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The Only Local Guide To Food And Farms In Middle Tennessee - Winter 2017
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Fantastic Food Tours: Exploring Nashville…One Bite at a Time
Culinary tourism, the pursuit of unique and memorable dining and drinking experiences in a given place, is one of the hottest trends in travel. And with Nashville stealing the spotlight as both one of this country’s top travel destinations and an “it” city for foodies, it should come as no surprise that some of the most delicious and informative food tours around are happening right here in Music City. Tourists and locals alike are flocking to sample the breadth of our city’s cuisine and learn more about its rich history; if you are looking to explore Nashville bite by bite, Local Table has done the legwork for you and rounded up three great tours to take now while tourist season is at low tide…and one to pencil in for the future. More

Annual CSA Fair →

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Mark Your Calendar for the 3rd Annual CSA Fair - Saturday, February 25, 10am–2pm at the Nashville Farmers' Market
Local Table Magazine and the Nashville Farmers’ Market (NFM) are excited to announce they will work together again to host the Third Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair. The event will take place on Saturday, February 25, at the NFM, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The event is free to the public and is a great opportunity to meet one-on-one with farmers and discuss individual growing methods, harvest schedules and pickup locations. General information on what a CSA is and how it works will be available to attendees. “More and more consumers are discovering the CSA model,” says Local Table publisher Lisa Shively. “It’s the best way to connect to local farmers and learn how to eat and cook seasonally. Consumers also get a taste of what it’s like to be a farmer and be reliant on the weather for a successful harvest.” More

Girl Scout Cookies →

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Outside the Box Girl Scout Cookie Creations
The fun and tasty Outside the Box benefit supporting Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee will be returning February 7 with a new lineup of delicious desserts. The tasting event features several local chefs’ unique interpretations of the renowned and ubiquitous Girl Scout cookie. Restaurants participating last year included the Red Pony, Saffire, Puffy Muffin, Mack & Kate’s and Merridee’s Breadbasket. This year’s list has not been announced yet. The 2017 event will honor Sharon Hatcher, farm manager and an integral part of the Hatcher Family Dairy. Hatcher Dairy has been a family-run dairy milk business since 1831. For more than 175 years, the farm has been committed to the core values of faith, quality, cooperation, integrity and stewardship. More

Treehouse Restaurant →

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The Treehouse Restaurant Stands Tall with Its Focus on Local, Seasonal Food
Tucked under a canopy of trees in the Five Points area of East Nashville is a restaurant that was converted from a house just a couple of years ago. Co-owners Matthew Spicher and Corey Ladd felt that the home—complete with a custom-built tree house out back—that had been in their family for 25 years was the perfect spot for a restaurant that specialized in “elevated” late-night dining, the type of place that could fill the void between the neighborhood’s upscale anchor restaurant, Margot, and the bars that keep the area buzzing into the wee hours. From the beginning, though, Spicher and Ladd knew they wanted the menu of the Treehouse to focus on local, seasonal produce, which they say is just “the right thing to do.” “It’s a way of life for us, to be socially responsible, and it makes good business sense, too,” Spicher says, “and there’s definite taste difference in food that’s fresh and local.” As the business evolved, it became clear that diners needed and wanted more good food options at earlier dinner hours. The restaurant has enjoyed a brisk business and critical acclaim from the beginning. More

Future Farming →

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Farming In The Future With Ed Harrison
d Harrison—founder and owner of Smarter Gardens, based in Columbia, Tennessee—grew up in a farming environment. Dairy farming was a vibrant industry when he was a boy in the 1960s, and when Ed was 12, he’d move from farm to farm in his area helping milk cows, ship the products and take care of the grounds. Then, he hit a wall. “I worked in that industry long enough to be absolutely convinced I never wanted to be a farmer,” he says. He loved growing food, but he saw too many farms close and too many people lose their jobs, whether due to stricter regulations or just old-fashioned bad luck. And to him, farming didn’t seem all that sexy anyway. His father was in technology, and since Ed was interested in his father’s line of work, he had to choose. More

Produce and Passion →

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Of Produce and Passion Projects: three visions, one goal.
More and more often, people are getting in touch with their passions and discovering that healthy, wholesome, tasty food is right up their alley. They aren’t doing it to make a killing. They’re doing it to make themselves and their customers happy. Thankfully, that approach seems to be working out for a few Middle Tennessee businesses: Twin Forks Farm, Nut Butter Nation and Southern City Flavors. Twenty years ago, David Tannen dramatically changed the way he ate. He said goodbye to drive-throughs and processed food, became a vegetarian and resolved to start eating food in its whole form. In other words, he put down the Big Mac and picked up the carrot. For a lot of folks, that would be enough. They start eating healthier and they lose some weight, and that’s plenty. More

Healthy Table →

PULSES, Pulses
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Celebrating a Healthy Global Food Trend
I like to find any reason to celebrate. Whether it’s a birthday, an anniversary, a half-birthday, a half-anniversary, or a national day of you name it - I’m celebrating it. When the United Nations declared last year (2016) as the International Year of Pulses I put on my party hat! You might ask, what are pulses? Pulses are peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas. They are healthy, versatile, easy on the wallet, and friendly to our environment. Pulses are simple to prepare, fun to substitute into your favorite recipes, and one of the most cost-effective sources of proteins around. Pulse crops are also great for the environment as they are natural fertilizers, leave a low carbon footprint, and require little to no irrigation.

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Ask Farmer Jason →

Questions & Answers for kids (and others!)
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Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend, Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. In 2002, he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature.

If you would like to ask him questions, email him at jr@farmerjason.com

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