Asheville – The growing season has arrived in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians! Finding seasonal local farm products at farmers tailgate markets is certainly a sign of spring along with local food at restaurants and roadside stands. It is also the time of year to pick up the latest edition of ASAP’s Local Food Guide to find the best sources for Appalachian Grown™ food.
“People seek out local food, and ASAP’s Local Food Guide is the best way to find it,” says Molly Nicholie, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director. “In the guide, you can find hundreds of local family farms, farmers tailgate markets, restaurants, grocers, artisan foods, lodging, and travel destinations featuring an astounding variety of local products.” ASAP renews and collects data each year so that the best, current information is available for consumers.
In addition to more than 800 listings, this year’s Local Food Guide has new sections including a regional chart of farms to visit and popular U-pick items. The guide also features stories behind some of the farms, chefs, and farm to fork experiences in the region.
Print copies will be distributed across Western North Carolina and other partners in the Southern Appalachians. A full list of distribution points can be found at asapconnections.org. Search by product or location at ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2017 Local Food Guide can always be picked up at ASAP’s office: 306 West Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801.
The 2017 Local Food Guide is made possible with support from Buncombe County Service Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and Asheville Area Airport.
ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)
ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.