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ALG Market Open for September 26


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Hello! I haven’t got a regular newsletter prepared today. I haven’t been home since Tuesday, when I left suddenly to go spend time with my mother. She ended her nine year long battle with cancer early yesterday, surrounded by her family. I’ll have more to say later, I’m sure, since I learned how to grow my own food at her side as a young boy. Much of my ideals of creating the system behind Athens Locally Grown can be traced back to those days, and she always told me how proud she was that this little thing we’ve created here in Athens has spread so far and wide, to be used by growers and eaters across the country.

For now, though, I’ll just open the market and let you go right on to ordering.

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for September 19


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Today a great group of us met at Full Moon Farms in Winterville for our final “Farmer for a Day” event of 2013. It was perfect gardening weather, and we got a ton done for the farm. Cathy Payne, our coordinator, had this report:

We had 22 volunteers at the Full Moon Farm event today, including adults and children. It was a great finale to our 2013 Farmer for a Day Tour series. We had a very productive session weeding winter greens followed by a delicious lunch, playtime for the children, and a tour of several gardens. Iwalani was a gracious hostess and provided a lovely fresh salad for the meal. Everyone seemed to have a good time in the fresh air and sunshine. Photos are posted at this link:

https://www.facebook.com/FarmerForADayToursWithAthensLocallyGrown

We have a tradition of getting together at my micro-farm here on the Broad River around the October full moon for a big locally grown feast. I’ve got some family things that will be taking me out of town for a while, so this year I’m going to be postponing it to later. I’m thinking as soon as the weather warms up in the new year, but I’ll let you know more as I get things scheduled. I know many of you look forward to the feast each year, so I promise it’s not going away!

This time of year we also start seeing an uptick in the number of people who forgot they have orders to pick up. I think it’s something to do with the sky getting dark seemingly suddenly early. At 7:30 on Thursday, I start calling everyone who hasn’t picked up their orders yet, just in case they’ve forgotten. If you’ve got a cell phone, make sure that’s the number you’ve put on your account so I can reach you if you’re out and about. And if you haven’t forgotten, no rush! We’re at Ben’s Bikes until 8pm.

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for September 12


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

This is the time of year when the other area markets start to wind down for the year. Some, like the Athens Farmers Market on Saturdays, will continue for a few more months, but a lot of the smaller markets begin to close up in September and October. Not us, though. We go all the year ‘round, even when (if the Farmer’s Almanac is right) we’re buried under snow. For now, though, the summer produce is still coming in string, thanks to the consistent sunshine we’ve finally been having. The nights are getting cooler, and we’ll soon see the return of big bags of salad greens and more. If you have a garden and haven’t planned on putting in a Fall garden, give it a second thought. It’s the best time in Georgia to garden!

We have one more farm tour scheduled for this Sunday, and there are still a few slots left. It’s close by, too, in Winterville. There’s more information below, and if you want to join us in this free event, you’ll find it in the “Event Reservations” category.

Thanks 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!

Farmer for a Day!

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at broadriverpastures@gmail.com.”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for September 5


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Hello, and welcome to September! I’ve been away from the computer for the past several days (and still am), so this week I’ll just launch right into opening the market for you. See below for information on our final farm tour of the season, happening soon!

Thanks 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!

Farmer for a Day!

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at broadriverpastures@gmail.com.”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for August 29


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

August brings many new people to Athens, and many new people to Athens Locally Grown, so I thought this week I’d give a brief primer on how ALG works. Those of you who have been with us during these last twelve years probably already know all this, but I’ll try to keep it interesting for you too.

First off, ALG is best thought of like a traditional farmers market, because except for the lack of tents and tables, that’s very much how we operate. The growers are putting their own items up for sale directly to you, at prices and quantities they have set. The market volunteers and I are here to make sure it all happens smoothly, but the growers are selling their products directly to you. Growers do have to apply to sell through the market, and I personally approve each of them before they list their products. Here’s a summary of the standards we have set:

  • All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
  • All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown
  • All growers must be from the greater Athens area. Right now, this means within about 75 miles
  • All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured
  • Handicrafts must be made primarily from items produced or gathered on the farm
  • Prepared foods must use organic ingredients if at all possible, and locally grown ingredients if at all possible
  • All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained
  • All growers must first participate in the market for a few weeks as customers, so they can clearly see how it all works

When I’ve turned down requests to sell through ALG (and I have turned down many), the items clearly broke one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis, such as coffee. In cases like that, we set the standards as strict as we can. With coffee, for example, the beans must be sustainably grown, they must be roasted locally, and the roaster must have a direct business relationship with the farm that grew the beans.

