Local Table
A Guide To Food And Farming In Middle Tennessee
Fall 2014
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Celebrating The People Who Bring Us Homegrown Food From Tennessee Farms
Welcome to Local Table Our goal is to support a community that celebrates every meal and is thoughtful about where we live and how we eat.
Local Table is dedicated to celebrating the small farmers and other folks who bring us homegrown food from Tennessee farms. Our goal is to support a community that celebrates every meal and is thoughtful about where we live and how we eat. When we eat locally raised food, we can literally ensure the continuation of the family farm, protect our rural green spaces and support a food system that brings a steady supply of fresh, healthy foods to our towns and cities.

Farm Guide →

A Guide To Food And Farming
Photo WE WANT TO MAKE IT EASIER TO FIND HEALTHIER, AND TASTIER FOOD FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. We offer easy and varied choices. You can choose catagories like farmers markets, wineries, retailers, or products, or select counties, or search the whole database. You can even combine a leisure day trip in our beautiful countryside with a gourmet destination. We hope you can use the guide, along with the magazine, as a resource to the agricultural bounties of Middle Tennessee.

We are looking for farmers growing crops, or anyone we may have missed. If you are not included in this guide and would like to make sure your farm, farmers market or retail operation is listed in the future, please get in touch. You can call Lisa at 1-615-677-6645 or lisa@localtable.net or use our online form.

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It's Fall Again
PhotoWhat a fast year it has been - I can't believe the mornings are already cool, the grass is covered in dew, and the pumpkins in my patch are turning orange! It's hard to say, but I think the fall may just be the busiest time of year in Middle Tennessee. The options are nearly endless - fall harvest festivals including Homestead's Apple Festival; the National Banana Pudding Festival; Goats, Music, 'n More; Southern Fried Fest; Music, Molasses, and More; Granville's Scarecrow Walk; Made in Nashville; Allardt's Pumpkin Festival; and so much more! You can watch horse-powered sorghum mills in action at some of the local Amish and Mennonite communities, go apple-picking throughout the area, and enjoy dozens of pumpkin patches and fall farm festivities.

Where Can I Find Local Table In My Area?
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Sweet on the Vine: The Muscadine Grape New
Photo Growing up in rural Alabama, I enjoyed the Southern harvest each season produced. Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It brings relief from the stifling summer heat, but more importantly, it yields fresh muscadine grapes from Meemaw and Pawpaw's backyard. The dark purple fruit grows along a woven vine next to their tattered red barn. Many great childhood memories involved those sweet vines: my first, not-so-sweet yellow jacket sting while in Pawpaw's sturdy arms, learning to make muscadine jam with Meemaw in her cozy kitchen, and the precious playtime with cousins who, like myself, have grown up and journeyed away from that idyllic place in time.


Farm Profile →

Noble Springs Dairy: A Couple and Their "Kids" New Photo Feature
Photo A fondness for goats and a passion for agriculture keep Noble Springs Dairy’s Dustin and Justyne Noble busy on their 233-acre farm in Franklin, TN. A grade-A goat dairy and creamery, Noble Springs produces a variety of all-natural farmstead goat cheeses and other products from their high-quality goat milk. Around 150 goats roam their hills and valleys, and these young entrepreneurs hold a commitment to quality in both the process and products of their dairy farm, which was licensed in 2009. A devotion to those curious animals sealed the deal in the beginning for the owners of this successful and growing dairy business. Dustin and Justyne met in 2003 at a goat show in Iowa, each of them showing goats they had raised since childhood.


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Digging In The Dirt →

Photo What's up with root vegetables? New
all is officially in the air, and while it's hard to say goodbye to the fresh flavors of summer, autumn ushers in a wealth of healthy and tasty seasonal foods all its own. Among the most bountiful fall produce options are root vegetables, some of which may be familiar (think carrots and sweet potatoes), while others are probably more of a diversion from your usual fall family menu (rutabagas or parsnips, anyone?). Among the root vegetables plentiful in both CSAs and groceries in the fall and winter: turnips, beets, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, celery root, parsnips, rutabagas, and radishes. More

Potluck! →

Photo Third Thursday Community Potluck New
Taking it outside, preparing and enjoying a meal in the open air sparks appetites, conversation, and camaraderie. While we often think of summertime as grilling time, the cool, crisp weather of fall is ideal for cooking and dining alfresco. And for Dave and Lisa Gilbert, proud owners of a new custom-built outdoor kitchen at their Brentwood home, that prospect is now year round. The Gilberts hosted chef and author Nancy Vienneau and mixologist extraordinaire Jon Yeager of Pour Taste to prepare an autumn-inspired dinner in their outdoor kitchen, showcasing recipes from Vienneau's just-launched Third Thursday Community Potluck Cookbook. The season's palette of brilliant oranges, golds, browns, and burgundies was reflected in the platters of beautiful food and pours of heady libations. More

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Ms. Cook's Table
Latest entries:
August 13, 2014  She had blue skin And so did he He kept it hid And so did she They searched for blue their whole life through Then passed right by And never knewMasks by Shel SilversteinThis past spring, Katie Couric hosted a talk show which focused on deserving high school students who were anxious to make college a part of their life journeys...
June 5, 2014  I know a lot of dead people and they are as present to me now as when they were alive. Wendall BerryWe do not have as much time as we think we do. I am telling you what anyone knows who has lost somebody whom they hold in the treasured cycle of thought...

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Radical Farm Wives
Latest entries:
?So long as women do not go cheap for power, please women more than men. Ask yourself: Will this satisfy a woman satisfied to bear a child? Will this disturb the sleep of a woman near...
Blessed  by Robin
Twenty years ago i was introduced to farming. twenty years ago i met the man who would become my husband. it was the summer of 1994 when paul and i found our way to illinois’ premier csa farm seeking what,...

Nashville Food Blogers *

Connecting to Nashville's Food Scene
Hungry at Heart
Over the weekend I made a blueberry pie. There are few things more satisfying than making a pie completely from scratch. The pie featured fresh blueberries we picked ourselves. The crust also has 1/4 cup cornmeal in it, and blueberry and cornmeal together is a delicious combo. It got RAVE reviews from the...
So, How's It Taste?
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember this cheese sauce from last Wednesday. I started drooling while whipping up this Italian Mac & Cheese with Smoked Sausage, and that’s a good sign in this case. Six kinds of cheese with Italian seasoning and garlic should absolutely be made into a candle. Except I’m […] Copyright © 2009-2014 So, How's It Taste? - Leah Short The post Italian Mac & Cheese with Smoked Sausage appeared first...
Lesley Eats
Being the good southerner I am (and being of a certain age), my first experience with tofu didn’t come until I was in college back in the early 90s.  An enlightened friend introduced me to a small natural foods market...


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We hope you can use this website, along with the magazine, as a resource to the agricultural bounties of Middle Tennessee. Please feel free to keep in touch with us to pass along news you feel may be of interest to others, recipes, or comments to make Local Table a better place to meet. Thanks for joining us at Local Table.

We make no guarantee as to the quality of any produce or product from a farm or to anybodies growing practices. We're only providing a guide to local farms and invite you to find your favorite.

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