Farmers Market will happen in Wiseman Park again on Friday

LYNCHBURG — Due to an increased chance of rain Friday afternoon, the Lynchburg Farmers Market will once again take place at Moorehead Pavilion in Wiseman Park from 2-5 p.m.

The Lynchburg Farmers Market happens again Friday afternoon and we’ve confirmed a local meat producer will be there to sell to the public. {File Photo}

Vendors will offer locally-grown fruits and veggies, herbs, fresh flowers, local honey, and Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis confirmed Thursday afternoon that a local producer would be on hand selling fresh, USDA-inspected steaks, ground beef and pork sausage.

“Maybe one day they will get to try their new venue on the hill,” Mayor Lewis joked.

The Lynchburg Farmers Market will happen every Friday … either at the corner of Majors Boulevard and Mechanic Street or in Wiseman Park from 2-5 p.m. •

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Georgia peaches headed to Tullahoma

Fresh, picked-that-day peaches from Fort Valley, Georgia will be available in Tullahoma on June 17 … but this year you’ll need to pre-order. {File Photo}

TULLAHOMA — Just in time for summer … it’s time to get your Georgia peaches. The Peach Truck will make its annual June trek into southern, middle Tennessee the third week of June … and this year due to social distancing guidelines, locals will need to pre-order.

Each year the truck delivers the first peaches of summer, Clingstone peaches, to our area just a few hours after they’ve been picked from all the way in Fort Valley, Georgia. That red Georgia clay and abundance of sunshine creates sweet, juicy peaches that surpass any you’ll find on local grocery shelves.

On Wednesday, June 17 The Peach Truck will roll through Northgate Mall beginning at 2:30 p.m. Peaches are sold by the 25 pound box for $43. All peaches must be pre-ordered at The Peach Truck website this year. They will not have items for walk-up purchase.

For more information, visit their Facebook page or their website. •

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Local Farmers: No meat shortage … buy local

Local beef farmers say there’s no shortage of beef. Meat processing plants are closed and that’s not the same thing. Pictured is a Tomahawk Ribeye from Farrar Farms in Flat Creek. {Photo Credit: Alex Belew}

As more and more Americans stay at home during the COVID-19 situation, the demand for beef is going up. Combine that with commercial slaughter houses and processing plants temporarily going offline and … well, there could be a kink in the supply chain.

But don’t panic, local beef farmers say. There’s no meat shortage. True some larger beef operation and commercial meat processing and packaging plants have been forced to close due to COVID-19 concerns but there are still lots of smaller, local producers … many in Moore County … who sell direct to the public and would love to have your business.

1 | For example, Golden Gait Farm in Flat Creek sells to the general public. It’s owned by Lynchburg Vet Hospital’s Bryant and Wendy Morton. They raise grass-fed Herefords and Angus/Herefords on 240 acres. You can contact them via their Facebook page or their website.

2 | The Farrar family owns Lynchburg Beef just outside Moore County. Brothers Mark and Jeff own Lynchburg Beef and a cousin, Tim, raises the cattle. They pride themselves on raising pasture-raised, hormone-free, sour mash fed happy cows. They are fifth generation farmers and operate the 169 year-old farm started by their great-great-grandfather, James Franklin Farrar. You can contact them via their Facebook page or their website.

3 | Metro Moore County Fire Chief Mark Neal also does double duty as a beef farmer. His Fox Trails Farm in Raysville offers quarter, half, or whole steers or heifers for sale. That meat will be ready to send to a local processor in December. To contact him, call 931-409-0775.

4 | Local producer Randall George also sells to the public from right across the Moore County line in Lincoln County. He’s a RWG registered beef master who focus on selling local, lean, heart-healthy cuts. His cows are also super happy because he feeds them a mixture of dried distillers grain from Jack Daniel as well as shelled corn. You can reach him at 931-581-1127.

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Manning and friends launch new whiskey

Shots of their new whiskey line up at the first tee at Sweetens Cove. {Photo Provided}

It’s no secret that in Lynchburg many local college football fan’s blood bleeds bright orange. When you combine former UT quarterback Peyton Manning and an expertly blended 13-year old Tennessee Whiskey together with one of the state’s best kept golf secrets … well, it’s a tempting combination.

On May 26, pre-sale on Manning’s Sweetens Cove Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey will open to Tennessee residents only. It’s a limited run of just 14,000 bottles.

Down a gravel road in the Sequatchie Valley

It all started right down the road in South Pittsburg just 69 miles from Moore County at a place called Sweetens Cove. It’s a real find and ones that’s developed a cult following in the Volunteer State and beyond.

The quirky little Golf Week Top 100 nine hole course enjoys an interesting ritual. Before golfers tee up for the first time at the first hole, they go into the tiny little clubhouse, named The Shed, and throw back a shot of whiskey.

It’s a tradition dating back to the beginning and one that’s led to an impressive collection of bourbons and whiskeys as golfers pay-it-forward by taking their shot and leaving the bottle behind for the next person.

