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Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 18


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
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Market News

One note for the week, before I talk more about the gritty details behind ALG: This week I’ll be in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the annual conference of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG). About 1000 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. I’ll be leaving our Thursday market here in the hands of our many capable regular volunteers while I’m gone. However, Doug’s Salmon keeps his fish at my house in a freezer and I bring his sales in to market for him. Since I’ll be gone the fish will not be available to purchase, but the good news on that front is Doug has restocked the freezer, so there will be plenty to go around when I get back.

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 (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, At my farm 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 have had 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 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, 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 on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

Most other area markets are closed down for the season or have moved to winter hours. The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the season. They’ll return in April, and you can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market might still be up and running, Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, and you can find out more here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on winter hours now on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me know.

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!

Heritage Farm :  Reminder to Order and Announcements....Please read


This is the LAST day for early bird CSA and Farm shares for spring 2018!!! Buy now and get 10% off CSA or an additional 10% on farm share redemption!!
Order here>>> CSA and Farm Shares
We have deferred payment options available if needed or interested.Email for details…theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

January fish orders deliver tomorrow for all Wednesday locations. Make sure and meet up/pickup your orders!!

Final Veggie CSA and egg deferral bags are scheduled for this Wednesday and Saturday. We will send a direct email to all deferral recipients.

Online Store order here>>> The Store

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
770-377-5380

www.heritage-farm.net

theheritagefarm.info@gmail.com

Siloam Springs, AR:  Time for Soups and Stews! Online Market is Open!


www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net

Since we continue to experience colder than we’re use to temperatures this winter, it’s time to warm up with homemade soups and stews made from scratch with pastured and grass fed meats and bone broth. Not only will this warm you up but it will fill your body with good, healthy nutrients that will boost your immune system and help fight off colds and flu.

Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Ingredients

3 Tablespoons pastured butter
1 Cup onion, diced
1/2 Cup garlic, minced
1/2 Inch ginger root grated or finely sliced
1 Cup carrots, diced
2 Cups potatoes, diced
1/2 Cup celery, diced
4 Cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded
8 Cups homemade chicken broth
1 Handful fresh parsley – chopped
1 Teaspoon sage
1 Teaspoon rosemary
1 Teaspoon thyme
1 Tablespoon unrefined salt
2 Cups healthy noodles of choice – we usually use einkorn noodles.

Instructions

Saute all vegetables in butter in large stock pot until soft (6-7 minutes).
Add all ingredients to pot except noodles and chicken.
Simmer for 1 hour over low heat.
While the soup starts simmering, boil your chicken breasts. Shred or dice when cooked and add to pot.
Add noodles and cook until done (5-10 minutes).

Notes

You can tweak this recipe to your liking and add other veggies and herbs. You can save soup in freezer as well.
**Photo credit and recipe link: http://eatrealstaysane.com/chicken-noodle-soup-from-scratch/

Produce progress report – things are growing at a very slow rate due to cold temperatures. Opossum Hollow and Arkansabi Farms both have greens planted and growing. Warmer temps and more sunlight will help get more veggies ready for the market. We really appreciate their efforts to grow year round for our market.

Just a reminder to stock up on chicken so you have plenty in the freezer until R Family begins raising their spring birds.

We appreciate our customers continued support of our local farmers/vendors. Have a great week and see you Saturday!

Duette, FL:  Gold Beets


Dear Customers,
This week we feature Gold Beets You may
be most familiar with the red beet, but beets come in a variety of colors. One variety is orange, and is known as the golden beet. A descendant of a sea vegetable, orange beets are a nutrient-rich food low in calories and high in fiber and potassium. The difference between the red and the orange beet is the pigment compound. Red beets are rich in betalain pigment while orange beets are rich in b-xanthin pigment. Though their pigment color differs, their nutritional benefits are the same. You’ll gain a number of health benefits if you include the orange beet in your diet.

