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South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  More Peaches and Nectarines from Crow Mountain - email to order.

Peaches and Nectarines are available for order again today. This is a special deal through the food hub and they are only available in pecks or half bushels.

If you would like to order peaches or nectarines email Risa Brown at Orders received by 2 pm today will be guaranteed (to the best of our ability) orders received after 2 pm may also be available but there is less of a guarantee. Peaches that are ordered will be available for pick up outside of the Community Center on Tuesday between 4:30 and 5:45 pm.

Freestone Peaches – peck – $17.00; 1/2 bushel – $27.00

Nectarines – peck – $17.00; 1/2 bushel $27.00

Crow Mountain has some of the best peaches around. They are a conventional orchard, but they are relatively local (as orchards go) and the fruit is delicious! The South Cumberland Food Hub will be travelling to Crow Mountain tomorrow and your order will help to fill the truck and increase our efficiency! Thanks – Jess

South Cumberland Food Hub:  We Still Have Fruit!

To Contact Us

South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41B
Tracy City, TN 37387
Risa Brown


Market News

We still have lots of local fruit this week, but it will likely be the last week for grapes and peaches. The nectarines are gone, so we’ll have to wait until they roll around again next year.

Rainbow Hill Farm has Gala apples this week in addition to the Ginger Golds.

Crow Mountain Orchard also has Gala apples, Early Golds and Pippins.

From here on out, the apples should be plentiful until Oct or Nov, so plan to make good use of them in season by making apple butters, cobblers, pies and sauces. And the delicious homemade Apple Cider from Crow Mountain will be available in September, I’ll be sure to let you know exactly when. It’s wonderful for making sauces.

There’s lots of great fresh produce on the market this week, so be sure to check it all out. Thank you for supporting your local farmers and food hub!


Coming Events

Keep up to date with the Cumberland Farmer’s Market by visiting our organization’s blog.

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!

Fields of Greens:  Soggy Monday

Good morning everyone!

Is the rain ever going to stop!? Have you all float away or had to build an arc yet? Well it may be soggy and wet outside but the market is open and accepting orders! Sign in and take a look at all the great items our outstanding growers have to offer!

For all my current customers….refer a friend who signs up and completes their trial and your $25 membership fee will be waived! Start referring now!

Please continue to post recipes if you have any favorites I would love to see them shared! Any questions on how to post please ask! :)

Now sign in and get to ordering the market is OPEN!!!


Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday August 24

I hope thud finds you all doing well. The market is open and ready for orders.
We will have some okra, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, winter squash and more for the market. I am planning to get milk from Milky Way.

We will see you on Saturday.

Thank you,

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday August 23

I hope thud finds you all doing well. The market is open and ready for orders.
We will have some okra, tomatoes, mushrooms, beans, winter squash and more for the market. I am planning to get milk from Milky Way.

We will see you on Friday.

Thank you,

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for August 22

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

The weather this week has me at a loss for words. All the growers I’ve talked to, too. Farmers are always ready to talk about the weather, but now they seem to all just throw up their hands and mutter something under their breath. Livestock tend to shrug off short-term changes in the weather and go about their business, but the weather induces more permanent changes in plants. An early heat wave can make fruit trees bud early, for example, leaving them vulnerable to a later frost. Cold, wet weather is great for leafy greens like cabbages, since it makes the leaves grow quickly to better capture the fading sunlight, but fruiting plants don’t at all care for it. Annually will grow more slowly and keep going right on until frost, but perennials can mis-interpret the weather as a sign that winter is nearly here, and they’ll begin to go dormant. Pollinators will begin to huddle in their hives, and that leaves fewer out in the rain to fertilize the flowers that are on the plants.

We will undoubtably get some more typically summer weather in the coming weeks, maybe even with temperatures in the upper nineties or higher. And when it comes, it’s possible even the plants will just throw up their hands, mutter something to themselves, and just give up. It’s things like this that keeps farming interesting.

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!

Farmer for a Day!

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather 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 a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may 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, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including 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!

