Taste of Tennessee

This month's Nourishing Connection Newsletter is all about HYDROPONIC GREENS! Know your Farmer. Know your Food. We have one farming family in Weakley County, TN that is growing year-round through hydroponics. Act like Peter Rabbit and try this kid-friendly recipe, check out our featured book and artist of the month, and have fun with this edible DIY activity.

February: Hydroponic Greens

Taste of Tennessee is a developing statewide Harvest of the Month Program featuring Tennessee grown products. Each month a Tennessee a locally grown product is featured, including educational activities, a featured book and recipes.  This program is supported through a Tennessee Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant.

Download Resources below.

Featured Recipe

This is a great recipe to use for big leafy salads, to add flavor to beans and lentils, and infuse boiled, steamed and roasted vegetables – they suck up the dressing when hot!

Everyday Salad Dressing

Featured Book

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a British children's book written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter that follows mischievous young Peter Rabbit as he is chased about the garden of Mr. McGregor. The tale was written for five-year-old Noel Moore, son of Potter's former governess Annie Carter Moore, in 1893.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – by Beatrix Potter



Educational Resources

The word “Hydroponics” refers to two Greek words, “water” and “working.” It is defined as the science of growing plants without soil.

Learn more cool facts here

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Taste of Tennessee
Harvest of the Month Posters

**Attention Tennessee School Nutrition Directors**

Would you like to hang these posters on your cafeteria walls? Thanks to our partnership with the TN Department of Education and TN Department of Agriculture – you can get a packet of 12 for free. Send Your Request HERE.

OR you can print them yourself by clicking on the Harvest of the Month poster icons below or download the full PDF package HERE.


The Local Food Network is seeking to connect your food growing operations with local schools.

Are you interested in sourcing your local products into schools? Contact us! nwtnfoodguide at gmail.com or call (731) 322-9071.

Download our Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month 2023 Calendar to hang on your wall and remember to #GetItLocal


Left Image: Weakley County School Students, (top left to right): Helena Bennett – Sharon School, Annabelle Lovell – Greenfield School, Paola Rodrigues – Dresden Elementary School,
(bottom left to right): Maria Ivansic – Martin Elementary School, Elisa Puckett – Dresden Elementary School, Wyatt Craig – Dresden Middle School, Avery Riley – Sharon School

Right Image: Trenton Special School District Students from Trenton Rosenwald Middle School (left to right): Catelyn Ambrose – Watercolor Asparagus and Black/Blueberries, Colored Pencil Chloe Francis – Black/Blueberries, Nickolaus Cliff – Colored pencil Strawberries, Haven Love – Pencil and Marker Honey

Prizes provided by the following Northwest Tennessee local farms:  Blackberry Pond Farm – Martin, Purrrfectly Homemade – Troy, Dixie Chile Ranch – Kenton, Barefoot Gardens – Martin

Read & share full press release here.


2021-2022 school year Harvest of the Month calendar winners: starting from left image: (top row, left to right) Scarlett Lovell, Greenfield; Kimberly Mendenhall with NWTN Local Food Network Executive Director Samantha Goyret; Annslee Weatherly, Martin Elementary; (bottom row) Annabelle Lovell, Greenfield; Cara Webb, Dresden Elementary; Kiya Davis, Dresden Elementary.

Right image: (top row, left to right) Maci Jo Buckley, Dresden Elementary; Ellie Dodson, Westview; Lilly Beth Nevil, Westview; (bottom row) Madison Brewer, Martin Middle; Tegan Stout, Dresden Elementary; AhLee Mae Burton, Sharon.

Read full press HOTM Calendar release HERE.

The Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month Program aims to:

  • Increase access to fruits and vegetables through school meal programs, farm-to-school programs, classrooms, school gardens, farmers' markets, grocery stores, community gardens, worksites, and other community-based locations.
  • Increase consumers' preference for fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase consumption of locally grown food items by connecting growers to their communities through farmers' markets, food retail stores, schools, and food banks, among others.
  • Increase participation in daily physical activity and an understanding of why it is important to our health.
  • Expand familiarity with Tennessee grown fruits and vegetables, local farmers, the state's rich agricultural bounty, and how food travels from the farm to our plates.
  • Encourage local farmers to grow and harvest these products to feed and nourish our community.