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South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local food!


Good Morning on this beautiful warm day!
The South Cumberland Food Hub is
open for orders today until noon. Please call
if you have any questions. Have a wonderful
day!

Risa. 615-643-3347

Click here to go directly to the Rootedhere Locally Grown Market Page

Farmer At Your Door:  Market Open and Link!


Market open until Tuesday evening at 7 pm. Click and take a look www.scwisc.locallygrown.net

Athens Locally Grown:  Market Open for April 11


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

Today was a beautiful day, perfect for working out in the garden. I’m way behind on mine, but the really good growing weather seems to hit my little patch of Franklin County about three weeks after most of the rest of you. Maybe next weekend I’ll carve out some time to spend carving out my raised beds from the winter weeds, and start getting my things in the ground. I was one of the founding farms of Athens Locally Grown, back in 2002, but these days I just keep a small garden. Some years it’s larger than others, but it seems like this will be one of those smaller years.

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 the market. 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.

It’s still a little early to safely put out summer plants like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and eggplants, unless you protect them. The average last frost date for Athens is still a week away (and a month away for me). The weather forecast for the next week looks pretty good, but right now the low for next Saturday is projected to be 43 degrees. That’s well above freezing, but quite cold for tropical tomatoes. If you want to get a jump on things, just use row covers or other protection to keep the cold nights from stunting them.

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 their 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 is 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.

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

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 broadriverpastures@gmail.com.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday (see their website for info) as has the Watkinsville market. AFM’s Wednesday downtown market will open later in the spring. 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. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (even 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!

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for April 10th, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

What an incredible weekend. Beautiful springtime weather. I’m guessing many of you were like me and felt the compulsion to go out and dig in the dirt a bit. I myself continued planting a few more of the nearly 60 fruit trees we’re trying to get in the ground here at the last minute. UPS and Keep Georgia Beautiful awarded us a grant to plant 5 fruit orchards at our local Greenway and four schools in Habersham County (Clarkesville Elementary, Wilbanks Middle, 9th Grade Academy, and Fairview Elementary). Each school now has a handful of fig trees, asian persimmons, paw paws and even some blueberries. It will take a little time, but as these trees mature it will be a great way to expose kids to the benefits of local foods.

I had many a delicious meal this week with some of the incredible offerings from Locally Grown. I’ll be honest with you, springtime is my favorite local food season. I don’t know why but beets, carrots, cilantro, collards, spinach, and in just a few more weeks strawberries and asparagus are just so dang exciting after a long winter. Here’s my two tasty treats of the week.

First is a delicious BEET DIP. I took one order of beets from Mountain Earth Farms, chopped the greens off and sauteed them with onion and a little broth. Then the roots I boiled for about 20 minutes. Then slipped the skins off and put them in the food processor with a quarter cup of fresh spinach from Leah Lake Farms. I’d also sauteed some onions (half were for my beet greens the other half for the dip) and put them in. Then added about a quarter to a half cup of sour cream and turned the food processor on until it was all mixed. Then I toasted some bread from Habersham Bakers with butter and smothered it with the beet dip. YUM!

A few days later I took some collard greens from Leah Lake farms and a few more from Mountain Earth Farms and chopped them coarsely and added them to some onions cooking in oil and covered. Once cooked down I added a cup of white riced and cooked further, then added a cup or more of broth (chicken, beef or vegetable will do), two tablespoons of dried dill, some salt, some pepper and some fresh ground coriander, then covered and simmered for 15 minutes. KAPOW! That’s a hearty, nutritious dish right there.

Here’s one more tip from Sid Blalock from Burton Mountain Farms.

This is a simple salad, but totally incredible, doesn’t taste simple at all… the lemon juice kind of breaks down the kale in just a few minutes, and is is wonderful… works best with young tender kale (such as mine), (older kale would just have to sit a few minutes longer, I guess)…

Ingredients
4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves, midribs removed, juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or Asiago
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread, or Panko

Instructions
1. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes.
2.Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well.
3.Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again.
4.Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

This ought to inspire some of you to buy some greens this week! Feel free to submit recipes to us as we’ll post them to our FACEBOOK page and possibly even here if it sounds yummy enough.

AND BUY SOME PLANTS THIS WEEK! There are quite a few offerings of organic plant starts for your garden. Don’t waste your money on sorry starts from the hardware store. If you want to eat well from your own garden, get a head start with plant starts from local farmers here at Locally Grown.

See you on WEDNESDAY and ….

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Rivervalley.locallygrown:  Market is open for ordering


The rivervalley market is open and available for filling your good food desires. Orders from Stutzman’s pantry must be placed before 8:00 a.m. Wednesday.

Have a great browning session.

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday April 12


I hope this finds you all doing well.
The market is open.

The produce list is loaded with baby veggies and mushrooms.
Order up, they get big fast.

We have a few more heritage hogs available.

We are also looking to offer a few small whole hogs for whole hog dinner. They are going to be in the 40 – 50 lb range. Contact me directly for more information.

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.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday April 13


I hope this finds you all doing well.
The market is open.

The produce list is loaded with baby veggies and mushrooms.
Order up, they get big fast.

We have a few more heritage hogs available.

We are also looking to offer a few small whole hogs for whole hog dinner. They are going to be in the 40 – 50 lb range. Contact me directly for more information.
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 Wednesday. Pick ups are on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 at the Piedmont Green Market (Double B Farm booth), Sandy Springs Green Market (Taylorganic booth)(We will be here from 9-10
pick ups only). We will try to make a run to Brookhaven if we have enough orders, otherwise we will need you to p/u at Piedmont.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Greenwood SC:  Market Closes at noon Monday for Drop-off This Week


Folks, we will have a drop-off this week on Tuesday. Be sure to stock up on your Happy Cow, Putney Farm, Spurgeon Farm, Welch and Son products by ordering before noon Monday. I will send you an email about time and place as you order.
See you soon!
Donna

Upstate Locally Grown Greenville:  Ordering to Close at 12 noon Monday for This Week's Drop-offs


Hello Folks!
What a beautiful week-end we have had here in the Upstate! Hope you were able to soak up some of the fresh air and sunshine, and maybe get your fingernails dirty digging in that sweet earth!
We put in peas and potatoes this week-end. Potatoes will take all season to mature, but we will be harvesting some fresh new potatoes as soon as possible.
Reminding you to complete your order soon, and hoping you find some fresh goodies to your liking. Also check out Dodi Spurgeon’s delicious vegetable soup, pies, (esp the 4 cheese pie) for healthy fast food at home! Dodi makes the pies to order!
Happy shopping, and Healthy eating, and be sure to “like” Putney Farm and Upstate Locally Grown on Facebook for some good gardening tips, updated info on GMO’s, herbal remedies, and nutritional info.
Donna