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Augusta, GA:  THE ON-LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


FRI, JAN 30 – TEDX AUGUSTA … We’re at TEDx this morning! Call out to our great volunteers! Hugs to Helms College culinary students, JandL Farm & Stables, Fermdamentals of Aiken and Culinary Cuisine of Grovetown for cooking up the morning snacks And love to our friends at A&D Carpets and Hardwoods for donating a big, round, red rug for the stage! What a wonderful event this has been!

MON, FEB 2 – WTF* LOCAL FOOD FILM & MEDIA SERIES … Join us for a monthly media showing of the deeply significant and often alarming issues facing our modern food culture. The series will be “Stone Soup” style … you bring a seasonal ingredient; we’ll throw it in the pot and eat together. First up: an audio lecture on “glyphosate” from a seasoned, activist farmer. Hugs to AGL volunteer. This event will be held at the GROW Harrisburg Local Foods Classroom at 1808 Broad Street, across from the Kroc Center. Starts at 5:30pm. Free. *WTF = We Trust (our) Farmers.

THU, FEB 12 VEGGIE FERMENTATION WORKSHOP
Fermdamental’s Danielle Shelton will join us on Thursday evening, February 12, to teach a Vegetable Fermentation workshop. This is a hands-on event, and everyone will take home a jar or two of sauer kraut. Of course, sampling different kinds of veggie ferments is all part of the fun. Participants will also receive handouts with a few different fermentation recipes. One jar of kraut is included in the price for the class; additional jars (if there are any) will be an additional $5 per jar. The workshop will take place from 5:30 -7:00 pm, at the GROW Harrisburg Local Foods Classroom (1808 Broad Street) Augusta, across from the Kroc Center. Tickets are available through this on-line market, or email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

TUES, FEB 17 – EHS STEPS INTO WELLNESS: HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIRALG will host a seasonal foods education booth at Evans High School for CCBOE employees. We’d love a volunteer or two to help, especially to promote the Evans Towne Farmers Market. We’ve filled all our volunteer slots! Thank you!!!

MON, FEB 23- APARTMENT AQUAPONICS WORKSHOP … Join David Young for another hands-on aquaponics workshop, this one tailored for urban gardens on a very tight budget and with very small spaces! The workshop is 5:30pm-7pm. For just $5, everyone goes home with a small fish farm for herbs. Held at the GROW Harrisburg Local Foods Classroom, 1808 Broad Street, Augusta. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to enroll.

SAT, MAR 14 – FARM TOUR & WORKSHOP AT ADDERSON’S FRESH PRODUCE … One of the CSRA’s most beloved organic veggie farms is planning an educational farm tour and workshop in mid-March, and Augusta Locally Grown will be helping! We’ll need several volunteers at this wonderful setting in Keysville, GA. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to help. Tickets are on sale now. Email Loretta Adderson for purchase details: lorettaadderson@yahoo.com.

TUE, MAR 17 – OPENING DAY AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET … “Dark Leafy Green St. Patty’s Market Party” is what we’re calling our opening day festivities this season. Come support these all-local, all-naturally-grown farmers and other vendors. And yes! We’ll be doubling SNAP/EBT again this year. The market is in Harrisburg, across from the Kroc Center, every Tuesday, 4:30pm-7pm, through October. Volunteer cooking demo instructors are always needed!

WED-THUR, MAR 18-19 – THE GEORGIA DIETETICS CONFERENCE will be held in Augusta this year. ALG will provide an educational booth on local foods. Volunteers will be needed on both days! Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to help.

SAT, MAR 21 – PRUNING AND SMALL FRUITS WORKSHOP AT ADDERSON’S FRESH PRODUCE … Return to the Adderson’s organic farm the following week for this educational workshop! Free for participants of the Mar 14 event; $5 for newcomers. Contact s-l-add@sbcglobal.net to enroll.

SAT, MAR 21 – GROW HARRISBURG PRESENTS: RE-VIBETHE COFFEE HOUSE! Details soon!!

THUR, APR 2 – OPENING DAY AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET … We’re taking vendor, sponsor and volunteer application now!!! Visit our updated website at www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com. Market opens April 2.

