How is it that WNC is blessed with such a thriving food scene? Great local agriculture, supported by ASAP helps. Photo by Aaron Zebrook Photography

Eat local, ASAP

How is it that Western North Carolina is blessed with such a thriving food scene? Great local agriculture helps. That’s where the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project comes in. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive by linking farmers to markets and supporters and building healthy communities through connections to local food. “ASAP’s work over […]

It’s not all about pumpkins and chickens. Family farms, like Flying Cloud (pictured here) often showcase other goods, like local cheeses, honey and flowers.

Have yourself a local food and farm adventure

Western North Carolina is full of talented farmers, artisan food producers and wine makers. You might even go so far as to call WNC “America’s Tuscany” — the perfect place for a food-and-farm adventure. Let the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project be your virtual travel agency, guiding you to the freshest tomatoes, the most scenic apple […]

Grilled strawberries? Chef Nate Allen of Knife and Fork grilling strawberries during a May cooking demo at Asheville City Market last year. He will lead monthly cooking demos again this year; his first is Saturday, May 14. Photo courtesy of ASAP

The berry month of May…

  It’s strawberry time For many local food lovers and area chefs, the month of May is circled on kitchen calendars in red with a big exclamation mark. That’s because it’s the window in which ripe, juicy local strawberries are available. Accordingly, they are the focus of this month’s Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s Get Local […]

Thousands of Miles Fresher

Fresh as it gets: James Harrelsom (at left), a chef at Over Easy Cafe, purchases fresh vittles for the eatery from a local farmer at a tailgate market in Asheville. photo by Jodi Ford Peter Marks is, in effect, in the matchmaking business. He’s the program coordinator for an Asheville-based organization that catalyzes fruitful relationships […]