Friday, January 11, 2013

ASAP’s Get Local 2013 Featured Foods Announced

Potato is the featured food for January

It’s a new year. For ASAP, that means it’s time for a new Get Local schedule, which highlights local foods when at the height of their harvest, as well as shares what locally grown and produced foods are available during the winter months.

ASAP’s 2013 campaign kicks off with potatoes in January, which are great storage crops. That means that although farmers have already harvested potatoes, including sweet potatoes, they can still sell them now directly or through distributors to area Appalachian Grown partner restaurants and grocers. Local potatoes can also be found at winter farmers markets. Find a list of 2013 featured food(s) below.

New this year, ASAP’s Get Local wall calendar highlights other seasonal foods available during the month alongside the campaign’s featured product(s). The calendar also includes a handy seasonality chart for the refrigerator and QR codes with each month that offer suggested local food itineraries and guidance for eating locally and seasonally. The free calendars are available at many winter tailgate markets and ASAP’s office at 306 West Haywood Street in Asheville.

2013 Get Local Featured Foods

January: Potatoes
February: Meats
March: Greens
April: Ramps
May: Cheese
June: Honey 
July: Beans
August: Tomatoes
September: Mushrooms
October: Apples
November: Root vegetables
December: Winter squash

Stay tuned to ASAP’s websites asapconnections.org and fromhere.org for details on special Get Local events throughout the year. At the sites, also find a list of WNC winter farmers markets.


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.

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