SUN, APR 12 – THREE FARM TOUR AND PROGRESSIVE MEAL … Spring will bring us yet another 3-farm tour … this one at JandL Farm & Stable, Noah’s Farm & Forest, and Spirit Creek Farms.

SAT, APR 25 – BENDERDINKER! Registration is OPEN! Visit www.benderdinker.com. This is the biggest fundraiser each year for Augusta Locally Grown, and the presenting sponsor of the Evans Towne Farmers Market.

Cheers!
Kim

Posted by: Kim Hines at Friday January 23, 2015 12:05 PM EST

Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  To Market...To Market...


The Market is now open for ordering…Happy Shopping!

Market Closes at 8:00pm Monday!
Pickup Day and Time: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm
Pickup Location: All Saints Lutheran Church
722 Rockbridge Road SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
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Hop on over to the Market and place your order…


Thank you for your support!

See you at Market on Thursday!




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Heirloom Living Market Hamilton Mill:  It's Time to Shop -- Market is Open!


The Market Is now Open…Happy Shopping!

Hop on over to the Market and place your order…


We take orders Friday 9:00am until Monday 8:00pm


Pickup Day and Time: Thursday 2:30 – 4:30pm
Pickup Location:
Hamilton Mill Community Clubhouse
1669 Hamilton Mill Parkway
Dacula, GA 30019
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Thank you for your support!

See you at Market on Thursday!




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Heirloom Living Market Lawrenceville :  Market is Open! Come on in...


The Market is now Open…Happy Shopping!

Market Closes at 8:00pm Monday!
Pickup Day and Time: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm
Pickup Location: Crossfit Ozone
519 Hurricane Shoals Rd., Suite J
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Take me to the Crossfit Market.

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings,

~Maryanne

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Joyful Noise Acres Farm:  The on-line market is open for ordering.


Good Morning and Happy Friday.
Isn’t it nice to be able to shop from the comfort of your home? I hope you enjoy the offerings this week.
Four Mile Farm is taking 8 lambs to the processor so there will be more lamb offerings on the market, Cedar Rock Dairy currently has ground lamb, organ meats and loin chops available as well as leg of lamb. If you don’t see it listed on the market, e-mail me and we can hopefully, get what you are looking for.
As another holiday approaches, we have a lovely selection of gift ideas from gift certificates to gift boxes to cookie bouquets. Give the gift of clean living to someone you love. (Secret, you don’t have to wait for a holiday)
If you have not tried the Zesty Italian Sausage from Joyful Noise Acres Farm, give it a try. It made a great soup:
1 lb. browned Italian sausage
1 large can diced tomatoes
3 cloves, minced garlic
2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
8 stems and leaves Swiss Chard, chopped
Pepper to taste.
Once the sausage is browned, sauté in the garlic to release the flavor. Add remaining ingredients and let simmer about 15 minutes. Easy and delicious. Add other vegetables as desired.
A new shipment of butter arrived Wednesday. We have unsalted and salted and it is the best yet. Don’t forget to pick up a tub on Wednesday.
Blessings,
Mary Beth

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Market is OPEN for orders!


ORDERING:
The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

If you do NOT receive a confirmation email immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete. All orders must be placed by 5pm on Sunday.

PICK UP:
Pick up is on Tuesday at 4942 Austin Park Avenue, Buford 30518 from 1pm to 6:45 pm.

PAYMENT:
We take checks, cash, credit card and Dwolla

If you are planning to pay using Dwolla please make sure your deposit includes the 25 cents fee. For example, if your order total is $22.50 make your deposit for $22.75.

Please make sure you understand our pick up policy before you order.

Champaign, OH:  Lost In My Mind


Momma once told me…
You’re already home where you feel love…
I am lost in my mind…
I get lost in my mind…
(The Head And The Heart – Lost In My Mind)

Do you feel the love? Do you feel like our little local market of love is like being home, going home, feeling at home?

I learned, a very long time ago, that home is wherever you feel the love. Family, friends, a place, a time…If it brings love to your heart, well, then you ARE home.

I get to see so much, on so many levels, at this market. I see my own work, I see the work of my hard working assistants, Mark and Charlene. The hard work of each vendor, in this market. The love and the care that they each put into their work, their products, their customer base. The dedicated hours that the YMCA gives us. And, the work of you, our customers, of this little local market of love. Without you, where would the love be?

