Topic: Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Nashville, TN – It’s only November, but all across the state, Christmas tree farmers are getting ready for the folks who make choosing natural Christmas trees a treasured part of the holiday season.
Christmas tree farmers know that choosing the tree is a memory-making experience and an anticipated holiday project, so they make the experience as much fun as possible. Many offer hot cider or other refreshments at their farms and sell natural wreaths, roping and garland in addition to trees.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health experts say at least eight cases of illness among children in East Tennessee are likely related to drinking “raw” or unpasteurized milk. The investigation has identified a specific type of Escherichia coli O157 as the cause of at least three of the illnesses.
Nashville, TN – The annual Music & Molasses Arts & Crafts Festival on October 19th and 20th at Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville will feature an array of events that are sure to please the whole family.
“It’s a weekend of family fun with molasses making and tasting, music shows, square dancing and delicious food,” said Anne Dale, director of the Tennessee Agricultural Museum. “From the free horse-drawn wagon rides, to the beautiful hand-crafted items, there’s something for everyone, including many activities for the kids.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Agriculture says State received plenty of Rain making Sorghum Crop a Sweet Success
Nashville, TN – Sorghum is one of several crops in Tennessee that seems to have benefited from a rainy summer. Some highly anticipated fall crops, like pumpkins, have suffered in some parts of the state due to excess moisture and lack of sun. Others, like corn and sorghum, are on track for record harvests if current patterns of sunny, less-humid weather hold.
Sorghum syrup is a treasured traditional Tennessee food produced when the extracted juice from the sorghum plant is boiled down. Tennessee is one of the nation’s leading states in sorghum syrup production.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture says Best Autumn ever to Add Trees, Shrubs, Perennials to Landscape
Nashville, TN – A cool, rainy summer has left Tennessee’s lawns and landscapes with soils still soft and retaining moisture. Perfect. There’ll never be a better fall to improve your landscape.
Fall is always the best season to transplant trees, shrubs, bulbs or any other perennials. Summer’s heat is too stressful for new transplants, and even daily watering can’t make up for heat plus drought. Perennial plants also need fall and winter to develop their root systems instead of growing, blooming or putting out leaves as they do in spring or summer. As long as the ground is not frozen hard, it’s not too late to transplant.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee wineries have been racking up awards on both sides of the U.S. all summer, but now is prime time to visit them on their home turf, when the wine making process is underway at local wineries.
Depending on the grape variety, weather and vineyard location, the season’s harvest begins about August and wraps up in October. That’s when wineries start making the year’s wines, and when visitors to local wineries can get a close up look at the process. Most local wineries offer educational tours of their facilities. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – “We’ve had a reprieve,” says Dr. David Lockwood, fruit specialist and professor of plant science at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.
“Despite this year’s challenges, the state’s apple orchards are on target now to produce an average sized crop.”
Tennessee usually boasts a statewide apple yield between 7.5 and 9 million pounds, and the fruit crop specialist says he’s guessing this year’s commercial crop will fall within that range. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee grown sweet potatoes can be found at virtually every local farmers market across the state throughout the fall, peaking in October and November. When chosen and stored with care, this is that rare vegetable that actually gets better as it waits to be used.
That’s great news for winter meals, since there are few options for fresh local produce between November and April. Following a few simple guidelines will keep your sweet potatoes in top condition until you use them.
Nashville, TN – “We grew 134 varieties of pumpkins and gourds this year, plus the prettiest mums we’ve had yet,” said Andrew Dixon, farmer and operator of Granddaddy’s Farm near Nashville. “The rain didn’t hold us back. In fact, the corn maze is taller and greener, and everything is better than it’s been since we’ve opened the place—I think even the racing pigs run faster!”
Tennessee’s cool, rainy summer may have been a mixed blessing for farmers, helping some crops and hampering others, but now that fall is here, the state’s agritourism operators see no downside. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Some types of produce—sweet potatoes, for instance, or pumpkins—are truly fall crops. Planted in summer’s heat and harvested as the year winds down, there’s only one season per calendar year when they’re available.
Watermelons are a prime example of a true summer crop; local asparagus is available for only a brief time in early spring.
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