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Heritage Farm :  Friendly Reminder--CSA look ahead and last call for next Wednesday's milk orders

Market closes at 8pm tonight for Saturday delivery.

ORDER THEM HERE>>>>> Specials

CSA Schedule and look ahead

Saturday Veggie CSA starts 04/22
April Meat CSA delivers 04/22 and 04/26

Opening week anticipated harvest….please note that all items may not be represented in all bags as the CSA is divided based on harvest amounts and full versus half share allotments.

Pink Lady Apples
French Radish
Hakurei Turnips
Head and Lettuce Mixes
Swiss Chard

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm

Naples,FL:  MARKET IS OPEN Goat milk available


Independence,VA:  Market is OPEN for April 26th pickup!

Dear Friends of the Market,

The Market is open for ordering! Orders placed this week will be available for pickup next Wednesday, April 26th at the Grayson Landcare office (108 Courthouse Ln.) between 4 pm and 6 pm. We also have quite a variety of canned goods and meats that can be purchased on Wednesdays without advance orders. Our vendors have been bringing in a variety of extra produce, eggs and bread that are also available without advance ordering. So, if you don’t place an order this week, you can still feel to stop by and see all that we have to offer!

To shop:

Please join us THIS Saturday, April 22nd for the DIY Expo at Grayson County High School! 24 DIY projects including a Raised Bed Workshop recap and a Organic pesticide, disease,and fertilization workshop from 1:30- 2:30pm. I’ll be running some activities for the kids, so please come out and bring the whole family! It’s all free!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!,


Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm, week of Apr 18 2017

I’ve been hustling around the farm, not much time online, just sending this quick reminder to you’all for your weekly greens, meats, eggs and flour.

same availability as last week.

Slow Food Elba:  Slow Food Elba Market

Good afternoon folks,
Don’t forget to get your order in for delivery on Friday.

And… thank you very much for your support if you already have your order in…we’ll be picking the produce soon!

The market will close at 5pm.
Order here:

The Manager

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Reminder

Don’t forget to place your orders on the Market before noon.

Also, we still need a few more volunteers for this Saturday morning. Come join us if you’re free!

The Cumming Harvest:  This Week at The Cumming Harvest

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My Daily Bread has all Jams and Jellies $1 off this week!

Garden Zeal

Garden Zeal has listed several transplants ready for your garden. Organic Cantaloupe, Persimmon Heirloom Tomato, Crookneck Heirloom Yellow Squash, Verte Organic / Heirloom Patty Pan Squash.

Phoenix Gardens

Phoenix Gardens Welcome back to the market! We are happy to have Brennan and Gwendolyn Washington with Phoenix Gardens selling with us again. Two years ago their backyard family farm and personal home suffered a devastating fire that wiped out everything. They have spent the last two years rebuilding and now have an abundance of produce ready to offer the market. Phoenix Gardens

Heirloom Gardens

Heirloom Gardens Have you ever grown your own heirloom tomato? They are easy to grow if you get Paula to start the plant for you. She’s got heirloom tomato plants and veggie plants for sale online and they are ready to be put into the ground or in a pot. A tomato from the store doesn’t compare to a homegrown heirloom tomato.

Ancient Awakenings is listing online this week.

Watsonia Farms is selling Organic Strawberries and Asparagus. Organic strawberries are not sprayed so they’re shelf life is shorter than store bought. As soon as you get these strawberries home, if you don’t eat them all on the way, dip them into a bath of cool water and a tablespoon of vinegar, then rinse again. They are fragile so handle them gently. You can freeze them or use them immediately but don’t expect them to last a week. They are delicious!

Indian Creek Angus will deliver again on May 6th. You can place orders for them and pre-pay each week, then pick up when they deliver on May 6th.

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will deliver again on May 13th. You can place orders for them and pre-pay each week, then pick up when they deliver on May 13th.


Market Location and Pick Up
Pick Up every Saturday from 10am-12pm.
Located in a small building directly behind The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
Google Map

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

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!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is now closed for ordering

The Spa City Co-op market is now closed for ordering. Please plan to pick up your orders on Friday from 3 – 4:30 pm. If you’re unable to pick up your order please make arrangements for someone to pick up your order for you.

Also please remember that we need volunteers for every market. It’s fun, you get a $5 gift card for a full shift, and your membership extended for two months.

Thank you for your participation in Spa Cit Co-op.

This weeks market manager
Karen Schuman

Miami County Locally Grown:  We are back from break!

Plenty of new offerings this week as the market goes live after our Easter break. The asparagus and radishes won’t last long! Be sure to check out the new fruit butters, herbs, pasta and baked goods.

Champaign, OH:  Take A Walk On The Wild Side

She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side…
(Lou Reed-Take A Walk On The Wild Side)

So, good evening, market customers…It’s just your market manager, on this beautiful Tuesday evening, reminding you that we close the market, this evening, at 10pm, and we want you along for the fun. Get your orders in…

And, while we are taking this walk on the wild side, I thought this song and lyric would be the perfect launching pad for my jump from my usual healthy eating, down into the rabbit hole.

