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GL-2014-10-web-page-banner Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. Area farmers grown them all – Arkansas Black, Cameo, Fuji, Mutsu, Pink Lady, Winesap, and the list goes on. Chefs use local apples in sweet and savory dishes, but they love to go sweet in Appalachian specialties like apple stack cake. 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 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:
    • Join Chef Jason Brian of Jack of the Wood on October 19 from 1:30 to 5:30 pm for Get Local on the Mountain – a multi-course small plate event on top of Little Pisgah Mountain in Fairview. The menu will feature rabbits and apples from Imladris Farm. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes food, beer, wine, and the view! Proceeds of the event benefit ASAP. This event has been cancelled. 
    • At Early Girl Eatery their menu is packed with local apples from Odell Barnwell & Sons including an apple, walnut and goat feta salad as well as a special apple stack cake.
    • The Market Place is featuring two delicious apple specials on their menu with apples from Barber Orchard and other Appalachian Grown farms – an apple and goat cheese salad with almonds, shaved roots, apple mostarda, and aged sherry vinaigrette as well as an apple crisp with cinnamon crumble and buttermilk ice cream
    • The French Broad Chocolate Lounge featuring apples from Creasman Farms in their sweet treats this month including an apple trifle with bourbon apple compote and a seasonal vanilla cake with apple compote and salted caramel buttercream.
    • Over at King Daddy’s try some fried apple pie topped with Looking Glass Creamery Carmelita with local apples from Odell Barnwell & Sons.
    • Foothills Deli and Butchery is packed with local apples from Moss Farms this month – featuring local apples in the deli case with apple based sausages and apple glazes on deli hams. They are also including apples in their anniversary block party on October 19 from 3 to 7 pm at their store in Black Mountain. In addition, they are hosting the Butcher’s Table dinners through October. To RSVP contact Casey at
  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! Check out their menus to see what Appalachian Grown products they are featuring each 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…

Local potatoes get the spotlight in November! 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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