Hi Wille Mae,
I like your review of Farmers' Daughter in the Dining section of this newspaper. I've eaten there a bit and enjoy the food as well. It is truly one of the few local places I know to get really good food and really good coffee in one sitting.
I would like to further your enlightenment of the area food and farms with a hearty invitation to meet at the Wednesday Main Street Farmers' Market. It happens from 4 to 5 in this season about a half block east of the Main Street Fire Hall. You will see on the north side of the street a flurry of pop up tents with all kinds of fall and winter crops and meats and other tasty stuff for sale. All three farms you mention in your review are there. I will leave it up to them to invite you to see their places. For your information two of the farms you have not heard of have a combined history of about 35 years. They all have websites. I know a fair number of folks there, some like the Keeners and Wrights and Arnolds at Sequatchie Cove Farm I am privileged to call my friends. So the ingredients Anne and the crew at Farmers' Daughter use are mostly easily gotten here. As market regulars, my wife and I most times reach in the Fridge or cupboard to get local fare.
A curious aside, this market is well advertised but gets not near the traffic it could. I did a bit of buying at the same sort of market this summer in a little town on the coast of Nova Scotia. The sellers were flooded with buyers with probably two to three times the traffic I see here. So I can tell word needs to keep getting out, we can eat local food, not break the wallet, and not have to pay transportation cost of shipping stuff a quarter to half turn across the planet. And when we grocery shop we don't feel like we walked across town to a yoga class... like we do going to a regular market place.
From Lookout Valley, Tennessee