First, this song…so many fun memories of parties, clubs, this song, a tale of flowers being sent to me, with only this song lyric on the card, sent from an old friend, who wanted to ask me to junior/senior prom, but alas, I had already received a prom date, minutes before the flowers and card. If only he had been a few seconds speedier.

But, that just all sums up my love of Lou Reed, and this song. And, I suppose it serves as the background music for this dark tale. I mean, every leap into the dark gets a background song, right? Every entrance deserves a song, every exit deserves a song.

As I wrote in my first installment, it was December, dismal, full of decision making time, full of question asking time.

I had come to the end of my shop lease, after two years. While I loved my little shop, I had reached a point of exhaustion. I was burning the candle at both ends, and then burning about 20 more ends. Busy, stressed out, trying to keep up with a physical shop front, wanting to take back my gypsy ways, sad that the vibe all around had shifted. When I was making the decision on renewing my lease, I made the quick response of no. Just no. I was good with the decision. But, after I was firm on not returning, I started to look around, and got that bittersweet feeling where you know it’s the right move, but it’s still sad, all in all.

So, there you have me, at that point. Add into it my other businesses of Cosmic Charlie and Hippie and the Farmer. One was doing great. One was not getting the love that it needed from me. My baby, my first business, my heart and soul, Cosmic Charlie, was taking a back seat, because I had been so over committed. Then, it seemed like out of nowhere, there were food naysayers, all around me. Mocking, questioning why I do what I do, wondering why it’s so important to believe that we are what we eat, and to be honest, the bad vibes were getting to me. I felt them from our market customers, I felt them from bread customers, I felt them from everyone.

Suddenly, everyone seemed to have something to say, about what I do, work for, believe in, strive for…and, for the first time in nine years, I let it take me down.

I was tired of everyone proclaiming one of the mass produced food services, around town, as the second coming. I was tired of fighting the good fight, the local fight, the clean fight. I wanted to throw in the towel, but my little fighter voice told me…not just yet.

So, I closed up shop, moved my stuff into my studio/office, regrouped, relaunched my branding, my businesses, and decided that the only way I could once and for all put the naysayers at bay, was to take that walk on the wild side.

And there it began…New Year’s Day 2017. My vegetarian/real food/slow food/whole food went on a date with my alter ego…the processed food/fast food/preservative food from origins unknown other half. I mapped out my plan, and wanted it to take me until April 1.

This tale is not about me sitting in the dark, gorging myself just to prove a point. I took it one day at a time, one meal at a time, and decided that I would eat like the naysayers had been bullying about. My journey was going to be a day to day tale. I was going to take my eating habits from television, ads on the internet, the quick grabs at grocery stores, and the fast food lanes of assorted dining disasters.

I began on New Year’s Day…and, I remember that I kicked it off with a processed food breakfast. I was sure it was a breakfast that most busy people would just grab and think nothing about. I kept hearing about no time to make a decent breakfast. It was too expensive to eat healthy. Nobody cares about breakfast. Well, I ALWAYS cared about breakfast. I made time to make it from healthy food. I made time to stock my pantry, fridge and cabinets with things that would help me start my day. But, I was going down the rabbit hole, so I started that day with a Little Debbie Honey Bun, coffee, and did keep my banana. I figured bananas must be like the fast food fruit to these naysayers who had no time.

So, there I was…coffee, banana, Little Debbie. I had been seeing more and more commercials, on the COOKING NETWORK, about busy moms handing out prepackaged bags of Little Debbie treats to the kids for breakfast on the road to school. I thought, well, okay!! If kids’ minds were fueled by this for school, I would fuel me with it.

Day 1…who knew this first breakfast would be the first addiction, and the one that would begin the journey of my tale of odd skin and hair problems, and, in month 3, my biggest eye opener of unwanted fat from processed sugar.

My new way of breakfasting was pumping me full of refined sugars, empty fuel, fat calories, a rollercoaster of sugar highs and lows, and hunger pains before the mornings were over, leading me to binge on more empty food, just to get me to the next bridge of food hell…processed lunches.

But, let’s stop, right here…the Little Debbie addiction didn’t just stop after a few mornings. And, the damage was not known, immediately. It didn’t take long, but it was after every other red flag was waving that I was on the road to a food trip of crash and burn proportions…

Let’s end this installment, right here…

Let’s use this time to make decisions, at this last hour…let’s not go the Little Debbie highway to hell, and let’s take a moment to order from our market.

In the next installment, you will learn how just my morning dabblings, sent my hair and skin into a complete freaked out mess. And, we have not even left the breakfast horror, yet.

I am going to go order…will you all join me?

Cosmic Pam