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Local roots - from beets and carrots to radishes and turnips – are the first veggies of the season to get snapped up by local chefs. Served roasted, puréed in soups, and fresh on salads with local greens, they say springtime on a plate.  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:
    • Think roots aren’t for dessert? Think again! The Hop Ice Cream Cafe is serving up both a beet swirl ice cream (with local red and golden beets) as well as a sweet beet ice cream – both flavors are available in dairy and vegan varieties. Visit The Hop at both their locations on Merrimon Avenue and in West Asheville as well as at the Mother Earth News Fair on April 12 and 13 at the WNC Agricultural Center.
  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 greens get the spotlight in May! 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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