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November 17, 2016- Hendersonville Lightning

Hendersonville is getting a second apple celebration — a one-day event in the spring to promote the growing hard cider business.
Agribusiness Henderson County is sponsoring the Apple Country Cider Jam, Henderson County’s first hard cider festival, on Saturday, April 22, on Main Street.The festival, from 1 to 6 p.m., will be a ticketed event with hard cider tasting, a nationally known bluegrass band and food trucks, said Mark Williams, executive director of AgHC, the nonprofit that promotes farming in Henderson County. The jam will close the same two blocks that are used for Rhythm & Brews, in front of the Visitors Center and Wells Fargo bank.

September 30, 2016- Asheville Citizen Times

Bitwater Farms isn't much to look at. If it weren't for the cricket mural on one shipping container, retrofitted as a workshop, there's little to indicate that what's being built and raised on this rural piece of property in Mills River holds such potential for change in agriculture.

So far Bitwater Farms has largely been operating quietly, save for the undeniable chirp of crickets. And then there's that smell.

June 9, 2016- Asheville Citizen Times

You can't make great hard cider without a steady source of first-rate apples. Henderson County has plenty of those, and is making a mark in cider in the same way that Asheville is known for craft brew.

July 3, 2016- Blue Ridge Now

A freshly painted sign along Kanuga Road tells the story of three sisters who went their separate ways after high school, but have reunited to preserve a family legacy that dates back to the late 1700s.

“Johnson Family Farm, the Next Generation,” reads the green and yellow sign in front of a soon-to-open produce stand and u-pick farm at Kanuga Road and Erkwood Drive, a stone's throw from the Hendersonville city line.

April 22,2016- Hendersonville Lightning

Jim Sparks, a native of Hendersonville, prides himself on local everything when it comes to Naked Apple Hard Cider and its new tasting room downtown, Flat Rock CiderWorks.