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Winnsboro, TX:  Market is Open


Good morning!

These grey days of winter are not the best for farming, but there continue to be some great, local products to shop from. Find newly-added canned vegetables, salsas, & relishes from Granny Annie. Homemade breads & cheeses are great to serve with warm soups this time of year. GlenHaven Farm is providing the market with a wide variety of pastured meats, and you don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t tasted the fresh mushrooms from New Morning Acres! Local honey, aquaponic lettuces, & so much more will see us through til the warm weather returns.
Thanks for supporting these farms!!

McColloms Market:  Reminder - Market Closes Tonight


Hi All:

Just wanted to remind those who still want to order this month that the Market will close tonight.

Pick up will be on Friday from 4:30-6:30.

Thanks.

Melinda
518-354-0202

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest - No Delivery This Week




Market News

Hello!
The next Market will open in two weeks – January 26th. We expect to have a great variety at that time.

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

Thanks,

John

Recipes

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Time to Order Fresh Local Farm Products!


Middle Tennessee Locally Grown market

Spotlight: Growers




Houseplants

Although we’ve already seen some blooms this year in the greenhouses, we know that the real show is months away, and it should be that way. While you’re looking forward to the spring perennials, why not dream of what you will plant this spring while enjoying one of Dogwood Valley Greenhouse’s beautiful houseplants? We also have a lovely selection of native flowering plants to help you plan for your garden!

(Top, L to R) Flame Violet, Green Spider Plant (AKA Airplane Plant)
(Bottom, L to R) African Violets: White Frilled Star w/ Pink Edge; and Soft Pink w/ Wide Maroon Edges.




Our Manchester pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building, at
216 East Fort Street, Manchester, TN


Our Tullahoma pickup location is inside “Nature’s Elite”, in the Cherokee Square Shopping Center next to Dunham’s Sports, at
1802 N Jackson St, Ste 800, Tullahoma TN


For a map, click on the address link.


Only the best fresh flavorful farm products for your family! No more week-old produce trucked across the country before you get it at the supermarket. All the fresh local farm products listed come from your grower and maker neighbors in Middle Tennessee. The freshest produce is picked the day you receive it!

Year-round weekly market is open for ordering from Sunday morning at 8 am till Tuesday evening at 10 pm.

Receiving options:
Thursday afternoon pickup (4:00 – 5:30 p.m.) – Fort Street, Manchester, pavilion.
Friday afternoon pickup (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) inside “Nature’s Elite”, Tullahoma.
Delivery on FRIDAY afternoon for a small fee.

See the “About” page for details.

Please help us grow:
spread the word about our market.
share this newsletter with someone
And if you are hungry for something special, just let us know, and we will do our best to find it for you.

Blessings,
Linda & Michael

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 16


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

In the past two weeks I’ve talked about the legal organization and considerations behind our market and then the financial operation that keeps everything running. I’ll wrap up my yearly primer on Athens Locally Grown this week with a few words about our growers and other market vendors.

First and foremost, let me preface everything by saying the decision to let a new grower into the market is always made by me alone. I know many farmers markets often get some press regarding one vendor or another feeling left out of the market and complaining that the committee running that market was a little too closed. Well, my efforts to run ALG in a cooperative manner aside, the responsibility here comes back to me. There’s no committee, and no formal application process. I’ve had some potential vendors that I’ve rejected get upset with me and complain that ALG is a “closed” market, and they’re right. It is a closed market, and it’s not open to just anyone to sell through. That doesn’t mean we have arbitrary standards, of course, and actually I think I’ve set the bar pretty high. A good number of our growers also go above and beyond to only bring “the best of the best”, and that pushes the de facto standards even higher. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be able to sell through Athens Locally Grown:

  • All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. I’ll come back to this later.
  • All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown, made, or otherwise produced
  • All growers must be from the greater Athens area. Right now, this means within about 75 miles
  • All growers must be willing to be part of our ALG community, and not think of us as just a dumping off point.
  • All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured or sustainably wild-caught
  • Handicrafts must be made primarily from items produced or gathered on the farm
  • Prepared foods must use organic ingredients if at all possible, and locally grown ingredients if at all possible
  • All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained

That about covers everything, I think. When I’ve turned down requests to sell through ALG (and I turn down several monthly), the grower has clearly not met one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis. Coffee is one. 1000 Faces was our first coffee vendor, and they offered direct trade coffees (they purchase directly from the coffee growers with no distributor or middle man) and did all the roasting and packaging themselves and to order. That set the standard, and other coffee vendors (such as GranCoffee Roasting Co.) had to match it. Mills Farm was a founding ALG member, but they buy in organic grains for their mill. We now have Sylvan Falls Mill in Rabun Gap as a vendor, and they primarily buy their grains from local (to them) organic growers. From now on, all future millers wanting to sell through ALG will have to meet that standard. And so on.

