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April Order Closes This Evening
If you haven’t yet placed an order for this month’s market and want to do so, please place it by this evening.
Thanks so much.
Opening Day was a success! Thank you to all who came out and shopped despite the cold temps. It was great to see everyone.
The online market will continue to be open during the outdoor season. Pick up will be at the outdoor market each Saturday.
Raised Rite Poultry will continue the 2 for $20 March Madness sale until that size of chickens are sold out.
Have a great week and see you Saturday!!
Gifts of Love
Just a few of the items we have had so generously donated for our “Gifts Of Love” for the Hope Center Mother’s Day Celebration.
Thank you each and everyone.
The market is open once again this week, so be sure & stock up!
Schedule is the same for the next two weeks, but in May we will change it up a bit. Now that Saturday market has started back up, it is more difficult for some of our growers to deliver online orders on Thursday. So, the pickup will be changed to Saturdays during market hours 8 am to Noon. Shopping time will be the same, but extended an extra day. We hope this will give you all opportunity to shop market goods that aren’t online, while still having the luxury of pre-ordering to be sure you get what you need.
Again this change doesn’t go into effect UNTIL MAY, so I will see you this Thursday & answer any questions you may have.
Have a great week!
Rainy Days and Mondays...
No need to let the combination get you down!
We’ve got all that you need to bring the sunshine back into your soul! And, what better way to spend a gloomy morning, than to make a list of items you need, and then instead of going out into the elements, you can order right from the comfort of wherever you are!
And…don’t forget that Easter is this coming weekend!! We can make it easy for all of your food prep needs. Or, still looking for items to put in Easter baskets? Why not make baskets full of local products for our market? We have so much to make up a Foodie Easter Basket!
However you want to use our market, we are ready to take the dreariness out of the rainy day!
And…Old Soals has now added fresh basil along with their lovely lettuces!! Arugula is on vacation, at the moment, as they wait for the next production of it, but will be back, soon!!
And…Kennedy Farms is on a short break while they plant, and plan for the markets they are involved with, in the coming season! They should be back in mid May!!
Rainy days and Mondays are actually really goods for getting things done, and getting your orders in…
The average last frost date for Athens falls this week, but you never know when a weird cold front will blow through, wreaking havoc on the little plants. It may be that tonight and tomorrow will be the last cold nights for the year, but ten days from now we might have to crank up the heaters again. If you’ve put out summer plants like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and eggplants, keep an eye out on the forecast for the next week or two, just in case you need protect them. The average last frost date for some of our growers won’t come for another month, further up in the mountains, but that just means more variety for our market.
It’s really never too late to put something in the ground, and it’s prime planting season now. I was one of the founding farmers of Athens Locally Grown, back in 2002, but these days I’m living back in the city of Athens and lucky enough to have a rental house with a few raised beds right outside my back door. Springtime weather makes me want to throw seeds in every bit of dirt I can find, wherever I find it, so maybe this week I’ll also make some more native wildflower seed bombs for use in bare patches I run across while walking through the neighborhood.
If you’ve been preparing your garden, or just thinking about starting one, be sure to check out all of the live plants offered by our growers through Athens Locally Grown and the other area farmers markets. Sure, you could run off to Home Depot and buy some mass-produced seedlings soaked in synthetic fertilizers and sprayed with fumigants, but you can also get hardy seedlings grown by the same people cultivating plants for their own vegetable beds, free of synthetic chemicals, for the same prices.
Why am I encouraging you to grow your own food when I’m in the business of helping growers sell you food they grow? For one, studies have shown (and my own experience confirms) that people who grow their own gardens tend to actually increase their yearly purchases at their local farmers markets. Once they take an interest their food so strong that they begin growing what they can, they find that they can rely even more on their local growers for things that they used to get at the grocery store. And besides, my goal for writing the software behind our market was for every community to become less reliant on food grown elsewhere and shipped in from long distances. And you having your own little patch of garden in your yard is a big step in helping Athens do just that.
