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Martin's Farmstand:  Will the gardens grow?


Winter is running out of time. In 5 weeks the asparagus will be ready to eat.
How does this cold March effect us that are growing market gardens. The first thing is it was aweful hard to keep the greenhouse warm enough. Plants got close to freezeing a few times but they did not freeze and the tomatoes are about a foot tall. They look good and are only about 7-10 days behind schedule. This is pretty good with all things considered.
Most of the annual crops are not effected at all as they are cozy and dry in their seed packets.
I will report about the strawberries and raspberries in a few weeks after I get a chance to look at them. Right now all I can see is snow. They stand a good chance of being OK. God has promised us seedtime and harvesttime. Daniel

Joyful Noise Acres Farm:  Market closes at 8:00 pm.


Just a reminder to get your orders in before 8:00 tonight.
I try to be prompt in closing the market so the farmers can start getting your orders filled so please don’t be late. Make sure you walk through all the steps and get the confirmation e-mail that your order went through. If you don’t get the confirmation, we didn’t get the order and I don’t want you to miss out on any of the yummy goodness that arrives here on Wednesday.
Have a wonderful day in all this beautiful sunshine!
Mary Beth

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for April 3


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Market News

It looks like this week will see our first full taste of spring weather, and I for one am really looking forward to that. I’ve been longing for warm evenings when I get home from work for getting in some work and play outside between dinner and my daughters’ bedtime.

Our growers have all been hard at work for quite some time, of course, with many of them growing food for us year ‘round. Now that the veggies are growing quickly, the other area farmers markets are starting to wake back up for the year. I’ve heard the Comer the market has already been open for a few weeks. The Saturday Athens Farmers Market in Bishop Park is opening this coming weekend. Others will be following in the weeks ahead. As these markets open, our growers have to juggle their harvests between the markets they sell at, and it can take them time to get used to how busy the markets will be for them. So, if you notice some volatility in the availability these next few weeks, that’ll be one reason why. As the weather continues to warm up, the veggies will start coming in more quick;y to satisfy all the growers’ markets, and that volatility will settle down.

Also this coming Saturday is the 17th Annual Old-Timey Seed Swap in Crawford. I’ve been including the information about this great event in my last two newsletters to you, and you can find it all on our website here: http://athens.locallygrown.net/weblog/view/21551. I love this event, and hope to see you there!

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 Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse. The Athens Farmers Market will be opening their Saturday market this coming Saturday, and their mid-week market will open later in the year. You can catch the news on their website. The other area markets I haven’t mentioned are also all closed for the season. We’ll be here all year round, however!

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!

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown Availability for April 2nd, 2014


Hey Local Food Lovers,

Spring is a busy time of year for local food farmers, and this year is no exception. Everyone I’ve talked to lately has that buoyant energy that comes in the spring where plans are being set, and new growth is coming on vigorously. The highlight of my day was pulling weeds. Garlic planted back in October and asparagus beds that haven’t been touched probably since then either needed some attention. The sun, the warmth and rain combined has officially brought on our first flush of wild strong growth. Those who have been fortunate to be outside have seen it. The grass is growing tall.

The big news this week was BEETS. Three different farms have them, but the cute little ones with greens on top look like they’ve already sold out. I’ll be faster next week. There should be more and more coming.

We’ll be launching the official opening of the LOCALLY GROWN 2014 season the weekend of EASTER (April 20th) for the pickup that Wednesday the 23rd. For those of you who shop year-round that doesn’t mean much but we do like to send out a few press releases to remind folks that we’re here. In a few more weeks we ought to have enough produce to invite a few more folks to enjoy the party.

If all goes well we’ll launch the Gainseville Market about a month or so after that, either late May or early June. We have been recruiting new farms and food producers to join the market around this time so it should be a quite exciting event.

Another exciting event is a farmer network meeting that’ll be happening on Monday. Our Georgia Mountains Farmers Network is now just over 2 years old but it’s made a lot of progress in a short time. Monday’s meeting will be our 10th official get-together and we’re celebrating incorporating into an official organization by sharing a meal at Jamie Allred’s new restaurant in Clayton, FORTIFY. You can bet I’ll be describing that meal this time next week and I’m certain it’ll be fantastic. The Locally Grown market is now officially a program of the Georgia Mountains Farmers Network, since our #1 priority for the network from our inception has been marketing collaborations, especially those that increase retail sales to urban markets. That’s where our Gainseville expansion idea came from.