Let me get back to that first requirement: “sustainable practices”. There’s no set definition of that, and there’s really a sliding scale. For example, when I farmed I sometimes used a gasoline-powered rototiller, and our no-till growers and the no-hydrocarbon growers would frown upon that. There is a generally accepted definition of what is “conventional” agriculture, and that includes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and confined and grain-fed animals. Those are easy to exclude. At the other end, there is the USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown certification. Few small diversified growers can meet the expense of USDA certification, but a good number of our growers are CNG certified. This program uses the USDA rules as a starting point, made a few things more strict, and uses a system of growers certifying other growers to keep things honest. My farm had been CNG certified for nine years (though I eventually dropped my certification simply because my garden got really, really small), and many others area farms have followed since then. If a new grower does not have a certification, then I talk to them, get information about them, and visit their farm in person when necessary. A good number of our growers were ALG customers long before growing for market themselves, so I’ve gotten to know the people and the decision to let them in was easy.

In short: the growers have satisfied my standards, and I personally have approved them for inclusion in ALG. However, I want you to not just take my word for it. We occasionally have farm tours during the warm seasons so you can go on-site yourself and see the farms in action. We have a semi-regular “meet the grower” table at the Thursday pickups so you can talk with the growers yourself face-to-face. We encourage them to take photos for their online photo album, to describe their practices, and to take care with their product listings. We want to facilitate communication between you and them, so when you place an order, they see your name and email address in case they need to clarify a request or offer a substitution, and likewise for most of our growers you can see their contact info when you view their grower profile (while logged into the site) so you can get clarification from them when needed.

I often wrestle with some of those edge cases. Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon was one such case. The salmon and halibut they sell was caught in Alaska, but Doug and his family lived here (well, just over the line in South Carolina). They own their own small boats, and catch the fish themselves. Their practices are certified sustainable by a reputable organization up there, and their products are high quality. They’ve worked out the logistics of getting fish to you every week (by keeping a supply at my house in a freezer they own). I have in the past talked with sugar cane growers from South Georgia, dairies from across the state, fisherman from Savannah, olive growers from Savannah, citrus producers from Florida, and other people making items we just can’t get from growers located right here. Often, the logistics of getting their items from there to here on a regular and timely basis is what breaks down, but I continually try to expand the items at our market without compromising our community of growers located right here.

Hopefully that explains how our growers get into ALG, what standards they have to meet, and so on. It’s a very important topic, perhaps the most important one for our market, but much of it goes on behind the scenes. I know you’ve put your trust in me, and I take that very seriously, If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of ALG, I’d love to do so. Just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order.

And, as always, if you have any concerns or complaints about the items you receive, please let me know (and the sooner the better). Sometimes descriptions don’t always match the products delivered, or the quality isn’t want you were hoping for. We try to catch those cases before you arrive, but if anything gets by us, please let me know, and we’ll make it right and do our best to prevent it from happening again.

Thank you 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 season. They’ll return in the Spring, and you can catch the news on their website. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on winter hours from 1-4. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me know.

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. 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!

Foothills Market:  The Market is Open!


Foothills Market is open for another week with fresh, local foods. Shop the market, make your list, and click the “place your order” button to submit the order by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. We’ll have it ready for pickup Thursday from 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Meet Your Farmer

Today will be the first of a new feature introducing the farmers who offer products on Foothills Market.

Justin Lowe – Rural Route Farms

Justin Lowe, owner of Rural Route Farms, offers local honey in different size containers, including the always-popular “honey bear.” Justin has been a full-time beekeeper for five years. Rural Route Farms not only sells honey but also sells queen bees and nucs (a beginning set of bees) to establish new beehives. Justin has nearly 500 beehives throughout Johnson, Pope, and Yell counties. Turn to Rural Route Farm if you want to gain the many health benefits of honey and also know that you are getting 100 percent raw honey – which is not guaranteed when you buy honey in a store.

Dawson Local Harvest:  It's Sunday night, the Dawson Market is OPEN!


Beef is Back, plus Veggies, Chicken, and Eggs are Available!

HI GUYS!

Good Selection of most everything, including a new shipment of Fillets and other Beef cuts, Pickles & Ferments, Breads, Chicken, cool-weather Veggies, Muffins, Gluten-Free delights, and great tasting Eggs!

ORDER NOW!

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Beef, Pork, Honey, Eggs!


Good afternoon!

Look at all the great veggies available this week. Also, lots of different kinds of meat and eggs and honey.

Remember to feed our feathered friends during the colder months when fewer bugs are available. We will have suet cakes for birds on the extras table every Friday for only $1.

We’ve been having a lot of excellent items on the extra table lately. Earlier shoppers get the best selection. We are normally ready for customers to start arriving around 3 PM if you happen to be out and in the area. Just text me to see if we’re ready.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. Four instance, type in the word “sale” and see what pops up. We have over 500 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping:

https://conway.locallygrown.net/market

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thanks!
Steve

Miami County Locally Grown:  And we're Back!! :-)


We had such a marvelous time while we were on break, I was admittedly reluctant to get back into the swing of things tonight, until the vendors and customers began to arrive!

I missed you all :-)

Thanks for a great start to the New Year!

And just so you know, Green Fins won’t be posting any of their greens until tomorrow morning, so don’t think they’re sold out already if you get on tonight!

Be safe, stay warm when winter returns, and have a lovely week!

www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net

www.facebook.com/miamicountylocallygrown

The Wednesday Market:  We're Open!


Good afternoon.

The Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Check the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market

Thank you for supporting Georgia Grown agriculture. We hope to see you at the Market this week!

Thanks,

Beverly