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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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Winning Tomato Tart

We asked for your best tomato recipes, and we got ’em! Thanks for submitting your scrumptious summer creations to our Tomato Recipe Contest, and thanks for sharing your stories of recipe inspiration. Now, get cooking…

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ASAP and Asheville Scene’s Tomato Recipe Contest

We know for you, tomato lovers, that nothing beats the taste of a farm-fresh local mater all on its own. But, we also know that you get creative in the summertime, including tomatoes in all kinds of dishes so you can enjoy the season’s bounty morning, noon, and night. Do you add a pinch of a surprising spice to your tomato sauce? Enjoy them for dessert? Share your favorite, most innovative tomato recipes with us and Asheville Scene!

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We want to know YOUR 2013 local food and farming resolutions! Do you want to shop at your neighborhood farmers market more often? Get your first CSA, or maybe even plant your own vegetable garden? Share by commenting on this post (and keep reading for contest details)!

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What’s your plan, Stan? Your plan for this weekend’s Farm Tour, that is!

Comment below and share which farms you and your carload plan to visit, and you’ll be entered to win two tickets to any show at Asheville Community Theatre! Comment by midnight Friday to be eligible (deadline extended, as we learned the site was unfortunately down for a bit). A winner will be notified by Tuesday, September 25.

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Thanksgiving is near, and we want to hear: What local foods are you planning to include in your meal?

Did you pre-order a local turkey? Pick up winter squash and potatoes from market this past weekend? Comment below before 7 pm today (Monday, November 21) to get your name in our drawing for an ASAP t-shirt AND tote bag for your last minute tailgate trips tomorrow and Wednesday! (Feel free to also share a recipe for those still unsure of their menu!) We’ll announce the winner first thing tomorrow morning.

We can’t wait to hear your plans. Happy Thanksgiving!

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