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ASAP Goes to the Fair!

We love hearing your local food and farming stories here at ASAP! After all, that’s why we started this new site. And, it’s why we have been set up at the 2011 North Carolina Mountain State Fair this past week (we’re also proud sponsors).

At our booth inside the Davis Event Center, we’ve got notepads with questions and a sticky wall ready for your stories. That’s right, you can literally stick your thoughts right up on the wall for passersby to read! Here are just a few of our favorites so far:

In response to “Why do you think local food is better than food from far away?”

  • “It’s harvested on schedule, when the food is ripe and ready to be picked, not early for shipping.”

In response to “What’s your fondest memory of your parents’ or grandparents’ garden?”

  • “Picking blueberries with my grandpa. His back hurt, but that didn’t stop him!”
  • “My father’s very tall (and very delicious) tomato plants that he was proud of.”

Check out a video memory from Peggy Bennett on our YouTube channel! You don’t want to miss her story; thanks for sharing, Peggy!

You can also step inside the booth and record your stories with the Appalachian Foods Storybank, a program of Slow Food Asheville working to highlight the unique lifeways, history, and culture of Appalachia. They’ve got comfy chairs set up so you feel like you’re in your own living room talking to an old friend. Learn more on their Facebook page (they’ve got great fair photos posted there, too). Check out one of their great audio clips below. They talked with a prepared foods contest entrant about her garden, specifically her tomatoes; we’d love to be one of her neighbors! After the fair, they plan to go through the footage and share more with us and you!

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Of course, there’s lots more to do at our booth. You can pick up a Local Food Guide, tailgate market schedule magnet, or brand new ASAP t-shirt. Or, you can bring the kids to color and make seed tapes. You can just hang out, too, if you want! Check out a photo album of our adventure so far via Facebook.

We’re there until the fair closes this Sunday, September 18. Won’t you stop by?

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