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ALG Market Open for October 30


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 got a new grower listing this week, Mana In Our Foods. Alyssa Duvall’s not a grower herself, but she has been a long-time ALG customer and has gone through the process of getting her kitchen certified by the state so she can make available meal kits made from ingredients she has purchased from our growers along with other organic ingredients. You’ll find her first items available through ALG listed in the “Prepared Foods” category, and they include things like Coconut Lentil Curry, Savory Black-Eyed Pea and Quinoa, and Spicy Mushroom, Black Bean, and Quinoa Sliders. I get excited when I see businesses like Alyssa’s, because it’s a sign that our local food system, barely present 15 years ago, is continuing to mature.

Another person who is helping our local food system grow in unusual ways is Cathy Payne, of Broad River Pastures. She is trying to bring back the American Guinea Hog from the brink of extinction, a victim of the industrialization of our meat supply. This homestead hog was a fixture in Georgia family farms, where it thrived in our climate, until after the civil war, and then sporadically until the 1990s when it almost became extinct. She is working on a book about these pigs, and the people who are bringing them back, and is crowdsourcing the funding needed to get it published. Her Indiegogo campaign is off to a great start, but she needs more help to meet her goal. You can find the campaign and browse all the great perks available to supporters, here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hogs-with-heart-writing-project—2#home.

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

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 October 23


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’re coming into the traditional time of year where growers get together to share what they’ve learned from another season out in the fields, to teach new farmers how to get started, and to have a communal meal made with food supplied by those same growers. If you’re wanting to learn more about sustainable growing in the south, one of my favorite conferences of the year recently opened up for registration. The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group has a long history of education and activism, and their annual conference in January is a can’t miss event. This year, it will be in January 14-17th in Mobile, Alabama. You can learn more about the conference here http://www.ssawg.org/january-2015-conference/ and then register right here http://www.ssawgconference.org/. I’ll see you there!

Another great conference is much closer, both in time and space. The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association is a farmer-driven, membership-based non-profit organization that helps people in the Carolinas grow and eat local, organic foods by advocating for fair farm and food policies, building the systems family farms need to thrive, and educating communities about local, organic agriculture. Their conference moves around from year to year, but this year it is being held just up the road in Greeneville, SC, and is well worth the drive. I attended years ago when it was also held in Greenville, and learned quite a lot. It’s since expanded to include many tracks beyond farming, including general gardening, local food business, cooking, and more. It’s being held in just a few weeks, on November 10-12. You can find out more and register here: http://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/sac/.

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

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 October 16


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

The big news this week is the long awaited return of Doug’s Wild Alaskan Salmon is upon us! After another successful summer hand-fishing in the waters off Alaska, Doug and his family have returned with their catch. You’ll find that they’ve updated their listings (In the “Fish” subcategory under “Meat”), so have at it! I’ve been waiting for this week for a quite a while — I ran out of my stash long ago.

Some of you have already taken advantage of the many seedlings available for your fall gardens. I always say the fall is my favorite time to garden in Athens, even though many people shut their gardens down as the first frost approaches. There are five dozen varieties of veggie and herb seedlings listed this week, which is more than you’ll find and most garden centers this time of year.

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

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 October 9


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

Some of our northern growers got their first frost last night. I think even here in Athens the temperatures fell into the 30s, just barely, for a short time. A number of our growers have greenhouses and high tunnels that will let them extend the season, some all winter long, but for much of the gardens that supply our area markets, the summer produce are on their very last legs and the cool weather crops will take over.

Fall seems to be the traditional time for wanting to go visit a farm, maybe to pick apples or to find a good pumpkin, or to get lost in a corn maze. Long-time ALG growers Darby Farms out in Good Hope is hosting a farm tour on Saturday, if you’d like to see how an integrated pastured meat farm can work. The tour begins at 2 pm, led by Daniel Dover, and will include a 2 hr in-depth view of their Pastured Poultry (Chicken, Duck, Turkey and Egg), Grass Fed Dairy Sheep and Grass Finished Meat Sheep, Grass Fed and Finished Cattle, and the Wood Lot/Pastured Pork. Drinks and snacks will awaiting before and after tour. Arrive 30 mins before start time and feel free to wonder the farm before the start of the tour. They can not delay tour if you’re late. $10 per adult, 12 and under get in free. The Farm is just 1 hr from Atlanta and 30 mins from Athens in Good Hope, GA. Meats and eggs for sale after tour. To register and and for directions visit www.darbyfarmsga.com. If you have any question contact: daniel@darbyfarmsga.com

Here’s a heads up for a grand event coming to Athens in February. Georgia Organics is again bringing their annual conference, attended by people from all over the county, to Athens. You can find some previews of what’s to come at their website, http://conference.georgiaorganics.org/. You can bet I’ll be giving you lots more information about this, one of my favorite conferences, as it gets closer.

