Asheville Chef Laurey Masterton is well-known across Western North Carolina for her food and for the sale of her bumper sticker, “Don’t Postpone Joy.” This glassblower, long distance bike rider and now practicing beekeeper strives to live up to her motto.
She is equally passionate about her commitment to the planet and serving locally-grown foods. Masterton’s website contains links to close to three dozen local farms that are the source of many of her ingredients. As a business owner, she is proud of the steps she takes to protect the planet. She recycles everything - glass, paper, plastic and cans. She doesn’t use plastic grocery bags. Used cooking oil is transformed into bio-fuels. Her bottled water comes from a local spring and is in a biodegradable plastic container. And she collects all of her business’ compostable materials and takes them to local farms.
Masterton is partnering with The Nature Conservancy and our Picnic for the Planet campaign by providing a special catered lunch on April 21 in Lake Lure. The lunch, which is part of a wildflower workshop and hike, will feature recipes using local honey as a key ingredient. Bees, via pollination, are responsible for 15 to 30 percent of the food US consumers eat. But in the last 50 years the domesticated honeybee population—which most farmers depend on for pollination—has declined by about 50 percent.