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Raise your hand if you’ve ever seen a community garden in Knox County.🙋🏾‍♂️ Well, guess what? The man behind all those rows of soil and veggies is #localfoodhero Adam Caraco, Assistant Director of CAC Urban Agriculture. Adam helps manage 20-30 community gardens a year, distributes plants and seeds to 1,000 households a year, helps out at Beardsley Farm, and co-runs Emergency Food Helpers that donates 50,000 meals to food pantries a year.

Adam arrived in Knoxville (the land of shorter winters😂) from upstate New York in a Ford Taurus Wagon. He believes the biggest successes can start with the smallest changes, and he’s spent his time in Knoxville trying to help people learn how to grow food, eat well, and live healthier lives one small step at a time. Right now, he’s particularly interested in building more raised beds especially for seniors that have more health and mobility issues. He wants gardens to be a passion, not a chore.
Even little gardens can make big impacts. Adam believes gardens connect you to your environment, save you money, make you exercise, are great for making friends with your neighbors, teach patience, and are customizable to your life. Adam has new projects in the works with Isabella Towers and hopefully some churches in East Knoxville. Thanks Adam for all your gardening help, your impact on food insecurity in Knoxville, and your tiller! 😉#nourishknoxville #localfood #easttennessee #nourishchange #localfoodhero

If you haven’t been to the Northeast tip of Tennessee recently, you’ve likely not heard of great groups like the non-profit Appalachian Resource Conservation and Development Council that promotes local growers and producers through programs like the Appalachian Farmacy, Beginner Farmer Field School, and Farm Fresh Appalachia. Our #localfoodhero, Lexy Close, is one of the group’s visionaries. She’s a native East Tennessean who worked in Africa and WWOOF’D her way through Europe before settling down at home.

At the ARC&D, she supports youth agriculture programs, youth ag internships, elementary school farm to school programs, SNAP/EBT outreach, and trains and educates individuals interested in farming. She oversees programs that impact health and hunger issues such as Build It Up East TN (which she co-founded in 2012) that focuses on garden and food production training and educational events for 30-40 families a year.
She also launched Appalachian Farmacy, a free healthy eating initiative benefitting SNAP recipients. The Farmacy provides prescriptions to buy fresh fruits and vegetables that can be redeemed at Washington County TN Farmers’ Markets. They also have free cooking classes, free ingredients to make recipes, nutrition tours of the farmers’ market, and healthy diet consultations. (So awesome!💯) Lexy constantly inspires us here at Nourish Knoxville with her dedication to local food. She hopes that if you'll reach out if you're interested or inspired by these issues. We’ve got a great network of folks here in East Tennessee, and we’re excited to share their stories with you. 🤗#localfoodhero #nourishchange #localfood #easttennessee #nourishknoxville

Throwback to our first PoP Club field trip of the year! Tomorrow, we’ll be holding a public PoP Club at @marketsquarefarmersmarket. @themuseknoxville will teach everyone about soils and capillary action! Many thanks to @graysonsubaru for their generous sponsorship of PoP Club. #msfmknox #nkpopclub #celebr865 #knoxrocks

This week we've been celebrating National Farmers' Market Week.🎉🎉🎉 Not to brag (well maybe a little), but did you know Tennessee ranks #1 for growth in farmers' markets nationwide? Now that's a statistic we can all be proud of!
Hats off to all the farmers' markets, market managers, producers, and customers in Tennessee. Let's keep it up ya'll! 💪🏽 #farmersmarketweek #nourishchange #localfood #marketsquarefarmersmarket

Time to get this year's Pesto Festo on your calendar! #Repost @slowfoodtnvalley with @get_repost
Get your tickets for Sept. 15! Follow the link in our profile to purchase tickets and learn more about our favorite event.
#pestofesto2018 #slowtheforkdown #slofoodtnvalley

We had so much fun at this year’s Tomato Jam! Huge thanks to @postmodernspirits for sponsoring, and to everyone who came out to drink cocktails for a good cause! Check out more photos by @gingerbychoice on our Facebook page, and follow her to check out her upcoming blog post about the event! #nktomatojam2018
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We had such a great time at the Tomato Jam last Sunday. Thanks @nourishknox for letting us be a part of it and making this event so special! If you missed the Tomato Jam this year, make sure to follow @nourishknox on Instagram for all the infos about the one next year. You don't want to miss a Sunday Funday with a lot of fantastic barkeepers making really delicious tomato cocktails 🍹 To make your mouth a bit more watery, I'll post some more pics on the blog in about two weeks! #gbc #gingerbychoice #photographer at #tomatojam #nourishknoxville #drinklocal #farmtoglass #tomatococktail #knoxrocks #knoxville #easttennessee #sothankful for everything #tennesseelove #foodphotography #eeeeeats #thekitchn #onthetable #lifeandthyme #foodandwine #feedfeed #huffposttaste #buzzfeedfood #ichliebefoodblogs #honestlyyum #foodblogliebe #lecker #food52 #foodphotographer

