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.

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.

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!

Local Appetite will return in the fall of 2016.

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.

2015 Products

ItemsDate Range
hamburgerGround Beef & Bratwurst
Learn more about the products
we serve from North Fork Farm (add link when migrated)
Year Round
acorn squashAcorn SquashSeptember - November
applesApplesSeptember - December
mixed greensBraising Greens MixSeptember - October
butternutsButternut SquashSeptember - November
cherry tomatoesCherry TomatoesSeptember - October
cilantroCilantroSeptember - October
green peppersGreen PeppersSeptember - October
jalapenosJalapeno PeppersSeptember - October
kaleKaleSeptember - October
potatoesPotatoesSeptember - March
red peppersRed PeppersOctober
spaghetti squashSpaghetti SquashSeptember - November
tomatoesTomatoesSeptember - October

2015 Farms

A Berry PatchWest Jefferson, NC
Ashe County 
Cherry Tomatoes
Against the GrainZionville, NC
Watauga County 
Braising Greens Mix
Fishel Organic FarmsGrassy Creek, NC
Ashe County
Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Kale, Slicing Tomatoes, Winter Squash
Moretz Mountain Orchard & FarmBoone, NC
Watauga County 
North Fork FarmZionville, NC
Watauga County
Bratwurst, Ground Beef
Perez FarmAsheville, NC
Buncombe County
Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Slicing Tomatoes
Tevepaugh OrchardMoravian Falls, NC
Wilkes County 
Triple C FarmsWest Jefferson, NC
Ashe County
Potatoes, Winter Squash


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