As commercial rents rise ever higher in Asheville’s downtown, local business owners and other community members hope the area’s popularity won’t lead to increasing homogenization, the proliferation of national chains and the loss of the city’s unique character.
Artisan cheesemakers and small dairies work collaboratively to support each other’s businesses and grow Western North Carolina’s cheese scene.
Slow Food Asheville invites local gardeners to grow the heirloom bean this summer as part of a communitywide initiative that culminates with data gathering and a potluck celebration.
At a recent workshop in Montana, the chef of Asheville’s Curate and Nightbell joined culinary professionals from across the country in exploring ways to advocate for food waste reduction.
Asheville author Ashley English practices what she preaches by hosting a community potluck to celebrate the release of the softcover version of her book, Handmade Gatherings.
Specialty cocktails and food items will celebrate and support pollinators during Bee City USA’s annual week of festivities.
Asheville writer, audio documentarian and singer-songwriter Carla Seidl wraps up her two-year local foods project, Earth Flavors, with a reflection on what she learned from her many interviews with local growers and foragers.
The city is seeking definition in its relationship with the busking community, and both buskers and businesses are speaking out about the issues that matter to them in hopes of fostering a healthy relationship in an area of the city where space is at a premium.
“Be prepared” goes the Scouting movement’s mantra. And being able to face any challenge is often a goal of institutions. But the question is always: How? How can we be best prepared for whatever may come? The Boy Scout carries his pocketknife. Emergency services train for possible scenarios. Young people study to pass the big […]
Out-of-towners who flock to Asheville for mountain views, world-class dining and a taste of Appalachian culture probably don’t often make a point of including a drive to northwest Buncombe County on their travel itineraries. Sparsely populated rural communities like Sandy Mush, Leicester, Newfound and Alexander tend to be pretty far off the radar for tourists — and even for […]
What does a catchphrase like “sustainable tourism” mean here in Western North Carolina? How do you make it work at the ground level? Local businesses, organizations and public officials weigh in on what such a model might look like in the region.
As an in-and-out kind of place to grab a fresh sandwich, a jar of Lusty Monk mustard, a to-go pint of ice cream from The Hop or a couple of Buchi kombuchas (sounds like a fun night!), Lexington Corner Market will add a new facet to the mix of merchants downtown.
For more than 20 years, the WNC Rail Corridor Committee has worked tirelessly to prove the economic viability of restoring the historic rail link between Salisbury and Asheville. With changes in the rail industry looming and younger travelers showing increased interest in train travel, the committee is partnering with towns and municipalities and freight rail companies to pursue a new, three-pronged strategy.
The long-awaited Asheville Tool Library will hold its grand opening Saturday, April 9. The collaborative effort has been several years and a couple of false starts in the making, beginning with a crowdfunding campaign and a series of community meetings in the spring of 2013. “We couldn’t be more pleased to have finally found a […]
Partnering with the Foothills Conservancy and Lake James State Park, Fonta Flora has bought historic farmland near Nebo with plans to become Western North Carolina’s first true farmhouse brewery.
A new downtown coffee shop aims to create a hub for community building and social justice in the wake of Waking Life.
A group of local farmers, gardeners, educators and food enthusiasts recently joined forces to participate in Slow Food Asheville’s first Heritage Food Project, honoring and promoting the Nancy Hall sweet potato.
The owner of Mamacita’s is bringing a new tacocentric restaurant to Charlotte Street that will feature handmade tortillas with corn imported from Mexico.
Local chefs gathered at Hall Fletcher Elementary School Friday to judge dishes prepared from fresh ingredients by teams of fourth-grade students vying for awards in several categories.
Haywood Road institution Mama’s Fast Food has closed; Sour Fest returns to Thirsty Monk; ASAP holds its annual CSA fair; and the Riceville Volunteer Fire Department invites community members to a chili cook-off meet-and-greet.
Few crops have been as central to North Carolina’s economy and culture — or as controversial — as tobacco. Historically, its high market value and the relative ease of growing it made tobacco a staple for many Western North Carolina farmers. As late as 2002, 1,995 mountain farms grew tobacco. The crop’s prevalence, however, was […]