According to http://www.humanitiestennessee.org/community/articles/ki.php, traditional Tennessee and southern foods are becoming harder to find, because of the proliferation of big box and chain restaurants.
One of my goals is to try and discover unique family-owned restaurants and purchase locally grown produce. I really want to get to the farmer's market and get a nice, plump, juicy melon and some fresh peaches. The Murfreesboro Sat. Market is from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon on Saturdays. They also have beads and fresh flowers, in addition to fruits and veggies. You can follow them on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Murfreesboro-Saturday-Market/104485242925452
Food Lion Stores occasionally carry local produce, such as tomatoes, too, although the selection is small and sporadic. And if you like to drive in the country, there are plenty of roadside vegetable stands, and even home vendors of products such as raw honey, farm fresh eggs, jams and jellies. Let's all make a resolution to support other local businesses, if we want them to support us!
Next time you see a farmer selling produce or a family owned "mom and pop" eatery, make sure to stop and vote for buying local with your pocketbook. Not only does it help keep other local people stay in business, but it improves our communities by adding to the diversity of places to shop and eat. Join us on Facebook to discuss the best places to dine and shop in Middle Tennessee.