Haslams Support Pick Tennessee Products

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored Tennessee farmers and farm products Wednesday night, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pick Tennessee Products at the Tennessee Residence.

 
Pick Tennessee Products is the promotional campaign through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture that works to connect consumers with locally made food products. Consumers can visit the Pick Tennessee Products website to locate one of the more than 1,600 farmers in Tennessee that produce nearly 6,000 farm products.
 
“We have a vibrant and strong agricultural economy in Tennessee and some of the best farms in the nation. Crissy and I want to show our support by picking and serving Tennessee products whenever we can,” Haslam said. “The Pick Tennessee Products campaign has been going strong for 25 years and is a great way for consumers to connect with farmers and support the local economy.”
 
On Wednesday, 25 Tennessee farmers brought their commodities for the residence’s chef Matt Gallaher to prepare a meal.
 
“Bill and I enjoyed sharing a meal with our local farmers and getting to know them,” Crissy Haslam said. “Today’s consumers want to know where and how their food is grown and prepared. Pick Tennessee Products is a great way for Tennesseans to do this while providing their families with the freshest most wholesome products available.”
 
“Many young and innovative farmers are finding success in supplying local markets. Buying local not only keeps our rural economy strong, but it provides consumers with fresher and healthier products,” Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson said. “I want to thank the governor and First Lady for showing their support. I hope all Tennesseans will follow their example and pick Tennessee products when possible.”
 
For more information on Pick Tennessee Products, visit www.picktnproducts.org or www.facebook.com/picktnproducts.  
 
Photos of the event are available at www.flickr.com/crissyhaslam.
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Participating Pick Tennessee Products Farmers

 

 

 

Farmers
Location
Commodity
Allan Benton
Madisonville
Country Hams
Mark and Cherie Guenther
Monterey
Sorghum
Russel and Christy Kurtz
Eagleville
Nursery (greens, herbs)
Karen Overton
Lebanon
Pork
Dustin and Justyne Noble
Franklin
Goat cheese
Bill and Mariam Keener
Sequatchie
Cheese
Jack Pratt
Lebanon
Peaches
Jon Kelley
Castalian Springs
Berries
Charlie and Sharon Hatcher
College Grove
Milk, Cream, Buttermilk
J. Earl Cruze
Knoxville
Buttermilk
John Wilson
 Lebanon
 Nursery/Landscape
Danny and Sharon Shelton
New Market
Grits, corn meal and whole wheat flour
Ed and Louisa Cooke
Clarksville
Wine
Steven and Shonda Gammon
Orlinda
Milk
Hank and Cindy Delvin
College Grove
Produce
Ray and Elaine Weaver
Estill Springs
Sweet Corn
Charline Lenagar
Brighton
Beef
Robert and Karen Tims
Ripley
Tomatoes
Ted Smiley
Goodlettsville
Produce
Jerry Swafford
Englewood
Eggs
Dave Rhyne
Athens
 Daylilies/Bread
Ben and Jennifer Moore
Dresden
Pumpkins, Produce
Michael Mayfield
Athens
Nursery, Produce and Agritourism
Mrs. Jane Corbin
Springfield
Prawns
Mac and Jana  Rogers
Taft
Sweet Taters