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Welcome to our newest customer Julie McDaniel! We appreciate you!
Here’s the info to order from us.
Cedar Grove Farm:
No Cedar Grove Farm CSA this week
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I almost forgot that I wanted to send a reminder that we are going to take this week off. Not certain if we will come back next week- it will depend on the weather and other projects going on at the farm. I’ll let you know as soon as we can make a decision.
Hope everyone is staying dry. I’m looking forward to 4 to 5 days without rain. This sure has been different than last March.
The Market is open every week from Saturday morning until until Tuesday evening.
Place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday for pick up the following Thursday.
Another busy week for the co-op! Wednesday we are taking a tour of Moss Hill Farm
. Thursday we will be making homemade soap and lotion
. And Saturday is the big meat delivery from Mother Earth Meats. In addition to that, I will be following up on a few leads for new vendors including coffee, medicinal herbs, and possibly raw goat milk. Stay tuned!
Are you following the Healthy Life Summit
? All of the speakers and topics fall right in line with what I believe the Melody Lane Co-op is all about. Each day there are 5 new interviews with the biggest names in the Paleo and Weston Price community. Some of the presenters include Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon Morell, Sarah Pope, Donna Gates, and Chris Kresser, just to name a few. You can listen for free online for a limited time. Go check it out.
FRESH & LOCAL
|I have just posted homemade soap in The Market. I made this soap myself using beef tallow (from Mother Earth Meats), coconut oil, olive oil, water, and pure lye. Nothing fancy, there is no color or fragrance added, just your basic old-fashioned bar of soap. I imagine this is the kind of soap they used in Little House on the Prairie.
Moss Hill Farm ~ www.MossHillFarm.net
Our vegetable CSA starts on April 11th. You can read all the details here. Fill out a CSA Application and drop it off at my house with your deposit before Wednesday to reserve your share for the upcoming season. We will be taking a tour of Moss Hill Farm on Wednesday, March 27th. You are welcome to join us even if you do not plan on participating in the CSA. Hope to see you there!
From Mimi’s Mountain Home
I am loving all the goodies I got in my Mimi’s First Market
package last week! They have a new special in The Market
this week “A Special Easter Treat” package includes 4 bath bombs for $5.
East West Farm
Looking for fresh, local, pasture-raised, soy-free chicken? I highly recommend East West Farm in Marietta. Owner, Daniel Seedorf, was one of the farmers I interviewed for the Farmers’ Panel at the recent Weston A. Price Conference. He is committed to treating his animals right and producing the highest quality food possible. His chickens spend their days scratching and pecking for bugs out in the pasture and are supplemented with clean water and organic, soy-free grains from Coutryside Organics (the same brand of feed I give to my own chickens).
Daniel will be processing chickens at the farm once a month starting in May and you pick them up fresh that same day. Tentative dates are: May 4, June 29, July 20, August 17, September 21, and October 19. All orders must be placed in advance at their website (http://eastwestfarm.com/pastured-poultry/
). Individual chickens sell for $5.50/lb but if you sign up for their chicken CSA
before April 1st the price is only $4.95/lb. I have already signed up for the CSA
myself so I know I will be going to the farm on processing days to pick up my own chicken. If you would like me to bring yours back to Roswell with me I will be happy to, just email me to let me know.
It’s a little early to be thinking about Thanksgiving turkey but this is the time of year that farmers buy their baby turkeys in order to have them fully grown by fall. Daniel just got his turkey chicks in and is taking orders on those as well. You will find the turkey order form on the same page (http://eastwestfarm.com/pastured-poultry/
) just scroll all the way down to the bottom.
Mother Earth Meats
Our Mother Earth Meats delivery is this Saturday (March 30) between 11:00am – 12:00pm
. Those of you that have ordered in the past know that it is hard to pinpoint the exact time they will get here because they are driving all the way down from Tennessee and have a couple of stops before ours. They are still working on getting all of our orders packed up. I will send you your exact totals just as soon as I have them. If you can not be here from 11:00am – 12:00pm, please make arrangements to drop off your cooler before 11:00am on Saturday. Payment is due at the time of delivery so you can leave cash or a check with your cooler OR, for first time, Mother Earth Meats is offering the option to pay with a credit card over the phone. If you need to do that just let me know and I will give you the phone number to call.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Visit our events page on facebook
for upcoming workshops and events.March 27
– Moss Hill Farm TourMarch 28
– Workshop: Homemade Tallow Soap and LotionMarch 30
– Mother Earth Meats DeliveryApril 4
– Workshop: Fermented VegetablesApril 18
– Workshop/Demonstration (topic TBD
– possibly canning or sourdough)May 10
– Carlton Farm Tour
If you know of any other farms to tour or have an idea for a workshop please let me know!