Suncoast Co-op:  Volunteer information: Would you like to support the growth of the local food movement where you live?

Hello All Members and customers of the Suncoast Co-Op

Do you believe it is already past the middle of August? It is seed planting time. Dave has provided an awesome chart about when the best time to plant seeds or if you chose seedlings. Harvest Calendar for Zone 9

If you’re from the North like me planting a garden at this time of the year is unusual but it is the time to
begin thinking “Garden Time” if you want produce through next May and June.

Concentrating on this time to get the gardens started and productive is NOW. In 60 days or so from when we plant we will have some produce. Hopefully if we plant enough we can all become growers
and sell our produce at the Co-Op Market too.

Our Markets are open and becoming more popular as more people hear about us. As you shop in the on-line market you can see that more and more items are being added on a regular basis.

I am writing to you because as our market continues to grow we need volunteers to help at the
markets. We need lots of volunteers. The founders of the Co-Op have given unceasingly of their time and talent for more than a year and with the help of volunteers they can take a break once in a while.

Tuesdays New Port Richey library courtyard, Main St. 9:30-2pm

First Fridays in Downtown New Port Richey, Cavalier Sq 4:30-9pm
Fresh Friday Night Farmers market

Saturday Habitat for Humanity Restore, 4131 Madison St 10-2pm

Green After Dark
Oct. 5th 5pm-9pm
Green After Dark

Nov 8,9,10 Ecofest at Sims Park, and Starkey Park All day affair
Pasco Ecofest

And many other great events!

We will have a training period to familiarize all volunteers about the processes needed to check in produce and fill our member’s orders and in the garden also if you would like to learn to grow food.

Our first information session will be August 26 at Barbara’s home 6410 River Road New Port Richey at 7:30 The
goal of the group meeting will be begin a schedule for days and hours that volunteers can sign up for.

RSVP not required but appreciated. Contact or reach me on my cell 727-743-6040 If you have a date in mind and would like to sign up and cannot make the meeting please call me.

Meeting more like minded people is one of the best things that I get out of volunteering at the market.

Exchange of ideas and experiences helps us all to grow a better garden thereby ability to live a healthier life.

Looking forward to hearing from you all.

Janet Cswercko, Volunteer Chair

Contact me at; or telephone me at 727-372-1304 or 727-743-6040


Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for August 21, 2013

Hey Local Food Lovers,

I just want to congratulate everyone for making our August sales amongst the best we’ve had here at Locally Grown. We’ve consistently sold over $1,000 of local food each week so far in August, and this month (especially after school starts back) is usually more a slumping time of year. I think that’s a really encouraging sign that more and more of you are eating local consistently each week of the year. As everyone knows there’s probably been a little less availability at each farm this year due to the crazy rain, but with the number of farms and other food producers increasing slightly this year we’ve been able to hold steady on supply. Even this week with our two of our biggest producers taking a week off (Leah Lake and Ohana Farms) sales are excellent. So thank-you to everyone who is making that happen.

Each week there are more things to talk about than I have time to plug. One very important one is to buy goat cheeses from SPLIT CREEK FARMS in SC this week. Those of you who have tried these cheeses, yogurt, fudge and other products know that we’re lucky to have such a great goat dairy just an hour drive away. Thanks to Teri Parker and her willingness to go pick up these orders a few times a year we all get to enjoy this as a special treat now and then. Since the next order won’t be until November this is your chance until late Fall. Don’t miss it. And if you don’t know what to try I highly recommend the Feta in oil. Of all the feta cheeses I’ve had in my life that one is the best. And I don’t let a drop of the oil it’s packed in go to waste. The spices and bits of cheese make it the perfect oil to add to a casserole or even on top of some roasted potatoes. Every last bit is fantastic.

I also want to remind folks to visit Lake Rabun Hotel and Restaurant’s Featured Farmer Thursdays. Chef Jamie Alred is one of the best things to ever happen to local food in North Georgia and if you don’t believe me go judge for yourself. I always say that when he features each farm, that’s the best their food will taste all year long. To further demonstrate his commitment to local farms he just released a cookbook that features recipes from nine farms all located in the North Georgia Mountains. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’ll definitely be on my shelf soon, or more likely on the counter slowly getting covered with flour, olive oil and sauce spatters the way all my really good cook books do.

