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GL-2014-08-web-page-bannerLocal tomatoes are the talk of area towns in August, and they’re especially the talk of area kitchens. Chefs can’t get enough of farm-fresh, just-picked heirlooms and traditional cultivars. The tiniest of local cherry tomatoes and the largest of unique heirlooms all make their way into delicious dishes. 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:
    • Laurey’s is featuring an heirloom tomato gazpacho as a daily soup, a marinated heirloom tomato salad with Yellow Branch Cheese curds as well as a variety of other salads and dishes with local tomatoes.
    • The Market Place is using a wide variety of cherry and heirloom slicer tomatoes from Gaining Ground Farm in dishes including an heirloom tomato salad, pappardelle pasta, and watermelon panzanella. Chef William Dissen also notes the restaurant preserves whole local tomatoes and makes tomato jam to use during the winter months.
    • Cúrate is hosting a now sold out, multi-course dinner event – Get Local La Tomatina – on August 6 that is a fun play on a traditional tomato festival in Spain. The dinner is featuring local produce from Ivy Creek Family Farm, Gaining Ground Farm, Cane Creek Valley Farm, and more.
    • Farm Burger is rotating local tomatoes from Ivy Creek Family Farm and more through their daily snack and salad specials all 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. 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 peppers get the spotlight in September! 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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