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Upstate Locally Grown Greenville:  Market Reminder


Hello friends.
Your market is open for ordering until noon today and drop-off will be Tuesday at Swamp
Rabbit Cafe, or Wed at Whole Foods info desk.
Thanks for your support!

Clemson SC:  Clemson orders Due in this Morning


Hello Clemson Friends!
These past three weeks have been quite rough for Donna, having had gall stones blocking the bile duct,causing great havoc in my body and environment. I have been in for testing, and though these stones successfully passed, more are waiting to announce their presence in a not so nice way. So, maybe surgery is called for. I see the surgeon soon.
In the mean time, our market manager, Heidi has carried on and covered in places, as well as Anna from Greenville USLG, who has packed all our orders and made sure everything was there for me.
I am so grateful for these wonderful friends who jump in there and do what is needed.
If you wish to order this week, please get your orders in soon. We will be closing ordering the market soon this morning, and we do need a few more orders to make the trip expenses. So, I hope that you needed this reminder, and will log on and order your supply of beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, and veggies.
Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin.
Love to all
Donna

We Are One Farmers Market:  Pre-Order Open - New Kitchen Basil, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread


Pre-Order is open!

New from Random Hills Farm is Kitchen Basil, check it out.

Plus Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread and so much more.

And the prepared food this week is Creamy Potato Leek Soup, a fall favorite.

See you Friday are our local food extravaganza,

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN


SORRY FOR THE DELAY. HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD WEEKEND. THE MARKET IS NOW OPEN. STAY WARM!!

DeForest, WI:  Availability for week of October 28


The Market is Open. Remember that the pick up window has been shortened, please make arrangements if you can not make it to the farm to pick up your order on Friday 3:30-5:30.

Remember that we still have squash; they can be selected on Friday and added to your order.

Forest Run Farm will be offering Winter Egg Shares for pick up at the farm. Please email Farmer@forestrunfarm.com to get more information and make arrangements.

Athens Locally Grown:  Availability for November 1


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Athens will have its first freeze of the season this week, so we can expect to see a quick decline in the range of summer veggies available at our market. It won’t be the complete end, though, and that’s due in some part to a great program funded through the USDA. Several of our growers qualified for a grant program in the last few years that funded building what is known as “high tunnels”, a type of hooped greenhouse made of a rigid metal pipe frame and then covered with a skin of plastic. They’re sometimes heated, but often the solar heat captured by the plastic and by passive water heat collectors is enough to keep what’s growing warm enough through the night. The program is an advanced research project, building upon earlier work done on a few farms. The goals include seeing if a standardized high tunnel design can be easily built and operated on a wide variety of small farms, and to see if they can greatly increase production during a time of year when small growers have traditionally had little to nothing harvestable.

It’s a long-term project, and we’re only seen a couple winters of production from the tunnels, but so far all of the growers involved are excited and optimistic. It’s not often that you see federal agriculture dollars make their way to small scale producers, and it’s even rarer that you see money spent on projects that can have such a large return on the investment for the community. Not only are the growers able to extend their income potential, but we customers have access to more variety of fresh food for a longer part of the year. Not only that, but it can help growers who were only marginally able to break even (if that) get on more secure footing, and so keeping more farming operations going in the long term. It’s not a lot of money involved (as far as federal dollars go), but the USDA seems to have found a point of high leverage here.

In part because of the expected production of these new tunnels, the Athens Farmers Market runs longer than years past, well into December. Athens Locally Grown, of course, will continue the year round, as we have for the past five or six years.

We will be taking Thanksgiving week off, however. It’s the only week of the year we close completely, so if there are things you’d like for your Thanksgiving meal, you’ll need to plan ahead and order them early.

There are a few new items on the site especially relevant for holiday feasting. Doug is back with a fresh catch of sustainable Alaskan salmon, and this year he’s had some somked a couple different ways as well as fileted and cut into steaks. He also caught some halibut, and you’ll see that listed as well. Also, Southern SCratch returned to us last week with fantastically delicious baked goods, and has many gift boxes and other items fit for a feast. And of course all of our other growers and food producers are in full swing, listing a combined 1028 items. Happy eating!

Thank you for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers and their hard work, 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!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market happens Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and on Wednesday afternoons downtown at outside City Hall. You can find more information on their website.

Also, Watkinsville has a thriving farmers market every Saturday morning, in front of the Oconee County courthouse. And further east, Comer has a nice little market Saturday mornings as well. Both are worth visiting. If you know of other area farmers markets, please let me know so I can list them here as well.

Many of the ALG growers sell through more than one market. Don’t feel like you have to choose a favorite, either. We have many items here you can’t find there, and I’m sure the reverse it also true. Many people stop by the supermarket several times a week, so it’s only natural that you might wish to stop by a farmers market several times a week. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so. We’ll see you there!

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!

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Local Food!


