* PLEASE NOTE: The following descriptions are not reviews by Metro Pulse; they are based on information provided by the businesses themselves or found on their websites.
1709 Midpark Rd., Suite A (909-9713)
Heartland Apothecary offers customized compounding for all of your hormone needs. Pharmacist Charles Wall, DPh, works with you and your health-care provider to develop a customized hormone replacement plan that best suits you. Consultations with specially trained pharmacists are also available.
The Fresh Pharmacy
721 F Hwy 321 N, Lenoir City (986-8633)
Fresh Pharmacy provides a wide range of compounded drugs as well as herbal and nutritional supplements. They also provide educational seminars concerning drug therapy, nutrient depletion, and hormone replacement.
HERBS + SUPPLEMENTS
11027 Parkside Drive (288-4110)
This high-end nutritional supplement retailer focuses on general health, anti-aging, weight loss, and sports nutrition. Its staff works with customers to achieve complete health through its philosophy of “Hydration, Supplements, Balanced Diet, and Exercise,” and has developed its own line of products with health-care providers, nutritionists, and chemists.
Eddie’s Health Shoppe
8025 Kingston Pike in Suburban Plaza (693-4909)
The Health Shoppe has been in operation for 17 years and has worked with over 1,000 athletes. While the store is geared toward athletics and fitness, and offers sports nutrition products like MET-Rx and Muscle Milk, there are also gluten-free baking mixes, natural sweeteners, and specialty juices. They have an in-store nutritionist/dietician and the staff is dedicated to educating customers on diet, health and fitness. It also offers the Knoxville Performance Lab for serious training.
1004 Sevier Avenue (329-7566)
By “Everything Mushrooms,” they mean everything. This shop offers mushroom growing kits, how-to books, medicinal mushroom extracts, mushroom cultures and spawns, dried gourmet mushrooms, and fresh mushrooms. Want to grow your own shiitakes? Pick up a grow log and you’ll have fresh ’shrooms for years.
5604 Western Ave. (558-8716)
This business offers herbal formulas and homeopathic remedies for various health problems. Along with an assortment of herbs and tea bags, they also provide consulting and personal home kit products.
6729 Clinton Hwy. (947-3774)
6917 Maynardville Pike (922-8190)
7600 Kingston Pike (694-9747)
11152 Parkside Dr. (777-0644)
3001 Knoxville Center Dr. (522-9113)
A nationwide chain of stores offering vitamins, supplements, sports nutrition, and diet aids.
10959 Kingston Pike (675-8886)
A one-stop nutrition shop, Go Nutrition offers a large grocery selection including organic and gluten-free offerings, as well as a large variety of vitamins and herbal supplements. Most items come at a reasonable or discounted price. The knowledgeable staff will help you get the right food and supplements at the right price.
River Dell Herbs
2724 East Broadway, Maryville (454-2232)
River Dell Herbs employs a whole-person approach to health, understanding life events, upbringing, environmental toxins, emotional and spiritual lifestyle all impact outcome. They work to create a balanced plan for each client. Owner Susan J Fidler trained at the College of Phytotherapy in the UK and is a Registered Herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild.
St. John’s Herbs and Wellness
11719 Chapman Highway, Seymour (577-7725)
A one-stop health shop, St. John’s specializes in a dizzying array of vitamins and supplements—everything from amino acids to sleep formulas. It also offers some healthy groceries like almond butter and herbal teas. You can also shop directly from its website.
Sunflower Health Food Store
4216 Sutherland Ave. (588-8842)
The oldest health-food store in Knoxville, Sunflower is over 40 years old. It specializes in vitamins, herbs, and homeopathic remedies. Sunflower also offers health consultations and testing, and there’s a homeopathic doctor and nutritionist on staff. The knowledgeable staff can put you on a custom diet plan to balance your body.
West Town Mall, 7600 Kingston Pike (670-2999)
165 Foothills Mall, Maryville (681-6545)
With 400 stores nationwide, this chain prides itself in a wide selection of herbs, supplements, vitamins, and sports nutrition.
LOCAL FARMS + COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
Beardsley Community Farm
1719 Reynolds St. (546-8446)
Beardsley Farm grows organic produce, keeps bees, and has free-range chickens. If you want some of their goods, however, you have to volunteer and help work the farm. This community farm donates most of its food to local food pantries. They also educate local elementary school students on nutrition.
Steve Colvin and his family started this CSA in 2003 after purchasing their Bledsoe County farm in 1999. All the produce grown at Colvin Farms is free of pesticides, herbicides, and chemically engineered fertilizer. None of the seeds planted are genetically engineered, and the products are “Certified Naturally Grown.” Their CSA program ranges from $500 for a 1/4 bushel box a week to $700 for a 1/2 bushel box of a week of fresh produce for 25 weeks.
