An Alto landmark is one of the destinations listed on the state’s new guide to foodie destinations in the Appalachian region.
Jaemor Farms, located in Alto, is one of the 24 sites in Georgia listed on the new guide, which was unveiled at a program. Jaemor Farms also has a location at Banks Crossing.
The new guide was released at a special program held Thursday at Jaemor Farms with state leaders speaking on the effort.
The new guide, named Bon Appétit Appalachia!, will make it easier for food lovers to locate culinary-related destinations in Georgia’s Appalachian region.
At the program in Alto on Thursday, several speakers, including state agriculture commissioner Gary Black, of Commerce, spoke.
“This is an economic development tool for Georgia to create jobs, to generate economic activity and to share what is so genuine and what is so good about Georgia,” Black said. “
Molly Theobold, director of Program Operations for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), also spoke.
“Our hope is that the map will provide a taste of the Appalachian region’s diversity and abundance of local food destinations, encouraging new visitation and raising the profile of the entire region,” said Theobold.
Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development, said: “Culinary attractions are a top driver for tourism, and this map is a great way to make it easy for our guests to find and experience North Georgia’s food and agritourism offerings. It will introduce a whole new audience to the region, not only for its unique dining, but also for its history, culture and scenic beauty that will continue to attract visitors to North Georgia.”
Gretchen Corbin, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), also spoke.
“It’s our honor to work with the Appalachian region in Georgia to actively promote our economy, heritage, history and environment,” she said. “In addition to initiatives like Bon Appétit Appalachia!, the Georgia ARC program provides funding of more than $3.5 million in the region annually to assist with projects such as infrastructure, workforce development, small business development and tourism.”
The program was followed by a luncheon featuring a sampling of locally grown and produced foods from the 37 Georgia counties in the Appalachia region. The menu included squash casserole, green bean salad, farm fresh salad, chilled corn and tomato soup, broccoli salad, sliced tomatoes, fried apple pies and peach cobbler.
The mapguide features 283 sites throughout the 13-state Appalachia region, including local farms, farmers markets, farm-to-table restaurants, wineries, craft breweries, and other culinary destinations. The map is available as a detailed interactive feature at www.visitappalachia.com, which offers an expanded list of more than 650 Appalachian food destinations, including 78 in Georgia. These sites were selected during the spring of 2013 through an online nomination process and the mapguide was first available as an insert in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine.
The Georgia destinations listed in the printed Bon Appétit Appalachia! mapguide are as follows. The complete list can be found at http://visitappalachia.com/.
61 Main (Jasper-Pickens County)
Bernie’s Restaurant at Nacoochee Valley Guest House (Sautee Nacoochee-White County)
Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center (Blairsville-Union County)
Cherry Street Brewing Cooperative and Rick Tanner’s Grille & Bar (Cumming-Forsyth County)
Crane Creek Vineyards (Young Harris-Towns County)
Dahlonega Wine Trail (Lumpkin County)
Dallas Farmers Market (Dallas-Paulding County)
Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery (Dawsonville-Dawson County)
Garlic Festival (Cleveland-White County)
Georgia Apple Festival (Ellijay-Gilmer County)
Grapes & Beans Café (Clayton-Rabun County)
Green Bean Festival (Blairsville-Union County)
Habersham Winery (Helen-White County)
Jaemor Farmer Market (Alto-Hall County)
Mountain Fresh Creamery (Clermont-Hall County)
Mountain Valley Farm and Farm Store (Ellijay-Gilmer County)
North Georgia Farm Trail (Gilmer, Fannin, Union & Towns Counties)
Paradise Hills Vineyard & Farm Winery (Blairsville-Union County)
Serenberry Vineyards (Morganton-Fannin County)
Shields Ethridge Heritage Farm (Jefferson-Jackson County)
Simply Homegrown: A Farmers’ Market (Dillard-Rabun County)
Union County Farmers Market (Blairsville-Union County)
Unicoi Wine Festival (Helen-White County)
Unicoi Wine Trail (White County)
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