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Welcome to the new Local Table Annual Resource Guide!

T he new annual covers all you need to know about the world of local food and farms in Middle Tennessee: the farmers, farmers’ markets, grocers, craft breweries and distilleries, farm-to-table restaurants, artisan food producers, events and area resources. Local Table gives you all the information you need to discover and take advantage of our diverse and growing local food community.

Some of your quarterly favorites, such as Healthy Table and Farmer Jason, can now be found exclusively at www.localtable.net . Our stories of local heroes and our profiles of local farmers and food entrepreneurs also will continue to be updated on the web and in our newsletter. So, don’t miss a thing! Make localtable.net part of your regular news and if you haven’t signed up for our newsletter, make sure to do it now. You’ll also be able to keep up to date with local food events, festivals, workshops and more. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, too!

Also, look for Local Table to be participating in more community events and happenings. On July 1, we’ll be part of the Nashville Farmers’ Market Community Farm Day: We’ll be manning the July Pie Booth! In October, we’ll be at Columbia’s Muletown MusicFest event holding down the Market on the Square. Plans are also in the works for some special Local Table-sponsored events! Middle Tennessee is in the middle of a population boom—more than 100 people a day are moving to our area—and to keep our home livable and sustainable we must support local. We need a strongly supported local food community to keep our community healthy. Please think local when you’re grocery shopping, eating out, purchasing gifts, going on a day trip, planting your garden and more.

Local Table is excited to give you your own personal guide to our local food community. I hope you’re able to use it well and often.

See you at the Market!

Lisa Shively
Publisher/Editor

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Thank you to Local Table’s amazing cast of contributors to this issue: Eric Dorman, Margaret Littman, Martin Cherry, Tina Wright, Matt Brown, Leslie Lassiter and Roben Mounger. And, a very appreciative shout-out to the beautiful design work of Lucy Kane.

About the Cover Artist: Amanda Brannon

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Cover illustrator Amanda Brannon grew up in rural north Alabama, on a mountaintop 40-acre homestead. When she wasn’t working at her art table, she spent much of her time in nature. A graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Amanda spent the first part of her career working in the corporate world of advertising and design in Atlanta, and then in Alaska. By 2008, after surviving breast cancer, she realized that life is too short to not be doing what she really loves to do, which is expressing her creativity in a personal way. So she began focusing her efforts on creating and sharing her artwork through galleries and national product lines. She hopes viewers will enjoy her art with a renewed sense of curiosity and joy. She’s also the author of one of Alaska’s bestselling cookbooks, Every Which Way with Rhubarb, a 168-page rhubarb cookbook.

After living in Alaska for more than 20 years, she and her husband moved back to the South to return to their roots and be closer to family. “We love the natural beauty of Tennessee,” says Amanda. “The birds inspire me here. There are a greater variety of birds, both migratory and non-migratory, than in Alaska. And I love that I get to admire the sandhill cranes year-round. While I miss some of the birds I saw regularly in Alaska, such as the Steller’s jays and the Pacific Northwest ravens, I’m really enjoying getting to know the Tennessee birds and the ebb and flow of their activity—the indigo buntings, warblers, finches, woodpeckers, wild turkeys and even the non-native European starlings. In fact, I am rehabilitating a baby starling now!

“I didn’t realize I was a ‘bird artist’ until this one time I was doing a show in Anchorage, Alaska. A Native Alaskan elder woman walked into my booth and took a look around. She said wryly, in her monotone accent, ‘You must like birds.’ ‘You know, you’re right. I do like birds!’ We both had a good laugh. Birds were everywhere in my artwork and I hadn’t really considered it. That was a defining moment for me as an artist.”

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