#Get it Local! Registration opens for Local Food Guide

We invite YOU to fill out our FREE registration form by November 30, 2023 to be included in this year’s Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide Magazine. Get started at nwtnlfn.org/food-resources.

Residents throughout the region use the NWTN Local Food Guide Magazine to find family farms, farmers markets, wineries/distilleries, restaurants, food artisans and bakers, farm stores and stands, pumpkin patches, u-pick farms, CSAs, animal products, beekeepers, processors, food trucks, locally owned restaurants, locally owned plant vendors, and food relief organizations. 

Do you grow food? Do you own a local restaurant or food truck? Do you make artisan foods? Do you have chickens with eggs for sale? Are you a beekeeper? Do you sell plants? Do you raise or process freezer beef/pork? Are you involved in agri-tourism or have a u-pick farm? Does your organization provide food relief? Do you own a local restaurant or cafe?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then #Get It Local in this year’s NWTN Local Food Network’s Local Food Guide. The guide is a FREE directory of locally produced and distributed foods in Northwest Tennessee. Whether you are a backyard gardener, small-scale or large scale farmer – all are invited to list their products and services by registering for a FREE listing (please note: personal addresses will not show on the listing, but it is needed to mark your business on the regional map).

Left to Right: Lindsey Frilling – Director of Obion County Chamber of Commerce, Scott Williams  – Director of Discovery Park of America, Samantha Goyret – Executive Director of the NWTNLFN.ORG & Mayor Jake Bynum of Weakley County #GetitLocal

“We distribute Local Food Guides through schools, and community events throughout our region and state,” declared Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the NWTNLFN, “We want to shine a light on our growing local food movement in West Tennessee. “

The registration listings are free due to the printing support from Ad Sales. 100% of Ad Sales cover the cost of printing with no administrative charges. For more information or to purchase an advertisement, please message/call Samantha Goyret, (731) 332-9071 or email nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com.

“The LFN is working with farmers listed in the guide to establish and expand farm to school programs increasing locally grown food in schools for our children to enjoy a fresh healthy meal straight from the source,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. “Additionally, we are seeking to list more locally owned restaurants and hunger-relief organizations in this year’s Local Food Guide Magazine. It’s free to register.” 

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a local nonprofit organization based out of Martin, TN serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. This year’s 2024-2025 NWTN Local Food Guide will be distributed throughout the 9-county region of Northwest Tennessee in late Spring. Registration is due by, November 30, 2023. 

Register directly here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFG2023 or learn more at nwtnlfn.org/food-resources.

Yates Jackson, a winner of the #Grow Food Challenge 2021, was featured on the cover of the 2022 Local Food Guide Magazine.

Do you have an amazing photo? Send it to us – it could be featured, too! nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

Celebrate Applesauce Day!!

The Martin Farmers Market in partnership with the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network (LFN) and Weakley County Extension is celebrating the changing of the seasons the weekend of September 16, 2023, by encouraging individuals, families, students, and seniors to make, try and eat applesauce.

Join us for an Applesauce Day Celebration on Saturday, September 16th from 8am – 12 noon at the Martin Farmers Market featuring applesauce cooking demonstrations and taste tests from the Weakley County Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Agent, McKenzie Hurst. You can also purchase a variety of apple themed products from a variety of Martin Farmers Market vendors.

“We wanted to create a Tennessee tradition to celebrate the beginning of fall, broaden people’s knowledge about local apple varieties, encourage families to cook together, and to embolden culinary skills.”

-Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the Local Food Network and co-manager of the Martin Farmers Market.

Apples are the featured Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month product during the month of September. Any day can be applesauce day! Source your local apples from: The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide 2022 Magazine at nwtnlfn.org/food-resources or the Pick TN Website: www.picktnproducts.org/listview/apples

Applesauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 medium local apples (2-3/4″ diameter) – peeled, cored and chopped (Visit Pick TN Website)
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Peel and core the apples. Slice apples in quarters or sixths. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, and cinnamon (You can add other spices like ginger or cardamom if you like). Cover the pan and simmer over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the apples soften fully. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher. Add sugar to taste, but often none is needed.

Share your applesauce stories with us on facebook by tagging @NWTNLFN #APPLESAUCEDAY!!

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL.  Happy Applesauce Day!

Can you Dig it?

Steele Plant Company Sweet Potato Farm Tour

Join the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network on Tuesday, September 26th from 10am – 12 noon at the Steele Plant Company’s Sweet Potato farm out of Gleason, TN. Participants will meet at the Steele Plant Company’s main office at 10am on 202 Collins Street, Gleason, TN 38229. From there, participants will travel out to the fields to see how sweet potatoes are harvested from the field to the warehouse (digging is optional). Can you dig it?

This is a FREE meet-up event hosted by the NWTN Local Food Network and Steele Plant Company. Minors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a non-profit organization based out of Martin, TN with a mission to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to all in our region.

Get it Local! Registration opens for Local Food Guide

We invite YOU to fill out our FREE registration form by March 31, 2023 to be included in this year’s Northwest Tennessee Local Food Guide Magazine.

Residents throughout the region use the NWTN Local Food Guide Magazine to find family farms, farmers markets, wineries/distilleries, restaurants, food artisans and bakers, farm stores and stands, pumpkin patches, u-pick farms, CSAs, animal products, beekeepers, processors, food trucks, locally owned restaurants, locally owned plant vendors, and food relief organizations. 

Yates Jackson, a winner of the #Grow Food Challenge 2021, was featured on the cover of the 2022 Local Food Guide Magazine.
Do you have an amazing photo? Send it to us – it could be featured, too! nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com

Do you grow food? Do you own a local restaurant or food truck? Do you make artisan foods? Do you have chickens with eggs for sale? Are you a beekeeper? Do you sell plants? Do you raise or process freezer beef/pork? Are you involved in agri-tourism or have a u-pick farm? Does your organization provide food relief? Do you own a local restaurant or cafe? Are you interested in providing fresh local food to our county schools? Would you like to support your local food system? 

If you answered yes to any of the above questions then #Get It Local in this year’s NWTN Local Food Network’s Local Food Guide. The guide is a FREE directory of locally produced and distributed foods in Northwest Tennessee. Whether you are a backyard gardener, small-scale or large scale farmer – all are invited to list their products and services by registering for a FREE listing (please note: personal addresses will not show on the listing, but it is needed to mark your business on the regional map).

“We distribute Local Food Guides at conferences and throughout our region and state,” declared Caroline Ideus, Outreach Director of the NWTNLFN, “We want to shine a light on our growing local food movement in West Tennessee. “

The registration listings are free due to the printing support from Ad Sales. 100% of Ad Sales cover the cost of printing with no administrative charges. For more information or to purchase an advertisement, please message/call Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the NWTN Local Food Network at (731) 332-9071  or email nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com.

“The LFN is working with farmers listed in the guide to establish and expand farm to school programs increasing locally grown food in schools for our children to enjoy a fresh healthy meal straight from the source,” stated Samantha Goyret, Executive Director of the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network. “Additionally, we are seeking to list more locally owned restaurants and hunger-relief organizations in this year’s Local Food Guide Magazine. It’s free to register.” 

Register for your free listing today!

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is a local nonprofit organization based out of Martin, TN serving as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. This year’s 2023 NWTN Local Food Guide will be distributed throughout the 9-county region of Northwest Tennessee in late Spring. Registration is due by March 31, 2023.

CSA Model Review – Community Supported Agriculture

Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on…

A recent Nature and Environment blog from Mother Earth News noted, “CSA is not about competition, it’s about cooperation, and that arises from community.”

Community-supported agriculture (CSA model) is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farms. It is an alternative model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.[1] The CSA model has an overarching goal of strengthening a sense of community through local markets.[2]

Advantages for farmers:
• Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before the 16 hour days in the field begin
• Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
• Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:
• Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
• Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
• Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Traditional CSA – Hidden Hill Farm

Hidden Hill Farm’s CSA Boxes. Learn more about their CSA share program HERE.

