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Multiple Farmers' Markets

"Where are the onions grown?" I asked the produce manager, expecting to hear West Tennessee or Texas. I nearly fell over when he said, "Bakertown Road." Onions growing in Antioch? Does that mean we've been spared becoming another Atlanta? Local farmers' markets and produce stands have more customers discovering the flavors of hand-raised chickens, homemade preserves, goat cheese and organic herbs. Get to know the area's markets well, and you can track down rarities like sheep's wool and raw milk. From the Turnip Truck to the Nashville Farmers' Market and Howells' produce stands to the Franklin Farmers' Market—not to mention that nice man on Highway 70 in Bellevue—there's a treat or a treasure waiting. So pull the car over and invest in a Midstate producer. —NICKI P. WOOD

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