RECALL on Certain Peaches, Nectarines, Plums and Plouts

July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, recently issued a recall of certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums and pluots packed between June 1, 2014 through July 12,2014 due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes based on internal company testing.  These type fruits are also referred to as “stone fruits” because they have large pits.


We do not have specific information regarding distribution of the recalled products in North Carolina at the moment, but based on the recall announcement, national distribution is expected.  Stores where the recall has been posted include Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Whole Foods Market, and Kroger.


A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has “invasive” infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.  Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil and water. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products.  Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator.  The risk of invasive listeriosis after exposure to Listeria monocytogenes is very low; although exposure is common, disease is rare.

The recall announcement along with a specific list of recalled products, dates, lots, block IDs, and pictures can be found here.

Craven Street Improvement Project

July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On Monday, July 21, work will begin on the Craven Street improvement project in west Asheville, a long-term enhancement that will include multi-modal roadway improvements including pedestrian and bike facilities, stormwater Best Management Practices and stream restoration, low impact parking and greenway construction and water line improvements. Find background and updates at the city’s Projects Page.

The duration of the project will last from July 21, 2014 through December of 2015. The majority of the roadway work will take place during the next 6 months. As this is an active construction project, there will be heavy construction equipment in the area for the duration of the project.

During the remainder of July and the beginning of August, work will focus on clearing and grubbing activities, placement of the stormwater conveyance systems and other utilities, and existing asphalt removal. The project also involves a comprehensive improvement to the unnamed creek that starts along Waynesville Avenue and drains through the New Belgium Brewery site into the French Broad River.

Full road closures are not expected during this initial phase of the project, though delays and lane closures can be anticipated. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes where possible.

Beginning August 25, work will expand into roadway culvert improvements with Craven Street closed in the direction Haywood Road for the duration of work, which is expected to last until the end of September.

The Craven Street improvement project is located in the area surrounding the New Belgium Brewery construction site and is the City of Asheville’s portion in a public-private partnership with The State of North Carolina, North Carolina Golden Leaf Foundation, NCDOT, Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Buncombe County, the Economic Development Administration, and the Asheville–Buncombe Economic Development Coalition and others in support of New Belgium Brewing’s investment of $175 million in our community.

Songcatchers Music Series Presents The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers

July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America’s annual Songcatchers Music Series closes on July 27 with the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers.

Now in its 12th year, the series is held each Sunday afternoon in July, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It honors traditional mountain music, and the talented performers who preserve it, share it, and make it their own. This year’s series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

From Upstate South Carolina, the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers bring together a unique mix of old-time traditional string band tunes, historical ballads, early country songs and the works of contemporary songwriters. Their music relives the times when great changes were taking place in the United States from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s and beyond.

Concerts take place in the Cradle’s covered outdoor amphitheater, and move indoors if the weather is stormy. The stage show begins with an old-time string band from Transylvania County at 4:00. The main group plays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Local old-time musicians play informally by the Cradle’s wildlife habitat garden at 2:30 p.m. before the concert.

Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, the Giving Tree gift shop, and food from Hob Nob at the Cradle of Forestry. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible and will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Songcatchers Sundays.

Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information call 828-877-3130 or go to

WCU New Lifelong Learning Program for WNC Retirees This Fall

July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Western Carolina University is launching a new lifelong learning institute aimed at people age 50 and older across Western North Carolina who are interested in enriching their lives through the pursuit of knowledge.

The institute, based on the idea that “learning is for everyone” and titled LIFE@WesternCarolina, will feature weekly interactive seminars in Cullowhee and Asheville. Sessions will focus on a wide variety of topics spanning business, history, science, literature, politics and personal development.

LIFE@WesternCarolina is designed to extend to residents of the greater WNC community the wide array of academic resources available at the university and in the community, said Alison Morrison-Shetlar, WCU provost.

“The LIFE program is for retirees, alumni and community members seeking to engage in lifelong learning. It is for those seeking networking, community and engagement in the learning process,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “The program topics will nourish the mind, spirit and body.”

The mission of LIFE@WesternCarolina is simple, she said. “We want to establish a community of lifelong learners, age 50 and over, by offering participant-determined topics of interest that promote learning and community-university engagement,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “The programs are intended to enrich the quality of life for seasoned adults as they learn new things, meet new people and exchange ideas.”

The institute will include educational lectures, social opportunities and field trips as presenters, including university faculty, share expertise from a variety of backgrounds, she said.

