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Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Two days to order!

Happy Easter and Spring Equinox Everyone! At Deep Set Farm we’re incubating eggs. What says spring more than baby chicks?

Healthy Harvest Breads is back on the market this week with her phenomenal breads. I’m a hardcore fan of the Ezekiel!

Risa and I will be attending the steering committee meeting for GetFit! Tullahoma on April 18th. Let us know if you have any ideas to support Mayor Curlees initiatives including greening up Tullahoma or ways to spread the word about events and organizations in the area.

I was rereading some journal entries today and it’s really sinking in – the abundance to look forward to this growing season. I’m especially looking forward to melons, cucumbers, and fresh basil. Let your farmers know what you love – that’s the only way you’ll ever see it on the market!

If you’ve been spreading the word about the good food available, team up with you friends and offer to pick their order up for them! We also offer delivery.

Market closes at noon wednesday, whats in your fridge, freezer, breadbox, pantry, soap dish, or garden?

Tullahoma Locally Grown Market

Madison GA:  The Market is open!!

See everyone Wed We will also have Lori’s homemade gumbo if anyone is interested. She is from Biloxi so you know it’s gonna be good!!!

Cedar Grove Farm:  Cedar Grove Farm 2013 Summer CSA Season

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The weather has not cooperated much these past couple weeks. We’ve had a bunch of hard frosts and cold windy days out here on the farm. However, the woods that surround us always renew my confidence at this time of the year as they begin to wake-up with the first flowering of the red bud, elm and maple trees. We are probably a week or so behind Athens – it seems to get and stay colder longer out here in the boondocks.

Our transplants are struggling but they are hanging on. I’m pretty sure they will rebound and start thriving once the warmer spring weather takes hold. BTW, in spite of the weather, we did get almost 1200 feet of potatoes – German Butterball, Sangre Round Red and Yukon Gold – plus the first 200 tomato plants in the ground.

The CSA will not be open again this week, and this is officially the end of the Winter CSA season. If you are receiving this message you have either sent in part or all of your payment for the Summer CSA or you are still on the active list until the day after tomorrow. If you want to continue please be sure and send in at least an installment to continue your membership this summer. We are really excited about the harvest this year and have plenty of available slots still open. Remember, with the flexibility of Cedar Grove Farm – Locally Grown, if you don’t want to order from the available produce, you can save your balance and order more when your favorites start coming in.

We will be at the Athens Farmers Market Opening Day at Bishop Park this coming Saturday, April 6, and then the following Wednesday, April 10, we will have the first Downtown Athens Farmers Market and Cedar Grove Farm Summer CSA pickup of 2013. Come by and see us. We sure are looking forward to being back at the Market again.

Best regards, Farmer Jay

Farm Where Life is Good:  2013 Spring Update

What a difference a year makes!

Farm Where Life is Good

Spring Update

Spring has sprung! Well, at least in the basement and the greenhouse.

Today we have seen a gray morning, a moment of sunshine, a black sky blizzard, and now pristine blue sky sunshine with dazzling sparkling snow. Crazy springtime weather…but at least it is predominantly sunshine!

The greenhouse is sporting all of the growing seedlings— onions, green onions, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, boc choi, greens, celery, celeriac, lettuce, tomatoes, violas and pansies. With the nasty sub-zero temps we had recently, everyone had moved back into the house; propane heat couldn’t keep up during those low nights. But if spring stays, they will continue to live out there until the ground is free of snow!

Recipes for your Consideration

At the junction of winter into spring, I am trying to clear out the freezer, root cellar and canning shelves in anticipation of the upcoming harvests; making soup is just about the easiest route for accomplishing this task. The soup recipe below is probably my favorite. Lots of taste variety!

Remember to “put-up” some of your produce box ingredients (directions in parentheses) this coming year.

Tortilla Soup (fresh from the freezer and root cellar!)

