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GL-2014-07-web-page-banner Local beans are a Southern staple, making July an especially fun month for local chefs. Expect them to think outside of the green bean box – although green beans will certainly be used on menus. Look for chefs to cook with heirloom varieties, like Rattlesnake beans, as well as shell beans like crowders. 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:
    • West End Bakery will highlight local beans in salads and soups throughout the month, including their sesame green bean and quinoa salad.
    • Farm Burger will be rotating local beans through their daily “snack” specials all month. Think delicious savory sides like local roasted french beans from Jake’s Farm with local roasted heirloom tomatoes, a SC peach vinaigrette, and fresh basil.
  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 tomatoes get the spotlight in August! Check back for new participating restaurants, events, and specials.

Asheville restaurant Cúrate will celebrate tomatoes next month with Get Local La Tomatina on August 6, 6:30 to 9:30 pm. A multi-course dinner will be a fun play on a traditional tomato festival in Spain. Click here for more information including the full menu and how to purchase tickets for this event.

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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