All’s still quiet on the farming front. The mornings have a little bit of chill to them, which means the leafy greens ought to be coming in strong before long! Until then, we’re happy to have the last few weeks of summer veggies. It’s hard to believe that the first frost is only six or eight weeks away!
I did get a letter this week from a long-time ALG member, former farm worker, and now new farmer Aura Morris. She’d like me to share it with y’all, so here it is:
Sister Fox Farm was established in Fall 2017 in Athens, GA. We are Aura and Dave, aspiring homesteaders and lovers of nature. We raise organic-fed pastured American Guinea Hogs for pork, as well as vegetables and eggs.
Our main product is pork. We raise heritage-breed American Guinea Hogs, which are a small homestead-sized lard pig that used to be popular for small farms and homesteads. We run two herds that live on pasture all the time; one is supplemented with Certified Organic feed, and the other is supplemented with conventional feed. We offer two feed options to meet people’s cost and food preferences. We are so excited to be able to offer pork that is fed organically, as we were not able to find organic pork anywhere in Georgia before we started raising our own pigs! We sell pigs by the quarter, half, and whole share (approximately the equivalent of 15 lb, 30 lb, and 60 lb of meat each). Each share includes your pick of cuts such as sausage, belly, roasts, ham, boston butt, pork chops, and also lard for rendering, bones for soups, and organ meats if desired. Shares must be reserved in advance and are limited since we have a small herd.
Sister Fox Farm is located on what used to be family farmland on the north side of Athens. This land was farmed in cotton for many generations, and then, like much of the land in the area, it was divided up and sold in parcels and allowed to grow up in trees and brush. The house was left in disrepair, until the previous owner bought it and put years of time and energy into restoring it to beauty. Our name, Sister Fox Farm, is both a tribute to the fox who led our friends to this land and shares our home with us, and a representation of the philosophy that we strive to live out as we caretake this land. We consider the fox, the hawk, the songbirds, the trees and green plants, and even the insects to be kin and community members here, and we respect their right to live and thrive here. We do not use any herbicides, pesticides, or poisons on our land. We see ourselves not as “owners,” but as stewards of this small parcel of earth. We hope to leave it better than we found it.
Please contact us to purchase pork or to be added to our mailing list. We look forward to feeding you!
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 evenings downtown at Creature Comforts. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is back as well, Saturdays from 9 to 1, and you can watch for weekly news 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. The Oconee County farmers market is held every Saturday 8 to noon in downtown Watkinsville. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on Saturdays from 9 to 2pm. 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 11 to 3pm. 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!