SEPTEMBER 30. . . . .SAMI’S  is now being sold at Sully’s Select, where you can also pick up Garden Delivery CSA, buy Granola Natural’s, Cobble Creek, and Good Stuff Cacao.  Well, that sounds like having your rabbit food and eating it too!

MISS YOU ALL.  Happy fall!


Mark S, Rabbit Food's last ever customer, gets ready to leave the store at 5pm on Saturday, August 8.

Mark S, Rabbit Food’s last ever customer, gets ready to leave the store at 5pm on Saturday, August 8.

Thanks Mark, and thanks everyone.

Further to last week’s list:

Cobble Creek beef is available at Sully’s.

What else would you like to know about?


AUGUST 4. . . .ONCE IN A BLUE MOON you come across a special place, fall into the right job, meet all kinds of good people, learn about things you never even knew you had an interest in, make connections, feel positive about what you’re doing, or just generally know that life in process is right.  Such was Rabbit Food.  The roll of thank yous would be impossibly long. So to all who entered Rabbit Food, in whatever capacity, please accept huge and heartfelt gratitude from Roger and me.

TO THE VERY END: This coming Saturday August 8 will be the last day that Rabbit Food will do business.  Please note this week’s hours in the right sidebar under the map. Sami’s, Historic Springs, Summer Blues, Granola Naturals, and UNFI/Albert’s are all still making deliveries. (Garden Delivery CSA is dropping at Sully’s).  Although most of the UNFI order was to fill special orders, there are some items that you may be interested in, e.g. organic olive oil, Parmesan cheese, Bragg apple cider vinegar, organic walnuts, etc.

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: apples, avocados, bok choy, red grapes, mangos, greenleaf lettuce, mushrooms, red onions, yellow onions, baby spinach, sunflower sprouts

WHERE YA GONNA GO? A Listing of Places to find Rabbit Food

The Mustard Seed is our “sister” store in Newport.  Open Monday through Friday, you’ll find a welcoming and special vegan store, organic produce (much of it locally grown), with MaryLou-made smoothies and wraps.

SoKnoCoop  is a new store on Chapman Highway that will save you the drive into Knoxville.  Talk to Willa about UNFI ordering, and find a selection of local foods.

CSAs It’s fresh, it’s local, it’s seasonal, it’s organic, it’s community supported agriculture–what we all need to be doing.  We now have Garden Delivery CSA delivering to Sully’s every Wednesday and Promiseland Farm Garden share/CSA. Their respective contact info: for Stephen and Theresa, and Rita at Promiseland can be reached at 865 356-4092.

Three Bears Coffee is always at Market Square Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  More info at

Granola Naturals is already available at Sully’s, SoKnoCoop, Old Dad’s Market, and Market Square Farmers’ Market

Historic Springs Hydrate can be found at Everything Natural, Walgreen’s, Kroger, and The Mustard Seed.

Summer Blues blueberries Get them at Rabbit Food!  The only other place I know of is the Gatlinburg Farmers’ Market, and we’re already into late season berries.  Shirley says they’re smaller but sweeter berries. She’s bringing several dozen quarts this week!

Olde Virden’s Red Hot Sprinkle Call Allyson and Chris: 599-3202

Stay in touch Share what you learn about good food and where to get it.  Ari is happy to keep the group in the loop.  Contact her via email:        and she will create a yahoo group (or something of that nature) for information sharing.

And that’s all, Folks!


JULY 28. . . . .WITH THE NEWS that Rabbit Food is closing, quite a few folks have been placing bulk orders for the items that they really like.  Ariane is one of those people, and she wants to stay in touch with others who buy bulk organics so that in future they can share sources and perhaps even orders.  Ari will keep you in the loop, so if you’re interested, or want to find out more, email her:

MORE TRANSITIONS: Good news for Cobble Creek beef buyers–The Cobbles are making their first delivery to their new Sevierville retailer, Sully’s Select, tomorrow!

THE LAST DROP by Garden Delivery CSA at Rabbit Food is tomorrow.  Don’t despair though; the location of their future Sevierville drops will be announced soon.  I’ll be seeing other CSA members when I pick up my orders on Wednesdays.  And if you’re not a member yet, you can still join!

BLUEBERRIES, blueberries.  Big, beautiful, better than ever blueberries.  Shirley or Jay from Summer Blues will bring berries Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. The berries move fast, so get in quickly or call me to hold some for you.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR for the monthly GF luncheon at Outback next Tuesday, August 4.

SAMI’S AND GRANOLA NATURALS will be delivered on Wednesday.

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: Strawberries, carrots, ginger, black grapes, red Boston lettuce, mushrooms, pears, baby spinach, sunflower sprouts, tomatoes.  We still have great looking organic plums, garlic, red potatoes, and celery hearts in stock.

PLANNING AHEAD: Rabbit Food is open regular hours this week, but next week, which will be our last week, Wednesday and Thursday hours will be shorter, with the store opening from 2pm until 6pm on each of those days.  Friday and Saturday hours, however, will be normal.

Shop ’til you hop at Rabbit Food.


JULY 21. . . .ABOUT TWO of the quarts of Summer Blues locally-grown, unsprayed fat delicious blueberries are equivalent in weight to one 3lb bag of Wyman’s, and the price is practically the same too.  My suggestion is to grab up as many of the Summer Blues as you can while they are available and freeze them. It just makes good sense.  Depending on the weather, which determines when Shirley can pick, we should have our blueberries in by late Wednesday or early Thursday this week.  Call and check, and leave your order if you wish.

