Serving Madison County, NC Residents
The Beacon of Hope serves Madison County residents by providing food, emergency assistance, low-cost thrift store and advocacy to those in need.
The Beacon of Hope Services is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization offering food and emergency financial assistance to low income families and individuals in Madison County by providing:
A direct hunger relief service providing nutritious food and teaching to prepare residents to eat nutritiously
Emergency assistance for clothing, food and referrals
Referrals to community partners for housing and other services
A low-cost Thrift Store for clothing, furniture, household essentials, haircuts
Advocacy to influence anti-hunger and poverty policy
Fermenti. Provides Living Probiotic Rich Fermented Foods Hand-Crafted In Madison County, NC! We Are Focused On Culturing Our Community Through Charitable Events, Preserving Our Heritage By Educational Outreach And Supporting Food Resiliency. We Have Just Created Fermenti. Mountain Farm To Start Growing Our Own Produce, Cut Costs And To Create Jobs While Sourcing Locally. We Are The Proud Fermenting Ambassadors For Sow True Seed And Look Forward To Again, Sponsoring The 2nd Annual WNC Fermenting Festival This FALL!
We bee-lieve one drink can change the world. Our mission is to nurture the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the well-being of our planet. To do so, our core commitments include: Honoring the wisdom of ancient traditions
Sourcing locally and responsibly whenever possible
Enhancing the health of our customers, employees, and community
We truly believe our Shanti-JunⓇ is a vehicle for change. We know this because it has changed us and it has changed our community. In an age of increasing isolation we choose to build community with integrity and authenticity.
Sister of Mother Earth sprouted to existence a decade ago in an aspiring community herbalist’s kitchen. Unique fire cider blends are made with local and foraged ingredients to create ultimate immune boosting concoctions. Herbal infused honeys, wild medicine and food are crafted with support from like-minded farmers and growers from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Reintroducing folk remedies and native wild foods to the communities in the area is the core of Sister of Mother Earth’s mission and dream.
Botanist & Barrel crafts ciders, sours and dry fruit wines. Using techniques from wine-making, brewing, and craft cocktail we are constantly blurring the lines and re-thinking cider and fruit wine. We are also farmers raising organic blueberries on Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm, which is also home to our winery/cidery. We are hyper-local, sourcing ingredients whenever possible from within 120 miles of our farm winery. Even our labels and corks are made in NC.
Kevin with Blue Ridge Chaga Connection offers the best in locally foraged Chaga and other medicinal mushrooms from his home in Asheville, North Carolina, part of the Appalachian mountain range. Using 100% sustainable methods of foraging, processing and packaging, You will find a range of Chaga products along with other wonderful mushrooms such as Reishi, Turkey Tail, Lions Mane, Maitake, Indian Pipe, Cordyceps, Mullein, Birch Polypore, Usnea, and Shiitake at his booth. When in season, fresh Chicken of the wood, Chanterelles, Milk Caps, Maitake, Beef Steak, Lobster, Black Trumpet, Boletes and other edible mushrooms will also be available!
We love #mushrooms around here!!!
Sweet Brine’d Fermented Foods partners with local farmers to provide the freshest and most nutritious inputs for our products. We are devoted to quality, believing that every bit of care we devote to a batch is felt and tasted by our customers! We produce sauerkraut, kimchis, hot sauce, and other seasonal ferments.
Notorious Coffee Roasting Company, LLC,
…is located in Madison County, NC, close to Asheville and Hot Springs. We are dedicated to the craft of artisan coffee roasting. We recommend different roasts to bring out the best flavors of our different coffees and can also custom blend a coffee that suits your own unique tastes.
We invite you to choose from a variety of popular coffee beans from around the world, we'll roast them carefully in small batches, and we'll ship the whole or ground beans (to your order) directly to you usually within 48 hours. That way you can enjoy notoriously good coffee in your own home!
Darë Vegan Cheese (pronounced “Dairy”) is a dairy-free cheese company with feet planted squarely in the cheesemaking tradition. Sans the animal products, of course. With roots in North Carolina and a culinary approach based in an age-old craft, founder Gwendolyn Dare Hageman has reimagined a beloved food and made it, well, better.
Using a well-loved culture (fermentation rules!) and a cashew base, Gwendolyn and her dedicated team make brie, gouda, melty mozzarella and cream cheese with science, craft, and a dash of culinary wizardry.