3 onions, ¼ and sliced
6-8 cloves garlic, crushed/minced
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp ground black pepper

6 cups diced tomatoes (core, dice, freezer bag, freeze) or cherry tomatoes (just pop in a bag, freeze)
3-5 large carrots, chopped
4 cups vegetable broth (or just use water and increase your salt and pepper as needed)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground paprika pepper (slice, dry, grind)

1 cup green/red or paprika peppers, diced (slice, freezer bag, freeze)
½ cup green olives, chopped
1 pkg WheatMeat (seitan), chopped/ripped or 1 pkg extra firm tofu, cubed
1 cup cilantro (loose chop, plastic tub, cover w/ water, freeze, pop out and freezer bag)
3-4 leaves dino-kale, chopped (wash, pat dry, freezer bag, freeze)

1-2 jalapenos, diced (freezer bag whole, freeze)
2 cup corn (blanch 2min, ice water cool, slice from cob, freezer bag, freeze)

To serve—
Top with crushed tortilla chips and/or Tofutti-brand Sour Supreme.

For Your Reading Pleasure

All New Square Foot Gardening, 2nd Ed: The Revolutionary Way to Grow More In Less Space by Mel Bartholomew

This book was a starting point for me; early on in my vegetable growing life, I suffered from gardner’s block (like writer’s block). Mr. Bartholomew makes growing vegetables mentally manageable! And if you only have a small space, this growing concept is absolutely perfect and productive.

So if you want to do a little growing yourself, give this book a read.

Farm News

The new high tunnel addition to Farm Where Life is Good finally has its skin!

The snow is melting fast inside, leaving lots of mud puddles! Soon, soon, it will be filled with greens and boc choi and broccoli and salad mix. And then it will slide to position #2 and warm the soil for the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. Come fall, it slides to position #3 to protect the winter salads, carrots, and greens. We have a huge learning curve for high tunnel growing this next season, but thus far planning is going well.

A handful of 2013 full season CSA subscriptions are still available; have a look under The Market tab (here on the website).

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the anticipation of vegetables.

We hope to feed you soon!

Roger and Lara

Jbo Locally Grown:  Market open for April 3rd pick up

Happy Easter Everyone.
Hope that your Easter table was as full of locally grown products as ours.
Only four more on-line markets left…that can only mean that Saturday market will soon begin! (May 4th, to be exact.)
Our on-line market hours are, as usual,farmers deliver from 4:30 to 5:15. Customer pickup from 5:30 to 6:00.

See you there,
the Market Managers

Stone County, AR:  It's Market Time!

Hey, Everyone!

It’s Market Time again!

We may not be in the “thick” of the season, but there are lots of locally grown products to partake of…just in case you haven’t ordered from us yet (and, even if you have).

Check out Ratchford Farms bountiful list of naturally grown and fed beef and buffalo…along with their winter greens, corn and frozen okra, to name a few!

Come on in! You’ll be glad you did!

United States Virgin Islands:  VI Locally Grown market 3/31/13

Happy Easter!

Check out this week’s Locally Grown offerings.

See you Wednesday!

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN

Happy Easter to everyone. It looks like spring has finally arrived.

This Friday is the start of the Downtown Swainsboro Farmers Market. Pickup for swainsboro locally grown will now be at the market. Located on the downtown square, on Roger Shaw Street. Pickup hours are extended to 4-6pm.

You can either order online or just pickup items from us at the market.
If you would like dairy or meat, please order through the site, since the dairy farm will not be able to make it to the market.

See you all on Friday!

Russellville Community Market:  RCM Opening Bell

Hey everyone! Welcome to another market week. We’re glad to have you!

We’re moving closer and closer to fresh veggies. Our farmers have already added fresh greens, and now:

New item announcement: Drewry Farms has just added fresh cucumbers to the market page. These will go quickly, act fast! If you’re wanting some delicious tomatoes to grow for the summer months ahead Drewry Farms also has tomato plants ready to buy on the market!