Each week, I watch as friendships happen, as trust between vendors and customers, builds. As trust in this market continues to go, full steam ahead. I get to chat at the market, greet vendors and customers, share tidbits of conversation, answer questions, and hopefully bring a bit of sunshine and song to everyone I happen to come into contact with, each week.

Thank you, to each customer, vendor, assistant manager, YMCA staff, for making this market feel like home, each week.

Each of you is very important….I thank you, I love you, and I love that together, we build this little market that has become our home…

The song that I used, tonight, is so very beautiful…seek it out, listen to it…fill your heart…

The market is now open for the week. It was nice to see old customers, this week. It was nice to welcome new customers. It was amazing to share the love…

Peace and Love,
Cosmic Pam

Savannah, GA:  Weblog Entry


LOCAL ORGANIC PEANUTS
Raw
Roasted (Creole seasoning , olive oil, & grey sea salt)
White Chocolate
Average price ( subject to change)$7.00 lb
PRE ORDER – Peanut Brittle ($8.00 lb)

Get ready for spring— start preparing for gardening- Southern Native Plantings has bare root fruit trees available now. Karen Smith 912/687-0649

OPEN FIRE Cooking Workshop
The open fire cooking workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 31.

This workshop takes place outside at the Oatland Island Heritage Home and is open to those 12 and older.

The day includes a five-course meal that participants will have created throughout the day, lessons on cast iron cookware care, firewood selection and curing, cooking techniques and recipes.

Prizes will also be available for participants, including a chance to win a cast iron Dutch oven.

The cost is $35 per person. Space is limited to the first 25 paid registrants. To register, call 395-1500.

This weeks tips on Biodynamic Gardening and planting by the moon cycles. Friday 30th is Root Time. Saturday 31st and Sunday February 1st are Flower Times. Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd are Leaf Times. Wednesday 4th through Friday 6th are Fruit Times.

Hay, should be cut at Flower Times.
Begin queen bee rearing at Flower Times.
Happy planting and harvesting.

Root Times, Root crops such as radish, beet, celery, potatoes, onions etc. Planting and harvesting at this time produce good yields and have very good storage value.
Flower Times, All types of flowering plants. According to the North American Biodynamic Calendar 2014 "cut flowers have the strongest scent and remain fresh for longer if cut at flower times, and the mother plant will provide many new side shoots. If flowers for drying are harvested at flower times they retain the most vivid colors .
Leaf Times, Leaf plants such as cabbage, lettuce, spinach, parsley, herbs, and agricultural food stuff such as hay, straw, amaranth, alfalfa, sorghum, oats etc.
Thier are days which are called Unfavorable Times and may cause negative iinfluence on growth, taste and storage value. It is recommended that no planting take place on these days.
Fruit times: plants include beans, peas, corn, tomatoe, cucumber, pumpkin.

EXCITING NEWS for Bee Keepers in Effingham County and surrounding areas. A Bee Club is starting up and our first meeting is February 5, 2015 @ 6:30 PM located at Fellowship Bible Church – 841 Old Dixie Hwy. Springfield, GA. We are excited about the increased interest in bees and look forward to sharing experiences, expertise and knowledge with fellow beekeepers. Whether you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper, or a new beekeeper, or have been working with bees for many years, there will be plenty of information and resources to share. Dinner will be served.

Note: Your contact information was given to us by Harry Ward. If you are interested in attending any or all meetings or if you are not interested in receiving further info please contact us;

Robert Quarterman rlq.fellowbible@comcast.net ph 912-675-9145
or
Liz Quarterman lizq2197@comcast.net ph:912-665-9145

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  New Vendor - Cottage Garden Teas and more news


Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

Our Website: suwanee.locallygrown.net
Pick Up Location: 4942 Austin Park Avenue, Buford GA 30518 on Tuesdays
Like Us on Facebook: Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

Have a question for other co-op members? Submit questions on our Google Group Discussion Board: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/suwanee-whole-life-co-op

New Vendor: Cottage Garden Teas

I am very excited to welcome Tara Wendler of Cottage Garden Teas www.georgiaorganicteas.com to our family of vendors! They are located in Buford, GA.

