ASHEVILLE - It's spring. That means local produce is growing and Western North Carolina tailgate markets are opening. To guide local food followers and support certified local farms and businesses, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project has released the latest edition of its Local Food Guide. This year's Local Food Guide features more Appalachian Grown tailgate farmers market and Community Supported Agriculture listings than ever. Additionally, the guide has been updated with newly opened WNC restaurants committed to sourcing local food, as well as grocers, artisan food producers, wineries and more. ASAP's mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Among its projects is the Growing Minds Farm to School Program, organizing Asheville City Market and coordinating the Mountain Tailgate Market Association.
More than one million copies of the Local Food Guide, part of the nonprofit's Local Food campaign, have been distributed since 2002.
The 2014 Local Food Guide can be picked up at ASAP's booth at the Mother Earth News Fair, Saturday and Sunday at the WNC Ag Center.
The latest guide listings can also be found online at appalachiangrown.org. Print copies will be distributed after the fair to more than 400 locations, the locations of which can be found on the guide page of asapconnections.org.