Goats Return To Brainerd Farmers Market Saturday

Monday, June 16, 2014
The Dixie Soap goats
The Dixie Soap goats

Dixie Soaps will be bringing their goats, Aphrodite, a six year old Alpine, and Hermione, a five year old Alpine, to the Brainerd Farmer’s Market for a milking demonstration at 11 a.m. Saturday. Guests can see how a goat is milked and pet and feed the goats.

Dixie Soaps is owned by Bill and Becky Ensinger. They live and work on a six acre farm in Dayton.  Ms. Ensinger has raised dairy goats and farmed for 20 years. She began making soap as a way to use surplus milk, and eventually began selling her soaps and other skin care products. Dixie Soaps focuses on sustainable farming methods, and currently raise Alpine and LaMancha dairy goats, chickens, ducks, bees, as well as herbs, vegetables, and fruits.  Mr. and Mrs. Ensinger also have three helpers on the farm­­: Laura 3, Elizabeth 2, Gabriel 11 months, and a new baby due this winter. The girls inspired the line of baby care products, Baby Olive.

The Brainerd Community Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays from May 3-Dec. 20 at 20 Belvoir Ave., in the parking lot of Grace Episcopal Church. Local farmers present their freshly harvested, naturally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, dairy and meat products. Bakers will present artisan breads, sweets and pastries, and fine artists, musicians and craftsmen round out the market.

The Brainerd Community Farmers Market accepts EBT/ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Card purchases. In addition the market also accepts cash, credit and debit card purchases. Grace Episcopal Church matches EBT/SNAP food purchases at the Brainerd Community Farmers' Market on the first Saturday of each month. Outreach for this program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. SNAP recipients may bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to the farmers 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 more.

The mission of the Brainerd Farmers Market is to make local organic and sustainably grown produce available to the Chattanooga and Brainerd communities and to encourage healthy local food choices for Brainerd residents through educational and financial assistance programs for market patrons. Grace Episcopal Church, a 501(c)3 non-profit, provides fiscal sponsorship and the physical location for the weekly farmers' market. Grace Episcopal Church supports local farmers and community.

Signal Mountain Road Traffic Signal Upgrade At The Entrance To Wal-Mart On Tuesday

Due to a signal upgrade, the traffic signal at the intersection of Signal Mountain Road and the entrance to Wal-Mart will be non-working on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until approximately noon.   Motorists are asked to proceed through the intersection with caution. (click for more)

Shuptrine's Introduces Artist William Parker

Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Design will introduce watercolor artist William Parker with an exhibit starting in September.   Review for William Parker:  Billy is well-known in the South and celebrates "The Front Page" with several colorful and whimsical watercolor paintings.  Author of "Painting Along the Way," he immerses himself with images of the South ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Seeking Court Approval To Sell Trenton Family Practice For $350,000

Hutcheson Medical Center, continuing to make cost-cutting measures, is seeking court approval to sell the Trenton Family Practice at Trenton, Ga., for $350,000. Ted Rumley, county executive for Dade County, said the medical center is so important for the county that officials have arranged for the Dade County Industrial Development Authority to buy it. He said arrangements ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Says Chattanooga Shooting Was Illustration Of "Islam Terrorism"

"Communism with a god.” That’s how Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond sees Islam.   He also said Muslims are aiming to overtake Tennessee. He said, "They want Tennessee. They are building mosques as fast as they can."    In an address to the Pachyderm Club on Monday, Sheriff Hammond spoke again to the community on the effects of radical ... (click for more)

Sheriff Hammond Is Right On The Muslim Threat

Sheriff Hammond is exactly correct on the Muslims in Tennessee.  He sees with clear eyes the problem with the Muslims in our state and country.  They do want to take over Tennessee.  Our politicians are selling us down the river and allowing the trouble makers to dig in like tics and suck out the life's blood of our Constitution and take us over.  They ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT’s Gender-Neutral Dopes

With due apology to Smokey, the University of Tennessee’s famed blue-tick hound, the tail is wagging the dog at UT-Knoxville. Donna Braquet, the director of the university’s Pride Center, wants to suck 99.9 percent of the 28,000 students into a ridiculous scheme that will make the campus “welcoming and inclusive for all” … .01 percent. Her idea is to do away with binary gender ... (click for more)