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South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Time to order everything you need for the next two weeks!

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Immunity Soup

This recipe is a variation on chicken soup that includes garlic, ginger, and shiitake mushrooms. Though I am not a doctor, I like to think that this soup also acts as a mid-winter tonic against all the illnesses.

-Leftover chicken and chicken bones (you can use a whole chicken too but I generally do this with leftovers)
-Water to cover
- Olive oil – one TLBSP
-Carrots – one or two
-Onions – one large
-Garlic – one whole head
-Fresh Ginger root – about 3 TLBSP chopped
-1/2 lb of fresh shiitake mushrooms (or equivalent dried)
- Rice noodles (these can be hard to find. Egg noodles can also be used for a more traditional noodle soup).
- other interesting leftovers
- sea vegetables Click here to learn more are also harder to find but if you have them they are a great addition.) I use a pinch of each wakame, arame, kombu, hijiki,and kelp.
– Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan cover leftover chicken with water. Simmer for an hour or so. Let the chicken cool and strain our the meat and bones. Separate the meat and fat from the bones and place the meat back into the broth.

In a large skillet heat the olive oil and gently saute all of the vegetables (not including the sea vegetables). Add the vegetables and the sea vegetables and allow to simmer until to desired tenderness.

Add rice noodles a few minutes before serving. Remove from heat as soon as the rice noodles are tender.

Salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy the soup, and get some rest.

Market News

Happy Holidays!

In the five year history of the market we have only closed for a holiday once, which means that two weeks off seems a bit like an eternity! Can we make it? There are plenty of things on the market this week including fresh turkeys for a Christmas feast, yule logs cakes, and many fantastic locally made gifts. Make sure you take some time with your order this weekend and prepare well for our long winter break!

Link 41 is back this week with Sausage! They also have a sausage sampler gift bag! Stock up now.

Jumpoff Mountain Java sends the following message: “To our coffee lovers, we thank you for your enthusiam and support in our efforts to bring you (and ourselves!)good coffee. On that note, we are introducing a new roast profile for the Sumatran for those of you who like a medium to medium-dark roast. While experimenting with some roast profiles, we’ve discovered that this Sumatran is very versatile and is quite excellent at a medium roast! Very flavorful and aromatic in the grounds and in the cup, with the same great body that is a hallmark of a Sumatran coffee”.

Fountain Springs Farm has FRESH TURKEYS available. If you missed these on Thanksgiving, now is your chance. They are wonderful and perfect for a Christmas feast. These turkeys will be delivered to the community center on Thursday the 20th of December and will keep nicely in your fridge between then and Christmas.

Discover Together Calendars featuring local camps in Grundy County are still available for a donation of your choice. Are you ready for 2013?

December Strawberries are still available!

Petalland, Farmer Brown’s, Tom’s Naturals, and White City Produce all have wreaths and greenery available.

Chickweed has Yule Log Cakes for sale! If you’ve tasted Elizabeth’s baked goods you’ll know that this is going to be a truly special cake – perfect for a holiday party.

Speaking of Holiday Parties, IvyWild has the savory treats, Smoked Duck, Smoked Salmon, and Tasso Ham.

Of course, all of the old favorites are still available and there may be a few new things I have missed too.

Click here to browse the whole list.

Coming Events

Holiday Closings December 25th and January 1st.

The Cumberland Farmer’s Market will be closed this year for both of these holidays (which fall on Tuesdays). Make sure to stock up ahead of time on all your local favorites.

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!

Augusta Locally Grown:  Remember to STOCK UP! The next market is 12/28/2012.

Remember there is no market December 25th. Stock up so you will have all you need until our special market December 28th.

Here’s our schedule:

  • Tuesday, December 18 — Regular Market at all locations
  • Tuesday, December 25 — NO MARKET! – Christmas Day
  • Friday, December 28 — SPECIAL MARKETAJCC ONLY!
  • Tuesday, January 1 — NO MARKET! – New Years Day
  • Tuesday, January 8 — Regular Market at all locations

See you Tuesday!

Click here to order: Augusta.LocallyGrown.Net.

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Greetings and Thanks from Jumpoff Mountain Java

Greetings CFM participants,
Paige and I want to take a moment and thank all of you for your part in making the CFM such a wonderful addition to our community. We are very fortunate to have forward thinkers like Jess, fruitful farmers, and devoted foodies in our collective midst.

We send the warmest wishes to everyone!
Marianne and Paige

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is OPEN! Last Chance before Christmas!

Last chance to order Christmas gifts before Christmas! Make a cute Christmas basket or fill one of our nice shopping bags with honey, jellies and jams, baked goods, produce, meats, seafood, grits, syrup, pecans, and so much more!

Be sure to get your eggs and dairy products to last through Christmas and all the extra baking and cooking! If you need some help with the baking and cooking, don’t forget our cakes and casseroles.

Merry Christmas!

Happy Shopping!

Tampa Bay :  Market Open - Order before Monday 11pm - Kale, Turnips & Tomatoes now available!

Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay

Providing Tampa Bay citizens a democratically-managed source of local, healthy, fresh food

Seasonal Box

List to come out Monday morning

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Market News

Hi Foodies!

The first week went well and thus, we have new ordering system deadlines with more products!

ordering is open now and will close Monday night.

