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Wednesday, 24 September 2014 00:00

TasteBuds Tour Teaches Chattanooga Farm-to-Table

The TasteBuds Farm TourTasteBuds Tour Teaches Chattanooga Farm-to-Table

We were pleased to sponsor the 2nd Annual TasteBuds Farm Tour along with Lupi's and Community Pie. We really think it's important for people, especially kids, to learn more about how and where our food is grown locally. Farm-to-table matters because fresh food tastes better and is better for you.

On some of the farms, the kids got to see cows, goats, rabbits, and bees up close, doing their part to sustain the food supply. Farmers offered up samples of their products and encouraged folks to bring coolers so they could take home artisanal honey, organic produce and meat, ornamental wildflowers, herbs, fruits, and more. There was something for everyone, from vegetarians to wine connoisseurs. Some picked a bouquet of flowers and sampled chestnuts.

The farms taking part were Appalachian Bee in Ocoee, Brady's Farm Direct Meat in Dayton, CoLyCo Farm in Chickamauga, Crabtree Farms in Chattanooga, Dazi Acres in Pikeville, Erma's Bees in Chattanooga, Farms of Avalon Rabbitry in Georgetown, Gifford Farms in Dunlap, The Healthy Kitchen in Dunlap, Lamon Farm in Cleveland, Lavender 'N' Rust Herb Farm in Rock Springs, Ga., Merryfield's Farm in Whitwell, Morris Vineyard and Winery in Charleston, Tenn., The Organic Man in Menlo, Ga., Pickett's Trout Ranch in Whitwell, Red Apple Barn in Ellijay, Ga., Red Clay Farm in Cleveland, Tant Hill Farm in LaFayette, Ga., Wheeler's Orchard & Vineyard in Dunlap, and Wildwood Harvest in Wildwood, Ga.

Several of the farmers chatted about sustainable growing methods and the challenges of keeping their family farms profitable within our country's ag system. They educated folks about soil management, pollination, and the importance of local growers to restaurants, food banks, grocery stores, corporate cafeterias, and school lunchrooms. Without their hard work, we'd be in a real pickle... without pickles!

Kids picking chestnuts on CoLyCo FarmWhat you find on these farms varies by the season as they work year-round to grow what we eat. Now that it's officially fall, they're working on their kale, lettuce, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, turnip greens, field peas, and more. Several of the farms work together to make it happen.

People on the tour were surprised to learn just how many varieties of their favorite items are produced on farms, as well as the techniques farmers use to efficiently grow and collect different products so they can affordably end up in the grocery store, at the farmer's market or on your plate here at Public House.

The TasteBuds in the name of the farm tour refers to the local food guide that's published twice a year and is considered the definitive guide to eating local in Chattanooga. It is available here at Public House and highlights the restaurants, food artisans, and farmers markets that source local ingredients. It's a quick reference for downtown eaters. Download a PDF version at http://growchattanooga.org/docs/Tastebuds_FALL2014_FINAL_lowres.pdf

We hope everyone who took the tour enjoyed it and learned something about local farms and the farm-to-table philosophy that Public House brings to Chattanooga dining.

For more information, visit http://growchattanooga.org/foodguide

Public House is proud to serve fresh ingredients acquired from Chattanooga area farmers like Danny Roller of Barton Creek Farms, Chris of Southland Farms, Pickett’s Ranch, Lee & Gordon Greens, Signal Mountain Farms, and Sequatchie Cove Creamery.

We’re fortunate to have several local farmers' markets offering locally grown produce, seasonal fruits, baked goods, farm fresh eggs, preserves, grass-fed beef, honey, and more. Below is a listing of Chattanooga TN farmers' markets in Chattanooga, TN and our surrounding area.  Find a market near you and source local and healthy food options for your home.

Farmers' Markets in Chattanooga & surrounding area:

Audubon Acres (Lookout Farmer's Market @ Audubon Acres)
East Brainerd Area
900 Audubon Society, Chattanooga, TN
[email protected]
Tuesdays 3 - 6pm
(423) 892-1499

Brainerd Farmers Market
Grace Episcopal Church
20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga, TN
[email protected]
Saturdays 10 am-Noon
(404) 245-3682

Chattanooga Market
1829 Carter Street, Chattanooga, TN
http://www.chattanoogamarket.com
[email protected]
Open late April – early December, Sundays 11am-4 pm
(423) 648-2496

Lookout Farmers Market
1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, GA
[email protected]
Thursdays 4-7 pm
Opens April 23rd
(423) 838-9804

Main Street Farmers Market
522 West Main Street, Chattanooga, TN
http://mainstfarmersmarket.com
[email protected]
Wednesdays, 4-6 pm

Ooltewah Farmers Market
5829 Main Street, Ooltewah, TN
http://ooltewahnursery.com/farmers-market
[email protected]
Thursdays, 3-6 pm
(423) 238-9775

Signal Mountain Farmers Market
1210 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain, TN
[email protected]
Thursdays 4-6 pm
(423) 902-8023

St. Alban’s Hixson Market
7514 Hixson Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN
[email protected]
Open Saturdays 10 am-1 pm
(423) 842-6303

New Hope Presbyterian Farmers Market
7301 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, TN
Mondays 4-7 pm
Opens April 20th

Northside Farmers Market on Mississippi
923 Mississippi Avenue, Chattanooga, TN
[email protected]
Saturdays 10am -1pm
423-266-7497

Ooltewah Farmers Market
5829 Main Street, Ooltewah, TN
[email protected]
Thursdays 3-6 pm
423-238-9775

Fresh on Fridays
850 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN
Fridays 11am- 2pm

Highland Park Market
1918 Union Avenue, Chattanooga, TN
Saturdays 10am- noon

 

 

Other Nearby Farmers' Markets

Catoosa Farmers Market
220 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA 30736 
http://www.catoosarec.com/catoosa-farmers-market.html
Opens June 3rd – October 31st, Saturdays 9 am-2 pm
(706) 891-4199

Battlefield Farmers Market
http://www.battlefieldfmkt.org/
10052 North Highway 27, Rock Spring, Ga 30739.
[email protected]
Open May – November, Wednesdays 3-6 pm, Saturdays 8 am-12 pm
(706) 638-7366

Bradley County Farmers Market
3110 Peerless Road, Cleveland, TN
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 7am-2 pm
(423) 728-7001

Market at the MIll
www.mainstreetcleveland.com
The Old Woolen Mill
445 Church Street, SE, Cleveland, TN 37311 
June – Septemeber, Thursdays 3pm-6pm
(423) 479-1000

Cumberland Farmers Market
39 Ball Park Road, Sewanee, TN
[email protected]
http://sewanee.locallygrown.net
Pick up Tuesdays 4:30-6:15 pm
(931) 592-3399

Downtown Dalton Saturday Market
245 North Thorton Street, Dalton, GA
http://downtowndalton.com
[email protected]
Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm
(706) 278-3332

Farm to Table Market
200 North Hamilton Street, Dalton, GA
http://downtowndalton.com
[email protected]
Thursdays 5-7 pm (September only)
(706) 278-3332

Mentone Farmers Market
6139 Alabama Highway 117, Mentone, AL
http://mountainmarket.org
[email protected]
Open Year-Round.
Saturdays 10 am-1 pm, Wednesdays 3-6 pm
(256) 845-1213

South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41, Tracy City, TN
http://rootedhere.locallygrown.net/
[email protected]
(615) 653-3347

Trenton Farmers Market
Veterans Park, Trenton, GA
[email protected]
Saturdays 9 am-noon
(423) 987-0039

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