We’ve had such a beautiful fall so far this year. The mild weather has been good for our farmers. We have alot of great items on the market this week. Here’s a note from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse:

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse is running two specials this week. Buy 2, Get 1 free on all trade gallon pots of Perennials, Ferns, & Herb Plants from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. Most are out of bloom now, but are strong, healthy plants, which will develop good root systems before cold weather. They are eager to burst into bloom in your garden next spring. Order your 2 plants as usual on the market, and in the comments section indicate your first & second choices of an additional free plant. Please be specific if there are 2 or more varieties listed (astilbe, carnation, etc.). Also, purple Wandering Jew hanging baskets are HALF-PRICE while supplies last.

Thank you and see you Thursday!
Risa

Dothan, Alabama:  New Fall Products...


http://marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

New products available Onsite only:
*Satsumas
*Hydroponic Lettuce (spring mix)
Come early for best selection from vendors like Gaucho Farms!

It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping…online market has GREAT gift ideas!

See you Friday @ the Market, 9am – 12 pm. Keep it fresh, local and lively!
Gratefully,
Susan and Amanda

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for October 31, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

It’s a SPOOKTACULAR week here at Locally Grown. I have several very important announcements so please be sure and read the whole message to get them….but first. Since market day falls right on Halloween this Wednesday I wanted to encourage those of you who like to indulge a sweet tooth now and then to forget about those cheap bags of candy and try some of Carolyn Brewer’s fudge. She has four different varieties including: Double Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Pecans, and Peanut Butter. It’s fantastico. Do it for Halloween! If Fudge is a bit too sweet, try Sylvan Falls Mills Biscotti, or Chocolate Layer Cake. There’s also April Alexander’s Cheescakes in Apple Cinnamon, Champagne Pear or Plain varieties.

We have one little CHANGE at Locally Grown this week. We’re enacting our SHORTER PICK UP TIMES starting this week. With the night time coming earlier and the cold definitely coming as well we like to shorten the pickup to 5:00 until 6:30pm. In fact, that’s our regular pickup hours and we extend them until 7pm during the summer and early fall. We’ll be a little lenient this week but please try and come by 6:30 to keep us out of the cold and dark.

We have a small handful of great new items I want to mention this week. Mill Gap Farms has two of them: FRESH GINGER and JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES. We just went to the Mill Gap Farm FEATURED FARMER last Thursday night at Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant and were able to eat some of both of these items and they were terrific. I want to make your mouth water just a bit by describing a couple of dishes on the menu that night. Actually these are the descriptions right from the menu.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup – creamy soup made with Mill Gap Farm sunchokes and garnished with Mill Gap Farm sorrel.

*Shaved Turnip, Sunchoke, Arugula, & Kale Salad * – marinated Mill Gap Farm Hakurei turnips and sunchokes with Mill Gap Farm arugula and kale, with a balsamic-roasted garlic dressing, and York Hill Farm goat feta, and thin sliced Osage Farm tomatoes.

*Vegetarian Sushi Roll *- nori and sushi rice filled with Mill Gap Farm Daikon radish, Mill Gap Farm Shishito pepper, and Mill Gap Farm carrots, served with a Mill Gap Farm arugula-snow pea salad, and a Mill Gap Farm ginger-roasted carrot puree.

Pork Stir Fry – thinly sliced all natural pork, stir fried with Mill Gap Farm Buthi squash vine tips, Buthi squash, pardon peppers, lemon grass, and ginger, served over organic brown rice.

I bet you wish you’d gone. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a FEATURED FARMER DINNER at Lake Rabun Hotel you better get your butt in gear because I think this week may be the last one of the season. This week features Turning Creek Artisans and Trillium Farms. It’ll be next Spring before it comes back.

I just have to say that there really is nothing better than having dinner with your farming friends on the night their food is featured at one of the best restaurants in the State of Georgia. That’s not an exaggeration, Open Table named Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant one of the Top Ten Restaurants in Georgia. As good as fresh food tastes all of the time, very few can combine such eclectic seasonal items in as phenomenal a way as chef Jamie Allred.

Last but not least, Melon Head Farms has a smattering of sweet potatoes offered. Nothing brings in the colder days of fall like some hot sweet taters. Show ’em your excited by buying them out.

Thanks for supporting our local farms. It’s greatly appreciated.

AND EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday November 3


I hope this finds you all doing well. What a nice weekend. It is ending with a chill. Looks like we will be cold for a few days.

The gardens are looking great. We have lots of wonderful greens to choose from. Lots of turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, kale chard and more. The onions are even starting to take off. We will start to dig out Jerusalem Artichoke this week, pick more mushrooms and even take a bit more honey.

We are going to try and head up for some milk this week.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Wednesday. Pick ups are on Saturday from 9 to 10 at the Piedmont Green Market (Double B Farm booth), Sandy Springs Green Market (Taylorganic booth) and at the Brookhaven Farmers Market (Double B Farm booth)

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager