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Local cattle farm brings the beef to Buncombe County Schools

Cattle farmer Steve Whitmire visited Reynolds High School where his "all natural," grass-feed beef was used to make the meatloaf that was served at lunch. Whitmire is part of a county-wide program to bring local food in schools. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

It's fresh and it's local, so it has got to be better! That's the philosophy of the "Farm to School" effort that's underway in Buncombe County.

Cattle farmer Steve Whitmire visited Reynolds High School where his "all natural," grass-feed beef was used to make the meatloaf that was served at lunch.

Brasstown Beef is among a growing list of local farmers who supply food to Buncombe County Schools. Nutrition experts say the goal is to serve the best quality food they can find.

"We know it's nutritionally sound. We know the animal is treated wonderfully and fairly. We know the product is clean, clear, and we're doing good things for our students," Dir. of School Nutrition Lisa Payne said.

Brasstown Beef is also available at a number of local restaurants.

"We are in 15 restaurants in Asheville, including the Biltmore Estate. Corner Kitchen was our very first customer ever in the beef business, which is located in Biltmore Village," Whitmire said.

You can also find Brasstown Beef at Whole Foods and Ingles Markets.

The Farm to School Program is a partnership with Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) and Buncombe County Schools.

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