Cottage Garden Teas come from all over the world – India, China, Japan, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, South Africa. They use carefully selected distributors who monitor the trade practices and ethical standards of the tea.

The entire tea business is a “clean” industry. Many teas that Cottage Garden Teas carry are Certified Organic and the ones that are not are typically grown at high elevations where pesticides are not needed or used. Cottage Garden Teas’ distributors belong to associations which ensure ethical and clean standards for farming. They are confident that their teas are the highest, cleanest quality.

Tara was introduced to the world of tea after she had been let down by the medical community. She and her family now enjoy all of the benefits tea has to offer and want you to experience them as well.

She offers over 130 varieties but I have asked her to only list her most popular. Feel free to contact her if you are interested in a tea that is not currently listed and she will add to our market.

Far East Herb Company is closing down

Mona from Far East Herb Company has made the difficult decision to close down her business. After this week the medicinal herbs will no longer be available on the website.

If you’ve enjoyed using their products please consider purchasing them this week.

We wish Mona good luck in her future endeavors!

HELP! We need Volunteers!!


THANK YOU *Margaret, Stepanie, Marie, Diana, Pam, and Chuck for helping on Tuesday! You guys are a blessing! We couldn’t have a co-op without volunteers and we appreciate you all so much!

If you are interested in volunteering, I have created a volunteer sign up on Signup Genius. I am asking for volunteers to sign up for 1 hour shifts from 2p to 6:45 pm. No packing is involved just need someone to be there to assist other members. You are welcome to bring your kids as long as they are supervised. Here is the link to the sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A44AEA623A7FA7-volunteer

The link is also posted on the About page on our website.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Upcoming Group Buys

Below is a list of upcoming co-op group buys to help with planning and budgeting. All dates are subject to change.

Southern Swiss Dairy – Local Butter – 2/6/15 – 2/8/15

Wilderness Family Naturals- (Organic Pantry Items) – 2/20/15 – 2/22/15

Raw Mixed Nuts – 2/20/15 – 2/22/15

Grass Fed Cheese – 3/6/15 – 3/8/15

Vital Choice (Wild Caught Seafood Only) – 3/20/15 – 3/22/15

Unrefined Maple Syrup – Grade B- TBD Spring 2015

Sorghum Syrup – TBD Spring 2015

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

CSA Farmers Market :  Open for Ordering Jan 29-Feb 2 (Deliveries Feb 5-8)


We will be on an every other week schedule for the next few months!!!

Fresh Produce Available

To Contact Us


CSA Farmers Market
2933 Burnside Rd.,
North Branch, MI 48461
Ph. 810-688-7442
email us
or Email Krystal

Recipes


Recipe submitted by Racheal Yonkman(via the www)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts
1 bunch of brussels sprouts
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Lightly coat brussels sprouts in olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste Roast in 400deg. oven for 35-45 min. For best results shake or stir every 5 min. or so. I promise this will wi over the pickiest of kids :).

Distribution Dates

OTHER DISTRIBUTION UPDATES

Rebekah’s Pure Living They are in their new location beside Office Depot

The Grafted Root Eatery is a new location in Grand Blanc on South Saginaw Street near the Holly Rd. interection.

FORR CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC is a new distribution location near Grand Blanc. It is located on the corner of Maple and Saginaw St.

Almars

Is now open Monday-Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 12-6.

Other Groups

Michigan Organic Farm & Food Alliance MOFFA

Learn about GMO’s by visiting the
NonGMO Project

Raw Milk Advocacy Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Weston A Price chapter meets in Hadley Monthly. Focused on healthy living and eating Contact Kim Lockard email or call 810-667-1707

Healthy Traditions Network

Market News



Organic Fresh Garden Produce Available

Products Available


We are on an every other week schedule from now until more produce is more readily available

Currently we will dividing up the routes to help us stay on schedule Although if the roads become impassable we may change the delivery times

We are on an every other week schedule from now until more produce is more readily available

Currently we will dividing up the routes to help us stay on schedule Although if the roads become impassable we may change the delivery times

PRODUCE AVAILABLE

  • Garlic
  • Cabbage
  • Parsnips(Providence Farms)
  • Carrots
  • Apples (many varieties & sizes)
  • Blueberries(frozen)
  • Cherries (frozen & dried)
  • Sprouting Seeds

If something is sold out request it in the comment section, sometimes after harvesting produce we discover we have more

SALE

  • Pancake Mix
  • Lip balm
  • Tea
  • Beans

NEW

  • Organic Creme (Hilhof Dairy)
  • DILLY CHEESE & Farmhouse Cheddar is back!
  • 5lb blocks of Oliver’s cheese are back!!
  • Certified Organic Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Chips (1 lb package-not 9 oz.)

