ASHEVILLE NC – This month ASAP is celebrating local greens for their Get Local campaign – a year-round initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and community members to highlight a featured local food. Local greens mean that spring is really settling in and summer isn’t far off. From classic Southern collards with ham to fresh, raw kale salads, chefs get creative with these nutritious leafy veggies. Different varieties of greens are popping up in restaurant dishes and on farmers market tables – think lettuce, arugula, beet greens, and more.
Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurant Posana Café has an exciting event planned this month to feature the versatile vegetable and other spring delicacies. For the fifth year running, Posana is celebrating its anniversary by hosting a fundraiser to benefit ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program. On Thursday, May 22, Executive chef/co-owner Peter Pollay and his team are creating a special Appalachian Grown dinner menu featuring greens sourced from Appalachian Grown certified farms. All of the proceeds from the special menu will support ASAP’s efforts to enable children to have positive experiences with local food.
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.
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.