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Melody Lane Co-op:  February 4, 2013 - Produce Boxes, Bio-Kult, and Upcoming Events





Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday evening to place your order.

Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.



FRESH & LOCAL




Don’t forget to order your produce boxes today!
Produce Box orders must be submitted by Monday evening – instead of the usual Tuesday for everything else.

There are three box types (vegetable, fruit, or mixed) and three sizes of each. They are listed in The Market under FRESH & LOCAL > Destiny Organics.

We are still in our trial period for Destiny Organics. I am going to wait a couple more weeks to decide for sure if we will continue ordering from them. I was happy with the quality and selection but, so far, not enough people have shown an interest to make it worth my time. We need to get up to 20 boxes to qualify for free delivery. In the mean time I have to drive down to the State Farmers’ Market in Forest Park to pick up or pay a delivery fee. The prices listed in The Market include that delivery fee. As more people order, the price will go down since we are splitting the delivery fee.

GROUP BUYS



No new group buys this week. There are still a few pantry staples listed in the GROUP BUYS category, left over from previous orders.

Bio-Kult
In the past we have done group orders of Bio-Kult probiotics. This is the probiotic formulated my Dr. Natahsa Campbell-McBride to go along with her GAPS protocol. I just came across single packages of Bio-Kult on Amazon.com for $31.79 with free shipping if you have Amazon Prime. This price is lower than we ever got as a group. I will not go through the trouble of posting it in The Market (and therefore having to mark it up to pay our website fees) but if you click on that link above and order through Amazon, the co-op will get a small kick-back :)

If you follow that link and the price is higher than $31.79 please let me know. Sometimes Amazon does strange things, charging different prices to different people based on their spending habits. And if, for some reason, you are not able to order from Amazon I will consider buying a case again and posting them in The Market but I will have to mark it up to cover my costs.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

The Bone Broth workshop last week went great! I enjoyed meeting new people and sharing my information with them. I am looking forward to our next workshop on February 21 – Making Kombucha Tea. Hope to see you there!

I have a couple of other ideas I want to throw out. From our last Mother Earth Meats order I got 10 lbs of beef fat and 10 lbs of pork fat. I am planning on rendering them into lard. If anyone is interested in learning how to do this please let me know. If there is enough interest, I might just make that another workshop.

Also, once the beef fat is rendered I want to make soap and lotion with it. I don’t have a lot of experience with soap making so if any of you out there would like to lead a workshop and show us I will be happy to host that at my house as well.

FARM SPOTLIGHT



East West Farm

My friends over at East West Farm in Marietta have some fun events coming up that you might be interested in. They are a small family farm, working hard to be sustainable and produce the cleanest, most nutrient-dense food possible. I enjoy going over there whenever I can and will be attending these events:

Mar 9, 2013 – Biodaynamic Compost Workshop
Mar 23, 2013 – Spring Fling Farm Tour and Easter Egg Hunt
Apr 6, 2013 – Chicken Processing Class

Read more about the farm and register for events at their website http://eastwestfarm.wordpress.com/events

They are also taking orders for their upcoming chicken CSA. The chickens are raised on pasture and given only organic, soy-free feed. Here are all the details. I have already signed up for the CSA so I will be going over there to pick up my own chicken once a month. I encourage you to go see the farm for yourself but, if you decide to do the CSA too, I will be happy to pick up your chicken and bring it back to my house in Roswell. Once you have signed up just email me to let me know.

CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

Madison GA:  The Market is open!!!!


I’ll see everyone Wed!

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to order Local Food!


Good Morning Everyone!

It’s Monday morning and time to order your local food from the South Cumberland Food Hub. Even though we’re in the doldrums of winter, we do have some terrific lettuce on the market. Check it out and see!

We’re open for orders till noon. Thank you for supporting your local farmers.

Risa

Athens Locally Grown:  Availability for February 7


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

There are a number of events coming up, so I’ll devote this weeks mailing to them.

First up, “Building Nourishing Traditions”, a full-day workshop from the Weston Price Foundation, hosted my ALG member farm Rancho Allegra. You can find all the details here: http://buildingnt2013.eventbrite.com Come learn about nourishing, traditional foods, and receive practical guidance for implementing a nutrient-dense diet! The full-day conference will include speakers on many important topics, and the afternoon is full of practical workshops will include expert presentations teaching how to make nutrient-dense foods including Bone broth, Cultured dairy (yogurt, kefir), Preparations of grains, Vegetable ferments (sauerkraut, ginger carrots, beets), Cultured beverages (water kefir, kombucha), and more!

Local edible landscape experts Hungry Gnome is offering a variety of events throughout the year, but now is the time to get a jump of thinking about growing your own veggies this year. To that end, they offer a variety of individual Vegetable Support programs. You can find more details here: http://www.hungrygnome.org/hungrygnome/Garden_Support_by_Hungry_Gnome.html. They are also looking for two interns for the season. If you’re a student looking to get into landscaping, permaculture, garden design, and related careers, this is for you. More info here: http://www.hungrygnome.org/hungrygnome/Internships_with_Hungry_Gnome.html.

