Sunday, August 5th, the Chattanooga Market will be hosting Gaining Ground, a Benwood Foundation project, whose members will educate market-goers about their Harvested Here local food certification program. The program is a part of a growing movement of local growers, sellers and others who are committed to increasing the production and consumption of local food in the Chattanooga region. When people shop at Chattanooga Market and other local farmers’ markets, the Harvested Here label signifies that the food being sold there was grown or raised within 100 miles of Chattanooga. ”Through opportunities like Celebrate Local Food Day at the Chatt Market, we can recognize that not only is local food better for our health, it’s also better for our local economy and environment. And through the chef demonstrations this Sunday, you’ll get to experience that it tastes better too!”, says Harvested Here spokesperson Ruth Kerr. ”Just as important, local food is better for the small farms and family farmers who live, grow and raise meats, eggs, and fresh produce - right here at home.”
The Center for Nonprofits and the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Greater Chattanooga are hosting the third annual Engage event on Sunday, November 13 at the Chattanooga Market from 11 am to 4 pm. Engage provides an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to showcase their programs and people in the community to find a place to invest their talents through volunteer service. There will be at least 20 different volunteer corporations and organizations at the Chattanooga Market with information on their programs and how you can get involved. Call the Volunteer Center at 423-752-0316 for more information about volunteer opportunities in your community.
Some of the Participating Organizations include:
Chattanooga Food Bank
Hospice of Chattanooga
Catholic Charities – Interfaith Senior Services
Harrison Bay State Park
TN River Gorge Trust
Public Education Foundation
RE:Start : The Center for Adult Education
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
United Way’s Volunteer Center
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga
Mary Ellen Locher Foundation
Pet Placement Center
Siskin Children’s Institute
People for Care and Learning
Men’s Ministry Network
It is big band day at the Chattanooga Market and you are encouraged to bring your dancing shoes and cavort to the music of Sweet Georgia Sound. You can also take a moment to stop by the expo honoring our Veterans.
The annual Cast Iron Cookoff at the Chattanooga Market is Sunday, September 25. Local chefs will compete in the cook off with celebrity chef Alton Brown performing as Master of Ceremony. The contestants are given the main ingredient and have to shop at the Chattanooga Market for everything they will need to complete the meal. The Tennessee Aquarium’s Serve and Protect program is the focus for this event spreading awareness of sustainable seafood options.
Hot wings and good times are in store for the 7th annual Kick’n Chick’n hot wings competition at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday September 18, 2011. At Kick’n Chick’n you are the judge. Purchase tickets to sample hot wings from 10 different competitors and vote for your favorite. The Chattanooga Market is open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion. There are only 800 tickets available for Kick’n Chick’n and in the past they have sold out quickly so plan to be there early.
The cook-off has been a popular fund-raiser for Chattanooga Endeavors (CEI), a nonprofit that helps recently incarcerated people find employment and rebuild their lives after prison. Since 2002 CEI has helped 2,085 people work toward a successful life outside of prison.
The Chattanooga Market will be celebrating the Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 11, 2011. The focus is on fresh local produce with the apple harvest and early fall vegetables coming to the market. This season begins the 10 anniversary of the Chattanooga Market. Admission is free on Sunday 11 – 4 at the First Tennessee Pavilion.
Chattanooga Green is hosting a festival at the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, June 12th. The festival will feature organizations and vendors from the region that focus on green technology and sustainability. There will be a scavenger hunt with a chance for prizes. Chattanooga Green is promoting recycling with a Bring One Take One event at the festival. Bring in unwanted household items and swap them in the ultimate cash-free swap. The Chattanooga Green Festival will be from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the First Tennessee Pavilion. You can find more information about Chattanooga Green and keep up with what is going on through their facebook page.
The New River Market opens on March 19th, 2011 and will host 40+ vendors, mostly arts, crafts and horticulture and available agriculture, writes the Chattanooga Market. Early birds can enjoy local farm fare from 9 to 11 am and a free yoga clinic at 10am on the Plaza led by Chattanooga Yoga Collective. Live music will be presented by Chattanooga’s own, New Binkley Brothers and the afternoon can be spent perusing local arts and crafts.
Here’s what Frommer’s says about the Chattanooga Market:
Since opening in 2001, Chattanooga‘s seasonal Sunday market has been one of the region’s best places to find hand-blown glass necklaces, homemade salsas, organic fruits and vegetables, and artwork sculpted from recycled materials. To ensure home-grown authenticity, the market requires all 350 active vendors to be both the sole producers and retailers of their goods.
Some of the market’s best features are their weekly themes, which have included an Oktoberfest celebration and a Father’s Day Brew & Bluegrass. The season finale (held each December) is always an art-centric holiday market.
Where: Chattanooga When: Sundays (May-December); Organizers also host a Chattanooga River Market on Saturdays.
