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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:
    • Posana Café has an exciting event planned this month that will include Appalachian Grown peppers and other fall delicacies. For the sixth year, Posana will host a fundraiser to benefit ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program. On Thursday, September 24, Executive chef/co-owner Peter Pollay and his team are creating a special Appalachian Grown dinner menu featuring area farms and the fall harvest. All of the proceeds from the special menu will support ASAP’s efforts to enable children to have positive experiences with local food.
    • The Hop Ice Cream Café will feature heat from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods in their chocolate and hot pepper ice cream, as well as using experimenting with pepper jellies in the month of September.
    • The Park Ridge Café at Park Ridge Health will be using purple, red, orange, and yellow peppers from Leadford Farms in a chopped cucumber and feta-tomato Greek salad. Additionally, they’ll have a vegetarian stuffed pepper with white beans and a vegetarian chorizo with goat cheese and toasted pepita-cilantro pesto. They use local peppers in soups, sauces, and plenty of other dishes available throughout the month of September.
    • UNC Dining Services will be using local peppers from Perez Farms in Henderson and Rutherford County, including hot peppers in a shrimp diablo as well as yellow bell peppers in their salad bar this month.
  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…

The October featured product is apples! 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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