Tennessee Beef In Demand

Friday, 22 March 2019

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.
 
Animals and animal products accounted for nearly 40 percent of Tennessee agricultural sales in 2017, generating $1.4 billion.
 
“A three-ounce serving of beef—about the size of an iPhone—provides more than ten essential nutrients, including protein, iron, zinc, and vitamins B12 and B6,” Valerie Bass, Executive Director of the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, said. “One serving of beef contains about half of your daily value for protein in an average of 170 calories.”
 
With Easter around the corner, several producers are already selling out of farm fresh meats. “Grass fed leg of lamb makes a wonderful Easter dinner that also supports local farms,” according to Jess Wilson of Summer Fields in Grundy County.
 
Go to www.PickTNProducts.org or use the free Pick Tennessee mobile app to find a local meat producer or farmers market near you.