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ALG Market Open for July 18


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

I’ve totally run out of things to say about the rain. I can’t complain about it, because we’ve been so hot and dry so much of the last decade. And I’ve found that each year I handle the heat and humidity a little bit worse than the year before. And, I’ve always wanted to visit Portland. So, given those, it’s been a perfect summer. But I also haven’t been able to do hardly any of my outdoor projects around the house, and I didn’t appreciate the river rising so much last week that it flooded and shorted out my well. It’s not that we’ve had more rain than other wet years in recent memory (we haven’t), but those other years had a few discreet rain events, like hurricanes, that dumped a lot of water at once. This year, it’s been cloudy and wet pretty much every single day since, what, February?

Oh well. My garden is producing. I’m glad I didn’t plant many root crops like potatoes and sunchokes. I wish I’d planted that packet of golden rice seeds I’ve been holding on to. I always think about our market growers who are working outside in the rain day after day, trying to make do with what the weather’s given them. It’s so easy to be removed from our food, and the conditions under which it was grown and harvested, but when it was grown just down the road from your house, you know exactly what kind of weather the farmers have to put up with. I have a feeling this year will be one that is remembered for a long time.

It’s almost time again for “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!

ALG Market Open for July 11


Just a quick opening bell tonight. I’ve been away for over a week and just got home to find things haven’t weathered all the rain as well as hoped. Don’t want to let that hold you up from shopping though, so you go right ahead. The market’s open!

I still need to comb through a giant pile of emails to see if there’s something coming up this week I need to tell you about. I’ve already seen that Nature’s Harmony has a brand new sheep’s milk cheese listed this week only, and only at ALG. If there’s anything else going on I should tell you about, I’ll follow up with another email later on.

In the meantime, happy shopping! The availability list looks amazing. We’ll see you Thursday at Ben’s Bikes!

Athens Locally Grown Closed This Week!


Hello! This is just a reminder that Athens Locally Grown is taking the week off so our growers and you can enjoy our Independence Day with family and community.

You don’t need to go without locally grown food, though! Assert your independence from the industrial food system by shopping at our area’s other farmers markets. The Athens Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday evenings downtown (see their website for info). The BRoad Street 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.

Many of the ALG vendors sell at multiple markets, so you can find plenty of good food at these and other area markets while we take the week off. Have a happy Fourth!

Athens Locally Grown -- Important Note


Hi there! This is Eric at ALG. I normally don’t like to bombard you with emails, but I left one very important note out of my mailing last night.

Thursday next week is July 4th. After consulting with all the growers, we have decided to not open market next week, to give our growers (and you) the opportunity to spend the holiday with family and community. There are area farmers markets on every other day of the week (except, maybe, Sunday), so you’ll have other opportunities to buy your favorite items from the growers at those other markets. There are a few things that are only at ALG (such as the salmon), so you’ll want to stock up on those this week to get you through next week.

Thanks, and we’ll see you Thursday!

Market Open for June 27


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 feels like summer is suddenly upon us! I still can’t get over how great my garden looks, but walking out into it is now something that requires a shower and a change of clothes. Looking through the market listings this week, I see all the summer favorites: tomatoes, eggplant, squash, cucumbers, beans, peppers. Only the corn and okra have yet to make an appearance, but I expect we’ll be seeing them soon.

Cathy Payne, our Farmer for a Day event coordinator, reported back after our event on Saturday at Dragonfly Farm. I had to miss it, but it sounds like it was a great time for all: “Thank you, volunteers, for a great work session yesterday at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson. It was such a beautiful, tranquil setting. I’m sure David appreciated all your work digging colorful potatoes, picking beans, and planting sweet potatoes. Lunch was delicious and enhanced by David’s contributions of fresh baked bread, blueberry crumble, peas, and chow-chow. Thanks to Athens Locally Grown for beverages, PBJ, side dishes and paper products. Here is a link to the Facebook page with photos from today’s event. Feel free to tag photos, like the page, and share with friends. We have one more tour in September at Full Moon Farm in Winterville and a Hunter’s Moon Feast October at Boann’s Banks. Hope to see you there!”

Speaking of Full Moon Farm, the Athens Banner Herald reported online today that Farm 255 (supplied by Full Moon Farm) has been sold and plans on shutting its doors in just a few weeks. Full Moon and the others related farms will finish out the season, and I don’t yet know what they’ll be doing after that. I’m hardly in town for dinners these days, but I’ll be making at least one special trip just to stay goodbye to a place that’s been very influential in maturing and bringing attention to our local food system.

Finally, we did finally receive the new SNAP machine from Georgia’s new EBT/SNAP contractor, so we can again accept SNAP cards on Thursdays. Sorry for the two weeks without!

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 on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (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. Many of the ALG vendors sell at multiple markets, so you can find plenty of good food at these other markets.

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!

