Friday, May 11, 2012

ASAP’s 2012 Local Food Guide Set to Hit Stands Soon

The growing season is nearing full swing in WNC and the Southern Appalachians. Tailgate markets are opening, restaurants are featuring local food, and roadside stands are overflowing with local strawberries, while many family farms are offering them for picking.  To help local food lovers find and support these farms and businesses—this spring and beyond — ASAP is releasing their 2012 Local Food Guide. The guide is a core component of ASAP’s decade-long Local Food Campaign; more than one million copies have been distributed since 2002.

In celebration, ASAP is hosting a Local Food Guide release party May 20 from 2 until 6 pm at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville. The event is an opportunity to pick up the 2012 guide hot off the press, enjoy give aways and music by local act Vollie & Kari and the Wildcats, taste farm-fresh dishes prepared by Asheville’s popular local food truck Gypsy Queen Cuisine, and welcome the growing season with other local food enthusiasts. The party is also a chance to pick up the second edition of the Local Food Guide for Kids created by ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program.

This year’s Local Food Guide includes more tailgate market and CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) listings than ever before, and articles about current tailgate and CSA trends. The guide also includes newly opened area restaurants committed to sourcing local food, along with listings of grocers, artisan food producers and bakers, B&Bs and farm lodging, wineries, and more—as well as additional articles about the area’s thriving local food movement.

The release party is free and open to the public. Early bird attendees will receive one of ASAP’s “Certified local” t-shirts free while supplies last. For more information, visit ASAP’s community website, Those unable to attend can browse the latest listings online at Print copies will be distributed after the event to 400+ locations, listed on the guide page of  A digital version to read or download will also be available there.

Biltmore, Greenlife Grocery, Progress Energy, Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, and Risk Management Agency are the guide’s major sponsors.

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.

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