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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 www.sunnycreekfarm.com.

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 maggie@nullasapconnections.org)! 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.