Cruze Dairy Farm
This family run dairy farm keeps its cows happy. Their Jersey cows are in the pasture every single day and never given hormones. The fresh milk and buttermilk is pasteurized and bottled at the farm. Their products are not homogenized. Many local retailers already stock Cruze milks and restaurants like Foothills Milling Co., The Tomato Head, and Blackberry Farm use Cruze products.
2518 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville (981-2871)
There is nothing like a husband and wife organic power couple that run a year-round farm, and that’s exactly what Russell and Sheri Liles do. This farm’s goal is to develop sustainable solutions to food and energy production and they do that by using solar power, composting, and water conservation. Along with selling organic products, like honey, fruit, and eggs, the couple also provides lama packing trips, day hikes, and lama yarn.
Mountain Meadows Farm
This family owned and operated farm has been selling produce at local farmers markets for ten years in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area. Although not certified organic, they do maintain many sustainable and organic practices, working to sustain a healthy, fertile, and biologically active environment. See their website for more info on their CSA service.
843 Keener Road (236-1053)
You may already be eating their products and you didn’t even know it. This relatively new farm, started in 2009 by Jessica Hammonds and Ryan Carden, supplies ingredients to The Tomato Head, Crown and Goose, and Sunspot. This spring/early summer’s CSA program is $250, which gets you a weekly basket of Certified Naturally Grown produce, like spinach, onions, lettuce, tomatoes and potatoes, from the 21st of May to the middle of July. If you’re short on dough, they offer a “scholarship program” where you can volunteer time on the farm in exchange for fresh veggies.
Powered By Nature
Powered By Nature, LLC is a family run business that operates the Vintage Quest Acres Farm and CSA. Vintage Quest sells locally grown, herbicide and pesticide free fruits and vegetables, edible flowers and eggs. Their CSA program costs between $500 and $700, depending on how early you buy, and gets you a 3/4 bushel basket every week for 20 weeks.
Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market
12740 Kingston Pike
Located at the Renaissance Center, the Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market will be starting its fourth season on April 30. A proud purveyor of locally grown goods, it offers all kinds of fruits and vegetables like peaches, berries, corn, potatoes and zucchini. In addition to the farm-fresh produce they have free range eggs, grass fed meat and fresh honey. There’s even fresh flowers and handmade crafts.
East TN F.A.R.M. Market
Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike
Conveniently located near Sequoya Hills in the Laurel Church of Christ parking lot, this open-air market offers a large variety of fresh, local fare. Every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., shoppers can find in-season fruits and vegetables and organic breads. You can also find farm-fresh eggs, meat, poultry, herbs and fresh-cut flowers.
Lamar Amburn Produce
222 W Church Ave, Maryville (984-2416)
Since 1953 Lamar Amburn Produce has been offering Maryville fresh ingredients. They stock fresh fruits, vegetables, and local honey. Many products are locally grown, with some organic selections, and they even have flowers and shrubs.
Market Square Farmer’s Market
Market Square, Knoxville
From May to November on Saturdays and Wednesdays, Market Square comes alive with all sorts of local food vendors. You can find locally grown vegetables, produce, and fruits. There are also locally-raised meats, dairy products, and local honey. Some vendors peddle prepared foods like fresh salsa, baked goods, or artisan crafts. The market offers the opportunity to come face-to-face with the people that grow the food you eat. Check out this popular farmer’s market when it opens May 7.
Maryville Farmer’s Market
Founder’s Square, East Broadway, Maryville (Saturdays)
Anderson Lumber Co., 780 Louisville Rd., Alcoa (Wednesdays)
This “producer only” farmers market meets every Saturday from May to November at the Founders Square on East Broadway from 9 a.m. to noon, and every Wednesday from mid June to mid September at Anderson Lumber Company from 4 p.m. to 7. All vendors go through a lengthy application process, and, once completed, offer fresh East Tennessee products like seasonal fruits and vegetables, free-range meats and eggs, honey and baked goods. There are special days highlighting a particular ingredient, like Tomato Day, or Watermelon Day, and for a little spice of entertainment, bands are invited to play during market hours.
New Harvest Park Farmer’s Market
4700 New Harvest Lane
Running from May to November, the New Harvest Park Farmers Market in East Knoxville becomes the site of droves of local vendors. Sellers offer fresh, local fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and herbs. You can also find some artisan products, organic foods, and other goods.
