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Program Post: The Tough Job of Reporting on New Local Food Restaurants!

Hickory Nut Gap Cow

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This week, it’s a double dose of Program Post! Here, our communications and development team talks about the opening of one of Asheville’s newest Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants: Farm Burger.

From ASAP’s Communications and Development Team

Communications is tasked with reporting as much local food news as possible—from tailgate market reports to events to available farming jobs/internships—so that we can all celebrate our region’s thriving movement. When asked if ASAP staff and interns wanted to attend the soft opening of Farm Burger in downtown Asheville, of course we said yes! Not only would we get the scoop to share, we’d also get to enjoy the delicious local food we have the joy of reporting about. Here’s what we learned:

Farm Burger is based in Georgia, and the Asheville outpost is their fourth restaurant. They’re committed to working directly with farmers and to using grassfed beef in the burgers at all of their locations. A good portion of their beef comes from farms in Georgia, but they’re also buying beef, pork, and more from Hickory Nut Gap Farm for their Asheville location. They’re buying local farm products from Farside Farms, Sunny Creek Farm, Looking Glass Creamery, Haw Creek Honey, Smiling Hara Tempeh, and others, too.

Farm Burger Our Farms Our FriendsASAP connected with Farm Burger way before the soft opening, early on in the process of opening their Asheville location. They reached out to us to ensure they could get high-quality local farm products. Because of their commitment to supporting local farms, Farm Burger is one of the newest Appalachian Grown™ certified restaurants.

At the soft opening on April 3, curious and enthusiastic local food lovers and ASAPers got their first look (and taste!) of the eatery. And Farm Burger did not disappoint. In addition to yummy local food with a variety of standard and unconventional toppings (i.e. pork belly, bone marrow, Looking Glass chevre), many Farm Burger staff members wore Appalachian Grown hats. A large blackboard also shared the list of farms they’re currently buying from and a list of their friends, which included ASAP. Farm Burger owner George Frangos shared that he’s excited to work with ASAP on future events, so stay turned! And stay tuned to that board, as they’re sure to make new farm friends.

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