Our Athens-area growers had so far avoided the first frost, but last night was right at freezing. It had looked like this week we’d see a couple nights down in the 20s, but the latest forecasts have it safely in the upper 30s. Even if it does freeze, though,our growers with hoop houses are starting to harvest out of them. You’ll even find fresh green beans this week, just in time for Thanksgiving!
I don’t have any Thanksgiving turkeys for you, but Back In Time Farms is back with plenty of Certified Naturally Grown chicken, if you’re looking for poultry. Some of you have already noticed that Doug’s Wild Salmon is back from Alaska with a fresh load of salmon and halibut, and we’ve got that too.
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. If you need local produce next week, Collective Harvest CSA is doing a special pre-order market (much like ALG) with a Wednesday morning pickup at their Broad Street office. You can find info here: http://www.collectiveharvestathens.com/thanksgiving-pre-order-market.html. The last several years, Heirloom Cafe has held a mini farmers market in their parking lot on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I haven’t heard if that tradition will continue this year, but I’ll let you know if I hear that it is. Meanwhile, stock up from us this week!
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 runs Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons at Creature Comforts downtown. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market has returned, and you can catch the details on their website here: 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 Saturdays from 9 to noon. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. 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. The city of Monroe has a downtown market on Saturdays, 8:30 to 12:30, and you can learn more here: www.monroedowntown.com/events/monroe-farmers-market. 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!
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!