Spring is now officially here, and the pine trees are celebrating up a storm. The weather didn’t get the memo, though, and it’s going to be mighty cold the next few nights. For a while, the forecast had us falling down below freezing, but that’s been revised upwards just a bit. That would have been a disaster for all the fruit trees that flowered a month early. Still, it’s going to be hard on all that tender vegetation. If you’ve planed any summer veggies in your garden, you’ll want to protect them as best you can this week. Most of Athens might escape frost, but it’ll happen here and there. Be ready!
If you’re still looking for seeds, or you’ve got extra you don’t need (especially seed you’ve collected yourself from open pollinating varieties), the 19th annual Old Timey Seed Swap hosted by Grove Creek Farm out in Crawford is just around the corner! Here’s more information:
“19th Annual Old-Timey Seed Swap: Join us for a casual potluck gathering and seed swap April 2nd 2016 from 1pm-6pm. With spring around the corner, we’re excited to share our plans for the 19th Annual Old Timey Seed Swap! Originally organized by the UGA Anthropology Department and Professor Dr. Bob Rhoades in 1998, this is a celebration of heirloom seeds, local food sources, traditional agriculture, and good conversation as folks share stories and swap seeds, plants, and bulbs. Why swap seeds? There are hundreds of varieties of heirloom seeds throughout the South with fascinating histories linked to families through generations of seed saving. Since the 1900’s however, thousands of varieties of heirloom vegetables, flowers and fruit have disappeared. Once lost, these varieties can never be recovered — their important genes and a piece of American history are lost forever. Swapping seeds helps preserve the varieties that remain so they can be used for agriculture for years to come – help save them!”
“So join us! Bring your heirloom seeds to swap, your questions or your gardening stories and knowledge, picnic blanket or chairs, musical instruments, or even a potluck dish to: Grove Creek Farm 10 Legacy Rd. Crawford, GA 30630. Potluck will be at 2pm this year. You don’t have to have seeds to swap – just come to learn how you can help. For updates please visit us on Facebook or www.grovecreekfarm.org. See you in April! NO DOGS PLEASE. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org”
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 opens in two weeks. You can find more information on their website. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open for the season on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. The other area markets are also all closed for the season, I believe. If you know of any 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!