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Availability for June 21
Summer officially arrives this week with the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, but we have the fruits of the summer harvest now. Okra, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, beans, squash, corn, and more are at your fingertips this week. And yet the nights have been cool enough that there is still a fair amount of spring items available, too. Can you believe there is asparagus still for sale in late June?
Athens Locally Grown tries to give you all of the advantages of shopping at a traditional farmers market combined with the conveniences of online shopping and single payment. One thing we can give, though, is a way for you to personally pick out your produce, to select a specific pepper from a basket, for example. To overcome this, we insist that everything be of the highest quality possible. You don’t need to personally pick out a specific pepper, because you’re brought only the best. However, despite all of the growers striving to meet this standard, sometimes things do slip through. I personally look through all the shelves as the growers unload, and I’m not shy about returning items to the grower. Our volunteers also know to look at everything carefully as they fill orders, and they have the power to hold things back (or at least show them to you so you can decide). Even still, things can slip through. If for any reason you’re given anything that’s not acceptable to you, please don’t be shy about giving it right back to us. If you don’t notice until you get home, even days later, that’s still ok. Just send me an email and let me know, and I’ll issue you a refund right away. I’ll also let the grower know, so they can identify the problem and fix it. It doesn’t matter the reason — we want you to be happy with everything you receive at ALG, all of the time.
Our next farm tour is this Sunday, at Lazy B Farm in Statham. It’s free, and we’d love to see you there! See below for more info.
Thank you 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!
June 24th: Athens Locally Grown’s “Farmer for a Day” at Lazy B Farm
The tour of Lazy B Farm in Statham is looking like a great event! This is the third FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2012. Remaining tours will be Sunday, August 19 at Rancho Alegre, and Sunday, September 23 at 3 Porch Farm.
Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle and dishes with you.
From their website at thelazybfarm.com: “We exist as a hands-on classroom to instruct and motivate others toward a healthier, more independent lifestyle. The Lazy B Farm was established in January, 2003 and we have been hard at work ever since! We’ve added an orchard, vegetable garden, numerous outbuildings for animals, beehives, lots and lots of flower beds and so much more. We’ve had a lot of fun creating new “spaces” on our land and learning constantly how to be better stewards of the land we live on and use. We’ve had lots of our friends come to the farm and ask if we would ever consider giving classes, or provide “field trips” so others could see our homestead. After 6 years of working on this place and the encouragement of a dear friend to “just give it a try,” we decided to open our gates to others in January of 2009 with our first Chicken Workshop. Our greatest desire and motivation is to help others in their quest for learning – providing a “hands-on” classroom. We want young and old to leave this place feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and inspired to make efforts to be a little more independent in their lifestyle and food choices. We welcome you to come by and see what hard work, sweat, and a lot of prayers have accomplished here at the Lazy B Farm!”
What to expect:
9:30-10:00 Meet and Greet
10:00-12:00 Work session – learn to skirt wool, help build a bridge, work on fencing, or paint a building.
12:00-1:00 delicious local meal
1:00-2:00 farm tour and shop at the farm store for honey and other items
We are reserving 20 spots for the event. Don’t be left out! I will be taking names for a waiting list once we’ve filled our quota. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Athens Locally Grown to purchase an event ticket. Non members can sign up by emailing Cathy Payne. Address any questions to organizer Cathy Payne at 706-416-6611 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more and share photos and comments on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FarmerForADayToursWithAthensLocallyGrown.
Other Area Farmers Markets
The Athens Farmers Market has returned on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and on Wednesday afternoons downtown at outside City Hall. You can find more information on their website.
Also, Watkinsville has a thriving farmers market every Saturday morning, behind the Eagle Tavern. And further east, Comer has a nice little market Saturday mornings as well. Both are worth visiting. If you know of other area farmers markets, please let me know so I can list them here as well.
Many of the ALG growers sell through more than one market. Don’t feel like you have to choose a favorite, either. We have many items here you can’t find there, and I’m sure the reverse it also true. Many people stop by the supermarket several times a week, so it’s only natural that you might wish to stop by a farmers market several times a week. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so. We’ll see you there!
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!