Last but not least, we are beginning to plan our 3rd annual FARM TOUR. This is the best opportunity of the year to go out and see many of the farms that you buy from here on Locally Grown. We’re locking in the dates of June 28-29, which is just 3 months from now. One of the most important ingredients to this being a great event is volunteers. We had over 30 volunteers at last years TOUR and we’l need at least that many again. Not only will you get a free t-shirt for donating about 4-5 hours of your time, you’ll also get to attend the TOUR the other day for free. And you’ll probably make some of the best friends of your life and have a fun time in the process. That’s a win-win. If you’re interested in volunteering it’s not too early to put your name on our list. Send an e-mail to Maggie Van Cantfort at gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com
or
gmfnfarmtour@gmail.com

Ok, that’ll do it for tonight.

Thanks for supporting local food and farms and EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Carolina Foothills, SC:  Monday Morning Reminder 3/31/14


http://carolinafoothills.locallygtown.net/market

Good Monday to All,

This is a smiling reminder to get your orders in by 4pm this afternoon.

Still lots of good food to be harvested and made for you.

I’m very excited about all the salad mixes!!

Enjoy your day!

Grow

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday April 5


I hope this finds you all doing well. I don’t see any scheduled freezes or overly low temps for next week so we may just be over winter. I know I am over it. My garden certainly is.
Anything still growing from winter may be just about over to. As the temps warm those plants have a tendency to bolt. My spring stuff is bairly visible. Thanks to Neil I will be able to transplant some stud this week. I am heade oh to my shop to pot up tomatoes so we will be ready with them as soon as we stop hitting 45 and lower, that tends to slow their growth.

Anyway order up. We have lots of veggies and pork available. Also if you are ready to reserve your next hog share please go so so. We are planning our next trip to be towards te end of April. I have one @175 and three at about 160. Another 30 days and they will all be ready, if you want to reserve a hog just put tht in your comments since we still have 2 shares currently available.

Thank you for all your support and remember I share us with a friend.

We will see you on Saturday between 9-10 at your selected delivery location.

Thank you,
Brady

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday April 4


I hope this finds you all doing well. I don’t see any scheduled freezes or overly low temps for next week so we may just be over winter. I know I am over it. My garden certainly is.
Anything still growing from winter may be just about over to. As the temps warm those plants have a tendency to bolt. My spring stuff is bairly visible. Thanks to Neil I will be able to transplant some stud this week. I am heade oh to my shop to pot up tomatoes so we will be ready with them as soon as we stop hitting 45 and lower, that tends to slow their growth.

Anyway order up. We have lots of veggies and pork available. Also if you are ready to reserve your next hog share please go so so. We are planning our next trip to be towards te end of April. I have one @175 and three at about 160. Another 30 days and they will all be ready, if you want to reserve a hog just put tht in your comments since we still have 2 shares currently available.

Thank you for all your support and remember I share us with a friend.

We will see you on Friday between 5-7 at copy central.

Thank you,
Brady

Madison GA:  The Market is open!!!!


See everyone Wed!!!

Heirloom Living Market Lawrenceville :  Market Closes at 9:00pm!


Crossfit Market Closes at 9:00pm Tonight!

A couple of reminders…

Remember we must meet the minimum for delivery for the trip to be cost effective for the good folks at My Daily Bread! Get your orders in now, so we can all be enjoying our yummy items on Tuesday! We are not half way to our minimum!

Hopefully – Andrew at the Veggie Patch will be sending some seedlings to the Market this week — I will forward the list to you on Tuesday when I send the Reminder to Pickup email! Can’t wait to see what needs to be planted this week!

Market closes at 9:00pm tonight, so while you are here, click on over and place your order now!


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Thank you for your support! See you at Market on Tuesday!

Champaign, OH:  Suds It Up!!


Just a quick note while I am deep into the Kentucky game…

We have a new vendor who just went live with product!!

ELM Tree Essentials has listed her first two handmade soaps!! Lemongrass and Peppermint are what are offered, this week!!

Get your orders in before they all sell out!!