Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Local Food Report

One of our goals for this blog is to report on the availability of local produce and other foods. We will use the same definition of "Local" as does Three Rivers Market, that is, from the East Tennessee region within 100 miles of Knoxville. This week's offerings come from Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson and Loudon counties.

  • arugula, organic
  • bok choy, naturally farmed
  • kale, organic
  • kohlrabi
  • lettuce, naturally farmed, including Merlot, Romaine, butterhead and looseleaf types
  • mustard
  • peppers, including anaheim, jalapeno, hungarian wax, and sweet bell types
  • Swiss chard, organic
  • turnips, organic

"Certified naturally farmed" is a designation for food raised without harmful chemicals and pesticides, and is less costly to the farmer than "certified organic" status. Only food that has been officially certified may be labeled as "organic."

Plenty of ham, bacon and cheese is also available from local and regional (within 500 miles) producers. Since foods like these are less perishable, we will focus more on the availability of fresh produce, especially during the winter months.

Both ginger and fresh turmeric are also available, coming from Mobile, Alabama.

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