From the ForestHow do you know you’re buying local honey? Start by looking for the Appalachian Grown logo, ASAP’s certification for products grown or raised on family farms in WNC and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Then, you can even look for a specific Appalachian Grown honey logo (pictured above), a new ASAP initiative.
This year, in partnership with members of the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project, ASAP is working to promote local forest products. In addition to honey, these include ramps, maple syrup, decorative greenery, medicinal herbs and watercress.
“Many farmers manage forest lands that can generate income, strengthen ecosystems, and produce delicious local foods at the same time,” says Peter Marks, ASAP’s Local Food Campaign director.
Find out which local farms offer these products from the forest through a specific search of ASAP’s Local Food Guide at http://buyappalachian.org/forest_products. To learn more about the WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project, visit http://www.wncforestproducts.org.