#localfoodhero

MOST RECENT

The countdown to the celebration is on! Come eat, drink, and celebrate local with us on Thursday 10/11. Tix through the link in profile. Music from Gretchen Pleuss!! Food and bev from @lock15brewing !! Use promo code Eatyourgreens for a $5 discount. #localfoodhero #summitfpc #savorthesummit18

Latest Henley Herald article with our first food hero Emma Wildgoose. Go read! #glutenfree #localfood #vegan #localfoodhero #dairyfree #eatrealfood #myhotkitchen #vegetarianrecipes #foodblogger #foodie #foodblogfeed

Great fun interviewing the fabulously entertaining Emma Wildgoose of @eatrealfoodnac and got to take home a bag of delicious goodies (which barely made the journey home) Chocolate and Chia energy balls, Superfood Brownies and lemon and ginger cheesecake slice. All gluten free, dairy free, vegan and refined sugar free! #vegan #sugarfree #glutenfree #dairyfree #henleyonthames #localfoodhero #localfood

A very nice write up about Chef John, Gourmet & Co. and some great Johnson City area growers and producers by @nourishknox. #johnsoncitytn ・・・
According to #localfoodhero, Chef John Bryant, something special is happening in Upper East Tennessee. Johnson City bridges the gap in our mountain heritage between the high country of Asheville and the foothills of Knoxville. And Chef Bryant is one of the key-players in their ever growing and expanding local food movement.

Chef Bryant was born and raised in Johnson City where he spent his childhood composting, preserving, and practicing sustainable agriculture. His first job in the food industry was a dishwasher. Now, he’s the Executive Chef at Gourmet and Company; whose mission is to implement locally grown, raised, produced, and crafted ingredients into an upscale dining experience while working with the community to create a locally, sustainable food system. His plateware is even locally-made! (and you should totally watch the video on his FB page!) He's actively involved in Jonesborough Locally Grown, leads cooking demos at the farmers’ market, and prepares meals for the 100 Mile Dinners with the Boone Street Market. Chef Bryant believes genetically-modified food and industrial food production adversely impact our health, so he strives to purchase as much food locally as possible.
So, make a point to visit Chef Bryant at Gourmet and Company the next time you’re in Johnson City. We hope these secret gems in East Tennessee (who’ve put in countless hours to support and promote their local food community) will start putting Johnson City on the map for a great local food town!

Big shoutouts to the following growers and producers used by Chef Bryant: Sunset View Farm, Grand Oak Farm, Serenity Knoll Farm, Foodtopia, Southern Culture, Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Rain Crow Farm, Walnut Kitchen Butcher, Brasstown Beef, Southern Natural Farms, Sunburst Trout FarmsThree Graces Dairy, and Simpson's Meats.

Today’s #localfoodhero is Savannah Jones, Owner of Jones Meat Sales. Savannah’s our youngest hero by far- she started developing her own meat company when she was only 14! Now a junior at Union County High School, Savannah sells beef and pork at two farmers’ markets and at her home. She says her dad was the biggest inspiration for her business – he’s been farming since he was in high school. Nowadays, Savannah can be found doing farm work and homework, working with her show animals, going to 4-H meetings and events, attending livestock judging team practice, and more. After she graduates from Union County High School, Savannah plans to go to college and study agriculture. We’re beyond impressed with Savannah’s dedication, not to mention her time management skills!
You can find Savannah and her products at the Union County Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 9 to 12 at Wilson Park in Maynardville. The producer-only market has a wide array of products to offer, so you can get baked goods, dairy, eggs, fruits, veggies, and more after you pick up beef & pork from Jones Meat Sales. The market also accept credit cards, SNAP benefits, and Fresh Savings tokens. Savannah says her favorite part of the market is how helpful everyone there is. We hope you’ll go support Savannah and her fellow vendors there!

According to #localfoodhero, Chef John Bryant, something special is happening in Upper East Tennessee. Johnson City bridges the gap in our mountain heritage between the high country of Asheville and the foothills of Knoxville. And Chef Bryant is one of the key-players in their ever growing and expanding local food movement.

