Local Appetite

Shake the hand that feeds you!

Local Appetite is a community-based partnership between Appalachian Food Services, local farmers and distributors and community organizations to bring fresh, seasonal produce to campus.  This powerful partnership supports Appalachian students, faculty and staff as well as our community.

Local Appetite 2016

Local Appetite returns for the fourth year.  This fall, we are sourcing 14 products from local farms.  

This year, we have added two new products:  green cabbage and watermelon.  And, several new farms:  AH & W Orchard, Moravian Creek Farms, Mountain Roots, Perry Lowe Orchards and Raven Rocks Farm.   New Appalachia is again our aggregation and distribution partner.  

Student volunteers will again table in the Roess Dining Hall. These volunteers will point diners in the direction of locally-sourced products and answer questions.

We appreciate the campus community's continued support of local food. These types of partnerships between farmers, community organizations and institutions, ensure that we as a community support and foster our local economy. Choose local, and the amount of local food served in our dining facilities will continue to grow.

Keep High Country Grown food at Appstate by feeding your Local Appetite!

2016 Products

ItemsDate Range
hamburgerGround Beef & Bratwurst
Learn more about the products
we serve from North Fork Farm
Year Round
acorn squashAcorn SquashSeptember - February
applesApplesSeptember - March
butternutsButternut SquashSeptember - February
cherry tomatoesCherry TomatoesSeptember - October
green cabbageGreen CabbageSeptember
green peppersGreen PeppersSeptember - October
jalapenosJalapeno PeppersSeptember - October
kaleKaleSeptember - January
potatoesPotatoesSeptember - January
spaghetti squashSpaghetti SquashSeptember - February
tomatoesTomatoesSeptember - October

2016 Farms

AH & W OrchardWilkes County, NCApples
Fishel Organic FarmsAshe County, NCAcorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Cherry Tomatoes,
Green Cabbage, Jalapeno Peppers, Kale, Spaghetti Squash
Moravian Creek FarmsWilkes County, NCWatermelon
Moretz Mountain Orchard & FarmWatauga County, NCApples
Mountain RootsAshe County, NCPotatoes
North Fork FarmWatauga County, NCBratwurst, Ground Beef
Perry Lowe OrchardsWilkes County, NCApples
Raven Rocks FarmWatauga County, NCGreen Cabbage, Kale

...more farms coming soon!


Appalachian State Food Services logoAppalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project logoHigh Country Grown logo

High Country Local First logo New Appalachia logo

Years in Review

2015 Review

The third year of our Local Appetite partnership concluded in December. We were able to purchase 500 cases of the following products: apples, peaches, braising greens, kale, potatoes, green peppers, acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, cherry tomatoes and slicing tomatoes.

These were sourced from seven local farms, two of which were new for 2015: Against the Grain in Watauga County and A Berry Patch in Ashe County.

Year three also saw additional improvements to campus engagement. Student volunteers tabled in the Roess Dining Hall on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm. These volunteers were able to point diners in the direction of locally-sourced products and answer questions.

2014 Review

The second year of our Local Appetite partnership concluded in November.  We appreciate the campus community's support of local food.  Year two saw new products, new farms, better visibility and student engagement as well as a 39% increase in total cases purchased and a 35% increase in dollars spent. 

Local Appetite continues in 2015 with new farmers, new products and a goal of further growth in total cases purchased as well as our financial commitment.

2013 Review

During the fall of 2013, Food Services sourced a record amount of produce from small local farms. This partnership, Local Appetite, brought together farmers, community organizations and the purchasing power of the university to support students and the community.  Local Appetite launched in the fall of 2013. Diners enjoyed fresh, seasonal produce from early September through early November. Products were offered daily and were featured at our October Carolina Chowdown local meal series. High Country Grown farmers found an additional market for their products, and we were able to support the local economy through purchases totaling close to $8,000.