About Me

June 2011 trip to the State Farmer’s Market

Hello all, and welcome to my blog, Fresh from the Farm! My name is Ashley Acornley, and I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Personal Trainer by profession. Most of my life is centered around health and nutrition, as well as teaching others about the benefits of nutrition and physical activity. I am an avid sports fan, love to exercise and compete in various races, and enjoy cooking and baking. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and received my undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Kinesiology from Penn State University. I then took a year off from school after graduation and worked as a personal trainer at LA Fitness, and as a Nutritionist at Easton WIC. I moved to Raleigh two years ago to pursue my Master’s in Nutrition at Meredith College and to complete my Dietetic Internship. I received my RD license in September 2010.

I am currently working as an outpatient Registered Dietitian at Triangle Nutrition Therapy, a private practice business located in North Raleigh. I am working alongside Tracy Owens, a clinical and sports dietitian, and owner of the practice. We specialize in sports nutrition, diabetes, weight loss, healthy eating, and many other medical nutrition therapy areas of interest. Please come visit us!

Since attending Meredith College, I have become very interested in local foods, farming, and sustainable practices. I wanted to explore more of what NC has to offer, so this blog was created as a component of my graduate practicum project…and the rest is history!

2010 Christmas Baking

I have spent so much time preaching to others that we must eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. But if people don’t know where their food comes from, then we are in a lot of trouble! In the past several years, farm publicity has been boosted by the increased number of farmer’s markets and CSA programs in North Carolina, where customers buy a share in the farm’s seasonal harvest and receive a box of the farm’s weekly produce. The purpose behind this blog is to connect the food to the people, and to celebrate the real people behind the food.

My goal is to introduce the Triangle community to local and sustainable foods to enjoy. I want people to get to know their land, support their local economy, and create a bridge between the farmers and our community. Most of the time, people don’t know what to do with a box of plain ol’ produce, which is the reason behind my blog- I will take what the seasonal produce in the CSA box and turn it into simple, easy, tasty meals that anyone can afford and enjoy. This way, there are plenty of recipes to use while reaping the benefits of fresh produce in your home. I want to demonstrate that cooking with a CSA box will improve cooking skills and creativity due the varied food that nature provides us each season.

2009 visit to a Pennsylvania Pumpkin Patch

I hope this blog is very interesting and inspirational to everyone, enjoy! If you want to contact me, email me HERE.

Special Thanks To:

Dr. Susan Fisher, Meredith College

Dr. William Landis, Meredith College

Nealie Tebb, Meredith College

Clay Braxton

Danielle Braxton, MPH, RD, LDN

Alice Osborn

Jessica Oswald, MS, RD, LDN

Caroline Yoder




  2. Sounds like an interesting and educational blog! Looking forward to all you have to share!

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