And a repeat from last week because I could still use some more folks: We’ve got a consistent crew of volunteers every Thursday filling your orders, but sometimes one of them catches a bug or needs a week off. When that happens, I start calling the backup crew to take their place. I’d love to add a few more people to that list, so if you’re generally free on Thursdays from 3pm to 8pm and would like to earn an occasional market credit in exchange for filling orders for fellow customers, please let me know! We’ll get you all trained up (this Thursday, if you’re able), and then you’ll be on my go-to list when one of the regulars needs a week away.
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 many other area markets are starting to return! The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park, and Wednesday evenings downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is closed for the season, and you can watch for their return here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. 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 now on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. 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!
Order now through 5 pm Thursday April 18th for Saturday April 20th Pickup, (or contact me if you want a different day, we do have some flexibility.) Again this week Friday may be best or early Sat Morning.
Remember to tell me when you want to pick up!
Calendula flowers are available (let me know if I should add them to the market) Eddible and/or medicinal. I haven’t done pictures to make the listing but they are Bright Orange.
Let me know if you are interested in getting fresh cultures for Kombucha, Milk Kefir, or Water Kefir. My Kefir grains especially have been growing fast. The Kombucha scoby is a little slower about it.
Please let me know what micro greens or shoots you are interested in and I can start growing enough to make them available (most take less than 2 weeks.)
Also, if you want me to list super foods like Purslane, let me know, I have it volunteering wild here and I also have nettles this season.
If you have any particular requests, let me know I’m happy to grow to order.
Sign in to order. https://yalaha.locallygrown.net/market
You have to sign in to see the add to cart button. Then set the number and click the add to cart button on the items you want to buy (it is the little picture right next to the quantity box.) Remember you need to check out before your order will be placed.
Remember to let me know when you want to pick up on Sat or maybe even Friday late afternoon or on Sunday. (If I don’t send you an e-mail confirmation of your order and pick up time, please make sure you checked out and completed your order.)
The market is now open!
Check out the Farm Tour that Back in Time is offering, as well as their goat and chicken products.
Bear Ridge Lodge has eggs galore just in time for Easter (you don’t even have to dye them…)
Take a look at the rest of the awesome products available and have a great week!
We’re getting close to resuming our every week delivery. The spring veggies are emerging and the strawberries are blooming. I hope that we’ll be back on 4/21, but I need to check with our other Growers and make sure that we are ready. I will miss that week off where I’m just lounging around in the hammock with my pina coladas.
We will soon have plenty of basil, tomato, pepper and other plants available, probably in a couple of weeks.
Bloomy Rind is back with some delicious cheeses.
Dozen Bakery has listed a new bread, Millet and Sourdough, which sounds wonderful. Here’s the description: Our Millet and Sesame Boule is made with fermented millet porridge and toasted sesame seeds that are mixed into our long-fermented wheat sourdough. Ingredients: organic wheat flour, millet, sesame seeds, sourdough starter (organic wheat flours, water, natural yeast), salt
Bear Creek is offering Denver Steaks – “Wonderfully marbled and delicious. Sear in hot cast iron or grill to medium rare to medium. Very much like a strip steak.”
Artisan Wild Onion Links – Wedge Oak Farm has come up with a new, fresh Springtime sausage! Wedge Oak Farm pasture-raised pork, salt, pepper, wild onion, wine and hog casing.
We have plenty of mushrooms, granola, honey, and coffee.
A reminder that pick up will be under the trees unless there is bad weather.
If an item sells out, be sure to write in the Comment section what you would like if more becomes available.
The Hemp Honey has been added to the Market page. If you would like to learn more about CBD, here is a link: https://intellicbd.com/
TruBee’s Hemp Honey is 100% pure raw honey with full spectrum hemp extract. Serving size: 1/2 tsp, 24 servings in a jar
You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!
If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.
No recipes this week, you’re on your own!
It is time to start placing your orders for this week’s Buying Club drop-offs!
If you participated in our survey this week and have a free gift to claim, we will add the gift onto your order (so no need to “order” the free gift in your shopping cart)
Thank you and we hope to see you on Wednesday!