NASHVILLE –“Options for getting fresh, local produce are sprouting up faster than—well, sprouts. Many places and groups who previously had a hard time getting access to healthy foods now have a fresh source,” says Pamela Bartholomew, agritourism coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
“Farmers markets. Pick-your-own farms. Urban farmers. Community supported agriculture. Neighborhood farm-direct drop-off and pick-up sites— the list keeps growing. Just this week I read about a man who converted an old school bus to create a farmers market on wheels,” says Bartholomew. “Farmers who bring their harvests straight to eager and grateful customers are starting to support oases of ideal, farm direct foods in ‘food deserts’.”