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Athens Locally Grown:  Market Open for May 2


Athens Locally Grown

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I was hoping to get into the garden this weekend, but the rain at my house just didn’t let me. I woke up on Friday to a pretty heavy frost that caught me off guard — I barely got my daughter to the bus stop in time after I scraped off the windshield, and when I got back I looked after my many tomato plants sitting out waiting to get into the ground. They all got burnt back, and I lost a few, but most of them will pull through. Still, we had it better than some this weekend. There was a tornado, bringing heave hail with it, that went through the counties just south of Athens, ending somewhere near Washington. I haven’t heard of damage yet, but I had friends out caught in the hail, and our ALG growers in the path have all reported shaken but ok.

The rain did stop long enough yesterday for our second Farmer for a Day event to proceed unhindered at Blue Moon Farm in Madison County. Cathy Payne, organizer of our events this year, reports that “the weather was cool and cloudy, perfect for weeding. We covered several rows of blueberry plants, leaving them well weeded and properly mulched, in less than 2 hours. We enjoyed new connections and camaraderie over the work, meal, and farm tour.” Photos of the event can be found on Facebook here. Our next tour will be held at Covenant Valley Farm in Oglethorpe County on Saturday, May 18th in the afternoon (later in the day than most of our events). They produce grass fed Angus cattle, eggs, pork, honey, handcrafted lip balms, beeswax candles, and Georgia pecan honey butter for ALG and other markets, and the event will include a supper featuring grass fed Angus sliders and vegetarian options. The event is free, but spots will fill fast, so be sure to make your reservations by adding them to your order. You’ll find them in the “Event Reservations” category.

Looking through the event listings, I see one very rare thing: for maybe the first time ever, there is a surplus of eggs. This will not last long, so if you go through a lot of eggs, you may want to stock up now. These fresh eggs can easily last a couple months in your refrigerator (I only today opened a carton I bought right before Easter), so don’t be afraid to buy several weeks’ worth now while the surplus is here. I know I’ll be taking advantage of the savings, and might get several extra dozen just to pickle for eating later in the summer when the weather gets hot and the hens just don’t feel like laying.

Thanks so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Upcoming Local Food Events

May 18th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Coventant Valley Farms This is the third FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. Covenant Valley Farms Tour Event Nolan and Annie Kennedy own Covenant Family Farms in Colbert – Oglethorpe County. They produce grass fed Angus cattle, eggs, pork, honey, handcrafted lip balms, beeswax candles, and Georgia pecan honey butter. The day will shape up like this: 1:45-2:00 Meet and greet 2:00-4:00 assist with general gardening chores including weeding, building raised beds, livestock care and feeding, and working with honeybees. 4:00-5:00 Farm Tour 5:00-6:00 Light supper including grass fed Angus sliders and vegetarian options. Opportunity to shop from the farm store for honey, lip balms, candles, beef, pork, eggs, and honey butter. NOTE: Honeybees on the property. Bring epipen if needed, and avoid wearing black. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (even the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

DeForest, WI:  Availability for Week of April 28


The Market is Open. Orders will be ready to pick up at the Farm on Friday 4-6pm. If you need an alternate time to pick up, please email: farmer@forestrunfarm.com. There is limited availability this week, but the weather has warmed up considerably and will encourage plant growth in the hoop houses and in the fields.

Forest Run Farm is offering green onions, sorrel, misc. herbs and kale. They will also have vegetable plants and eggs available this week. Look forward to lettuce hopefully in a week or so and before you know it, there will be radish and arugula.

DeForest.LocallyGrown is looking for more vendors willing to offer their goods at the market and make it a one stop shopping experience. We are looking for vendors that would offer honey, meat, cheese, flowers, or breads. Do you know someone that may have a small business that would fit this market? Please pass the word about DeForest.LocallyGrown.

Cumberland, TN:  CSFM Open for the Season!


Welcome to the 2013 season of the Cumberland Sustainable Farmers’ Market!

While our producers are having a slow start due to a late, wet Spring, we are pleased to be back with some early Spring produce, dairy, eggs, meats, breads, and transplants ready just in time for your garden!

Thanks for supporting your local farmers, we look forward to seeing you all throughout the new season!

Cedar Grove Farm:  CSA Availability for 5/1/13


Hello all —

This past week we were down a farmer while Sarah was away and Dylan and I were busy little bees working diligently from sun up ’til sun down. We got our sweet potatoes in the ground, planted more tomatoes and squash, and tried to maintain some of the weeds that have been popping up.

Weeding is a never ending story for farmers and with the warmer weather and occasional rain spells, they are growing without abandon. To tame weeds, we utilize mulch whenever possible and fabric row covers also help do the trick. Of course we still use hoes and our trusty hands. I do enjoy a good old fashioned hand-weeding every now and then and find it’s a great form of moving meditation.

So, what’s new this week? Our onions are maturing and have reached somewhere between a golf ball and tennis ball size. They are the same variety as Vidalia onions and super sweet. We’ve added back the Hakurei turnips, which are delicious raw in salads. We’ve also added tasty green garlic and mint. Yesterday I sampled a local lettuce salad at the Good Food Block Party at Farm 255 that incorporated chopped mint and it was a pleasing addition.

I’ve saved the best news for last… STRAWBERRIES ARE HERE!!! They are finally ripening and they are the sweetest, juiciest berries you’ll ever taste. I like to put them on top of waffles with some fresh yogurt and local honey. Since it’s just the start, we are asking you only order one pint per customer. Don’t worry, in no time we’ll be overloaded with berries.

