]
“I was, and am, extremely saddened by the closing of Katuah [Market] and have the utmost respect and appreciation to Swann for creating such a meaningful and healthy place…. But I am not convinced that it’s due to people not willing to purchase locally.”
All are invited to attend a new conference in Asheville, Bringing It Home: Building a Local Economy for Everyone. The event will be held Wednesday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Haynes Center at A-B Tech’s Enka campus.
Blogger and bookstore co-owner Carrie Rollwagen visits Asheville Wednesday, March 25, to discuss localism and to promote her book, The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Take Back the American Dream.
Miki Kilpatrick, co-owner of Homegrown Restaurant in Asheville, grew up canning tomatoes and pickles and freezing corn for winter. “Putting up,” as she calls it, was part of the seasonal routine back then.
Starting last Friday, those purchasing the Go Local discount cards can designate which Asheville-grown group will receive the $5 donation included in the purchase.
Warren Wilson College publishes its 2012 Holiday Alumni Gift Guide — which includes not only gift ideas for your favorite WWC alum, but (more importantly) a listing of N.C.-based businesses owned by the college’s grads.
In the community-garden area behind Oakley United Methodist Church, a new farmers market is taking root. Pastor Shelly Webb has spearheaded the effort to get it started, saying that a primary goal is offering Oakley families access to affordable, healthy food while supporting local farmers and crafters. Webb also envisions the market as a social […]
With local-food sales predicted to reach $7 billion this year, it makes sense for cities, counties, states and regions to focus on the local food company. To that end, the Appalachian Regional Commission is hosting a forum on the issue today and tomorrow, April 4, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. As one participant noted via Twitter, “Sustainable farming only occurs when social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic viability work together.”
Mother Earth Produce, the local-foods delivery service with the laid-back name, runs a tight ship.
Whole Foods Market of Austin,Texas, recently bought Greenlife Grocery’s two stores for about $15 million. When one reads the literature about Whole Foods, it is easy to lose count of the smaller, organic, green local food markets this $8 billion dollar, multinational corporation has bought out. I, for instance, didn't know that the $1 billion, […]
On May 1, known to most of the world as International Workers’ Day or May Day, the Asheville Grown Business Alliance is putting on a "Big Love Fest" downtown to "promote our vibrant local economy." While local capitalists celebrating themselves is always revolting, the choice to do so on a 120-year-old anti-capitalist holiday is a […]
I have owned a downtown bead store, Beads and Beyond, for 27 years. The business is somewhere between retail and wholesale. I support the "Buy Local" [campaign] and feel I provide a service to the crafters in this area. Lately I have had a growing number of artists who complain about [my] prices. "I can […]
After a two-and-a-half-month hiatus, Farm & Sparrow artisan bread returns to shelves this Friday. WNC has been blessed with traditional bakers, each of whom has contributed much to putting such fine loaves on our table.
Local and organic farmers got a boost today at the Buncombe County commissioners’ annual retreat, as commissioners took in a presentation underlining how a “buy local” initiative could help the economy.