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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


A guest post from Sarah 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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Thinking Ahead: Part II

Monday, June 16, 2014

Summertime is almost here. As you wait for your tomato plants to give you your first juicy tomato, consider giving a little back to your garden beds. Applying a summer cover crop in free spaces of your garden where you may have pulled up your bolted lettuces and spring veggies is a cheap and effective way to keep your garden fertilized and prepared for the next round of planting.

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Thinking Ahead: Part I

Monday, June 09, 2014

With so many colorful fruits and veggies available now, it’s easy to forget about the absence of fresh produce in the winter. Back in the cooler months, you may have been among the many longing for fresh fruits and veggies. However, with some planning and a little effort, you can enjoy the delicious foods of our region all year long. We have to think ahead for the other seasons during the year when not so many foods are easily accessible through the local farmers markets. There are many ways to prepare these foods that are in season now so that we can enjoy them later. All it takes is a little time and effort but it will definitely pay off with some freedom during the winter months.

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The Golden Biscuit

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

It all began with a note that read “biscuit contest.” Heather Thacker, the pastry chef at the small, local-centric café The Farmer’s Daughter, saw the note and became intrigued.

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Finding Local in Downtown Chattanooga

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Where can you try fresh foods from local farmers, prepared by some of our region’s best chefs? Downtown Chattanooga of course! Whether you are looking for a quick bite during your lunch break, or want to enjoy a fancy four-course dinner, you can enjoy the unique flavors of our region and support local farmers at the same time.

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