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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

Happy National Farmers Market week to @victoria_raschke, a true farmers market champ! #Repost @nourishknox ・・・
@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

@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

I haven’t had much of an appetite since my chemo injection this week so I don’t feel guilty about eating this delicious toffee traybake from @irelands_deli_bistro - I almost forgot to take a photo but I’m getting a reputation for munching tasty food with wanton abandonment, so this semi eaten dessert photo is dedicated to @bjarne_erik__milan 😂 I had a lovely coffee catch up with @sn__1980 today, who I consider to be the most zen and calming person out of all my friends who I’m lucky enough to know. I feel bad for having remembered to get this cake out to share earlier then got too caught up with our chatting to give her half oops! (next time I promise!) The book in the background is one of my current reads and after having finished The Tao of Pooh part, I’ve just started reading The Te of Piglet. I’ve become a lot more philosophical over the past year so this has been an interesting book. If anyone has any recommendations for similar ones I’d love to know 😊 I wonder if I could relate Rincewind, Greebo and Caeca to any philosophies or spiritual beliefs.... hmm I might have to ponder that one as I get my hygge on this evening but I suspect they’ll involve anarchy and chaos! #cancersucks #kickingcancersbutt #breastcancersurvivor #localfoodhero #mmmcake #bookworm #bookstagram #taoofpooh #winniethepooh #teofpiglet #zenfriends #gratitude #hygge #hyggelife #gettingmyhyggeon #catphilosophy

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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

We 💕 @adopopizza! @brainsturtz was one of the first chefs to reach out to us and use our pepper blend in his restaurant. He is a huge proponent for supporting local farmers and local producers. If you are ever in #Knoxville, make sure to visit A Dopo pizza. You will thank us. 😀
Repost from @nourishknox - 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 #Oldevirdens

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

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world" -Margaret Mead

Our #localfoodhero this week, @threeriversmarket Board of Directors, has roots dating back to the late 1970s when a small group of individuals who wanted to offer an array of the then scarce local, natural, and organic foods, started a food cooperative in Knox County.

Fast forward to 2018, and that small group of individuals is now the BOD for TRM, which is now a cooperatively-owned grocery store that benefits its members by creating and nourishing a healthier environment, healthier people, and a healthier community.

TRM sets itself apart from a traditional grocery store in an infinite number of ways. To paint a quick picture.. ✔️ Transparency and integrity with their product standard labeling- local, organic, pastured and many more. ✔️ Sourcing from numerous local producers and artisans. ✔️ Giving back to the community through their Nourishing Change Program
✔️ Bike parking and electronic vehicle charging

The BOD works with the GM, Jackie Arthur, the Management Team, and staff to create a diverse workplace with a livable wage, upward mobility, and progressive benefits, to reinvest in the community with a variety of programs, to promote green initiatives with the use of solar energy and efforts to reduce waste, and to create a community space where everyone is welcome.

So thanks Three Rivers Market for setting yourself apart! You all are truly #localfoodheros. Dave Penegar, Amy Brooks, Chris Bottoms, Nina Gregg, Gabrielle Boudreau, Graciela Cabana, Crista Marie, & Rebecca Blalock #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #knoxrocks #easttennessee #localfood

Which other local butcher could you phone at 6.00 pm(way after closing time) to ask for some beef fat you’d forgotten to get for your #AberdeenAngus joints? Half an hour later it was hanging on the shop’s back door for collection. #localservice #localshop #griffithsbutchersleintwardine #localfoodhero #leintwardine #countryshop #butcher #slaughterhouse #localbusiness #BritishBeef #goodcustomer #localfood #catering #party #doctormyhill #drmyhill #pk #pkdiet

