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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 broad approach to supporting the local food movement in the Southern Appalachians means that we always have a lot on our plate. But thanks to our latest class of spring interns, we don’t have more than we can chew. These five interns are helping to run many of ASAP’s programs while learning more about the ins and outs of life at a bustling nonprofit.

If you’d like to get involved in our internships program, ASAP is currently recruiting for the summer season. Visit our internships page to learn about opportunities with our Local Food Research Center, Local Food Campaign, and much more!
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Visit these farmers markets to find Appalachian Grown™ produce and more, all winter long! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Everyone is full of cheer at area farmers tailgate markets, welcoming the arrival of the holiday season. Starting this week many markets will have special events in honor of the beginning of the winter. Market managers, vendors, and farmers want to celebrate with you, and say thank you for supporting them this past year! Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanksgiving is here at area farmers tailgate markets! Stop by holiday markets this week for your last minute local ingredients.

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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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An internship with ASAP provides the opportunity for people to learn how ASAP supports the local food movement in Western North Carolina.  Each of our fall interns have found a niche in one of our departments including, the Local Food Campaign, Growing Minds Farm to School Program, the Local Food Research Center and many more!  The team at ASAP includes some of the most enthusiastic and hard-working people around and our interns are no exception. Meet our Fall 2014 interns! Read the rest of this entry »

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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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It’s fall, and that means your favorite tailgate market will likely be closing for the winter season soon. Below is a list of closing dates for all markets, and dates and locations for holiday markets. Not all locations will have winter or holiday markets. Some dates and locations have yet to be determined, so contact specific markets (listing on for more information. Don’t miss the last markets of the season! Read the rest of this entry »

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