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Wednesday September 20th, 2017 17:54 Faces of Local: Amanda Fox, Emma Elementary School

ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission and contribute to growing our local food movement. This month in celebration of the start of the school year, we’ve spoken with Amanda Fox, the Student Support Specialist at Emma Elementary School about using their school/community garden (maintained in collaboration with their neighbor, Emma Family Resource Center), to grow food with their students. Hear how Amanda’s students react to gardening and trying new things, and how the community uses the garden too!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday August 15th, 2016 12:05 Faces of Local: Dan Silo, of Buxton Hall BBQ

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ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, in anticipation of ASAP’s Local Food Experience, we’ve spoken with Dan Silo of Buxton Hall BBQ. Dan is a dedicated chef who is committed to sourcing and serving local. Hear why Dan loves what he does, and buy your ticket to the Local Food Experience today! Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday June 20th, 2016 13:18 Faces of Local: Tom Elmore of Thatchmore Farm

ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, in anticipation of the Farm Tour, we’ve spoken with Tom Elmore of Thatchmore Farm. Tom is a farmer who attends the Farm Tour as a visitor each year. Hear why Tom visits other farms, and purchase your pass today to attend the tour yourself on June 25-26!

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Wednesday November 18th, 2015 13:36 Faces of Local: Al Kirchner, Co-owner of Food Matters Market

IMG_9406ASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we’ve talked with Al Kirchner, co-owner of Food Matters Market. In the photo, Al (far left), stands with team members from their new Hickory store and soon-to-open Morganton store. To learn more about Food Matter Market, visit and like their Facebook pages (Brevard, Hickory, and soon-to-open Morganton) or browse their website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wednesday October 21st, 2015 09:57 Thanksgiving Turkey & Main Dish Alternatives

There are less locally-raised turkeys available this holiday season. Why? Many farmers didn’t want to take the risk of raising poultry in the face of the avian flu outbreak in the western U.S.

There are still local turkey options available throughout the region. We have put together a list of farms that have Thanksgiving turkeys available below. If your heart’s set on a turkey, we encourage you to reserve it as soon as you can, as they’re likely to sell out early. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday October 20th, 2015 11:27 Market Season Winding Down

Fall is in full swing, which means that your local tailgate markets are winding down. Below is a list of closing dates for all markets and dates for any holiday or winter markets. Not all markets have holiday or winter markets and some are still finalizing details. Contact your local market (find their listing in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide) or check back here for updates. Don’t miss out on the last markets of the season! Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday October 20th, 2015 10:42 Faces of Local: School Nutrition Director for Buncombe County Schools

Lisa Payne croppedASAP likes to share stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. In celebration of National Farm to School Month, we’re featuring an advocate for local food in schools, Lisa Payne, School Nutrition Director for Buncombe County Schools. To learn more about farm to school, visit growing-minds.org, and register for Growing Minds Farm to School Conference in November.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Tuesday October 13th, 2015 13:22 Meet ASAP’s Fall 2015 Interns!

ASAP hosts over 20 interns per year in seasonal and part-time internships. Interns play an integral role in keeping ASAP running smoothly and helping us to fulfill our mission. Read on to meet our intrepid fall intern crew and then visit our intern page to learn how you can get involved next spring or summer!
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Thursday September 10th, 2015 15:50 Supporting Local Farms

The following is a message from Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director, about how to support our local farms: Read the rest of this entry »

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Thursday December 11th, 2014 11:08 ASAP & RAFI-USA Host Workshops State-wide

Throughout the year in many different state-wide locations, ASAP and  RAFI-USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International) will facilitate “Making the Most of your Market” workshops. These workshops are a part of a new initiative, Connect2Direct, created by partners ASAP and RAFI-USA in order to support the development of farmers tailgate markets in North Carolina. Lauren Hoffman, a communications intern for ASAP, wrote this first-hand account of a workshop held in West Jefferson, NC.

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