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Dawson Local Harvest:  THE MARKET IS OPEN!

DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST MARKET for January 17th, 2021

Lots of locally-grown and produced “Yummies” this week on the Dawson Market.


Siloam Springs, AR:  Online Market is Open!!

Vandevoir Farms is back with their great chicken product!

It’s that time of year when the cold temps affect the growing rate of produce. Be sure to check back for restocks on Wednesday as Opossum Hollow will update inventory if there are extra veggies.

Thank you for supporting the market and shopping local! See you Saturday!

Champaign, OH:  59th Street Bridge

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
Hello lamppost, what’cha knowing
I’ve come to watch your flowers growin’
Ain’t you got no rhymes for me?
Doo-ait-n-doo-doo, feeling groovy
Ba da-da da-da da-da, feeling groovy
I got no deeds to do, no promises to keep
I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep
Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy…
(Simon and Garfunkel)

Go ahead…just try to start your morning out with this groovy beat, and watch how happy everything becomes…

Happy Monday, lovely customers of our little local market!! Go ahead, let your orders flow while listening to the different songs that I provide you, right here, on the market. Where it’s not just good food, but also good friendship, good music, and well, also your market manager’s trivia game, each week!

I have to say, your emails were coming fast and furious, yesterday, and I loved that so many of you were playing!!!

We did have a winner who finally came through in the afternoon with their answer…Shary Stadler, of Valley View Woodlands, and also a market customer, shot me the right answer!

Venice Beach was the correct answer to the location of my first apartment when I moved to California!! Venice Beach was a funky place, I lived in a very old school tiny apartment building with a pianist below me who practiced night and day, a group of Chippendales dancers who lived in the building across the street, and practiced their dance moves on the roof of their building, which I was able to view from my terrace. I was near the beach, I was broke, all the darn time, because I was such a junior flight attendant, out there, and a befriended such an eclectic group of pals, and experienced so many west coast lovely vibes. I also befriended a pal who had grandparents with a rent controlled apartment in San Francisco, but were then living in San Diego, so they gave us keys to use it, right in the heart of it all, so we often hopped a plane, and spent the weekends exploring San Francisco.

They were good years in my California life. Adventures, both good and bad.

So, see…with celebrating the market anniversary with my trivia, you also get insight into my journey…

Go, order, and thank you, always, for being a part in paving the way for this market…because like all of our journeys in life, this market has also had it’s own journey…

Cosmic Pam

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 21

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

In the past two weeks I’ve talked about the legal organization and considerations behind our market and then the financial operation that keeps everything running. I’ll wrap up my yearly primer on Athens Locally Grown this week with a few words about our growers and other market vendors.

First and foremost, let me preface everything by saying the decision to let a new grower into the market is always made by me alone. I know many farmers markets often get some press regarding one vendor or another feeling left out of the market and complaining that the committee running that market was a little too closed. Well, my efforts to run ALG in a cooperative manner aside, the responsibility here comes back to me. There’s no committee, and no formal application process. I’ve had some potential vendors that I’ve rejected get upset with me and complain that ALG is a “closed” market, and they’re right. It is a closed market, and it’s not open to just anyone to sell through. That doesn’t mean we have arbitrary standards, of course, and actually I think I’ve set the bar pretty high. A good number of our growers also go above and beyond to only bring “the best of the best”, and that pushes the de facto standards even higher. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be able to sell through Athens Locally Grown:

  • All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. I’ll come back to this later.
  • All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown, made, or otherwise produced
  • All growers must be from the greater Athens area. Right now, this means within about 75 miles
  • All growers must be willing to be part of our ALG community, and not think of us as just a dumping off point.
  • All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured or sustainably wild-caught
  • 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

That about covers everything, I think. When I’ve turned down requests to sell through ALG (and I turn down several monthly), the grower has clearly not met one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis. Coffee is one. 1000 Faces was our first coffee vendor, and they offered direct trade coffees (they purchase directly from the coffee growers with no distributor or middle man) and did all the roasting and packaging themselves and to order. That set the standard, and other coffee vendors have to match it. Mills Farm was a founding ALG member, but they buy in organic grains for their mill. We now have Sylvan Falls Mill in Rabun Gap as a vendor, and they primarily buy their grains from local (to them) organic growers. From now on, all future millers wanting to sell through ALG will have to meet that standard. And so on.

