The news is all a buzz about ‘pink slime’ – the ‘lean beef trimmings’ processed and then re-added to ground beef. It’s in virtually all of the ground beef at your local grocers. I heard yesterday that it’s actually hard to find commercially available hamburger without it. However, you can get pink slime free beef by buying from a local farmer. All you get is 100% beef , go to www.localtablenet, click on the farm guide and then search beef. No worries about what you’re feeding your family and just in time for spring cook outs!
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A group of dedicated food advocates and farmers have just put together a new fund for Tennessee farmers who felt the effect of the recent flood, Field of Greens Fund. The fund will be a permanent fund handled by the new Community Food Advocates organization (Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee and Manna have combined).
I thought I’d print part of the press release about the new fund and encourage everyone to do some shopping at either of the Whole Foods’ stores this coming Tues., June 29th when 5% of your bill will be donated to the new fund. It’s a great way to support your local farmer.
A Fund for Middle Tennessee’s Sustainable Farmers is the culmination of a grassroots response by local food advocates seeking a way to support farmers in the aftermath of the May 2010 flooding in Middle Tennessee. The Field of Greens Fund is supported by a coalition of food retailers, farmers, businesses, agencies and food advocates who have deep ties to Middle Tennessee’s sustainable and organic farmers.
Founding support for the fund will be provided by Whole Foods Market. On Tuesday, June 29th, Whole Foods Market’s Franklin and Green Hills locations are hosting a 5 percent day to benefit the fund. Representatives of Community Food Advocates Field of Greens Fund will be on hand at both locations to talk about the fund and hand out information.
In addition, Whole Foods Market locations throughout the southeast are selling a limited edition t-shirt designed with the slogan, “Bring the Music Back” to benefit the fund. T-shirts are available in stores in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
The Field of Greens Fund will be established as a permanent program of Community Food Advocates. The Fund will not be limited to flood or disaster relief/recovery, but is intended to be a permanent funding source for farmers’ needs to rebuild, expand and grow their sustainable farms. Initial Field of Greens Fund awards grants will, however, be focused primarily on farmers affected by the flood.
VISIT WHOLE FOODS MARKETS ON JUNE 29th
Please consider doing your grocery shopping at either the Franklin or Green Hills Whole Foods Market locations on Tuesday, June 29. The 5 percent of sales benefit will run throughout the entire day.
More details about the application process will be announced in the coming weeks.
DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE FUND
You can give to the fund by mailing checks payable to Community Food Advocates, 415 4th Ave. South, Unit B, Nashville, TN 37201. Please include “Field of Greens Fund” in the memo field. Call (615) 385-2286 for more information.
Have you ever noticed how beautiful it is after a storm has passed? It’s been an incredibly stunning day, but just start driving around – even here in rural Tennessee where the devastation isn’t as dramatic as in the more populous areas – you see debris tangled in fence lines, mud across the roads, rock slides and the river in places it’s never been seen before. The Cumberland is supposed to crest tonight, flooding over 500 acres of farmland and who knows what more damage it will cause to those living and/or working along the river. Some of our closest neighbors in Pleasant Shade lost their home to 5ft of water and the post office has been pumping water out all day.
Farmers have been hit hard. Spring crops were just being sown and now fields are either still lakes or flattened by fast moving water. I haven’t heard yet about the about to be harvest strawberries, but many of our strawberry farmers have got to have been hit hard. The Nashville Farmers Market is under water and most of the full time market farmers and vendors have lost everything. They don’t expect to open for at least 3 weeks. It’s not the lead story on the news, but the after effects of this past weekend’s storm are will be felt for a long time. I know many of our small farmers were about to return to local farmers markets with spring lettuces, onions and other crops, but many now will have to wait to assess their damage and re-plant. This will make their small margin of profit even smaller.
As things dry out and return to normal for the rest of us, remember your farmer and if prices are a bit higher or the choices aren’t as numerous as usual this spring – remember they have been dealing directly with the power of the storm.