Punkin' Chunkin' At Brainerd Farmers' Market Is Saturday

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Brainerd Farmers’ Market will host its first annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ Contest on Saturday. The O’Neill Family Farm will supply the pumpkin, ready for Jack-O-Lantern carving and pie making.

Participants can try to chunk a pumpkin as far as they can to win a free pumpkin.  Or it their aim is better than their distance, try the tomato toss. Chances to win are $2 for a punkin’ chunk and $1 for the tomato toss.  

Greens, potatoes, peppers, root veggies and more are in at the farmers' market. In addition to fresh harvest produce, the Brainerd Farmers’ Market features prepared meals, fresh bread, fresh eggs, locally raised meats, naturally made home cleaning products, kombucha, healthy pet foods, hand-crafted home decor and fashion adornments. 

The Brainerd Farmers’ Market is the only venue in Chattanooga that those in need of nutritional assistance with EBT can double their purchase dollars at every market. The Brainerd Farmers' Market was the first local farmers' market in Hamilton County to accept EBT cards and has since inspired other area markets to take the same step. The Outreach for the “Double SNAP Dollars” program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, the Episcopal Diocese, and generous gifts from community members. SNAP recipients may bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to the market and obtain tokens which may be used to purchase fresh local produce, dairy products, meat products, honey, preserves, baked goods, plants used to produce food at home and much more. 

The Brainerd Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the corner of Brainerd Road and Belvoir Avenue in the parking lot of Grace Episcopal Church. The market is open to the public and features local foods and crafts for the community from May through December each year. Grace Episcopal Church, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, provides fiscal sponsorship and the physical location for the weekly farmers' market. Grace Episcopal Church is at 20 Belvoir Ave. across from the Bi-Lo on Brainerd Road.



Cheesecake Factory To Open At Hamilton Place Mall

CBL Properties announced on Tuesday that The Cheesecake Factory is coming to Hamilton Place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as the first key component of the Sears redevelopment project. Construction on The Cheesecake Factory is underway with an anticipated grand opening in late 2018. “The Cheesecake Factory is one of the most successful and highly sought after restaurants in the ... (click for more)

“Share The Color” Food Workshops Offered For Chattanooga Area Children And Families

Local Registered Dietitians and Subway restaurants in the Chattanooga area will be helping families learn about nutritious food choices during several free food workshops, hosted at local city libraries in the Chattanooga area. The free food workshops will cover basic nutrition information and include a hands-on sub making activity and free lunch. Children will receive a take-home ... (click for more)

Man Killed, Passenger Seriously Injured; Driver Of Other Vehicle Hurt In Accident On Suck Creek Road Saturday Morning

One person was killed and two others injured in a head-on crash on Suck Creek Road on Saturday morning. The accident at 8:45 a.m. at the 2100 block of Suck Creek Road involved a Kia Sedona mini-van and a Hyundai Elantra. Preliminary results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra was traveling southbound on Suck Creek Road and, while negotiating a curve, ... (click for more)

A Jury For 2nd Time Convicts Randall Reed Of Murdering 70-Year-Old Woman In 2011

A jury for the second time has convicted Randall Reed of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 70-year-old Jane Stokes in East Ridge. The verdict was returned in the courtroom of Judge Tom Greenholtz’s on Friday. The earlier verdict had been thrown out by an appeals court. Reed testified in his own behalf. The victim was murdered in her home during a robbery in 2011. ... (click for more)

Just Recuse Yourself

Pam Fleenor, have you ever heard the terms “conflict of interest” or “appearance of impropriety”? It’s a foregone conclusion that Robin Smith will be victorious in Chancellor Fleenor’s courtroom. Here’s another term you may want to re-examine, recuse yourself.   Rusty Munger (click for more)

Not My University: Why I’m Not Okay With Mike Pence Coming To Lee University - And Response (6)

As a student of Lee University, who is well-aware of the Lee administration’s more conservative stance in politics, I am upset about Mike Pence visiting the university and being welcomed on our campus. Although I respect that Pence is in a position of authority as our nation’s Vice President, and that he likewise deserves the right to hold his own opinions in regards to the issues ... (click for more)