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Market Open for April 4
I fully admit to eating far more chocolate than is good for me this weekend. But I did it for my kids, so that they wouldn’t suffer the ill effects of chocolate overload. Truth be told, I didn’t even make it through typing that sentence without stopping for a Cadbury chocolate creme egg. I’m happy to report that there are over 1100 healthy locally-grown items listed this week, however, so all of us candy over-indulgers will have no trouble getting back on the wagon.
Those of you who have been missing the variety of cheeses we’ve had in the past will be happy to see that South Georgia’s Flat Creek Lodge has joined us, and have listed 22 varieties of their cheese. They’re a bit far for a day trip, but since our more local dairies can’t fill the considerable demand for good cheese, I’ve let Flat Creek Lodge in. I’m eager to try their varieties — I’ve heard good things!
This coming Saturday is the annual Old Timey Seed Swap being held out at Grove Creek Farm in Oglethorpe County. I go most years, and have a lot of fun. You can learn more about the event and get directions here at Grove Creek Farm’s website.
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!
Upcoming Local Food Events
April 27th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Blue Moon Farms This is the second event in our 2013 series of 5 Farmer for a Day Tours, to be held Saturday, April 27 from 10-2 in Madison County. 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, pruners or lopping shears, 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. Blue Moon Farms is Certified Naturally Grown and includes 60 acres where the family lives plus two 40 acre pine forests. They maintain natural habitats to support native wildlife. We will be doing a variety of chores including weeding and mulching blueberries, weeding and thinning onions, removing and replacing drip tape, and relocating mushroom logs. If time allows we will prepare seed beds. It is a family friendly event. The event will last from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM What you can expect: 9:30 AM check in, meet and greet 10:00-12:00 work session 12:00-12:45 lunch 12:45-2:00 Guided tour of the farm We are reserving 20 spots for the event. Don’t be left out! I will be taking names for a waiting list once all spots are claimed. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Athens Locally Grown to purchase an event ticket. Sign up for this free tour by adding reservations to your order (look in the “Event Reservations” category). For more information, contact Cathy Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Area Farmers Markets
The Athens Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday (see their website for info) as does the Watkinsville market. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!
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!