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Madison GA:  Hello the market is open!!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! I’ll see everyone Wed.

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. THE MARKET PICKUP WILL MOVE TO THURSDAY 4-5. Please take a moment to look at what the farmers have to offer this week. See you THURSDAY!!!!!!

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell

Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving! Our nation’s ailing food system was the subject of discussion at my house, and I wanted to share these thoughts with you.

Many critics of local food, organic food, or small-scale agriculture point out that this kind of food is pricy and elitist. Perhaps some of you have come across items offered through Conway Locally Grown that you felt were too expensive, or at least more expensive than the groceries at conventional food markets. I would like to offer an argument to you that justifies paying a little more for your food, and the argument requires understanding the difference between price and cost. Conventional, industrial foods may be offered at a lower price, but that is only because the true costs of the production and consumption of industrial food are not reflected in the price you pay at the register.

Consider the fact that Americans have been spending a smaller and smaller percentage of their income on food each decade since the industrial agricultural revolution of the mid 20th century. Now consider also the reverse trend in the increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other diet related illnesses. Does it make sense for us to be saving money producing and consuming lesser quality foods, only to turn around and spend that money on our increasing health care costs? Of course correlation does not imply causation, and there are many factors that contribute to our declining health as a nation, but poor diet is surely among the culprits.

In addition to health costs, environmental and social costs are also left out of the price of industrial foods. Industrial agriculture uses chemically and mechanically intensified production methods that erode our soils and poison our waterways. The centralized organization of corporate agriculture also tends to concentrate wealth and prevent the growth of local and rural economies. If one were to account for all the costs of food production and consumption, one quickly realizes that there is no such thing as cheap food. I’m not suggesting that the more you spend on your food, the healthier you’ll be. Many foods are expensive simply because of the difficult nature of their production. I am suggesting, however, that you think of the food you are eating as an investment in your personal health, the health of your family, the health of the environment, and the health of society. Isn’t avoiding the costs of losing these things worth paying a slightly higher price for good food?

The market is now open. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order is placed. Thank you for investing in the health of your community.

Have a great day,

Gabe Levin

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for November 25th

To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May


Chilled Wilted Tatsoi Salad with Sesame-Ginger Dressing
(Makes about 2 servings, recipe adapted from Big Oven, who got it from the New York Times.)

1 head Tatsoi leaves
sesame seeds, for garnish

2 T soy sauce (I used Tamari)
1 T rice vinegar (not seasoned)
1 tsp. grated ginger root
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. Siracha (or other types of Asian hot chile sauce would work)
fresh ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and fill another bowl with cold water and a handful of ice cubes. Wash Tatsoi leaves (I used a salad spinner) and cut into thick strips. Dump Tatsoi into boiling water, time for exactly one minutes, then drain immediately into colander and dump into bowl with ice water. (I used used the salad spinner again for the ice water.)

While Tatsoi is cooling in ice water, mix dressing ingredients into a bowl, then drain Tatsoi well and add to dressing. Chill in the refrigerator an hour or more, stirring a few times so Tatsoi remains coated with the dressing.

To serve, use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove Tatsoi from bowl and arrange on serving plates. Toast sesame seeds for 1-2 minutes in a dry pan and sprinkle over salad. (If using a mixture, the black seeds burn more quickly than the white ones.) Serve immediately.

Market News


Check out our Facebook page, Fresh Harvest, LLC , to see pictures of the winter growing that is happening on our farms. We’ve got lots of good stuff in the hoophouses and fields right now, and more still to come. As long as the weather cooperates in a reasonable manner, we should be good for delivering through the New Year and into spring.

Westhaven deliveries will resume this week! Delivery time is Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m.

We hope you all had a peaceful Thanksgiving with lots of good food, family and friends. It was a beautiful day for being outside!

If you are still feeling full from turkey, we’ve got lots of greens this week to share with you. Raw or cooked, the lettuces, kale, and Asian greens are so vibrant and fresh, they feel as good to your body as they taste to your mouth!

We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

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!


The Wednesday Market:  Wed Mkt Nov. 28, 2012

Need your greens? We got em and more…Veggies this week include:
Arugula, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Collards, Kale, Mustard Greens, Buttercrunch, Green Leaf, Romaine, Kohlrabi, Turnip Greens, Sweet & Hot peppers…
Click link
for all that and much more!
Orders in before 10 pm Monday will be ready to pick up Wednesday from 3:30 to 6:30.
Your Friendly Wednesday Market Voluteers

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Pick your own/select your own Christmas Trees in Summerfield

Tom Melton on Clouse Hill Road, between Tracy City and Monteagle, has Christmas trees available again this year. You can pick them yourself or he can help you. Call him to learn more. His home number is 592-4434 and his cell is 235-5207.

Jbo Locally Grown:  Online Ordering is open for Nov 28th Pick-up

Get in the shopping mood…lots of great products this week including decor for your house and gift baskets for your family and friends. Not to mention – of course, lots of good eats!

Reminder to customers: Pick up time on Wednesday is from 5:30 to 6pm. You can come early, but…you may have to wait for the vendors to complete their delivery. Also, we are trying very hard to make sure that all orders are complete, but it is a huge help to us if each customer takes the time to check that what is in the basket matches their invoice. Adjustments made at pick-up are so much easier than those that have to be made later.

Looking forward to seeing you Wednesday.
Market Managers

Stone County, AR:  It's Market Time!

Hi, Everyone!

The Market is open for the week!

While it may not be produce season, you can still get healthy, nutritious, naturally-raised and -fed beef, buffalo, elk and bison (as available). You’ll also find many food and non-food items that make perfect gifts for those on your Christmas list!

Make this a season for supporting your local growers! Come on in for a win/win!

Russellville Community Market:  Market is Open

We’re back! The market is open for business again this week.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your friends and family, but we’re glad to see you back for the market!!

Check out the newly added products since last time on the market page!

Happy Shopping!

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook

Check out the “Featured Items” section as well as the “What’s New” section at the top of the market page for all the latest products available.

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. Remember, you have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.

Happy Shopping! See you on Thursday!

Russellville Community Market

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Reminder -- Market is Open

Hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! Just a reminder that Gwinnett Locally Grown Market is open for orders!

Check out one of our new vendors – Orobianco. Maria’s company offers cheese in the Mozzarella family! Very delicious!

Wilderness Family Naturals order goes in this week if there is enough interest. Please email Maryanne at for product/price list and order form.

Green Pasture finally has the XFactor Butter Oil in stock. Order will be placed Tuesday morning. Call Maryanne at 404-432-4337 if you need any products from Green Pasture.

Eggs can now be ordered directly from Maryanne on a Pre-paid system rather like a CSA. We have adopted this model to ensure that we can all get the farm-fresh, pastured eggs that we want over the winter.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Joyful thoughts,