One day while playing a round with tennis great Andy Roddick, the two decided to bottle that particular lightening and a new bourbon offering was born. Now with help from Tom Nolan, Rob Collins, Mark Rivers, Skip Bronson and Drew Holcomb the first bottle goes on sale today.

Friends (from left to right) Tom Nolan, Andy Roddick, Rob Collins, Mark Rivers, Peyton Manning as well as Skip Bronson and Drew Holcomb created a bourbon to honor their favorite golf course. {Photo Provided}

Blended by Master Distiller Marianne Eaves

The group knew they wanted their new distilled spirit to be something special, so they enlisted the help of Marianne Eaves — one of the top whiskey makers in the country. Eaves, the first female bourbon master distiller in Kentucky since prohibition, wasn’t an easy get.

She’d fielded lots of calls about blending a celebrity whiskey before and wasn’t tempted. But something about the Sweetens Cove story hooked her. When she discovered 100 barrels of 13 year-old Tennessee-made whiskey aging in a Kentucky rickhouse, she brought it home and got to work.

Marianne Eaves
Kentucky’s first female bourbon master distiller since Prohibition, Marianne Eaves, blended the new bourbon. {Photo Provided}

“I only want to work with brands who insist on continually raising the bar, for themselves and the industry as a whole,” she says. “Sweetens is definitely in the latter category.”

The result is five distinct, hand-blended batches each with an overarching theme of caramel and warm oak notes but as diverse as the place that inspired them. One tastes like citrus. Another leans toward white pepper. While yet another heads in the direction of burnt marshmallow.

Eaves also says that there are four barrels in particular she felt we’re far superior and worthy of a future single barrel release later in 2020.

Manning and Roderick say they are decidedly hands off when it comes to the whiskey making trusting Eaves instincts and years of experience.

Bottles went on sale at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26 and one will be auctioned off for COVID-19 relief. To learn more, visit the Sweetens Cove Spirits website. •

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Review: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters

Jack Daniel’s adds another offering to it’s gourmet food offerings with its new bitters line. It’s produced in whiskey barrels in small batches. {Photo Provided}

When it come to cocktails, it’s the great equalizer … that taste of something that cuts through the sour or the sweet and gives a drink a complex flavor profile. It traces all the way back to ancient Egypt and now Lynchburg’s making its own on mark on the bitters market with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters.

It’s a partnership with Whiskey Barrel Foods, a U.S. company at the intersection of American whiskey and gourmet foods. They produce small-batch, gourmet items in whiskey barrels. They also own the only U.S. soy sauce microbrewery.

“These aromatic bitters are made specifically to work with the flavors of Jack Daniel’s. Add a few drops to cocktails that call for bitters and even some that don’t,” says Jack Daniel’s U.S. Brand Ambassador ET Tecosky.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cocktail Bitters bring notes of vanilla and Old No. 7 as well as hints of dark berry, maple, and ginger. Adding it to a Manhattan or Old Fashion brings that familiar bittersweet taste with a kick of our local product. We tried it in a glass of Jack Daniel’s Rye on the rocks with a couple of splashes and it really transformed the whiskey.

Jack Daniel Cocktail Bitter are sold at both the Jack Daniel online shop and the Whiskey Barrel Foods website. •

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5 Things to know to eat dandelions (safely)

They’re not just for making flower crowns or making wishes. Dandelion are completely edible and come with lots of health benefits. {File Photo}

Just because you can’t buy it at the local grocery store doesn’t mean it’s not nutritious and delicious. The common Dandelion (yeah, that thing in your yard you think is a weed) is rare among edible wildflowers because humans can consume every part.

The wildflower is chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. Native Americans boiled dandelion in water and took it to treat kidney disease, swelling, skin problems, heartburn, and upset stomach.

You can make tea with it, eat it raw in salad, or make it into wine. It’s a fresh spring green that’s very versatile. Here’s how to forage it safely:

1 | Make sure they aren’t sprayed. Dandelions are everywhere in spring but not every homeowner and landowner is a fan. Make sure you’re picking dandelions in a spot that hasn’t been sprayed with fertilizer or pesticides.

2 | Clean them thoroughly. Small, microscopic insects often cling to the bottom of dandelion leaves. Swish the green around in a deep pan and cut open the crowns to make sure you don’t have any stowaways.

3 | Start small. Even you’ve never eaten dandelions before it’s best to try a small amount first. Eating too much could spark an allergic reaction or stomach discomfort.

For more information of recipes to make with dandelions, check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac website. •

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Wartrace gets new fresh produce market

Locally-made baked goods like these all-butter tea cakes adorned with pansies by Heaven Hill Farm will be available this weekend at Wartrace’s new fresh produce market. {Photo Provided}

WARTRACE — It’s the home of the annual Wartrace Strawberry Festival and now this charming southern, middle Tennessee hamlet’s got a new, fresh produce market.

Officials in Wartrace announced this week that Wartrace Produce will open in the historic district this weekend and will offer local strawberries, homegrown veggies, strawberry-themed baked goods, flowers, and other local items. The market will be located at 103 Main Street in Wartrace beginning on Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many of the local shops at The Shoppes at 31 Main and the Iron Horse Pizzeria will also be open. They will all be following all CDC guidelines. Personal masks are encouraged but not required. For more information, visit the Wartrace TN Events and Recreation Facebook page by clicking here.

