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Greetings local food lovers!
Don’t forget to pick up your order today between 4-6 PM!
Crested Butte: The CB Pick-Up Location is now at Montanya Distillery, 130 Elk Avenue.
Gunnison: Upstairs at the ORE Office (202 E. Georgia).
Thanks for supporting local family farms!
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I missed this exciting news on the newsletter…Dana Rankin from Ancient Awakenings will be our Vendor of the Day on Saturday. She can answer your questions about the benefits of Kombucha, Kefir and Cultured Vegetables. You may be able to try some too.
Homegrown Market OPEN for Saturday! Member Meeting!
Place your order today on our online market
Order online Wednesday 3pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.
Order online Saturday 1pm – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
MONDAY – CLOSED
TUESDAY – 11am to 6pm
WEDNESDAY – 10am to 7pm
THURSDAY – 11am to 6pm
FRIDAY – 11am to 6pm
SATURDAY – 10am to 7pm
SUNDAY – 11am to 5pm
Please mark your calendars for a member meeting on Wednesday August 21st at 7PM. At this meeting we will be discussing current co-op operations, financials and the future of Homegrown. If you have an item that you would like to be added to the agenda, please submit your request in an e-mail to email@example.com.
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Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.
Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.
Pickup is from 12pm-7pm on Saturday. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups.
Don’t forget, orders for fresh bread from Olde Hearth Bread Company must be placed by 4:00pm Thursday to satisfy your order
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Heirloom Living Market will close at Noon today!
Unfortunately, there is no Farmer of the Week this Thursday. Our Farmers are all super busy now that we had a few days of Sunshine!
Cedar Rock Dairy Cow Milk Customers: Please remember to return your clean jars to the Market tomorrow when you come to pick up your items! (All Raw Milk is labeled for Pet Consumption! This is the only way the RAW milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.)
Your jar is NOT clean until it is DRY! We suggest air drying for best results!HONEY
Jay of Dances With Bees
listed Gallberry Honey in their offerings a couple of weeks ago! He says it has a “rich, elegant taste, with a thick aromatic flavor”. Just the name intrigued me, so I ordered some and found that it as richly flavored as Jay described. This is some of the best Honey I have had! Mary and Leah are also enjoying it – but, don’t take our word for it! Try some today!VEGGIESFresh Veggies
! Be sure and check out your fresh options under the Veggie Section of the Market! You will find plentiful offerings from Fry Farm
, Doug’s Garden
, Back River Farm
. I am in Veggie Heaven! So many offerings!
In addition to the Basic Produce Box Doug of Doug’s Garden
has added 3 new Produce Boxes to his offerings! The Herb Lovers Box, The Tomato Lovers Box and the Root Lovers Box!
Be sure and check out all the great offerings from our Meat Farmers! Water Buffalo from Carrell Farms, Beef, Pork and Chicken from B&G Farms and Chicken from Joyful Noise Acres Farm! All pasture-raised, grass-fed meat! You simply cannot beat the quality! Processed at USDA Inspected processors!
Figs We have Figs! They are the ‘Brown Turkey’ variety which have a milder flavor than some of the others. Yummy! Doug of Doug’s Garden brought some for the Farmers’ Sale Table at the Crossfit Market yesterday and I snagged a box! Boy are they sweet and delicious! It’s amazing to me what a little bit of Sunshine can do for our gardens and trees!
Blackberries have also been helped by the Sunshine ~ My Daily Bread has them them listed. They won’t be around much longer!
Blueberries Yep, you guessed it, the Sunshine ripened those little yummy morsels right up and My Daily Bread and picking…so we can enjoy! Bless their berry-pickin’-hearts!
Peaches I spoke with Brandon of Watsonia Farm yesterday and he said the peaches this week are exceptionally good. The blush is perfect, the size HUGE – picture perfect and mighty tasty! They are about 1/2 pound each! We are coming to the end of the season with Peaches, also! Get some while they are still around and freeze (my preference) or can for the winter months ahead!
Have your ordered your Bakery items from My Daily Bread? Don’t be disenchanted because what you wanted – but forgot to order – is not on the Farmers’ Sale Table! The Brownies, Cinnamon Rolls, Chocolate Zucchini Bread go quickly! Get exactly what you want, order from the Market offerings so you won’t be disappointed.
…and for you Gluten Free folks, check out the offerings of Lisa from True Vine Gluten Free! Her GF Breads are marvelous and I have already raved about the Chocolate Chip Cookies!
A reminder from The Black Lab:
Pick up the Pork or Chicken Pet Food Supplement from Miss Lynda at B & G Farms! I am not sure if that reminder is for me or you — but since I already ordered…. oh yes, and the Pet Micro-greens from Cedar Seeder!
There are many nutrient-dense, fresh, local, pesticide/chemical/GMO FREE foods and grass fed, pasture raised meats available to keep you and your family well fed and healthy! So, Hop on over to the Market before we close tomorrow at Noon!
We appreciate your support of the Market, our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy!
We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!
We are still looking for another pickup location! Please send us your ideas and we will check it out.
As always, She Who Cooks, will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market! She sent me a bunch of upcoming recipes she will be sharing! We are in for some delicious meals!
Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!
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The Spa City Co-op market is now closed for ordering. Please plan to pick up your order this Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 (before 5:00 if possible) at the Art Church – now called Taylor’s Extemporanea.
Thanks for your participation and support of Spa City Co-op. See you Friday.
Market Manager this week
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Produce Subscription (Week 32)
We had visitors this week! The two-legged, weed-pickin’ variety and the no-legged, bug-eating variety.
Razz, Rach and the Garter Snake
The weed-pickin’ variety was most helpful in helping us locate our melons and herbs and potatoes and…and…and…. And the beans were picked on time too, as evidenced by the sunlight in this week’s box photo. We finished packing before midnight!!! Yeaaaa!!
Speaking of potatoes— they are all doing very well indeed. We were able to harvest a small amount of some purple spuds from the last corner of the spring high tunnel field (some of which went to the winner of the veggie mystery from last week— the conjoined squash—how does that happen?)
The remainder are progressing well. We have 50-70 day, 70-90 day, and 90-110 day varieties, so hopefully the first round (well, second round after the new potatoes) will be coming soon. They are beyond their flower stage and leaves are dying back— soon!
A rainbow of color appears in your boxes this week:
Celery See what you think. They are stronger-tasting than the grocery store types; still perfecting the growing needs. Save the leaf trimmings for vegetable broth— save all of your trimmings actually.
Carrots Roots abound! They will also be strong-tasting given all of this hot weather. Carrots like the cold— can’t wait for the candy carrots in the high tunnel this winter.
Cucumber A variety of types this week and they are coming on strong. Well, the high tunnel cucs are fading, but the field ones are here!
Tomato, cherry variety Not sure why the toms are so slow to change color right now…
Tomato, slicer and paste variety Reminder— DO NOT refrigerate. Allow them to red-up at room temp.
Lettuce, green summer crisp (2) Saved them from the deer; a gentleman with little bitty antlers was chowing at 6am when Rog went out and did his version of the Razz-deer-dance (while I sawed logs!)
Zucchini Make some zucchini noodles; fabulous!
Zephyr squash Rog picked most of them tiny; maybe they are a delicacy, but not belly-filling!
Beans, wax fillet Pretty, petite wax beans. I am freezing up a bundle this week if they last.
Cabbage (Tendersweet) This more delicate cabbage version is great for fresh salads.
Sweet pepper variety They are all “sweet” this week (I promise…I think…) The colors are changing.
Leeks The first of the leeks are coming due. Slice lengthwise and then run under water to rinse sand/soil from innards. Soups, on the grill, in a sauté…good for everything that needs a mild onion flavor.
Thyme Good old standby; use fresh in tomato sauces and gravies. Dry over the stove for winter use.
Oregano Perfect addition to vinaigrette for those tomatoes and cucumbers.
Recipes for your consideration
Veggie salad sandwich
1# extra-firm tofu (Wildwood is best)
1-2 cucumbers, seeded and diced fine
1-2 sweet peppers, seeded and diced fine
2 ribs celery, diced fine
1-3 onions, sweet or green, diced fine
10 green olives, diced fine
½ tsp sea salt
1 cup Nayonaise or Veganaise
1/3 cup prepared yellow mustard
½ tsp garlic powder
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Mix all ingredients. Let sit in fridge 2-3hours before serving.
Load on fresh bread or rolls.
Makes 4-6 sandwiches
Leeks and Carrots
2 leeks, finely chopped
4 carrots, diced
1/3 vegetable broth
2 Tbsp margarine
1 Tbsp maple syrup or sugar
½ tsp thyme
½ tsp sea salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Add all ingredients to large skillet; bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until liquid evaporated. Sauté 1-2 additional minutes while stirring until veggies lightly browned.
Everyone feel free to add your favorite recipes to the website.
For Your Reading Pleasure
As we enter the summer season, produce varieties are changing. I wanted to re-introduce this document just in case ya’ll need a refresher on the new produce and how to keep it all fresh.
Fresh Vegetable Storage for the Homeowner
Well, the fall brassicas are all seeded in the basement; some have popped up so fast they have been moved out to the shady side of the greenhouse to harden off (i.e. get used to this heat). Once we find a cloudy day, in they will go to hurry up and grow into the next generation of broccoli, cabbage, boc choi, kale, kohlrabi. (We’ll be doing some flea-beetle clean up before these tender, sweet young things go out into the big, dangerous world.)