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero (email if there’s something you want and is ‘sold out’)

Order here today!

Email us if you have any questions.

Pick ups will STILL be Wednesday night between 5&7pm (volunteer run) and Thursday/Friday 2-6pm (call ahead case by case basis)

An email & facebook msg will be sent out reminding everyone about the process come Monday.

The Birdhouse finally has again farm fresh eggs available (for pet consumption only of course), of which are coming from Ocoee FL – Lake Meadow Naturals Farm. Check them out by clicking here

Also, this week as you will see on the site, we have heirloom beets, broccoli, eggplant, baby spring mix, and more!

The boxes are changing slightly, instead of coming pre packaged, the customer/member will get to hand select the produce they want in their box.

So that means we still only have a select amount of boxes available – so be sure to buy yours asap!

So come early if you want to buy local, fresh and mostly organic produce.

Any extra produce that does not sell in the course of a week, there has been discussions about donating excess food to a local food programs that the Tampa Underground organizes – the good samaritan, the Hub & home church feedings.

If you would like to be there to help drop off for those folks, please let me know.

We can’t thank those who have been behind the scenes making all this stuff happen – so to those who know who they are, THANK YOU for your help from farm to fork to the website and more.

Without volunteers, non of this awesome local & regional food would be possible.

If you’d like to get involved, please send an email to, or simply show up to the co-op near Ella’s and lets have a chat!

Some cool events & happenings are in the pipeline.

Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Coming Events

Good Samaritan
Food pick up for homeless in Tampa
Tuesday @the Co-op 3pm
5108 N Nebraska ave

Volunteer pick up/check in
Wednesday @ the Co-op

Monday 12/17 @ 7:15pm – 9pm
Co-op Steering Committee Meeting
5108 N. Nebraska ave 33603

Farmers Market (Tentative Jan 2013)

Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.

ALFN Local Food Club:  Juice Bar Tomorrow!

Good Friday Afternoon ya’ll!
Tomorrow during Food Club, we will be juicing! Courtesy of Angela Gardner, we will be juicing fresh, local produce for sale ($2 a cup, $1 if you provide your own produce). Apples, radishes, kale, sorrel: delicious, healthy juices! Bring your own cup or bottle! Proceeds go to ALFN. See you tomorrow!

The Wednesday Market:  Saturday Christmas Market

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go….”

As you are hustling and bustling about shopping and checking items off your to-do list, make plans to stop by the Christmas Market tomorrow – yes, on Saturday – from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.! We’ll be at the Wednesday Market location on Concord Street with lots of goodies and presents for those loved ones on your list.

Need a hostess gift for that party you’ve been invited to? We probably have just the right thing to impress your hostess!

Everyone likes food gifts during the holidays. Come see what we have to offer.

And if your special someone likes homemade jewelry, we have some beautiful pieces for you to browse.

As always, we thank you for buying local.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow,

Your Christmas Market Sunshine Girls

Vista Marketplace:  Join the Party on the Porch

The Market at Whaley is open every Saturday from 10am- 2pm just in time for you late risers come by and have a great cup of coffee and brunch.
Fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, specialty holiday treats, and all kinds of stocking stuffers are waiting for you to check them out and take a few home.
New vendors are joining us each week. We will be offering raw milkin the next few weeks. Fresh coffee grownon a Costa Rican plantation owned by David and Elizabeth is sure to please.
Several local artists will be joining us from time to time and we have a great Kids Kraft Korner coming. Look forward to seeing all of you and Bring Your Friends for some holiday shopping!


Augusta Locally Grown has partnered with several community groups to create the EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET, March-June on Thursday evenings in Evans. Check out the new website at

Don’t worry: Our on-line market will remain as-is in 2013. Tuesday nights, year-round, steady and strong.

Our last gift bazaar of the season will be held this Tuesday at the AJCC from 3:30-5:30pm. What a great opportunity to pick up some thoughtful, last-minute goodies for family, friend and colleagues.

NO market on December 25, Christmas Day
NO market on January 1, New Years Day
YES market on Friday, December 28, at the AJCC only, from 4pm-6pm.

No Downtown or Riverwood pick-ups will be available on December 28.

The market will open on-line to take orders on Sunday, Dec 23 through Wednesday, Dec 26.

This will be a minimalist market as several of our farmers will close for the holidays and won’t participate on Dec 28. Trail Ridge Farm says “Stock up on goat cheese now! It freezes well!”

A big welcome to Jonathan Tescher of Sparta Imperial Mushrooms. Jonathan started his mushroom farm this year in the heart of Sparta, GA, after several years as a busy staff member at Georgia Organics. We welcome him into the fold with hopes that his products and his passion will help move Augusta’s local food movement forward!

These sustainable farmers of Sparta, acting as a collective unit of support for one another, have returned to Augusta! Such good news.

Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings takes the prize this week with her beoooo-tiful photo of herself in her new greenhouse. Love that girl!


Local Farms First:  A Chicken for the Holidays

Greetings local food lovers!

The Market is Open! There are 19 chickens left on the market from The Living Farm.

A couple festive chickens make a great substitute for a goose or a ham for Christmas dinner. Or for any festive wintry dinner!

Also available: a colorful variety of root vegetables, boxes of processing apples, delicious Luna Bakery breads & more!

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

Maya Silver – a 501c3 non-profit
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