Hello again! I hope you all had a pleasant week, able to spend time with loved ones and having time to reflect on the things to be thankful for (even while fretting over the many things out there to fret over).
The Athens Christmas parade will be held this Thursday night, and it will be impossible to get through downtown. Plan your travel accordingly! We do not open until 4:30, but we will start filling orders earlier if the growers have all arrived and unloaded on time. If you’re coming late in the evening, be sure to give downtown a wide berth!
This is the time for holiday artisan markets, and it seems like each year there are more than ever in Athens. I know many of you either sell or shop at these markets, so please let me know if you know of any you want me to mention particularly. I’ll spread the word when I hear of more as they happen via our Twitter and Facebook feeds. If you don’t already follow them, you can find the addresses right above. One of the largest artisan markets is in two weeks, run by Indie South in the Classic Center pavilion, and it’s their thirteenth anniversary of holding this market. You can learn more on their Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/399798004052262/. This coming Saturday, The Hip Holiday Market at HIP Vintage & Handmade (the current venture from long-time ALG grower Leslie Lawson) will be going on off Atlanta Highway. You can learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2369314559975262/. Also Saturday, Heirloom is hosting a market in their parking lot, and you can find more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/539579823558043/. Perhaps the longest-running market is the Athens Holiday Market at Big City Bread, on December 13 & 14. Their FB page is at https://www.facebook.com/athensholidaymarket/. You’ve already demonstrated your commitment to buy some of your food from local farmers. Giving gifts made from local artisans is just as important, and can be even more rewarding!
Looking ahead on the calendar, I expect ALG to close for the week of Christmas. Thursday falls on the 26th, and I’d like to let the growers get through the holiday without having to harvest and pack for us. We should be open the following week, though. Some of our growers might take more time off, but we’ll be here to serve those with items to sell and you who wish to buy them.
And 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. 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!
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!