So, the growers list their available products and set their prices. For most all of the products, they do this before they’ve harvested the items, so they have to estimate how much they will actually have. They’ve gotten pretty good at this guess, but it is a guess, and the unpredictable nature of farming means they may have far less than they thought (thanks to deer, a hail storm, etc.) or they may have far more than they thought (a nice rain can double the growth of lettuce overnight, for example). Most of them are conservative with their estimates, and so they let you continue to order, even if they’ve already sold more than they guessed they’d have. That’s why popular items may have a quantity in the negatives when you look at the listings. The system will still let you order, on the chance that they’ll actually have enough, but you’ll get warnings along the way that you’re taking a gamble.

I do not collect items from the farm, and do not know myself until Thursday afternoon what the growers were able to harvest and bring in to town. The growers do have each other’s contact information, so if one grower is short and another has a surplus, they may arrange with each other to get all the orders filled, but in general, if a grower cannot fill an order for something, they’ll remove that ordered item, and you’ll see a comment on your invoice indicating that. Since I’m not a middle-man, I can’t arrange for substitutions myself.

When the growers bring in the items you ordered on Thursday afternoon, packaged and labelled with your name, I pay them on your behalf out of our shared cash box during the hour before we open the market for their sales from the previous week. Then, you arrive and pay into the cashbox for your order this week. We deposit the money you pay (via cash, check, or credit) into our bank account so it will be there when we write checks as the cycle begins anew. As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cashbox system makes things convenient for you and them. (Imagine if you ordered from ten growers having to write ten checks when you picked up your items!) This shared cashbox system does mean that if you place an order and then never arrive to pick it up, we’re left holding the bag. For that reason, you are responsible for paying for orders not picked up, and that amount is automatically added on to your next order for your convenience. We do accept credit card payments on the website, and many customers take advantage of that and skip the pay table. The cards don’t actually get charged until after pickups on Thursday, so your charge will reflect any adjustments that had to get made along the way.

For a number of legal reasons, ALG never takes possession of your ordered items. We don’t buy them from the growers and resell them to you, nor do we repackage them in any way. The growers drop off your items for you, and you arrive and pick them up. The market volunteers facilitate that happening. Because of the need to maintain that separation, we cannot deliver, nor can we generally hold your items later than 8pm on Thursday if you fail to come pick them up. We start calling those who haven’t arrived by 7:30,and a lot of the time we just get answering machines and voice mail. Anything still at our pickup location at 8pm will get divided up among those there at the time, primarily our volunteers, and then we finish loading up the truck and leave. There are some things you can do to insure you won’t get charged for things you didn’t come get:

1. If you know prior to Tuesday at 8pm that you won’t be able to come get your order, send me an email and I will cancel your order.
2. If you find out later that you can’t come, send me an email. So long as I know before market begins, I can put the things you ordered on the “extras” table, and your fellow customers will almost certainly buy them for you.
3. If you discover Thursday while we’re at market that you can’t arrive, give me a call at 706-248-1860. I’ll put your items on the “extras” table, and if they sell, you’ll be off the hook.
4. If you have a cell phone, make sure that number is the number on your account. You can go to the “Your Account” page on the website to be sure. If you’re out and about and I get your home phone or your work phone, no one gets helped.

There’s often a sizable pile of things up for grabs at 8pm. If you’re in the area and want to do a little extra shopping, swing by at about ten til (or wait until then to come get your own order). There may be things for sale you want, and you can save a fellow customer a charge to their account. Our volunteer workers get to split things up as a benefit of working, but paying customers do come first. And it usually seems there are several things sitting there that were in high demand that week.

Finally, ours is a paperless system, so we do not have paper receipts for you when you pick up your order. An electronic receipt is generated, though, and can be found on the website. Go to the “Your Account” page, view your order history, and you’ll see an invoice for each order. By 2pm on Thursday, it will show what we expect to have for you that evening. After we fill your order, it will show exactly what we packed for you, and what, if anything, was missing. You can view that at any time, even years from now. If we didn’t get you something we should have, or if anything you got was of unacceptable quality, please contact me ASAP. I’ll share the problem with the grower so we can insure it won’t happen again. If you’re logged into the site, most of the growers have their contact info on their profile page (off the “Our Growers” page), so you can contact them directly if you choose.

