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ALG Market Open for August 21


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

This Thursday at the ALG pickup, we’ll be hosting two of our farms, who have joined forces to tell us all about heritage meat and fiber animal breeds of the US Southeast. Here’s what Daniella Adams and Cathy Payne have to say: “Grove Creek Farm and Broad River Pastures are looking forward to highlighting American heritage meat and fiber breeds this Thursday at the Meet the Grower table. Grove Creek Farm raises Pineywoods Cattle for grass fed beef and breeding stock. Broad River Pastures raises Gulf Coast Sheep, American Guinea hogs, American rabbits and Silver Fox rabbits for meat, breeding stock and fiber. These rare and unique breeds have been historically important to American agriculture for centuries, but are critically at risk for being lost due to industrialization of agriculture. Gulf Coast sheep and Pineywoods cattle came to the shores of North America on the ships of Spanish and French Explorers over five-hundred years ago. Since then, they have been adapting to the often harsh environment of the Southeast and have developed excellent genetic resistance to the diseases and parasites found here. Preservation of these breeds’ genetic strength is of vital importance to the future of agriculture. We believe the best way to preserve these heritage breeds is to use them for their original purpose: food and fiber. This Thursday, Broad River Pastures will bring pelts, fiber, and yarn as well as their signature Lucky Dog liver treats for sale. Grove Creek Farm will bring their delicious Pineywoods grass-fed beef, so bring your coolers! We will also bring literature about heritage breeds and look forward to sharing our experiences with you!”

I’m excited to see what they bring along. Not that long ago, each community had a stock of vegetable and animal breeds that had been bred over the generations to do well in that community. As the business of farming was taken over by big companies and our food homogenized, we lost almost all of those varieties. Through the work of hard-working anthropologists and others, seed saving organizations collected and helped bring back some heirloom plant varieties from the brink of extinction. One such organization, the Southern Seed Legacy, was founded right here by Daniella’s father, Dr. Robert Rhoades. Reviving livestock breeds is much harder work, but just as important to the health of our food system.

One other note this week: Rancho Alegre Farm was able to get licensed to sell the tasty kombucha they make there on-farm. You’ll find it listed at ALG this week in the beverages category if you’d like to give it a try.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for August 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

It’s the first day of school tomorrow for Athens schools, and this house has a fifth grader starting at a new-to-her school, a kindergartener going to a big school for her first time, and a girl starting pre-k who hasn’t had any daycare experience at all. So of course, the excitement levels here are a bit overwhelming and I haven’t had time to prepare a full newsletter for you this week.

I do have one update on the EBT situation I wrote about last week (ALG will have to drop from the program at the end of the month due to changes in the farm bill that make it cost prohibitive for retailers like us). A few of you wrote me to ask if there could be a pledge drive or something among ALM membership to raise the $70 a month needed to stay in the program. That is a possibility, and I’m looking into it further.

Try to enjoy the back-to-school madness this week. Even if you have no little ones yourself in school, the town certainly changes this week from the sleepy small town it’s been the last few months. 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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for August 7


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

It’s the time of year where we welcome back everyone who left town for the summer, and give a big hello to all the new Athenians living here for the first time. IT’s been pretty quiet summer, but things around town are already picking up. With all the hustle and bustle of back-to-school and new routines, it’s easy to forget things like picking up your ALG order. Remember that we can’t keep your items past 8pm, and we’ll try contacting you any way we know how to make sure you get what you ordered. Now’s a great time to check the phone number on your account to make sure it’s a number I can reach you at at 7:30 on a Thursday. I start calling everyone who hasn’t picked up yet then, and will keep trying to reach you until 8pm, when we have to pack it all up. I hate seeing people’s food go somewhere else, and having a good phone number on your account is the best way to keep that from happening.

I received a surprise letter from the USDA this past week regarding our participation in the SNAP (food stamp) program. As part of the new Farm Bill, Congress cut all funding for the infrastructure behind accepting the electronic SNAP cards. This means that all retailers must now pay for the all of the equipment (the swiper), the receipt paper, the processing fees, and everything else goes into accepting SNAP benefits. This is all separate from the equipment used to accept credit and debit cards, and the minimum monthly cost to ALG will be $70. I fought the system for years to get ALG into the SNAP program, but there’s no way the market can afford to pay that going forward.

So, unless I can figure out a way to pay for the equipment and processing fees, ALG will stop accepting SNAP cards at the end of August.

