Ingles has been a pivotal player on food scene

In the recent issue of Mountain Xpress, they detail a timeline of “Asheville’s Food Scene Evolution” that includes many who work with food vendors and in food-related programs (ASAP, BR Food Ventures, Asheville Wine & Food Fest, Asheville City Market etc)  but misses some key players involved in our vibrant and dynamic food scene like:

  • MILKCO, owned by Ingles, which buys milks from local dairy farmers and supplies milk to Ingles, Earthfare and area schools;
  • Mountain Biz Works, which provides training, education and loans to area small businesses — many mentioned on the timeline;
  • Biltmore Estate and Biltmore Wines — a major tourist destination, award-winning restaurants, the most visited winery in the U.S. (Ingles was the first retailer to sell their wines);
  • (Omni) Grove Park Inn – historic inn with multiple restaurants providing employment and training opportunities for A-B Tech culinary grads;
  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association — education for organic farmers like New Sprout Farms;
  • N.C. Cooperative Extension Service — providing training and education to farmers and consumers;
  • Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau — coined the term “Foodtopia”;
  • and Ingles Markets — founded in Asheville in 1963, one of Buncombe county’s largest employers and the supermarket/grocer that buys the most local produce and products.

Leah McGrath
Ingles Markets, Black Mountain

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