Let me get back to that first requirement: “sustainable practices”. There’s no set definition of that, and there’s really a sliding scale. For example, when I farmed I sometimes used a gasoline-powered rototiller, and our no-till growers and the no-hydrocarbon growers would frown upon that. There is a generally accepted definition of what is “conventional” agriculture, and that includes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and confined and grain-fed animals. Those are easy to exclude. At the other end, there is the USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown certification. Few small diversified growers can meet the expense of USDA certification, but a good number of our growers are CNG certified. This program uses the USDA rules as a starting point, made a few things more strict, and uses a system of growers certifying other growers to keep things honest. My farm had been CNG certified for nine years (though I eventually dropped my certification simply because my garden got really, really small), and many others area farms have followed since then. If a new grower does not have a certification, then I talk to them, get information about them, and visit their farm in person when necessary. A good number of our growers were ALG customers long before growing for market themselves, so I’ve gotten to know the people and the decision to let them in was easy.

In short: the growers have satisfied my standards, and I personally have approved them for inclusion in ALG. However, I want you to not just take my word for it. We occasionally have had farm tours during the warm seasons so you can go on-site yourself and see the farms in action. When we’re not in the midst of a pandemic, we have a semi-regular “meet the grower” table at the Thursday pickups so you can talk with the growers yourself face-to-face. We encourage them to take photos for their online photo album, to describe their practices, and to take care with their product listings. We want to facilitate communication between you and them, so when you place an order, they see your name and email address in case they need to clarify a request or offer a substitution, and likewise for most of our growers you can see their contact info when you view their grower profile (while logged into the site) so you can get clarification from them when needed.

I often wrestle with some of those edge cases. Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon was one such case. The salmon and halibut they sell was caught in Alaska, but Doug and his family lived here (well, just over the line in South Carolina). They own their own small boats, and catch the fish themselves. Their practices are certified sustainable by a reputable organization up there, and their products are high quality. They’ve worked out the logistics of getting fish to you by keeping a supply at my house in a freezer they own. I have in the past talked with sugar cane growers from South Georgia, dairies from across the state, fisherman from Savannah, olive growers from Savannah, citrus producers from Florida, and other people making items we just can’t get from growers located right here. Often, the logistics of getting their items from there to here on a regular and timely basis is what breaks down, but I continually try to expand the items at our market without compromising our community of growers located right here.

Hopefully that explains how our growers get into ALG, what standards they have to meet, and so on. It’s a very important topic, perhaps the most important one for our market, but much of it goes on behind the scenes. I know you’ve put your trust in me, and I take that very seriously, If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of ALG, I’d love to do so. Just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order.

And, as always, if you have any concerns or complaints about the items you receive, please let me know (and the sooner the better). Sometimes descriptions don’t always match the products delivered, or the quality isn’t want you were hoping for. We try to catch those cases before you arrive, but if anything gets by us, please let me know, and we’ll make it right and do our best to prevent it from happening again.

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 at our market’s home on Tallassee Road!

We are still getting new customers every week (and we love seeing new masked faces!) so for all of you you can find a detailed run-down of how Thursdays go on our website here:

Other Area Farmers Markets

If ALG doesn’t have everything you need, please support our growers at the other markets that are now back up and running, or at their own locations. The Comerian takes online orders for Saturday pickup at the bakery here: The Athens Farmers Market and the West Broad Farmers Market are both taking a few weeks off, but they’ll return soon. And of course Collective Harvest is going strong over at

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!

Dawson Local Harvest:  THE MARKET IS OPEN!

DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST MARKET for January 17th, 2021

Lots of locally-grown and produced “Yummies” this week on the Dawson Market.


Foothills Market:  The Market is Open!

Tired of winter? Maybe some of the sweet treats available on Foothills Market are just what you need for a little pick-me-up. We have brownies, cookies, and Almond Toffee Crunch for a snack or a small dessert. There is also a variety of quick breads made with some locally-grown ingredients, the perfect partner for a cup of hot coffee on a cold morning.

Shop the market between now and 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Be sure to click the button to submit your order. We’ll have it ready for pick-up between 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Lamb!

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown market

will be open for your orders till Tuesday evening at 10 pm.

Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, if you would prefer home delivery of your order, please just ask. No charge during this time.

Please also remember that our market is much safer than any grocery store.
All our products are direct from grower/producer to consumer, with no middle men handling.

Please share this information with your friends and help them to understand how safe our open-air markets are.

Solace Farm has several cuts of lamb available:

Top (L to R): Shoulder Roast, Ground Lamb.
Bottom (L to R): Leg Roast, Neck, Ribs.

Carter Smith of CS3 Farm writes:
We will be off market for the next two weeks. We should have some artisan mustard and herbal honey ready to go in February. If there are special requests for our first week back, email us directly.

Our Manchester pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building, at
216 East Fort Street, Manchester, TN

Our Tullahoma pickup location is in front of “Nature’s Elite”, in the Cherokee Square Shopping Center next to Dunham’s Sports,
open air during this time, at
1802 N Jackson St, Ste 800, Tullahoma TN

For a map, click on the address link.

Only the best fresh flavorful farm products for your family! No more week-old produce trucked cross-country. All the fresh local farm products listed come from your grower and maker neighbors in Middle Tennessee. The freshest produce is picked the day you receive it!

Your year-round weekly market is open for ordering from Sunday morning at 8 am till Tuesday evening at 10 pm.

Receiving options:
THURSDAY afternoon pickup (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) at the market pavilion on Fort Street, Manchester.
THURSDAY afternoon pickup (5:30 – 6:00 p.m.) outside “Nature’s Elite”, Tullahoma. Open air market during this time.
Delivery on THURSDAY evening will be free during this time, or at other hours by arrangement.

See the “About” page for details.

Please help us grow:
spread the word about our market.
share this newsletter with someone.
make my day and ask to hand out some fliers.
And if you are hungry for something special, just let us know, and we will do our best to find it for you.

Thanks for supporting
Your Local Farmers

Conway, AR:  Tamales! Opening Bell: Honey, Carrots, Sausage!

Hello friends!

Pork, chicken or jalapeño & cheese.
Five for $7. All same kind.
At market this Friday, January 22nd.
Text me your order.

We will have lots of suet cakes on the extra table this Friday for $1 each. Feed the birds.

Most of our growers are in high gear now getting ready to start their seeds for the growing season ahead. If anyone would like to try a new or exotic tomato this year, simply get the seeds and give them to me at market one Friday soon. I’ll sprout them and give you two plants 8 weeks later for your own garden if you would like. There are lots of interesting varieties in the seed catalogs. Questions, just text me.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. For instance, type in the word “sale” or “pork” and see what pops up. We have over 500 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

In accordance with the current guidelines, we will not have more than 10 people in the lobby at any time. We have four volunteers who can bring your order to your car if you prefer, just call or text 501-339-1039.

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping: *

How to contact us:


Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039

Email: Steve –

Lathemtown Farm Fresh Market:  Market Open

The market is open for ordering! Once again we have our detox soups available this week.
Place orders by Wednesday evening for pickup Saturday at the farm. Need it sooner? Message me for early orders.
Have a great week and stay warm!

The Wednesday Market:  We're Open!

Good morning.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. See the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link:

Thank you for supporting Georgia Grown. Have a pleasant Sunday, and we’ll see you at the Market.



P.S. If you have questions about your order, please contact Sharon Fox, (404) 569-0582.