SAMI’S, CSA, Granola Naturals, Historic Springs, Select Nutrition, and NOW Foods all have orders en route to Rabbit Food this week–UNFI and Albert’s Organics too, of course.

DID I MENTION CHERRIES? This week’s organic produce list includes: avocados, bananas, broccoli, celery, dark sweet cherries, garlic, mangos, mushrooms, plums, baby spinach, sunflower sprouts, NC sweet potatoes.

IF YOU’RE WONDERING why the 5lb bags of Bonner organic raisins have not appeared in the store of late, it’s because they are discontinued.  Let me know if you want me to purchase raisins in bulk and split them into 5lb bags.  The price would be a little over $16 for the 5lbs, not as good a deal as the Bonner.

UPDATE ON CLOSING: I will be placing orders the next two Mondays, July 27 and August 3. Regular store hours will run through August 1.  After that date, please watch for hours to change.

See you with smiles this week at Rabbit Food.


JULY 14. . . .THIS MONTH marks ten years since Rabbit Food opened, and where were we back then? . . .Earthfare in Turkey Creek was new; Nature’s Pantry and the Knoxville Co-op (now Three Rivers) were the other main health food stores.  Tiny health food stores served Sevier County. Conventional grocery stores carried little in the way of organic/natural foods. Farmers’ markets were few and far between–as were CSAs–and folks dedicated to healthy food had to work hard to get it!  Our buying club came to Sevier County just once a month back then.

My, how things have changed!  Knoxville now boasts several big box natural grocery stores, umpteen farmers’ markets and probably as many CSAs, a permaculture society, Nourish Knoxville which coordinates promotion of local foods around Knoxville and into the surrounding counties.  Even we rural counties are seeing multiple farmers’ markets and CSAs flourish.  Conventional grocery stores have impressive natural foods aisles plus organic choices in their produce and perishable food sections. Milk shares are now legal in Tennessee, and farmers like the Byingtons, Nicelys, and Eakins have fed a lot of people a lot of great food. In fact, eating organically and locally is so much easier now that it’s almost unbelievable.

REFLECTIONS? The purpose of these reflections is to preface the news that Rabbit Food’s time is up. I’ve decided to close the store soon because sales have dropped to (and stayed at) a level that makes it unsustainable to keep it up. If this leaves you feeling nonplussed, know that you’re not alone–after last year’s growth, I did not see this coming! However, here it is, and I made the decision just a week ago.  On the bright side, I always said that if Rabbit Food was put out of business, that would be a good thing as it would mean we’d have other places to get the good stuff we wanted. . .

PLANS: I plan to order for the next three weeks, so the last delivery will be on the first Thursday in August.  Hours will not change until then.  After the last delivery, the store will only be open for very restricted hours until inventory is sold.

The store itself will be listed for sale with Action Real Estate, Unit 207, Fountain Park.

CSA members, stay in touch with Stephen who is looking for a new drop-off point in Sevierville. CSA drops on Wednesdays at Rabbit Food will continue until the end of July.

BACK TO BUSINESS!  Yes, Sami’s and Granola Naturals and Historic Springs have been ordered for this week.

PLUM DELICIOUS plums and nectarines are still in stock from last week.  Ohhhh, they are perfect and perfectly priced.

BOUNTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BLUEBERRIES are coming in like crazy right now.  Shirley says she can’t pick them fast enough, and she will be delivering quarts of them early Thursday morning.  Get them and freeze them while you can.

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: avocados, celery, cilantro, carrots, ginger, grapefruit, grapes, cantaloupes, yellow onions, green bell peppers, red potatoes, baby spinach, sunflower sprouts, tomatoes

MORE GOODIES:  Treeline nut “cheese,” organic Brazil nuts on sale (yay), Crofter’s fruit spreads (organic, no sugar), Earthpaste toothpaste, Lakewood organic bottled lemon juice, Spry toothpaste, Jovial GF egg pasta, maca powder, 1# bags organic turmeric, bentonite clay, Barbara’s cheese puffs (for the kid in you), and massively more!

Come see us at Rabbit Food.


JULY 7. . . . for the summertime blues.”

There’s certainly no “cure” for Shirley and Jay’s Summer Blues blueberries which start rolling in tomorrow. So why not just succumb?  After all, they’re quarts of flavorful, fresh, cleanly grown locally blueberries.   You couldn’t ask for better.  Shirley says she will deliver Wednesday afternoon.  I will post a picture on the Rabbit Food Facebook page as soon as I see them. Be sure to check in while the berries are fresh.

NATTO should arrive Friday.

THE NOW Foods order finally showed up Monday, with long-awaited pine nuts, xylitol, nutritional yeast flakes, and some essential oils. I thought it would arrive last week.  Apologies if I confused you!

ORGANIC PRODUCE THURSDAY: avocados, bananas, strawberries, green cabbage, green grapes, limes, mushrooms, nectarines, plums, tomatoes, sweet potatoes.  Nummmm, all that good fruit!

AS USUAL: Sami’s and Granola Naturals and CSA on Wednesday.

Get the Summer Blues at Rabbit Food.


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