The South Carolina Organic Growing conference is being held on March 2nd in Columbia, SC. Even though it’s one day, it looks like a dense conference with lots of learning opportunity. Full details can be found here: http://www.scorganicliving.com/2013_Conference.html.

And of course the Georgia Organics conference is coming right up, February 22-23 in Atlanta. This conference is always well worth attending, and is close to selling out. Information is here: http://georgiaorganics.org/conference/

Our local cooperative extension agents are coordinating a series of workshops you may find interesting: Program Series for Small Organic and Naturally Grown Farms. Northeast Georgia is home to many small farms that are using direct marketing and alternative production practices to market to local consumers, retailers, and restaurants. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is hosting a series of programs to provide the latest research-based information to these producers. These programs are designed for small farm producers that are implementing organic or sustainably grown practices (not necessarily “certified” organic or naturally grown) on their farms. All programs will be held at the J. Phil Campbell Research and Education Center in Watkinsville and will start with a meal at 5:30 PM. Cost for registration is $15 per session.

February 12 – Food Safety for Small Farms (Register by Feb. 4th)
February 19 – Small Farm Grazing Management (Register by Feb. 11th)
March 5 – Profitable Marketing for Small Farms (Register by Feb. 25th)
To register, contact the Oconee County Extension Office at 706-769-3946.

I think that’s all of my list of events. Even though we just had our coldest night of the winter so far this week, it’s time to start thinking of waking up the garden, and all of these will help you do just that.

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!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the winter. You can watch for news during the offseason on their website. Most of the other area markets are also all closed for the season too. 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.

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!

Cedar Grove Farm:  CSA Availability for February 7


Hey Folks!

Happy Imbolc! Imbolc is the time of year between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Some call it the “return of the light” — and indeed, it’s the time of year where we cross over from less than 10 hours of daylight, wherein plants are mostly dormant, to 10 hours plus, when plants are actively growing. Yay! A wise woman once told me that it’s “the turning of the seed” and that if you press your ear to the ground, you can hear the seeds shaking and turning, preparing to sprout. It’s a pivotal time for plants, and I see daffodils beginning to flower and red maples sending out catkins and adding their blush to the landscape.

Spring is on its way, and we are preparing. Already, little cabbage sprouts and lettuce seedlings are making their way into the light. Already, new beets and carrots are sending down their roots into the soil. Already.

Well, I suppose you’re all ready ready for this week’s offerings. Tasty radishes, delicate chard, crunchy carrots, deep red beets. We’ve got a light array of winter treats for you. The market is open. Hope you find something you like.

Farmer Sara

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for February 6th, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I thought I’d pick right back up where I left off last week with giving a little history about the Locally Grown market and how things work. This week I want to go into a little more detail on the financial side.

Even though Locally Grown is managed as a non-profit project of the Soque River Watershed Association (with Chuck and Amy Mashburn managing the Tiger pick-up and Justin Ellis managing the Clarkesville pickup) each time you use the website, your orders are placed directly with the farms whose products you select. What that means is that Locally Grown does not purchase food and then sell it to you. Each customer is making a series of individual purchases directly from farms, then on Wednesdays those farms leave their products for you at the designated pick up. Even though you may never see each other, they know your names from week to week as they see them on an order form and on the labels.

Because Locally Grown does shuttle food between Tiger and Clarkesville, man the market from about 2:30 until 6:30 (or 7pm in the summer), print out all the paperwork, take deposits to the bank, and a handful of other weekly administrative tasks we do collect a small percentage of each sale made. Currently that amount is 12% of sales. There is a 3% of all sales fee paid to use the Locally Grown software designed by Eric Wagoner who started the Athens Locally Grown. The remaining 9% is split between the Clarkesville and the Tiger pickup locations. So if you buy a $4.00 bag of kale the farmer will receive $3.52. We’ll collect .48 cents of which .12 cents goes for the software licensing fee and the remaining .36 cents is split between Clarkesville and Tiger after expenses.

In 2013 Locally Grown sold $37,250 worth of products, and collected $3,352 from our 9%. We had $1,930 in expenses that included things like business cards, coolers, banners, shuttle costs ($20 per trip), small volunteer stipend, bank fees, bounced checks (we always have a few of these from customers that don’t come back), and a few miscellaneous expenses like non-delivered food, etc. That left $1,422 net which was split between Clarkesville and Tiger markets making it $711 each. We spend on average at least 5 hours a week on Locally Grown activities (4 hours at market and at least another hour doing other things). That’s 260 hours in a year minimum which breaks down to about $2.73 an hour. That’s just counting Chuck and I’s time, and doesn’t include Amy, Ching-Yu, all the time that Teri Parker and Jean Holmes donates, and most recently the farmers that have been helping out.

