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TENNESSEE FOOD TRIVIA & FACTS

FARMS & FARMERS
Tennessee approximate land area: 26,383,003 acres
Farmland is 10,969,798 acres or 41.6% of total land
Organic agriculture accounts for about 2,655 acres
Number of Farms: 79,280
Principle Farm Operators:
       Men: 69,320   Women: 9,960
(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov ) 
[2007-2008 latest available data]

POPULATION & HUNGER
Tennessee has a total population of: 6,403,353
Urban population: 4,713,397
Rural population: 1,689,956
Food insecure households*: 15.2%
Households with very low food security*: 6.4%
*Food insecurity - Limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Very low food security - At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food.

(2013 - USDA Economic Research Service: www.ers.usda.gov )
(Population & Food Security data: 2011
)


Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1899 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Paris, Tennessee is home to the "World's Biggest Fish Fry" in April each year.  Hungry visitors will consume about 12,500 pounds of catfish during the festivities, which last for six days. The event began in 1953 and includes parades, square dances, an auto show, and, if you're lucky, a catfish race!
Library of Congress Local Legacies Project
 

MoonPies (marshmallow between 2 chocolate covered Graham crackers) were introduced in 1917 by the Chattanooga Bakery in Tennessee.  They supposedly developed the MoonPie to sell to Appalachian coal miners as a snack.
     There is an ‘RC Cola and MoonPie’ Festival held each year in Bell Buckle, Tennessee.

 

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