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Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 14


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’m devoting the newsletter these first few weeks of the year to documenting in detail just how ALG works. I’ll spend some time next week talking about how growers get allowed in the market, and what standards they have to meet. But this week, I’ll get into the details of how the market sustains itself financially. Many of you ask about that from time to time, and I’m happy to oblige.

First off, we’re legally a sole proprietorship, and the market is owned and operated by me. Years ago, it was rolled into my farm, and reported on my Schedule F in addition to my regular tax forms. For now, while my gardens have dwindled, it’s an item on my Schedule A, like many other small home businesses. When the market started in 2002, it was named “Locally Grown Cooperative”, but it was never legally organized as a co-op. Dan & Kris Miller, the founders from Heirloom Organics farm in Watkinsville, were always sure to run things in a cooperative spirit, and since they handed the business to me in 2004 (I’ve sold as a grower since day one), I’ve tried to do the same thing. I’ve since renamed it to “Athens Locally Grown”, but you’ll still hear a number of people refer to us as “the co-op”.

We’re not a non-profit, either, but we’ve structured things so that over time the market can just barely cover its own expenses. Just like all of our member farms are sustainable growers, the market itself needs to be sustainable. So how do we cover its expenses? One small way is through the memberships you pay. The $20 a year you give to the market is enough to cover the costs of having customers: banking fees from maintaining accounts, paper and ink for printing, web hosting fees, and that sort of thing. What’s left over goes to helping fund farm events, food donations to like-minded area groups and events, etc. We currently have a couple hundred paid members and several thousand active accounts receiving these mailings.

By far the bulk of our funding comes from the growers themselves. They generally pay a 10% commission on their sales through the site. This money covers the many coolers we use, the tables and shelves used to spread out and organize your orders, the truck we currently use to store things in, gasoline, the food allowance we offer our volunteers, rent and utilities at our pickup locations, etc. During the slow parts of the year, the sales are usually not enough to cover our weekly costs, but in the busy times (historically late fall and early spring, for us) there is extra. If I plan things out well, it pretty much all evens out in the end.

Last year, the total sales and memberships combined through the market amounted to over $230,000. About 90% of those sales went straight to our growers, and the rest went to a food allowance for our volunteers ($350 a week), rent ($450/month), and web hosting. The “profit” gets counted as personal income or loss on my tax forms, and almost always comes out even. The pandemic affected us too, of course. Clean food became even more of a priority for many more people, and our total sales were about triple that of the year before, after several years of decline. Our expenses shot up too, and I haven’t run the final numbers yet but it looks like we will more or less break even again.

The growers get paid out of the shared cashbox for their previous week’s sales when they drop off their items, during the hour before we open the market. Then, you arrive and pay into the cashbox for your order. We used to then rush to the bank to deposit the money to cover the checks we just wrote to the growers, but now the growers get paid the following week (money you pay via credit cards takes up to a week to reach our account). As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cashbox system makes things convenient for you and them. (Imagine if you ordered from ten growers having to write ten checks when you picked up your items!) This shared cashbox system has so far satisfied the tax man, but it does mean that if you place an order and then never arrive to pick it up, we’re left holding the bag. For that reason, you are responsible for paying for orders not picked up, and that amount is automatically added on to your next order for your convenience. On the books right now (going back to 2007) is about $4500 of produce ordered but never picked up and so far never paid for at all (or picked up but paid for with bad checks). That might seem like a lot, but considering that the market’s sales total, that’s not so bad. In fact, it’s about a sixth of the US retail industry’s “shrinkage” rate, and almost all of it is owed by only ten people. On the flip side, about $3800 has been pre-paid into the cash box by people who pay online via credit card or who write large checks in person, and then draw down on that balance over time.

The average order each week runs to just over $45. There are no good studies on this number, but I’ve seen a few surveys conducted by the USDA indicate that the average customer spends $25 per trip to a farmers market. We continue to far exceed that average, which I think says a lot about the advantages ALG offers over the traditional market. And to your dedication to supporting our growers.

So, in probably far too much detail, that’s how we operate financially. Our market might be more expensive to run than a traditional “booths and tables” farmers market, but that price buys a system that’s safe, simple, time-saving, flexible, and in my opinion, just better. There’s no money in the bank, but the market is paying for itself and that’s my primary financial goal. If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of ALG, I’d love to do so. In normal times I’d say to just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order, but these days an email would be better.

