Enjoying the fall harvest!

What a crazy summer weâTMve had - hot, humid, gray days mixed with picture-perfect blue skies, and of course, lots of rain. This has been a challenge for some crops, like squashes and tomatoes, and a boon to others - specially fruit. Regardless, our harvest bounty is overflowing and IâTMm really looking forward to winter squashes, greens, and apples!

In this issue we travel to several mid-Tennessee gems, including the Hurricane Hollow apple orchard, tucked into a Cumberland Plateau hollow, as well as three surviving historical commercial gristmills. Come with us along our journey, taking in the delights of Dickson County, the burgeoning growth in locally crafted beers, and the survival of TennesseeâTMs Century Farms. ThereâTMs also a Web exclusive on two of the areaâTMs most committed sustainable restaurants - the well-established Margot Café, and also a newcomer, the Stone Fox.

There are more stories than pages to hold them, but we hope Local Table can help you discover some of the treasures in your own backyard - from farm to table and beyond. We are so lucky to have such a rich agricultural heritage, and fall is the perfect time to explore the countryside and visit rural harvest fairs and festivals.

Eat local!
Lisa Shively