Chef Bryant was born and raised in Johnson City where he spent his childhood composting, preserving, and practicing sustainable agriculture. His first job in the food industry was a dishwasher. Now, he’s the Executive Chef at Gourmet and Company; whose mission is to implement locally grown, raised, produced, and crafted ingredients into an upscale dining experience while working with the community to create a locally, sustainable food system. His plateware is even locally-made! (and you should totally watch the video on his FB page!) He's actively involved in Jonesborough Locally Grown, leads cooking demos at the farmers’ market, and prepares meals for the 100 Mile Dinners with the Boone Street Market. Chef Bryant believes genetically-modified food and industrial food production adversely impact our health, so he strives to purchase as much food locally as possible.
So, make a point to visit Chef Bryant at Gourmet and Company the next time you’re in Johnson City. We hope these secret gems in East Tennessee (who’ve put in countless hours to support and promote their local food community) will start putting Johnson City on the map for a great local food town!

Big shoutouts to the following growers and producers used by Chef Bryant: Sunset View Farm, Grand Oak Farm, Serenity Knoll Farm, Foodtopia, Southern Culture, Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams, Rain Crow Farm, Walnut Kitchen Butcher, Brasstown Beef, Southern Natural Farms, Sunburst Trout FarmsThree Graces Dairy, and Simpson's Meats.

We are so proud to celebrate Ms. Julie’s accomplishments and name her our 2018 Local Food Hero! We hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to her work at our Savor the Summit Event on October 11 at Trailhead Event Space in Akron. Tickets available through the link in the profile. #localfoodhero #knowyourfarmerknowyourfood #summitfpc #eatlocal #changeagents #heyakron

An institution.... Fitzbillies Est. 1921 in Cambridge. People flock from miles away to taste the infamous Chelsea Bun. Trust me, they are worth the trip.
#fitzbilliescambridge #fitzbillies #cambridge #cambridgeuniversity #foodie #chelseabuns #wow #fellows #graduate #student #studentlife #photooftheday #picoftheday #localfood #localfoodhero #eathere #coffee #caffeinekick #institution #simplethings

What’s Eat Real Certified? Check out this Repost @nourishknox
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Dining out is challenging if you care about eating healthy, locally, and consciously. Restaurants can claim they source locally or cook from scratch without any real oversight. Is that tomato soup really just Campbells? 🤷‍♀️ Organizations like Eat REAL Tennessee and our #localfoodhero Nikkole Turner want to change that.

Nikkole grew up on farm, 40 minutes from the nearest fast food joint. She gardened, cared for animals, and was involved in FFA. She eventually moved to the big city and worked a desk job. She knew it wasn’t working out when her employer asked her to solicit a fast food sponsor. She couldn’t compromise her values, and fortunately for us, was hired by Eat REAL Tennessee.
Eat REAL Tennessee certifies foodservice businesses on their commitment to healthful, sustainable menu options. Registered Dietitians survey restaurants on a point-based system using the following categories
✅RESPONSIBLE: menu boasts whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
✅EPICUREAN: kitchen cooks from scratch with single ingredients
✅AGRICULTURE: produce and animal products are sourced with location and sustainability in mind
✅LEADERSHIP: healthy children’s menu options and environmental sustainability.

Eat Real Tennessee exists in partnership with the State of Tennessee Department of Health. They certify restaurants, state parks, colleges, and even the Knox County Mobile Meals. Nikkole hopes more schools, hospitals, and universities become certified. If you’re interested in learning more about Eat Real restaurants or becoming certified, visit https://eatreal.org/tennessee/

Dining out is challenging if you care about eating healthy, locally, and consciously. Restaurants can claim they source locally or cook from scratch without any real oversight. Is that tomato soup really just Campbells? 🤷‍♀️ Organizations like Eat REAL Tennessee and our #localfoodhero Nikkole Turner want to change that.

Nikkole grew up on farm, 40 minutes from the nearest fast food joint. She gardened, cared for animals, and was involved in FFA. She eventually moved to the big city and worked a desk job. She knew it wasn’t working out when her employer asked her to solicit a fast food sponsor. She couldn’t compromise her values, and fortunately for us, was hired by Eat REAL Tennessee.
Eat REAL Tennessee certifies foodservice businesses on their commitment to healthful, sustainable menu options. Registered Dietitians survey restaurants on a point-based system using the following categories
✅RESPONSIBLE: menu boasts whole grains, fruits, and vegetables
✅EPICUREAN: kitchen cooks from scratch with single ingredients
✅AGRICULTURE: produce and animal products are sourced with location and sustainability in mind
✅LEADERSHIP: healthy children’s menu options and environmental sustainability.