So, that’s ALG in a nutshell. If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, or even complements, please send them my way!

Thanks 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!

Farmer for a Day!

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at broadriverpastures@gmail.com.”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for August 22


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

The weather this week has me at a loss for words. All the growers I’ve talked to, too. Farmers are always ready to talk about the weather, but now they seem to all just throw up their hands and mutter something under their breath. Livestock tend to shrug off short-term changes in the weather and go about their business, but the weather induces more permanent changes in plants. An early heat wave can make fruit trees bud early, for example, leaving them vulnerable to a later frost. Cold, wet weather is great for leafy greens like cabbages, since it makes the leaves grow quickly to better capture the fading sunlight, but fruiting plants don’t at all care for it. Annually will grow more slowly and keep going right on until frost, but perennials can mis-interpret the weather as a sign that winter is nearly here, and they’ll begin to go dormant. Pollinators will begin to huddle in their hives, and that leaves fewer out in the rain to fertilize the flowers that are on the plants.

We will undoubtably get some more typically summer weather in the coming weeks, maybe even with temperatures in the upper nineties or higher. And when it comes, it’s possible even the plants will just throw up their hands, mutter something to themselves, and just give up. It’s things like this that keeps farming interesting.

Thanks 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!

Farmer for a Day!

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at broadriverpastures@gmail.com.”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for August 15


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Earlier in the year, we hosted four popular events we call “Farmer for a Day”. It’s something we do every year to give you a chance to see an ALG member farm, pitch in on some light farm work, have a free lunch, and take a full tour. This year we scheduled a break during the hot summer months, but we’re back in September with an event right in Clarke County.

Our Farmer for a Day coordinator, Cathy Payne of BRoad River Pastures, has this to say:

“The 5th and final event in our 2013 series of Farmer for a Day Tours will be held Sunday, September 15, from 10 am to 2 pm in Winterville, Clarke County. Each event offers you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to appropriately prepare for the weather and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle with you. Full Moon Coop was a collective of sustainable fruit & vegetable farms founded in 2002 by a group of farmers, ecologists, chefs and educators. Their mission is to offer innovative farm-based solutions in attempt to answer the social, environmental and economic challenges of today. Today, they are one farm located at Roots Farm in Winterville, GA. Full Moon Coop invites you to rediscover the abundance of regional and seasonal eating by connecting to the land where your food is grown and the farmers who grow it. This is a kid-friendly event, and a hat and work gloves will come in handy. The work session will probably include weeding. Don’t miss this final event of the season! For questions, contact event coordinator Cathy Payne at broadriverpastures@gmail.com.”

This is the last tour for the year, but we will be having our annual “Hunter’s Moon Feast” in October at my place here in Royston. I’ll have more information about that later, but you might want to go ahead and circle October 19th on your calendars.

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for August 8


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Usually when early August rolls around, I issue a warning that nearly all of the favorite summer veggies are about to be in short supply. Once it gets really hot for long stretches, many plants just shut down flower production, and without flowers, there is no fruit. So, there is often a sudden dropoff in tomatoes, beans, squash, peppers, and pretty much everything but okra. This year, though, it looks like things will keep right on going into the fall. If you’re a food preservationist, this is a great year for you. My own little garden has produced far more than it has in the last ten years, and it’s showing no sign of slowing down. I’m looking forward to eating my harvests for months to come!

In previous weeks I mentioned fundraising projects two of our member farms had undertaken. Another, Broad Acre Pastures, home of our Farmer For A Day coordinator Cathy Payne, has begun a project aimed to help them in their goal of preserving heritage animal breeds that are well adapted to farms in the US Southeast. There’s is an “flexible funding” campaign, hosted at IndieGoGo, and runs for the next month. There are some nice perks, including books, yarn, meat, and more. You can find all the details here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-save-heritage-livestock-breeds-with-broad-river-pastures.

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for August 1


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

It’s really never quite felt like summer this season, but somehow August is already upon us. Even if the weather hasn’t felt like summer, though, I spent my weekend at one of my favorite summer pursuits: putting food away. Saturday was for pickling, and inspired by the bloody marys served on the rooftop of the Georgia Theater, I made several quarts of spicy dill pickled vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, okra, and beans. They’re great snacks on their own, but they’re even better as edible stirring sticks in a spicy bloody mary. Today I canned a mess of green beans. I had extra room in my garden this year, and extra envelopes of heirloom beans I picked up at various seed swaps, so I went ahead and put them all in. And now I have more beans than I’ve harvested in a long, long time. So, this winter when we’re all buried under feet of snow (at this point, that wouldn’t surprise me at all), I’ll be able to pull jars of beans off the shelf and remember the monsoons of summer.