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: https://athens.locallygrown.net/faq#7

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: https://www.thecomerian.com/online-ordering. 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 https://www.collectiveharvestathens.com.

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:  Sausage World Back on Dawson Market!


DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST MARKET January 10th, 2021

Sausage World’s line of artisan Sausages is back after a Holiday break, joining organic Vegetables, Whole-Grain Breads, free-range Eggs and much more! Available Tonight at 8pm.

PLACE YOUR ORDER NOW!

Russellville Community Market:  The Market Closes at 10 Tonight!


To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. You will receive a confirmation email.

Orders will be ready for pick-up from 4PM – 8:00PM this Tuesday outside the Downtown Russellville Train Depot. Your order will be brought to your car in full-service fashion!

Try our Yellow Pale Ale Beer Mustard (pictured above) or Spicy Brown Porter Beer Mustard from Prestonrose Farm & Brewing Co.! We also have Fresh Apples and Fudge Dipped Apples, Frozen Blueberries, Asian Mixed Greens, Kale, Collard Greens, Eggs, Golden Raw Honey, and more! Look under “Herbs & Spices” for Fresh Bay Leaves and Kaffir Lime Leaves, Dried Cayenne, Tabasco, and Thai Chili Peppers to spice up your cooking!
Check back frequently as our farmers regularly update what they have available. Multiple orders are encouraged!

Russellville Community Market

FRESH.LOCAL.ONLINE

Foothills Market:  The Market is Open!


Winter has set in, which makes our produce offerings on Foothills Market a little limited. We still have some fresh collard greens, turnips, and sweet potatoes.

While vegetables are slow during the winter months, we still have plenty of meat. We have a couple of leg of lamb roasts and a few beef filet steaks, as well as a lot of 80% lean locally-grown ground beef. We also have different types of processed beef products, including bratwurst and fully-cooked franks and summer sausage. One difference between our processed meats from those you can get at the grocery store – ours don’t have any preservatives. What you get is nothing but farm-grown, grass-fed beef and spices.

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

Eat something fresh this week.

The Wednesday Market:  Reminder to Order


Good afternoon.

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. Wednesday. See the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market

Please contact Sharon Fox (404) 569-0582 if you have questions about your order.

Thank you for supporting Georgia Grown. We’ll see you at the Market.

Thanks,

Beverly

Champaign, OH:  Sunday Love and Another Chance To Win!


White Rabbit

One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don’t do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she’s ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you’re going to fall
Tell ’em a hookah smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
To call Alice, when she was just small

When the men on the chessboard get up
And tell you where to go
And you’ve just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving slow
Go ask Alice, I think she will know

When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead
And the white knight is talking backwards
And the red queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head, feed your head…
(Jefferson Airplane)

Happy Sunday, lovely customers of the market!! Here’s hoping you have a beautiful, sunshine filled day!!

Today, I continue my own journey of celebrating the market’s own journey into it’s 10th year, by awarding another Cosmic Charlie product to the customer who emails/texts me the correct answer for a Cosmic product of your choice!

Today, I am getting all Trippy Hippie on you with this song. If you have followed me over my own past 12-13 years in existence with my bread business, you will know that my popular tag line has always included a line from this song. I usually will always end my FB page posts about what’s available with Cosmic Charlie, with the tagline, including the lyric.

So, from you, I need the lyric, and for bonus, give me my whole tag line…again, a possible two winner situation, this week!

You must be an ordering customer, this week, and while you are getting your groove on, trying to come up with the answer, make sure to get your orders in for the week!!

The market has just so much to choose from…

I look forward to your orders, and to see who the winner/winners will be, this week!

XOXO,
Cosmic Pam

Green Acres Atkins:  Good morning !


Hope you all are having a good brisk Sunday morning!

We are working on spring planting plans and preparing the high tunnels

Please place those orders by noon on Thursday at greenacresatkins.locallygrown.net

Thanks
Tom and Kami

Stones River Market:  Market is OPEN -- See you Wednesday on the Porch or Curb


Welcome to the 2021 January 10th and 11th Stones River Locally Grown Online Farmers Market.

