Many area growers rely on holiday sales of their food products and handicrafts to help carry their businesses through the winter season.
The growing network of relationships that comprises WNC’s local food system is far more complex than just farmer and buyer.
The sudden closure of the area’s only poultry processing plant in October not only caused a pre-Thanksgiving scramble for local turkey producers, but continues to impact Western North Carolina’s small farms.
A tasting event hosted by Dynamite Roasting Co., will bring together two Honduran coffee purveyors with the locals who drink their harvests; Chelsea Wakstein leads a workshop on fermented condiments at Villagers; Firestorm Books and Coffee hosts a vegan pressure cooking demonstration; and ASAP is awarded a $45,000 grants to assist farmers and markets.
North Carolina is just one signature away from taking advantage of a 2014 Farm Bill provision that allows states to enact their own hemp-growing pilot programs.
WNC beverage enthusiasts are harnessing the kick of ginger in their alcoholic and nonalcoholic brews.