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Local Food Luck in 2012

Looking to create a delicious and auspicious New Year’s meal? Our quick guide will help you find just what you need—straight from a local farm, of course!

Go Greens
Even if you’re the meat and potatoes type, you’ll want to work a little something green onto your plate this New Year’s. Superstition says that consuming leafy greens—which resemble folded money—will help usher in riches. Local “bills” may still be found on the shelves of select area groceries, as well as year-round farm stands. Search for your favorite variety using our online Local Food Guide.

Pick Pork
New Year’s is not the time to watch your weight, according to tradition. Pork’s high fat content signifies wealth, so indulge to start a year of economic prosperity. Local pork can be found throughout winter direct from the farm, as well as at grocery stores and butcher shops like The Chop Shop. Look for the Appalachian Grown™ logo to know it’s local. Other sources for local pork near Asheville include Hickory Nut Gap and Farside Farms. Both operate year-round farm stores/stands. And, Cane Creek Valley Farm offers pork and beef CSA packages year-round. In Hendersonville, contact Lunsford Farms; they promise pork through the winter. Don’t want to do more holiday cooking at home? Look for local pork on the menus of Appalachian Grown partner restaurants.

Buy Black-Eyed Peas
Coins count, too, when it comes to fortunes. That’s where black-eyed peas come in. Their appearance is thought to resemble coins that swell, or “increase in value,” when cooked. If you didn’t get your hands on any from tailgates this season, don’t worry. Local sprout producer Sunny Creek Farm produces rehydrated black-eyed peas, which only need a 20-minute boil. Buy them now wherever Sunny Creek products are sold; find a list of their wholesale clients at

Now you tell us: What’s your go-to New Year’s recipe (that uses local ingredients where possible)? Share your recipe below, and we’ll mail you one of our brand new Get Local 2012 calendars right to your door (just email your address to! Don’t  have a recipe to share but would like a calendar? Swing by our office to pick one up or snag one at any of our upcoming events.

  • Many not from the South wonder why pork? 
     (because poultry scratches backwards, cows stand still and pigs root forward, hence moving forward in the New Year) on New Years day. 

  • Sarah J Pate

    New Year’s Black Eyed Peas 
    1 lb dried black-eyed peas
    6 cups water
    2 garlic cloves (minced or pressed)
    1 bell pepper, diced
    1 small onion, diced1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper1/2 teaspoon sugar1 teaspoon dried oregano (crushed)1 teaspoon dried thyme (crushed)1 (26 ounce) can chopped tomatoes(undrained)1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies (undrained)1/4 cup red wine vinegarDirections:Presoak beans overnight. Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook over low heat until peas are soft. It’s best to let them cook for 5-7 hours so the flavors set in to the peas.

  • Shannon Worley

    New Year’s Recipe – Lucky Pea Soup


    4 slices bacon

    1 green bell pepper, chopped

    1 small onion, chopped

    2 (15 ounce) cans black-eyed peas, undrained

    2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained

    1 cup water

    1 1/2 teaspoons salt

    1 1/4 teaspoons cumin

    1 1/4 teaspoons dry mustard

    1 teaspoon chili powder

    1/2 teaspoon curry powder

    1/2 teaspoon pepper

    1/2 teaspoon sugar


    Place the bacon in a skillet and cook over
    medium-high heat until crisp and evenly brown. Drain on paper towels.
    When cool, crumble into small pieces.

    Using the same skillet, add the peppers and onion;
    stir and cook over medium-high heat until transparent and tender, about 5

    Pour the black beans, tomatoes, and water into a
    large pot. Stir in the peppers, onion, salt, cumin, dry mustard, chili
    powder, curry powder, pepper, and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to
    medium, cover, and simmer 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot sprinkled with
    bacon, and other toppings of your choice.
    I like to use dried beans.Happy New year!