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Conyers Locally Grown:  Closed for thanksgiving.

I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a happy Thanksgiving. This is is time of year when we can reflect on our progress and begin to plan the next few rounds if gardens and such.
We have had a wonderful year and have much appreciation for all our customers and farmers.
Thank you and we will see you in two weeks

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for Novemer 21st, 2012

Hey Local Food Lovers,

As you may have noticed there’s been no announcement about going to an every other week schedule as we have in past years. That’s because we have quite a few farmers with greenhouses now, and if all goes well we should have greens and other veggies 12 months a year from now on. That’s a big and noteworthy change to our local food system here in Northeast Georgia, and an exciting one as well. Thanks to two or three of participating farmers offering to help on Wednesdays with the pickups, we plan to try out staying on a weekly schedule a bit farther into the winter. Maybe even all winter if enough folks continue eating.

It’s also interesting to note that beginning around August a lot of our customer base kind of disappears until next spring. I don’t want to conjecture too much, but I think it has a lot to do with what we’re accustomed to eating. Everyone knows what to do with a tomato, okra, cucumbers, watermelon, and maybe even eggplants (though the numbers start dwindling with eggplant). But the cold season crops are just not commonly thought of as food for a whole lot of people. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. I’d dare say the majority of people in north Georgia, and probably the nation rarely if at all eat kale, turnips, beets, collards, arugula, asian greens, radishes, etc. etc. And that’s totally o.k. The last thing I would ever want to do is make someone feel bad because they don’t know what a jerusalem artichoke is or how to eat it. That’s still fairly new knowledge to me frankly. But I do wonder how we can share these foods with more people and let folks know what seasonal eating is all about.

Yesterday my wife (Ching Yu) and I drove up to Stack Farms in Tiger to pick about 20 or so Asian Persimmons. I had never in my life had or heard of an Asian Persimmon until about 2 years ago. Now late October and early November is permanently associated with Asian Persimmon harvesting time. I think I like them better than apples. There’s several reasons for this. First persimmons are one of the easiest fruit trees to grow without the need of any pesticides whatsoever. I don’t know why this is, but since organic fruit trees are so rare, it makes Asian Persimmon a highly desirable fruit for organic growers. Second, persimmons have two stages, an early stage where they are hard and crisp like an apple, and then a juicy, almost gooey stage once they are fully ripe. This makes it almost seem like two different fruits in one. Third, if picked before ripe and refrigerated, they will keep for many weeks, so that means fruit well into the winter. Fourth, there is no core, you can eat the whole thing, skin and all. There’s just a small leafy stem at the top. Nothing to throw away! Fifth, they are from Asia. This may be of special interest to me since my wife is Taiwanese, but I love the multicultural world of food. Food has become one of the best ways to connect with people across extremely diverse cultures and geographies. The exchange of foods is what makes our modern times a spectacular age to live in.

So I probably should have picked a whole lot more of these now that I’ve said all this. I think for fun we’ll have a persimmon taste testing this week and if you like them we can always go back and get more. The Stacks trees were totally loaded up with them. We won’t pressure you, but if you have a taste and like them, take one home. It may take a few exposures before you’re hooked for life, but that’s o.k.

And that’s our goal for all these other sorta unusual foods on Locally Grown. Nothing makes us happier than someone trying kale for the first time.

Speaking of first time items. Sid Blalock is finally selling his WATERCRESS on Locally Grown. Not even I have tried this tasty treat before, so I can’t even describe it yet. But it’s already in my basket. If you’re curious too, give it a try, if you like it please write about your experience and send it to us, or post it to our FACEBOOK page. As you well know a well described food experience can get people’s mouths watering.

Until then….

Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun

Madison GA:  Nov 21 2012

The market is open! Great things for Thanksgiving!! Enjoy the Holiday.

Athens Locally Grown:  Reminder: We are CLOSED this week!

