Local faces, local food

If you’re wild about local food (and really, who isn’t?), it’s time to turn your thoughts to the Mountain Farm & Garden Tour, which returns for its 13th year this Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29.

Billed as “an opportunity to reconnect with where food comes from and with the farmers who grow it,” the event is both an opportunity to witness WNC’s vibrant small-farm landscape and a chance to stock up on specialty produce and artisan-produced foods. In fact, participants are encouraged to bring a cooler with them for fruits, vegetables, specialty cheeses and free-range meat and eggs.

The tour is a joint effort of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Mountain Tailgate Market Association, Organic Growers School and Slow Food Asheville. Greenlife Grocery is the major corporate sponsor, with nearly a dozen other area restaurants and businesses lending their support.

Participants can choose from nearly 30 farms and gardens. The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. both days, with a $25 fee per car to visit all the participating farms, or $10 per car to visit an individual farm. For more information about the event, click here.

— Kent Priestley, contributing editor


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6 thoughts on “Local faces, local food

  1. brebro

    Heh heh, for a second, I thought the “a” in faces was an “e”.

    Hee Hee.

    Pardon, me, I’m easily amused.

  2. some truth to that, Brebro … being raised on a farm I often ran a manure spreader.

    sometimes — especially when Dr. A. is still around — I still do. ;-)

  3. Matt

    I agree. I think the tourism draw of the area plays a heavy roll in the price of our local crops. At the same time, no one every said eatin’ right was cheap!

  4. brebro

    Personally I would not eat a heavy roll, even if it were local. I prefer my rolls like I prefer my women: light and flaky.

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