The Market opens 8:00 am on Sunday Morning and closes 10:00 pm Monday evening. Order early before quantities available run out! https://stonesriver.locallygrown.net

We look forward seeing you on the Porch or Curb Wednesday January 13th from 5-6:30pm with deliveries following. Please comment to Manager when you checkout that you would like curb service and approximate time of arrival so we can have your order ready and watch for you. https://stonesriver.locallygrown.net

Also be sure to check back again over the next 2 days as some of our Growers may be updating their inventories.

Reminder…Delivery Service is available within a 10 mile radius of Murfreesboro, outside areas will be considered and delivery is available to Woodbury at a host location. If this is the first time you’ve requested delivery please put your address in comments before you check out….Method of Payment is Cash, Checks, Cards or Invoice. For Delivering and Invoicing please make sure your account information is current.

Thank you for supporting our Locally Grown Market, it means a lot to our Growers and Community by Shopping Local and Staying Local!

News from some of Our Growers:

Oakview Farm:
This week we have fresh baby kale, arugula, chicken/duck eggs, and a variety of jams on the market this week! Our newest “winter” jam is made with the rosemary in our garden that refuses to go dormant! It’s our Cranberry Rosemary Tangerine Marmalade and it’s delicious! Each small jar of jam has a great tangerine and cranberry flavor, with undertones from the rosemary. Give it a try on toast, grilled pork, crackers and biscuits.

Carole Herbs (CS3 Farm):
We have a new batch of ginger fig shrub concentrate, as well as winter lettuce and pea shoot microgreens.

Use our shrub concentrates as a refreshing drink, mixer, or salad dressing. Our winter lettuce mix is a blend of soil-grown seasonal greens, including a variety of lettuces and baby kale, spinach, radicchio, endive, and other tender green leaves, as available. Top them with fruit and nuts, some sauerkraut, or your choice of dressing. Our pea shoot microgreens are soil grown and sun – fed in the new greens growing area of our home. They do well on sandwiches and in salads or even stir fry and have way more nutrients than most other green vegetables.

Mama D’s Bakery:
Hi everyone! We have everything available this week! We have Chocolate Swiss Roll, Cinnamon Rolls, Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls, Blueberry Lemon Yeast Rolls, banana breads and pumpkin breads (with the option of nuts or not), bagels (plain, cinnamon raisin, blueberry, and everything), donuts (cake and yeast), cheese Danishes, pies (chocolate fudge, pecan, chocolate chip pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato), cookies, granola and protein bars, breads, and fruit scones. Thanks so much to everybody for your business!

Trinity Rose Oberhasli Dairy Goats: Reminder we will return late March with our Goat Milk items.

Simons Co. Elderberry:
This is the time of year that our body defenses tend to get down, you need to defend it by building up your immunity using our Elderberry Syrup, your health will thank you later.

Body and Soul Teas:
Enjoy our Herbal tea blends for sipping and soaking. My current product line includes herbal tea blends, bath teas, and herbal steams. During the colder weather our Herbal Steam #2 is design to ease upper respiratory discomfort.

Terry Treasures:
Are you stuck inside or having a hard time finding a ‘Get Well, Thinking of You’ type gift for someone, I create cactus and succulent gardens. Each design is unique, no two are exactly alike. Planters and designs vary in size from extra small to large. If you have a special container you would like me to use, I can also do that. Prefect for that someone you can decide what to give them, these will brighten their day every day of the year. Easy to maintain, I include directions.

Sassy Cassie: Warm these cold days up with from our New Soup Collection (find in Frozen Meals), Available this week 4 Creamy base soups and 3 that are Dairy and Gluten Free. Available in 32oz. containers. Comes frozen, store for 2 months or heat right away. Serves 2-4. Enjoy a bowl of our delicious soup with our casseroles, great way to get through this winter days.

Jillian Faith Art:
Having a hard time finding a gift to cheer you or someone spirts up during these cold winter days. I have several Original Water Color prints available. Prints will come inside a protective sleeve with a foam backing (which is not attached) to ensure each print stays protected and have a few already in frames

Sow’s Ear Piggery: we have stocked newly processed pork with updated quantities and new products. New this week: Top Round Roast, Tenderloin, and Boston Butt. Also available: ground pork, chops, bratwursts, cutlets, and more! More new products to be listed in coming weeks. As always, our pigs are free range heritage breed, and fed non-GMO diet.

