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Reggie's Veggies →

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Meet My Baker (& Farmer)
Reggie Marshall took experiences learned at his father’s knee on their farm in West Tennessee to create an evolving hot spot for veggies and baked goods at the Nash- ville Farmers’ Market. His son Reggie Jr. is ever present with a canny set of eyes for what the public wants. In 2014, as a student of the New Farmers Academy, Reggie Sr. began to grow kale, turnip and mustard greens on Tennessee State University’s Research Farm. “Before we went to market, we washed those greens better than anyone else,” he says. Reggie’s Veggies’ reputation was won. More

Mater Madness →

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Tomatoes are the quintessential fruit
Their versatility, vigor and flavor have made them a favorite of many gardeners. I started growing them in 1975—before I became a fan. Soon, I learned to enjoy the subtleness of the flavors, as well as the diversity of the plant itself. Its form and characteristics convinced me to grow many varieties of tomatoes and, as a result, I learned that the real task is figuring out ways to preserve them. I like to grow tomatoes from early to late season so they ripen throughout the summer and fall, which means successive plantings and multiple varieties from May to September. Tomatoes are tender plants. They love sun and heat and despise cold, wet soil. Making multiple plantings helps to combat weather-related problems, as well as allow a gardener to have an extended harvest. Also, if you trellis a tomato plant, you are more likely to harvest the majority without rot and poorly shaped tomatoes. More

Spring Is In The Air →

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Farm-to-table Offerings In And Around Nashville
When it comes down to it there’s a freshness about the spring. People look a little brighter, moods tend a little higher, food tastes a little better, and the air seems a little cleaner. For the freshest of the fresh—something that embodies the spirit of spring and contributes to those heightened moods—farm-to-table eating is as good as it gets. There are several restaurants and shops that boast farm-to-table in Nashville. A lot of the time, it’s for specific dishes (“The bacon comes from so-and-so,” or, “The [fill-in-the-blank] is grown 10 minutes out of town.”). But there are a few places in the Nashville area that have put farm-to-table at the heart of their endeavors. So, for those of you looking for a fresh experience this spring, here are some of your best bets. More

More Diners Worth The Drive →

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Last summer we featured a handful of outstanding eateries—of course there’s more!
Last summer, Local Table featured a handful of outstanding eateries that are off the beaten path, but whose offerings are so delicious that they are more than worth traveling the extra miles. The truth is, Middle Tennessee is rife with road trip-worthy restaurants, diners and cafés, so we’ve happily compiled another collection of such restaurants, all of which feature dishes chockful of local ingredients and lovingly prepared. More

No. 9 Farms →

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“We are best at growing unique foods.” --Brian Oaks
s purveyors of an ever-changing landscape, Stephanie and Brian Oaks understand what it takes to switch gears successfully. From five cultivated acres on No. 9 Farms in Ashland City, they supply Nashville restaurants, deliver a CSA to residents in the greater Nashville area, and offer a presence at the Ashland City Farmers’ Market. No. 9 Farms has evolved with particular intention. “We are able to provide specialty items for Nashville restaurants—herbs, edible flowers and uncommon vegetable varieties, More

2018 CSA Fair →

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Local Table Magazine and the Nashville Farmers Market will host the 4th Annual CSA Fair
Local Table Magazine and the Nashville Farmers Market (NFM) will host the 4th Annual Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair at the NFM, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. in Nashville on Saturday, February 24th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is free and gives the public a chance to meet farmers, discuss individual growing methods, harvest schedules and pick up locations. There will be a workshop on what a CSA is and how it works, as well as printed materials about the process. The public will then be given a chance to meet one on one with local CSA farmers servicing the Metro area. More

JD Country Milk →

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“We choose to stay consistent with our small dairy farmers.” --Willis Schrock
Willis Schrock had milked cows his whole life growing up in Illinois, so it was no surprise that he eventually purchased a transport truck and began to haul milk to the processing plant. In 1998, Willis, his wife, Edna, and eight children moved to Kentucky and bought a dairy farm. Soon, they got down to the business of bottling and delivering milk the way they feel it should be. More

Farm Face - Rockdale Ranch →

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“I chose the Bison business because it is the best quality meat available.” —Charles Williamson
Charles Williamson has been in the bison business for 27 years, making him a specialty guru in Tennes- see. His favorite, the bison, tops the nutrient list and is lower in calories, cholesterol and fat, but higher in protein and minerals. More

The Readyville Mill →

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Back to the Grindstone with Local Food
iddle Tennesseans are blessed to have a plethora of restaurant choices when it comes to eating fresh and local; however, few are more picturesque or historic than the Readyville Mill’s eatery, Goodness Gracious at the Mill. Located on the Stones River in—of course—Readyville—the Readyville Mill was built in 1812 by Charles Ready, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Today, the mill thrives as a working grist mill—grinding corn and wheat every week, a restaurant and an event venue. Local Table talked with Nicole Ford who, along with her husband, Eric, owns Goodness Gracious*, about the importance of serving local food. More

