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Better Living Through CSA...Here's the skinny
After eating a winter CSA (community supported agriculture) salad, which took all of 15 minutes to prepare, I feel sharper and lighter. And it’s not just my imagination. The ingredients—lettuce, kale, carrots, radishes, sweet peppers, scallions and broccoli—are all part of my bimonthly share of winter CSA. Each vegetable, buzzing with color, was planted and fussed over by godly folk. And they were harvested less than 50 miles away, not yet 24 hours beforehand. There is no way that I can overstate the means by which a CSA adds value to life. In my experience, it is the Holy Grail—the thing by which I muster special powers. Wash, chop, stir and invigorate. More

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What Does It Mean: Food Labels
Tennessee has a rich culinary history with far-reaching influence and ating healthy can be a complicated endeavor—too many labels, but still not enough information to help you make an educated choice. Local Table has compiled a list of some of the most commonly used national and local food labels and what they mean. If you’ve got further questions on a particular label, we’ve listed a website where you can find out more. The most commonly seen labels at your local farmers’ market include: Certified Organic, Certified Naturally Grown, Certified Humane and PickTN Products. The labeling of eggs has become extremely complex and somewhat controversial. Still confused? Buy from your local farmer! *Animal Welfare Approved (dairy, eggs, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, beef, bison, lamb, goat, pork and rabbit) This is the only USDA-approved third-party certification label that supports and promotes family farmers who raise their animals with the highest welfare standards, outdoors, on pasture or range. More

Artisan Foods →

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Artisan Foods Abound in Middle Tennessee
Tennessee has a rich culinary history with far-reaching influence and continues to grow as a hot destination for food lovers. But long before tourists flocked to the Nashville area to dine at award-winning restaurants, producers from all across the Middle Tennessee region were making foods that were popular both locally and around the world. Today, more and more entrepreneurs are joining the artisanal food scene and making our state all the tastier. More

Farmers' Market 411 →

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Top 10 Tips for Shopping at the Nashville Farmers’ Market
The Nashville Farmers’ Market, located in the center of the downtown urban core, has been feeding Nashville and the surrounding area since 1801. The market is home to more than 150 vendors throughout the year, and is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Here are the top 10 tips for shopping at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, no matter what the season may be. More

Diners Worth The Drive →

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Here are a few local favorites that you might not have heard of.
It’s always easy to go somewhere familiar with mass-produced menu items—these eateries are plastered across our televisions and computer screens. But if you take a chance and stroll along some of the more historic parts of town sometimes you can stumble upon some of the best food that you never knew was there—in local diners, cafes and mom-and-pop shops. Such places are the true heroes of the “dine-out” world and what makes the food so special is that it was made by local people who care enough about their communities to share good food that means something to them. Here are a few local favorites that you might not have heard of. More

The Isha Institute →

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Not far off Tennessee’s first state highway, outside McMinnville, there is a 1400-acre tract of land with waterfalls and bluff overlooks.
Its inhabitants constitute the Isha Institute of Inner Sciences. This center is one of a trio in service to the world, with the others located in England and India. Along the wooded road leading to the 10-year-old Isha USA campus is an unassuming sign directing you through what was formerly a pine plantation. A visitor’s guide, which can be picked up at the welcome center, states that this is “a powerful space for inner exploration and complete well-being.” And I feel it. After all, this is the place where Inner Engineering is taught. The brochure extends an invitation to “a comprehensive program as an overhaul of all aspects of the human mechanism, imparting practical wisdom and powerful yogic practices to manage body, mind, emotions and the fundamental life energies within.” More

Food Tours →

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Fantastic Food Tours: Exploring Nashville…One Bite at a Time
Culinary tourism, the pursuit of unique and memorable dining and drinking experiences in a given place, is one of the hottest trends in travel. And with Nashville stealing the spotlight as both one of this country’s top travel destinations and an “it” city for foodies, it should come as no surprise that some of the most delicious and informative food tours around are happening right here in Music City. Tourists and locals alike are flocking to sample the breadth of our city’s cuisine and learn more about its rich history; if you are looking to explore Nashville bite by bite, Local Table has done the legwork for you and rounded up three great tours to take now while tourist season is at low tide…and one to pencil in for the future. More

Healthy Table ❯

Eggs!
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Grab Your Basket...It’s Time for an Edible Egg Hunt!
When you think of an egg, the first animal that comes to mind might be a chicken. The chicken egg is eaten scrambled, fried, poached, boiled and raw! In the kitchen, the egg is used to bind ingredients, leaven souffles, thicken custards, emulsify dressings, clarify soups and as a garnish. This isn’t surprising considering the egg’s natural versatility and the fact that it is a nutrition powerhouse full of protein and a variety of vitamins and minerals. More

Ask Farmer Jason ❯

Questions & Answers for kids (and others!)
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Farmer Jason is the brainchild of rock music legend, Jason Ringenberg of Jason and the Scorchers. In 2002, he created Farmer Jason to educate and entertain children about farm life and the wonders of nature.

If you would like to ask him questions, email him at jr@farmerjason.com
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