With the growing popularity of protein-packed diets, farmers across Tennessee say the demand for meat is on the rise, and that trend is expected to continue.
“We have seen a change in what people want on their table,” Elaine Dustin of Belfair Farm in Wayne County said. “Several consumers are following the Keto diet, which includes meats that are trimmed with a small amount of fat and meat that is well marbled — making grain-finished meats a consumer favorite.”
“Many families in our community have told us that it means a lot to them to know where their meat comes from and how the animal was cared for during its lifetime,” Micayla Giffin of Giffin Farms in Obion County said.
“As people become more and more aware of the health benefits of beef, we are constantly asked about providing new and nutritious cuts,” said Matt Niswander, nurse practitioner and owner of Niswander farms in Lawrence County.
If you have never used locally-grown food in your kitchen, don’t worry. “It’s almost impossible to make bad food from excellent ingredients,” Tracy Smith of Three Forks Cattle Company in Fentress County said. So, if you are interested in bringing fresh local flavor to your table this spring, now is the time to act.