Eating Local to Support Family Farms
Summer farm stands are the quintessential hallmark of the bounty of summer. Blue skies and lake play build up an appetite for treats such as fresh berry pie, tomato sandwiches, ice cold watermelon, and corn on the cob. While our lives have changed due to COVID 19, the pleasure of eating local and fresh has not. Farmer markets began opening in late April and will be in full swing by June 1. While there will be changes at your favorite market such as social distancing to keep you safe, go and support a local farmer
Where to go? All the counties in the 9 Lakes support a Farmers Market, so start by shopping nearest to your location. Market listings can also be found on the Pick TN Products site. As always, go early when the most variety is available. There are also several “pick your own” family farms in the region. Mountain Mist farms is one of those farms where the blueberries and blackberries taste even better when picked fresh. What a great way to share an experience with your family. Of course, some say corn is the king of summer produce, but, we think the Grainger County tomato deserves that nod. Across the county are family farm stands selling tomatoes and other produce roadside. When you are in Grainger County, be sure to stop by the Down Home Restaurant for a plate of their fried green tomatoes. Those are a true summer treat.
Farm to Table Dining: If it is too hot and you prefer not to cook, you can still eat locally grown food. There are many restaurants featuring local farm produce, meats, and wines. Again, Pick TN Products lists many of these locations. Check out few choices that are on a road less traveled- Pineapple Tree Room in the Cumberland Gap, Redbud Deli in Morristown, or the Lilly Pad Hopyard Brewery in Lancing. Each of these locations is a short drive from Knoxville and is adjacent to some great outdoor recreation. Play local, eat local.
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