It’s been a really beautiful last few days, nearly t-shirt and shorts weather, and that’s had me itching to get into the garden and get to work. My rental house has a nice area of raised beds in the back yard, just out the back door, so I can take my basket of hand tools and get right to it. Even though I don’t have my own vegetable farm any more, I still grow the same things I did then — unusual heirloom varieties from around the world. My favorite source for seeds is Sow True Seed, just up the road from us in Asheville, NC. But my favorite source for live plants is right here at Athens Locally Grown. Right now there are just shy of a hundred listings for live plants on the market, and you can expect that to double as gardening season get into full swing. I can’t wait to be taking flats home with me on Thursday nights and getting them into the garden on the weekends.
The early heat wave of the last few days is reminiscent of last year’s weather, where a string of days in the 80s convinced all the fruit trees to start blooming, only to be killed off by a freeze later on, wiping out a good portion of the area fruit harvest. Our growers are keeping a watchful eye on the forecast, but things are looking pretty good so far. We’ll be getting lots of rain this week, which should keep the temps from getting out of control, and it’s looking like the nights will be back down to the 30s this coming weekend. Hopefully that’ll be enough to convince the trees to hold off just a little longer.
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
Most other area markets are closed down for the season or have moved to winter hours. The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the season. They’ll return in April, and you can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is closed for the season, and you can watch for their return on their website here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. 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!