Final Chapter: Just Ripe Closes (And One Additional Business)

The “final chapter” caption might seem a little melodramatic, but I really do feel I’ve documented this little storefront at 513 Union Avenue more intensely than anything else I’ve written about. In January of 2011 I told you about their pre-opening fundraiser, their opening in May 2011, their half-birthday in December 2011, their reorganization, their subsequent near closure and their purchase […]

Just Ripe Re-Opens Today with Renewed Focus

Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time know that I have been a fan of, and have closely followed, the little specialty grocery store, Just Ripe. In January of 2011 I told you about their pre-opening fundraiser, their opening in May 2011, their half-birthday in December 2011, their reorganization, their near […]

A New Option for Downtown Food: Better Bushel

  Food. It’s always an issue for those of us who live downtown. One of the great conversations when I moved downtown in 2009 was “what will you do about groceries?” The idea suggested was that downtown living wasn’t viable because of the lack of a downtown grocery store. Of course, downtown residents can do […]

Just Ripe Sold to Century Harvest Farms!

I told you good news was on the way and here’s a shot of just that. I’ve been waiting anxiously to share the great news that Chris Burger and Century Harvest Farms will close next week on their purchase of Just Ripe. In a very happy conclusion to my previous story about their decision to […]

Farmers’ Market, GMOs and Monsanto: A Knoxville Saturday

Where does your food come from? How was it grown? What difference does it make? And what does this have to do with life in the city? I’m not completely ready to answer all of these questions, but I’ve learned a lot. And this past Saturday offered a chance to learn more. Natural food downtown […]