The ASAP Farmers Market at A-B Tech, organized in response to the COVID-19 emergency, has taken extraordinary steps to ensure public health. These protocols were reviewed and approved by the Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services as best practices. The market takes place on Saturdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. VISIT THE MARKET or PAY FOR YOUR PURCHASES
- Read about all of ASAP’s work in response to COVID-19.
- Apply for the Appalachian Grown Immediate Needs Grants, get updates on other financial relief available to farmers, or contact ASAP directly for one-on-one assistance.
- Find best practices for farmers market operations and apply for the Farmers Market COVID-19 Response Grant.
- Learn more about the ASAP Farmers Market at A-B Tech, designed to keep shoppers and vendors safe.
- Read a report from ASAP’s Local Food Research Center on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on farmers and market vendors.
- Many farms are still accepting CSA members. Find one near you.
- Find ways to buy directly with farmers during this uncertain time.
Nutritious food is especially important during a crisis, yet children who rely on school meals may not have easy access to prepared foods at home. Many children and families depend on schools for most of their weekly nutrition.? READ MORE
Growing Local airs on WNCW on Mondays during Morning Edition at 8:45 am, featuring the local food and farm stories we discover through our Local Food Research Center. Past broadcasts are archived on our website and can be heard on SoundCloud?or iTunes.
Ramps are up in force, and even if you haven’t been able to find a socially distant foraging spot, a few vendors at farmers tailgate markets have them. We spotted ramps from?Myseanica Family Farm?at the?ASAP Farmers Market?at A-B Tech on Thursdays. These are sustainably harvested, which means that the roots are left in the ground, ensuring plenty of ramps in the wild for years to come.? READ MORE
March 2020: The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of restaurants, schools, events, and in some places, disruption of farmers markets, is having an immediate and potentially devastating impact on farmers and vendors selling to local markets in the Southern Appalachians. In order to better understand these experiences and how to best support these farm and food businesses, ASAP surveyed the farmers and vendors in their network. Read the press release about the report.
November 2019: ASAP’s Local Food Research Center completed a Food and Farm Assessment in the seven western counties of North Carolina and on the Qualla Boundary to guide the work of the EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Project.