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

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 October 2


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

October is here in just a couple days, and it’s coming in with a glorious gentle rain. The weather has been perfect for the fresh crops of leafy greens and brassicas that are out in the gardens. There are quite a few new products are the market this week, and it will only climb for the next several weeks as the Fall goodies come in. One sure sign of fall: all the varieties of arugula listed on the website. Some of our northern farmers will be expecting their first frost in two to three weeks, but it probably won’t reach Athens for a week or two after that. We can expect to see the summer items continue to come in strong until then, and still have some after that thanks to growers who have planted under hoophouses and other cold protection. It’s possible to grow tomatoes in hoophouses here right through the winter, but their production slows down dramatically. That slowdown took Veggie Patch by surprise both of these last two weeks, and they wish they could have filled all the orders that had been placed for them.

That’s really all I’ve got for this week. I’d planned on telling you all about the wonderful annual “Field Of Greens” festival that usually happens in early October down the road in Walnut Grove, but was surprised to learn tonight that it might not happen this year. I’m hoping that it’s just been delayed and that I’ll have more information for you later.

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

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 September 25


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

Welcome to Fall! Looks like the weather’s not going to waste any time getting to my favorite time of year, with lows in the 50s and highs in the 70s later in the week. This is the ideal weather for the leafy greens and brassicas of Autumn, now just seedlings in the growers’ fields. It won’t be long now, with weather like this, for them to make it to your kitchens. Maybe I’m a little strange, but I’m excited by the prospect of making lots of salads again.

You may notice that Covenant Valley Farm doesn’t have anything listed this week. Nolan Kennedy recently learned he’s facing a battle with cancer, and has begun treatments this week. His wife Annie wanted their regular customers to know that they will be back as soon as they get the treatment plan sorted out, and they’d appreciate any sort of positive thoughts you could send their way.

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

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 September 18


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

There are two more workshops coming up for beginning growers, hosted by the University of Georgia Horticulture Department, this time on troubleshooting vegetables and fruit production. If you’ve been wanting to take your gardening to the next level, or begin growing enough to supply markets like ALG, these are a great opportunity to learn a little bit for just a few dollars.

Vegetable Troubleshooting for Small Growers This program will cover integrated pest management ideas for identifying and controlling problems encountered in the small commercial vegetable garden. Disease, insect and cultural issues will be discussed. Both organic and non-organic practices and solutions will be covered. Participants will learn how to correctly identify common problems in the vegetable garden and how to select the best control measure. While designed for small market vegetable growers, this program will also appeal to home gardeners and Master Gardeners alike.

Dr. Kris Braman, UGA Entomologist, Bob Westerfield, UGA Horticulturist and Dr. Elizabeth Little, UGA Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, are coordinating the program. Wade Hutcheson, UGA Spalding County Extension Coordinator, Dr. Frank Hale, University of Tennessee Entomologist and Dr. Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Extension Entomologist, will also be program speakers.

The workshop is on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It’s at the UGA Griffin Student Learning Center room 104 (1109 Experiment Street in Griffin, GA 30223). It costs $20.00, and lunch, refreshments and workshop supplies are included. Pre-registration is required. Please visit: http://tinyurl.com/veggietroubleshooting.

Fruit Growers Workshop This program is being hosted by the University of Georgia Horticulture Department and will cover the basics of how to start the backyard orchard. Topics will include variety selection of both small and large fruits, planting details, as well as maintenance. There will also be a section on troubleshooting problems of insects and disease in the home orchard. This program is intended for general audiences but would be beneficial for small market producers, homeowners or anyone interested in learning about growing their own fruit. Bob Westerfield, UGA Extension Horticulturist and Dr. Erik Smith, UGA Fruit Specialist, will be the program speakers.

This workshop is on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Location: UGA Griffin Student Learning Center room 104 (1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, GA 30223). It costs $20.00 and all printed workshop materials and break refreshments included. Pre-registration is required. To register online with a credit card, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/fruitworkshop.

