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GL-2014-09-web-page-bannerLocal peppers bring a little sweet and a little heat to chefs’ dishes. Area farmers supply them with all manner of varieties, including unexpected sweet Chocolate peppers and hot options with names that make big claims, like Hot Paper Lantern. Click here to find out which restaurants offer Get Local specials and host events this month.

Monthly Products

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

January: Meat
February: Cheese
March: Eggs
April: Roots
May: Greens
June: Berries
July: Beans
August: Tomatoes
September: Peppers
October: Apples
November: Potatoes
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 2014 participants with details about their support of area farms! We break it down in three 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:
    • Cúrate is featuring a pepper special with padrón peppers from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm. This delicious frying pepper will be served with olive oil, sea salt, and “dancing” bonito flakes.
    • The Hop Ice Cream Cafe is featuring spicy pepper ice creams this month with peppers from Smoking J’s Fiery Foods and Farm. The special flavor will be changing each week, but think flavors like vanilla habanero in both dairy and non-dairy options.
    • Foothills Butchery is hosting a Butcher’s Table dinner on September 4 with courses featuring local peppers from Rise Up Rooted Farm and Aardvark Farm. The Butcher’s Table dinners feature a four course meal twice a month on the patio of the butchery in Black Mountain. To RSVP for future Butcher’s Table events contact Casey at
    • ASAP’s Farm Tour is on September 20 – 21. Most of ASAP’s Get Local restaurants source from one or more farms on this year’s Tour. Visit Get Local restaurants to support these farms and purchase your Farm Tour ticket on our website to visit the farms that feed you.
  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. 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…

Local apples get the spotlight in October! 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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