Local Food

Appalachian Food Services is self-operated making us "local" in every sense of the word.  We do not contract out our food services but rather are self-operated and employ a local staff to prepare the food that is served on campus - from the produce that is prepped in our Vegetable Prep area, to the baked goods and desserts that are produced in our Bake Shop, to the entrees that are prepared in our kitchens by local cooks and chefs.  Furthermore, all sales and profits benefit the local economy and the university. 

Scroll down to learn more about Defining Local and Purchasing Local.

Defining Local

What is Local & Why

  • Appalachian Grown™ products
  • Got to Be NC / Goodness Grows in NC products
  • NC products
  • Regional products (grown and produced within 250 miles of Appalachian)
  • Third-party certified products

†Appalachian Grown™ Products

ASAP logoThe Appalachian Grown symbol is displayed with farm products grown or raised in Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Grown™ label is a trademark of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.

The Appalachian Grown region includes the following counties by state:

Appalachian Grown map

  • Georgia: Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White
  • North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey
  • South Carolina: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg
  • Tennessee: Blount, Bradley, Carter, Cocke, Greene, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Monroe, Polk, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
  • Virginia: Carroll, Grayson, Scott, Smyth, Washington, Wythe

†Got to Be NC / Goodness Grows in NC Products

Got to be NC logoThe Goodness Grows in North Carolina program is the official marketing program for the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The primary goal of the program is to assist in the promotion of North Carolina Agriculture as a whole and increasing the visibility of NC products by working with growers and companies that produce NC agricultural products.

The Goodness Grows in North Carolina label may be used only by qualified producers or processors of North Carolina agricultural and food products.

  • The label may be applied only on North Carolina produced or processed products which use product ingredients from North Carolina when readily available.
  • Products not indigenous to North Carolina do not qualify (Ex. citrus, coffee, etc.).
  • Imported products from foreign sources are not eligible.
  • Only the first/top-quality products from a product line will be considered for membership.
  • The processing/production facilities or corporate headquarters must be located in North Carolina.
  • If the processing facility is located out-of-state, the product must be a 100% North Carolina agricultural product.
  • Identification of the North Carolina corporate headquarters is required on product packaging.
  • Facilities and products must meet all Federal and State regulations where applicable.

†NC Products

Because we want to help stimulate our state's economy, we support NC companies. The North Carolina Department of Administration Purchase & Contract Administrative Code makes the following provision for NC products:


Where quality and availability allow, specifications are based on products grown or manufactured in North Carolina. This special interest in North Carolina products is intended to encourage and promote their use, but it is not exercised to the exclusion of other products or to prevent fair and open competition.

†Regional Products (grown and produced within 250 miles of Appalachian) / Third-party Certified Products

250 mile mapThrough Appalachian's Office of Sustainability, we participate in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) STARS® program.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS® was developed by AASHE, an acknowledged thought leader that advances sustainability by providing invaluable resources, with broad participation from diverse representatives of the higher education community.

STARS® Food and Beverage Purchasing criteria is as follows:

  • Grown and processed within 250 miles of the institution
  • Third-party certified (USDA Certified Organic, Marine Stewardship Council Blue Ecolabel, Food Alliance, Fair Trade, Certified Humane Raised and Handled)

Purchasing Local

seasonal We are currently purchasing 13.6% from local sources and look to increase this percentage in future years.  We want to establish lasting and beneficial relationships with local farmers and producers, as well as help develop a stronger local economy by supporting NC businesses.

What's in Season

  • We have met with local farmers and producers on several occasions and have established an open line of communication with those who are mutually interested in providing Appalachian with local products
    • We are open to using local products as long as the diners demonstrate their support
    • We can purchase seasonal or surplus items
    • We can purchase smaller quantities of specialty items for catering or special events
    • Food Services must adhere to North Carolina’s State purchasing guideline but is investigating how to preference local food
  • Seasonality is one of our biggest challenges because many products have growing seasons opposite of when diners are on campus
  • North Carolina's only year round produce crop is sweet potatoes
  • Very few products are available during the winter months

Local Food on Campus

  • local mealWe have developed and continue to add to a list of items served in the dining concepts that are Always Local
    • This list includes beverages, dairy, grains, grocery items, meats and produce
  • The Markets sell a selection of Local & Organic products
  • 61% of bottled water sales on campus are local ASU water from Deep Gap, NC.
  • We held our first Carolina Chowdown local meal during Earth Week 2011
    • The first Carolina Chowdown series took place during the 2011-2012 academic year
    • The series, which has become a favorite of diners, continued in 2012-2013
    • New dates are scheduled for 2013-2014
  • We introduced the local Blue Ridge Burger, with ground beef sourced from North Fork Farm in Zionville, NC, during Earth Week 2013
  • During the fall semester 2013, we launched a partnership, Local Appetite, to source a record amount of food product from local farmers
    • Seven farms from the high country provided the following products to Appalachian Food Services:  Beef, Green Peppers, Red Potatoes, Tomatoes, Butternut Squash, Lettuces, Red Peppers


  • appleIt all began with an apple... for the fourth year, we will be purchasing local apples from Bill Mortez, owner of Moretz Mountain Orchard and Farm in Boone, NC
    • The orchard was started by Bill's grandfather in the 1930's
    • They have over 90 different varieties of apples - sweet to tart, antiques to modern
  • In 2013, we launched a partnership, Local Appetite, with High Country Grown, Seeds of Change, Appalachian Grown, NC Cooperative extension, New River Growers and Heifer International
  • We work closely with local produce distributor, Lett-US-Produce to obtain much of the local produce that is served on campus
  • We would like to thank the following growers/producers for suppling local products served on campus

  • Burch Farms ~ Faison, NC
  • Cangialosi Specialty Meats ~ Greensboro, NC
  • Carolina Turkey ~ Garner, NC
  • Chandler Foods ~ Greensboro, NC
  • Clayton Rawl Farms ~ Lexington, SC
  • Drake's Fresh Pasta Company ~ High Point, NC
  • Eagle's Farm ~ Salisbury, NC
  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham ~ Boone, NC
  • Hollar & Green Produce Company ~ Boone, NC
  • House of Raeford ~ Rose Hill, NC
  • Hughes Farms ~ Graysville, TN
  • Jolley Farms ~ Chesnee, SC
  • Lightlife Foods ~ Turners Fall, MA
  • Midstate Mills, Inc. ~ Newton, NC
  • Moretz Mountain Orchard and Farm ~ Boone, NC
  • New River Growers ~ Boone, NC
  • Nice Blends ~ Whiteville, NC
  • North Fork Farm ~ Zionville, NC
  • Pasta Wench, Inc. ~ Boone, NC
  • Pilot Mountain Pride ~ Pilot Mountain, NC
  • Sawyer Farms ~ Liberty, NC
  • Smithfield Foods, Inc. ~ Smithfield, VA
  • Turkey Knob Growers ~ Timberville, VA
  • Wayne Farms LLC ~ Oakwood, GA
  • Wilson Farms ~ Ellerbe, NC


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Mailing Address
Appalachian Food Services
P.O. Box 32061
Boone, NC, 28608 USA

Physical Address
Appalachian Food Services
170 Stadium Drive
Boone, NC, 28608 USA