Sessions are weekly for 12 weeks during the fall and spring semesters. Fall semester programs are tentatively scheduled to get underway Sept. 9 in Cullowhee and Sept. 10 in Asheville.

Participants will register for sessions being held at one of two sites. Programs will be held Tuesdays at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching adjacent to the WCU campus in Cullowhee, and Wednesdays at the university’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square, located at 28 Schenck Parkway in Asheville. Sessions at both sites will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until noon.

Among the proposed topics for this fall are “Operations of the Biltmore House,” “Useful Legal Matters,” “Cherokee and the Seven Clans,” “How the Civil War Affected WNC,” “Native Plants,” “Local Scenic Hikes,” “Making the Theory of Evolution Clear to People Like You and Me,” “Storytelling in Appalachia,” “Seeing, Imagining and Recording: The Process of Creative Writing,” “Theater and Design,” “The Major Differences between the Core Beliefs of Conservatives and Liberals,” “State and Federal Politics and Trends: Impact on the Economy and Education,” “Terrorism and Global Threats,” “Being and Doing Good” and “Living While Dying.

The final lineup of program topics will be announced soon.

Cost of membership in the institute is $125 per year, including 24 engaged learning experiences with opportunities to take part in additional activities related to some of the topics. Participants may attend all or as many sessions as they like.

“For example, participants might hear from the director of a play about how to develop and put on a performance, and then go and see the play,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “Or participants might hear about the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians, and then go visit the town of Cherokee and see it with different eyes.”

For more information or to register for the LIFE@WesternCarolina institute, contact the Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 or [email protected], or visit the website

Southeastern Sports Medicine Annual WNC Concussion and Injury Symposium

July 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – For the second year, Southeastern Sports Medicine will bring western North Carolina medical providers a concussion symposium based on the most current research and updates from North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association. The event will take place at the DoubleTree Hilton in Asheville on Friday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

According to a recent survey of 778 athletes, 69 percent of those with concussions reported playing with symptoms, and 40 percent reported that their coach was not aware of their concussion.

The goals of the WNC Concussion and Injury Prevention Symposium are to educate athletic trainers, nurses, physical therapists and other medical providers in western North Carolina on updated research and current North Carolina standards for high school athletes, and bring more consistency to the local area on the management and treatment of concussions.

Breakout sessions will be provided for coaching staff and parents in the community. Coaches will be offered a free CPR/AED certification. The symposium is free for coaches, parents and students. Physicians, physician assistants and nurse assistants will be charged $20, and athletic trainers, nurses, EMTs, paramedics and physical therapists will be charged $10.

To register for the WNC Concussion and Injury Prevention Symposium, fill out the online registration form at


About Southeastern Sports Medicine: Established in 1997, Southeastern Sports Medicine’s team of physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists support each patient through a customized treatment plan to find freedom from pain and mobility for life. Southeastern Sports Medicine’s physicians, which include Dr. Keith Maxwell, Dr. Gregory Motley, Dr. Andrew Rudins, Dr. Richard Jones, Dr. R. Christian Estes, Dr. James Phelps, Dr. Andrew Kersten, Dr. Amal Das, Dr. Brian Seng and Dr. Brian Stover, provide care for patients experiencing issues of the spine, shoulder, knee, hip, foot & ankle, and hand & upper extremities. Southeastern also offers care in the specialties of sports medicine, physical medicine & rehabilitation and medical acupuncture. Southeastern Sports Medicine continues to expand its services and adapt its care model to meet growing demands for orthopedic care in Western North Carolina. Walk-in clinics are now available at the team’s Asheville, Hendersonville and Waynesville locations on weekday mornings from 7:30 to 10 a.m. To find out more about Southeastern Sports Medicine and its services, please visit

About Park Ridge Health: Founded in 1910, Park Ridge Health is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing leading-edge, compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health is a member of Adventist Health System, a family of 45 exceptional, faith-based hospitals across the country that operate independently to deliver care and services that best meet the needs of their communities. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 30 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 140 physicians and providers, cardiac care & rehabilitation, emergency services, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, a boutique labor & delivery experience, a full range of imaging services and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival on August 13

July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy festival kicks off August 13 with Chris Porter, a top three contestant during Season 4 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. With proceeds being donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, the festival will launch at Highland Brewing Company. Tickets are on sale now at

About Chris Porter

Best known for his third place finish on the Season 4 of Last Comic Standing, Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”. Chris Porter has been a touring comic since he was 23. Since the beginning Chris’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry.


