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Statesboro Market2Go:  Reminder about today's pickup...


If you placed an order this week, please remember that pickup is between 4:30 and 6:30 today. Sugar Magnolia is closed so we absolutely cannot leave anything for a later pickup.

Thank you, and see you shortly!

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Happy New Year


New Year Greetings to everyone!

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and time spent with friends and family enriched your hearts and souls! It has been an interesting year – and each time I see one of my Market folks I am reminded how blessed I am. Thank you all for your support!

I have a confession of sorts — I have been very ill with pneumonia the last 7 weeks. I am still struggling to get over it. I have admittedly done a less than stellar job keeping up with things; however, I did the best I could to accommodate your requests, whatever they have been. If I have missed something along the way, I apologize. Please let me know what it was and I will do my best to correct it.

One of the small pleasures that I enjoy is a good cup of coffee in the morning. Periodic ally I would tire of the coffee I was brewing and would go in search of yet another brand to try and for the past 6 months I have been ‘brand hopping’! In the hopes of finding a coffee that has that wonderful aroma, full bodied taste with a nice finish, I tried high end coffees, low end coffee and everything in between. Nothing really ‘hit the spot’ until someone gave me a pound of Dean’s Beans Coffee (an organic, free-trade coffee) roasted locally by David Huenergardt of Lilburn! And long story short – now I can share that perfect coffee with you! David will be at Market pickup this Tuesday with samples of his wonderful brew! Stop by and have a cup – there may be some treats to go with this outstanding coffee! David’s company is called “The Roasting Fool” and will be joining the Market!

Around Thanksgiving, I let everyone know that we would be ordering from Wilderness Family Naturals. Several people wanted coconut oil and 2 people wanted additional items. These items did not bring us to the minimum order needed to get the Group Buy discount. The order has not been placed. Please email at grow@ranchoalegrefarm.com and I will send you the Product list and order form. If you completed an order form in November, it is not necessary to send another one. If you emailed me with your order or gave me your order verbally, please submit an order form. When I get the completed form, I will figure the shipping charges based on previous history of what we have been charged per item and email the total to you. There is an additional charge of $7.00 for the administrative fee. This is the money that is paid to me to handle the order from getting it from you through figuring the S and H, to placing the order, to tracking it, to being at the Farm to receive it, to unpacking it, checking it for accuracy and ‘filling” each individual order. I hope that we can put an order together quickly because I am in dire need of good quality coconut oil as well as some freeze-dried fruits! So, please check your pantries and get your order in asap!

Mother Earth Meats: Wow! I was fortunate enough to have one of their turkeys for Christmas and it was outstanding! I hope others who purchased turkey had a similar experience. Ours was truly exceptional! As soon as I get the next delivery date and deadline from Tracy, I will let you know! I believe that ordering will take place later this month with delivery scheduled for the first or second week in February. I am working with Tracy, looking at putting a new ordering system in place and will keep you informed about progress with that project also!

If there are other products/companies that you use and would like to see if we can work with the company to create a Group Buy opportunity, please send me the company name and website. Let me know the products you order from them and I will pass it on to the Group and gauge the interest. I will then contact the company and see what we can work out. A couple of companies that you may want to check out are mountainroseherbs.com; nuts.com; radiantlife.com. Any other suggestions are more than welcome.

If you are in need of flours, alternative flours, grains, legumes or lentils, please email me your order or if you are placing an order for other Market items, put your order for those items in the Comment Section. Need Milk Kefir, please order that through the Comment Section also!

I am looking forward to the coming year and have many changes in the works for Gwinnett Locally Grown! May 2013 bring health, prosperity and much joy to all!

Now hop on over to the Market and go shopping! And don’t forget to stop by the Country Store and have a cup of coffee during Market pickup on Tuesday between 4:30 and 6:30pm.!

Joyful thoughts,

—Maryanne

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to order Local Food!


Good Morning!
It’s a beautiful day on this second day of 2013. The market is open for orders this morning until noon.

Have a great week and thank you all!

Risa

We Are One Farmers Market:  Work Song Pre-order only


Hello there on this brisk morning!

As we move into the coldest months of the year, the pre-order site becomes a great tool for letting the farmers know your local food needs, and reducing their workload so they can have their well deserved winter break.

Abigial’s Bakery and Work Song are pre-order only so please utilize the system so they can bring your your healthy local foods.

Pre-order closes tonight at 9pm, thanks so much, and Happy New Year!

