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:
Main Street Farmers Market, 4 - 6 pm, 325 East Main Street
Starting Nov. 13, winter hours are Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m.
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.
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
The Chattanooga Market, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 1829 Carter Street
Closed from Nov 24– April 2014
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