Sunday, January 6, 2008

Local Foodstuffs

Not being a native Knoxvillian, I had no idea where I may buy fresh and organic foods to feed my son. Thank goodness for Local Harvest, which provides the following (I'm sure non-exhaustive list). So, now my excuses for buying Mexican grown watermelons are OVER!

1. Three Rivers Market-- on North Broadway, a fantastic co-op gocery which just could be the best place to buy dry herbs in town! Also, the beer and dark chocolate selection ain't so bad either.
2. Farmers' Market in Market Square-- every Saturday with organic produce and meat. Also, I hear Everything Mushrooms is selling wood permeated with spores for a DIY mushroom addiction.
3. Cruze Dairy Farm-- pasteurized but NOT homogenized. Located at 3200 Frazier Road in Knoxville.
4. Milne Farm-- Pick your own fruit on Greenback! (blueberries are the BEST still warm, right off the branch).

Of course, there are more options, like my backyard. Go to to check your local fresh healthy foodstuff, and remember to bring your own bag!
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Friday, December 28, 2007


For those who have never participated, I highly recommend joining Freecycle. It's a beautiful idea (actually practiced here in Knoxville!) whose time has come. As we are all fighting with Amvets to come pick up our yardsale leftovers (yes, they actually pick and choose) and trying to convince the guy sitting at the charity clothing bin in the Fellini Kroger parking lot that these clothes will keep someone warm (and still, he refuses them- citing lack of room), Freecycle comes to our rescue!

It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. So, ease your headache, clean out your basement, and go to!

One More Reason to Love Chuck

The way you can go to Paris or Beijing and everywhere there's a McDonald's hamburger, this is the ecological quivalent of franchised life-forms. Every place is the same place. Kudzu. Zebra Mussels. Water Hyacinths. Starlings. Burger Kings.The local natives, anything unique gets squeezed out.The only biodiversity we're going to have left is Coke versus Pepsi.We're landscaping the whole world one stupid mistake at a time.”-- Chuck Palaniuk