Market Open for June 20


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

A happy Fathers Day goes out to all you dads out there tonight. I was able to spend part of mine getting some quality garden time in, which is always nice. I can’t remember the last time I was this optimistic about my garden this late in June. I’ve been able to stay ahead of the weeds, most everything I planted germinated, I’ve got mulch down, and even the eggplants have outgrown the flea beetles. I’ve probably jinxed it all by typing this, but it really has been a great growing season. Yeah, the rain has been intense at times, but it beats the other extreme every time.

Looking ahead on the calendar, I only just noticed that the 4th of July falls on a Thursday this year. In years past, we would have spent a lot of time working out an alternative, but the explosion of area farmers markets now means you have alternatives pretty much every other day of the week. So, we’ll just plan on giving our growers a much earned day off and just skip our own market that week. I’ll remind you again between now and then so you can do your shopping for the 4th at one of the other markets.

And to follow up on the EBT status, the new contractor the state of Georgia has hired to administer the program has shut off the old equipment used to scan cards and has yet to send us the new equipment needed. Until they do, we can not accept EBT/SNAP cards. I apologize for this, and hope they get their act together very soon. If you rely on EBT/SNAP at our market, please be aware that the Athens Farmers Market, on Saturdays and Wednesdays, not only accepts SNAP, but they also are able to double your dollars thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia. We’ve not been accepted into that program, so we encourage you to spend your SNAP dollars there while they’re open, and then return to us when they close in the Fall.

Finally, our next Farmer for a DAy event is this coming Saturday at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson. I enjoy all of our Farmer for a Day events, but the last time we were at David Hoescht’s farm was one of my favorites (don’t tell our other growers I said that). We have only a very few slots still open, so make your reservations ASAP if you’d like to join us this coming Saturday. Look down a few lines for more details.

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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

June 22nd: Be a Farmer For A Day at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Georgia This is the fourth FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately 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 an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will 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, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. David Hoescht is the farmer at Dragonfly Farm. He performs miracles- transforming areas of his property into fertile landscapes of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These are all fed with his own home made compost and vermicompost. Come see how he does it, and help harvest berries and vegetables. Hands-on composting demonstrations! Meet new people, and purchase flowers and other farm products. A Local lunch will include products from Dragonfly Farm such as greens, field peas, and fruit cobbler. To sweeten the pot, thousands of day lilies of wide variety will be in full bloom that weekend! Bring a fishing pole if you’d like to stay a while after we work. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (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. Many of the ALG vendors sell at multiple markets, so you can find plenty of good food at these other markets.

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!

Market Open for June 13


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

I don’t know about you, but I am loving all this rain we’ve been getting lately. Yes, I still haven’t finished planting my entire garden, but getting all this water in the ground is even more important. The Broad River, at the back of my land, has been full all spring, and it’s good knowing that later in the year, when things do get hot and dry, my well can water my gardens without worry of running dry. The days are heating up, though, so I guess Spring really is behind us. The asparagus and strawberries are almost gone, and I hear some of the local orchards are already picking peaches.

A few of you noticed last week the 3 Porch Farm has started listing one of the most popular items of summer, their honeypops. I ordered a few myself, and I’d already eaten them before pickups were over on Thursday. They have a freezer right there at Ben’s Bikes, so you don’t have to worry about them melting before you get there.

Also, you may have noticed that the numbers on the salmon from Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon have been dwindling. Doug and his family have headed back up to Alaska for the summer fishing season, so what we have now is all we’ll have until they return in the fall. If you like grilling these filets and burgers during the summer months, fill your freezer now!

One other note this week. The state of Georgia has given administration of the SNAP program (food stamps) over to a new company, and they’ve made the transition this week. I’ve dealt with some terrible bureaucracies in my day, and this has been one of the worst. I’ve yet to receive the new equipment, and the old equipment was turned off today. So, until the new equipment arrives, we will not be able to accept SNAP cards as payment. If you rely on this, please be aware that the Athens FArmers Market, on Saturdays and Wednesdays, not only accepts SNAP, but they also are able to double your dollars thanks to a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia. We’ve not been accepted into that program, so we encourage you to spend your SNAP dollars there while they’re open, and then return to us when they close in the Fall.

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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

June 22nd: Be a Farmer For A Day at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Georgia This is the fourth FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately 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 an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will 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, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. David Hoescht is the farmer at Dragonfly Farm. He performs miracles- transforming areas of his property into fertile landscapes of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These are all fed with his own home made compost and vermicompost. Come see how he does it, and help harvest berries and vegetables. Hands-on composting demonstrations! Meet new people, and purchase flowers and other farm products. A Local lunch will include products from Dragonfly Farm such as greens, field peas, and fruit cobbler. To sweeten the pot, thousands of day lilies of wide variety will be in full bloom that weekend! Bring a fishing pole if you’d like to stay a while after we work. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

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!

