THE MOUNTAIN HARVEST KITCHEN

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The Mountain Harvest Kitchen is a certified commercial kitchen created to support development and growth of local and regional food businesses. This facility is available for rent 24/7 to individuals and businesses for food processing. Housed in a 4,000 square foot building, there is two (2) food processing areas with commercial-sized equipment, a research and development lab, a receiving area, walk-in freezer and refrigerator, dry storage and office space.

The Kitchen is located at Exit 32 off Interstate 26 in Unicoi, TN. 
It is designed to support growers and food product entrepreneurs in NortheastTennessee, Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina to develop value-added products to sell commercially. The Kitchen will be the only facility of its kind within a 50-mile radius.

One of the primary benefits of the Kitchen is the food business incubator. The management     of the facility, in cooperation with the ETSU Innovation Laboratory, will assist clients to create and grow their own food businesses. This incubator concept will help food business entrepreneurs to start a new business with very low overhead cost and create 100+ new     jobs in the region.

 
While this Kitchen is available to individuals and businesses for processing locally grown produce at an affordable rental rate, it also serves to educate the public on proper food handling procedures, nutrition, and food preparation. The management of the facility strives to reach out to the general public and provide teaching and training to increase the health and quality of life of residents in the region.

The Mountain Harvest Kitchen is inspected and holds health and safety certifications by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Tennessee Department of Health. The facility has an experienced, certified director as well as, the support of the University of Tennessee Agriculture Department and the local UT Extension Service to develop and support the clients’ safe food processing techniques.
 



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