Born and raised in Kansas City, Chris brings a true stand-up experience to his live shows. There are no sound cues, no puppets, and no catch phrases. Just gut wrenching laughter drawn from his own experience and observations. Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”. Catch his hit special on NETFLIX now!

About Laugh Your Asheville Off

The five-day multi-venue festival spotlights more than 60 of the nation’s funniest up-and-coming and established comics. The comics have hopes of turning the heads of the major TV network casting agents, talent bookers, and comedy club owners that have traveled to the festival to discover stand-up comedy’s next crop of rising talent. ”We’ve received seven years of support from Asheville and we’ve been embraced by the national comic community, and have grown into one of the largest comedy festivals in the country. In return, we hope to continually raise the bar of world class entertainment while keeping ticket prices reasonable,”  said Charlie Gerencer, festival producer and production company executive.

Since submissions began this year, several hundred comedians from all over the country submitted stand-up clips hoping to secure one of the 60 performer slots. The festival kicks off Tuesday August 13, 2014, with the “Local Laughs for Brother Wolf” charity show at Highland Brewing Company. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
Individual show pricing: $16/ticket
Cosmo Festival Passes: $66-$86 for access to all shows (excluding “Local Laughs for Brother Wolf”)
The largest non-competitive comedy festival in the southeast, LYAO hosts comics, industry professionals, and talent producers during a multi-day, multi-venue event in Asheville, North Carolina. Previous talent have gone on to appear on network sitcoms, half-hour Comedy Central specials, and late night flagship shows like The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as well as many others.

Lineup is available at and the schedule will be available next week.

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About Brother Wolf Animal Rescue

Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is a No Kill organization in Asheville, North Carolina. They are a 501(c)(3) Tax Deductible Corporation (EIN: 20-8787719).  In addition to offering services to the community including free spay/neuter assistance and a pet food pantry, our Behavioral Counseling and Youth Education programs help promote a better understanding of, and respect for, companion animals.

The 10,000 sq.ft. Joyce B. Cambron Adoption Center, located at 31 Glendale Avenue, is home to up to 100 dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens each day. In this clean, happy, and energetic environment, animals receive mental stimulation and exercise through a variety of enrichment programs. BWAR’s dedicated volunteers ensure that each pet receives lots of love and attention until finding his or her forever home. The friendly Adoption Counselors and Animal Care Attendants work hard to find just the right match between a potential adopter and a furry new family member.

Line-up for 87th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Announced

July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the country’s longest running folk festival, now in its 87th year of highlighting mountain culture, returns to the Diana Wortham Theatre this summer. The Festival runs for three full evenings, Thursday, July 31 through Saturday, August 2 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Tickets are on sale now.

With introductions beginning at 6:50 p.m. and the show beginning at 7:00 p.m. nightly, the festival formally showcases an amazing repertoire of mountain performers – old-timers as well as the newest generation of bluegrass and mountain string bands, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers – who share music and dance that echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage. The festival begins Thursday, July 31 with Hometown Appreciation Night. In keeping with the grassroots flavor of the festival, local families and individuals are encouraged to attend to help kick off the first night of the festival.

Audiences at each of the three performances will see an extensive line-up of the best musicians, ballad singers and dancers; each evening features at least four dance teams from the very young to the young at heart. The popular and long-standing house band, the Stoney Creek Boys, returns to perform each evening. And each night of the festival features both well-known musicians and new talent alike, representative of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and its continuing traditions.

2014 Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Performance* Schedule (a/o 7/11/14):

(*Note: Performers and schedule are subject to change at any time.)

Thursday, July 31: Carol Rifkin and Jerry Sutton, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Fines Creek Flatfooters; Betty Smith; The Peg Twisters; Maggie Lauterer, Zack Allen & Jon Lauterer; The Griggs; Dance Team: J Creek Cloggers; Dance Team: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Sheila Kay Adams, Jeanette Queen & Carol Rifkin; Crooked Pine Band; Dance Team: Green Valley Cloggers; Bobby and Blue Ridge Tradition; The Trantham Family; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Smoke; Whitewater Bluegrass Company.

