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It has been a light year for honey, according to apiaries at area farmers tailgate markets. Honey has always been a special, prized treat in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, but on a year such as this — drought-like conditions scattered throughout the growing season — it is even more dear. Read the rest of this entry »

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This week area farmers tailgate markets are ripe with apples, honey, and many other delicious fall finds! Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer is sweet and so are many of its crops. Satisfy your sweet tooth with local goods from area farmers tailgate markets! Stock the fridge with snacks such as honey, berries, grapes, baked goods, melons, and more! Read the rest of this entry »

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Outdoor farmers tailgate markets are finally here! Read the rest of this entry »

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Blue Ridge Apiaries Bees

Did you know that Asheville is the first Bee City USA?! The pioneering designation came last year; to keep the momentum humming along, the folks behind the proclamation have dreamed up a big Pollination Celebration, with events running through June 22. What’s more, it’s Get Local honey month! Here’s the buzz from Bee City USA Director Phyllis Stiles.

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Local Honey

Why did ASAP pick honey as the Get Local focus for June? We were just going with the flow!

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Local Lasagne

The BIG event we affectionately call BOF—our 10th annual Business of Farming Conference—is exactly one week away: Saturday, February 23! The menu is anything but your average conference fare. It’s all locally sourced, of course, and as fresh and delicious as it can get. So, this week’s ‘top 10’ list is all about the food…

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Local Honey

Look for lettuces this weekend at area winter farmers markets! Jake’s Farm hopes to bring the crunchy salad necessity with them Saturday to Asheville City Market (ACM) downtown and the Neighborhood Y at Woodfin Winter Tailgate Market. They also expect to bring bok choy, and they’ve even begun talking broccoli, which should be available in the coming weeks. Kay Farm offered up lotsa lettuce last Saturday at ACM, so get it again this weekend while the getting’s good.

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ASAP was thrilled to be asked to attend and blog about the first 2013 WNC Chefs Challenge featuring two of our favorite Appalachian Grown partner restaurants: Tomato Jam Cafe and Sunny Point Cafe! Locally grown and produced ingredients made delicious appearances. In fact, the secret ingredient was North Carolina-grown… (keep reading to get in on the secret + get our full recap!)

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By Alex Alesi, fall communications intern

During ASAP’s Farm Tour this weekend, you’ll have the chance to learn from and explore more than 30 family-owned farms spread throughout Western North Carolina. Many of these farms are longstanding tour participants and will be familiar to those of you who attended last year and in other years past. More than a dozen, however, will make their Farm Tour debuts in 2012.

Today, meet Janet Marrs and Lori Shields, owners of a small farm near Asheville’s River Arts District.

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