Pastor Chirs Battle of Tabernacle Baptist Church is a #localfoodhero. He takes his role beyond the pulpit and into the heart of the East Knoxville community, focusing on activism and empowerment.
After learning his church and community were located in a food desert, he decided to do something about it (rather than just waiting for someone to fix the problem).
In March of this year he worked with @nourishknox , 5 Points Up, and the National Women In Agriculture Association to launch the Eastside Sunday Market to bring in fresh fruits and vegetables for the community.
He also created the Tabernacle Baptist Community Garden which hosts 16 plots for neighbors to grow their own fruits and vegetables. He included a Gleaning Fence that allows individuals to pick produce for free to take home. He plans to focus on increasing community and urban gardens in the coming years, to make the Eastside self reliant and resilient.
But most importantly, Pastor Battle strives to help bring people out of poverty by taking control of their lives. We can all be the change we wish to see in the world, and Pastor Battle works diligently to make sure they have the tools to #nourishchange in his community.
#localfoodhero #nourishknoxville #eastsidesundaymarket#eastsidestrong #localfood #inspiration #knoxrocks

We are extremely proud of Judith and our program. We appreciate her dedication and passion for helping seniors. Judith, you are our hero!
If you'd like to volunteer to deliver Mobile Meals, be a Connecting Heart, or make a donation, please call 865-524-2786, email shelly.woodrick@knoxseniors.org or visit www.knoxseniors.org. #KnoxSeniors #Repost @nourishknox with @get_repost
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Judith Pelot has been at Knox County Mobile Meals/CAC Senior Nutrition for 21 years. She oversees meal preparations and deliveries for 900 seniors every week with the help of 100 volunteers. 🙌🏻 But to Judith, it isn't just about the quantity of meals served, it's about quality too. In her time at Mobile Meals, she's overseen the opening of the Barbara H Monty Mobile Meals Community Kitchen where they prepare healthy meals on site for seniors and other community groups. Seniors are able to choose from healthy meat, fish, and vegetarian options, and they have more than 30 meal options each month.
Some seniors have lost all friends and family, but Mobile Meals gives these seniors extra friend support and supplemental food once a week through their volunteer-driven Connecting Hearts Program.❤️❤️ Judith also believes in supporting the local food economy. The Kitchen is right next to Beardsley Farm, so they literally wheelbarrow fresh produce over to be used in the senior meals. Judith's innovative thinking has made them the first Meals on Wheels in the nation to be Eat REAL Certified (that's a really big deal!)💯 So, thank you Judith for ensuring seniors have nourished souls and bodies. You are a true #localfoodhero.

Interested in volunteering? Call 865-524-2786 #localfoodhero #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #easttennessee #knoxrocks #inspiration #mealsonwheels #eatreal #eatrealtennessee

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Popped over to see our mates Will & Aimee as we forgot to order our carrots 🥕 for Sunday lunch....great excuse for a trip out with Uffa in between service only to be greeted by this, somehow things taste better when you know the lengths people go to, to put something fantastic on our plate. I always remember reading when I started out cooking - Michel Roux Snr banging on about the only reason we should peel carrots is to get the chemicals off them these days - therefore no need to peel ours which go SO well on our Sunday lunch. For any vegans or veggies out there what would be your favourite roast to eat out on a Sunday? Something I want to perfect this year - we’ve got the pork and beef sussed but we need a contender to rival them - answers on a hash tag or comment below.

@livinglarder #organic #organiccarrots #islandproduce #localfoodhero #carrottop #carrotmuncher #localgrowers #vegbox #freshisbest #michelrouxsnr @thelittlegloster #vegan #veganrecipes

Popped over to see our mates Will & Aimee as we forgot to order our carrots 🥕 for Sunday lunch....great excuse for a trip out with Uffa in between service only to be greeted by this, somehow things taste better when you know the lengths people go to, to put something fantastic on our plate. I always remember reading when I started out cooking - Michel Roux Snr banging on about the only reason we should peel carrots is to get the chemicals off them these days - therefore no need to peel ours which go SO well on our Sunday lunch. For any vegans or veggies out there what would be your favourite roast to eat out on a Sunday? Something I want to perfect this year - we’ve got the pork and beef sussed but we need a contender to rival them - answers on a hash tag or comment below.

