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Tuesday November 11th, 2014 11:45 ASAP’s Fall 2014 Interns

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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Monday November 3rd, 2014 16:03 What Makes a Good Tailgate Market?

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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Wednesday October 29th, 2014 11:38 *Updated* Find Your Local Thanksgiving Turkey!

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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Friday October 17th, 2014 09:42 Tailgate Market Season Winds Down

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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Wednesday July 9th, 2014 16:41 Latest on NC Sales Tax Laws

To keep you up to date with changes to North Carolina tax laws and how it impacts farmers, we share with you the latest from our friends at North Carolina Farm Bureau:

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Wednesday May 7th, 2014 13:40 Final Intern Reflection

by Catherine Stiers, Communications Intern for ASAP

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Wednesday March 19th, 2014 11:40 Tailgate Market Opening Dates

The trees are about to turn green again, and soon you’ll be able to find greens at your local tailgate markets, too! Area farmers will soon be setting up outdoors for the new growing season.

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Monday March 17th, 2014 16:42 New Sales Tax Law May Not Apply to Most NC Farmers Markets (updated 3/18/14)

Getting to the bottom of this new tax law and how it applies to farmers markets and their vendors has been a long strange trip. Though I think we are far from the end of this saga, recent information and conversations lead me to conclude that we can reasonably interpret that the new tax laws (NCGS 66-255) do not apply to most farmers market managers in NC.

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Thursday February 20th, 2014 15:28 2012 Census of Agriculture Shows Dramatic Increase in NC Crop Sales

From ASAP’s Local Food Research Center:

Today the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a preliminary report of the long awaited 2012 Census of Agriculture. Though county-level data is still to come, state-level data for North Carolina reveals interesting new trends.

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Tuesday February 18th, 2014 09:10 Thank you, Laurey!

It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to Laurey Masterton who passed away today. As farmers and lovers of good food know, Laurey has been a strong leader and supporter of local food and farms for as long as anyone.

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