Darë Vegan Cheese is small-batch and handmade, focusing on a small list of whole ingredients for plant-based cheese that tastes just like cheese. We like to think our thoughtful process creates an irresistible product that lives up to the hype. And we’ll bet you do too.
Highest quality raw cacao treats, vegan foods made with every effort to be gluten free, organic when possible, non-GMO, low glycemic. Coconut nectar & stevia are the main sweeteners, sometimes maple syrup. I make the ingredients (milks, flours) before I create the recipes! I offer a tooth serum, herb-seaweed seasoning, recipe cards, prints, paintings, notecards & classes in the Western North Carolina area.
Our tempeh is made with regionally-sourced, non-GMO beans, fermented by Rhizopus oligosporus (a mushroom culture) to form a nutrient-dense protein packed with flavor and a bold texture.
The flavor and texture of By The Brook Tempeh is completely unlike that of commercial tempeh (which is typically made from pasteurized soybeans, highly processed, and shipped hundreds to thousands of miles).
We make our tempeh fresh from various legumes and grains, which are inoculated with a high quality spore, resulting in a highly digestible, nutritious option for your personal health. We stand behind community health, too, sourcing regional ingredients and distributing exclusively to our local community.
Hi! I'm Kat, and this is my business.
I make concentrated mixers in an homage to both herbal and European traditions of bitters.
I’ve been mixing "potions" in my backyard and fermenting them since I could walk. As a kid, I was constantly in the kitchen... baking, experimenting, and blending flavors. These days, I just think of it as "kitchen witchen."
I grew up hiking in the mountains and am from the Western NC region... Thus I have a deep passion for seeing our beautiful mountains get cared for and treasured.
Native plants are a special favorite- identifying, sustainable foraging, growing and processing. I began working with herbs through an elder mentor in my late teens, and followed that up with a Bachelors of Science in Natural Health. I was a clinical herbalist for many years, also co-owning and teaching at a respected herb school here in WNC and all over the southeast.
Herbalism and plants have been a constant in my life for the past 20 years.
We are located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. We have a small farm where we organically grow (not certified) the food that we eat, as well as some of the herbs and spices that go into our products. Our products are lovingly created by Sarah Wickers, owner of Well Seasoned Table. Each and every one is handcrafted to bring out the extraordinary in all that you cook or bake. We are foodies at heart. Which means that we are constantly creating new culinary treats with our handcrafted products.
So Delicious. So Healthy.
Our animals graze freely on lush grasses, root for grubs and seeds in the soil, and peck and scratch as nature intended. These activities lead to strong bodies, lots of blood flow, and healthy joints, which means superior aroma and flavor in our meat products. Grassfed meat is naturally lean and is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, conjugated linoleic acid, antioxidants, and beneficial vitamins.
We believe that allowing our animals to express their natural tendencies fosters a full circle of well-being, not only for the livestock, but also for the soil, our farmers, and our customers. This is why our animals roam freely on pastures that provide space for them to feed, forage, root, and play. We practice low stress handling throughout the animal life cycle and strive to maintain abundance and diversity in the farm ecosystem, which allows each animal to thrive.
Miso Master® Organic Miso is made using ancient methods perfected in Japan hundreds of years ago. Our first Miso Masters lived, studied, and worked for one year in rural Japan with one of the few remaining families still using the ancient way of miso-making.
We still use those methods today and that means hand-crafted koji (the culturing agent), and natural aging at ambient temperatures without artificial temperature control.
The resulting miso is a delicious and versatile live, unpasteurized food, full of enzymes that aid digestions and assimilation, living lactobacillus cultures, isoflavones, and antioxidants. Certified Organic, Kosher, & Gluten-Free as well as Non-GMO Verified.
David, aka Cougar, is the Founder of Phenomenal Fungi and the Chief Science Officer. He is the heart of this company and in charge of all things mushroom! His favorite place is out in nature and he loves nothing better than to spend time in the woods, hunting for mushrooms. A 30-year herbalist, Cougar focuses on natural health solutions and reconnecting to our original medicines.
Mushrooms are a phenomenal resource. They offer a sustainable food supply, they provide amazing health benefits that we're just beginning to understand, and they can be used in amazing ways as packaging and building materials. We hope to inspire more people to learn about and utilize these phenomenal fungi. Contact us if you have questions or want to know more about what we do. We love to connect with other fungi fans!
