This week’s agricultural literacy week recognizes Grundy County’s deep agricultural roots. The county’s agricultural heritage, however, is not just something to be remembered—it is alive and well today.
Many of Grundy County’s citizens are leading the way in today’s local food movement. From produce to eggs and proteins, Grundy County farms play an integral role in supplying our local farmers markets and institutions. Customers in Sewanee have been enjoying foods grown in Grundy County soil for the last eight years by purchasing through the South Cumberland Farmer’s Market and South Cumberland Food Hub, both initiatives of Rooted Here.
On Sunday, November 8, several local farmers sat down with University of the South Vice-Chancellor John McCardell and his wife, Bonnie, to enjoy a delicious lunch of locally grown chicken and vegetables on the University campus. The meal, prepared by the University’s head chef Rick Wright and his staff at McClurg Dining Hall, was the inaugural “Local Fried Chicken Sunday Lunch,” a weekly meal that will continue to feature local produce and chicken.
Currently, Sewanee Dining has dedicated 20 percent of their total food budget to local purchases with plans to increase that amount to 30 percent. Diners at McClurg Dining Hall regularly enjoy eggs, beef, chicken, and produce from Grundy County. Not only is the food delicious, but it builds local agriculture and aids in boosting the local economy. The University’s increased demand for local food means more money going to Grundy County farmers and to the businesses that support them.
The South Cumberland Farmer’s Market and South Cumberland Food Hub operate year-round and invite any grower to join the team. No farm is too large or garden too small. Rooted Here welcomes inquiries from restaurants, schools, institutions, and businesses desiring to serve fresh, high quality, and competitively priced, locally sourced foods.
Rooted Here would like to thank all of their Grundy County growers including Browns Hollar Creations, Dayspring Farm, Debbie’s Delights, Dogwood Farm, Double A Farm, Fiery Fungi, Grown By Grace, In Town Organics, J. S. Desserts, Nature’s Wealth, Restorah Farms, Seven Pines, Solace Farm, Summer Fields, The Flower Mayes, The Son and the Starrs, Turtle Run Farm, and White City Produce.
For more information please visit www.rootedhere.com.