Welcome to the forum.
I dream of one day hiking the Appalchian Trail, so I'm jealous that you've had such an adventure! I want to do at least a week-long section hike first to get my feet wet. I plan on bringing lots of homemade jerky, maybe some pemmican, and maybe some dehydrated stews and potato flakes. Any advice from your experience?
How active are you? If you are fairly active, you may have better energy with more carbs. Tubers and white rice are acceptable options.