We are pleased to know, work with and sell products from the following local producers.
Alan Benton, the nicest man you’ll ever meet, just so happens to also be the producer of the world’s finest bacon and hams, and he and his products are among Tennessee’s most valuable exports. There is no substitute for the taste of Benton’s Hickory Smoked Bacon.
Located in the lush Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Carolina Bison raises its herd on top-quality grasses and pure mountain spring water. Their robust bison graze freely on hundreds of open pasture acreage, reminiscent of the original native herds. Founded by author, lecturer, and whole-health practitioner, Dr. Frank J. King, in 1985, Carolina Bison are raised without the use of any added hormones, antibiotics, or stimulants.
Circle V Farms
Less than 70 miles from the co-op, in Hancock Co., TN, Circle V Farms raises two kinds of Heritage breed turkeys, a Bourbon Red and a Standard Bronze. Their turkeys are provided mobile coops and spend most of their time outside on Tennessee pasture. The Visser family supplements the natural forage their birds receive with pesticide free grain and corn grown on their farm. Their turkeys are humanely raised and are free of sub-therapeutic hormones and antibiotics. They also raise laying hens and ducks as well as cattle, grains, and vegetables.
Clinch View Farm
Clinch View Farm is a family affair, run by Rachel Perrin and her dad Steve, just over the county line in Grainger County, TN. Steve and Rachel have a deep affection for their family land and the animals they raise and that reverence is evident in the beautiful lamb they bring to market.
Mitchell Family Farm
John Mitchell’s family has been living along the banks of the Holston River so long that the crook of the river in which their farm lies is known as Mitchell Bend. A seventh generation farmer, John raises his cattle on open pasture and supplements their diet with corn from his own fields.
Riverplains Farm is a family living and working on family land, striving to become a dynamic, sustainable farm. They are dedicated to raising the most nutrient dense food as possible — no chemicals, no GMO’s, pasture-raising livestock and sustainable farming practices in general. Currently they raise pasture-raised heritage breed pork for our meat department.
Third generation owner Lewis Shuckman employs old family recipes, Kentucky hickory and alder woods and a dash of Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon to transform salmon and North Carolina Mountain trout into smoky, delectable cured filets and dips. The Shuckman’s empire is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.
Springer Mountain Farm
Springer Mountain Farms is a family owned business that has been raising chickens for over 40 years. There chickens are raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Mt. Airy, GA without antibiotics, growth stimulants or hormones, and are never fed animal by-products. They were the first poultry producer in the world to gain the endorsement of the American Humane Association under their American Humane Certified program.
Strong Stock Farm
Strong Stock Farm’s land (in Knox County) was deeded to the family in a 1791 land grant (when this area was the State of Franklin). The family-run farm focuses on natural foods, selling organically raised hormone free grass fed Angus cattle and beef.
Sunburst trout farms
Sunburst Trout Farms was originally founded by Dick Jennings in the Western North Carolina Mountains in 1948. Since then it has remained a family business dedicated to producing fresh, delicious and healthy fish while striving to remain an ecologically sustainable enterprise. These days the third generation of the family is working hard to make sure that Sunburst and the mountains where they live continue to thrive for a long time coming.