The remaining schedule for Featured Farmer Thursdays is as follows:

22: Chattooga Belle Farm, Long Creek, SC, apples, Ed and Kitty Land
29: Local Goods and Gardens, Clayton, GA, figs and produce, Ryan Allred and Christine Smith
5: Taylor Family Farm, Lakemont, GA, David Taylor
12: Old School Community Garden, Sustainable Mountain Living Communities (S.M.L.C), Clayton, GA, a donation will be
given to the S.M.L.C. for use of produce from the Old School Community Garden; and
Turning Creek Artisans, Clayton, GA, honey, Bob Grant,
19: C-Z Farm, Tiger, GA, Pat Crunkleton
26: Trillium Gardens, Clarkesville, GA, micro greens, Steve Whiteman
3: Gibson Farms, Westminster, SC, certified organic grass fed beef, Leland Gibson
10: Ladybug Farms, Persimmon Valley, Rabun County, GA, Teri Jagger Blincoe
17: Burton Mountain Farms, Rabun County, GA, Sid Blalock
24: Chattooga Belle Farm, Long Creek, SC, apples and persimmons, Ed and Kitty Land, and
Turning Creek Artisans, Clayton, GA, honey, Bob Grant
31: Stack Farm, Tiger, GA, persimmons and Asian pears, Bill and Leckie Stack
7: Leah Lake Farms, Smithbridge Township, NC, Brooks Franklin
14: Mill Gap Farm, Tiger, GA, Chuck and Amy Mashburn
21: Tiger Mountain Vineyards, Tiger, GA, recipes using 100% Georgia grown wine, John and Martha Ezzard

Last but definitely not least the Habersham County School system officially kicked off their 2013 Farm To School program this month. Liberty Farms (who is selling tons of okra this week) is the first featured farm and they’ll be feeding every kid at Wilbanks Middle School their fresh potatoes sometime this week I think. Not only that, each of the ten farms that will be featured this year were put into a school calendar so that students, teachers and parents will come to know the farms and foods their kids are eating each month of the year. How’s that for cool!

Here’s a quick list of the farms (and their products) that are participating in this amazing program.

1.) Chattooga Belle Farm, Kitty & Ed Land: Apples
2.) Leah Lake Farm, Brooks Franklin: Beets, Carrots, Spring Onions, Swiss Chard, and Lettuce
3.) Liberty Farm, Jerry, Sherry & Wesley Gerrin: Tomatoes and Irish Potatoes
4.) Melon Head Farm, Joni & Harold Kennedy: Cantaloupe, Rhubarb, Sweet Potatoes, and Watermelon
5.) Mill Gap Farm, Chuck & Amy Mashburn: Sweet Hakurei Turnips
6.) Mountain Earth Farm, Ronnie Mathis: Zucchini Squash, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Kale, Cabbage, and Snap Beans
7.) Shook’s Farm, Angel & Steve Rushing, Thelma & Michael Shook: Eggplant, Peppers, Summer & Butternut Squash
8.) Sylvan Falls Mill, Linda Johnson: Cornmeal and Whole Wheat Flour
9.) Trillium Farm, Steve Whiteman: MicroGreens
10.) Widebottom Farm, James & Phillip Franklin: Watermelon, Peppers, and Peaches

I still plan to tell you all about the Thai cooking school as promised at some point but as usual, I’m behind schedule. When I do finally get around to it I want to include some photos and some recipes so I need to set aside some time to make all that happen at once.

Until then Thanks for supporting our local farms and….
Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun

Princeton Farm Fresh:  The Market is Open

I think we should celebrate, as of today we have been open for 6 weeks. I like that we are forging new relationships together through great local food. We have a great core customer base and I am enjoying getting to know each and every one of you. Names still escape me, but in time I will get them down.
See you on Thursday!

DeForest, WI:  Availability for Week of August 18

The Market is open!