A canine event to fight cancer will be held Sunday at the Chattanooga Market. The American Cancer Society’s second annual Bark for Life is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For nearly a century, the American Cancer Society has fought for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. Though its efforts, the American Cancer Society reportedly has contributed to a 15 percent decrease in the overall cancer death rate between the early 1990s and 2005. That means about 650 fewer cancer deaths and a potential for more birthday celebrations.
Overall, 11 million cancer survivors in America will celebrate a birthday this year. Helping that happen was last year’s Bark for Life participants.
Dog ownership is not required to attend the event.
An opening ceremony is set for 12:15 with activities and contests beginning at 1:30.
With events like Bark for Life, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by: Helping you stay well by taking steps to prevent cancer or detect it early; Helping you get well by being in your corner around the clock and guide you through every step of the cancer experience; Finding cures by funding and conducting groundbreaking research into cancer’s causes, cures and treatments; and fighting back by working with lawmakers everywhere to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities around the globe to join the fight. For more information about the American Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer. org. For more information on Bark for Life visit events. cancer. org /Chattanoogabark or call Lauren Davenport at 423- 855-2778
The following is taken from the MSFM weekly mail-out about this 2nd annual local food celebration:
New Food Economy Week:
June 23-30, 2010
As we reach the height of the growing season with the Summer Solstice, we would like to acknowledge this exciting time of year with a week of events celebrating local food, local farms & food artisans, and Chattanooga’s community spirit…
Join us this week as we celebrate all of the reasons why Chattanooga’s Local Food Economy is truly special!
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday June 23: Solstice Celebration and Summer Season Kickoff at Main Street Farmers Market, 4:00-6:00pm
Thursday June 24: Local Foods Potluck at Crabtree Farms – Bring a dish and your favorite recipe featuring local ingredients, 5:00pm
Saturday June 26: Area Restaurants Feature Local Specials – Support your Local Food Economy by dining out at 212 Market, St John’s Restaurant, St John’s Meeting Place or Niko’s on the Southside
Sunday June 27: Support Local Farms and Artisans at the Chattanooga Market, 11:00am-4:00pm
Tuesday June 29: Bread, Brats & Beer on Bikes! Enjoy freshly baked bread from Niedlov’s Breadworks and sausages from Link 41 with a bike tour that begins at Link 41 (217 East Main Street) and stops along the way at local breweries, 6:00pm
Wednesday June 30: Local Blueberries are Ripe and Ready! Celebrate this summer favorite at Main Street Farmers Market’s Blueberry Fest 2010, 4:00-6:00pm
Arnold believes that educating local consumers about ways to prepare locally grown meats and in-season produce is a great way to help increase the viability of local farmers and markets and one way to do this, she says is through sharing recipes and preservation techniques with the community.
The new MSFM website, funded in part by the Gaining Ground grant provided by the Benwood Foundation will feature favorite ways to prepare local produce and meats.
The New Food Economy Week’s Potluck on Thursday, June 24th at Crabtree Farms asks attendees to bring their favorite recipes which will become a part of the recipe collection to be featured on the new MSFM cooking page.
Here’s an article from the International Fresh and Frugal Challenge blog entitled, “Sustainable Chattanooga,” touting the Gaining Ground initiative.
“Local food reduces costs in transporting, packaging, processing, artificial flavors, chemical preservatives and advertising,” explains Susan Baker, marketing director for Greenlife Grocery in Chattanooga. “It also strengthens local economies by protecting small farms and local jobs.”
It’s all about strawberries at Chattanooga Market this week. They come in fresh-picked from early morning, juicy and red all the way through – not white in the middle like those bred just for shipment. We’ll have chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry salsa, strawberry relish, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake….it’s endless strawberries this Sunday, May 16th at the First Tennessee Pavilion.
Chattanooga Market Manager, Paul Smith takes a pound or two of strawberries home each week and saves some for later by washing, drying them and then inserting them in plastic bags in the freezer.
The Chattanooga Market now accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(S.N.A.P.) Benefits
Smith asserts that 1 in 4 children in the U.S. and 1 and 8 American families receive supplemental food assistance.
Jennifer Daniels headlines Chattanooga Market for Thursday Plaza Party
“Imagine a singer/songwriter whose songs are as lyrically rich, personal and poetic as Joni Mitchell’s, while at the same time as ridiculously catchy as Cat Stevens. Now imagine the songs sung by a woman whose voice is sorta like Sarah McLachlan’s, only it’s both more powerful and more playful.”
Every Thursday between May and September the Chattanooga Market hosts Plaza Party from 4-7PM
. And like the Sunday Market, this one includes local food and agriculture as well as local arts and crafts and live music. Smith says that what drives people to the market is the food but that the arts and crafts end up making 2 times the sales of food and agriculture.
Hannah Miller was born and raised in the deep South by two very deep Southerners, who taught her from an early age the meaning of love, the value of simplicity and the advantage of growing up without a television.