Hi there! This is just a reminder that Athens Locally Grown will be closed this week to allow us all to celebrate Thanksgiving. I am very thankful for all the food options available to us provided by members of our community who care about the health of both the people eater the food they provide and the land from which it came from. And I find it very fitting that I get to express these thanks via a meal made from that very same food.

In the meantime, there’s a UGA anthropology student who is using Athens Locally Grown as the subject of her class project. If you have a few minutes to help a future anthropologist become a little better at her craft, please fill out her survey here:

Thanks, and happy Thanksgiving! We’ll see you in two weeks.

Cedar Grove Farm:  Cedar Grove Farm CSA Availability for November 21

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are down to the last two weeks of the Fall season CSA. As we move into December we have four hoop houses planted that will continue to produce through the Winter. Because these months are the most variable growing season, the CSA will run on a weekly basis. We will continue to list available items each Sunday for ordering and delivering at Lindsey’s Culinary Market. Payment can be as you go or you can deposit a balance to draw down – you choose. There will be more details next week.

For now we thought you might want one more chance to add some fresh vegetables to your Thanksgiving feasts. The choices are less numerous now, but there are some fine additions for the holiday table. We have been eating a lot of broccoli greens and sweet potatoes at the farm – a great combination with any type of meat. The salad and baby greens mixes are available along with the first yield of young tender carrots. Kale, cabbage and cauliflower are back along with green tomatoes, sweet peppers and fresh herbs.

The market is now open. Have a great Thanksgiving. We sure are thankful for all of you and for your support.

Regards, Farmer Jay

Conway, AR:  No Market This Week

This is a reminder that we will not be running the market this week. We will resume our normal schedule next week.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Stone County, AR:  It's Market Time!

Hey, Everyone!

The Market is open for the week!

Come on in!

ALFN Local Food Club:  Thanks! Giving!

Good morning fellow locavores,
A holiday is upon us. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, not primarily because I am of noble spirit and enjoy giving thanks, but because I love eating food and taking food naps. I’ve been practicing my elastic stomach exercises for weeks.
But giving thanks is important. For the 364 days of the year that don’t fall on Thanksgiving, you take most realities for granted just to keep your schedule manageable. The sun rises because it does. Your car works because it needs to take you to work. You’re healthy because you are. And, a little more relevant, the earth provides food for you because it should. If you didn’t take these things for granted, you’d spend most days curled up on the floor.
Of course, none of these things has to happen. In the same vein, the fine people who supply are market don’t have to farm. We’re just very lucky that they chose to, otherwise we’d been eating Butterball turkeys (no real offense Mr. Butterball) this Thanksgiving. I’m finding that, with age, the care-free kind of gratitude I felt easily as a kid is fading. It’s more difficult to get silly happy about the good things in life. The sun rises, but so what? I’ve got stuff to do. So I like to take Thanksgiving as an opportunity to re-adopt my sense of childlike wonder at the world, to be thankful for the good things that didn’t have to come into my life but did. And have somehow stuck around. Such as this wonderful organization, and this great community, and these awesome growers. Thanks to all of you. As an expression of my gratitude, I shall open the market.
Sam Hedges

Russellville Community Market:  Market Closed for Thanksgiving this Week

Hey everyone!

Just a quick reminder that RCM will be closed this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. We hope you all enjoy your time with family, friends, and loved ones! Don’t worry, next Sunday the 25th we will be open for business again. :)

A couple of weeks ago marked RCM’s best week we’ve ever had! Well, last week’s market topped the previous week’s market sales! That’s awesome. A huge thank you is in order for our RCM customers. Thanks for making the past two weeks the market’s best.

Happy Holidays to all!

-RCM Market Managers

Vista Marketplace:  VistaMarketplace Orders

Place your order before Monday 6:00pm for Veggie Baskets. Half Share and Full Shares available. If you want some prepared foods, check out our Dip and Spread category as well as prepared foods. Not everything is listed there, so if you need pies, cranberry chutney, pimiento cheese or family size mac & cheese, etc. just email and make a request.