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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Thai-Inspired Butternut Squash Soup

Monday, August 31, 2015

A guest post by Aubrey Stout

I have something of an Asian fetish.  Let me clarify.  Yes, my ears do perk up whenever I hear Mandarin, and yes, I do grow sappy with nostalgia for the smog-laced streets of Beijing, those sweltering nights where the humidity stifled like a hand over the mouth and the weeping willows drooped into the dust.  I anthologize the crowded subway, the smoking taxi drivers, the grandmothers shuffling in synchronized dance to Chinese ballads echoing from a boombox outside a shopping mall.

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Perfect Pie Crust

Monday, August 24, 2015

After trying my hand at homemade pie crust and essentially failing for close to a year with dense, flavorless, doughy, and ugly results I had declared that pie crust was my arch nemesis in the kitchen.  One afternoon I was looking at a set of recipes an old friend’s mother had put together for me and came across this pie crust recipe that called for traditional ingredients (a couple of which can be locally sourced) and decided to try my hand at it.  This recipe came from my friends Italian grandmother who had migrated here as a young woman.

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The Fall/Winter Edition of TasteBuds has arrived

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The TasteBuds Local Food Guide is a free resource for folks looking to make a deeper connection to their food. Each edition educates and entertains readers through local food driven stories, articles, and recipes, and contains an ever expanding directory of the farms, farmers markets, community gardens, grocers, restaurants, and resource organizations in our area.

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Back to School

Monday, August 10, 2015


It’s that time of year again. The rays of sunshine look a little longer in the morning, the cicadas are as loud as lawnmowers, and farmers are pulling up their summer crops and replacing them with those that love cooler weather. For many in the community, this time of year also means early morning searches for missing shoes and misplaced backpacks, cramming gear and sports equipment in the back of the car for the kid’s next game, and trying to throw together healthy meals that the kiddos will eat, especially when not under the careful supervision of their choosy parents. As students head back to school and extracurricular activities fill up the schedule, priorities for many families shift, which often means fewer folks heading to our region’s farmers markets.

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Learn how to make Quick Pickles

Monday, August 03, 2015


This Thursday, August 6, Caroline Thompson of The Farmer’s Daughter will teach you how to make quick pickles using summer produce. Sponsored by the Harvested Here Food Hub (HHFH) this class will provide participants a better understanding of how to quick pickle seasonal local vegetables, samples of the recipes, and a jar of their very own class-made pickles to take home.

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