Since moving to Western North Carolina from New Orleans in 1999, Ann D. Stauss envisioned a fun adventure that could educate others about mountain foodways.
“Although the farm-to-table movement was vibrant in our area, there was little opportunity to experience it from farmer to seed to meal,” she says.
Years of research and collaboration culminated in Asheville Farm to Table Tours. Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Ann’s 12-passenger van departs Asheville for East Fork Farm, Spinning Spider Creamery, and The Farmer’s Hands, all in Madison County. Fridays at 10:30 a.m., groups leave for Flying Cloud Farm, Blue Ridge Mountain Creamery, and Hickory Nut Gap Farm, all in Fairview.
“We meet the farmers, tour the facilities, and finish with a late lunch including ingredients from each of the farms,” Ann says. Customers can also purchase products from onsite stores during the five-hour experience.
“I am inspired by the clients gaining an in-depth understanding of where food comes from,” she says. “They will never see their grocery purchases the same way again!”