Other Available

  • Elderberry Elixir
  • Raw Honey
  • Dairy Cream and Cheese (Parmessan, Blue, Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, Mozzarella, Muenster, Creme)

  • Meat
    • Lamb, Pork, Beef, Chicken (Many Cuts and whole chickens)
    • BACON (Regular and Canadian)
  • Drinks
    • Cider, Cherry Juice Concentrate, Switchel
  • Condiments
  • Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs
    • BBQ, Salsa,Mustard,Preserve,Spread
  • Snacks
    • Tortilla Chips (Many Flavors)
    • Bowtie (Maple Syrup Caramilized Popcorn)
    • Dried Cherries
  • Table Blend Seasoning Mixes
  • Vinegar with/without Mother
  • Growing Supplies
    • Fall Cover crop seed, dairy doo, potting soils, block mixes etc.
  • Herbs
    • Fresh, Dried & Seasoning Mixes
  • Dried Beans
    • Kidney, black, cranberry etc.
  • Milled Products
    • Baking Mixes
    • Flour
    • Pancake Mix_
  • Personal Care
    • Lip Balm
    • Body Sprays
  • Household Products
    • Green Bags
    • Bathroom and Kitchen Cleaners
  • AND MORE

NEWS

Thomas Creamery RETIRING! Read the article in the news letter.

NEW DISTRIBUTION LOCATION We have a new location in Grand Blanc. It is at The Grafted Root Eatery, 12235 S. Saginaw which is located in a strip mall on Saginaw Street between Holly Rd and Perry Rd.

New Product for other Farms _We have Parsnips and Carrots from Providence Farms. Since our participating growers are sold out we have made available some wonderful products from other Michigan Organic Growers.

I apologize for the duplicate emails
Many customers have been saying they are not getting their emails when we use the website designed email, so we send the same email through two different systems I appreciate your understanding on this.

NEW NATURAL AWAKENING ISSUE FREE

  • FEBRUARY ISSUE Eco Feng Shui – Tips to bring more positive energy into your home and, how to ease ADHD naturally
  • Articles in Newsletter
    • End January Growing Season Update
    • Product News
      • Coming Soon
      • Baking
      • Milk
      • Eggs
    • Miraculous Challenge-Future Hours Change for Market
    • Roasted Brussels Sprouts
    • How the Farmers Work Together
    • Help Needed

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Healthy Habitz Eating for your blood type
  • Weston A Price Detox talk by LB from Rebekah’s Pure Living

Thomas Creamery


Letter from Thomas Creamery……
Have you “herd” the news? We are retiring. We have decided it was time for us to “head out to pasture”.

As of this week we are closing our farm and creamery. This is our last week bottling milk, making yogurt, and delivering our products to stores. All of our cows, our “Jersey girls”, have headed to a large pastured organic farm in Missouri.

We sincerely thank each of you as well as all of our stores for faithfully supporting our farm over the years. We have been honored with the distinction of producing some of the top yogurt and milk in the nation for quality and nutrition (see Cornucopia Institute). And we have eight fabulous employees who have worked hard for the success of the farm.

We were originally “city kids” and have been on the farm 17 years now building our business. Now it is time for us to slow down and take a rest. Keep an eye on us in the future as we look toward the Traverse City area. We just may be at it again in a few seasons.

We deeply thank you with all our hearts for your support all these years. You are the ones who have made us successful.

If anyone would like to continue with the Thomas Organic Creamery tradition of creating nutrient-dense yogurt and milk, our creamery equipment is for sale. We would love to train the right person who has the desire to continue what we have started. Please feel free to contact us by email at thomasyogurt@4cld.net.

