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Cedar Grove Farm:  CSA Availability for January 24


Hey Folks!
Looks like we’ve got a week of sunny weather in store for us for a change. Blue skies and bright winter sunshine. We’re building a new greenhouse for our transplant production, and I’m looking forward to that warm sun on my face as we work on it.

News in farmland is that our plants are gradually picking up speed as the days grow longer bit by bit. The chard is beautiful this week, as well as the kale. NEW on the scene is a delicate lettuce mix. The last of the red butterhead lettuce is available, and we’ve got about a dozen products online this week. The radishes are fattening up in the hoop houses, and will probably be available next week, and we’ve got hakurei turnips on the way perhaps a week after that.

Last week, we finished up our planning sessions for 2013. Seeds are ordered, planting dates calculated, and harvests anticipated. I can see them now . . . and I’ll have a list of our projected harvests coming soon! With that in mind, we’ll also be announcing the details for our main season 2013 CSA within the next couple of weeks. We’re really excited for this year and we hope you are too. Details coming soon!

Until then, the market is open. Hope you find something you like.

Farmer Sara

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for January 20th - Taking the week off!


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Fresh Harvest, LLC
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Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

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Market News


Hello!

It is going to be a really cold week and the crops have slowed their growth considerably. After consulting with our other vegetable growers, we have decided to take this week off. We will resume delivery nest week, so look out for the Market to reopen next Sunday, January 27th for delivery on Wednesday, January 30th.

This is not our ideal situation and we are sorry for any inconvenience. It is very hard this time of year to meet customer demand as it takes so much longer for crops to grow due to the shorter day length and the cold. We want to have a variety of crops for your selection, as well as have a large enough quantity to fill orders. Our goal is to continue through the winter into spring, but at this point we may have to switch to an every other week delivery schedule through February. Stay tuned!

So, please enjoy your week and know that we will return next week with a full selection of veggies – lettuces, Asian greens, kale, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and more!

And don’t worry – we won’t rest on our week off! We’ll be taking care of infrastructure projects such as working on the greenhouses, seeding, and doing paperwork for organic certification inspection!

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this winter season. We are constantly learning as we go on this adventure of year round growing, and are so thankful that you are along with us on this ride!
We look forward to seeing you on a week from Wednesday, January 30th!

John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

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!

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Champaign, OH:  Special day to all!


Happy Inauguration Weekend! This week’s specials are awesome! Oakview Farm Fresh Meats are offering a super deal on smoked bone-in ham in one or two slice packages. Get your scalloped potatoes ready to sideline with it!

A second deal also goes out to our bread-heads… Cosmic Charlie’s Whole Wheat Apple is a super deal at only $3! If you have yet to partake in her groovy offerings, Pam will not disappoint! Fresh is best and it certainly is that! Yummo!

Have a great week!

Dothan, Alabama:  Give a little LOCAL love for Valentine's!


http://marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

We have great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for you and your special valentine! How about dinner? Casserole, salad, bread & dessert! OR, Horton Honey Farm gift basket…some honey for your honey!!! Let us help you with your Valentine’s Day celebration!
NEW this week: RUBY RED GRAPEFRUIT grown locally in Pansey by Pine Top Farms.
See you Friday, 9am – 11am in the Potting Shed at Dothan Nurseries…look for Farmers Daughters Sign.
Keep it fresh, local & lively!!
Gratefully,
Susan & Amanda

Madison GA:  The market is open!!!


See everyone Wed.

Madison GA:  The Market is open


The market is open!!! See everyone Wed.

GFM :  Jan. 23 Pickup


Here’s What’s available this week at the market..

Jonesborough Locally Grown:  Market open for Jan. 23rd pick-up


Mid-winter blues and blahs can’t possibly beat all the good stuff available from your Jonesborough Farmers’ Market.
The weather has messed up the meat processing operation of the Sentelles, but rest assured that they will be back next week with all the fine meats and sausages we have all come to depend on.
As usual, farmers drop off is between 4:30 and 5:15 and customer pick-up is between 5:30 and 6:00. You are welcome to come for pick-up earlier, but just remember that you might have to wait a few minutes.
See you there!

The Market Managers

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market's Got A New Bag!


Good Morning Co-People,
The Market is open. Notice anything different? No? Seriously? Gosh, you are so insensitive. We got a new design! Courtesy of Paul Dysinger of Bountiful Blessings Farm in Tennessee. I know it seems random, but Paul is a talented web designer and offered the locallygrown.net community a free facelift. I don’t know about you, but the market products really pop now. Enjoy!
Goodies that caught my eye:
Herb Seedlings from Willow Springs, including Cilantro, Basil, and Arugula. Perfect time to grow your own herbs.
Pork Baby Back Ribs – I slowed cooked these in a crock pot with vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, and plenty of salt and pepper, and, MAN, they were good.
Firecracker Black Tea – a delicious pepperminty Winter tea.
Funky Goat – my new favorite Kent Walker cheese. It’s got a solid goat funk to it but is not overpowering.
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Our Growers’ Giveback Potluck was a smashing success. No, nothing was smashed. The food was unspeakably delicious, and the company above average. I daresay we fed our growers better than they’ve been fed all year (in its twenty day entirety). We even got a chance to applaud our beloved, name-tagged providers. Towards the end of the lunch, a Food Club member stopped while passing Jay Fulbright. Her eyes caught his name tag: “Jay Fulbright of Arkansas Natural Produce,” and lit up. “Your Arkansas Natural Produce? I LOVE you guys!” I considered the event to be a success at that moment.
Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

Athens Locally Grown:  Availability for January 24


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

I’ve been focused most of this week getting things ready for a week-long trip to Little Rock, Arkansas for the annual conference of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG). About 1300 growers from across the country will be gathering to share knowledge and bring new ideas back home with them. I’m on the conference staff, and they keep me hopping, but I always look forward to going. It’s also exciting for me that it’s being held in Little Rock. Many, many online markets have popped up throughout Arkansas using our Athens Locally Grown system, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of them and the people behind them first hand. I’ve left our Thursday market here in the hands of our many capable regular volunteers, so I’d imagine you’ll never even notice I’m not there. There are a few things they can’t do, such as looking up account history and resolving old payment issues, so you can send those queries to me via email or wait until the following week.

Now, in the past few 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 in that 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 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 items clearly broke 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 purchas 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 (such as GranCoffee Roasting Co.) 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, I sometimes use 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 dropped my certification last year 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 have monthly farm tours during the warm seasons so you can go on-site yourself and see the farms in action. 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’m 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 live 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 every week (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, 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 hope that over time we’ll be able 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.

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!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the winter. You can watch for news during the offseason on their website. Most of the other area markets are also all closed for the season too. 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.

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!