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new potatoes and summer squash

Freshly dug new potatoes in red, yellow, and purple are here! You really don’t need to do much to enjoy these. They are delicious on their own, salt-boiled or roasted with olive oil. But new potatoes also work well in simple salads that celebrate some of the best summer produce at markets now, including green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, and more. Look for new potatoes from Full Sun Farm and Gaining Ground Farm at North Asheville and River Arts District markets; Sleight Family Farm at West and North Asheville markets; Root Bottom Farm at West Asheville Tailgate Market; Smallholding Farm at Weaverville and East Asheville markets; and Ten Mile Farm at ASAP Farmers Market.

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Sunburst’s Second Summer Solstice Soiree for ASAP is fast approaching – June 21, to be precise! Sunburst Trout Farms is graciously hosting the dinner as a benefit for ASAP. Tickets are going fast, so BUY YOURS NOW to enjoy dishes sure to be talked about for some time to come! Read the rest of this entry »

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An interesting week at area farmers tailgate market as market vendors and shoppers were bundled up for our annual “blackberry winter,” referring to a cold snap that often occurs in late spring when the blackberries are in bloom.

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So much is going on at area farmers tailgate markets as we get a little deeper into spring and the growing season.

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Chefs Challenge Finale

ASAP was thrilled to be asked to attend and blog about the FRS Chefs Challenge Finale at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival, especially because the secret ingredient was local, Appalachian Grown

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February Get Local Calendar

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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ASAP is a proud sponsor of next week’s Asheville Small Plate Crawl (February 21-23)! Dozens of independent restaurants, including many Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants (those committed to sourcing ingredients from local farms), will create special Small Plate Menus featuring their cuisine and chef’s talent. The special plates will be affordably priced between $3 and $8, giving you the chance to “crawl” from restaurant to restaurant and sample all that Asheville’s culinary scene has to offer! Restaurants will be open during lunch and dinner hours, 11:30 am to 9 pm. Wondering if your fave eatery is taking part?

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February mornings are a little too cold for most of us to head out trout fishing. But luckily, local trout farmers are still suiting up and braving the extra-cold mountain water, which has been said to give the fish a desirable delicate flavor. To honor their efforts, and serve as a reminder that you can eat local during the winter, we’re highlighting trout this month in our Get Local initiative!

To celebrate the fishy focus, Tupelo Honey Café-Southside, an Appalachian Grown™ partner and Get Local participating restaurant, will officially dedicate their February Tuesdays to trout. Each Tuesday, they’ll offer special dishes featuring fish from Sunburst Trout Farms in Canton. Proceeds from the dishes will benefit ASAP.

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