By Christine Huang at PSFK
Last week, we began a month-long expedition across eight cities in the US and Canada in search of inspiration in the way people live, work, play, and connect with one another. Over the course of our journey, we’ll be sharing dispatches from the road here -’snapshots‘ of the inspiring people, businesses, and ideas we come across in some of North America’s most unique, and uniquely livable, burgs.
Our first stop: Asheville, North Carolina, a smallish city of roughly 69,000 residents, situated two hours northwest of Charlotte at the foot of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Early Girl Eatery: Julie Stehling (above) and her husband John opened their restaurant Early Girl Eatery nine years ago with the intention of bringing quality, homecooked-style southern food to Asheville while supporting local farms and food purveyors. A large chalkboard propped up behind the register at the Early Girl displays the list of 20+ CSAs, family farms, and other local businesses that provide the ingredients for the restaurant’s offerings. Though the Early Girl has become a go-to spot in Asheville for locals and tourists alike, the restaurant has managed to stay true to its “made from scratch” motto (John’s parents still prepare all the baked goods for sale) while continually supporting and strengthening the local food community.
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