@livinglarder #organic #organiccarrots #islandproduce #localfoodhero #carrottop #carrotmuncher #localgrowers #vegbox #freshisbest #michelrouxsnr @thelittlegloster #vegan #veganrecipes

Judith Pelot has been at Knox County Mobile Meals/CAC Senior Nutrition for 21 years. She oversees meal preparations and deliveries for 900 seniors every week with the help of 100 volunteers. 🙌🏻 But to Judith, it isn't just about the quantity of meals served, it's about quality too. In her time at Mobile Meals, she's overseen the opening of the Barbara H Monty Mobile Meals Community Kitchen where they prepare healthy meals on site for seniors and other community groups. Seniors are able to choose from healthy meat, fish, and vegetarian options, and they have more than 30 meal options each month.
Some seniors have lost all friends and family, but Mobile Meals gives these seniors extra friend support and supplemental food once a week through their volunteer-driven Connecting Hearts Program.❤️❤️ Judith also believes in supporting the local food economy. The Kitchen is right next to Beardsley Farm, so they literally wheelbarrow fresh produce over to be used in the senior meals. Judith's innovative thinking has made them the first Meals on Wheels in the nation to be Eat REAL Certified (that's a really big deal!)💯 So, thank you Judith for ensuring seniors have nourished souls and bodies. You are a true #localfoodhero.

Interested in volunteering? Call 865-524-2786 #localfoodhero #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #easttennessee #knoxrocks #inspiration #mealsonwheels #eatreal #eatrealtennessee

Sometimes the fabulous contents of our veg box from @raysveg don’t even make it to the kitchen! 🥕We’re always so excited to see what we have and are never disappointed #organicveg #localfood #localfoodhero

Dinner tonight is my 100% Ontario sourced homemade pizza. Take a sec and snap a pic to show us how are you celebrating the Ontario growing season!
#localfoodhero #showusyourdinner #makemedrool #nicholicious #nicholynfarms

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Chris Burger may fall under the occupation of farmer, but the impact he's had on our community is much greater. He and his wife Shona started Century Harvest Farms in Greenback 10 years ago focusing on sustainable food production, eventually adding grassfed beef, house-made cured meats, and the most amazing ketchup and other specialty products.

Chris eventually saw a problem with the local food system, that people in East TN still face hunger and that they lack access to healthy, local food. So, he launched the Century Harvest Farms Foundation to address the issue.
The farm now trains individuals through their From the Ground Up program, provides education such as cooking courses through their Growing Minds classes, and they utilize volunteers to pick produce to donate to Second Harvest through their Helping Hands events.

Chris, we're so thankful you stayed in your hometown in East Tennessee to grow and strengthen our community. Thank you for not only farming, but for tackling the issues of food insecurity and poverty. You are truly a #localfoodhero. #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #inspiration #localfood #easttennessee

Chris Burger may fall under the occupation of farmer, but the impact he's had on our community is much greater. He and his wife Shona started Century Harvest Farms in Greenback 10 years ago focusing on sustainable food production, eventually adding grassfed beef, house-made cured meats, and the most amazing ketchup and other specialty products.

Chris eventually saw a problem with the local food system, that people in East TN still face hunger and that they lack access to healthy, local food. So, he launched the Century Harvest Farms Foundation to address the issue.
The farm now trains individuals through their From the Ground Up program, provides education such as cooking courses through their Growing Minds classes, and they utilize volunteers to pick produce to donate to Second Harvest through their Helping Hands events.

Chris, we're so thankful you stayed in your hometown in East Tennessee to grow and strengthen our community. Thank you for not only farming, but for tackling the issues of food insecurity and poverty. You are truly a #localfoodhero. #nourishknoxville #nourishchange #inspiration #localfood #easttennessee

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