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Statesboro Market2Go:  Order Before Midnight!


Remember to place your Market2Go order for this week before midnight tonight.

Doug’s Wild Caught Alaska Salmon is here – stock up while it lasts!

Click to order at Market2Go

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest - Cheese, Carrots, Beef, Chicken




Market News

Hello!
There will be no Market next week.

The Market will remain open until Tuesday night for you to place an order for this week.

Here is some information on how Fresh Harvest works.
*Orders can be placed without receiving the Sunday email. I try to open the Market between 7 and 8pm on Sunday. Sometimes I run a little late. Just go to the website: http://freshharvest.locallygrown.net/welcome to see if the Market is open.
*If you see an item as Sold Out, write in the Comment section at check out that you would like that item if more becomes available. We’ll try our best to add it to your order.
*PayPal payments have to be manually added to your account. There will be a delay to crediting your account due to me needing to take time to do the bookkeeping. I also have to go to each account with cash or check payments. These are sometimes delayed by procrastination or being busy. You can still place an order even though it may cause your account to be “overdrawn”. There is no penalty for going into the minus column. Sometimes I’m a little slow in getting to the bank to make deposits, but it eventually happens.
• If you recruit a new customer to Fresh Harvest and they open an account with a $50 deposit, we will credit your account $10 for each new customer who signs up. They will need to tell me your name, so that I can credit your account. Word of mouth has been our best advertising. Any help that you can provide is greatly appreciated.
• Every week, we leave orders at the church for customers who cannot arrive at Trinity before 6pm. This has worked well for those who have difficulty with the 4-6pm window. Please let me know if you need me to leave your order at the church.
• The bag that you receive each week is to be brought back with your next order. We have been negligent in telling new customers how this works. Don’t feel bad if you return multiple bags, it happens all the time.
• We’re into reusing and recycling. Our clean egg cartons, honey jars, paper and plastic bags, berry containers are some of the items that we can reuse. If we can’t reuse the returned items, we’ll recycle them.
• We do guarantee everything that we sell. If you ever have a problem, please let us know and we will credit your account.
• If there are other products or growers that you think should be a part of Fresh Harvest, please let me know.

Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

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

John

Recipes


Duluth Cottage Kitchen:  week 01 2020









Duluth Cottage Kitchen Locally Grown

How to contact us:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DuluthCottageKitchen/

Market News

New year, old resolutions, fresh start!
Well, almost.
How many of you want to eat healthier in 2020 than you did in 2019?
How many of you want to go less global and more local in 2020?
How many of you want to spend more time outdoors, be more active in 2020?

CSA-style bag for the first week of the year,

left to right:

Kohlrabi
a brassica with a fat root, you can eat raw or cooked, there are many recipes online,
low carbers like slices of kohlrabi for sandwiches, but did you know, that you can use the leaves just like you would any other brassica aha member of the cabbage family?

Kale
does not need much explanation, right? this is a mix of dinosaur and rainbow kale
Swiss Chard
same here, you can eat as a salad, as a green, use for wraps, in pasta like spinach
at home we separated the stems and cooked them like asparagus
leafy Lettuce, baby Carrots
the tiny roots are just a bonus, have you ever tried fresh carrot greens? I use the tender tops raw in salads and the stems in stir fries

mature Arugula
as a spicy component in your salad or cooked, it will loose some of it’s zing when you cook it

a Watermelon Radish, purple Mustard Greens
much like arugula, a spicy green you can use raw or cooked

in the front chives, parsley and thyme and a Daikon Radish
did you know, that young radish greens are a nice, spicy addition to your salad? They are great in a braising mix, too, and radish is not only for salad, in many Asian dishes radish is cooked, I like it as a snack or side spiralized and air-fried until crisp

Recipes

Please, share your recipes with me on the website, on the Recipes tab. We’d all love to know how you use your Duluth Cottage Kitchen produce and products, so we can try it too!

Italian lentil & kale soup

My version of this soup is more of a fairly smooth stew, not as liquid as you would expect for a soup, if you like it soupier just add more liquid.

ingredients:
a good handful small brown lentils
a dash of cayenne if you like spicy, use more
1 bay leaf
a couple of dashes of powdered garlic
a good pinch of dried summer savory
a handful chopped mild green peppers
1 onion, diced
1pt chicken stock
2 big handfuls of kale: curly, lacinato, rainbow, darkibor, whatever you have on hand, w/o stalks
a good blob of heavy cream or sour cream
salt
simmer all but kale and cream until lentils are getting soft, but not mushy, fish out and discard the bay leaf,
while the lentils simmer, heat up a big pot of salted water, boil, drain, blitz in food processor, to the consistency you like
combined lentils and kale, added salt only if needed
add cream at the table


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!

Conway, AR:  Tamales! Tuesday Reminder - Market Closes Tonight after 10pm.


Hello friends!
Maria will be joining us this Friday with a specialty extras table that includes jams, jellies, and Barbecue pulled pork!

!selamaT
Pork, chicken or jalapeño & cheese.
Five for $7.
At market this Friday, January 10th.
Text me your order.
501–339–1039

Just a reminder: There’s still time to place your order for pickup this Friday, January 10th.

The market closes TONIGHT after 10pm, maybe even midnight! Come early on Friday for the best selection from the Extras table. See you Friday!

