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The South Cumberland Food Hub, Lessons Learned

Up until last week the South Cumberland Food Hub had been dormant during 2015.  (If you are totally new to Rooted Here, the South Cumberland Food Hub is a network of local growers and wholesale customers that operates similarly to the South Cumberland Farmer’s Market and was funded by individuals in Sewanee, private Foundations, and the USDA). During the last six months, we helped our farmers when we could by allowing them to operate under our insurance coverage when selling to the University of the South or to SAGE Dining at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School. We were not able to operate regularly because we were not able to guarantee enough sales to cover our costs. Last year as our grant funding ran out we changed our business model so that our coordinator and driver would be paid a commission rather than an hourly wage. While this allows for a lot of flexibility, it does not encourage the kind of coordination that needs to take place behind the scenes to make sure that we have growers lined up and ready to sell once the University opens its doors to students in the fall. We are currently considering where this leaves our food hub and how to proceed in a way that preserves our mission and best serves our farmers. Toward that end, we would like to share what we have learned and what we hope to do moving forward. Click here to read more.

Market News

We have a number of new growers on the online market this week: Two new produce growers from Warren County: Ginger's Produce, and Martinez Vegetables, and three new growers from Monteagle/Tracy City: J.S. Desserts featuring decadent dessert bars and breads, Restorah Farms with farm fresh eggs and vegetables, and The Son and The Starrs who will be offering baked goods and jams and jellies. We are thrilled to have so many new growers!

It's a cheese week this week. Sequatchie Cove will be selling their amazing cheeses every other week so make sure you buy two weeks worth.

Click here to sign in and place your order. (between Saturday at 5 pm and Monday at 10 am).

Questions about the market? Click here to learn more or email the market managers.

Fun Local Food Links

Harvested Here—Our partner in Chattanooga

Solace Farm Homestead Blog - Read about farm life in Coalmont with farmers Amy and Caleb Rae.

Leslie's Food Justice Blog - Read novelist and local farmer, Leslie Lytle's thoughts on food justice.

Local Table—Middle Tenn. local food directory

Tastebuds—Chattanooga local food directory
The South Cumberland Farmer's Market and the South Cumberland Food Hub are divisions of Rooted Here, located in Sewanee, Tenn., an organization of farmers, artisans, and agricultural producers who work together to facilitate and expand the sale of local products; provide education, services, and support to farmers and consumers; and lay the groundwork for a just, equitable, and sustainable local food economy.

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