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ASAP’s new communications intern Greg Parlier will post a series of stories from the field demonstrating our impact in the community. Here’s the first post from Greg:

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by Catherine Stiers, Communications Intern for ASAP

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As part of ASAP’s 2014 4th Annual Asheville CSA Fair  planned for March 13, Denise Barratt will conduct a cooking demonstration. Denise is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with Health Concepts Nutrition Therapy and Vine Ripe Home Grown Nutrition. Want a sneak peek as to what she will be cooking at the CSA Fair? Take a look at the recipe below, and try it at home!

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Green Tomatoes

A food that can taste sweet, sour, and savory all at the same time deserves being celebrated. That’s the tomato, a quintessential summer staple getting the well-deserved spotlight in our Get Local initiative during August.

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Heirloom Tomato

ASAP and Asheville Scene’s Tomato Recipe Contest

We know for you, tomato lovers, that nothing beats the taste of a farm-fresh local mater all on its own. But, we also know that you get creative in the summertime, including tomatoes in all kinds of dishes so you can enjoy the season’s bounty morning, noon, and night. Do you add a pinch of a surprising spice to your tomato sauce? Enjoy them for dessert? Share your favorite, most innovative tomato recipes with us and Asheville Scene!

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Green Beans

Yes, summer is about tomatoes. But it’s also about beans: green ones, yellow ones, purple ones, long ones, really long ones, flat ones, ones for eating pod and all, ones for shelling, ones for drying, and the list goes on. They all get the Get Local spotlight this July!

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Ramps and Greens

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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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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As part of Biltmore’s sponsorship of our upcoming Growing Minds’ Farm to School Institute (November 10), their executive chef, Damien Cavicchi, will lead a workshop on cooking in the classroom with local produce. He just sent over the recipe that he’ll prepare, and it’s too good to keep to ourselves! This Cool Cabbage and Apple Salad features local cabbage (the Get Local @ School item for October), local apples, and local carrots! Remember, the institute registration deadline is near: October 22; click to sign up now. 

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Apple anxiety dominated this spring, thanks to a late freeze. But the worry has passed now that fall and the crop are here. “We did lose fruit due to frost and freeze damage,” shares Rick Jordan, an apple consultant for area farmers and owner/operator of Deerwood Nursery and Farms in Henderson County, “but there are still plenty of apples out there available.”

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