The Chattanooga Market will be hosting Gaining Ground, a Benwood Foundation project, whose members will educate market-goers about its Harvested Here local food certification program on Sunday.
The program is a part of a growing movement of local growers, sellers and others who are committed to increasing the production and consumption of local food in the Chattanooga region. When people shop at Chattanooga Market and other local farmers’ markets, the Harvested Here label signifies that the food being sold there was grown or raised within 100 miles of Chattanooga.
"Through opportunities like Celebrate Local Food Day at the Chatt Market, we can recognize that not only is local food better for our health, it's also better for our local economy and environment. And through the chef demonstrations this Sunday, you'll get to experience that it tastes better too!" said Harvested Here spokesperson Ruth Kerr. "Just as important, local food is better for the small farms and family farmers who live, grow and raise meats, eggs, and fresh produce - right here at home."
At Chattanooga Market, Harvested Here will host several local groups who will be on hand to demonstrate their involvement in Chattanooga’s food community such as: Slow Food Chattanooga, St. Andrews Community Garden, Fair Share, Chattanooga area Food Bank, Crabtree Farms, St. Alban’s Farmers Market, Signal Mountain Farmers Market, Brainerd Farmers Market, Main Street Farmers Market, Chattanooga Sustainable Farmers, Land Trust for Tennessee, Creative Discovery Museum, and Gaining Ground. Additionally, at 11:30 a.m., 212 Market will have a cooking demonstration/sampling event and Hennen's will offer the same at 12:30 p.m., both using fresh local ingredients from the Market.
Live music on the EPB stage for Sunday will be David Elliott at 12:30 p.m. and Mark Kelly Hall at 2 p.m.
Bios and photos of musicians can be found at ChattanoogaMarket.com, as well as other weekly information.