Food deserts —areas where people do not have easy access to large grocery stores — can occur in both urban or rural areas. Food deserts exist in many areas of WNC, including Asheville and Hendersonville. Malnutrition that occurs in food deserts can lead to poor physical and mental health.
After two years in business, Asheville Food Park is abandoning its original vision of operating as a food truck destination. Changes are also underway with the park’s brick-and-mortar components.
A local farm has launched plans to turn a vacant lot on Fairview Road into a market and café, bringing much-needed food access and a social hub to one of Asheville’s food deserts.
This two-part series traces the history and examines the current state of the Southside neighborhood’s food access situation.