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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says the Freshest Gift of All? A Whole Year of Local Foods

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – A gift certificate from a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm can provide a year of fresh produce and other local foods. The person or family who receives fresh foods and a local farmer will benefit from a delicious, health-minded gift that meets a need and will be appreciated all through the year.

In a CSA, a farmer contracts with people in the community to provide them with a portion of the year’s harvest. Customers pay the farmer in advance, before the produce season begins, which allows the farmer to buy seed, fertilizer, fuel and other inputs necessary to farm for the year.

Clarksville Farmers Market

Clarksville Farmers Market

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Reclaiming Spaces: One Farmers Market at a Time

 

By Lindsay Buchannan of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DC – Consumer demand for local food is driving the expansion of farmers markets into places of all shapes, sizes, and locations. Ferry terminals, train depots, grain mills and shipping containers all can, and are, housing farmers markets across the country.

There are 8,268 markets listed in the USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a 76 percent increase since 2008. Managed by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the directory listings reflect continued growth and demand in every region of the country. Today farmers markets are as diverse as the communities they serve and can be found in unique rural and urban spaces across the country.

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

The Ferry Building dominated the busy port as a main boat terminus. As cars and highways became more popular, the terminal went into disrepair. Now, farmers and vendors have revived the space, making the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market one of California’s most famous farmers markets. (Photo courtesy of Jim Forest.)

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USDA Offers Thousands of Reasons to Celebrate National Farmers Market Week

 

Written by Anne L. Alonzo
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, DC – The 15th Annual National Farmers Market Week is off to a great start!

Farmers markets connect and unite people living in urban and rural environments, provide access to fresh, healthy and delicious foods, and—best of all—put a face to the farmers and ranchers who produce their wonderful wares. We, in turn, can support farmers and local communities with our purchases.

Clarksville Downtown Market

A happy shopper at the Clarksville Downtown Market

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says if your looking for a Fresh Gift Idea this Holiday, consider a whole year of Local Foods

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Retail aisles, catalogs and cyberspace are stuffed with things to buy. Still, somehow, there often seems to be little of real substance to give. When you want your gift to be a true reflection of how much you care, it can be hard to find a stand-out present, one that really meets a need and will be appreciated all through the year.

For those who like to “live local,” the perfect solution may be a gift certificate for a year of fresh produce and other local foods from a nearby Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. Everyone eats, and everyone benefits from eating fresh produce. With a CSA gift certificate, both the person who receives fresh foods and the CSA farmer are better off.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh Vegetables

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2009 Tennessee Small Farm Expo & Small Farmer Recognition Program

 

tsuTennessee State University will host its Sixth Annual Small Farm Expo on Friday, July 31st at the TSU Agricultural Research and Education Center in Ashland City. Registration for the event which is sponsored by the School of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences will begin at 8:15 a.m. Tours will begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. and last until 11:45 a.m.

Our program will culminate with the Tennessee Small Farmer Recognition Program Luncheon which begins at 12:00 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m. With the theme, “Small Farmers: The Heart of Tennessee,” this year’s expo will include general tours of the TSU Agricultural Research and Education Center as well as a host of experts and panels designed to help small farmers reduce spending and improve the marketing of their products. Speakers will include past winners of the Tennessee Small Farmers of the Year Awards. Hank and Cindy Delvin will talk about marketing organic vegetables and having a successful Community Supported Agriculture (CSA); Gayle and Jim Tanner will speak about their successes with goats and marketing goat cheese and other products locally; and Trace and Ty Owen of Owen Farms in Cheatham County will share their experiences in operating an Agricultural Tourism enterprise. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sign up for Clarksville community supported agriculture

 

produce-basketWould you like to sign up for the Garden of Hope CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program?  CSA boxes will cost $20/week for 12 weeks. You will receive a box full of fresh, seasonal vegetables throughout the growing season.  The CSA boxes will be available for pick-up on the farm [860 Hornbuckle Road] each Friday from 3:00 – 6:00 pm from July 3rd through September 18th.  Boxes can be paid for on-site weekly or full payment can be made in advance.

Your support will benefit Clarksville’s F.U.E.L and Loaves and Fishes programs as well as provide fresh, home-grown veggies for your family.

The Garden of Hope is a local community outreach program sponsored in part by the City of Clarksville Office of Housing and Community Development, UT/TSU Cooperative Extension program in Montgomery County, other organizations and businesses. «Read the rest of this article»

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