ASHEVILLE NC – Oh, the month we’ve all been waiting for – tomato month! Salads, sauces, soups, pies, jams, salsa, roasted, grilled and simply fresh sliced—so many great ways to serve up tomatoes. Shop for these great tasting fruits in all sorts of varieties and colors at area farmers tailgate markets and look for summer specials on menus of Appalachian Grown™ partner restaurant and dining rooms around the region.
- UNC Asheville will be featuring Appalachian Grown tomatoes on salad bars this month, as well as in cooking class for incoming freshman orientation. Saturday, August 29th join UNC Asheville’s Registered Dietitian, Laura Sexton, for a tomato tasting at the North Asheville Tailgate Market.
- The Marketplace is using tomatoes everywhere this summer: in an heirloom tomato salad; a mixed, confit tomato vinaigrette will accompany pan-seared trout from Sunburst Trout Farms; and included in a watermelon panzanella the will accompany a pan-roasted wild snapper. The Marketplace even makes their own homemade thyme ketchup using local tomatoes. They source tomatoes primarily from Gaining Ground Farm and Synchronicity Farms.
- Rosetta’s Kitchen has partnered with Franny’s Farm in Leicester to feature their beefsteak slicing tomatoes in August in honor of tomato month.
- Guadalupe Cafe is using cherry and grape tomatoes in salads, heirloom tomatoes on special sandwiches, and both heirlooms and beefsteak in all of their salsas. Guadalupe primarily sources tomatoes from Shelton Family Farm in Jackson County, as well as Twisted Ridge Farms, Berry Farm, and Dawson Green.
- ASAP’s Local Summer Cookout will include local tomatoes from Ivy Creek Family Farm, as well as Hickory Nut Gap Farms pork ribs, and many more delicious veggie sides prepared by Chef Philip Bollhoefer of the OMNI Grove Park Inn. The cookout will take place Thursday, August 13 at Catawba Brewing on the South Slope, Asheville. Tickets are available at asapconnections.org.
Visit ASAP’s website at asapconnections.org, and find Get Local under the “find” tab 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.