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2015 Monthly Products

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

January: Meat
February: Eggs
March: Greens
April: Cheese
May: Strawberries
June: Honey
July: Berries
August: Tomatoes
September: Peppers
October: Apples
November: Roots
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 2015 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:

Dine and celebrate at these Get Local eateries:

    • Season’s at Highland Lake has a new lineup of exciting spring desserts including a strawberry shortcake with macerated berries and mascarpone cream.
    • Guadalupe Café features strawberries from Shelton Family Farm (Jackson County) and Darnell Farms (Macon County) inside pancakes for brunch and in salsas this month. For desserts, strawberries are featured atop tres leches with whipped cream and in a strawberry rhubarb cobbler.
    • William Dissen of The Market Place is preparing a local strawberry and arugula salad with shaved fennel, Marcona almonds, chèvre, onion marmalade, and an aged sherry vinaigrette. Bread and butter pickled “green” strawberries will adorn their pickle plate. For dessert, they will serve a strawberry and rhubarb crisp with lemon curd, almond crumble topped with crème fraiche.
    • Philip Bollhoefer of the Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen (Omni Grove Park Inn) is using strawberries in their Edison salad – Appalachian Grown greens, local strawberries, goat cheese, candied pecans, and ricotta white balsamic dressing.
    • UNCA Dining is featuring local strawberries this month as part of their Create station, made to order salads and healthy meals that are made out of local ingredients in season.
    • Warren Wilson College is making a spinach and local strawberry salad wrap in the dining hall with strawberry cupcakes and cake for dessert. At the college’s vegetarian café, they are cooking up local strawberry pancakes for breakfast. For dessert, they offer a strawberry trifle and a strawberry vegan mousse.
    • A great way to welcome the season is with local strawberry salsa, a favorite recipe courtesy of ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School program. The recipe utilizes some of the best that spring has to offer by combining local strawberries, spring onions, and cilantro. May is also strawberry month for the Get Local @ School program and area schools will be seeing local strawberries on the menu and served in school-wide taste tests! Find the strawberry salsa recipe at

Coming Up Next Month…

In 2015 the June featured product is honey! 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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