First Annual TasteBuds Farm Tour Set For Sept. 21-22

Monday, July 8, 2013

The TasteBuds Local Food Guide will come to life during the 1st Annual TasteBuds Farm Tour. A $20 car pass allows for a self-paced road trip during the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22 from 12-5 p.m.  The Farm Tour is a chance to meet the local farmers in the guide.

While at each farm, participants will experience a 30-minute to 1-hour guided tour by a host farmer, learn about where the food is grown, and see a few farm animals. Their farm stands will be open so participants may stock up on fresh, locally-grown products.

The car pass is good for both days of the farm tour, which lets guests visit as many of the participating farms as they want.  Participating farms include Cloudcrest Farm, CoLyCo Farm, Crabtree Farms, Eagles Rest Ranch, Erma’s Bees, Fresh Green Farm, Lamon Farm, Lavender ‘N’ Rust Herb Farm, Lookout Mountain Sustainable Homestead, Morris Vineyard & Winery, New Norm Farm, and Red Clay Farm, with more to be announced. Use the www.bit.ly/CHAfarmtour Google map to plan a route.

TasteBuds, now in its fifth year of production, is the regional guide for finding local foods, grown and crafted within 100 miles of Chattanooga.  It highlights the area farms, farmers’ markets, food artisans, community gardens, restaurants and grocers that offer locally grown and crafted food, in an effort to promote and celebrate the distinct flavors of the Chattanooga region.

TasteBuds is created by the non-profit, Crabtree Farms, with funding from Gaining Ground. In an effort to keep the publication free for its readers and listed partners, proceeds from the TasteBuds Farm Tour car pass sales will benefit the printing of the publication.  Car passes are available at www.crabtreefarms.org  or by sending a check to Crabtree Farms: P.O. Box 2250, Chattanooga TN 37409.



Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar To Open In Early April On Gunbarrel Road

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar – the Denver-based brand – broke ground on its first Tennessee location in Chattanooga in anticipation of an early April grand opening.  When the 3,936-square-foot restaurant opens at 1926 Gunbarrel Road, it will be the 28th Bad Daddy’s system-wide, with other locations throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia and Colorado.  ... (click for more)

Brainerd Farmers Market To Open April 21

The Brainerd Farmers Market is set to open Saturday, April 21, and be open Saturdays through Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The Farmers Market features a healthy variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, locally crafted goods and prepared foods.  The market provides debit, credit, EBT and SNAP services to vendors and patrons throughout the Primary Market ... (click for more)

Report Of Shots Fired At Hamilton Place Mall Sends Crowd Scrambling; No Victims Found

A report of shots fired at Hamilton Place Mall shortly after 6 p.m. on Saturday sent customers at the mall racing out in a panic. Police later said no shooting victims had been found. A call to 911 at 6:07 p.m. said there was an "active shooter." There was a call for EMS to the mall, then another call at 6:10 p.m. of an "active shooter." Those in the vicinity of the mall said ... (click for more)

Signal Facing Decisions On Expanding Commercial Area Past Albert Road, Mountain Community Center And Water Service

The design review committee (DRC) of the town of Signal Mountain is in the process of establishing standards for commercial buildings. In the meantime, developer Bob Elliott would like to buy property at the corner of Taft Highway and Albert Road. Albert Road has traditionally been where the commercial property ends. A number of residents in the neighborhood around that area are ... (click for more)

Legislators: Protect Our Students And Teachers

When students step into their classrooms, they are there to learn and prepare for their future. Our teachers serve to advance each student’s education and guide them towards success.  Educators have an additional responsibility: maintaining the trust and respect of their students by conducting themselves professionally and responsibly. The vast majority of our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why CNN Is Gonna Croak

I believe CNN (Cable News Network) has become one of the most disappointing news sources America has ever known in the last five years. The bastions of sound journalism no longer exist as the once-great organization has gone the way of liberal loathing. Its new basis-of-fact cannot be trusted and the overwhelming bias against conservatives in our nation is as morbid as it is frightening. ... (click for more)