Connecting Farms to Tables
Connecting Farms to Tables
WEAKLEY COUNTY LOCAL FOOD NETWORK
August 2016 Edition
Connecting Farmers to Soybean Harvest Dinner
On Wednesday, August 24th at the Martin Farmers Market, farmers delivered their products to Sodexo Chefs to cater food for the Soybean Festival Homegrown Harvest Sponsor Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, August 27th. This connection was made possible by Samantha Goyret, Northwest Tennessee Entrepreneur Center (NTEC) Program Administrator, and LFN Coordinator.
 “NTEC and the Local Food Network foster connections and collaborations to encourage agri-business growth in our communities. As more consumers become interested in locally sourced foods and sustainable farming, we hope these connections will become more frequent.”
Farmers Richard Turnbow, Richard Gallagher from Hidden Hill CSA, David Finch, Nathan Grasfeder, Jill Magness and Richard Duncan and Richard Gibson harvested their produce for the event sponsored by the City of Martin.
~ SPREAD THE WORD ~
"USING FOOD TO BUILD COMMUNITY"
FORUM AND DINNER
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016
5:30 PM (registration begins at 5 PM)
Terry Oliver Plaza, Dresden Farmers Market Pavilion
421 Linden Street, Dresden, TN
RSVP Required by Friday, September 30th
This is an outside dinner. Please dress appropriately. 
If it rains, the event will be inside at the Purple Iris of 1895 at
113 N. Poplar Street, Dresden, TN
Join us for the Local Food Network's FREE community dinner forum to continue our discussion about issues and opportunities around strengthening our local food system.
The dinner is sourced locally in support of our area farmers. 

There is limited space, so make sure to RSVP TODAY!
This event is made possible through the Delta Regional Authority.
Getting Fresh Food is a SNAP
At the Dresden Farmers Market your EBT/Food Stamp/SNAP card is welcome, making it simple to bring home nutritious food. From just-picked produce to wholesome meat, dairy, and bread products, you’ll find it all here. Currently, at the Dresden Farmers Market the $327.00 has been redeemed in wooden tokens from SNAP participants. That is money that has gone directly back to the vendors from SNAP purchases. We expect the use of this added convenience to increase as more community members become aware of the new feature.
IT'S FESTIVAL SEASON!
September Festivals
Soybean Festival 2016
This year's festival is September 2-11, 2016 and our theme is "HOMEGROWN"!
Visit the Tennessee Soybean Festival HomeGrown Market on September 3rd.
Make sure to check out the Farm Exhibit at the
C.E. Weldon Public Library - Local Food Network members will be highlighted!
Tuesday, 8/30 - Friday, 9/2 from 9:30 am -  5 pm
Community Health Awareness Fair
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Historic Downtown Martin
Pick up a Local Food Guide and receive other information!
For more information, call 731.587.0019 or email weakleyinteragency@gmail.com.
August 29 -September 3 

September 13 - 17th
You are receiving this email newsletter because of your interest in the Weakley County Local Food Network.
TAKE ACTION
SPREAD THE WORD
VOLUNTEER

SUPPORT LOCAL
Martin Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from
8am - 12 pm
,
Mondays & Wednesdays at 2pm
Special Events
Soybean "Homegrown" Market on Saturday, September 3rd.
Dresden Farmers Market
Terry Oliver Plaza on 421 Linden Street in Dresden
OPEN on Saturdays from
8 AM - 12 PM,
Thursdays 2-6pm
SNAP/EBT Machines are available for use!
THE LFN HAS A WEBPAGE - CHECK IT OUT!
VOLUNTEER
The W.C. Backpack Program serves over 200 students Kindergarten through 12th grade in all schools in Weakley County.
Any individual or group can help the 1st Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm at the Dresden First Baptist Church Family Life Center to help pack food bags. The first packing is on Tuesday, September 6th.
Contact Melanie Johnson for more information: 
jjjohnson5@frontiernet.net
SUPPORT LOCAL
Dixie Chili Ranch in Kenton has a new farm stand open every Monday and Wednesday from 7am to 7pm for your fresh produce and craft needs.
Benwoody Farm's fall calving season has begun!
Do you have information you would like to share with the Local Food Network in the next newsletter? Please contact Samantha Goyret, nwtnfoodguide@gmail.com or call 731.281.4770.
"Serve the kind of food you know the story behind."
~ Michael Pollen
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