Hidden Hill Farm, out of Dresden, TN has been one of the few operating CSA farms in Northwest Tennessee for 9 years. Operated by owners Richard and Nicolle Gallagher, they have been providing locally grown fresh produce at the Martin Farmers Market for 15 years.

Richard Gallagher, owner of Hidden Hill Farm and Manager of the Martin Farmers Market noted, “Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a business model that provides a dependable market for a farmer’s harvest by pre-selling the best produce before it is even in the ground. In exchange Harvest Partners are guaranteed a share of an ever-changing harvest each week.”

Learn more about their CSA share program HERE.

Follow Hidden Hill Farm on Facebook @HiddenHillFarm

CSA Your Way – Turtle Hollow Farm

Turtle Hollow Farm out of Milan, TN owners Seth Lee and Corie Burris-Lee’s dream has been to create a self-sustainable farm that they could share with their community. They offer fresh produce, pasture raised meats, goats milk products, farm fresh eggs and homemade baked goods; as well as day old chicks, hatching eggs, and farm day visits/classes. Custom woodworking is also a big part of their farm life. If it’s made of wood, they can fix it or make it!

Right now, save 10% when you load your card with the code LOCALFOOD through this link.

“We want to make it easier for customers to order what they need and have it ready for pick up at the Milan Farmers Market or delivery through our Online Farm Stand,” noted Seth Lee, owner of Turtle Hollow Farm and Manager of the Milan Farmers Market. “Our CSA model is a great way for people to be in control of their weekly food purchases while still helping support the start-up cost small farmers make each season.”

The best way to get the best price for your fresh farm favorites is with our CSA Your Way program. Right now, save 10% when you load your card with the code LOCALFOOD through this link.

Follow Turtle Hollow Farm on Facebook @TurtleHollowFarm

Online Farm Store – Dixie Chile Ranch

Dixie Chile Ranch has a mix of weekly delivery options and CSA shares. Visit their website.

Dixie Chile Ranch of out Kenton, TN is a small farm started in 2010 by Tim Brady and Terri Jenkins-Brady who wanted fresh green and red Anaheim Chiles along with fresh fruit and vegetables on the dinner table. They grow Dixie Chile Ranch Anaheim Chiles (red and green) along with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, apples, squash, and pumpkins for the local NW Tennessee market.

“We want to make our fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables readily available to all our current customers and others seeking food transparency: where it comes from, how it’s handled and who has handled it,” stated Tim Brady, owner of Dixie Chile Ranch. “Residents living in Kenton, Union City or Martin can sign up for our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Membership over the summer saving you $160 with a discounted price and free delivery.”

Ordering Dixie Chile Ranch’s CSA Box deliveries are available from June 3 – September 19, 2020

“We’ll provide a CSA Box Contents List in each email we send out. You will have two choices: one WITH Hot Chiles or one WITHOUT Hot Chiles. It will be a variety pack of our fruits and vegetables that are ready to harvest that week. Price is $30 per week, with free delivery. You’ll save $80 over the 16 weeks or $5 per week in Delivery Fees for each week you order the CSA Box,” noted Tim Brady.

Become an Annual CSA Member by paying for an entire 16 weeks by May 24, 2020 and SAVE an additional $80 over the summer for a total of $160 in savings with our Annual CSA Membership. Price is $400 for the summer.
Roadside Stand Pick-up: You can also place an order online or through email for Pick-up at our Roadside Stand at 3159 E. Union Grove, Kenton TN 38233 open 9-sunset Monday-Friday, or call 731-225-0456.

Dixie Chile Ranch 2020 Grow List and Price List

Visit their website and sign-up to receive weekly email announcements.

Follow Dixie Chile Ranch on Facebook @DixieChileRanch

~ Samantha Goyret
@NWTNLFN Team Blogger