Sincerely, Harley and Linda Thomas

“Product News”


The Milk Dilemma We will be taking pre-orders for milk for Hilhof dairy. Those customers that have ordered milk in the past will be contacted separately about the milk. Not all sites will be willing to receive the bottles back.
Other milk will also be available for everyone that does not require bottle returns.

Coming Soon Great Lakes Fish and Wheat Grass.

Baking Linda Purdy (from Westwind Milling) has decided to give up baking, each year at about this time Lee & Linda Purdy look at their operation and decide what to change, they also closed their Many Hands Community Foods Grocery store located in Argentine. We will miss Linda’s Baking—As she sadly tells us that she has to give up baking at the same time she says how much she loves to bake. You never know she may decide to bake again.

EGGS GCC Organic Eggs are on the site. Their eggs are the closest in flavor to White Pine Farm eggs, they are not soy free, but the soy is roasted which helps break down the protein. They date their eggs out by about 4 weeks which is 2 weeks shorter than the standard 6 week dating of eggs. In the spring White Pine Farm is hoping to get back into raising chickens, this last year they were not laying eggs and rather than to sing lullabies to them hoping they would earn their keep we sent them off to the world of stewing hens, now they are keeping some families healthy.

January issue Natural Awakening Magazines Health & Wellness Why Metabolism Matters, Live Long & Beautifully, Eating for Happy Hormones, Everyday Energizers, Overcoming Perfectionism, Safe Pet Anesthesia. We will have about 25 of these magazines to give out for FREE, if you would like one please order one under our free section.
Some older issues are still available

REVIEW SECTION

Patty loves the GCC Chicken

Your raw honey is the most delicious honey I have ever had! I have ordered so much and am giving away to friends…so healthy and good! Thank you for making a wonderful pure product! Patty Speed

Ever crave a burger? Why not a lamb burger with the ingredients from the farm wonderful mint, and onions from White Pine Farm, the lamb from BF&E Organics (it is a very mild lamb). These all make a great lamb burger its been a big hit with our family (it is listed in the recipe section of this site) Try one and enjoy…We really enjoy them. Thank you so much for providing yet another wonderful meal for us. Debra Lyman Scroll down for the Lamb burger Recipe.

Keeps the comments coming, we love to hear how the market is blessing you!

Want something we don’t have? Please let us know by clicking here and filling out the form.

If you enjoyed a certain product or just want to share the love please email us with your comments! The comments may be anonymous if desired please indicate in the email! All the growers love to have feedback on the products they sell. email us with comments.

USE THE COMMENT SECTION at the end of your order
If something is sold out or if you want something not on the website you can leave a comment at the end or your order. Periodically when we harvest to fill the orders we do have extra and can fill extra orders.

How The Farmers Work Together

Many of the farmers participate with the operation of this market, and when no unexpected events/emergencies happen the market runs almost as smooth as clock work. I received a panicked phone call from Racheal that she can’t open the market today because goats are out. So alas today I have to click the mouse, change the wordings and open the market.

Tuesday morning the farmers know what products they have to prepare for the market. CSA Farmers Market action starts Wednesday night when one of our helpers creates reports for packing frozen & dairy and prints the invoices, envelopes and other miscellaneous paperwork that enables us to get the farmers products to you. Michele from Fallen Oak Farm brings her items over and assembles the envelopes, invoices and packing reports than places them in the appropriated distribution location basket.

Thursday Morning Kurt from Ulrich Farm arrives with his items and packs up the orders that is suppose to go the West distribution area. Barb a helper takes the van and heads of to Almars where she meets with Linda Purdy from Westwind Mill and Pat Whetham from Whetham Organic. Orders going to the West side are packed and everyone takes the orders to their respective farms for customers. The items they have for the East area are loaded in the van and taken back to White Pine Farm where Dale Kinney from White Pine Farm, Joe Law from Law Family Farm, Doreen Wilcox from BF&E Organics, and our helpers start to pack orders. As they are packed they are put in totes and placed in the walk in cooler. Of course frozen items go in the freezer and CSAFM is operating five chest freezers right now (it is going to be wonderful when we get the walk in).