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

https://conway.locallygrown.net/market

How to contact us:

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Instead…

Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039

Email: Steve – kirp1968@sbcglobal.net

GFM :  Open for Business


OPEN FOR BUSINESS

CLOSES THURSDAY AT 3 PM

PLACE YOUR ORDERS NOW

Yalaha, FL:  Local Produce for 2020


Order now through 5 pm Thursday January 9th for Sat January 11th Pickup, or tell me when you want to pick up, we usually have some flexibility.

Remember to tell me when you want to pick up! (and if I don’t reply to confirm within a day, bump my e-mail or text me 407-342-8515. Though I have cleaned up my e-mail so hopefully I won’t have a problem again.)

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.)

Siloam Springs, AR:  Online Market Is Open!


www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net

Can you believe we are already 6 days into the New Year? I’ve had a refreshing two weeks off and look forward to being back to work tomorrow.

More greens were added so be sure to get your greens!

Thank you for shopping with us! Have a great week and see you Saturday.

Winnsboro, TX:  Market is Open!


Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays, and are eager for a fresh & healthy start to the new decade! The market schedule will remain the same, so enjoy shopping today & tomorrow, with pick-up on Thursday.

As always, thanks for shopping local!

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 9


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

I’m devoting the newsletter these first few weeks of the year to documenting in detail just how ALG works. I’ll spend some time next week talking about how growers get allowed in the market, and what standards they have to meet. But this week, I’ll get into the details of how the market sustains itself financially. Many of you ask about that from time to time, and I’m happy to oblige.

First off, we’re legally a sole proprietorship, and the market is owned and operated by me. Years ago, it was rolled into my farm, and reported on my Schedule F in addition to my regular tax forms. For now, while my gardens have dwindled, it’s an item on my Schedule A, like many other small home businesses. When the market started in 2002, it was named “Locally Grown Cooperative”, but it was never legally organized as a co-op. Dan & Kris Miller, the founders from Heirloom Organics farm in Watkinsville, were always sure to run things in a cooperative spirit, and since they handed the business to me in 2004 (I’ve sold as a grower since day one), I’ve tried to do the same thing. I’ve since renamed it to “Athens Locally Grown”, but you’ll still hear a number of people refer to us as “the co-op”.

We’re not a non-profit, either, but we’ve structured things so that over time the market can just barely cover its own expenses. Just like all of our member farms are sustainable growers, the market itself needs to be sustainable. So how do we cover its expenses? One small way is through the memberships you pay. The $20 a year you give to the market is enough to cover the costs of having customers: banking fees from maintaining accounts, paper and ink for printing, web hosting fees, and that sort of thing. What’s left over goes to helping fund farm events, food donations to like-minded area groups and events, etc. We currently have a couple hundred paid members and several thousand active accounts receiving these mailings.

By far the bulk of our funding comes from the growers themselves. They generally pay a 10% commission on their sales through the site. This money covers the many coolers we use, the tables and shelves used to spread out and organize your orders, the truck we currently use to store things in, gasoline, the food allowance we offer our volunteers, rent and utilities at Ben’s Bikes, etc. During the slow parts of the year, the sales are usually not enough to cover our weekly costs, but in the busy times (late fall and early spring, for us) there is extra. If I plan things out well, it pretty much all evens out in the end.

Last year, the total sales and memberships combined through the market amounted to well over $100,000. About 90% of those sales went straight to our growers, and the rest went to a food allowance for our volunteers ($200 a week), rent ($350/month), and web hosting. The “profit” gets counted as personal income or loss on my tax forms, and almost always comes out even.

The growers get paid out of the shared cashbox for their previous week’s sales when they drop off their items, during the hour before we open the market. Then, you arrive and pay into the cashbox for your order. We used to then rush to the bank to deposit the money to cover the checks we just wrote to the growers, but now the growers get paid the following week (money you pay via credit cards takes up to a week to reach our account). As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cashbox system makes things convenient for you and them. (Imagine if you ordered from ten growers having to write ten checks when you picked up your items!) This shared cashbox system has so far satisfied the tax man, but it does mean that if you place an order and then never arrive to pick it up, we’re left holding the bag. For that reason, you are responsible for paying for orders not picked up, and that amount is automatically added on to your next order for your convenience. On the books right now (going back to 2007) is about $4000 of produce ordered but never picked up and so far never paid for at all (or picked up but paid for with bad checks). That might seem like a lot, but considering that the market’s sales total, that’s not so bad. In fact, it’s about a sixth of the US retail industry’s “shrinkage” rate, and almost all of it is owed by only ten people. On the flip side, almost exactly that same amount has been pre-paid into the cash box by people who pay online via credit card or who write large checks in person, and then draw down on that balance over time.

The average order each week runs to just over $40. There are no good studies on this number, but I’ve seen a few surveys conducted by the USDA indicate that the average customer spends $25 per trip to a farmers market. We continue to far exceed that average, which I think says a lot about the advantages ALG offers over the traditional market. And to your dedication to supporting our growers.

So, in probably far too much detail, that’s how we operate financially. Our market might be more expensive to run than a traditional “booths and tables” farmers market, but that price buys a system that’s simple, time-saving, flexible, and in my opinion, just better. There’s no money in the bank, but the market is paying for itself and that’s my primary financial goal. 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.

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!

Dawson Local Harvest:  The Dawson Market is OPEN!


Great all-natural Produce, whole-grain Baked Goods, Pastured Beef and Chicken, Fresh Local Eggs, and more waiting for you at Dawson Local Harvest Market!

The Market is OPEN!