The Crunchy Baker is a bakery and blog dedicated to sustainability and spreading deliciousness to Asheville, NC and beyond. We specialize in creative, locally-sourced and seasonal baked goods for all occasions. We even grow and raise some of the ingredients that go into our products on our homestead! Here, you will find ordering information and menus, more information about our practices, and a blog with recipes and skills to maintain a sustainable kitchen, home, and lifestyle.
The Crunchy Baker: Local. Sustainable. Delicious.
We are a 5 cow farmstead creamery in Marshall, North Carolina!
We are bringing back the tradition of the small family dairy to the mountains of NC. Once abundant, now practically extinct, the family cow is the center of our farm and our every day life.
We have been milking and tending to our small herd of Jersey cows since 2009. Our Creamery became up and running in 2020. We are on an exciting quest to make exceptional and unique handcrafted cheeses. The story is ever unfolding and we are making it our job to share it with you!
Soil Shine Farm & Ferments
We are a small farm and brinery located in Celo, NC. We offer sauerkrauts, kimchi, and a wide variety of seasonal pickles featuring all organic and wildcrafted ingredients! Our products are always alive and full of incredible probiotics. We work hard to grow as many of our ingredients as possible on our organic, biodynamic farm. You can find our products at the Yancey County Farmers Market, Rescue Dog Cafe, Burnsville Health & Nutrition, Maples Cafe, and Locally Good shops in Burnsville
"I realized very early the power of food to evoke memory, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that."
-Jose Andres Puerta
We are local small business based in Asheville, NC. We started with the simple idea of wanting to take you back to better times. Our focus is delivering quality and consistency in all of our products. Join us on our journey!
Our mission is to promote healthy food products and alternatives. Sharing great flavors from our kitchen to yours. All crafted with you in mind. We hope you enjoy all we have to offer, and share the experience with others.
Ashley Lieb, the owner of HoneyCreekPottery, finds her truth, spirit, and therapy within the use and formation of clay. Working with clay, children, and adults alike to share the therapeutic and creative benefits of clay, is a life calling of Ashley's. HoneyCreekPottery is an intimate studio space which harbors a working personal studio as well as a creative and inspirational space for educational classes. The vision of HoneyCreekPottery studio is to host not only a professional workspace, but to also provide a space of creativity for students to experience the enrichment and empowering effects of working with clay. This state-of-the-art studio space offers professional supplies and equipment, which allows the sky to be the limit with imaginative ideas involving clay. HoneyCreekPottery's mission is to provide a supportive, informative, and uplifting experience for all students to explore the pottery world and to make a difference in their lives in a creative and therapeutic way. The journey of working with clay is a life-changing one, and this studio space aims to be a guide.
Booda Kombucha started in 2015 when our founder started brewing her own kombucha and started sharing with a couple friends, who told more friends, who told more friends....you get the picture! So now we are launching this website and making some awesome kombucha.
We make kombucha in small batches with the best possible ingredients, which include organic, local & fair trade! We are just starting to offer our kombucha outside of our friends and family and are excited you found us. We deliver every friday to Asheville and the immediate surrounding areas. We are on tap at Carmel's Kitchen & Bar located in the Historic Grove Arcade and we are working on more locations as you read this!
Offering free delivery in the Asheville area or find us at these Markets every week
ONLINE ordering coming soon
Hand crafted, Incredible Ice Cream and Ice ream sandwiches in Mars Hill, NC!
Award Winning Hot Sauces and Mustards! Don't Miss Out...
MTN- sense of place, terroir, energy
FOLK- friends, family, soul
LORE- stories, poetry, myths
MTN FOLK LORE is a collection of adornment from artist and curator Jo Doyle.
Beth Kellerhalls Is A Biscuit Baking Genius. She will be bringing her incredible Regular Biscuits an SOURDOUGH Biscuits. Both to take home and eat on the scene! Some will even be crafted into gourmet sandwiches!
We raise sheep for their fine meat and wool, but most importantly for the magical transformation that ruminants can have on the landscape. Through intensive pasture management, they are turning our rocky hillside into lush pastures that hold and build soil, repairing the damage done by soil erosion.
Though they seem small, their impact is great, and their gifts are many. We shear our breeding flock twice a year for wool, and use everything from those that we butcher, including naturally tanning the sheepskins with fat and smoke.
With over half our acreage in hardwood forest, we harvest select trees for green woodworking, winter heat, and to keep our forest productive. Sweet birch, cherry, tulip poplar, maple, black walnut, hickory and apple are just some of the species that get transformed into spoons, bowls, and more.
