Spotlight on Diane Ravens at Appalachian Bee

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


A Guest Post by Grace Shields

The summer season is a busy time for honeybees. Now is the time when they are most actively gathering pollen and nectar from flowering plants to make enough honey to sustain their colonies over winter. Just 45 minutes outside of downtown Chattanooga, the bees at the Appalachian Bee “bee yard,” are doing just that. Spread across 5 acres in the mountains of Ocoee, Appalachian Bee is a thriving apiary that produces a full line of local and artisan products, hand crafted by beekeeper and proprietor Diane Ravens.

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What is TasteBuds?

Monday, August 18, 2014

The latest issue of the TasteBuds local food guide has just arrived. TasteBuds is Chattanooga’s first and only guide to truly local food. This 48-page, full color publication features beautiful photography taken by Chattanooga area photographers,  delicious in-season recipes, articles highlighting champions of local food and agricultural news, and an ever-growing listing of the local growers and producers located within 100 miles of Chattanooga.

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Get A Head Start On Your Fall Garden

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Guest Post by Grace Shields

Kids all over Chattanooga are heading back to school, and although sweater weather still seems far away, if you look closely there are hints of fall approaching… even in the garden! In our backyards, tomatoes and squash are beginning to fade out, but this doesn’t mean the end of harvesting for the year. If you have a garden at home, now is the time to start planning in order to keep homegrown vegetables on your table well into the winter months. Fall gardens contain just as much color and variety as spring and summer gardens, and preparations can begin over the next few weeks to get your garden growing and ready to produce a delicious new season of foods.

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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

Monday, August 04, 2014

*photos by Seth Shaffer  

On almost any given day in the Chattanooga region, farmers are convening in predetermined locations, setting up their pop-up tents, and unloading boxes of farm-fresh items, including produce, meat, eggs, and even fresh-cut flowers. For one hour, or even up to five, these farmers markets enable hungry throngs of Chattanoogans to by-pass the grocery store and purchase freshly harvested, locally grown foods directly from the person or family who grew or raised them.

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In the Southeast, Local Food is More Affordable Than You May Think

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


A guest post from Sara McIntyre, Farm Manager at Crabtree Farms.

I read an interesting article earlier this week about a study done in the Southeastern region of the US on food prices. The authors assert there is a growing assumption that foods bought from farmers directly (think farmers markets and CSAs) are priced higher than foods in grocery stores and, therefore, purchasing local foods is perceived to be an elitist venture.

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Thinking Ahead: Part III

Monday, July 14, 2014

Photo by Hannah Rogers

Whether you wish to have a garden in the fall, or just want to lighten up your garbage load, think ahead now by starting a compost pile! Compost is decomposed matter. Bugs, microorganisms, and fungi break down plant matter and food scraps into basic nutrients that plants can use as food. Composting is a free and easy way to turn your food scraps into plant food and, with a little planning and care, just about anyone can do it.

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Spotlight on our Food Artisans

Monday, July 07, 2014

Spending hours in the kitchen and handcrafting each of their products is how Roger’s Real Homemade business is run. Roger’s Real Homemade provides handmade, organic, and GMO- free artisanal baked goods and Mediterranean foods using local ingredients, made from scratch. Some of their products are gluten free, sugar free, dairy free and egg free to accommodate a wide range of diets. They are one of the wonderful food artisans in the Tastebuds local food guide.

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Fill Your Picnic Basket with Local Food

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Summertime is officially here! This season is perfect for spending time outdoors with your family, enjoying the sunshine while you can. This week we’re encouraging you to grab a blanket, stuff your cooler with healthy local foods, and head to the park with your kids for a picnic! When it’s too hot to heat up the stove or cook over a grill, maybe spend your Fourth of July preparing cold foods that keep well and that are easily transported.

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Herbal Sun Tea

Monday, June 23, 2014

After you have spent a few hours pulling weeds from the garden, you may be looking forward to a rewarding drink to quench your thirst once you return back inside. Enjoy your break with a rejuvenating herbal sun tea. Not only are they delicious, they are also good for you!

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