Krystal Owens son gets off from the bus at White Pine Farm where we pack orders and she loads up products that are going to Healthy Habitz which she will deliver before going home. Friday morning Dale Kinney, Marian Listwak, and a helper go to White Pine Farm to load the van. We usually start loading at 7am as we carefully pack to make sure we don’t miss anything.

Everything is color coded to help us know what to unload where it is suppose to go. If things go well we are on the road by 8:30 am to start delivering and the van does not arrive back until approximately 5pm. If I’m not helping with deliveries I usually stay close to the phone to deal with what every unexpected event that happens.
We operate somewhat like a co-op where the farmers are expected to do their share of work. Not all farmers can help so they contribute a higher percentage of their sales as compared to the grower that can participate with helping at the market.

Of course as always there is a fall person that fills in whenever any one is sick or goes on vacations or has to help friends whose goats get out. That person is me and if I don’t get back with everyone timely I can guarantee it is one of those weeks where I have to do double duty. And now since Krystal is off work—-I’m doing double duty.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

NEW Growing Season Update January 29th


Spinach is growing and waiting for good weather to be planted out into the hoop-houses. Planted greens are waiting for sunny longer days. Seeds are ordered and many seeds are back ordered. Heaters are being installed, buildings are being cleaned and organized so when we get busy we can find what we need when we need it. It is now time to look at the biological insects to see what we need. Two years ago we lost one long row of kale due to the cabbage loopers, the butterflies may be pretty but the caterpillars are ferociously hunger for kale. Last year we released some microscopic wasps that loved eating their eggs and the damage was minimum. I love those tiny insects. They are the size of pin head and have an huge appetite for eggs.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

New Soap Makers are Here

We have two wonderful new soap companies coming to our group. This means we will have three entirely different soaps for you to choose from. We will still have the wonderful goat milk soaps offered by Pineberry Dairy from Silverwood Michigan. Now we are also offering natural bee product soap from Hive Made Products in Gladwin Michigan. If you prefer Omega rich olive oil soap we have Moon River Soaps made in Rochester Michigan.

Rebekah Townsend from Hive Made Products is passionate about creating a safe enriching soap for her family and yours. She and her husband have taken vast steps for their family to live life simply and naturally. After making some changes to what they put inside their bodies, they decided to take a closer look at the products they used on the outside. They were motivated by what they found to create their own body care products. They became bee keepers in 2013 and now use some of their own honey and beeswax in these products. It’s their passion to share with others the healing and moisturizing qualities they discovered in their body care products. They run their apiary, make quality handmade body care products, and rear their three sons on the homestead in Gladwin, Michigan.

Moon River soap maker Carlos and formulator Elizabeth Aprea, along with their daughter and son-in-law, make their rich moisturizing soaps in the beautiful sage green building downtown Rochester that they also call home. They discovered that synthetic fragrance in commercial soap was triggering her head aches and decided to research essential oils and botanicals. They created their fist batch of cold pressed organic olive oil soap with the knowledge gained from that research. They noticed that national baby wash was causing their grandson dry, irritated skin and after using the soap on him they saw his skin healed up almost immediately! They create this soap with a passion for healthy living and natural healing. They use natural NON-GMO ingredients that are free of chemicals and preservatives. Each hand poured bar of soap is made with omega rich olive oil, nurturing botanicals, and certified 100% pure essential oils. They never use petrochemicals, sulfates, synthetic fragrance or phthalates

Miracles-Future Market Hour Changes


It may not seem like much of a miracle, but pulling off this market often feals like one. There are other markets in other states that do very similar markets. They give their custosmers about 2 days to order and the farmers 5 days to get the orders together. Some monthly markets actually give the farmers about 10 days to get the order together. We are the other hand give the customers about 4 1/2 days to order and us only about 2 1/2 days to harvest and gather product. Since we give ourselves such a narrow window we will eventually be shortening the order time we give customers. This I believe will give us a little more time to deal with issues that arrise and more time to pay attention to detail. The future time we plan to be open the market will be 7:00 pm on Thursday and we will close the market Monday night at 10:00 pm.
On Thursday it sometimes is a madhouse here because we are packing orders at the same time when the market is being opened and it is often that the farmers that have just harvested their crops are also packing their items and they have not always had time to update the website. At the same time we have to back up all files, edit invoices, write the weblog in HTML before we are even down packing order and by 3pm we would love to have all our hair in our head.

