Remembering the Yellow Tommy-Toe

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rachel Otto and her brother, Jonathan, run White Oak Valley Farm. Their grandfather passed down many heirloom vegetable seeds, several of which they continue to grow to this day. She shares this story of her favorite variety of tomato,  the rare “Yellow Tommy-Toe," which came from her grandfather.

 
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Market Opening Dates and Events

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Spring is here, and that means that local farmers markets are once again reopening or extending their hours for the season. This week in particular is full of exciting market events that feature local food, fun, and fellowship. Join us!

 
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The New TasteBuds is here!

Monday, April 18, 2016

The new issue of TasteBuds, Chattanooga’s free guide to locally grown and raised foods, is hot off the presses!  TasteBuds offers seasonal recipes, articles on local food news and events, and a listing of area farms and local-food related businesses. Copies of the printed TasteBuds can be found downtown at multiple locations, including Niedlov’s Breadworks, Main Street Farmers Market, Signal Mountain Farmers Market,  Lupi’s Pizza, Community Pie or by stopping by Crabtree Farms: 1000 E. 30th Street, Chattanooga TN 37407.

 
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Clarks Bakery

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

For the Clark family, business is all about helping others. Born from the desire to provide healthy, whole grain baked goods for their community, Clark’s Bakery burst into life nearly 15 years ago with a strong dedication to using local ingredients and educating their customers about healthy food choices.

 
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Join Grow Chattanooga

Friday, December 04, 2015


Calling all local food partners!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Grow Chattanooga program.

 
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Conference for Young Farmers attracts one of our own

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Seth Shaffer, son of Ron and Cynthia Shaffer of Cleveland, Tennessee, is headed to the 2015 Young Farmers Conference in December. At 23, Shaffer has completed a Master's degree from Green Mountain College, teaches a class on Sustainable Agriculture at Southern Adventist University, helps run his family’s 24.5 acre organic farm, and is an avid, freelance photographer (you probably have seen hundreds of his photos in TasteBuds and in this very blog!). An emphatic learner, Shaffer is looking forward to the opportunity to glean knowledge and skills during the 3 day excursion. “The Young Farmers Conference is basically a way for young and new farmers to get together and learn from the best minds in the business,” Shaffer says. “I’m completely amazed that I got accepted. I’m thoroughly looking forward to it and I’m going to learn as much as I can.”

 
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Time to Plant Garlic

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


This post comes from Crabtree Farms, which is inviting folks to become a Farmer-for-a-Day this Saturday by helping plant next season's garlic. Read on to learn all about planting this fragrant, delicious edible bulb!

 
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Confused About How to Direct Market Meat?

Friday, October 02, 2015

We wanted to share this announcement from our friends at UT Extension.  A new article has just been released that  simplifies regulatory information surrounding direct marketing of meat in the state of Tennessee.  This article was written by Chuck Grigsby. Read on!

 
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The TasteBuds Farm Tour is Here Again

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Picture yourself ambling down a country road. The sun’s shining, your favorite song is playing on the radio, and the kids are quietly gazing out the window as you pass acres of woods and open fields. Then you see a little wooden sign indicating a Farm Tour farm is just on the left, and as you make the turn you see in front of you a rustic barn, a lazy  cat taking a nap under a tree, and a kind farmer waiting to greet you. You pile out of the car and the smell of fresh cut grass and the low rumble of a far-off tractor envelopes you, and you know you’re right where you are supposed to be.


                                                                 photo by Seth Shaffer

 
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