Please have a look at what we have this week and place your orders.
Thank you

David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market

Dothan, Alabama:  January 13, 2018 Market Newsletter



We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm


This Week’s Newsletter:
Healthy Lifestyle Education
Food For Thought
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes

2018 MARKET CLASSES

Market at Dothan and Dothan Nurseries have been plotting for some time to offer classes once a month that are geared to help our community eat healthier and live better. The classes that were held during our Fall Farmer’s market were such a blessing to so many people that it seems both parties had the same thought . . . “why stop?”

So we’re happy to announce that our first monthly class of 2018 will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 10am. Classes will take place in the greenhouse at Dothan Nursery. Wendy Robbins of Avalon Farms will be teaching how to build your own diy seed warmer tray. We know many of you enjoy growing some of your own produce and starting from seed is a great way to enjoy vegetables and varieties not found in purchased seedlings.


Of course we understand that many of you don’t garden and that’s ok. We’ll be having plenty of food classes in the future. With this month being the month for garden planning, it seemed fitting to do this class while there’s time to actually use the information!

So thank you Wendy for your willingness to share from your wealth of knowledge and we look forward to learning more!

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

”I believe that you nourish much more than the body when you have your family sit down to a healthy homemade meal. There is just something about family meal time that creates strong families! It seems like such a simple thing but with the family being attacked from all sides I believe that something so simple can have a huge impact for good. My vision is that we can save the family unit one Simple, Healthy, Tasty meal at a time!”
Tammie Nelson of Simple, Healthy, Tasty


Photo courtest of Toledo Area Parent, Whatever Happened to Family Mealtime?

MARKET CHITCHAT

Our market growers have been puzzled for a long time by an aggravating quirk in our system that ultimately affects our customers. We figured it out!

This week four people clicked on a bag of kumquats showing a quantity of one. The site was correct in showing ONE bag of kumquats because putting an item in your shopping cart does not adjust inventory in the system. Who got the kumquats? The first person that finished their order! The next person to finish their order adjusted the quantity to -1, the next to -2 . . . . you see what’s happening!

This is not something that needs to be “fixed”. If there is anything to learn it would be that if you need something real bad, order it fast before someone else gets it! You can always go back and place another order for things that are not as critical. Our system does a great job of keeping up with multiple orders so it’s not a hassle and helps ensure you get what you want and need.

THIS WEEK’S GROWER NOTES

We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hello market friends,
    So it warmed up some this week. I wonder if perhaps I’m the only one that runs to the garden as soon as it hits 60 degrees to play in the dirt?
  This week in our Embrace The Winter  series we are going to discuss yet another benefit of the winter temperatures.
    Benefit Two: Free Compost!!! Yes that’s right free composting materials are falling or have fallen from the sky and that my friends is very beneficial. Adding leaves to your compost is a nice way to increase the nitrogen content of your compost. This is vital since many of the crops we grow in the South are very dependant on nitrogen. We personally only have a few trees on our property but we have friends! So round up the kiddos, get your winter gear on and for goodness sake, go rake someone’s yard!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: How many ways can can we apologize for our orders yesterday? I’m sorry, we’re sorry, we apologize, please forgive us! You guys remember in our last post, I talked about how both hubby and I received some not so nice reports from the doctor, well unfortunately it caught up to me yesterday and I missed the Market completely. I call Roslyn as soon as I could and she was very forgiving and even said a prayer for me. (She is so sweet) We appreciate her and all of you for your understanding. We hope to be able to get through this process and get back to life, but if not then we will just keep praying and roll with it. Again we’re sorry we missed you and we ask that you please try us again!

January is a month of new beginnings. It is also a month where we realize that we have a BIG year ahead of us. There is so much to do! We have talked a lot about how the shorter days and cold have an affect on our animals, but it also affects us too! It’s like we know there’s work to be done. Feed, water, weed, and so on, but when the sun sets before 5 o’clock, it’s freezing cold, and sometimes wet outside you don’t even want to think about farm chores. With us being transplants here we keep asking each other….“This is Alabama right?” “What’s with this weather?” Honestly, all we really want to do is curl up on the couch, wrap in our blankets, eat, and tv binge……or maybe that’s just my family!
We know many of you live very busy lives and we want to stress to everyone that it’s ok to have those days when you just feel like doing nothing. It’s important to take time to breathe, de-stress, and relax. When you’re tired, take time to take care of you. We have had to learn this the hard way lately. So we want to tell you that it’s ok to direct instead of do!