Market Open for June 6


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

There’s not much new to report this week. Summer veggies are really starting to come in now, and the recent rains and cool nights have kept the spring items around a little longer. We’re at the change of the season now, and everything is very weather dependent. Just a little too much heat will end the spring items, and just not enough sun will keep the summer goodies from ripening. Right now, it loos like we’re getting things just right for both, but all that could change a week from now.

Our next farm tour is coming up in a few weeks, out in Nicholson. It seems like many of our farms are to the east of Athens, but if you’re on the north side of town, this is a chance for you to see a grower closer to you than usual. And such a lovely farm it is, too! See more info about that down below.

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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

June 22nd: Be a Farmer For A Day at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Georgia This is the fourth FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately 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 an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will 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, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. David Hoescht is the farmer at Dragonfly Farm. He performs miracles- transforming areas of his property into fertile landscapes of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These are all fed with his own home made compost and vermicompost. Come see how he does it, and help harvest berries and vegetables. Hands-on composting demonstrations! Meet new people, and purchase flowers and other farm products. A Local lunch will include products from Dragonfly Farm such as greens, field peas, and fruit cobbler. To sweeten the pot, thousands of day lilies of wide variety will be in full bloom that weekend! Bring a fishing pole if you’d like to stay a while after we work. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

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!

Market Open for May 30


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 a holiday Monday, where we remember those fallen in our wars. It’s also the symbolic beginning of summer, marked with cookouts and other outdoor activities. I have to work tomorrow, so I marked the occasion today instead, by working out in the garden for a while, playing in the river for a while, and cooking a locally grown dinner out on the grill. Salmon burgers, a grilled chicken, and asparagus outside and brown rice inside. Even that I got at a locallygrown market — off the “extras” table at a market I visited in Little Rock that is using our software system. As the sun went down, we enjoyed Southern Scratch pound cake and Lazy Willow strawberries. Spring is quickly moving behind us, and the bounty of summer awaits!

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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

June 22nd: Be a Farmer For A Day at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Georgia This is the fourth FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately 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 an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will 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, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. David Hoescht is the farmer at Dragonfly Farm. He performs miracles- transforming areas of his property into fertile landscapes of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These are all fed with his own home made compost and vermicompost. Come see how he does it, and help harvest berries and vegetables. Hands-on composting demonstrations! Meet new people, and purchase flowers and other farm products. A Local lunch will include products from Dragonfly Farm such as greens, field peas, and fruit cobbler. To sweeten the pot, thousands of day lilies of wide variety will be in full bloom that weekend! Bring a fishing pole if you’d like to stay a while after we work. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

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!

Market Open for May 23


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

Our third free Farmer for a Day event was this past Saturday at Covenant Valley Farm. Cathy Payne, our event coordinator, had this report:

The third Farmer for a Day event of 2013 began at 2 p.m. after many of us had already had a busy Saturday that started with rain. Six volunteers joined 3 members of the Kennedy family in Colbert at Covenant Family Farm & Gifts. We shared a bit about our interest in sustainable and local food systems before starting our work projects. In less than two hours, the team had built and mulched two new raised beds for melons, installed panels and cage supports for 50 tomato plants, and done a bit of weeding. Annie and Nolan are very appreciative! The volunteers developed some new skills in the process, and learned a lot about livestock during the walking farm tour. By then everyone had worked up an appetite and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Covenant Family Farm and Athens Locally Grown. This included local food such as grass fed Angus sliders and pecan butter from Covenant Family Farm, pickled carrots and cinnamon pecan bread from Lazy Willow Farm, and a mesclun salad mix from Broad River Pastures. Photos of the day can be found at http://tinyurl.com/aq68tks.

If you haven’t been to one of our Farmer for a Day events over the years, you’ve missed out on some really lovely experiences. We have two more scheduled for this summer, including a visit on June 22nd to the always popular Dragonfly Farm.

My house got more than a few inches of rain this weekend. We’ll certainly be happy to have that in the ground later in the year, and I had just managed to get the rest of my seedlings and ready seeds planted before the deluge. I’ve only got six more 4×4 beds to clean out and get planted, and I’m eager to get out there and do it. If you’ve got any gardening stories you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them!

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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

June 22nd: Be a Farmer For A Day at Dragonfly Farm in Nicholson, Georgia This is the fourth FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately 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 an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will 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, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. David Hoescht is the farmer at Dragonfly Farm. He performs miracles- transforming areas of his property into fertile landscapes of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. These are all fed with his own home made compost and vermicompost. Come see how he does it, and help harvest berries and vegetables. Hands-on composting demonstrations! Meet new people, and purchase flowers and other farm products. A Local lunch will include products from Dragonfly Farm such as greens, field peas, and fruit cobbler. To sweeten the pot, thousands of day lilies of wide variety will be in full bloom that weekend! Bring a fishing pole if you’d like to stay a while after we work. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at broadriverpastures@gmail.com or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

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!