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2015 Monthly Products

Get Local products of the month are chosen with seasonality in mind.

January: Meat
February: Eggs
March: Greens
April: Cheese
May: Strawberries
June: Honey
July: Berries
August: Tomatoes
September: Peppers
October: Apples
November: Roots
December: Winter Squash

How Do You Get Local?

It’s easy: enjoy a delicious local meal or celebration based around the month’s featured food at a participating restaurant; click for a complete list of 2015 participants with details about their support of area farms! We break it down in four simple steps each month below.

Call us biased, but if there were an award for the region with the most and best restaurants serving local food, we think Western North Carolina would win. That’s why Get Local is all about them this year—Appalachian Grown(AG) partner eateries that go above and beyond when it comes to purchasing and serving local foods from AG certified farms.

This Month:

  1. Dine and celebrate at these Get Local eateries:
    • UNC Asheville will be featuring Appalachian Grown tomatoes on salad bars this month, as well as in cooking class for incoming freshman orientation. Saturday, August 29th join UNC Asheville’s Registered Dietitian, Laura Sexton, for a tomato tasting at the North Asheville Tailgate Market.
    • The Market Place is using tomatoes everywhere this summer: in an heirloom tomato salad, a mixed, confit tomato vinaigrette will accompany the pan seared sunburst farm trout, included in the watermelon panzanella the will accompany a pan roasted wild snapper. They even make a homemade thyme ketchup using local tomatoes. They source tomatoes primarily from Gaining Ground Farm and Synchronicity Farms both in Leicester/Sandy Mush.
    • Rosetta’s Kitchen has partnered with Franny’s Farm in Leicester to feature their beefsteak slicing tomatoes in August in honor of tomato month.
    • Guadalupe Cafe is using cherry and grape tomatoes in salads, heirlooms on special sandwiches, and both heirlooms and beefsteak in all of their salsas. Primarily sourcing tomatoes from Shelton Family Farm in Jackson County, as well as Twisted Ridge Farms, Berry Farm, and Dawson Green.
    • ASAP’s Local Food Cookout will include local tomatoes from Ivy Creek Family Farm, as well as Hickory Nut Gap Farm pork ribs, and many more delicious veggie sides prepared by Chef Philip Bollhoefer of the OMNI Grove Park Inn. Thursday, August 13 at Catawba Brewing on the South Slope, Asheville.
  2. Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food and other seasonal products at your neighborhood tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store; browse via our online Local Food Guide.
  3. Get Local at school: All Buncombe County schools are also getting local in the cafeteria through ASAP’s Growing Minds Get Local @ schools program.  Check out their menus to see what they have planned for this month.
  4. Help Get Local get social: Enjoy a monthly special at an #appgrown restaurant? Attend a special Get Local event? Share your dining review, photos, and more via your favorite social site and tag #getlocal!

Coming Up Next Month…

In 2015, the September featured product is peppers! Check back for new participating restaurants, events, and specials.

Chefs, Cooks, and Food Service Professionals

If you’re an Appalachian Grown partner and would like to involve your restaurant, cafeteria, or other food service business in ASAP’s Get Local campaign, contact us! ASAP can also help you source the ingredient of the month locally.

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