2nd Annual New Food Economy Week Celebrates Local Food

Main Street Farmer’s Market Manager, Padgett Arnold coordinates this year’s New Food Economy Week which highlights area restaurants, farms, vendors and businesses that provide and support local produce and meats.

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.

Health Scope Magazine explains why Living Green, Going Local is a “win-win” for Chattanooga:

“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.”

Crab Tree Farms

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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