But what about the membership fees? Good question. This year we collected $1,590 in annual membership fees compared to $1,050 in fees from last year and $1,170 the year before. So far we have been pooling all of this money in a reserve fund with the expectation that we may need to purchase a refrigerated truck, or hire someone to help with deliveries if we ever expand the market. $3,810 (give or take) is a decent start as we start to look at possible expansion plans this year and hopefully might be used to match a grant or other funding source.

All of these funds are managed in an account under the Soque River Watershed Association name (that’s why we have you write SRWA on your checks) so no taxes are due, though farmers do have to pay taxes on their income from the market individually. We may be required in the near future to submit tax forms to growers with records of their annual sales but haven’t started that yet.

As you can see, its run kind of like a very small business partnership between Chuck and I, though one that is more fun than profit driven. I’ll say this in case you are worried. I think that Chuck and I, and I think I can safely speak for Amy, Teri, Jean, Ching-Yu and many other volunteers find Locally Grown to be one of the brightest spots in our week, but more importantly in our community. Let’s face it , if it weren’t for this humble market I wouldn’t know most of the growers that I know, and I certainly wouldn’t be eating fresh local greens in the winter, with fresh local bread, fresh eggs, and all the other items I now can enjoy every single week of the year.

It’s also quite exhilarating to be able to tell people that in less than three years we’ve sold over $100,000 worth of food. That’s significant.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Before I wrap things up, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Friday’s Northeast Georgian you should because Ronnie Mathis of Mountain Earth Farms is on the cover in color with his greens above the fold! The story is about the brand new FARM 2 SCHOOL program that Habersham County is launching this year and it’s pretty exciting. If you want to know more about it I’m gonna make you visit our FACEBOOK page to read the story (we’re trying to boost our LIKES) click here

There’s a PDF of the whole article there. Or better yet go buy a paper. Support Local NEWS, but only after you support LOCAL FOOD!

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Grass fed beef for Saturday


I forgot to mention we are going to have some grass feed beef available for Saturdays market.
Farm House Beef will be at Piedmont Park from 9-10:30.

You can let me know what you would like and ill Handel the logistics or you can talk with them.

They have great prices and a fantastic selection.

The ground beef is 6.15 per lb
Stew beef is 6.35
Plus sales tax on these items so we are
Suggesting 6.75 to cover

Again, if you are interested just add what you want to the comment section of your order.
We will take care or the rest.

Thank you,
Brady

I am

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Are we going to have an early spring in the Ozarks? I can’t tell – the weather keeps changing! At the beginning of last week we had three days in a row with temperatures around 70, and things started coming alive. I saw daffodils not just poking up, but blooming! The spring peeper frogs are “peeping” around the ponds, and just yesterday I saw a pear tree while making deliveries in Little Rock that had popped open. I’m a little worried that everything is just confused, and all these plants and animals coming alive are going to be in for a rude awakening – January and February are usually our coldest months! Anyway, if things continue like they are, look for an explosion of fresh produce sooner rather than later this spring, and start preparing to plant your gardens and flowerbeds.

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Click (only once) the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Salsa! This week we’re offering sample size jars of our delicious salsa to attract new customers. If you haven’t tried it before, here’s your chance, but hurry. We’re only making 10 jars, for only $3 each. These will be MEDIUM heat. We also make salsa to order each week, in hot, medium, or mildfor only $4 per pint. Search for “salsa” from Cedar Rock Ridge.

Thanks and have a wonderful week,
Gabe Levin

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday February 9


I hope this finds you all doing well.

The market is open and ready for orders.

The garden goodies are holding on strong. My son and nephew have been busy planting row after row. We have all kinds of new sprouts. It will be a while but we have high hopes.
Meanwhile we have lots of lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, kale, collards, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and more.

We were able to pick up a few pigs from the processor Saturday so we are stocked up are ready for your orders.
We have some wonderful ground pork to go along with; shanks, hocks, hams, should roast, tenderloin roast, chops and ribs.
We also have some nice looking pork fat for rendering.

If you are considering a heritage hog don’t delay. They will not last long.

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 9:45 at the Piedmont Green Market (Double B Farm booth), Sandy Springs Green Market (Taylorganic booth)(We will be here from 10:15-11 for pick ups only). We will try to make a run to Brookhaven if we have enough orders, otherwise we will need you to p/u at Piedmont.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday February 8


I hope this finds you all doing well.

The market is open and ready for orders.

The garden goodies are holding on strong. My son and nephew have been busy planting row after row. We have all kinds of new sprouts. It will be a while but we have high hopes.
Meanwhile we have lots of lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, kale, collards, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and more.

We were able to pick up a few pigs from the processor Saturday so we are stocked up are ready for your orders.
We have some wonderful ground pork to go along with; shanks, hocks, hams, should roast, tenderloin roast, chops and ribs.
We also have some nice looking pork fat for rendering.

If you are considering a heritage hog don’t delay. They will not last long.

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 Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager