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The Cumming Harvest: Newsletter - July 1, 2015
A NOTE ABOUT PEACHES – Organic peaches do not have any synthetic fungicide or petroleum-based wax to extend their naturally short shelf-life. We deliver them slightly firm, and they soften extremely quickly, so prepare to eat or process them within about two days of delivery.
Main Market Location and Pick Up
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest
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!
Champaign, OH: Last Call!
It was a busy night with the Mechanicsburg Market, and then I needed to be in town, for a bit, working on various tasks, at both my shop, and for Art Affair…
So, all that to say, this is your last call!!! I will close the market at 10:30!! Go, order, make the market happy!!
See you on the flip side!!
Peace, Love, Good Vibes…
Russellville Community Market: RCM Order Reminder
Hey everyone! Just a quick reminder that we’ll be closing for orders tonight at 10:00 p.m. Get your orders in soon!
We hope to see you on Thursday for the market pick-up!
Check out our Facebook page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events.
Be sure to click on the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page to get automatic updates. Thanks!
Russellville Community Market
Manchester Locally Grown: Just a Short Time Left to Order!
Gwinnett Locally Grown: The Market is Open! Got RAW MILK?
The Market is open Thursday at 9 – Monday at noon After that, ordering is disabled until Thursday morning. Pick up your order Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. only at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.
We have raw milk back on the Market!
Dawson Farms in Watkinsville, GA will be making weekly drops of fresh, Jersey raw milk in gallons from their Farm. I talked to Mark Dawson and they take great pride in their cows and the milk they produce! It stays fresh two weeks or more and has lots of cream on top! It will be listed under Rancho Alegre Farms and I hear from Pilar that you will love the creamy taste!
Raw milk is extremely hard to find in our area so please give him your support so he can continue to keep us stocked in yummy raw milk!
Workshops for July
Are you conscious of your sugar consumption but not sure how where to start? Meet with Ashley who will show you how to read labels and ingredient lists, meet sugar guidelines and be aware of amounts of sugar in common foods, including so called “healthy” foods.
Tue. July 7, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Meet with Cheryl of Gwinnett Locally Grown to learn about the benefits of chemical free cleaning with essential oils. She will show you how to create your own effective and all-natural cleaning products that kill germs without adding any harsh or toxic chemicals. Please bring your own 8 oz jar to take home your own laundry detergent.
Thur. July 16, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wed. July 22, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The raw food diet: benefits including improved digestion, more energy and improved overall health. Join us for a class about what makes live food so yummy. Watch demos and taste a variety of delicious sweet and savory snacks.
Tue. July 28, 2015 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Tue. Aug. 11, 2015 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
To purchase tickets visit OperationHomebrew.com.
Wine making workshop, Session 1: Tue. Sep. 22, 2015
Wine making workshop, Session 2: Tue. Oct. 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM for both sessions
– Session 1 | Sanitizing steps, mixing the ingredients, tips/tricks
– Session 2 | Bottle, Cork, and label your wine, take it home
To purchase tickets visit OperationHomebrew.com.
In other news….
We are looking for someone who would like to manage the Gwinnett Locally Grown market! Cheryl took it over on a temporary basis when Debbie was sick and had to give it up. Cheryl is busy doing other interests on the Farm so we are looking for a foodie with a love of healthy food and people to manage Gwinnett Locally Grown. If you are interested or know someone who is, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
What’s up with the Salmon?
Back in Time Farm will be supplying Alaskan Wild Caught salmon through his son, Running Wild Alaskan Seafood, LLC.
This deliciously fresh salmon is carefully selected directly from the fishermen’s nets from the cold Alaskan waters before it ever enters the ship’s hold. Only the best is chosen to become part of " Running Wild Alaskan Seafood’s" premium offerings. The fish is immediately bled and iced down before making the short boat ride to the processor located in Homer, Alaska. Here it is quickly processed and flash frozen (to ensure freshness) then packed into coolers for the overnight trip to Georgia. This is the freshest salmon available without going to Alaska to catch it yourself. Red Sockeye salmon is packed with flavor and nutrition.
We are within a week or so of having this salmon at our very own market!The packages will be 8 ounces and sell for $9.50 a pack.
I have emailed all those interested that emailed me and I will be making sure that when they place their orders, they have priority. But there will be enough for Market sales. This will be the first catch and then we are hoping for a second catch 3 weeks later, but that isn’t guaranteed yet.
So watch for the email to buy coming in about a week or two.
Please share with friends and family about us so that we can give more people the opportunity to buy and eat healthy! Local farmers need our support to keep providing us with all the fresh foods! If we don’t give them enough business, it’s hard for them to continue to deliver to us. Please let’s not let that happen! Tell your friends about us so we can keep the Growers supported as this is how they make their living.
Thank you to all of you who support Gwinnett Locally Grown!
If there is something you’d like to see in the Market, please let me know! I would love your input!
The Market is extending their hours! The Market will now be open from 4:00 to 7:00pm!
Having said that, if you place an order with us, PLEASE remember to pick it up on Tuesday. As I am so grateful for your orders, I also have a family at home waiting on me too! We cannot hold orders, especially cold items due to limited refrigeration space, so please be courteous and come for your order.
Thanks for all your support!
Shop often and eat well!
Rancho Alegre Farm
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ALFN Local Food Club: Market Reminder
Remember to make your order in the ALFN market before it closes tomorrow at noon!
Also, please send me an email if you know of any individuals who may be interested in filling our Treasurer position this fall.
Order challenge: see if you can assemble a mixture of products from the market as an edible firework. From veggie sparklers to peach starbursts, I bet we could order up some fantastic colors on the plate that would mirror the night sky this 4th. Order those melons and get everything iced up…it’s time to party.
Program & Market Manager
Fisher's Produce Tulsa: Opening the Online Market
We are sorry for not having had the online market open for the last several weeks. And now that we are opening it, we are a bit late. We will need orders in by 4:00pm if possible. The sooner the better.
Thanks to those of you who joined us for the farm tour and dinner on Sunday evening! We really enjoyed the fellowship and pleasure of meeting some of you for the first time.
We will be checking our sweet corn this afternoon to see if any is ripe yet. If there is, we will include some in the CSA and take the rest to Brookside Market. We are not going to have as much or as nice of corn as usual on account of too much rain in May and June.
This week’s CSA will likely include:
3 pounds of tomatoes
Beets and Carrots
Yellow Candy Sweet Onions
1 bulb garlic
and some combination of eggplant, sweet corn, peppers, and/or cucumbers depending on availability
This week we will be delivering to JCT and not Spirit Event Center. Other locations as usual.
Champaign, OH: A Day In The Life
It’s that time of the week, again!!
Time for another vendor Day In The Life story!! This week, we get to read all about life on the farm with Lee and Jennifer Ruff of End Of The Road Farms!
They come to us from their amazing farm in Fletcher. If you were able to go on their farm tour, last year, you fell in love with their story, their family, and their farm.
If you were not able to attend that tour, you get to learn all about them in this story of their lives.
Thanks for all the hard work, Lee and Jennifer!! We totally appreciate your commitment!
For the past five years that we’ve been married and working on our farm at the end of the road, the only constant through the seasonal changes is daily chores, at least twice and sometimes four times a day. Our three children under the age of four adore being out and “helping”, which makes for a slower, albeit more enjoyable experience. We currently have three draft horses, a feeder steer, 2 cats, 29 laying hens, 85 replacement layers from 10-14 weeks old, and six pigs – one of whom, Maple Syrup, we’ll breed come fall, another, Ham, we’ll butcher, and the other four, Toady, Bob, Fred, and Kitty, are already sold. All our animals are heritage breeds who live on pasture 24/7. The chickens are divided up into 10 moveable pens, and they get moved onto fresh alfalfa and clover every morning when we take them their ration of feed and fill everyone’s water.