Friday, August 1: Laura Boosinger and Kevin Hamlin, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Cole Mountain Cloggers; Appalachian Consort; Phil & Gaye Johnson; The Waymasters; Joe Penland; Dance Team: Appalachian Mountaineers; Dance Team: Avery Smooth Dancers; The New Broad River Band; Bryce Parham & Kathryn Brickey; Dance Team: Dixie Darlins; The Arrowood Sisters Band; Laura Boosinger; Bearwallow; Dance Team: Southern Appalachian Cloggers.

Saturday, August 2: Glenn Bannerman and Richard Hurley, Masters of Ceremonies; Ed Herron; Grey Eagle (Stoney Creek Boys with buck dancers); Dance Team: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; Paul Crouch & Friends; The Ross Brothers & Terry Woody; Brooke & George Buckner; The Cockman Family; Don Pedi; Dance Team: Bannerman Family & Friends; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Smooth Dancers; Clearwater Connection; Roger Howell; Dance Team: Southern Mountain Fire; Southern Highlanders; Richard Hurley; Dance Team: Bailey Mountain Cloggers; Buncombe Turnpike.

Parking:  Festival patrons can park off-street, at the parking garage on Biltmore Avenue – which also provides wheelchair access to the Festival – or at the various parking garages located throughout downtown Asheville.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival is presented by Asheville’s Folk Heritage Committee which also produces its sister event, the 48th Annual Shindig on the Green, a free gathering held each year at Pack Square Park on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, with a stage show and informal jam sessions on Saturday evenings – June 28; July 5, 12, 19; August 9, 16, 23 and 30. Both events rely on the generosity and shared talent of the region’s finest old-time musicians and mountain dancers.

Raffle: The much-sought-after annual raffle items for the 2014 Shindig season are: a D-16 Adirondack acoustic guitar by C.F. Martin & Co.; and a 75” x 75” handmade quilt from a 19th century quilt pattern, created by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle. Raffle tickets are available at each Mountain Dance and Folk Festival evening and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.

Sponsors: The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green’s 48th Summer Season and the 87th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the following Corporate Sponsors: Able Rent-A-John; Acoustic Corner; Acoustic Sound Production; Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn; Americare Pharmacy Consultants; Biltmore®; Brian C. Hunter, CPA, P.A.; C.F. Martin & Co.; Elly Wells Marketing + Project Management; Fox Dental Associates; Graybeard Graphics; Greybeard Realty; Henco Reprographics; Jack of the Wood; Laughing Seed Café; Lenoir-Rhyne University; Luella’s Bar-B-Que; Mast General Store; Mountain Jam Circle; Okie Dokies Smokehouse; Pack’s Tavern; Parsec Financial; Vacation Guide; Sam’s Club; Skyland Auto Group; State Farm Insurance – Diane Bauknight; Stevenson & Carney, Attorneys at Law; Telco Community Credit Union; Timothy E. Gillespie, DMD, FAGD; and Town Hardware & General Store. Media Sponsors are: 880 AM The Revolution; 88.7 FM WNCW; 99.9 FM Kiss Country; The Laurel of Asheville; Mountain Xpress; News Radio 570 WWNC; Smoky Mountain Living; Smoky Mountain News; and WNC magazine. Ongoing support of Shindig on the Green is provided by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, the City of Asheville, and Buncombe County.

Ticket Information: Tickets (Regular $20; Children 12 and under $10; 3-night package $45 for adults and $24 for children) for the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre box office: (828) 257-4530 or online at  For more information on the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival or Shindig on the Green, visit or call the Folk Heritage Info Line: (828) 258-6101 x345.

Competitors to Make History at WCU’s 40th Mountain Heritage Day

July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – You can make history as a competitor at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, Saturday, Sept. 27, on the Western Carolina University campus.

This year’s festival celebrates its 40th anniversary, along with the university’s 125th, with a number of contests, from whisker-growing to old-fashioned costumes and home-canned goods contests, a chainsaw competition, antique auto show and the Mountain Heritage Day 5K. Your name can go down in history as a winner at this milestone-year event.

Artists and craftspeople will even be in juried competition for cash and ribbon recognition of their products and booths. Applications are still being accepted (available online at<>), and are especially sought for vendors of baskets and weaving, glassblowing, cornshuck art, woven rugs, leather goods and handmade ceramic tiles.

There is no entry fee for any of the contests except the arts/crafts vendor booths and the 5K.

