So, just when it seemed like summer was starting off mildly, we get the hottest temperatures ever recorded. Our growers always try to prepare for what the weather throws at them, but it seems like more and more we’re getting “the most X ever recorded” events, and it’s kind of hard to prepare for those. I’m not sure if my own garden will survive, since my well went out early in the week and won’t be repaired until later this coming week. I hear thunder a few miles off as I type this, and if that rain makes it here, that’ll be its saving grace. If nothing else, the sorghum I planted as an experiment is doing well (it comes from a hot dry climate), so this fall I can be chewing on sugar cane. That’s healthy, right?
ALG is not holding a “Farmer for a Day” tour this month, but there is no shortage of local food events happening this month around Athens. Almost half the month is taken up with P.L.A.C.E.‘s “Taste Your Place” festivities, happening at various venues and restaurants around town. I’ll post the full schedule next week, but you can whet your appetite over at their website: www.localplace.org.
At the end of the month, The Athens Nurses Clinic (a non-profit safety-net health care clinic providing free evaluation, treatment and education for acute and chronic medical and dental conditions to uninsured low-and-no income residents of Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding counties) will be holding their popular “Tomatoes at Terrapin” fundraiser event. I’ll have more info about that later as well, but you can grab tickets before it sells out now at their website: http://athensnursesclinic.org/wp/tomatoes-terrapin/.
Stay cool! Check on your neighbors. This kind of heat is no joke, and it’s literally not been this hot in at least 130 years. And maybe even, as my daughter told me this morning, “since there were dinosaurs living here”.
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!
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!