@victoria_raschke wears many hats, she’s the AARP Foundation Fresh Saving Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, the President of @slowfoodtnvalley , and a published author. She’s always loved food and left East Tennessee in 2004 to attend culinary school in Nashville. She stayed in the metro area for a few years teaching culinary classes and starting a catering business. When she moved back to Knoxville, she got involved with the Fresh Savings Program.
Fresh Savings allows individuals who use their EBT cards at participating Tennessee farmers’ markets to receive up to $20 more in fresh, local produce. She travels more than 5000 miles a year spreading the word about the program and signing up new farmers’ markets in East Tennessee. In a time when EBT access and food assistance programs are in jeopardy, we need people like Victoria to ensure low-income individuals still have access to healthy foods.
Victoria assumed the role of SFTV President this March. She’s currently planning the annual Pesto Festo (PS. It’s going to be September 15that the White Barn at @cruzefarmgirl ), where SFTV will be raising money to launch a micro-grant program for farmers, artisans, and individuals who want to promote good, clean, fair food for all.
The thing that inspires Victoria the most about working in local food is how food and the issues around food bring everyone to the table. She can’t really imagine doing anything else at this point. We’re really glad she plans to stick around. She’s one of those people who’s done so much for our community, but she doesn’t do it for attention or special recognition. She just does it because she’s a true #localfoodhero. #nourishknoxville #knoxrocks #nourishchange #inspiration #localfood

If you shop at Kroger (even if its just for the fuel points 😬), you can sign-up your loyalty card by googling kroger community rewards and choosing Nourish Knoxville. Then just shop and scan as usual and Kroger will send us 💸💸. Thanks for taking a couple minutes to help us #nourishchange for the #localfoodcommunity in #easttennessee.

Our celebrity judge Brian Bartels made an appearance at @unionavebooks today to gear up for tomorrow’s Tomato Jam! You can get your own copy of @thebloodymarybook, along with a bunch of tomato-based cocktails, at @themillandmine July 29, noon-4pm. #nktomatojam2018 #beyondbloodymarys #celebr865 #knoxrocks

Brian Strutz our #localfoodhero this week, is no stranger to the local food scene. His culinary career began at the age of 16 (on a pizza oven ironically enough). He's since trained both in Italy and at Blackberry Farm. He even had a small CSA-driven farm in South Knoxville years ago. Brian is now known for the delicious pizza and gelato he serves at @adopopizza, which is about to celebrate their 2-year anniversary.🎉 In a world where marketing and branding can confuse and muddle, especially with ploys by big chain restaurants who tout "farm fresh" or "local", Brian is a true proponent of the local food movement. He's at the farmers' market every week and sources mushrooms, cheese, herbs, greens, fruit, cream, vegetables, eggs, and honey from 14 farms on a regular basis.

He believes in supporting local farms because 🍓 It tastes better and is healthier
🌽 It supports and grows the local economy
🍑 Small, independent farmers can do what they do best--grow food and make an honest living off of it.

A Dopo is now open 7 days a week. Stop by and enjoy pizza or gelato that highlights local, seasonal produce. And be sure to tell Brian and his wife Jessica thank you for their integrity, transparency, and long-term support of the local food economy. 📢Shoutout to these great growers who frequent the A Dopo Menu: Special Growers, @zavels_family_farms , @abbeyfieldsfarm, @sevenspringsfarm, Sunrise Creamery, @mossycreekmushrooms, Old Bailey Farms, Circle V Eggs, @mountainmeadowsfarm, Shelton Farms, David Lay, @lacewingfarms, Three Graces Dairy, and Rushy Springs Farm. #localfoodhero #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #localfood #knoxrocks #easttennessee #inspiration #msfmknox #eatlocal

Tax-free weekend = 10% off apparel: online, at Saturday’s @marketsquarefarmersmarket, AND Sunday at Tomato Jam! #nktomatojam2018
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Tax free weekend means 10% off our fantastic #MSFMknox merchandise! Online and at our information booth this Saturday! Visit our online store at

@whitneyvictoria3 of @sapphireknoxville stocked up on 🍅🍅from @sevenspringsfarm at our @marketsquarefarmersmarket Saturday! We cant wait to try her signature Mater-Melon Punch Cocktail. 🍹General admission 🎟are still available! Hope to see you this Sunday @themillandmine! #tomatojam🍅 #nourishknoxville #knoxrocks #welovetomatoes #nourishchange

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