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We need one volunteer for this Friday’s pick-up day. It is a 1-3:30 slot.
If you can help, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/Co-opVolunteers
If you have any questions or prefer to contact me directly, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
We are working very hard to make Rose Creek Farms Cooperative the most convenient way for you to put locally grown food on your tables. It’s amazing what transpires each week in such a limited space and time window.
The spring weather is heating up. The produce is beautiful right now, but will only hold out for a few more days if the heat holds on. If it does get too hot alot of the greens will bolt and become uneatable.
Thanks so much for your support of Rose Creek Farms Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes North Texas such a great area in which to live.
Please, share your recipes with us on the website, on the Recipes tab. We’d all love to know how you use your Rose Creek Farms Locally Grown products, so we can try it too!
Arugula with Optional Apples, Orange, Beets
“Wonderful arugula salad made with fresh arugula, your favorite dressing and add one or more of the following: oranges, apples, nuts, beets, etc”.
Source: Rose Creek Farms http://rosecreekfarms.com/recipes.htm (Entered by Pamela Johnson)
about 2-4 cups arugula leaves chopped up
1/4 cup of your favorite dressing
Options for a delicious salad:
Choose only 1:
A large apple, or
A large orange, or
2 large cooked beets
(Pick one from the above list and cut up into small pieces)
add 1/4 cup of chopped pecans or walnuts (opt if you like)
1/4 cup mushrooms chopped (opt)
1. Wash the arugula leaves carefully, chop leaves into pieces, and leave to drain.
2. Choose only one combination:
Apples and nuts (washed and chopped).
Oranges and nuts(washed and chopped).
3. Add your favorite dressing.
4. Add cracked pepper if desired.
5. Mix together and serve immediately.
Dressing to use with Arugula.
*1 cup fresh chopped apples
Note: Add apples after you blend the rest of ingredients with emulsion blender.
*1/4 cup oilve oil
*1/4 cup applecider vinegar (with mother)
*opt) add 4 tbls of lemon juice instead of the vinegar
*1/8 -1/4 cup raw honey (to taste)
- add 2 cloves of fresh garlic
Blend with emulsion blender.
Upcoming Rose Creek Farms Events
- The basics of Soft Cheeses, Butter and Yogurt: May 4th, 2013 10:00am-2:00pm. Location is Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 11425 Marsh Lane, Dallas TX 75229. This class covers the nutritional benefits of “Raw Dairy Products”. Includes a demonstration of how to make yogurt, yogurt cheese, kefir and raw milk cheeses. We will learn how to make clabbered butter and cheese, cultured butter, cultured yogurt and yogurt cheese, and a raw milk butter. Class cost $50.00 per person. Please bring sack lunch. (Cultured yogurt and cheese is a pasteurized method of preparation for those not interested in raw dairy products). Class taught by Pamela Klein Johnson. Go to: www.rosecreekfarms.com for details to register.
- The basics of Soft Cheeses, Butter and Yogurt: May 11th, 2013 10:00am-2:00pm. Location is 418 County Road 2788, Sunset, Texas 76270. This class covers the nutritional benefits of “Raw Dairy Products”. Includes a demonstration of how to make yogurt, yogurt cheese, kefir and raw milk cheeses. We will learn how to make clabbered butter and cheese, cultured butter, cultured yogurt and yogurt cheese, and a raw milk butter. Class cost $25.00 per person. Lunch provided. (Cultured yogurt and cheese is a pasteurized method of preparation for those not interested in raw dairy products). Class taught by Pamela Klein Johnson. Go to: www.rosecreekfarms.com for details to register.
- Probiotics – The real connection: May 25th, 2013 10:00am-2:00pm. Friendly bacteria make up approximately 70% of our immune system. The most powerful part of the immune system takes place among the body’s probiotics. The human body can house more than 32 billion beneficial and harmful bacteria and fungi at one time. Join us in learning how to protect our immune system using traditional nutrient dense foods and drinks such as, yogurt, kefir, kombucha and fermented veggies. This is an informational class and not a cooking class. However we do cover basic methods of preparation. Class cost $25.00 per person. Couples $40.00. Lunch provided.
Other Area Farm Events
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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!
Thank you for your orders last week. This week:
- We have $15 and $30 Gift Certificates available for your moms!
- Solace Farm has fresh cut cilantro, parsley and rosemary.
- Deep Set Farm has 3 kinds of homemade crackers and fresh cut peppermint and spearmint
- Double Tree Farm has added more plants for your garden, including zucchini, summer squash, celery, parsley, and oregano.
- Zion Gardens is selling baby kale this week.
Be sure to check out the extras every week at pick up. We have plenty of sweet potatoes at the moment, and often extra eggs and sprouts.
We also do deliveries if you cannot make the pick up, leave a cooler on your porch and we can drop your order off.
Get started here: Tullahoma Locally Grown Market
Ever want to learn to can your own food?
