Covid-19 Resources in Support of Local Food Systems

The global disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic illustrate the vulnerability many people face in our current farming and food systems. Too often, low-income individuals and people of color are disproportionately impacted due to structural inequities in access to health care, food and employment. Farmers are further stretched by unstable markets and access to labor. These vulnerabilities are intensified under COVID-19.

Strong regional food economies rooted in equity and mutuality offer more stable alternatives that should be supported during and after this current crisis. Because these farming and food systems are often community-based, they create opportunities for consistent access to the good jobs and healthy food that communities need to be resilient in times of disruption.  As many people are looking for solutions and certainty during these challenging times, we will continue to deliver this message and work toward healthy, equitable farming and food systems alongside you, our partners across Northwest Tennessee.

Actions you can do from your home:

Grow your own food, Plant-A-Row for the Hungry (PAR): PAR is a people-helping-people program that encourages gardeners to grow a little extra and donate the produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries serving the homeless and hungry in local communities. Support Plant a Row and help make a difference in your community.

Donate to, Use and Share information from the NWTN Food Relief Agency Guide 2020

Observe your food consumption….where does it come from, how much are you spending, can you source anything local, could you grow it?

Additional Online Resources (All links have been posted on our facebook page)

  • The Effects of COVID-19 Will Ripple through Food Systems:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-effects-of-covid-19-will-ripple-through-food-systems/?fbclid=IwAR0qf2WFGa8LbD31rMcrjBlfCO_Le8zROOYnuHnQ3act0sweVGuDjelWnME

  • COVID-19 Resources:

https://ag.tennessee.edu/cpa/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx

  • “Stay at Home Beekeeping Series: Distance Learning for Beekeeping Clubs”
  • NSAC’s Statement on COVID-19 and its Impacts on the Farm and Food System
  • Phone Numbers of Weakley County Restaurants
  • URGENT – Ensure COVID-19 Aid Gets to Farmers and Food Systems Today!
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/22/819189939/closed-all-at-once-restaurant-industry-faces-collapse?utm_term=nprnews&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&fbclid=IwAR2HqRjQFYZMSv8vT5DxgxLxocwV2LE4ks8YgXotQRLLjiG9Zzv0bilky7M
  • A List of CSAs in All 50 States
  • “Tyson Foods helps feed Dyer County”

https://www.stategazette.com/story/2677241.html?fbclid=IwAR1eZu434hwaS-OlYPEfxPZcs0AioQIrS01qmt2Edh8KOOuXAVD5FGr8g28

  • “Supporting Our Community: Farm to School and COVID-19”

http://www.farmtoschool.org/news-and-articles/supporting-our-community-farm-to-school-and-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR1wReSpR6UA5cKOw9gj5pgReEXarHpgZbNXjC1Q0Ut9sONKTz29BRAtoaw

  • The Fight to Keep Farmers’ Markets Open During Coronavirus
  • Food System Resilience in a Time of Crisis: Considerations and Resources for the Community
https://www.ssawg.org/ssawg-blawg/2020/3/18/food-system-resilience-in-a-time-of-crisis?fbclid=IwAR2tRGs4cHVBFB_A4MIo8nM4dAx32w8RuBshorgsGn5pf4nhNateYUuh8us
  • “Donate to a Local Food Bank”
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/03/donate-to-a-food-bank.html?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=Bioneers&fbclid=IwAR0EH45ITNewhqQuoKwx3XpQB6Up6fCLTax_xMyg9wEBwn0GoPC1VH7e7ZI
  •  Trudy’s Kids Cafe serving schedule for kids:

Local Pork from H&H Farms in McKenzie, Tennessee

When you visit the Martin Farmers Market, you are likely to find many vendors with tomatoes, peas and other vegetable crops. However, there is one vendor you may buy from before you even see the product! This is because their sausage must remain in a freezer until you buy it. This vendor is David and Jessica Hochreiter of H&H Farms in McKenzie, Tennessee.

A lot of time, effort and money goes into raising high quality pasture raised pork which David and Jessica use to make all their sausages at H and H Farms.

H&H Farms and its owners David and Jessica Hochreiter are first generation farmers specializing in pastured Red Wattle pork. H&H Farms has been selling at the Martin Farmers market for 2 years and are eagerly waiting on returning this Spring with a new way for customers to see their USDA processed frozen products.

A lot of time, effort and money goes into raising high quality pasture raised pork which David and Jessica use to make all their sausages. In doing so, they must ensure that it remains protected and safe for their customers.

H&H Farms will be bringing their new display freezer to the Martin farmers market

This year, with the help of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, H&H Farms will be bringing their new display freezer to the Martin farmers market which will provide customers the ability to safely see all the available pork products in a safe and controlled environment. According to David, “One of the biggest challenges of being a local pork producer selling at the farmers market is getting your product in the eye of the customer. Most vendors can set their vegetables out on a table for customers to see, but we can’t and that makes it a bit more difficult to capture the sale.”

H&H Farms and its owners David and Jessica Hochreiter are first generation farmers specializing in pastured Red Wattle pork.

David’s wife Jessica says, “we hope that by purchasing our display freezer customers can see our product through the glass top; this may result in an unplanned buy or at least serve as a conversation starter as it’s not as common to see frozen meats at the farmers market.” Although you can purchase your farm fresh hot, mild and maple sausage, Italian sausage and bratwursts directly from their booth at the farmers market, buyers are encouraged to place their order ahead of time by visiting the H&H Farm Facebook page by searching “H and H Farms of Tennessee” and placing their order before market day to ensure their orders are prioritized.