Planned and coordinated by students in WCU’s Sport Management Association, the 5K race usually begins at 8 a.m. and winds its way through the campus, with registration beginning an hour before. Proceeds from the entry fee support a WCU scholarship fund. Full race details, pre-registration forms and costs will be posted online at

Baked goods as well as home-canned and preserved foods will be judged in the festival’s “A Gathering In” traditional foods competition. An adult and a youth winner also will be declared for the “Best in the West Sweet Potato Recipe Contest.” Winners will receive ribbons in a number of categories, all described in the booklet linked to the “Contests” page at<>. For more information, contact Peter Koch at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or 828-227-7129.

Children and adults are welcome to compete in the traditional clothing contest, sporting the fashions of pioneer days through the turn-of-the-19th-to-20th century. Audience members participate in the judging after competitors model their outfits on stage.

Trophies will be awarded in the different classes of the chainsaw contest to be held the morning of Mountain Heritage Day.

Owners of antique and classic automobiles also are invited to polish them up and compete for awards by participating in the festival’s all-day car show.

Teams are scheduled to square off in traditional Cherokee stickball, as well as the traditional courting game called “fish.” Though there are no contests among festival food vendors, cloggers, musical performers, shape-note singers, or living history demonstrators, you will find many old and new favorites.

Admission and parking still will be free at WCU’s daylong celebration of Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and history.

Mountain Heritage Day and its many competitions are only weeks away – always the last Saturday in September. There’s plenty of time to start growing, sewing and canning; and to practice chopping, polishing and jogging.

For more information about Mountain Heritage Day contests, call WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center at 828-227-7129. You can also keep up with developments leading up to the festival on Facebook at or by following @WCU on Twitter.

Cradle of Forestry Songcatcher Series

July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The Cradle of Forestry in America’s annual Songcatchers Music Series continues on July 20 with Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt.

Now in its 12th year, the series is held each Sunday afternoon in July, beginning at 4:00 p.m. It honors traditional mountain music and the talented performers who preserve it, share it and make it their own. This year’s series is sponsored by Morrow Insurance Agency, Inc.

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. These talented young women use all the creative tools they can think of: storytelling, research, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry and handmade moving scrolls called “crankies.” Anna and Elizabeth honor the lives and creativity of those who have gone before us – ancestors, pioneers, friends and teachers. They enjoy bringing to life old ballads, tunes, hymns and stories of everyday people, as well as sharing traditions with today’s youth.

Concerts take place in the Cradle’s covered outdoor amphitheater, and move indoors if the weather is stormy. Anna and Elizabeth’s show is from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Local old-time musicians will play informally by the Cradle’s wildlife habitat garden before and after the concert.

Concert-goers are welcome to arrive early and enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, two interpretive trails, the Giving Tree gift shop, and food from Hob Nob at the Cradle of Forestry. The site, including the amphitheater, is wheelchair accessible and will be open until 6:00 p.m. on Songcatchers Sundays.

The series closes with the Palmetto Gravel Scratchers string band on July 27.

Admission for all shows is $6.00 for ages 16 and older; $3.00 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest, six miles north of Looking Glass Falls and four miles south of the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information, call 828-877-3130 or visit

The USDA Forest Service manages the Cradle of Forestry, the birthplace of modern forestry in America. Visitors enjoy mountain music at the Cradle as it fits into the late 1800s to early 1900s feel of the historic site.

July Menus Brimming With Beans for ASAP’s Get Local

July 14th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Local beans are a Southern staple, especially around these parts. In fact, it’s thought that more heirloom beans (traditional cultivars like greasy beans) originated in Western North Carolina than anywhere else in the country. Today, more than a dozen varieties are grown here, including types of bush beans, pole beans, fresh shell beans, and dry beans. To honor the history and current harvest, they get the star treatment on restaurant menus throughout July in ASAP’s Get Local campaign.

Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants are excited to use local beans in their side, salad, and soup dishes this month. West End Bakery is highlighting local green beans in their salads and soups this month, including their sesame green bean and quinoa salad. Farm Burger is also jumping on the bean train featuring local beans from Jake’s Farm, Ivy Creek Family Farm, and more in their “snacks” specials. Their “snacks” change daily, so be sure to stop by the restaurant throughout the month.

If you want to enjoy local beans at home this month, be sure to shop your neighborhood tailgate market for many different varieties. What’s more, July is just the exciting start of the season, and many beans will stick around through summer and into fall.

Visit ASAP’s website at to find details on what’s happening this month. You can also Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food—and other seasonal products—at your neighborhood farmers tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store. Browse for markets, stands, and stores via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at


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, visit, or call (828) 236-1282.