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Friday March 23rd, 2018 10:43 Paige Witherington & Justin Dansby of Pitch Pine Farm

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with Paige Witherington and Justin Dansby of Pitch Pine Farm in Transylvania County.
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Friday December 15th, 2017 14:09 2018 Calendar Contest Sneak Peak + Where to Get Your Calendar

We were truly amazed at the number and diversity of our calendar contest photo submissions!

From beautiful farmscapes to gorgeous locally grown products to life and work on the farm, we loved seeing our community’s rich and unique local food and farm experiences. What an incredible depiction of local agriculture in our Southern Appalachian Mountains.

We appreciated and enjoyed all of our contest submissions, and thank all who participated. We can’t wait to do it again next year!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see our featured photo each month, and start taking pictures now to submit for next year’s calendar contest.

To pick up a free copy of our 2018 calendar check out your local winter market in January, or visit us at the ASAP Office. 

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Tuesday February 14th, 2017 12:28 Meet ASAP’s Spring 2017 Interns

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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Friday October 28th, 2016 10:14 Find Your Local Thanksgiving Turkey & Main Dish Alternatives

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.

There are still local turkey options available throughout the region, but not all that many. 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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Thursday September 22nd, 2016 10:10 Back to Farm to School

Heading back to school this fall, kids are donning new shoes or book bags, teachers are working long days, and the child nutrition staff in Western North Carolina (WNC) are serving up local produce. While the school year does not neatly fit with the growing season in our region, August through October is a great time for schools to take advantage of the harvest. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, melon, and even corn on the cob are making its way into cafeterias this year. While it is often difficult for schools to work with multiple farmers, local produce distributors can help make sure Appalachian Grown™ products are still available to schools throughout the region.

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Wednesday April 15th, 2015 13:23 Meet ASAP’s Spring Interns!

ASAP has seven new interns this spring! Interns are an integral part in keeping ASAP running smoothly and provides the opportunity for people to learn how ASAP supports the local food movement in the Southern Appalachians. So let’s meet the new batch of ASAP interns!

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Tuesday March 24th, 2015 14:22 Tailgate Market Opening Dates

What a long, cold winter it’s been! Our local farmers have not been hibernating, though. They have been busy preparing their soil, lovingly deciding what to plant and grow, and looking forward to seeing all of their loyal customers and friends at the 2015 spring tailgate market openings! Local food supporters throughout the region are getting excited for the fresh bounty of spring and the bursting abundance of summer; both of which are right around the corner. So, come on out and support your local farmers!

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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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Monday November 24th, 2014 15:56 Local Thanksgiving Inspiration

In the Southern Appalachians it’s easy to fill your Thanksgiving table with a cornucopia of local food! There are many holiday tailgate markets open this week where you can shop for your feast.  Lauren Hoffman, one of ASAP’s communications interns, wants to share some locally-inspired dish ideas that incorporate ingredients from these markets for your holiday menu! Read the rest of this entry »

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