For more information on either of these workshops, please speak with Beth Horne at 770-228-7214 or by e-mail bhorne@uga.edu.

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

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 September 11


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

One of my favorite unintended benefits of Athens Locally Grown is how many people began buying some food through the market, then started a garden which expanded over time, and finally began selling their excess produce to other ALG customers. Quite a few of the 100+ growers listed here began this ay, and I’m sure we’ll see many more. If you think you might be one of them some day, here’s an event you’ll also be interested in:

The Oglethorpe County Extension Office is hosting an all-day “Small and Beginning Vegetable Farmers Workshop” on September 23rd. The workshop only costs $10 and includes lunch, and they’ll cover topics including what equipment, licenses, and time commitment you need to get started, the basics of organic vegetable production, and marketing and budgets. It’s possible to just dive in and figure things out as you go, but workshops like this can make that first year go so much more smoothly. If you’d like to attend this workshop, call the the Oglethorpe County Extension office at (706)743-8341 and they’ll save you a seat.

We’ve got 950 products listed this week, and I’ll let you get right to them. 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 September 4


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

Hi! I’m out of town today and the internet connection is barely present, so I’m going to be brief and let you go right into ordering.

We are no longer able to accept EBT cards as payment for your order! One provision in the new farm bill was that retailers had to bear the cost of the card-reading equipment and processing of EBT payments. Farmers Markets are exempt from this rule, but they’ve defined farmers markets in a way that specifically excludes online markets like ALG — I just didn’t hire enough lobbyists, I guess. I’ve structured ALG to be a break-even business (at best), and just don’t have the money in the budget to pay for all the overhead now needed to accept EBT cards. However, if you’re an EBT customer, you do have other (and better) options. The Athens Farmers market, on both Saturday and Wednesday, accepts EBT and also double your money thanks to grants from the Wholesome Wave foundation. Many of the same growers at ALG also sell at the Athens Farmers Market. They don’t have quite the variety we do, especially in the meat and dairy categories, but most everything else you can find at ALG you can also find at AFM. Also, I’ve been told that the West Broad Farmers Market accepts EBT, though I can’t find that verified on their website. Neither market operates year-round, so there is a gap in EBT acceptance. Perhaps by the time the other markets close for the year, I’ll have come up with a sustainable plan to bring EBT back to 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 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 28


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

I’ve one VERY important note this week. This week will be the last week we will be able to accept EBT cars as payment for your order. One provision in the new farm bill was that retailers had to bear the cost of the card-reading equipment and processing of EBT payments. Farmers Markets are exempt from this rule, but they’ve defined farmers markets in a way that specifically excludes online markets like ALG — I just didn’t hire enough lobbyists, I guess. I’ve structured ALG to be a break-even business (at best), and just don’t have the money in the budget to pay for all the overhead now needed to accept EBT cards.

However, if you’re an EBT customer, you do have other (and better) options. The Athens Farmers market, on both Saturday and Wednesday, accepts EBT and also double your money thanks to grants from the Wholesome Wave foundation. Many of the same growers at ALG also sell at the Athens Farmers Market. They don’t have quite the variety we do, especially in the meat and dairy categories, but most everything else you can find at ALG you can also find at AFM. Also, I’ve been told that the West Broad Farmers Market accepts EBT, though I can’t find that verified on their website. Neither market operates year-round, so there is a gap in EBT acceptance. Perhaps by the time the other markets close for the year, I’ll have come up with a sustainable plan to bring EBT back to ALG.

Here’s an event you may be interested in: This Thursday, August 28 at 7:00pm in Room 171 of the UGA Miller Learning Center, author and activist Philip Lymbery will speak about his book “Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat” and the devastating impact of factory farming on our health, the environment, and animals. Lymbery is an expert on our food system, especially how that system is broken and in desperate need of repair. He is CEO of international organization Compassion in World Farming. “Farmageddon” (no relation to the documentary of the same name that featured ALG’s run-in with the FDA) is a wake-up call, exposing factory farming as one of the most urgent problems of our time — responsible for enormous food waste, damage to our health and the environment, and the biggest cause of animal cruelty on the planet. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk with books available for purchase on site. There’s more information on their facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/712035532212161/. It is sponsored by Speak Out for Species.

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!