The Cumming Harvest:  Weblog Entry


Market News

Happy NEW YEAR! Thank you for your support in 2012, to celebrate the New Year…EVERYONE that comes in to pick up an order this week will receive a free t-shirt!

THE MARKET
I’d give a brief explanation of how TCH works. Some of you long timers probably already know all this but maybe this will help you explain it to someone else.

First off, TCH is best thought of like a traditional farmers market, because except for the lack of tents and tables, that’s very much how we operate. The growers are putting their own items up for sale directly to you, at prices and quantities they have set. The market volunteers and I are here to make sure it all happens smoothly, but the growers are all selling their products directly to you. Growers do have to apply to sell through the market, and I personally approve each of them before they list their products. Here’s a summary of the standards we have set:

•All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
•All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown
•All growers must be from the greater Cumming area. Right now, this means within about 80 miles
•All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured
•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

When I’ve turned down requests to sell through TCH, the items clearly broke one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis, like shrimp or coffee. In cases like that, we set the standards as strict as we can. With coffee, for example, the beans must be sustainably grown, they must be roasted locally, and the roaster must have a direct business relationship with the farm that grew the beans.

So, the growers list their available products and set their prices. For most all of the products, they do this before they’ve harvested the items, so they have to estimate how much they will actually have. They’ve gotten pretty good at this guess, but it is a guess, and the unpredictable nature of farming means they may have far less than they thought (thanks to deer, a hail storm, etc.) or they may have far more than they thought (a nice rain can double the growth of lettuce overnight, for example). Most of them are conservative with their estimates, and so they let you continue to order, even if they’ve already sold more than they guessed they’d have. That’s why popular items may have a quantity in the negatives when you look at the listings. The system will still let you order, on the chance that they’ll actually have enough, but you’ll get warnings along the way that you’re taking a gamble.

I do not collect items from the farm, and do not know myself until Saturday morning what the growers were able to harvest and bring in to town. The growers do have each others contact information, so if one grower is short and another has a surplus, they may arrange with each other to get all the orders filled, but in general, if a grower cannot fill an order for something, they’ll remove that ordered item, and you’ll see a comment on your invoice indicating that. Since I’m not a middle-man, I can’t arrange for substitutions myself.

When the growers bring in the items you ordered on Saturday morning, packaged and labeled with your name, I pay them on your behalf out of our shared cash box during the hour before we open the market. Then, you arrive and pay into the cash-box for your order. We then rush to the bank to deposit the money to cover the checks we just wrote to the growers. As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cash-box 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 cash-box system 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.

For a number of legal reasons, TCH never takes possession of your ordered items. We don’t buy them from the growers and resell them to you, nor do we repackage them in any way. The growers drop off your items for you, and you arrive and pick them up. The market volunteers facilitate that happening. Because of the need to maintain that separation, we cannot deliver, nor can we generally hold your items later than 12pm on Saturday if you fail to come pick them up. We start calling those who haven’t arrived by 11:30, but most of the time we just get answering machines and voice mail. Anything still at our pickup location at 12pm will get divided up among those there at the time, primarily our volunteers, and then we finish loading up the truck and leave. There are some things you can do to insure you won’t get charged for things you didn’t come get:

1. If you know prior to Thursday at 8pm that you won’t be able to come get your order, send me an email and I will cancel your order.
2. If you find out later that you can’t come, send me an email. So long as I know before market begins, I can put the things you ordered on the “extras” table, and your fellow customers will almost certainly buy them for you.
3. If you discover Saturday while we’re at market that you can’t arrive, give me a call at 404-702-2601. I’ll put your items on the “extras” table, and if they sell, you’ll be off the hook.
4. If you have a cell phone, make sure that number is the number on your account. You can go to the “Your Account” page on the website to be sure. If you’re out and about and I get your home phone or your work phone, no one gets helped.

Finally, ours is a paperless system, so we do not have paper receipts for you when you pick up your order. An electronic receipt is generated, though, and can be found on the website. Go to the “Your Account” page, view your order history, and you’ll see an invoice for each order. By 8am Saturday, it will show what we expect to have for you that day. After we fill your order, it will show exactly what we packed for you, and what, if anything, was missing. You can view that at any time, even years from now. If we didn’t get you something we should have, or if anything you got was of unacceptable quality, please contact me ASAP. I’ll share the problem with the grower so we can insure it won’t happen again. If you’re logged into the site, most of the growers have their contact info on their profile page (off the “Our Growers” page), so you can contact them directly if you choose.

So, that’s TCH in a nutshell. If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or even complements, please send them my way!