After a week of sunny skies and days in the seventies, this week reminded us how volatile the spring weather can be. We started our summer-long series of “Farmer for a Day” events yesterday in the cold rain at Long Shot Farm, and in spite of the weather it was a great event. The twelve volunteers who came were happy and eager to help and learn, putting in about 1000 asparagus crowns in their beds. People had time to visit and share their interest in attending and the free lunch was appreciated. Everyone went home with a generous bag of asparagus roots to plant and the confidence to do it. Even with the rain, they got everything in the ground within a 75-90 minute window. Dee and Rochelle Long were so glad to have the crowns in — it would have been a tremendous amount of work for them to have to do it all be themselves, especially with the weather. The rain was gone by the time the after-lunch farm tour began, and turned into a pleasant spring day. Organizer Cathy Payne has 45 photos up on the Farmer for a Day Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FarmerForADayToursWithAthensLocallyGrown along with the schedule and photos for future events.
There has been a lot of questions recently about the heavy use of plastic bags at Athens Locally Grown, perhaps spurred by events like the screening of Bag It! during this week’s EcoFocus Film Festival at Cine. While we do have less packaging than most grocery store items, there is still more than we’d ideally like to see. There are several unavoidable reasons for this, however. First and foremost, we are not a licensed grocery store or food handling facility. Holding the market’s pickup in the back workroom of a bicycle repair shop is kind of a giveaway on that, but besides the location itself, there are a lot of food regulations that we are not subject to that places like the Daily Grocery are. We don’t have stainless steel sinks and counters, monitored food cold storage refrigeration units, certified scales, inspected areas where we can subdivide cases of produce, and all of the rest. The growers do have certified scales, and those who sell products that require licenses do have inspected facilities as well. They’re able to harvest and immediately pack your items just for you in a manner that the state ag and health departments are happy with, and we don’t have to get in-between the grower and you. Most of the growers are packaging conscious just like you, and try to use the minimum amount possible, and packages other than plastic when possible and appropriate. (There are a few growers that seem to use a ridiculous amount of plastic, but they’re the exception.)
Still, there can be a lot of plastic going home with you. We’ve looked into other things, like buying all-biodegradable bags for the growers, but that’s still far too expensive. It’s getting better over time, but it would add about 10% to the prices of everything, and we’d have to buy in advance a semi-truck load to get it that cheap. It’s not all terrible, though. When you walk up to our tables on Thursday, you’ll notice a tall white bin for recycling your plastic bags. We are one of the few locations in North Georgia where you can recycle plastic bags and wrap. Paper bags and cardboard egg cartons can be recycled through the city. Rigid plastic containers and egg cartons can also be recycled through the city. All of the rest of the plastic can be brought to us (so long as it’s reasonably clean — if the contents turned to liquid in the back of your veggie crisper, keep that one) and we take it all to be recycled into things like playground equipment, faux lumber, and lots of other innovative products that reduce the overall need for freshly pumped petroleum. It’s not the best possible answer, but short of having your own garden and growing everything you get from us, it’s the best option available to us.
Thanks 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!
Upcoming Local Food Events
Starting Your Own Food Business: A panel discussion by the creators of King of Pops, High Road Craft Ice and Sorbet and others about what it takes to turn your favorite recipes into a successful food business. They’ll cover everything from navigating the regulatory landscape to growing your brand. Free, no registration required. 1 to 2 p.m. Monday March 25th, Tate Center Theater. Part of Thinc Week at UGA. For more information about Thinc Week visit www.thinc.uga.edu.
April 27th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Blue Moon Farms This is the second event in our 2013 series of 5 Farmer for a Day Tours, to be held Saturday, April 27 from 10-2 in Madison County. Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle and dishes with you. Blue Moon Farms is Certified Naturally Grown and includes 60 acres where the family lives plus two 40 acre pine forests. They maintain natural habitats to support native wildlife. We will be doing a variety of chores including weeding and mulching blueberries, weeding and thinning onions, removing and replacing drip tape, and relocating mushroom logs. If time allows we will prepare seed beds. It is a family friendly event. The event will last from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM What you can expect: 9:30 AM check in, meet and greet 10:00-12:00 work session 12:00-12:45 lunch 12:45-2:00 Guided tour of the farm We are reserving 20 spots for the event. Don’t be left out! I will be taking names for a waiting list once all spots are claimed. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Athens Locally Grown to purchase an event ticket. Sign up for this free tour by adding reservations to your order (look in the “Event Reservations” category). For more information, contact Cathy Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Area Farmers Markets
The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the winter for one more week. You can watch for news during the offseason on their website. Most of the other area markets are also all closed for the season too, but all of them will be opening back up very soon! The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there.
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!
Hey Local Food Lovers,
I’ve got a couple of things to plug this week. First off, is Sylvan Falls Mills is offering their chocolate easter eggs again this year, and I have to say if you like seasonal sweets, you’ve got to try ‘em. They are scrumptious! It’s nice to have a few guilty pleasures that you can only enjoy a few weeks of the year.
Last week I really enjoyed the fresh beets and greens from Ronnie Mathis and Mountain Earth Farms. I roasted the roots, quartered, drizzled with salt, oil and water and then covered with foil on 400 for about 35-40 minutes. The greens I sauteed with garlic and olive oil. I had leftover beets so the next day I cut them into chunks and put them on a microgreen salad with balsamic vinegar and a splash of pomegrantate juice. I didn’t have any goat cheese so a little fresh grated parmesan was a nice substitute.