I know some of you rely on your SNAP benefits to get fresh food from local farmers. You can continue to use them at the Athens Farmers Market while they’re open for the season, and with their grant money from Wholesome Wave, they can even double your SNAP dollars. The Farm Bill exempted farmers markets from the new fees, but they also defined “farmers market” in a way that excludes markets like ours. I wish they’d found other ways to save money, but it is what it is.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for July 31


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

We’ve reached that busy part of the year, when the slowness of summer turns over to the hustle and bustle of another school year and the gardens go into overdrive producing more than most people can handle. Often, late in August, it gets so hot here that everything pauses (flowers can’t set fruit when it’s really hot for too long), but for now all the squash, all the tomatoes, all the corn, the okra, and so forth of going gangbusters. If you’ve never tried preserving the summer harvest, now is a great time to learn. Former ALG member Liana Krissoff (like so many in this college town, she moved off to another city a couple years ago) has a wonderful book, “Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry”, that is both a great introduction and a valuable resource of more seasoned folks. Equipment is easy to come by, and there’s little impediment to getting started.

One thing that can be hard to find when all the produce is coming in at once is kitchen space. Athens has an answer for that problem, too. Jennie Phillips-De la Vega, owner of Mama Bird’s Shared Kitchen (where she makes her popular granola), located downtown, is actively searching for kitchen clients. She sent me this the other day:

Do you have a large dinner to prepare? Do you need a place for an evening for a group? Do you have a girl scout troop that needs to earn a cooking badge or the like? Do you have a food related business that needs a certified kitchen to prepare your product? Mama Bird’s has three business options. Private options available as well. I’m here for you. Contact me! 678-997-9647, mamabirdsgranola@gmail.com, www.mamabirdssharedkitchen.com.

I’ve not used her kitchen, but I’ve rented a commercial kitchen for a few hours at a time in years past, and it’s amazing how much difference all that space can make. The fees I’ve paid have always been totally worth it.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for July 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’m starting to have flashbacks to last summer when I look at the weather forecast for the coming week. It’s rain as far as the weatherman can see. All that rain can be great, if there is time between showers for it all to soak in and for the sun to come out for a little bit to help the plants photosynthesize. The trouble we had last summer was it just didn’t stop, and the quality of the summer harvest really took a hit. With so much water, fruit started to taste bland, from blueberries to tomatoes. Squash would soften and rot before it could get harvested. Corn stalks fell right over as the dirt liquified under their roots. After years of extreme drought, everyone was excited by the rain at first, but by this point in the summer it had really made for a challenging season.

I’m hoping that this week is just a wet spell, a little monsoon, and the sun will still get some time to keep things in balance. Just enough to make my biking to work messy but not enough to negatively impact the growers and their crops.

In the meantime, there are 1050 items listed for sale at ALG this week. I’m sure you’re eager to get to shopping, so go have at ’em!

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for July 17


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

This week is “Tomatoes at Terrapin”! July 17th, from 5:30 to 7:30 (yeah, right during ALG pickups, so I won’t be there unfortunately) is a fundraiser for the Athens Nurses Clinic where attendees get to help the clinic continue their cause of providing free medical services by eating deliciously fresh, locally grown tomato sandwiches and drinking refreshing, locally brewed Terrapin Beer! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the amazing tomatoes that local farmers donate to the event and help those who need their services. And there will also be live music! This year there is a great lineup of MrJordanMrTonks, Betsy Franck, the Wildcats, and the Megaband to listen to while eating those sandwiches and enjoying a beer. Bring your chairs, blankets, and kids! Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. (Under 21 $10; Kids under 10 $5). Get your advance tickets here: http://athensnursesclinic.org/wp/tomatoes-terrapin/get-tt-tickets/

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for July 10


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

Hello! I returned back to town today after being away all week, and everything seems just as I left it. I’ve looked around for local food-related events happening this week to tell you about, but didn’t see any. So, I’ll just keep things short and let you all go right to ordering.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for July 3


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

Hello, all! I’ve not much to report this week. I’m out of the state, to put my mom to rest in the Florida Keys, a place she fell in love with late in life. I won’t be at the ALG pickups on Thursday, but our team of wonderful volunteers will keep everything running in my absence.

It is a holiday week, and a number of growers have taken the week off from ALG. I know a bunch of you are also out of town, so hopefully the balance of supply and demand is still good, even with the reduced number of items available. The volunteers will see you on Thursday, and I’ll see you when I return the following week. Enjoy your Independence Day!

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for June 26


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

Anyone setting foot outside this weekend could tell you this without looking at a calendar, but we’re now officially in summer. This heat is really brutal on the tender spring crops, and most of the farms in the immediate Athens area have moved on to concentrate on the summer goodies really coming in heavily now. Some farms, such as Burnell Farm, is experimenting with shade cloth and misting systems to grow broccoli for a little while longer, and our member farms up in the mountains aren’t quite as hot as it is here, and are able to keep the spring things growing for a little longer.