Our 8 month old daughter religiously takes her morning nap in the stroller each day, allowing me two-three hours to help weed, pick berries, hang laundry, or do whatever needs done most outside (with her in cloth diapers and no dryer, laundry is a daily priority).
Lee spends half of every day in the garden. There is always cultivation with the horses and hand weeding/hoeing to be done with over an acre of market garden to care for, in addition to the weekly and biweekly plantings of our more important and popular crops. When he is picking for our Thursday Virtual Market drop-off, our Friday CSA pickup, or our Saturday Troy market, he can spend the entire day in the garden. As he harvests something, he’ll bring it to me at the house where we have set up a washing and packaging area, and I can save him some time while the kids play or “help” doing things like trimming beet tops, washing green onions, or labeling bags.
Everyone gets checked again at lunchtime. Eggs are gathered, pigs and chickens get scraps for a snack, and everyone’s water is topped off. Before the youngest chicks gained a bit of weight, they kept scratching the hay down enough to escape practically every day, and the kids and I spent a good portion of our morning rounding them up, as Lee was always conveniently working horses when this happened. The day of the Great Escape, 37 out of 48 chicks that busted out… and they were so little you’d practically step on them before you noticed them in the thigh high alfalfa! The kids have plenty of lessons on the importance of following directions well, as sometimes if they stand exactly in the right position where Mommy tells them, they successfully catch all the little Houdini’s. I’m almost sorry they’re too big to sneak out anymore, we were getting so coordinated in our efforts!
Our draft horses are central to our 21 acre, organic homestead that we are trying so hard to make sustainable. At 30 years old, our Percheron mare, Jane, is irritated about the retirement we’ve forced upon her, but we can’t let her work herself into the ground as she’d like. That leaves the work up to Tony, a 16 year old Percheron gelding who prior to living with us was a Renaissance Festival jousting horse, and Wilson, a 6 year old Shire we’re borrowing from a friend for the summer. Lee and the horses do almost all our field work. When he’s not working in the garden or harvesting one of our field crops (sorghum, spelt, popcorn, soup beans, field corn for the pigs, naked oats for the chickens, and hay) that are divided into two acre parcels in a six year crop rotation, Lee’s daily projects right now are building new fence, clearing out our fencerows, rebuilding old horse-drawn machinery, or repurposing the equipment we have to make it fit our scale. He is also moving an old barn home piece by piece to repair our own dilapidated barn with the timbers and lumber.
The kids help me cook every day… we’re on a big noodle and pizza kick lately, as they love turning the handle of the pasta maker, and like to knead the dough before pressing their handprint into the middle of the pizza.
Evening chores we do as a family, and we appreciate how Blessed we are to eat every meal together, produce about 90% of our own food, and spend so much time working with each other. For two years now, Lee and I have been saying that the best thing to ever happen to us was me losing my teaching job, since we hadn’t thought we were ready to make farming our full-time profession, and yet God knew exactly what He was doing, as we couldn’t be healthier or happier!
Hope you enjoyed a bit of our story!
Lee and Jennifer Ruff, and our three little Ruffians
New Field Farm's Online Market: Lettuce begin !
We’re ready to start the harvest this week.
I include shell peas on the list, but that may be optimistic. They’re close to being ready, but I can’t be sure we’ll be able to pick by Friday. We’ll hope for the best!
With the cooler weather we’ve had the lettuce is also slightly behind schedule. I’ll lower the price a bit if the heads are smaller than usual.
It looks like it’ll be a lovely day today so we’ll be focusing on getting a good jump on the weeds which have been enjoying all the recent rains.
Overall, the crops look good and when warmer weather arrives we should be off and running.
Blueberries may begin next week. Certainly by the week after.
Conway, AR: Tuesday Reminder - Market Closes Tonight at 10pm.
There’s still time to place your order for pickup this Friday, July 3rd. The market closes TONIGHT around 10pm.
How to contact us:
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Instead…
Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039
Email: Steve – firstname.lastname@example.org
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Conway-Locally-Grown/146991555352846