Welcome to the 2018 Local Table Annual Resource Guide!

As we prepare to go to the printers, spring has finally arrived! The world may seem a bit chaotic at the moment, but the arrival of spring turns the world into a shimmering, shiny diamond. Bulbs have come back to life, gardens are getting planted, spring sounds of frogs, crickets and birds bring the outdoors alive. The adrenaline rush is a physical thing—you can see it in your fellow world travelers and the animals. Everyone feels better with some sunshine on their shoulders.

Local Table is all about connecting you to the farming and artisan producer world around you in Middle Tennessee. It shouldnâ€TMt be such a big deal to have access to fresh and locally grown produce and meats, but it seems like itâ€TMs become a luxury. And, it shouldnâ€TMt be. We should all have equal access to fresh and healthy food.

Local Table tries to be part of the solution to make it easier for you to have access to the best in our local food supply. It may seem obvious that buying local supports and strengthens our local community in so many ways. It takes an extra effort to support local—you either make your local farmersâ€TM market a part of your weekly routine, join a CSA, or eat at restaurants who support local producers. We applaud you for taking the extra step and being a part of Middle Tennesseeâ€TMs food shed.

This yearâ€TMs issue features women chefs going the extra mile, farm vacations, hometown diners worth the drive, a look at some of our new young farmers, pantry staples, preserving tomatoes and so much more! Local Table is an ever-changing wealth of information and resources, so sign up for our newsletter and keep up with our website, www.localtable.net.

Stay healthy and eat local!

Lisa
Publisher/Editor