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.