ASHEVILLE NC – Local eggs get the spotlight during the month of February for ASAP’s Get Local campaign – a year-round initiative that brings together farmers, chefs, and community members in celebration of a featured local food. While local eggs are sometimes harder to find in the winter months, they are prized by chefs for their creamy yolks, rich flavor, and versatility to be featured from breakfast, all the way through to dessert.
The following Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurants and chefs are planning a variety of specials this month to celebrate eggs:
- Stephen Hertz, Sous Chef at Season’s at Highland Lake Inn, tops his spinach salad with a poached egg from right down the road at Crab Creek Produce.
- At Early Girl Eatery, they always use local eggs for their Benny- grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and avocado. Early Girl sources their eggs from Cane Creek Valley and Highlander Farm.
- King Daddy Chicken & Waffle features local eggs from Cane Creek Valley Farm in their fried pie, which holds a poached egg!
- Owner/chef Cathy Cleary from West End Bakery is making delicious Valentines desserts in February with eggs from Farside Farms—mini heart cheesecakes, chocolate ganache cakes, and a variety of festive cupcakes.
- The Market Place sources all of their eggs locally from Cane Creek Valley Farm. Owner/chef William Dissen says that he uses local eggs in many dishes including poached eggs, omelets, scrambled eggs, ravioli pasta dough, pappardelle pasta dough, crème brulee, raspberry almond torte, ice cream, and beef tartare.
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.