We’ll be taking your orders between now and Tuesday at 9pm. As always, we’ll see you Wednesday at the downtown market from 4-7pm and at Lindsey’s from 3:30-6pm.

Have a happy and a healthy,

The CGF team

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for May 1st, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’m gonna be super quick tonight because dinner is on it’s way and I’m hungry. I do want to plug a few things this week that I know you’ll enjoy. First off is Belflower Gardens has Sugar Snap Peas called Sugar Ann this week that I’m certain are gonna be delicious. If you are interesting in eating with the seasons then don’t forget you only get peas in the spring and summer will be here soon so better enjoy them now.

Another spring crop coming soon will be strawberries and if you’re interested in growing your own you should buy some plants from Melon Head this week.

Speaking of plants, of the 253 items we have listed this week, 68 of them are plants for your garden. There’s just no excuse to go buy cruddy Bonnie’s plants from the hardware store when you can get the very best plants for your garden grown by local farmers. I highly encourage you let all your gardening friends know. Or buy one for them as a gift.

Last but not least, Asparagus is back this week, and this time from 3 different growers. I enjoyed some on the grill earlier this week. I’ll share a little secret. every time I harvest asparagus I always eat at least one spear raw right after plucking it. It’s one of my favorite raw foods.

One small reminder. We’re back on our regular 7pm schedule now. We’ll also start opening the market up two whole days earlier (on Fridays) starting in under two weeks. So get prepared to do your shopping all weekend long coming real soon.

Ok, dinner is here so I’m off to…..

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun.

Local Farms First:  Last day to order local! Chard is a nutritional powerhouse...



Greetings local food lovers!

Last day to order local! Kale is sold out, but we still have swiss chard and other greens!

“Swiss chard is available”: http://cb.locallygrown.net/market/index/20827 from Seeds Sprout Life Farm and The Living Farm!

Freshly harvested and colorful, swiss chard can be steamed/sauteed as a side, tucked into lasagna, pureed into pesto and more!

Check out these creative ideas from the New York Times!

Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Maya Silver
LocalFarmsFirst.org – a 501c3 non-profit
970-641-7682
click here to start shopping on the website:
www.LocalFarmsFirst.com

Farmer At Your Door:  New Name and Market Open!


The Market is open! Shop until Tuesday evening.

Announcing our new name…Farmer At Your Door! Congratulations to Merry Evans from Merry’s Garden of Eatin, one of our own vendors who came up with the new name.

We will be still using the same website and address. www.scwisc.locallygrown.net

Thank you for shopping local, good for you and your community.

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

The pace of life is picking up at Falling Sky Farm. There’s the new livestock watering system going in – thousands of feet of pipe to be assembled and buried. There are more chickens shipped to the farm each week – that means constant, careful tending of baby chicks, and more and more mobile pens to be pulled across the pasture each day. Tomorrow, Monday the 29th, marks our first chicken butchering day of the year. Cody, the master of efficiency, has been hard at work trying to automate another task along the butchering line in an effort to shave a few more seconds off the time it takes to process each chicken. With a crew of nine employees on the clock, time is money, and we expect to breeze through about 400 chickens in half a day.

The work these days is literally dawn to dusk, and at the end of each day, it can often feel like you hardly made a dent in the list of things that need to be done. All you can do at that point is sigh, grab a cold one, get a good night’s rest, and get up early the next morning ready to work even harder. It takes more than a strong back to farm this way – you’d better have a strong will and a positive attitude to boot. I’ll admit sometimes the work wears me down, physically and mentally, but it only takes a few moments of reflection on what’s at stake here to motivate me again. We’re trying to build a model for how to make an honest and sustainable living from the land. The success of such a model will help protect not only the health of America’s rural landscapes and economies, it will help preserve farming as a desirable way of life.

There is still PLENTY of room available for the May 11 Farm Tour. Get your tickets and let us show you a little of the life of a farmer. Be advised, our farmers cannot be held responsible for any sudden desires to move to the country, raise a garden and/or chickens, or get your hands dirty. Just be sure to wash up before the potluck y’all! Hope to see many new faces on the 11th.

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. The tour tickets are under the CLG events category. Single click the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email once your order is placed. Have a wonderful week everyone.

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

from Cedar Rock Ridge:

Fresh Salsa for Cinco de Mayo: Only $2.50 this week (normally $4). Reduce, reuse, recycle. I asked you to bring your used glass jars with lids to CLG for recycling, and many did. Thank you! I have removed the labels and sanitized the jars and can now REDUCE THE PRICE of my freshly made MEDIUM salsa. Each jar is about 14 ounces, just less than a pint. Not loaded with preservatives, this salsa should be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. Great with chips, on eggs, or with enchiladas. Enjoy!

Also, check out our exciting perennial plants, most only $2. Have a great gardening week!

Madison GA:  The Market is open!!!


See everyone Wed!

United States Virgin Islands:  VI Locally Grown market 4/28/13


Good evening,

We’d like to welcome some new local producers to the market — Permalife STX, with natural coconut oil, and JahBliss Baked Goods, offering vegan breads and cakes made with local ingredients (like banana, pumpkin, & ginger).

Also, don’t miss out on Ridge to Reef Farm’s delicious peppers! Choose from Sweet Italian red peppers and spicy Jalapenos.

See you Wednesday!