Thanks so much for your support of The Cumming Harvest, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS
Every Spring we’ve had a Market Festival to help bring in the season, introduce customers to farmers and to hopefully connect with new customers interested in locally grown. I’d like to get a jump start on planning a Spring Market Festival and would like to get a planning group together. If you are interested in helping or even better have event planning experience and would like to help us organize a Spring Market Festival, please email me at thecummingharvest@live.com.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
You have several ways to pay for your order. Check/Cash are preferred, but you may also pay online or with a CC when you pick up. There is a 3% convenience fee to pay online or with your card at pickup.

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

Partners


Cane Creek Farm is our Farm Partner for 2010-2012. Thank you Cane Creek for all your support!
The Cane Creek Farm Blog

Secure Services, Inc Thank you for generously providing our market location!

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!

Russellville Community Market:  Market Reminder


Once again we are at the end of the ordering period for this weeks Market. The Russellville Community Market will close tonight at 10:00pm for ordering, so get your orders in soon!

Don’t forget we have new pick up times available from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Market on Thursday at All Saints Episcopal Church!

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook
Be sure to click on the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page to get automatic updates. Thanks!

Russellville Community Market

Champaign, OH:  Act fast!


Just a reminder that the market closes tonight at 8! Get your orders in now before that clock strikes 8! Happy New Year’s Day and we’ll see you Thursday!

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market Closes Wednesday @ NOON - GCFarm deadline is Today 6PM- HAPPY NEW YEAR


Happy New Year, Valued Locavores!

Market Closes Wednesday @ NOON

Just a friendly reminder to place your order now so you don’t miss this week’s Market offerings. PLEASE NOTE: YOUR DEADLINE TO ORDER FROM GERALDSON COMMUNITY FARM (GCF) IS TUESDAY 6PM We are required to place our order with GCF early Wednesday morning so PLEASE ORDER your produce from Geraldson Community Farm By Tuesday, 6:00 PM at which time their produce will be taken off the Market for the week. If you don’t want to place your entire order right away, you can always come back and place a separate order with other Growers before Wednesday noon when the Market closes. Thank you for working with us on this requirement.

NEW CO-OPS BELOW! WE DELIVER ON FRIDAY TO YOUR HOME, OFFICE, OR A CO-OP NEAR YOU Please tell your friends! Interested in joining one or forming a co-op in your neighborhood? Please call Tina at 727-515-9469. You need only one other person beside yourself to become a co-op and qualify for discounted delivery. JUST LOOK AT ALL THESE LOCATIONS!

  • Vicinity of 49th Street N. & US 19.
  • Publix parking lot at Pasadena Ave. & Gulfport Blvd.
  • CVS Pharmacy parking lot at 54th Ave. S. & US 19 S.
  • CVS Pharmacy parking lot at Starkey Road & Park Blvd.
  • Derby Lane parking lot on St. Pete side of Gandy Bridge
  • Disston Heights neighborhood near 24th Ave. N. & 51st St. N.
  • Edgemoor neighborhood at west end of Southwest Blvd.
  • Girls Inc. in Pinellas Park at 7700 61st St. N.
  • Gulfport Library at 5501 28th Ave. S.
  • Historic Uptown neighborhood near 24th Ave. N. & 13th St. N.
  • Jungle Terrace neighborhood near 28th Ave. N & 80th St. N.
  • Kenwood neighborhood in the vicinity of Burlington Ave. and 26th St. N.
  • Magnolia Heights in vicinity of 32nd Ave. N. & 10th St. N.
  • Maximo neighborhood in vicinity of 45th Ave. S. & 35th Way S.
  • Northwest Park neighborhood near 26th Ave. N. & 56th Way N.
  • Old Northeast neighborhood near 9th Ave. N.E. & Bay St. N.E.
  • Old Southeast neighborhood near 17 Ave. S. and Bay Street
  • Shore Acres

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to expand our delivery network and attract like-minded folks who want the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced CHEMICAL-FREE foods possible!

Cross Timbers Food Cooperative:  Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from Cross Timber Food Cooperative! We wish you and your loved ones a great 2013.

On that note, the first ordering cycle for 2013 is open! Order will close Sunday, January 6 for a Saturday, January 12 pick-up.

Customers, please note some goods may be posted later than usual this week, as the growers are hopefully enjoying the holidays, too. :)

Rhianon for CTFC

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Ezekiel Bread :)


Hi All,
I just noticed that Ezekiel bread was “sold out” on the market, but it really isn’t, I just forgot to update the quantity on it. So it’s available if anyone would like some. Thank you!

Risa