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Champaign, OH:  Sorry to bother but...

Did you know there were fantastic recipes on our market website? They are even sorted by what is in season! Head on over to to see the great maple syrup recipes currently in the peak of freshness! You will be amazed at what you can make at home! Vendors are always encouraged to add more recipes so stop back often throughout the growing season!

Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm Easter Week Mar 31 2013

Beef roasts and steaks will be offered at 10% discount this week, I have to chuckle, the best cuts are the last to go! Not like theater seats or church!

There was a rush for spinach last week, so not much regrowth yet. Maybe a couple of order only.

Chard, mizuna, arugula, claytonia and mixed greens are available.

Lots of eggs, will offer a special this week: buy three, get one dozen free. Works out to $4.10 and $4.90(XL) a dozen.

Thanks for the recyclables, but no one has any square plastic milk crates kicking around? They make great nest boxes for the chickens.

Well I thought March was the start of spring: but this year climate upset foiled us. See this article with map for why global warming is most likely to blame:

Are you paying attention to the Enbridge dilbit pipeline debate – the local line through Flamborough-Dundas being reversed to carry Alberta’s sinful crude. Read this about a pipeline break in Arkansas on Apr 1st.
Not a joke: on Friday, an Exxon pipeline carrying crude oil from the tar sands region of Alberta leaked about 10,000 barrels of corroding, low-quality crude oil into an Arkansas town — Exxon cleanup crews are trying to keep the oil from reaching Lake Conway, a popular game-fishing spot, through storm drains. Exxon Mobil said that fumes from the oil spill posed a risk in “high pooling areas,” where oil could be seen on the ground and where crews were working with safety equipment. …

The Arkansas incident also comes just a few days after a Canadian Pacific Railroad train carrying oil sands crude — a mixture of heavy bitumen and lighter dilutents — from Alberta to Chicago derailed near Parkers Prairie, Minn., spilling about 357 barrels. The full story is carried in the Washington Post complete with pictures of the 22 homes that had to be evacuated. Ever seen a backyard flooded with oil?

Also advance notice on upcoming events of interest to locavores:
April 6th, Small Animal Auction, Rockton Fairgrounds 10am to noon. Great outing for kids and adults alike. See lots of critters, maybe come home with a chicken?!
May 4th; Intensive workshop on Raising Heritage Poultry, Rockton Fairgrounds. $50 for the day. Covering breeding, housing, feeding, health and processing.
Cheque to Flamborough Fur and Feather Fanciers, c/o Old 99 Farm, 1580 Old Hwy 99 Dundas L9H 5E3
June 22, Strawberry Solstice Old 99 Farm. Potluck Social for Locallygrown and cowshare members.

Champaign, OH:  BYOB Thursday!

I bet you thought that was going to be “bring your own bunny” but really it is your market bag! We’re streamlining your shopping experience and are heading to zero-waste! Please help us reach that goal by bringing your own bag to market pickup! I know we have provided ones in the past, but we are growing up and need to discontinue the waste they were causing. Thank you also for checking your order at pickup! All of this is an effort to reduce the work by market volunteers and optimize the process! We appreciate your help on this and will see you Thursday! ! !

Champaign, OH:  Are you ok?

Hello market shoppers! I have yet to hear from many of our regulars and hoping you are all ok! I know you might have too many leftovers in the refrigerator but please remember we are here to serve you and time is running out to shop this week. The market closes tomorrow evening at 8 pm. We miss you and hope you didn’t get packed away with the Easter decorations or left town with Mr. Bun E. Rabbit! Come on over at and see us!

CAFE:  April FooDs Day!


April Foods Day!

As you flip your calendar and look out upon the perfect spring day we have been blessed with, get ready for a food event-packed month, starting with the second early-season First Friday Farmers Market at Patrick Square this coming Friday, April 5., and you still have a couple of hours to order on CAFÉ today:

Information about Friday’s Market:

David Stevenson, Guitar Professor at Clemson University, will perform live from 4 pm – 6 pm. David will be performing classical guitar pieces as well as pop and rock arrangements and he will have two CD’s of his original pieces for solo guitar available for purchase.

April Featured Vendor: Friends at the Farm and Catering – Townville, SC
Val Lowe and Katie Tillman
will bring their cooking trailer for cooking demonstrations. Shoppers can also enjoy food sampling and purchase specialty food items and pottery.

2013 Market Partners are the City of Clemson, Patrick Square, and the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce.

