Our Athens-area growers have so far avoided the first frost, and it looks like they’ll get yet another week at least. Some of them are still harvesting okra and peppers and such from the outdoor gardens, but now the hoop houses are starting to produce. You’ll find fresh green beans this week, just in time for Thanksgiving!
I’m also pleased to announce that Hobo Cheese Company, and brand new cheesemaking operation in town, has begun selling through ALG. It’s been a while since we’ve had a local cheesemaker, and I’ve been really pleased with the cheeses I’ve tried so far. It’s not an easy endeavor, and I hope they stick around for a long time to come.
Doug’s Wild Salmon is back from Alaska. He was al little later that usual this year, because he stuck around Alaska with his sons and did a special fishing run for cod in the Bering Sea. He didn’t bring any of that back, but we’ve got the salmon and halibut that you’ve been waiting for!
Finally, here’s a reminder that we’ll be taking next week, the week of Thanksgiving off, as we do every year. We will be open as usual this week, so if there are things you’d like for your Thanksgiving meals, you’ll need to plan ahead and order them early. I’m still collecting leads on locally raised heritage turkeys, but they are hard to come by. I’ve been told Farmview market in Madison has some locally raised turkeys available. I’ve not been there yet, but I’ve heard good things about the store. I believe Daily Co-op is taking orders for Georgia grown turkeys, raised by White Oak Pastures. They’re good people. If I hear of any more local turkeys available, I’ll let you know.
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 up and running, Saturdays from 9am to 1pm, and you can find out more here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. The Oconee County Farms Market is open on Saturdays in Watkinsville. Their website is www.oconeefarmersmarket.org. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on winter hours now on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me 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!