Also newly added, One Nerd Bakery has added Honey Flax bagels to their delicious line up of baked good products.

Ellen’s Specialty Herbs and Plants has added basil options such as Ball, Superbo, Barbeque, and Salvia Berggarten—all delicious varieties of the basil herb.

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for up to date news and exciting RCM announcements. Check out our page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events too! 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

ALFN Local Food Club:  This Week's News in Food

Good Morning,
I hope you are all celebrating birth and Spring this fine Sunday morning. There are many ways to celebrate the gifts life offers, and one of them is by ordering said gifts for your own enjoyment and nourishment.
So, the Market is open. We experienced some HUGE sales yesterday; the Spread the Word campaign is working. Keep it up!

Quick thought: a lot of farmers’ markets are soon to open. I believe attending the first Spring markets is an important part of the new season: you get to say Hello to your farmers after a long winter, enjoy time outdoors, and get some real community time.
May I suggest something…
Sales in Food Club typically drop off as other markets open, which makes perfect sense. There are more options for getting local food. And, as long as people are buying their food locally, who can complain? Many of our Food Club customers do the following: they get their staples from our market (bread, cheese, lettuces, meats) and visit the other farmers’ markets to enjoy socializing and buy the extra knick-knacks for their kitchen. We believe in networking markets together for the benefit of everyone. Get your food from a variety of markets; they have different things to offer. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. So, we encourage you to continue using Food Club regularly and enjoying your other markets simultaneously!

A big Thank You to Maison Terre for spending time at Food Club yesterday, showcasing her fantastically dyed eggs (see pictures on her Facebook page), spices, teas, and skills in all things herbal and beautiful.
Two things from Maison Terre:
Natural Egg Dye Recipes
Raised Bed Plans.

Check THIS Out…
We have a new vendor! Please welcome New South Nursery. Tom Frothingham manages an 18-acre farm and nursery in West Pulaski County. He specializes in native plants and saves and cultivates his plants specific to our region, using Integrated Pest Management and organic fertilizers. Look for his native wildflowers, vines, fig trees, and vegetable plants under our Plants section. Here’s a word from Tom himself… "Hello everyone, this Tom Frothingham. My involvement with sustainable agriculture stretches back over 30 years, with a particular interest in native plant conservation for the last 10 years. New South Nursery focuses on Arkansas native plants, but my love of plants is pretty eclectic so we offer a number of non native plants, including heirloom vegetables, herbs, carnivorous plants and fig trees. I’m very excited to be a part of the Arkansas Local Food Network, and I look forward to a great growing season this year. "

Farm Girl Natural Foods is back in our market, with a variety of tasty meats. They’ve got all cuts of chicken, plus stew birds and whole chickens. Fresh Ham. This caught my eye: Hmong Sausage: a Northern Thai sausage featuring unique asian flavors. I’m eager to try it out!

North Pulaski has a lot of beautiful, green-purple broccolini. I’ll be roasting my broccolini from yesterday’s pickup later.

It’s warm and occasionally not wet outside. Time to do some grilling. Farm Girl, Falling Sky, and Youngblood Grassfed Meats have a variety of pork chops, sausages, and bratwursts. Don’t forget our offerings for grassfed beef!

Crimmins Family Farm is bursting at the seems with produce. I think they may have a pest problem, because they appear to be emptying out organic rabbit food onto our market at unparalleled rates.

Fun Farmer Updates:
Here are the Farmers’ Markets opening this April and May!
15 Shade Tolerant Plants for your shady yard.
Drewry Farm & Orchards is having a Plant Sale.
Rattle’s Garden Flower Ladder.
Falling Sky Farm raised $10,000 in under three weeks! Three cheers! Crowdfunding works, people!

There’s a million more bits of news to share in this ever-growing local food landscape. Stay tuned for delicious updates.
Sam Hedges