We’re still looking for an occasional VOLUNTEER for Locally Grown! If you’re looking to get more involved in local foods this year let us know as we could really use the help once or twice a month for just two hours. In addition to the small food stipend, you’ll be rewarded by getting more engaged with local food and farms in 2013, making new friends and learning a ton!
And speaking of local food and farms in 2013, our Georgia Mountains Farmers Network is once again organizing a TOUR of FARMS for June 15th and June 16th. It’s early yet so just reserve these dates on your calendar.
And if you know of businesses or organizations who would like to sponsor the event feel free to forward them the PDF link below. We hope to make this event a part of what Northeast Georgia is known for. And super thanks to Simply Homegrown and Duane Hartness with State Farm Insurance for being our very first two sponsors. We’ll be taking sponsors through April 15th so help spread the word quick!
FLIER AND SPONSORSHIP BROCHURE:“http://www.soque.org/pdfs/Sponsorship_SUMMER_events_PRINT.pdf”
That’s it for tonight. Don’t forget to
EAT WELL and EAT LOCAL,
Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun
Tampa Bay :
Online ordering now enabled! Order till Monday 11pm for Wednesday pick up!
*Hey Everyone, *
*We had a little mix up this week with the ordering system, but its fixed now! *
Go ahead and order products at the Online Market <—click there
*We have some great small farmers & gardeners, some USDA, some not. Be sure to read the description. *
*Thanks for your patience. *
*Looking forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday. *
*If you have any questions, please email any time. *
Birdhouse Management Team
The market is now open until Tuesday evening, March 26th.
Welcome to our newest vendor, Ananda Organics! Locally made and organically sourced bath and body products. Why not sip a cup of Tranquil Moments tea from the Magically Herbal Tea Company while you are soaking in a hot bath with Lavender Dead Sea Bath Salts from Ananda Organics.
Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,
There are more exciting and interesting new products going on the market each week, despite the temporary return of winter! This week’s lineup includes such beautiful peculiarities as purple broccolini and red speckled Mottistone lettuce. There are delicious specialty pork products like smoked sausage and whey-fed boneless pork loin. Need a centerpiece for the dinner table? Get a locally grown tulip bouquet before they’re gone!
The market is open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Single click the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed. Have a wonderful week.
I hope this finds you all doing well.
The market is open and remember the FFA Plant Sales starts this week at Newton County High School. It will be at the green house behind the new Career Academy. The plants are a result of the FFA classes and their hard work. All the proceeds benefit the schools ag program.
The much needed rain has taken away all the losses in our neighborhood lakes. It has also helped all our spring seeds sprout. Look for some new baby veggies this week along with all your favorites.
We will be getting milk this week.
Don’t forget to reserve your half hog. They will not be available for much longer.
Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.
Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.
Cheers To Our Friday Harvesters!
Message from Market Manager
NEW FROZEN PRODUCT THIS WEEK Black Angus stew meat
FROZEN FOODS If you have not read our recent post on protecting your order’s frozen goods, please read this. We need your help to protect the frozen goods you have asked us to deliver.
ORDERING WILD CAUGHT ALASKA SOCKEYE SALMON If you have not read our recent post on how much salmon to order please read this to help us serve you better!
SURVEY COMING SOON Within the next week (hopefully much sooner) you will receive a special email from us linking to a 10-question survey. PLEASE take the 5 to 10 minutes it will require to give us your honest opinion on how we are doing and what we need to do to keep you coming back. Your opinion matters to us!
MARKET CLOSES WEDNESDAY 12 NOON; DEADLINE FOR ORDERING FROM WORDEN FARM AND ALOE ORGANICS IS TUESDAY 6PM
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? . Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.
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All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events
EVERY TUESDAY from 830am to 1130am we ask that volunteers come to help Nathan in his garden. If you are interested just come on over. No RSVPs are needed! Call Nathan at 727-403-1655 if you need directions.
AND NOW EVERY SATURDAY from 800am to 12noon Nathan’s Garden needs volunteers. This is a great way to get exposed to local organic gardening working with our volunteer garden manager Lynne Hinman. New and ongoing projects each week! We grow our garden year round, and right now we’re planting Summer crops. Come learn how it’s done and grow your own ALL SUMMER LONG. Call Nathan at 727-403-1655 if you have any questions or need directions.
“SUCCESSFUL URBAN FARMING IN ST. PETERSBURG” on April 13th, 1 PM Details are on Calendar of Events. This will be held every Second Saturday of the month and is open to the public. RSVPS are required and will help determine if the class will be held. Bring your friends and save $10 each on this valuable experience! You can now pre-purchase this workshop on our Market. This class makes a great gift for any occasion! RSVPs now being accepted.
OUR NEXT POTLUCK SOCIAL IS APR. 27 at 6PM
Sponsored by St. Pete Locally Grown, potluck socials are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. These events are held exclusively for actively participating Market customers, growers, and volunteers and are meant to create a social atmosphere in which to network, share resources and experiences. An Evite with details on our next speaker will be distributed in the next week or so. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW.
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!