Last week I mentioned Nature’s Harmony Farm’s Kickstarter campaign for an expansion of their cheese-making facilities. I’m happy to report that they met their goal a couple dayds ago. There is still one more day in the campaign, though, so it’s not too late for you to jump aboard if you wish. Details here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/195663364/farmstead-cheese-cave-cheese-equipment-and-farm-st.

Blackbriar Farm is taking a different tack on fundraising for their upcoming project, an on-farm art and homesteading school, by holding a large fundraiser barn sale at their farm for the next two weekends. The Lawsons are both eclectic artists, and they have many wonderful things (“tools, books, antiques, furniture, lamps, ‘art’, jewelry, vintage clothes and handbags, junk & oddities”) up for sale. You can find all of the details, including directions to their farm in Crawford, in this public Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=614236241955030&id=227566840621974.

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

ALG Market Open for July 25


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Financing is a tricky issue for small-scale farmers, both beginners and those who have done it for a while. Even if you have a great business plan, banks will laugh you out of the building. Specialty “Ag Credit” companies who are used to seeing chicken houses that cost $250,000 don’t know what to do with a $15,000 idea. Most of the farmers I know self-funded everything they’ve done by starting very small, making everything themselves and doing as much by hand as possible. CSAs and subscription faming are another approach, where the farmer collects money up front at the beginning of the season to fund the farm and shares the harvest (and risk) throughout the year with their subscribers.

I’ve started seeing farmers tapping a new source of funding known as “crowd sourcing”. Sites like Kickstarter make it easy for people with a great idea to pitch that idea to individuals who can chip in a couple bucks or a couple hundred bucks and get rewards ranging from token items like PBS-style totebags up to pre-orders for the product or service being proposed. I’m a big fan of Kickstarter, and have funded a number of great projects. A friend I met online started a handmade marshmallow kitchen in Orlando, and I helped. A group of authors wanted to publish a series of single-topic cookbooks, and I’m looking forward to receiving my copies. An Athens artist created beeswax candles and travelled the country taking pictures of his candles floating in rivers to raise awareness of the intricate connections between honeybees, humans and clean water. And they were beautiful. And now I’m a proud supporter of a project by Athens Locally Grown member grower Natures Harmony Farm.

Nature’s Harmony is trying to raise money to expand their cheese cave, to better separate the blue cheese (which needs a specific environment) from the rest, to build an on-farm store, and to upgrade their cheesemaking equipment. They only need about $27,000 to make this happen, and so far people have pledged over half that amount. They have only eight days to raise the rest, and the way Kickstarter works, if the goal is not met, the project gets nothing. They’ve made quite a few interesting reward levels, and you can see them all here. Be warned, though — you might get addicted to helping fund new projects. There are a lot of great things out there wanting to get made.

This week is “Tomatoes at Terrapin”! July 25th, from 5:30 to 7:30 (yeah, right during ALG pickups, so I won’t be there unfortunately) is a fundraiser for the Athens Nurses Clinic where attendees get to help us continue our cause of providing free medical services by eating deliciously fresh, locally grown tomato sandwiches and drinking refreshing, locally brewed Terrapin Beer! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the amazing tomatoes that local farmers donate to the event and help those who need our services. And did we mention that there is live music? This year we will listen to the musical stylings of MrJordan MrTonks while eating those sandwiches and enjoying a beer. Bring your chairs, blankets, and kids! Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. (Under 21 $10; Kids under 10 $5) http://athensnursesclinic.org/wp/tomatoes-terrapin/get-tt-tickets/ This year we asked some Athens celebrities their thoughts about the summer tomatoes. This week find out out what Sunny Ortiz of Wide Spread Panic, Mayor Denson, Patterson Hood of The Drive by Truckers, and Peter Dale of the National think is so special about the summer tomatoes in Georgia. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P580TuwVrds

Thanks 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 Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The West Broad Farmers Market is open Tuesday afternoons as well as the first Saturday of the month (see their website for info). The Oconee Farmers Market is now open on Tuesdays 4-7pm on Main Street next to the First Christian Church along with their Saturday hours of 8am-1pm in front of the Court House in Watkinsville. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Royston Farmers market is Thursday mornings downtown.

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (even 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!