Meet My Farmer →

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Margot McCormack, Owner/Chef, Margot Cafe & Bar and Marche, Nashville
A Nashville native, Margot returned in 1995 to Nashville from New York City to find her voice in the local restaurant community. Upon her return, local restaurateur Jody Faison introduced her to the work and mission of chef Alice Waters. Now one of the leaders of Nashville’s local food scene, Margot’s philosophy on food and cooking is inspired by French culture, based on seasonality and the very best locally sourced ingredients. We asked her about her favorite farmers. More

Meet My Baker →

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Sweet 16th – The Bakery
Sweet 16th offers baked goods and desserts to suit every taste, from cheddar cheese scones to the "Is it a brownie or is it a cookie?" (Answer: Brookie.) Located at 16th Street and Ordway Place, the bakery's layout makes for a welcoming intimate corner, with gener- ous windows streaming sun- light in on the glass cases filled with freshly baked treats like Heavenly Scones, Hello Dollies layered bars, macaroons, coffee cakes, muffins, and more. Owners Dan and Ellen Einstein offer hugs and handshakes to regulars and friends, smiles to newcomers, and tasty treats to any- one who ventures into their bakery. It's evi- dent the couple dish out more than just pas- tries and sweets. "We love having people in here," says Dan. "It's in our blood to entertain." More

Tennessee Spirits →

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The future of Tennessee whiskey: better and better, more and more.
There’s nothing quite like Tennessee whiskey. Not only is the flavor in general unbeatable (okay, so I’m biased), but it’s also an important part of our economy. In fact, whiskey is one of Tennessee’s top 10 exports. The revenues from export alone exceed $1 billion a year and the total revenue exceeds $2.4 billion (which means that Tennesseans drink a fair amount of what’s being produced, as it should be). Of course, there are the big guys, Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel, and we love them, but some new players are starting to creep into (or at least back into) the market. The newer folks aren’t really trying to compete with Jack Daniel’s, in truth. Instead, they’re focused on the artistry and history of Tennessee distilling. More

CSAs →

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Better Living Through CSA...Here's the skinny
After eating a winter CSA (community supported agriculture) salad, which took all of 15 minutes to prepare, I feel sharper and lighter. And it’s not just my imagination. The ingredients—lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes, sweet peppers, scallions and broccoli—are all part of my bimonthly share of winter CSA. Each vegetable, buzzing with color, was planted and fussed over by godly folk. And they were harvested less than 50 miles away, not yet 24 hours beforehand. There is no way that I can overstate the means by which a CSA adds value to life. In my experience, it is the Holy Grail—the thing by which I muster special powers. Wash, chop, stir and invigorate. More

Food Labels →

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What Does It Mean: Food Labels
Tennessee has a rich culinary history with far-reaching influence and ating healthy can be a complicated endeavor—too many labels, but still not enough information to help you make an educated choice. Local Table has compiled a list of some of the most commonly used national and local food labels and what they mean. If you’ve got further questions on a particular label, we’ve listed a website where you can find out more. The most commonly seen labels at your local farmers’ market include: Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, Certified Humane and PickTN Products. The labeling of eggs has become extremely complex and somewhat controversial. Still confused? Buy from your local farmer! *Animal Welfare Approved (dairy, eggs, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, beef, bison, lamb, goat, pork and rabbit) This is the only USDA-approved third-party certification label that supports and promotes family farmers who raise their animals with the highest welfare standards, outdoors, on pasture or range. More

Farmers' Market 411 →

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Top 10 Tips for Shopping at the Nashville Farmers’ Market
The Nashville Farmers’ Market, located in the center of the downtown urban core, has been feeding Nashville and the surrounding area since 1801. The market is home to more than 150 vendors throughout the year, and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here are the top 10 tips for shopping at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, no matter what the season may be. More

Diners Worth The Drive →

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Here are a few local favorites that you might not have heard of.
It’s always easy to go somewhere familiar with mass-produced menu items—these eateries are plastered across our televisions and computer screens. But if you take a chance and stroll along some of the more historic parts of town sometimes you can stumble upon some of the best food that you never knew was there—in local diners, cafes and mom-and-pop shops. Such places are the true heroes of the “dine-out” world and what makes the food so special is that it was made by local people who care enough about their communities to share good food that means something to them. Here are a few local favorites that you might not have heard of. More

Healthy Table ❯

Would You Like To Try Some Goat Cheese?
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I’m a millennial who moonlights on weekends as a promoter of goat cheese!
My mission is to entice shoppers to sample this creamy, tangy, twangy delicacy form of cheese. Goat cheese is incredibly satisfying. There are many different types of goat dairy products, with goat cheese being the most well known. Chevre, pronounced “chev”, is the French (or fancy) name for spreadable, soft goat cheeses. These cheeses have a milder taste, but may come in many different flavors from sweet to savory. It doesn’t stop there; you can try goat Feta cheese, goat Gouda cheese and many rolled goat cheese logs. Goat dairy also includes goat cheese yogurt and goat milk. More

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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