The winter time can be beautiful for some and very upsetting for others. Many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder also known as SAD. This is when you feel moody, anxious, and your energy is nonexistent. The shorter days and lack of sunlight can lead to depression, a drop in serotonin levels and even cause sleep loss. So while a mild case of “I really don’t want to do anything today” is ok, anything above and beyond that could be serious. Look it up, research it, check on your friends/family if it seems like they have been hibernating. SAD can be dangerous and we don’t want anything to happen to any of you. So please hang in there and we will too. Before we know it, Spring will have Sprung!


MAYIM FARMS: Exciting news…Carole and I will be attending the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference (SSAWG) in Chattanooga Tn. this week. This conference provides a forum to learn about sustainable farming techniques and marketing strategies, community food systems, and promote sustainable agriculture. We are looking forward to learning much and putting it into action on our farm. Unfortunately we will be placing all of our products on “vacation mode” for this week. We’ll be back next week full of new ideas that we can implement to make Mayim Farm better for you. We are working hard and striving to make all our products the most nutrient dense and beneficial for you. “Let your food be your medicine!”

FOOTNOTES

We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write marketatdothan@gmail.com.

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website: marketatdothan.locallygrown.net
Our Email: marketatdothan@gmail.com

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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!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The market is open!


Be sure to place your order this week.

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Market is open for orders


Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
Go to the market now >>
Fresh Vegetables
Baked Goods with Organic ingredients
Gluten-free products
Pastured Eggs
Clean Meat
See all products

PICKUP TIME is Wednesday from 5-6:30pm!

Thank you for choosing Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as a way to support your local producers. This online farmers market allows you to buy directly from multiple farms committed to chemical-free and local produce all year long! CHEMICAL-FREE means produce and pastures grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. LOCAL means within 80 miles from the market pickup locations (usually much much closer). Do you know someone who grows chemical-free food in the area? Get them in touch with us. Know someone who wants fresh food? Spread the word. Put the two together, and that’s growing organically!

Lake Placid Online Farmer's Market:  January Market Open!


Happy 2018 folks!

It’s already time for another year, and another round of farmer’s markets.

There are some great items added, including a bunch from Asgaard and Rehoboth.

Please feel free to email us with any questions!

Best,
Christie

Augusta Locally Grown:  THE ONLINE MARKER IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


“Food citizenship” is a new term to me. It is an academic term to describe ways in which we attempt to connect with our local food system in life-changing ways. The term strikes a cord for me; I love the imagery, the notion that perhaps being a good citizen STARTS with local nourishment. Text me if you’d like some links.

And thank you for being a part of this local foods movement.
Cheers!
Kim
706-288-7895

Buford Locally Grown :  FREE Basket Offer from Fresh Harvest will expire this Sunday


Fresh Harvest is offering their Free Basket offer for former Buford Locally Grown members through this Sunday 1/14.

If you didn’t have a chance to sign up with them during pick up on Tuesday, there’s still time!

Go to https://freshharvestga.com/ and click Sign Up, then choose delivery option CO-OP LOCATION. For Co-op Location choose SUWANEE WHOLE LIFE CO-OP. Choose your basket type and continue to register.

If you signed up at pick up on Tuesday, you made the cut off for delivery this upcoming week on Wednesday. If you sign up today after 2pm – Sunday you basket will be delivery the following week. Their cut off to make swaps,adds,or other edits to your basket are on Fridays at 2pm. Don’t forget to login to FH website to make your edits!

Baskets will be delivered to our Suwanee pick up location on Wednesdays.

If you have any questions please call Fresh Harvest at 770-847-6630 and they will be happy to assist you.