If you haven’t been to the Wednesday Main Street Farmer’s Market yet this year, you won’t want to miss Harvest Fest this week. In addition to the crisp autumn air, the changing leaf palette on the hillsides and streets in and around Chattanooga, and the abundance of pumpkins on house stoops and storefronts, you’ll want to celebrate the peak of delicious seasonal food. Harvested Here Food Hub will sponsor the “Harvest Fest,” a festival featuring free local food prepared by premier local chefs from an eclectic mix of restaurants including 1885, Easy Bistro, Flying Squirrel, and St. John’s. In addition to prepared foods, you can help sustain a number of local farms (from within a 120 mile radius of Chattanooga) which supply a wide range of beautiful, locally grown, fresh, and tasty produce.
In addition to produce, you’ll find fresh organic chicken, eggs, young turkeys, free range pork and beef, vegan nut cheese, delicious cow and goat milk’s cheeses, milled products, a delightful variety of fresh cold-pressed juices, organic and specialty hand-roasted coffees, and ciders, pies, and caramel apples. Many of the farmers also have honey, herbal soaps, lotions, shampoos, salves and other health and beauty products.
“Harvest Fest” is a true community event which celebrates more than just fresh local farm produce, restaurants, and suppliers. It is a collaborative effort between these entities and Grow Chattanooga, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank; and Taste Buds Local Food Guide. Easy Bistro’s Chef de Cuisine is a “Harvest Fest” supporter because “quality local food” is key to ensuring that the “relationships, standards, and values stay strong and fruitful in our local community."
Come out and stroll through the market where you can enjoy live music provided by Old Time Travelers, a local bluegrass band and free beer from the Chattanooga Brewing Company’s Tap Wagon. CBC just took top Chattanooga Oktoberfest honors for the most beer served (253 gallons) and the Top Tap award for the most popular beer. Come out and help drink more of their beer. You’ll love the chance to listen to great music while you drink an award winning beer, sample delightful foods, make new friends and catch up with old friends. ANd your kids will love the face painting, and pumpkin picking.
While you’re enjoying yourself, remember the Main Street Farmer’s Market is open every Wednesday afternoon, year-round. When you come out to shop, you’re helping strengthen the local economy, reducing food transportation pollution, and ensuring that the food you take home is healthy and delicious!
Participating farms include: Brown Dirt Farm, Colvin Family Farm, Circle S Farm, Crabtree Farm, Creekridge Farms, Fall Creek Farms, Gulley Family Farm, Signal Mountain Farm, Tant Hill Farm, Wildwood Farm, Outback Farm, White Ivy Farm, Pocket Farm, Circle S Beef, Hoe Hop Valley Farm, Merryfield’s Farm, Sequatchie Cove Farm, GreenHouse Cafe Market, Sequatchie Cove Creamery, Riverview Farm Milling.
You’ll also find juices are from Southern Sqweeze, organic and specialty hand-roasted coffees from Velo Roasters, and ciders, pies, and caramel apples from Wheeler’s Orchard & Vineyard.
The address for Wednesday Market is 325 E Main Street, Chattanooga, TN.