Some exciting news to share…ever wanted to learn to can food either with a hot water bath or pressure cooker? Planning a garden but not sure what you will do with all the food? Come learn from an expert!
This 3-week hands-on program will teach techniques in both hot water bath and pressure canning. There are two options: Wednesdays May 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-9 in Clark County at the Agricultural Agency building (registration is sue May 8) or here in Champaign County on Mondays June 17, 24, and July 1 from 6:30-9 at the Community Center (registration is due June 10). Hurry though as class size is limited to 12 participants and the fee is $20/person. Classes will be taught by Carol Miller, OSU Extension Educator, Clark County. For more information about the Clark County class call 937-521-3860 and call 937-484-1526 for Champaign County information. Checks should be made out to OSU Extension and mailed to 1512 S. US HWY 68, Suite B100, Urbana 43078 for Champaign County classes or 4400 Gateway Blvd, Suite 104, Springfield, 45502 for the Clark County classes.
Let’s learn all we can to help increase our local food supply! You can’t get more local than this!
Well, it looks like winter is over. No frosts since last week, and today is going to be a warm one.
The asparagus is coming on strong. We are at our peak, but should have it for several more weeks. We will be harvesting broccoli next week. and we hope beets and carrots within two weeks. We wish we had them now, but the cool weather slowed everything down this spring. The onions and potatoes are looking good in the field as well, and should start sizing up soon.
This week’s CSA shares will likely include: 1 gallon of spring mix, 2-3 pounds of asparagus, kale, turnips or radishes, and basil or Parsley.
Let us know if you want any bok choi, and we will add it in!
Rinse well and Eat well
WHY IS MY PRODUCE muddy THIS WEEK?!
Because it is FRESH and LOCAL and most of us had 2-3 inches (double that for N GA) of rain over the weekend. Even with mulching expect some splash residue on products this week.
WHY DOES LOCAL COST MORE SOMETIMES?
If supermarket produce is our basis for comparison we may turn the question around and ask why “conventionally grown” food is so cheap. “Conventional wisdom” credits economy of scale, but there is another reason: subsidies. To learn more about this and how our small growers might get recognized in the next Farm Bill come to The Arts Center tonight at 7:00 PM for a special presentation on the matter by Jared Cates of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. Find out where your ag tax dollars are going (and not going).
WHEN WILL OUTDOOR MARKETS OPEN?
Glad you asked! On Thursday of this week we will have the grand opening of the Six Mile Farmers Market, followed by May’s First Friday Market at Patrick Square. The Clemson (Pat Sq) Market will open on a weekly basis thereafter. CAFÉ keeps a table at the Pat Sq market distributing informstion and selling items from many of our growers. Come out and visit!
I have not fully researched the opening dates of the other local markets (Anderson, Easley, Pendleton, Pickens, Seneca, etc.). I am hearing of new ones all the time (Heritage?). Are they competing for the same farmers? Let the farmers decide. We are glad to see the growing demand create farmers out of more of you out there whose land is eager to produce.
CAFE has been approached by some of these new growers, and over the past weekend we began listing some products from *Jason Davis of Calyx Hydro Farm *in Walhalla which specializes in hydroponic greens and summer vegetables.
Please refer other new farmers that you meet to CAFÉ. We have not been able to get out and find them all. CAFE can be a good incubator market for new growers; a place to try new products, packaging, pricing, etc.
Please see our Calendar or that of Tricounty Transition for details on these markets and other upcoming events: http://www.tricountytransition.org/p/calendar.html#.UX5kwaLvsR8
Market open until noon. Rinse well and eat well. Lance
Rise and shine…the grand announcement my Dad would make on mornings where we had to get up rediculously early. Most often this was for a special event or when departing for a vacation. It wasn’t a regular “good morning” but one where he knew we would be groggy for certain. So this morning, groggy or not, I’m sharing my “Rise and Shine” story to bring your attention that the market is OPEN for business!
Please join us at http://Champaignoh.locallygrown.net! We await you!
Have a wonderful day and thank you for rising and shining with us!
Welcome again to goMarket!
It’s been a long time coming but we’ve got enough producers together to have our first market! Like many other farmers’ markets around the area, vegetables are still trickling in and right now the only veggie on offer is spinach from Wild Dog Farm in Snow Camp. We’ve also got eggs, locally roast-to-order coffee, so please log in check out the market!
Please place all orders by 5pm on Tuesday afternoon so that the farmers have plenty of time to get your orders ready for market on Thursday evening. You’ll be able to pick up your order through the front entrance of Locopops (2604 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705) between 4:30 and 6:30. I’ll be there to get your order. Please park across the street at Grey Stone Baptist so that we can avoid and unfortunate collisions in the already busy lot adjoining Bull City Records.
Look forward to seeing all of y’all and meeting some of you for the first time! Again, check The Market and support your local producers!
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 email@example.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!