Winter Squash And Other Fall Produce Making Its Way To Farmers Markets

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

In an effort to educate customers about cooking with seasonal, local food, farmer inspired recipe cards are available to collect at participating farmers markets in October. These recipes highlight winter squash, produce that’s in season now, and by visiting a farmers market, shoppers are able to learn a new way to cook with winter squash, as well as get to know their farmer.

Delicata, butternut and acorn squash are just a few varieties of winter squash available in Chattanooga. Loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and manganese, the versatility of this nutrient packed produce makes it a perfect ingredient for sweet and savory dishes now through the holidays. From Butternut Squash Pie to Spinach Stuffed Pumpkins, farmers are sharing some of their favorite recipes highlighting Chattanooga’s best flavors in the fall.

“When eating seasonally, one truly tastes all different flavors throughout the year that contribute to the healthfulness of a diverse diet,” said Gina Tant of Tant Hill Farm. “Eating local food allows customers to enjoy the nutritional profile of spring, summer, fall and winter, with a myriad of produce available, when it’s most nutritious.”

By eating seasonally, Chattanoogans are also supporting local farmers and farmers markets, in turn benefiting the local economy.

According to Joel Houser, director of Crabtree Farms, seasonal eating means food is fresher, without it traveling hundreds of miles to your plate. Less travel means more nutritious food – and this is only found with locally grown or raised foods.

By visiting a local farmers market, getting to know area farmers, and shopping for in-season, nutritious food, Chattanooga residents can enjoy fresh tastes while supporting the local food movement. While local food is still available in the winter months, please note most farmers markets’ abbreviated winter hours:

Wednesdays

Main Street Farmers Market, 4 - 6 pm, 325 East Main Street

Starting Nov. 13, winter hours are Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.

Thursdays

Signal Mountain Farmers Market, 4 - 6:30 p.m., 2816 Anderson Pike

Starting Nov. 7, winter hours are Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

Ooltewah Farmers Market, 3 – 6 p.m., 5829 Main Street

Starting Nov. 7, winter hours are Thursdays 3-5 p.m.

Saturdays

Brainerd Farmers Market, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., 20 Belvoir Road

Closed during Winter 2013. Reopening April 2014

St. Alban's Hixson Farmers Market, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 7514 Hixson Pike

Winter hours are 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. on Saturdays

Sundays

The Chattanooga Market, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1829 Carter Street

Closed from Nov 24– April 2014

Facebook.com/growchattanooga

Twitter: @GainGroundCHA

Instagram: @gainingground #CHAlocalfood

    

Invasive Zebra Mussels Found In Cherokee Lake

An invasive species has made its way into Cherokee Lake threatening to disrupt the lake’s ecosystem and clog the lake with harmful and unsightly mussel colonies. Last month, an angler fishing near the TWRA boat ramp at Olen Marshall Bridge in Bean Station discovered what he believed to be zebra mussels.  He contacted the TWRA office and biologists were able to positively ... (click for more)

Photo Contest Underway For 2015-16 Tennessee Wildlife Calendar Issue

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is now accepting entries for its 2014-15 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife Magazine’s annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to Tennessee, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee. Interested photographers must submit ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery At Highway 153 Long John Silver's

Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery that happened Friday morning. At approximately  8:10  a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5317 Highway 153 for a robbery at the Long John Silver's.  Officers discovered that two black men, wearing hoodies and masks, entered the Long John Silver's and forced the assistant manager ... (click for more)

Pair Charged With Beating Man With Stick, Taking His Wallet

Two men are charged with beating a man with a large stick while he slept on the steps of a downtown church, then taking his wallet. Jerry Quincy Allen, 45, and James Leo Boas, 40, both of 727 E. 11th St., are charged with aggravated robbery. In the incident on Wednesday, Bradley Casehart said he and a friend were asleep at Tompkin Chapel Church on Palmetto Street. He ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Manger Scene Stays!

When the Freedom From Religion Foundation struck the tiny town of Jay, Fla., earlier this month, the town mayor had a life-sized Nativity scene that had been displayed every Christmas for the past 40 years taken down and sold as “city surplus.” But in Alabama, things are different. When the foundation tried the same thing in Rainbow City, Ala., more people than all those who live ... (click for more)