Barefoot Acres Herbs:
I make salves, herbal teas, and tinctures. I grow all the herbs used in my products except for CBD, which is grown locally by a friend. Find our products under the Herbal Healing Category in Herbal Healing Salves and in Tinctures. Newly added: MINERAL TOOTH POWDER (Soap and Skin Care/Toothpaste) just makes your mouth feel good. It is made with bentonite clay powder, baking soda, pink Himalayan salt, our own peppermint and stevia herb, organic cinnamon powder, whole crushed cloves, and activated charcoal. Simply dampen your toothbrush (shake off excess water) and dip it in the powder. As you brush it will feel more like toothpaste. Brush as usual.

RC Farms:
We are new to the ‘Internet’ marketing concept, please bear with us while we figure things out. We are a Middle Tennessee Family Farm that is rooted in family history and growing for over 50 years. We pride ourselves in serving our local communities with Fresh Pesticide Free Produce, soil produced as well as hydroponically produced. We have Smoked Meats and Grass Feed Beef available in different options as well as a variety of Jams.

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse: I have a variety of houseplants available this month, including Rex begonia, large Citronella, Aloe Vera, and a selection of African violets which will vary from week to week. Watch for some new hanging basket houseplants coming soon. It will not be long till the first perennials will bloom!

Quarter Spring Farm: can help you keep your resolutions this year. Our tasty, all-natural birds are great for you. And our goat’s milk soap is great for your skin. If you resolved to be more stylish this year, check out our reusable cloth napkins. Start your year off right with a gift for yourself or a friend from your friends at quarter spring farm.

The Flour Girl: I hope everyone had a great time celebrating the holidays. Getting back into the swing of things after the holidays is hard. Consider trying some of my gluten-free bread and blueberry muffins this week for an easy breakfast or snack. Both are some of my best-sold gluten-free items. As always, thank you for supporting my business!

Flying S Farms:
This week produce available include; Sweet Potatoes, Turnips, Winter Squash: Red Kuri Hubbard, both delicious as a side dish or pies!, along with Acorn and Butternut Squash.
Processed items: Assorted Friendship Breads, Pumpkin and Orange Cranberry Breads, Brownies and Lemon bars, Pumpkins Cookies will be available for a couple more weeks. Artisan Breads…OLIVE BREADS are back! Biscuits (Sour Cream or Buttermilk, also I’m happy to freeze them for you). Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread with White or Yellow Corn. As well as our Sour Dough Breads in loaves and rolls. Need Jams? Warm up with our HOT Pepper Jams:…Ghostly Pear Jelly, Seriously HOT Strawberry, Habanero Peach, Jalapeno Cowboy Candy, these all go well with our Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread’s they are great for spicing up many things! Christmas Jam (Cranberry + Strawberry), Almost Seedless Blackberry and Black Raspberry, Blueberry Jam, Wild Fox Grape and Pomegranate. We are always Jammin’ so be sure to check back. Do you have a favorite that I don’t have listed, let me know.

We look forward seeing you “On the Porch or At the Curb" of Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday January 12th from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, please contact me if you are unable to make delivery or are running late, please phone, email or text me so we can make arrangements to get your order to you. if we don’t hear from you, your order will be donated and you will be invoiced for the amount since we still need to pay our Growers for their products. Remember we do have Delivery if you think you will be later than 6:30 pm.

How to contact us:
Email: stonesrivermarket@gmail.com
Website: https://stonesriver.locallygrown.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
Locations: Quinn’s Mercantile on Wednesdays: 301 North Spring Street, Murfreesboro
map: https://goo.gl/maps/GAkJS1wawb

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Weblog Entry


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.



Frontier Family Farms has added new products:

Top (L to R): Spinach, Cut Romaine.
Bottom (L to R): Romaine Heart, Red Onion.

CS3 Farms has added some new products this week:

Top (L to R) Ancient Eastern Blend Sprouts, and Speckled Pea Micro-greens.
Bottom (L to R)Red Romaine and Winter Lettuce Mix.






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:  Opening Bell: Chicken, Eggs, Jelly, Beef!


Hello friends!

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

Now is the time to be planning your garden and acquiring seeds. I’ve been talking with several of our Growers and they have big plans for this season. Looks like we will have some amazing things in 2021! Check out the featured items this week.

Elephant Garlic plants are now available from Cedar rock Ridge. They like full sun and rich soil. Plant now and harvest in early June.

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 475 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: *https://conway.locallygrown.net/market

How to contact us:

DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Instead…

Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039

Email: Steve – kirp1968@sbcglobal.net