Come enjoy First Friday at the Clemson Farmers Market and get your weekend off to a great start! For vendor information, Market schedule, and directions visit


Appalachian Organics – Pickens
Organic gardening products
Black Fence Farm – Anderson
Heirloom vegetables, fruit, and herbs
Carolina Parakeet – Anderson
Loose Teas
Country Craft Gourds – Hendersonville
Unique handmade gourd crafts
Crafts, Needles and Threads – Pendleton
Crafts, hand-sewn items, and jewelry
Crescent Moon Farm – Westminster
Goat’s milk, cheese, and soap
Douglas’ Japanese Maples – Easley
Trees and plants
Friends Farm and Catering *– Townville
Produce, specialty food items, and pottery
Goodlife Garden – Liberty
Produce, herbs, and eggs
Green Hills Jewelry and Crafts – Anderson
Handcrafted jewelry, candles, and embroidered bags & wallhangings
Hanging by a Thread – Seneca
Hand-crocheted items
Henson’s Farm – Marietta
Plants and Jerusalem artichokes
*Loose Stone Farm – Central / Clemson Area Food Exchange

Produce, herbs, and nature-based arts & crafts as well as the potential full range of products on the CAFÉ market (often coffee and milled goods)
Mockingbird Mountain Jams and Salsas – Salem
Jams, salsas, and handmade crafts
Relay for Life of Pendleton/Clemson – Clemson
Handmade arts & crafts
SAFE – Salem
Handmade jewelry
Sweet Song Bird Houses and Bible Bug Creations – Anderson
Guitar bird houses, Bible Bug prints cards, and bookmarks
Upcycled Stuff – Greer
Bird and butterfly feeders, garden art, small home accessories, jewelry,
and pet beds & toys
The Happy Berry, Six Mile
Blueberries, Blackberries, Jams & Preserves, Eggs, Plants
The Village Baker, Pendleton
Artisan Breads, Desserts, Cookies, Pastries
Walker Century Farms – Anderson
Grass-fed finished beef and pastured pork products

Eat well and stay well! Lance

Conyers Locally Grown:  Transplants available

Taylorganic has all your transplant needs.
They have every thing from lettuce, kale, collards, chard, kohlrabi, fennel, broccoli, cabbage and other spring plants. They also have tomatoes & peppers that are almost ready to plant.


Atlanta Locally Grown:  Transplants available

Taylorganic has all your transplant needs.
They have every thing from lettuce, kale, collards, chard, kohlrabi, fennel, broccoli, cabbage and other spring plants. They also have tomatoes & peppers that are almost ready to plant.


South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to Order Local Food

Good Morning Everyone,
The South Cumberland Food Hub is open for
orders today until noon. Have a great day!

Click here to go directly to the Rootedhere Locally Grown Market Page


McColloms Market:  Reminder - April FFFN Closes Today at 5PM

Just wanted to send a reminder in case those of you who haven’t ordered, still want to. Thanks much.


Athens Locally Grown:  Market Open for April 4

Athens Locally Grown

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

Market News

I fully admit to eating far more chocolate than is good for me this weekend. But I did it for my kids, so that they wouldn’t suffer the ill effects of chocolate overload. Truth be told, I didn’t even make it through typing that sentence without stopping for a Cadbury chocolate creme egg. I’m happy to report that there are over 1100 healthy locally-grown items listed this week, however, so all of us candy over-indulgers will have no trouble getting back on the wagon.

Those of you who have been missing the variety of cheeses we’ve had in the past will be happy to see that South Georgia’s Flat Creek Lodge has joined us, and have listed 22 varieties of their cheese. They’re a bit far for a day trip, but since our more local dairies can’t fill the considerable demand for good cheese, I’ve let Flat Creek Lodge in. I’m eager to try their varieties — I’ve heard good things!

This coming Saturday is the annual Old Timey Seed Swap being held out at Grove Creek Farm in Oglethorpe County. I go most years, and have a lot of fun. You can learn more about the event and get directions here at Grove Creek Farm’s website.

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

April 27th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Blue Moon Farms This is the second event in our 2013 series of 5 Farmer for a Day Tours, to be held Saturday, April 27 from 10-2 in Madison County. 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, pruners or lopping shears, 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 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 and dishes with you. Blue Moon Farms is Certified Naturally Grown and includes 60 acres where the family lives plus two 40 acre pine forests. They maintain natural habitats to support native wildlife. We will be doing a variety of chores including weeding and mulching blueberries, weeding and thinning onions, removing and replacing drip tape, and relocating mushroom logs. If time allows we will prepare seed beds. It is a family friendly event. The event will last from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM What you can expect: 9:30 AM check in, meet and greet 10:00-12:00 work session 12:00-12:45 lunch 12:45-2:00 Guided tour of the farm We are reserving 20 spots for the event. Don’t be left out! I will be taking names for a waiting list once all spots are claimed. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Athens Locally Grown to purchase an event ticket. Sign up for this free tour by adding reservations to your order (look in the “Event Reservations” category). For more information, contact Cathy Payne at

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday (see their website for info) as does the Watkinsville market. 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!

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!