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We are on this week – Back to the regular schedule and we hope you join us!
There are lots of sweet potatoes left on the market, as well as a great selection of meats, eggs, and other products from our amazing vendors.
It may not seem like it tonight, but planting time is approaching so if you are ready for you tomato and herb plants, we have our first round of those available as well!
We are looking forward to a great season ahead, and are so thankful to you all to supporting us!
Thank you and we will see you soon!
John and Tally
While Mother Nature Seems Confused, Our Vendors Are Ready!
As we begin our new week and prepare to open the online market, we have some thoughts to share with you all. This wild Spring weather will challenge us, but we will push onward. Our GFM online and physical market customers want fresh produce and locally-produced crafts. Our participating growers and crafters are dedicated to delivering on your expectations!
More Wacky Weather From Mother Nature
Flashback about one month ago and we posted a blog on this very site talking about Mother Nature’s wild tricks. Spring one day, Winter the next, Spring again, ooops— here’s Winter. Well sadly
my friends, we’ve been duped again. Just about an hour prior to my writing this update, I let the dog out only to get pelted by sleet and freezing rain.
Alas, despite the whims of Mother Nature, our potatoes, luffas, garlic, swiss chard and more are already in the ground. So, we’re hoping and praying we get back to warm weather and stay with it until market opening day on May 12th.
*is the wild weather affecting your Spring garden plans? Feel free to share your story with us. Email: email@example.com and, with your permission, we’ll share your story with our customers in the weeks to come.
Our market customers are awaiting your talent, craft, or produce!
We touched on this last week, but it is still on our hearts. When you see the joy of a farmer’s market customer coming up to your table and smiling as they exchange their hard-earned money for the produce you’ve sweated and toiled to produce on your land, it’s a glorious feeling. Farmer’s markets create win-win situations.
Our question for you is this: What good, skill, or service are you holding back from the Greenville community? We’re actively seeking new vendors, crafters, and teachers who can provide workshops at our market this year. Please, reach out to Judy Shelton @ 552-3023 if you have any questions about becoming a vendor, or about providing a workshop this season.
Is your small garden producing an excess of some crop every season? Are you spending a lot of time canning, preserving and drying your excess? Well, our market customers might be eagerly searching for that crop you produce. If you don’t step up and become a vendor, they may never get what they’re after. Help us bring an abundance and a variety to our wonderful Greeneville fresh produce buyers this season.
Become a vendor on our online market today as well!
We wish you all the best this week and Spring gets back on her feet and tries to stand tall against the last blows of Winter. Are your crops in the ground? Are you taking all the steps required to ensure a plentiful and abundant harvest this year? Get out there sow, so that you may reap in season!
Order now through 5 pm April 12thh for April 14th Pickup (or contact me if you want a different day, we have some flexibility.)
Remember to tell me when you want to pick up!
Send me a message if you are interested in Getting Channel Catfish.
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 click the add to cart button on the items you want to buy. 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.)
Black Bean Soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch black pepper
4 cups vegetable broth
4 (15 ounce) cans black beans
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 reel Heritage Farm Kielbasa browned
Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in vegetable broth, 2 cans of beans, and corn. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process remaining 2 cans beans and tomatoes until smooth. Stir into boiling soup mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Chop and add cooked kielbasa as desired.
“Beet greens and spring veggies make a hearty soup in this traditional Polish recipe.”
1 1/4 pounds beets with greens attached
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 leeks, white and light green parts only, chopped and washed
1/2 pound celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 cup 1/2-inch cubed carrots
1/4 pound parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 cups 1/2-inch cubed boiling potatoes
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or to taste
6 hard-boiled eggs, quartered lengthwise
Trim greens and stems from beets. Thoroughly wash and chop greens and stems. Peel and cut beets into 1/2-inch cubes.
Bring beets, chicken broth, leeks, celery root, carrots, and parsnips to a boil in a large pot. Add potatoes, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir beet greens and stems into soup and simmer until greens and stems are tender, about 5 minutes. Mix sugar, lemon juice, and salt into soup.
Stir sour cream and flour together in a bowl until smooth and thickened. Whisk 1 cup soup into sour cream mixture until smooth; pour sour cream mixture into soup and stir. Simmer soup until thickened slightly, about 1 minute. Add dill and remove pot from heat. Ladle soup into serving bowls and arrange 4 egg quarters in each bowl.
