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Get Local Gets Berry Delicious This June

Friday, June 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Local berries are the stars of early summer – from the last of the strawberries to blue-hued blueberries and rosy-red raspberries—which are popping up now at area farmers tailgate markets and on the menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants. All get the spotlight in ASAP’s Get Local campaign this month as chefs use them in countless ways: think savory sauces, salad toppers, and sweet treats from pies to ice cream.

Appalachian Grown partner restaurants are planning a variety of events and specials this month to celebrate berries. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is featuring their berry vanilla cake using an assortment of local berries from McConnell Farms, Full Sun Farm, Nectar Creek Farm, Stepp Family Farm, and Flying Cloud Farm. The flavor of the cake changes, so be sure to stop by the shop throughout the month. Still want more sweet treats? Beat the heat with some local berry-flavored ice creams at The Hop Ice Cream Café (Merrimon location) on Tuesday, June 24 from 5 to 8 pm for a fundraiser for ASAP. This month The Hop is featuring a variety of dairy and dairy-free flavors like blueberry kale, blackberry/blueberry chevre, and much more. West End Bakery is also loading their cakes, cupcakes, and pastries with local berries this month from Stepp Family Farm.

Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org/getlocal 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 appalachiangrown.org.

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

ASAP’s 2014 Local Food Guide Set to Hit Stands

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – The growing season is in full bloom in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. Tailgate farmers markets are opening, restaurants are featuring local food, and roadside stands are beginning to come to life again. To help local food lovers find and support these certified local farms and businesses—this spring and beyond—ASAP is releasing their 2014 Local Food Guide. The guide is a core component of ASAP’s 14-year old Local Food Campaign; more than one million copies of the Local Food Guidehave been distributed since 2002.

“It wasn’t that long ago that our region was home to only a handful of farmers markets or CSA farms and less than a handful of restaurants and grocers that bought and sold products from local farms,” shares Charlie Jackson, ASAP’s Executive Director. “Today, things have changed dramatically–witness the 2014 Local Food Guide! There are hundreds of markets, grocers, restaurants, and other outlets for food and farm products with an astounding variety of local products.”

This year’s Local Food Guide includes more Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) listings than ever before. The guide also includes newly opened area restaurants committed to sourcing local food, along with listings of grocers, artisan food producers, B&Bs and farm lodging, wineries, and more. This year’s guide features “Local food by the numbers,” national and regional local food statistics, illustrating how the local food movement has changed over ASAP’s past decade of work.

The 2014 Local Food Guide can be picked up hot off the press at ASAP’s booth at the Mother Earth News Fair, April 12-13, at the WNC Ag Center. ASAP is a supporting partner of the fair and we will be joined there by many Appalachian Grown™ farms and retailers. The latest guide listings can also be found online at appalachiangrown.org. Print copies will be distributed after the fair to 400+ locations, listed on the guide page of asapconnections.org.

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.

Tailgate Tents Going Up

Monday, March 31st, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Yes, it is spring. One way to know for sure, even with the confusing cold and snow? Tailgate tents are going up, and area farmers markets are opening outdoors for the harvest season. Celebrate spring by getting a taste of what is growing in your community at local tailgate markets. At early spring markets, expect fresh greens, spring onions and asparagus; meats, cheeses, baked goods, value-added farm items like preserves, and a wide selection of plant starts. Produce offerings will differ from market to market based on the location of vendor farms—microclimates vary greatly in the region.

Find a list of spring tailgate opening days below. Markets listed are all members of the Mountain Tailgate Market Association (MTMA), a collaborative group of farmer- and vendor-only area markets. For a complete list of the 90+ tailgates in the region, including their season start dates (a new feature for 2014!), visit ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org. The 2014 print guide hits stands in mid-April.

MTMA Opening Dates

Asheville City Market: April 5, Saturdays

8 am-1 pm

Asheville City Market South: April 2, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Bakersville Farmers Market: May 31, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Black Mountain Tailgate Market: May 3, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

East Asheville Tailgate Market: May 9, Fridays 3-6 pm

Flat Rock Tailgate Market: April 17, Thursdays 3-6 pm

French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market: April 2, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market: April 26, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Henderson County Tailgate Market: March 15, Saturdays 7 am-12 pm

Historic Marion Tailgate Market: May 6, Tuesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 9 am-12 pm

Leicester Farmers Market: March 29, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm

Madison County Farmers & Artisans Market: April 5, Saturdays 9 am-1 pm

Mills River Farmers Market: May 3, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Montford Farmers Market: April 23, Wednesdays 2-6 pm

North Asheville Tailgate Market: April 5, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Oakley Farmers Market: May 8, Thursdays 3:30-6:30 pm

Spruce Pine Farmers Market: May 7, Wednesdays 2-5 pm

Transylvania Tailgate Market: April 19, Saturdays 8 am-12:00 pm

Original Waynesville Tailgate Market: May 14, Wednesdays/Saturdays 8 am-12 pm

Weaverville Tailgate Market: April 9, Wednesdays 2:30-6:30 pm

West Asheville Tailgate Market: April 8, Tuesdays 2:30-5:30 pm

Yancey County Farmers Market: April 19, Saturdays 8:30 am-12:30 pm

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