Spring is a time of renewal and expectation.

Over 10 years ago, Marne Duke, Jennifer Hagen-Dier, Scott Weiss and I met together at Southern SAWG and thought about ways we could help effect change in our local farming and food community. Since the first issue came out in the fall of 1997, Local Table Magazine helped coalesce our growing food movement. We've spotlighted farmers, people and organizations in our community doing good things for others, dealing with food insecurity and saving green space. We've featured innovative artisan food producers and entrepreneurs; written about restaurants going the extra step and sourcing from local farmers and producers; shared tips for visiting Tennessee towns and hamlets and food and agriculture-related festivals unique to our area; and so much more!

However, it's time for a change.

Spring will be our last quarterly issue. The next issue, planned for June, will be the start of the new Local Table Annual Guide to Middle Tennessee Farms, U-picks, artisan food producers, wineries and distilleries, community gardens, food-related non-profits, guides to labels and certifications, farmers' markets, natural grocers and farm stores, co-ops and restaurants and food trucks supporting local food. We will continue to do new editorial, but it will be exclusive to our website and I hope our readers will continue to enjoy our stories online.

Local Table LLC is becoming a 501(c) 3 non-profit to help with food and farm education, host events and workshops and work with other organizations to help support and strengthen our local food system.

The ride is not over—we're just taking a slight turn in the road! Hope to see you along the way.

Lisa Shively