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Artisan and Apprentice: The Journey Continues

Hello there! Our trip has wrapped up and we are moving to a reviewing stage where we will listen once again to interviews and take a look through almost ten thousand photos and videos. Additionally, we’ve been approached by several publishers who are very much interested in working with us, our journey, and of course […]

Underground Meats

An Underground Revolution: Jonny Hunter and Underground Food Collective

Jonny Hunter is quick to defer success. He’ll say that he has great coworkers. Or that it’s the model of sourcing and building relationships locally. Or that it’s owed to the enthusiastic city of Madison, WI. Whatever the case, with a restaurant, catering company, butcher shop, and cured meat operation, the achievement of his (he’ll […]

Crooked Condiments

Keeping Asheville Crooked: Chelsea Madison and Crooked Condiments

The spirit of the city of Asheville is reflected in its roads. From the city center they erupt organically as if they were roots in search of the fertile soil of surrounding Appalachia. Weaving and winding, they flow effortless through uneven terrain at the points of least resistance.  Neither structured nor planned they do so […]

Troy and Still

Distilling from the Heart: Troy Ball and Troy & Sons Distillers

The shadows of trees grew long in the twilight and clung to the barn’s broad face. An old man watched them, squinting as specters of black and grey – memories of a bygone era - crept slowly across the wooden structure. For as long as the old-timer could remember, he and his family raised livestock in […]

The Anthology

An Underground Revolution: Jonny Hunter and Underground Food Collective

Underground Meats

Jonny Hunter is quick to defer success. He’ll say that he has great coworkers. Or that it’s the model of sourcing and building relationships locally. Or that it’s owed to the enthusiastic city of Madison, WI. Whatever the case, with a restaurant, catering company, butcher shop, and cured meat operation, the achievement of his (he’ll […]

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Keeping Asheville Crooked: Chelsea Madison and Crooked Condiments

Crooked Condiments

The spirit of the city of Asheville is reflected in its roads. From the city center they erupt organically as if they were roots in search of the fertile soil of surrounding Appalachia. Weaving and winding, they flow effortless through uneven terrain at the points of least resistance.  Neither structured nor planned they do so […]

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Distilling from the Heart: Troy Ball and Troy & Sons Distillers

Troy and Still

The shadows of trees grew long in the twilight and clung to the barn’s broad face. An old man watched them, squinting as specters of black and grey – memories of a bygone era - crept slowly across the wooden structure. For as long as the old-timer could remember, he and his family raised livestock in […]

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A Tale of Two Brothers: Walt, Luke, and Wicked Weed Brewing

Walt and Luke of Wicked Weed

Our brewery has been a testament to the growth of the American palate. A huge part of why we’ve seen such early success is the quantity of different styles we offer. We can focus on each being delicious in their own way. People love coming in and having choices. It’s no longer the days of […]

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Never a Dull Moment: Jon Christie and Wild Mountain Apiaries

Jon and Bee Box

We walked into Asheville, North Carolina’s Wild Mountain Bees, the beekeeping supply store founded and maintained by Jon Christie, and were greeted by a craft environment so foreign to both of us that we didn’t know where to begin.  Jon was wrapping up a phone call and encouraged Brad and I to look around.  Hive […]

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“The Heart of the Grain”: Dave and Farm and Sparrow Bakery

Dave and Mill

Farm and Sparrow is unlike any other bakery in the country. In a small town just outside of Asheville, Dave Bauer bakes with entirely heirloom grains, many of which he’s brought to the Appalachian hills and helped to seed. He, himself, processes these grains down to whole wheat and finer flours using a small turn […]

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