Online Store is open for next week’s orders!!
Check it all out here>>> The Store
Farmers Markets are open!! Follow our schedule at the bottom of the page!!
Announcements and misc information
Check out our delivery routes and pick up times here Drop Sites
We preach all the time about size matters and the following article gives you yet another GREAT example of why to choose small and local….200,000,000 eggs under one roof sold under countless fake farms!!!! Check it out here Salmonella Outbreak
Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven family farmers!! Every day the struggle to survive as a small independent family farm gets harder and harder for less and less return. Amazon, Whole Foods, WalMart, Trader Joe’s, Publix, Kroger, Fresh Market and on and on pull out all the stops (and most of the truth) to continue to pull market share away from small family farmers!! There marketing budgets are HUGE and they are relentless!! Most of the time they make you feel like you’re supporting farms like us but it JUST AIN’T SO!!!! More often than not it is a made up farm and story just to market you a product that has no real “farm” behind it.It’s the same old factory farmed food with a different picture and/or story to make you feel good. We need you now more than ever.
BUY LOCAL. BUY FROM SMALL FARMS. LIVE LARGE!
Spring CSA and Farm shares start April 28, 2018
April meat CSA delivers Wednesday 04/25 and Saturday 04/28
Peachtree Road Farmers Market-Saturdays 8:30 to 12:00
Sandy Springs Farmers Market-
Saturdays 9:00 to 12:00
Brookhaven Farmers Market-
Saturdays 9:00 to 12:00
Roswell Farmers Market-
Saturdays 8:30 to 12:00
Dunwoody Farmers Market-Starts May 5th 9:00 to 1:30
The online market is now open. Sorry for the delay this morning; internet is out from all the nasty weekend weather!
Enjoy shopping until 7pm tomorrow. Pick-up time is Thursday afternoon at the depot.
Have a great week!
We don’t want you to miss your chance to order! And not many of you have placed orders yet. Maybe because this week is spring break for some of us and people are out of town? Or, maybe it’s because it is COLD this morning, and we just aren’t wake yet? Anyway, this is a short reminder that The Wednesday Market is open until 10 p.m. this evening. Check the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link:
Have a great Monday everyone. And if you go out today, take a jacket – you’ll need one.
See you at the Market.
We had a successful opening day Saturday despite the cold temperatures. Thank you to everyone that came out to support local farmers, makers, and bakers!
Arkansabi Farms has produce listed online this week. You can shop for your groceries, place your order, and pick it up at the Market Welcome Station Saturday morning.
Have a great week and see you Saturday!
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 blast of cold 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 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 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
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 returned to Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons at Creature Comforts downtown. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is still closed for the season, and you can watch for their return on April 28 on their website 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 Saturdays from 9 to noon. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. 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. The Oconee County Farmers Market is still closed for the season, but will return soon. 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!
Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers:
Ordering will be open until Tuesday at 5:00 pm this week.
Here’s what’s available this week:
Vegetables—Kale, arugula, radishes, swiss chard, mizuna mustard greens, spinach, and beets.
Herbs and Spices—hot chili powder.
Eggs—From pastured hens.
Meat—Pastured beef and chicken.
Olives and Olive Oil—Direct from the organic grower in California. Check out sales prices on selected varieties!
Salsa—Made with locally grown and organic ingredients.
Live plants—Fig trees, fig houseplants, and tomato transplants.
Crafts—Natural, handmade soy candles scented with pure essential oils (no toxic chemicals!)
Place your order now, then pick up and pay on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville.
We will also have a selection of locally grown and handmade goods available for sale from the table at the market on Wednesday.
We look forward to seeing you!
Green Fork Farmers Market
The end of this week (Saturday, April 21) marks the Spring Greening Festival and the beginning of the season for the Johnson County Community Farmers’ Market. As a result, we will be changing the schedule for the Foothills Market for the summer season to better accommodate both markets.
Beginning this week, we will open the market on Sunday afternoon, and it will remain open for shopping through noon on Wednesday. Pickup will be Thursday from 4-6 p.m. at the Food for Thought garden at 815 N. Hillcrest in Clarksville.
Browse the market, fill your cart with local products, and click the “Submit your order” button. We’ll have your order ready for pickup on Thursday.
Eat something fresh this week!