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Tuesday June 12th, 2012 13:24 Spring INN Asheville Tour a Scrumptious Success!

This past weekend, 15 area B&Bs opened their doors for the Asheville B&B Association’s (ABBA) Spring INN Asheville Tour. They each paired with a local restaurant to offer a taste of the area’s farm-fresh seasonal ingredients and show off our talented chefs and restaurateurs. ASAP is extremely thankful for the B&Bs’ support of local food and farms (find them listed in our Local Food Guide) and that ABBA chose us this year as the event beneficiary! Check out a few of our photos below, and click to continue reading the post for more. You can also flip through a gallery at CarolinaEpicurean.com; while you’re there, check out our From Here column!

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Saturday May 19th, 2012 16:38 A Farm Business Unfolding

I recently headed to Rutherford to talk with Michael Hackett, a poultry producer who contacted ASAP to discuss potential market outlets. We spoke a few days prior, and judging by his Irish accent, I knew he would have a unique story.
Michael grew up on a farm in Ireland. His parents had a mixed operation raising many different animals and vegetables, but they eventually honed in on dairy farming. His free spirit brought him to Long Island in 1985 where he worked in the landscaping industry. Eventually, he landed in Minnesota to study under Will Allen and the nonprofit Growing Power…

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Saturday April 14th, 2012 04:31 Exciting and Odiferous News!

We’ve got some exciting—and odiferous!—news when it comes to local food…
Since we last connected, ramps, one of the region’s most-beloved spring veggies, have arrived! Right now, they’re being featured on Appalchian Grown™ partner restaurant menus throughout the region. Of course, they can be found at area roadside stands, farmers markets, and grocery stores, too. But, if you’re a ramp lover, you don’t want to wait too long to snag them up. They have a super-short harvest season: just two to three weeks. And, you don’t want to wait too long to snag tickets to our benefit dinner In Celebration of

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Sunday April 1st, 2012 20:33 A Trip Down Dairy Farm Lane

A Trip Down Dairy Farm Lane
Andy Perkins and I hopped into the car around 7 am and were off to visit Claudy Pack and Pack Dairy Farm in Polk County. We towed a wagon behind us with a large stainless steel tank. Andy and his wife, Jen, make cheese as Looking Glass Creamery; they’re true artisan food entrepreneurs. Because they don’t have their own dairy animals, they haul a milk tank to local dairy farms to pick up the milk they need to create their products. They make this journey to Polk County two days a week, and they visit

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Friday March 9th, 2012 18:02 What’s Happening in the World of Local

As Carolina Epicurean noted when she announced our partnership, this column is meant to share “what’s happening in the world of local, sustainable food here.” This month, the answer is lots. After all, the growing season is just around the corner!
Now’s the time to sign up for your CSA farm share. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. As a CSA member, you pay the farmer in advance for “shares” of their season’s bounty. Then, you get a steady supply of fresh foods straight from the farm every week! To help you find the right farm share for you, ASAP is

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Thursday February 23rd, 2012 15:51 Meet Your Farmer: Jeanette Wilson, Hominy Valley Farms Land & Cattle

By Bridget Kennedy, ASAP Farm Outreach Coordinator ~
As ASAP’s farm outreach coordinator, there are many reasons for me to visit a farmer at their farm: to conduct a marketing consultation, to assess their business model, to help them connect with new markets, to gather photos for profiles and stories…the list goes on. I will admit, though, I recently traveled to Appalachian Grown™ farm Hominy Valley Farms Land & Cattle in Candler, NC, with a selfish motive. Besides discussing her workshop at our upcoming annual Business of Farming Conference (http://www.asapconnections.org/conference.html), I was determined to better understand the beef industry. With a background

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Friday February 17th, 2012 00:46 What’s it All About?

Epicurean Notes: Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) is partnering with Carolina Epicurean as we work together to keep readers informed. What’s happening in the world of local, sustainable food here? ASAP authors will be writing about farmers – who they are and what they’re up to, their Farm to School and Farm to Institution programs, their Farm Tours, Farmland Preservation, Farmers Markets and what it means to be Appalachian Grown and From Here.

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From Here: What’s it All About?
See that tagline up there describing Carolina Epicurean: Seasonal Food, Regional Focus? It says a lot about us, ASAP, too!

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