Local Food on a Budget

Monday, May 18, 2015

Grow Chattanooga is offering “Buying Local on a Budget,” a class to challenge anyone who believes that locally grown or raised foods are too expensive, this Friday, May 22 from 6-7:30pm. The class costs $10, and participants will learn tips and tricks for stretching your food dollar, compare the cost of convenience foods to home-cooked meals, and sample and take home recipes for easy-to-make, cost saving dishes that feature delicious local foods.

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Blinkens Haircut. A "Sheared" Experience

Monday, May 11, 2015

Where do our veggies come from before they are put on the shelves at Publix or Bilo? What does a beet green taste like fresh out of the fields? What lives and grows on a farm other than livestock? These are some of the questions that are answered when kids take a fieldtrip to one of Chattanooga’s local farms. Many area elementary schools begin to explore these questions in the classroom, teaching kids where their food comes from at a young age. This kind of education is invaluable when so many young people think their food comes only from the grocery store or the pantry. With the help of a field trip to a local farm, kids get a fun and educational way to learn about food and farms firsthand.

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New issue of TasteBuds now available

Monday, April 20, 2015

The latest issue of the TasteBuds Local Food Guide is now available! TasteBuds is our regional guide for finding local foods grown and crafted within 100 miles of Chattanooga. This issue shines a light on some of the exciting culinary trends appearing on restaurant menus in Downtown Chattanooga, TN. From ancient grains to bitter flavors, local chefs are embracing what’s trendy nationally, and incorporating locally grown and raised ingredients to add a distinctive regional twist.

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Simple Spring Time Frittata

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Looking for a go-to dish to carry you through spring? We’ve got you covered!

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Spotlight on DelMonaco Winery

Monday, February 16, 2015

DelMonaco Winery and Vineyards is a family-run business located in the heart of Tennessee. David and Barbara DelMonaco began making wines in their basement in 2002; but what was once merely a hobby quickly became a passion.

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An Alternative Way of Growing: Leaving Dirt Behind

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One of the advantages of living in Southeast Tennessee is a longer growing season, but even here farms lay quiet and grey during the winter months. That is why certain local farmers are turning to alternative growing methods in order to produce fresh vegetables year round. Hydroponic and aquaponic systems can be installed in climate-controlled greenhouses or indoor environments, so that plants can grow regardless of the temperature outside. Instead of soil, these systems rely on manufactured inputs that are relatively easy to manage.

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Starting Seeds for Spring

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Blustery, mid-winter days leave me longing for sunshine, and get me thinking about my spring garden. While plants outside lay dormant, now is the perfect time to awaken seeds for spring and get them started indoors.

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In Praise of the Winter Salad

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A fresh, bright wintertime salad can be a welcome break from the usual cold weather fare of stews and soups and meat heavy meals. They also serve as a reminder that fresh produce is still available even in the shorter, colder, and darker days of winter. We can thank our region’s milder winters, the utilization of season extending high tunnels, and the hard work of our local farmers for the abundance of options still available at market.

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Learn with us

Monday, January 12, 2015

Each week we provide you with information about the value and importance of eating local food, the people who grow and raise that food, and where to find it. We offer recipes and share stories with you about the partners who make up the Grow Chattanooga program and who are listed in the TasteBuds local food guide. Now we are hoping to take a step further to help you connect with members of the local food community and learn about opportunities available to you by providing fun and informative workshops and networking events.  Check out what’s coming up in 2015, and learn how you can get involved!

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