Harvested Here Harvest Fest

Monday, October 20, 2014

Harvest Fest, a local festival sponsored by the Harvested Here Food Hub, will be on Wednesday, October 29. Event hours are 4-7 pm and will coincide with the Main Street Farmers Market on 325 East Main St. In addition to regular farmers market activities, Harvest Fest will include free local food prepared by premiere local chefs representing 1885, Easy Bistro, Flying Squirrel, and St. John’s Restaurant. Live music, local breweries, face painting, and pumpkin picking will also be featured. Admission is free and open to the public.

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An apple renaissance high on the hill

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Situated atop Fredonia Mountain, Wheeler's Orchard has been in quiet existence since Wade Wheeler planted his very first apple trees in 1978. With the help of his wife and nine children, Wade ran the orchard well into his mid-eighties. Still a family run farm, the daily operations are now headed up by four of his children and even a couple of his grandchildren.

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Community Gardens: How you can get involved

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo courtesy of Seth Shaffer

Over the past 15 years, Chattanooga has seen an increasing number of people interested in eating foods grown or raised closer to home. These individuals can be found shopping at area farmers’ market or farm stands, or investing in Community Supported Agriculture shares. Some have even decided to take the next step and grow their own healthy produce in backyard or community gardens.

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Transition into fall with a bowl of roasted red pepper soup

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Today marks the first day of autumn (hooray!).

Night is falling earlier, there’s a cool breeze settling in, and change is in the air. Little by little the bright colors and acidic flavors of summer are being replaced with earthy root vegetables and dark leafy greens. And though at the beginning of summer we would have never imagined being “over” our long awaited warm weather favorites (we would have cried blasphemy at such a ridiculous prediction!), we find ourselves craving this new season of choices.

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Spotlight on CoLyCo Farm

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CoLyCo Farm is a four-generation family farm located in Chickamauga, Georgia. They offer a wide variety of sustainably-grown vegetables and beef, and sell their products at farmers markets in the area. Most recently, though, they are working on a new project to expand access to fresh, healthy foods in their community: a commercial kitchen on the farm.

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Get Ready for Farm Tour

Monday, September 08, 2014

A guest post by Grace Shields

If your interest in Chattanooga’s area farms was peaked by the latest issue of the TasteBuds local food guide, if you are a farmers market regular and want to take that next step to see exactly where your food comes from, or if you are just looking for a fun, educational activity for your whole family, then look no further! Fill up your car with friends and family, and experience Chattanooga’s local flavor for yourself on the 2nd Annual TasteBuds  Farm Tour!

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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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