Adding three hours for us at the beginning of the market would make a huge difference and the two hours at the end of the market would also help.
The beginning time will be implemented before we go onto a weekly order cycle. The closing the market time we be implemented sooner.
Thanks

Happenings/Events

Healthy Habitz Wed Fe. 25 6:30-8:00 pm, eating right for your blood type class with blood type testing. $5.00 admittance applied to purchase, registar by 2-23-15.

Weston A. Price Chapter Program February 10th at 1:30 at the Old Hadley Town Hall, LB from Rebekah’s will be doing a program about detoxing. Contact Kim Lockard 810-667-1707 for more information.

Help Needed


We need some extra help since I’m not being able to keep up with the extra work load and the participating are doing their share.

Our immediate need for help is on Thursday afternoon and Friday Morning.

We also needs some help during other times. Krystal who we all miss dearly is still off work and when she returns the new helper will still remain part of the market.

If anyone is interested joining our group with helping to pack the orders please call Marian at 810-688-7442. You will be compensated for your time.

What Reusable and Recyclable items


Here is a list of what we can reuse.

Paper Grocery Bags

  • This includes ones you get from stores
    Cardboard
  • The cardboard bottoms from the bags
    Glass Jars
  • Honey Jars
    • Even if the honey is in them
  • Elixer Bottles
  • Any jar that our products come in
  • Clear produce boxes
    For those that return egg cartons
    Virginia Sheeks is very grateful to get them.
  • Ink/Toner Cartridges we can recycle and get credit for them which saves us money on office supplies.

Fundraisers & Projects


Fundraiser
Walk In Freezer Fundraiser Update <———- We have raised $943.52 so far! THANK-YOU!
These people have contributed so far. They are listed in order of largest amount to the smallest. Every Bit helps.
Debi Peters, Patricia Gall, Stephen Cranfield, David Jameson, Karen Munson, Debra Lyman, Linda Williams, Stephen Walker, Tina Dupuis, Bruce Williams, Marianne Fitzgerald, Melissa Gifford, MaryJane Engelhardt, Jeanette Farley, Peggy Garrigues, Andrea Goddard, Bill Schwank, Carol Solomon, Michelles Steiner, Denae Tate, Michele Mrozcek, Anita Heeke, Shannon McNair, Carol Schmidt, Cori Douglas, Laureen Sue Magyari, Shannon Mills, Judy Mrachina, Kimberly Pistonettis, Tracy Williams, Diana Carnahan, Dana Driscol, Kathleen Gahan, Kristina Moore, Heather Hamlin, Kristy Fairbanks, Carol Bendure, Donna Mohr, Renee Nadiv, and Beth Schmeisel.

We truly appreciate the help. Every little bit helps us get closer to our goal. This winter has been tough and has put the farmers behind. Many winter projects went by the wayside because we were busy just keeping up with the storms.

The kitchen is not done and the freezer sits. Due to the extreme cold weather we had many crop failures in the hoop-house which resulted in lost income that we were depending on.

Other things that can be done to help is collect paper grocery bags so that we don’t have to buy so many of them, donating used ink/toner cartridges that we can recycle in exchange for paper products we need for the market.
We do have some other fund raiser plans in the works.

Here is a little history on the Freezer. Dale & Marian bought the freezer walls, floors and the condenser. Dale with the help of a friend Vince poured the cement pad and assembled the freezer. Brand new freezers this size are way beyond our means. Used freezer compressor are almost always bad or short lived so we knew that would be an additional expense. The freezer currently needs a compressor, rubber roof and door trim. The temperature in the freezer will be much lower than standard commercial freezers.

Please note that these contributions are not tax deductible. Those reaching $20 get the antique historic wine bottles. All other expect an item to show our appreciation.
Click here to see whats available!

Other Projects in the Works
We at CSA Farmers Market have another project we are working on. The last few years MOFFA (Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance) has granted us the use of a mobile incubator kitchen. It will be going back to MOFFA eventually, so we have been building a new kitchen. The kitchen is close to completion. The sinks are in, but not hooked up and some lights need to be hung. The project is primarily waiting for us to find time to complete it. As farmers we are pretty good at fixing and building things in order to make things work on a small budget.