The omicron variant and winter storms continue to hurt supply chains and labor shortages across the nation, and grocery stores in East Tennessee are feeling the effects.
The empty aisles and produce displays mean East Tennesseans have less access to nutritious food. But Jen Russomanno, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, is trying to mitigate the problem.
Russomanno and her partner Kim Bryant, the owners of Two Chicks and a Farm, have produced organic food at fair prices since 2012. Now, with the help of Market Wagon, an online farmers market, Russomanno and Bryant can distribute their products to more people across the region. [continue reading]