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State parks plan virtual 5K; proceeds benefit the Honey Project

You can run the Honey Bee Virtual 5K any day between May 17-23. {Art Provided}

Get out of the house. Get moving and get out there and save the bees.

May 20 is World Bee Day and to celebrate Tennessee State Parks will host a virtual 5K with all proceeds benefiting the Tennessee State Park Honey Project. Both Henry Horton State Park and South Cumberland State Park participate regionally.

The race takes place May 17 through 23. Locals can run (or walk) the virtual race from anywhere and at their own pace. The registration fee is $20. All participants will receive a bib by email. A finisher’s medal and certificate will be sent by mail.

The Honey Project helps establish honeybee hives in parks across Tennessee to help folks learn about pollinators. Since pollinator health is critical to Tennessee’s agricultural, environmental and ecological health, these tiny insects open the door to discuss a myriad of environmental issues. TSP also bottles and sells state park honey in area gift shops.

To register for the race, click here. To learn more about the TSP Honey Project, click here. •

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Lynchburg Farmer’s Market kicks off May 22

The Lynchburg Farmers’ Market kicked on Friday, May 22. Due to heavy rain, there first market took place in Wiseman Park but future events will take place just off Major’s Boulevard as an open air market. {File Photo}

LYNCHBURG — Homegrown fruits and veggies, local honey, artisan foods, fresh flowers, crafts, fresh-made breads, handmade soaps … you can find it all at local farmers’ markets. Plus, there’s no better way to support our local farmers.

The very first Lynchburg Farmer’s Market kicked off last Friday. But due to heavy rainfall, organizers were forced to forego plans to kick off the season as an pop-up, open-air market in the open lot at the corner of Majors Boulevard and Mechanic Street directly across from the Moore County Public Library. Instead, the inaugural farmers’ market took place at Moorehead Pavilion in Wiseman Park.

The next public market will take place on Friday, June 5 in the new location and every Friday after that from 2-5 p.m. There will be onsite parking available for around 15 or so, and Mayor Lewis says she’s working on securing overflow parking. Market attendees are asked not to park along Majors Boulevard or Mechanic Street as it presents safety issues.

If you are interested in being a vendor at this year’s market, contact Mayor Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Review: Sundrop Shoppe now serves breakfast

Sundrop painting by local artist Annie Rone
Local artist Annie Rone painted this whimsical Sundrop soda fountain creation for the Atlantic Street eatery. {A Lynchburg Times photo}

TULLAHOMA — They’ve become renowned locally for their chicken salad, French onion soup, and dreamy soda fountain creations. Now, the Sundrop Shoppe and Luncheonette in Tullahoma serves breakfast all day, six days a week.

The charming, local eatery is a southern slice of nostalgia. Outside the bright brick facade, and classic striped awning adds to Atlantic Street’s main street appeal. Inside, the restaurant feels like an old-fashioned soda shoppe and lunch counter with walk-up seating along a marble counter top as well as cafe-style seating both inside and out. Hardwood floors, an exposed brick wall, stamped metal ceiling, and a bright Sundrop-inspired painting by local artist, Annie Rone, complete the bright, cheery interior. Shelves filled with Sundrop memorabilia and souvenirs also line one wall.

The new breakfast menu includes three cleverly named signature items. The Queen City Platter offers two fresh eggs, toast, plus you choice of meat –Applewood smoked bacon, Tennessee Pride sausage, or grilled ham. There’s also the Big Springs Breakfast Sandwich featuring two grilled pieces of bread, Swiss and American cheese, along with your choice of egg, meat, and cheese.

pancakes at the Sundrop Shoppe and Luncheonette
Pancakes are just one of the new breakfast items served daily. {A Lynchburg Times Photo}

We tried the T-Town Special. The made-from-scratch buttermilk pancakes were a mouth full of light, fluffy perfection with just the right amount of butter. Our eggs over medium were also cooked just right and it was a pleasant surprise to see our favorite Louisiana Hot Sauce on the table.

We were lucky to have one of the restaurant’s co-owners, Paige Prescott serve us. On this particular morning, she and her staffed busied about making sure the Tullahoma High School Lady Cats got a good breakfast before heading to the state basketball tournament. Despite that large group, Prescott and her staff took time to greet and talk to each table and answer questions. The service felt friendly but unobtrusive. As we dined, we overheard a couple from Chattanooga say they’d traveled to Tullahoma that morning just to try the place.

In addition to breakfast, the restaurant also serves lunch six days a week including items like homemade pimento cheese, a blackened chicken Caesar salad, and hot sandwiches like their pot roast French dip. They also boast an almost 15-item soda fountain and sweet treats menu that offers things like a Cherry Sundrop Float, classic banana split, and Miss Barbara’s Orange Cream Cake. They also offer a kid’s menu. To see a complete menu, click here.

For more information, check out the restaurant’s Facebook page or website. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}