I help my customers bring herbal remedies into their everyday lives with high-quality handcrafted body care products. The heart of my products are my potent herb-infused oils, which are made in small batches with simple organic ingredients and are free of any added colorants, fragrances, or essential oils.
At Homebucha, we’re crafting a new wave of ancient drinks. Kombucha is a fizzy fermented tea that has been consumed for thousands of years for its probiotic benefits. We believe kombucha can be as delicious as it is healthy, and we’re dedicated to the small batch traditional methods that produce a truly unique and fantastic product.
Looking to buy Homebucha direct? We offer a weekly Wednesday pickup outside our kombucha kitchen! Preorder by clicking here (or visiting https://homebuchastore.square.site/) for pickup 4-6pm, 410 W. Geer St. (downstairs), Durham, NC.
You can also find us at the Durham Farmers Market every Saturday, 8am-noon, where we can refill growlers fresh from the tap.
We’re proud to have partner vendors throughout the NC Triangle who stock Homebucha. Check out the “partners” tab to see where you can find our products.
FREAKING KIMCHI TACOS
Vannah is a first generation young farmer who became interested in regenerative agriculture at the age of 17. Forgoing a traditional college education, at 18 she began traveling to different regions across US, and internationally. She emphasized working on farms in a variety of climates, to better understand strategies of growing food amidst climate change. Working on farms in the desert, high elevation, tropics, ect. taught her about low input system design, biological synergies, and growing food in an age of uncertainty. After years of intensive hands on farm experience and travel, she is now applying these skills to her own project, Encompass Farm.
Vannah cultivates half a dozen gardens through her affiliated program, Yards that Yield, on occupied Cherokee land in Black Mountain North Carolina.
A Permaculture Designer, Vannah offers her greatest work - Consulting Services - to home gardeners and off grid homesteaders, alike.
Bountiful Cities is an urban agriculture non-profit founded in 2000. We partner with community groups, focusing on dialogue, trust and community needs, to create urban agricultural spaces. Our partnerships emphasize social justice, access to education, sustainability and economic viability. We share agricultural skills and resources to promote social justice and economic viability. Bountiful Cities participates with local, state and national organizations in advocating for our values and practices. We envision abundance and food sovereign communities.
Fresh Made Hummus!
Dune was born and raised in the South of France, immersed in a vibrant gastronomic culture. His grandparents and parents taught him to appreciate quality ingredients and the subtle art of cooking that creates simple yet exceptional cuisine.
After graduating from Hospitality and Culinary school, Dune explored the cultures and cuisines of dozens of countries including Peru, India, Mexico and Morocco. Dune spent ten years in California where the fusion of global cuisines are embraced and crafted with fresh, locally available abundance.
It is with this experience and passion that Chef Dune Michel will bring to Asheville a fresh air of gastronomy through the recently embraced craft of baking pastries.
Goldie: A Warm, Safe Home for Sourdough Starter
Keep your sourdough starter consistently active and happy so you can bake your best bread!
The Spicy Hermit crafts traditional and seasonal kimchi using fresh produce from local farms (including those at Durham Farmers Market!) and time-honored fermentation methods. What is kimchi? Simply put, kimchi is a delicious product resulting from seemingly magical alchemy of vegetables and spices. All kimchi from The Spicy Hermit is raw, gluten-free, and vegan, and manufactured at each produce’s seasonal peak.
Rayburn Farms story began at North Carolina A & T State University where Lauren and Michael first meet. Lauren was studying Environmental Science and Michael Environmental Horticulture.
Long story short... they graduated. The big question lay before them: "What do we grow?"
After trying lots of different crops, they began stumbling over a trend in the local brewery scene in Asheville. A lot of brewers were playing around with different herbs in their beers -- and before they knew it, Rayburn Farms became the Brewers' Farm, growing everything from pumpkins to 6 different flavors of basil to ginger and mints. Today, Rayburn Farms is still growing for many breweries in Western NC, and they've also added some tea companies, ice cream makers, and craft soda producers.
In 2021 They began experimenting with making some new products that they could add to the website. After many tests they landed on Infused Sugars and Hot Cocoa mixes.
Local Honey and Honey products
Local Black Garlic, Crafts, Wild Crafted Foods, etc.
Beautiful Hand Done Henna.
I'm a henna artist who loves to dabble in other crafty endeavors.
"Conscious living is key to optimal health.
Be synergistic and live in wellness."
-Chef Empress J