Norris Farmer’s Market
Norris Commons (near Norris Middle School) (494-9709)
This market gathers every Monday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m and sells fruits, vegetables, plants, eggs, honey, and even soap!
Oak Ridge Farmer’s Market
Broadway Ave. at Jackson Square, Oak Ridge
Along with local farmers selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, bread, and meats, the Oak Ridge Farmer’s Market often hosts live music. They even have guest chefs serving “Breakfast at the Farmers Market.” It runs from mid-April to November and meets Wednesdays from 3-6p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon.
Seymour Farmer’s Market
1st Baptist Church of Seymour, Chapman Highway (453-8675)
This Saturday Farmer’s Market has been in operation for over 10 years now and is sponsored by the Seymour County Food Co-op. Along with the usual offerings of fruit, honey, vegetables, and flowers, this market also offers baked goods from local bakeries and herbs. The market is open every Saturday, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., and starts June 5 through October.
UT Farmer’s Market
UT Gardens on Neyland Drive (806-1557)
A farmer’s market sponsered by UT Gardens features fresh produce, entertainment, family activities, educational programs, gardening tips, and more. The market will start May 18th and continue through October every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
GLUTEN-FREE FOOD RESOURCES
Benefit Your Life
620 North Campbell Station Rd., #24 (288-3193)
Benefit Your Life, a natural lifestyle and strictly gluten-free market, sells products that, well, benefit your life. Everything in the store is organic, all-natural, allergen-free, gluten-free, recycled, free trade, or produced by small businesses. Their quality products include backing products, all-natural stevia sweeteners, and organic fruit preserves. In addition to their edible offerings, they have natural health and home products and eco-friendly foot wear. A one stop shop for all-natural products.
Touch of Love Catering
Touch of love specializes in catering food that is organic and healthy, Not only that, they provide menus for vegans, gluten-free, lactose-free, vegetarians, low sodium diets, and more.
Body, Mind, Soul Living, Inc.
6516 Kingston Pike (696-8518)
This is a whole-systems approach that picks up where the medical and dietary communities leave off. Services include personalized coaching, employee programs, destination retreats, integrated nutrition, all with a mission to guide, support, and encourage individuals to live their highest potential in health, happiness, and longevity.
Ardis’ Healing Center of the Smokies
1103 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy., Maryville (681-4111)
This group of dedicated healers are focused on getting people to live happier, healthier lives without prescription medications and invasive procedures. Dr. Kate Sheldon is on staff to get patrons’ nutrition on track and have customers eating right. Ardis’ also offers other services like Reiki, sound therapy, stress management, and life coaching.
Course to Eden Holistic Health
5410 Homberg Dr., Ste. 35 (539-0659)
Course to Eden offers variety of holistic services centered around ideas of good, balanced nutrition. Nutritional services include education on food preparation, how to properly combine foods, and meal planning. Nutrient testing is also offered to analyze what might be missing from your diet. Eating and exercise plans designed to keep you at a healthy, steady weight.
RESTAURANTS WITH GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS
Chili’s Grill & Bar
7304 Kingston Pike 584-8195
120 W. Mabry Hood Road 470-8664
6635 Clinton Highway 938-4372
Dependable Tex-Mex. Try the fajitas, pitas, burgers, or the grilled Caribbean salad.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
11287 Parkside Dr. (675-9463)
So you want to go out for an upscale dinner and still eat gluten-free? Fleming’s has a gluten-free menu and since most items are made to order you may be able to tweak your favorite dish to meet your dietary guidelines.
133 N. Peters Road 357-3354
2120 Cumberland Ave. 247-5222
A more gourmet, trans-fat-free take on salads and sandwiches. Deli, catering, delivery, and salad bar.
635 N. Campbell Station Road, Farragut 777-6768
2109 Cumberland Ave. 524-7979
Mellow Mushroom features a large menu offering a delicious assortment of pizzas, salads, hoagies and calzones with many vegetarian options as well as a “gluten-free” pizza and a bar that boasts 12 beers on tap and more than 42 others in bottles. The energetic yet comfortable atmosphere makes it a great dining option for local residents and visitors. The UT location has trivia night on Wednesdays.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
6741 Kingston Pike at Papermill Drive 212-5514
Although a huge national chain, P.F. Chang’s still gets the details right in dishes like lettuce wraps, orange peel shrimp, and Oolong marinated sea bass, combining Chinese and Southeast Asian cuisine.
179 N. Seven Oaks Dr. 539-1784
This local favorite for New York pizza and authentic Italian cuisine is also home of the “Megga-Star” gluten-free pizza. A dairy free soy cheese for lactose intolerant can be substituted upon request.