Hundreds of feet of carrots have been seeded as well; working hard to get good germination with the dry weather. And the 3rd high tunnel is mowed and just about ready to be tilled under to start taking some of the winter crops— spinach and salad greens. Maybe another dose of spinach outside too, we’ll see. Still lots to do to keep it thriving and boxes filling.
*Farmers making the nightly rounds, caught on trailcam! *
Produce Bonus: Find the “Love Carrots” and then drop us a line with the photo and you win a prize next week.
Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the vegetables.
Roger and Lara
That’s it for another week!
The Online Market will open again on Sunday at 1 PM. See you then!
Finally a run of beautiful weather, with a glimpse of fall in the morning air. It’s a welcome feeling what with still being a bit shell-shocked by July’s intense heat and humidity.
The cooler weather does mean that crops like squash, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes that count on the heat to keep producing strongly may slow down a bit. Hopefully, we can provide, but I still have a a limit on the cherry tomatoes, just in case. Cukes should be okay and we’ll hope for the best with squash.
We’re adding Banana Fingerling potatoes which we’ve just begun to dig. They’re nice for boiling, roasting and potato salad.
The price on the tomatoes has come down a dollar to $3.50 a pound. In another week we should be adding field tomatoes to the ones in the greenhouse.
Things are kind of strange in pepper land. We had the first set of fruit which was delayed by the cold, wet weather in early June. Then the intense heat of July seemed to take a toll on later blossoms which it can do. So except for the Bull’s Horn which seem to be doing better, we may have a lull in the purple and green bells. As some of you who ordered purple peppers may have noticed, some of the first purple peppers are already starting to change color and ripen towards being sweeter. The eggplant seemed to be similarly affected by the cold and heat. They’re coming along slowly.
The first planting of Golden Beets is all harvested with more on the way in coming weeks.
We should have Tropea onions next week.
Thanks as ever for your orders and I hope you find the produce fresh and full of life.
Today marks our 3 year anniversary. Three years ago I had an idea to open an online organic farmers market in Cumming because I wanted an easier more convenient way to shop for “REAL” food for my family. Not sure it would be something farmers would be interested in I approached Lynn Pugh of Cane Creek Farm and so glad I did. She spent the first two years sponsoring the market and teaching me about farmers. She was the only organic farmers that I knew of and I needed to see if there may be others that would like this option of selling. She was excited to have someone interested in starting it and liked the idea of selling in this way. So with just a few local farmers and a handful of customers we had our first Saturday market on August 6th, at the old Autism Center on Hwy 9, out of the back of my van. Thanks to all of you, your support from the beginning, the farmers and their hard work, and our great volunteers, we have grown and I’m happy to say we are still growing. I couldn’t have done this without all of you!
To celebrate and show our appreciation, we’re going to have special goodies for you this Saturday. Coffee from Yonah Coffee, soap samples from Secret Garden, mini galettes from Farm Fresh Foods, mini muffins from My Daily Bread, jam/jelly from Simply Southard and more.
To celebrate THREE YEARS of outstanding service from The Cumming Harvest, From Mimi’s Mountain Home would like to offer a limited time special as a thank you to everyone who has been so supportive. This week only, we have three limited edition scents of multipurpose cleaner available. These scents are lime, pine, and pink grapefruit. Three scents for the three year anniversary…that means the price is $3.00 per bottle! There will be no refill kits, only bottles, so this limited time offer saves you $4.00—this is a great deal! Normally, the multipurpose cleaner is $4.50 for a refill pack and $2.50 for the bottle, so you’re saving over 50% of the cost! Order fast, as quantities are limited!
NEW TO THE MARKET?
Here’s some tips to help you have the best experience when ordering online.
1. ORDER EARLY…the market opens at 8am every Wednesday, popular items will sell out quickly. (Don’t wait for this email to place your order!!)
2. COMPLETE YOUR ORDER…you can lose an item in your cart if someone else orders and completes the order ahead of you.
3. LOOK FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL…if you don’t receive an email showing your completed order, your order was not placed and you’ll need to place it again.
4. MULTIPLE ORDERS…placing multiple orders aren’t a problem, they will be grouped together on our order form with one total.
5. ARRIVE EARLY TO PICK UP…We usually have extras from various farmers/vendors and maybe a Farmer of the Day. Arrive at 10am for a better selection and less wait time.
6. BRING GROCERY BAGS…Don’t forget to bring your reusable grocery bags to pack your order.
7. EMAIL THE GROWER…each farmer lists their own products and tries to make the listings as clear as possible so that you know what you are buying, but sometimes it may need more explanation. You are buying directly from the farmer/vendor and they are more than happy to speak to you to answer any questions.
LOCATION & 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!