We’re lucky to have the mountains so close by. The farms up there tend to be smaller than those closer in, but their growing season differs just enough that their presence at our market really increases the diversity offered all year ’round. This coming weekend is the perfect time to take a little day trip up there and see firsthand the network of farms that is reviving in the area. The 2014 Georgia Mountains Farm Tour, the third year for this annual tour, is Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th from 1-6pm each day. The tour features 16 locations throughout Habersham, Rabun, White, Stephens, Franklin counties and beyond; including community gardens, a honey bee farm, a working grist mill, fruit orchards and optional meal stops with local foods prepared by acclaimed local chefs.

Participants on the tour purchase one weekend pass that allows a carload of attendees to visit as many tour locations as they choose each day of the tour. Among the products featured from the 14 farms on the tour are numerous fruits and vegetables; pasture-raised eggs; grass-fed beef; honey; and water wheel milled organic grains. Other highlights include a farm demonstrating the lost art of horse-powered equipment and several farms using hoop houses for season extension.

In addition to being able to purchase farm products during the tour, many of the farms will have prepared foods to sample, or guests can enjoy a farm-to-table meal at one of the featured meal stops. On Saturday, chef Jeff Morris of the Copper Pot Restaurant in Clarkesville will prepare seasonal snack plates using vegetables harvested from and served in their home garden starting at 11:00 am. On Sunday, Jamie Allred, the acclaimed Executive Chef at the new Fortify Kitchen & Bar in Clayton will feature numerous products from farms on the tour for brunch from 11:00a-3:00p (reservations recommended). Belle’s Diner at Chattooga Belle Farms in Long Creek, SC will also be open for lunch on Sunday from 11:00a – 2:00p. Meals are optional and are purchased separately. Meal stops open two hours before the other tour locations open so that guests can maximize their afternoon tour time. Tour guests should pack extra water, coolers, and be prepared for the weather (sun hats and sunscreen are strongly encouraged!).

Cost of the tour is $35 per carload for weekend passes purchased from any farm on the tour or online. The tour brochure with farm descriptions can be found on the GMFN website: http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/. Passes can be purchased online starting May 14, 2014 via http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/, http://www.soque.org and through the Northeast Georgia Locally Grown market, http://northeastgeorgia.locallygrown.net. In person purchases (cash or check only) will be possible starting May 21, 2014 at the SRWA office (downtown Clarkesville), Habersham Chamber of Commerce in Cornelia, Simply Homegrown farmers market in Clayton and Clarkesville Farmers Market on Saturdays. For those on a budget or who would like to show even greater support for local farmers, you can volunteer to help with the tour. For volunteering one day, volunteers receive a complimentary farm tour t-shirt and a pass to attend the other day for free.

Proceeds from weekend pass and t-shirt sales benefit the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network and their future collaborative projects. The tour is sponsored by Georgia Organics, Habersham Chamber of Commerce, Habersham Electric Membership Corporation, North Georgia Turf, Simply Homegrown Farmers Market, and Ingles.

Farm tour locations for the 2014 tour are: White County – LoganBerry Heritage Farm, Nacoochee Valley Farm; Habersham County – Melon Head Farm, Indian Ridge Farm, MTN Honey, Liberty Farm**, Copper Pot Gardens; Rabun County – Mill Gap Farm**, Sylvan Falls Mill, Old School Garden, Fortify Kitchen & Bar**; Stephens/Franklin Counties – Shade Creek Farm**, Taylor Creek Farm, Jan & Zen’s Garden, and in neighboring states – Chattooga Belle Farm (Longcreek, SC) and Leah Lakes Farm (Otto, NC). Farms with a ** are only participating on one day. See the tour’s website for the full schedule.

For additional information visit http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/, email gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com or call 706-754-9382.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!

ALG Market Open for June 19


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

Save the date! On July 17 the Athens Nurses Clinic is hosting the 5th annual Tomatoes at Terrapin. Join supporters of the free clinic for a fun-filled night of music, locally grown tomato sandwiches, and Terrapin beer.

Founded in 1991, the Athens Nurses’ Clinic provides primary health care to the homeless and uninsured in Clarke County and surrounding areas. The clinic treats acute and chronic illness and provides dental services, hygiene kits, and over-the-counter and/or prescription medications. Currently, the clinic treats about 1,200 individual patients per year. The clinic has gone through some remarkable changes within the past few months – including implementing a successful diabetes management program and educating 1,500 women regarding breast health. Now they are preparing to move to a new building to accommodate the amount of patients coming in.

The fundraiser this year will help the clinic purchase new medical equipment so they can continue giving quality healthcare to low-income and uninsured residents in Athens. Tickets will soon be available around town, including through ALG.

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 is open on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons downtown at city hall. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is open throughout the week here in Athens, and you can find more information about them here: www.athenslandtrust.org. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Oconee County farmers market is open Saturday mornings in front of the Oconee County Courthouse. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned have yet to open for the season, so far as I 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!