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eNgAgE 2011

November 9, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

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:

Signal Centers
Chattanooga Food Bank
Samaritan Center
Hospice of Chattanooga
Salvation Army
Catholic Charities – Interfaith Senior Services
Harrison Bay State Park
Chattanooga Zoo
TN River Gorge Trust
Public Education Foundation
RE:Start : The Center for Adult Education
Girl Scouts
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
United Way’s Volunteer Center
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga
Chattanooga Cares
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.

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Cast Iron Cookoff 2011

September 22, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

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.

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Kick’n Chick’n at the Chattanooga Market

September 15, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

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.

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Chattanooga Market September 11, 2011

September 8, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

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.

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Chattanooga Green Festival

June 6, 2011

Reporting:  Rabbit Zielke

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.


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Chattanooga Market opens its 10th year with a new River Market on Saturdays

March 14, 2011

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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.

Frommer’s Travel Guide voted the Chattanooga Market as one of America’s Top Ten Public Markets!

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.

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2nd Annual New Food Economy Week Celebrates Local Food

June 21, 2010

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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Chattanooga Market hosts Strawberry Festival

May 11, 2010

It’s all about the strawberries this week for the Chattanooga Market!

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.

On November 28, 2009 the New York Times declares, Food Stamp Use Soars, and Stigma Fades

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.”
-Creative Loafing

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.

On Stage 5/16- Hannah Miller

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.

Also on stage on Sunday, Emily Lynch

At twenty-three years old, Emily Lynch sings with the experience, humility, and sweet vintage voice of an artist twice or three times her years.-Chattanoga Market.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Here’s more on the story with Paul Smith: