A delicious spin on an old favorite- Macaroni and Butternut Squash

Friday, November 14, 2014

  

Tis the season for comfort foods and so I’d like to offer a healthy, local twist on the classic macaroni and cheese dish that I’m sure many of us will be indulging in over the next few weeks. By using butternut squash as the base instead of cheese, you can create a lighter version of this old favorite that is delicious, hearty, and chock full of nutrients.

 
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Cool Weather Veggies: what's available and where to get 'em

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

There are definite perks to living in the more-often-than-not warm climate of Southeast Tennessee; one of these being that we have a longer growing season than our neighbors up north. As a result, we get to enjoy the unparalleled pleasure of digging into freshly grown vegetables almost year round. 

 
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Fall for Root Vegetables

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Photo by Seth Shaffer

Many root crops grow best in cooler weather and are just now starting to appear at farm stands and farmers markets across the region. Radishes, potatoes, and turnips are some of the first to be harvested, with beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots soon to follow. While commercially available year-round, the taste of a locally-grown root vegetable picked in the peak of its growing season is beyond compare.

 
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Urban Cultivators course offered in Chattanooga

Monday, October 27, 2014

In 2013, the Hamilton County Health Department’s Step ONE program, Fair Share Urban Growers and Crabtree Farms partnered together to offer the pilot Urban Cultivators program.  The 12 week program taught urban gardening and homesteading skills to center-city residents in local neighborhoods. The course graduated 18 individuals, many of which have said they have put the skills learned in the program to use both in their own lives and in their communities.

 
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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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