IF YOU GO
What: Chattanooga Market
When: Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Carter St.
ON THE EPB STAGE
* 12:30 p.m. Bucktown Kickback
* 2 p.m. Summertown
Buy fresh. Buy local.
Gaining Ground, an initiative of the Benwood Foundation, is seeking to increase the number of Chattanoogans who do just that — buy fresh, local foods.
“We are working with area farmers, grocers, restaurants and markets on how to make local foods more visibly available,” said Gaining Ground director Jeff Pfitzer.
According to Pfitzer, local food is being defined as that which is grown within 100 miles of Chattanooga.
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, Gaining Ground will play host this weekend at Chattanooga Market.
“We are working on a consumer awareness campaign to help increase awareness about both the importance of eating and supporting local farms and helping consumers find local foods,” he continued.
Supporting local farmers and food growers can have a positive impact on the community, both from a health and economic standpoint.
“Local food is fresher than any other food you can buy. When a farmer picks a fruit or a vegetable, it begins losing nutrient content,” Pfitzer said. Fiscally, he said, buying local food tends to recycle money into the community.
Money spent to support local farms is usually then spent to buy from local stores and hire local labor.
As part of Gaining Ground’s efforts, they have been distributing banners and stickers reading “Harvested Here” for markets and restaurants to indicate if they are carrying local foods.
At Chattanooga Market, every person who brings in a donation to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank will be eligible for a drawing to win a basket of local produce.
Holly Leber is a reporter and columnist for the Life section. She has worked at the Times Free Press since March 2008. Holly covers “everything but the kitchen sink" when it comes to features: the arts, young adults, classical music, art, fitness, home, gardening and food. She writes the popular and sometimes-controversial column Love and Other Indoor Sports. Holly calls both New York City and Saratoga Springs, NY home. She earned a bachelor of arts ...