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Monday June 3rd, 2013 14:16 Fresh at Farmers Markets This Week

It’s beginning to look a lot like summer at area farmers tailgate markets thanks to June’s arrival! This month marks the true start of the local broccoli season, which lasts into July. Markets from Black Mountain Tailgate Market to West Asheville Tailgate Market report vendors are bringing the cruciferous veggie now. B&L Organic (French Broad Food Co-op Wednesday Tailgate Market, North Asheville Tailgate Market, West Asheville Tailgate Market) offers broccoli raab or rabe, also called rapini. The veggie’s buds resemble broccoli, but it’s more closely related to the turnip (also available now); use in pastas and stir-fries.

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Wednesday April 17th, 2013 14:57 Get Local and Revel in Ramps (Recipe Included!)

Ramps fans rejoice: Harvest time is here for the region’s beloved early-spring vegetables, which are found growing wild in forests and cultivated on forestland. Their harvest is short—only two to three weeks. But, that won’t stop area Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants from reveling in ramps this month. In fact, the Get Local celebration, like the veggies of honor, will be bold: Ramps’ flavor can be described as a mix of onion and garlic.

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Wednesday March 6th, 2013 16:41 Get Local Greens to Herald Spring!

Yep, you can go ahead and think spring. Even though the new season won’t officially arrive for a couple weeks, bright spring greens already have and even more are on the way! That’s why greens get the Get Local focus this month. Keep reading for some delicious specials on menus now…

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Tuesday February 19th, 2013 15:54 *UPDATED* Get Local February Specials

We love hearing (and tasting!) how area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants embrace our Get Local campaign. This month, many of them are going whole hog when it comes to the feature foods: local meats, including trout! Get ready for your mouth to water.

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Tuesday January 8th, 2013 14:40 Get Local 2013!

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time for a new Get Local schedule (and wall calendar)! Our 2013 campaign kicks off with potatoes in January, which are great storage crops. That means that although farmers have already harvested potatoes, including sweet potatoes, they can still sell them now directly or through distributors to area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants and grocers. Local potatoes can also be found at winter farmers markets. Keep reading for the full 2013 schedule.

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Thursday December 6th, 2012 14:33 Get Local Gets Batty for Butternut!
(and other types of winter squash)

The local winter squash crop has been harvested and cured. Not salted or smoked like meat, rather held at a controlled temperature after harvest. That simple process helps the squash stand up to storage and last through the upcoming winter months. Of course, all types—from acorn to spaghetti—can be enjoyed now, too!

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Wednesday December 5th, 2012 16:52 Local Latkes (Recipe Included)!

Chef Brian Ross of the soon-to-open Dough has been a long-time participant in our Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program! He recently said goodbye to November’s Get Local @ School potato month by making potato latkes with his son’s classroom at Avery’s Creek Elementary. And he shared the recipe just in time for us to share with you before Hanukkah begins Saturday! Keep reading for his story and how-to.

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Friday November 2nd, 2012 11:39 Root for Roots to Get Local!

Think apples are the last hurrah when it comes to local farm-fresh produce before wintertime? Think again! Right now, farmers are digging up root vegetables, and lots of them—from beets to carrots and radishes to turnips. While also available at other times during the year, roots reach their full flavor potential in the fall.

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