ASHEVILLE NC – Beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, and sweet potatoes don’t mind the cooler weather. In fact, it sweetens these root veggies, all of which get ASAP’s Get Local spotlight this November.
Sweet is perfect for Jennifer Thomas of Montford Walk-In Bakery, an Appalachian Grown™ (AG) partner committed to sourcing from AG certified farms. “I use local beets to flavor and color cupcakes and frosting,” she says, adding, “The nice earthy flavor of roasted beets complements chocolate, and the pretty color makes a nice magenta-pink frosting!” She also takes the veggies to the savory side this time of year, whipping up sweet potato and potato-rosemary breads, often incorporating carrots and parsnips as well. Expect lots of options throughout the month. “I try to buy in bulk; shopping at the tailgate market is always the best source.”
AG partner Neo Burrito is also batty for beets. They recently began offering raw shredded beets as a topping, and they’ve created a Get Local special that incorporates the new must-have burrito addition (which staffers say is great atop a breakfast burrito). Throughout November, order up a slow-roasted Jamaican jerk local goat burrito with local mashed sweet potatoes, local shredded beets and red cabbage, and topped with a local goat yogurt ginger sauce. And that’s not all: the burrito is served with a red lentil salad featuring even more local roots plus a Jamaican local roots stew. Neo’s Get Local special costs $14.99 and comes with a fountain drink.
At Farm Burger Asheville’s benefit for ASAP on November 7, from 7:30 until 10 pm, Chef Chad will stretch his culinary skills beyond burgers in a special Appalachian Grown multi-course meal. He hints roots are sure to make an appearance: think local braised pork cheeks with local turnips alongside dishes like house-cured trout and chicken-apple sausage over grits. Tickets are $39, and proceeds support ASAP. Reservations are required; call (828) 348-8540.
Want to roast roots at home? Browse groceries and tailgate markets offering the local veggies now via ASAP’s Local Food Guide, 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 in the region, including their Get Local initiative, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.