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Asheville Mother Earth fair targets local food products

For the do-it-yourself enthusiast, the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville is not to be missed this April.

The Western North Carolina Agriculture Center near the Asheville airport will be full of informational speakers, exhibits and vendors with sustainable lifestyle products during the fair, the weekend of April 9 – 10. Ingles Markets is the grocery sponsor of this event and our booths, 2421 and 2422, will feature a rotating cast of local and regional vendors and farmers. Here are some of the highlights:

Saturday, April 9

9 a.m. – noon

  • Postre Caramels (Woodfin, North Carolina), sea salt caramel sauce
  • MILKCO (West Asheville, North Carolina), Laura Lynn milk
  • Ardenne Farm (Mills River, North Carolina), gluten-free mixes

Noon – 3 p.m.

  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm (Fairview, North Carolina), meats
  • Annie’s Breads (Asheville), breads
  • Sunny Creek Farm (Tryon, North Carolina), sprouts

3 – 7 p.m.

  • Brasstown Beef (Brasstown, North Carolina), beef
  • Crooked Condiments (Woodfin, North Carolina), mustards, sauces, apple butter
  • Munki Foods (Asheville), exotic snack mixes
  • Van Wingerden  International (Mills River), flowering plants

Sunday, April 10

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Unicoi Preserves (Sautee, Georgia), spreads
  • Boone Barr (Boone, North Carolina), meal and snack bars
  • Harrell Farms (Bakersville, North Carolina), sorghum syrup
  • North Carolina Department of Agriculture

1 – 5 p.m.

  • Roots and Branches (Swannanoa, North Carolina), crackers
  • Roots (Asheville), hummus
  • Dolci Di Maria (Swannanoa), gluten-free baked products
  • Blue Ridge Food Ventures (Asheville), business incubator

The bottom line

This is a great event for parents (and maybe your kids). For tickets and more information, visit

Talk to Leah

Leah McGrath is the corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets. Follow her @InglesDietitian. Contact her at, 800-334-4936 or at