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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I can’t believe it – but our very first Holiday Bazaar is this Sat., Dec. 3rd at the Nashville Farmers Market from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. It’s designed to showcase many of the vendors in our recently released Holiday Gift Guide to encourage folks to think local this holiday season!
This Saturday’s event will feature local foods – both whole and artisan prepared, bakers, cheese, beverages, sauces, preserves and artisan craft folks. We’ll also have some of our favorite community groups on hand if you’re interested in investing not just in stuff, but in your community.
Make your holiday gift giving personal and unique. You’ll be the star this holiday gift time for stepping away from the mall and finding something uniquely special for your family and friends. It’s also the perfect place to find the perfect thoughtful item for a hostess gift.
In addition to gift items, there will be beverages to keep you warm and others to make you fuzzy! Our friends at Louisiana Seafood will also be offering an oyster bar at the new Grow Local Kitchen!
Come celebrate with us this Saturday!
If you’re not able to come see us this Saturday and haven’t had a chance to see our new Holiday Gift Guide, check out the pdf of the full issue on the cover of www.localtable.net.
It’s been a scorching past two weeks of heat and humidity, but summer only officially starts today, the Summer Solstice. What kind of weather lies ahead for the next few months?
It’s been crazy weather so far – a mild, wet spring with early crops off to a fabulous start – and then the flood came in May. On many farms and gardens, what wasn’t washed away, got waterlogged. So far this year, I’ve lost all of my garlic and onions and my potato crop I dug up this weekend was underwhelming. Was it the rain, the soil or my plants? Every year it seems to be something – trial and error and then trial and error again. But it does give one an appreciation of what does work in the garden. Berries are plentiful, my beans are abundant and the squash and tomato plants are full of just about ripe veggies. And, after several years of disastrous cucumber and pepper harvests, I think I may have a bumper crop of both.
It’s not that easy to grow consistent and abundant anything. One of our neighbors has an apple orchard and keeps their own bees. This year the bees didn’t pollinate the apple blossoms and the trees are empty of apples.
What’s to be learned – growing food is a tricky business? My lesson is to take advantage of what is available this summer – visit your local farmers market or farm stand. The summer issue Local Table has a list of area farmers markets and farms selling this season and they would love to share their harvest with you.
Seize the beet!
I can just about feel spring in the air. A few times during this long, cold February when we’ve had the unusual warm and sunny day you can almost sense the earth is about to change on its axis and bring us springtime. Whew, I couldn’t be any more ready for it than the years I spent living in Chicago and waiting for those last piles of ice on the streets to melt away. I am ready for blue skies, sunshine and my spring flowers.
There are three ways to get ready for spring this week and get your juices going for planting, cultivating and eating fresh food again.
Arriving Monday is the spring issue of Local Table and I have to say this may be our best issue yet. I hope to get it out to all the Nashville locations by week’s end and the rest of Middle Tennessee by the following week. Our art director Bob Delevante has created another beautiful spring cover and we’ve got features on local meat producers, eating spring healthy, Nashville’s own candy confectioner Nashville Toffee, Kentucky neighbor and cheesemaker Kenny’s Cheeses, St. Thomas’ health practitioner Randy Prendergast, and of course, our guides to summer CSA sign ups, strawberry patches and farmer markets.
On the heels of the release of the spring issue, is the annual gathering for the Tennessee Organic Grower’s Association (TOGA). This year the event has expanded to two days, Fri., March 5 and Sat., March 6 and includes farm tours, workshops and a keynote speaker by local food practitioner and farming activist Joel Salatin. Friday are the farm tours and Saturday are the workshops and keynote. It’s a great event – whether you’re a small market farmer, interested in organics or have your own backyard garden – there is something to get everyone excited and ramped up for our upcoming growing season. To find out more, go to www.tnorganics.org
The other is Nashville’s annual Lawn & Garden show at the State Fairgrounds. Beginning Thurs, March 4 and running through Sunday, it’s a feast for the eyes as well as your nose. After a long winter, it’s pretty amazing to get to smell fresh soil and scents such as delphiniums, lilacs, and herbs. Even if you aren’t able to get excited about seeing blooming gardens, waterfalls, and colorful landscaping, just being able to take a deep breath and smell green is pretty incredible. Plus there are lots of great local retailers and nurseries. It’s usually the first place I buy a plant for the year. For more info, go to www.nashvillelawnandgardenshow.com
I love the change from summer to fall – I grew up in an area where the change of seasons was quite dramatic. Fall was piles of brightly colored autumn leaves, apples, fresh cider and a definate cool, crisp feel to the air. So even though in Middle Tennessee we don’t have such chilly temperatures, it is a wonderful time to celebrate the past growing season and start to think about baking, warm drinks and burrowing in for the upcoming winter season.
The Autumn issue of Local Table is an exciting look at fall in Tennessee – fall fun at the farm, area apple orchards, local breweries and our area’s own expert at the ancient food preservation method of fermentation. The issue should hopefully be in most of the Metro distribution spots by Monday.
During the next few weeks, I’ll visit some local apple orchards and post my findings.
This weekend though is one of my favorite events of the year – the Annual Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Conference at Jeff Poppen’s Long Hungry Creek Farm, www.barefootfarmer.com. It’s a 3 day festival of those who love to grow things, love to eat and just love to celebrate our simple and bountiful blessings. There are gardening workshops, farm tours and the most amazing food you’ll ever have – straight from the garden and prepared in the farm kitchen. The conference starts tomorrow, Fri., Oct. 2 and runs through Sun. Even if you just want to hang on the porch and enjoy the company, it’s a great way to spend a beautiful fall weekend in Tennessee.