RESTAURANTS WITH VEGETARIAN MENUES/HEALTHY OPTIONS
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
200 East Jackson Ave. (521-0029)
Most Knoxvillians know Barley’s has good pizza and lots of beer, but they also serve up quite a few healthy and/or vegetarian dishes. Substitute soy-cheese on your favorite pizza or try the veggie burger if you want to cut calories in your favorite meal. There’s also the jerk tofu sandwich and the delicious black bean hummus.
10945 Parkside Dr. (675-1365)
Mimis may be known for tasty food, but it’s probably not the first restaurant that comes to mind for healthy choices. Not anymore—in June of 2009, the cafe introduced the Fresh & Fit menu, which has Mimis-style dishes that are low in calories, carbohydrates, saturated fats, and sodium. Dishes are made to order and prepared with fresh ingredients. With meals include egg-white omelettes, the marinara chicken ciabatta sandwich, or petite citrus salmon.
726 Chickamauga Ave. (456-3458)
One of Knoxville’s newest food businesses features dishes made with local ingredients as well as produce grown in their own garden. In addition to their main location in North Knoxville, The Parlor also operates the cafe at the Knoxville Visitor Center. Enjoy fresh sandwiches, soups, and coffee while enjoying the WDVX Blue Plate Special every Monday through Saturday at noon!
Something Savory Bakery and Cafe
541 High St., West Maryville (984-0550)
This quaint bakery and cafe is completely peanut-free and tree-nut free, and makes all their baked goods from scratch daily. Using local farm fresh eggs and ingredients, they serve a wide variety of baked goods, soups, sandwiches, and quiche. They even have gluten-free baked goods, like cookies and cakes, as well as a lunch menu.
1909 Cumberland Avenue (637-4663)
Voted best vegetarian menu in Metro Pulse’s Best of Knoxville readers poll every year since 2002, this restaurant uses fresh ingredients in predominantly Southwestern-style dishes. Rattlesnake pasta, the “Bob Marley” jerk chicken sandwich, and the jerk tuna salad are just a few of the diverse dishes offered. Savory food paired with the relaxed atmosphere delivers a delightful dining place.
The Tomato Head
12 Market Square (637-4067)
211 W. Broadway, Maryville (981-1080)
Multi-Best-of-Knoxville winner The Tomato Head has a reputation for preparing fresh, often organic, ingredients with an exotic twist. Most ingredients come from local purveyors, and the prep staff slices and dices right in the restaurant. Combine that with vegan and vegetarian menu options and its sure to satisfy any dietary need. There are two locations serving Knoxville and Maryville, and best of all a Saturaday brunch has been added to their hours.
SPECIALTY GROCERY STORES FEATURING ORGANIC FOODS
Apple Tree Natural Foods
729 Louisville Road, Alcoa 977-1110
Apple Tree Natural Foods offers a wide variety of organic and natural foods, supplements and vitamins to assist in diet, weightloss, and staying healthy.
140 N. Forest Park Blvd. 558-1432
10903 Parkside Dr. 777-3837
One of the largest natural-food purveyors in the country, Earth Fare is dedicated to helping its customers find “the healthy choice amongst so much clutter.” And even though Earth Fare is a regional franchise, they still sell local fruits and vegetables. Stores also have full-service meat, poultry, and seafood departments.
4475 Kingston Pike (584-8699)
11535 Kingston Pike (671-3377)
This grocer specializes in gourmet products. The produce department has some organic and naturally grown selections, as well as some off-the-wall ingredients. Where else in Knoxville are you going to find Buddha Hand? Combine that with a full-service bakery and butcher and this store has everything you need to make a fresh, exotic, home-cooked meal.
8509 Kingston Pike (693-2677)
Even though it’s only been open for slightly more than two years, Sunrise Supermarket has been making a name with foodies all over Knoxville. Voted one of the best cultural food places in last year’s Best of Knoxville Poll, they offer fresh meat and seafood, organic and natural produce, and some all-natural selections. Also, it has a wide selection of Chinese herbal teas.
Three Rivers Market
937 N Broadway (525-2069)
This community food co-op has been operating for nearly 30 years. They offer local, organic, and naturally-grown foods, stocking healthy choices of many food staples like cheese, milk, coffee, chocolate, fresh deli foods and tea. Three Rivers also sells local products such as offerings from The Bakery Lady, Cruze Farms, and Sweetwater Valley Farm, to name a few. In addition to the groceries, they offer 200 culinary or medicinal herbs and spices. (New location at 1100 N. Central St. coming soon.)