Eat Real Tennessee exists in partnership with the State of Tennessee Department of Health. They certify restaurants, state parks, colleges, and even the Knox County Mobile Meals. Nikkole hopes more schools, hospitals, and universities become certified. If you’re interested in learning more about Eat Real restaurants or becoming certified, visit https://eatreal.org/tennessee/

Today we’d like to honor one of Knoxville’s newest City Council Members, Stephanie Welch, as our #localfoodhero. Stephanie’s done so many great things for our community, but you may not be aware of the impact she’s had on the local food community.

Stephanie’s a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Major and Executive Officer in the Army Reserve. Stephanie has served as the President of the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council, helped provide programming at Beardsley Farm when it opened in 1998, facilitated community meetings to increase access to community garden support, and helped direct the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Grant that geared up support for our city’s urban ag and hen ordinances. As President of the Great Schools Partnership, she’s established gardens on school properties and worked with the Knox County Health Department and Nourish Knoxville to have field trips for students to farmers’ markets.

Stephanie wants people in vulnerable and underserved communities to have access to local food. As a City Council Member she'll work with the Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council on priority food issues. We’re thankful Stephanie has helped us become a better city over the past two decades, and we look forward to seeing what she does in the decades to come!

And the thanks goes back to all the individuals who work daily to bring local food to this region. It takes a village and we have a beautiful one at that!

#Repost @nourishknox (@get_repost)
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#localfoodhero Ashley Cavender is our youngest hero to date, but her resume and impact on the local food community is no joke. Ashley began her journey as the student Market Manager for the ETSU farmers’ market. After graduation, she landed a position at the Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, where she worked her way up from kitchen coordinator to Marketing Coordinator of Jonesborough Locally Grown.

For your next day trip, go to Jonesborough… seriously. The Jonesborough Farmers Market and Boone Street Market are 100% producer-only venues that have everything from baked goods, to local milk and ice cream, veggies, meat, and delicious prepared foods. It’s adorable. And if you get lucky, maybe you’ll end up scoring tickets to Ashley’s favorite event, the 100 Mile Dinner, where a guest chef prepares a local meal prepared from locally-sourced ingredients.
But, alas Ashley recently accepted a new position at the Town of Unicoi where she hopes to start a farmers’ market for the town, incorporate local cuisine in various farm to table events in the awesome historical landmarks in Unicoi, and work with the Mountain Harvest Kitchen incubator to promote the creation of local value-added goods. Guess we’ll need to schedule our 2019 summer road trip to see what she’s been up. Way to go Ashley, keep on make East TN even better! #localfoodhero #nourishchange #nourishknoxville

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#localfoodhero Ashley Cavender is our youngest hero to date, but her resume and impact on the local food community is no joke. Ashley began her journey as the student Market Manager for the ETSU farmers’ market. After graduation, she landed a position at the Boone Street Market in Jonesborough, where she worked her way up from kitchen coordinator to Marketing Coordinator of Jonesborough Locally Grown.

For your next day trip, go to Jonesborough… seriously. The Jonesborough Farmers Market and Boone Street Market are 100% producer-only venues that have everything from baked goods, to local milk and ice cream, veggies, meat, and delicious prepared foods. It’s adorable. And if you get lucky, maybe you’ll end up scoring tickets to Ashley’s favorite event, the 100 Mile Dinner, where a guest chef prepares a local meal prepared from locally-sourced ingredients.
But, alas Ashley recently accepted a new position at the Town of Unicoi where she hopes to start a farmers’ market for the town, incorporate local cuisine in various farm to table events in the awesome historical landmarks in Unicoi, and work with the Mountain Harvest Kitchen incubator to promote the creation of local value-added goods. Guess we’ll need to schedule our 2019 summer road trip to see what she’s been up. Way to go Ashley, keep on make East TN even better! #localfoodhero #nourishchange #nourishknoxville

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

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There’s still time to nominate your #localfoodhero Deadline for nominations is midnight on 8/10! Nominate through the link in the profile! #whoisyourhero #locafood #moversandshakers

There’s still time to nominate your #localfoodhero Deadline for nominations is midnight on 8/10! Nominate through the link in the profile! #whoisyourhero #locafood #moversandshakers

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