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The Only Local Guide To Food And Farms In Middle Tennessee - Winter 2016
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Celebrating The People Who Bring Us Homegrown Food From Tennessee Farms
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Connection. Love. Family. Friends. Gatherings.
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Illustration by Duncan Ragsdale
The holidays are a special time of connection. Whether you see your loved ones on a regular basis or only at special events, holidays are a time to be thankful for the people in our lives who make us feel cherished and special. One of the most cherished times is the gathering around the table. Favorite family foods and dining traditions are hard bonds to break: Food and love go hand in hand. Food means more than just filling our bellies; it’s a connection to the others around the table and those who are no longer present. More
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The Treehouse Restaurant Stands Tall with Its Focus on Local, Seasonal Food
Tucked under a canopy of trees in the Five Points area of East Nashville is a restaurant that was converted from a house just a couple of years ago. Co-owners Matthew Spicher and Corey Ladd felt that the home—complete with a custom-built tree house out back—that had been in their family for 25 years was the perfect spot for a restaurant that specialized in “elevated” late-night dining, the type of place that could fill the void between the neighborhood’s upscale anchor restaurant, Margot, and the bars that keep the area buzzing into the wee hours. From the beginning, though, Spicher and Ladd knew they wanted the menu of the Treehouse to focus on local, seasonal produce, which they say is just “the right thing to do.” “It’s a way of life for us, to be socially responsible, and it makes good business sense, too,” Spicher says, “and there’s definite taste difference in food that’s fresh and local.” As the business evolved, it became clear that diners needed and wanted more good food options at earlier dinner hours. The restaurant has enjoyed a brisk business and critical acclaim from the beginning. More

Two Tearooms →

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Middle Tennessee gets world-renowned teas and local connections through a pair of tea shops.
In today’s fast-paced world, coffee may keep us going, but tea, an ancient beverage enjoyed around the globe, encourages us to pause and savor the moment. In Middle Tennessee, a pair of tea shops are helping people slow down and connect with each other through this timeless tradition. A trip to Burdett’s Tea Shop feels a bit like stepping into a different time. After all, it’s housed in a 1912 building on Main Street in Springfield, about 30 miles north of Nashville. You’ll also find a welcoming environment at High Garden in East Nashville, where owners Leah and Joel Larabell personally greet almost everyone who walks in. More

Produce and Passion →

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Of Produce and Passion Projects: three visions, one goal.
More and more often, people are getting in touch with their passions and discovering that healthy, wholesome, tasty food is right up their alley. They aren’t doing it to make a killing. They’re doing it to make themselves and their customers happy. Thankfully, that approach seems to be working out for a few Middle Tennessee businesses: Twin Forks Farm, Nut Butter Nation and Southern City Flavors. Twenty years ago, David Tannen dramatically changed the way he ate. He said goodbye to drive-throughs and processed food, became a vegetarian and resolved to start eating food in its whole form. In other words, he put down the Big Mac and picked up the carrot. For a lot of folks, that would be enough. They start eating healthier and they lose some weight, and that’s plenty. More

Future Farming →

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Farming In The Future With Ed Harrison
d Harrison—founder and owner of Smarter Gardens, based in Columbia, Tennessee—grew up in a farming environment. Dairy farming was a vibrant industry when he was a boy in the 1960s, and when Ed was 12, he’d move from farm to farm in his area helping milk cows, ship the products and take care of the grounds. Then, he hit a wall. “I worked in that industry long enough to be absolutely convinced I never wanted to be a farmer,” he says. He loved growing food, but he saw too many farms close and too many people lose their jobs, whether due to stricter regulations or just old-fashioned bad luck. And to him, farming didn’t seem all that sexy anyway. His father was in technology, and since Ed was interested in his father’s line of work, he had to choose. More
Special Feature

Treehouse Restaurant →

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The Treehouse Restaurant Stands Tall with Its Focus on Local, Seasonal Food
Tucked under a canopy of trees in the Five Points area of East Nashville is a restaurant that was converted from a house just a couple of years ago. Co-owners Matthew Spicher and Corey Ladd felt that the home—complete with a custom-built tree house out back—that had been in their family for 25 years was the perfect spot for a restaurant that specialized in “elevated” late-night dining, the type of place that could fill the void between the neighborhood’s upscale anchor restaurant, Margot, and the bars that keep the area buzzing into the wee hours. From the beginning, though, Spicher and Ladd knew they wanted the menu of the Treehouse to focus on local, seasonal produce, which they say is just “the right thing to do.” “It’s a way of life for us, to be socially responsible, and it makes good business sense, too,” Spicher says, “and there’s definite taste difference in food that’s fresh and local.” As the business evolved, it became clear that diners needed and wanted more good food options at earlier dinner hours. The restaurant has enjoyed a brisk business and critical acclaim from the beginning. More

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Farm To Table Restaurant Guide
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Our readers have requested we publish a farm-to-table restaurant guide. So, kicking off with the spring issue, we are excited to include the new Farm-to-Table Restaurant Guide highlighting the restaurants committed to using local and seasonal ingredients. Restaurants are invited to become a part of the guide by emailing menu@localtable.net. Please support these Middle Tennessee restaurants with your dollars. Restaurants and eateries sourcing local food have made a serious commitment to our local food shed. And, don't forget to mention Local Table when making reservations! More

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A Guide To Food And Farming
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We want to make it easier to find healthier, and tastier food for you and your family. We offer easy and varied choices. You can choose catagories like farmers markets, wineries, retailers, or products, or select counties, or search the whole database. You can even combine a leisure day trip in our beautiful countryside with a gourmet destination. We hope you can use the guide, along with the magazine, as a resource to the agricultural bounties of Middle Tennessee.

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We are looking for farmers growing crops, or anyone we may have missed. If you are not included in this guide and would like to make sure your farm, farmers market or retail operation is listed in the future, please get in touch. You can call Lisa at 1-615-677-6645 or lisa@localtable.net or use our online form.

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Cranberries, Cranberries!
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Standing in the Middle of a Cranberry Bog
Cranberry bogs and New Jersey just go together. I grew up in South Jersey with a cranberry bog in my back yard! These bogs of “red berries” provided a year-round food source and/or entertainment for my family. During the spring and summer we’d explore the bogs, and then we’d harvest the cranberries in the fall. Finally, the freezing temps of winter turned our “food bogs” into a giant, frozen ice hockey rink. Along with cranberries, blueberries are also a special part of New Jersey food culture. Hammonton, New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world. Come to New Jersey and you’ll find farm-fresh local blueberries used in several different dessert dishes from Danish pastries, pies and donuts to soft-serve blueberry ice cream. Cranberries and blueberries may be native to New Jersey, but they are also found right here in Tennessee. Middle Tennessee has “pick-your-own” blueberry farms. Additionally, you can readily find both cranberries and blueberries at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores across the state.

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We hope you can use this website, along with the magazine, as a resource to the agricultural bounties of Middle Tennessee. Please feel free to keep in touch with us to pass along news you feel may be of interest to others, recipes, or comments to make Local Table a better place to meet. Thanks for joining us at Local Table.

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