PRESS RELEASE from Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Program
ASHEVILLE, NC (October 1, 2014)—Local apples are at the core of our region’s agricultural economy. So what a better way to celebrate fall in the Southern Appalachians than with local apples? Area farmers grow them all – Arkansas Black, Cameo, Fuji, Mutsu, Pink Lady, and the list goes on. Chefs at Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants take advantage of the abundance of local apples for sweet and savory dishes all month for ASAP’s Get Local campaign.
This month The Market Place is featuring two delicious specials on their menu with apples from Barber Orchard – an apple and goat cheese salad with almonds, shaved roots, apple mostarda, and aged sherry vinaigrette as well as an apple crisp with cinnamon crumble and buttermilk ice cream. At Early Girl Eatery their menu is packed with local apples from Odell Barnwell & Sons including an apple, walnut and goat feta salad as well as a special apple stack cake. Need more apple sweets? Over at King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles try some fried apple pie topped with Looking Glass Creamery Carmelita with local apples also from Odell Barnwell & Sons. The French Broad Chocolate Lounge is featuring apples from Creasman Farms in their sweet treats this month including an apple trifle with bourbon apple compote and a seasonal vanilla cake with apple compote and salted caramel buttercream.
Join Chef Jason Brian of Jack of the Wood on October 19 from 1:30 to 5:30 pm for Get Local on the Mountain – a multi-course small plate event on top of Little Pisgah Mountain in Fairview. The menu will feature rabbits and apples from Imladris Farm. Tickets are $60 per person, which includes food, beer, wine, and the view! Proceeds of the event benefit ASAP. To purchase tickets visit asapconnections.org.
Can’t make it to Fairview? Then head to Black Mountain on October 19 from 3 to 7 pm to celebrate Foothills Deli and Butchery’s anniversary with a block party featuring live music, food, drink, and local apples from Moss Farms. Foothills Deli and Butchery is also featuring local apples in the deli case with apple based sausages and apple glazes on deli hams. They are hosting the Butcher’s Table dinners through October. To RSVP contact Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org/getlocal to find details on what’s happening this month. You can also Get Local at home: Find each month’s featured food—and other seasonal products—at your neighborhood farmers tailgate market, roadside stand, or grocery store. Browse for markets, stands, and stores via ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at appalachiangrown.org.
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ABOUT ASAP (APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT)
ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.