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Calling all photographers and local food enthusiasts!

ASAP produces an annual calendar showcasing the seasonality of local food and farms in our Southern Appalachian Mountains. This year, we want to feature how members of our local food community engage with Appalachian Grown™ food throughout the year. This year’s calendar theme is called “Share Your Experience,” and will feature YOUR photos of local food seasonality in our region. Twelve winning photos will be printed in our 2018 calendar, and spotlighted in social media.

Photo Contest Rules:

  1. The calendar photo contest is open to amateur and professional photographers. Photos received by November 1 will given first consideration. You may submit as many photos as you like.
  2. Please submit images to Please include in your email your full name and a brief description of each image. Please name each file with your full name and subject matter.
  3. Submitted photos must be in digital format. No print or film submissions will be accepted. All digital files must be at least 3500 pixels wide x 2500 pixels tall, and submitted in JPEG or .jpg format. Winning images will be printed in a 7” x 10” horizontal format calendar.
  4. With your submission ASAP is granted rights to publish your photo online and in the calendar, as well as use your photos for other local food promotions. Written permission from a parent or guardian is required for any photos containing children ages 18 or under. Any photos containing people’s faces will require written or verbal permission from subject for ASAP to use. 
  5. If your photo is selected, ASAP will notify you by December. We will give you credit in the calendar, spotlight you in social media during that month, and send you three calendars and a ticket to ASAP’s 2018 Farm Tour on June 23-24.

Image Suggestions

Images should depict your experiences with local food and agriculture in the Appalachian Grown Region.  Below is a list of image suggestions, but images are not limited to these topics. 

  • Appalachian Grown Logo
  • Farmers Markets and Tailgate Markets
  • On the Farm
  • Community Supported Agriculture
  • In the kitchen
  • On The Plate
  • Farm Experiences
  • Farm to School
  • Farmscapes (images with mountains in the background are great)
  • Food processing
  • Holidays
  • Winter
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ASAP’s Annual CSA Fair is just around the corner on March 12 (in Asheville) and March 17 (in Boone), and in anticipation of the event, we wanted to hear from farms and participants who have been part of our CSA Fairs in the past. This week, we bring you an interview with CSA farmers, Sarah Jane and Jamie Davis, of A Way of Life Farm. Visit ASAP’s website to find out more about the CSA Fairs.
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There’s no better meal than the feast on Thanksgiving to stuff your dinner dishes with local produce and ingredients. This year, area farmers tailgate markets have an abundance of appetizing foodstuffs to be thankful for, perfect for every component of the big meal. This Thanksgiving, get local!

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ASAP’s communications intern Greg Parlier will post a series of stories from the field demonstrating our impact in the community. Here’s the second post in the series from Greg:

ASHEVILLE | With another farmers tailgate market season winding down in the Southern Appalachians, it’s a good time to reflect on what makes our markets successful.

From local apples and kale to coffee and scones, activities for kids to hot food on wheels, and sometimes even a dancing bear, there are many elements to a successful market.

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Are you looking for a fresh, Appalachian Grown turkey for your Thanksgiving table this year? Local farms are taking orders! Find out how to pre-order your bird, plus how the turkeys were raised, price per pound, and much more.  Keep in mind that most farms and retailers will sell out quickly so please be sure to order your turkey at least two weeks before Thanksgiving.

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ASAP’s new communications intern Greg Parlier will post a series of stories from the field demonstrating our impact in the community. Here’s the first post from Greg:

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Winter farmers tailgate markets are going strong with farm-fresh local food offerings every week!

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Winter tailgate farmers markets are busy, busy! Market-goers tell us that you can find turnips, apples, sweet potatoes, cabbage, collards, and spring onions. We have also heard about a rainbow of carrots, including orange, yellow, and purple!

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Our fall communications intern, Elise Carlson, spent lots of time with farmers at tailgates and ASAP events. In fact, she was so busy documenting both she didn’t have time to get out on the farm! So, to close out her experience, she visited Fields of Gold Farm in Hendersonville. Here’s her story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This month, our programs share an insider’s look back at 2013 and ahead to the new year: The Local Food Campaign talks sticking to their BIG mission.

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