This weblog contains LocallyGrown.net news and the weblog entries from all the markets currently using the system.
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Champaign, OH: Time Out...
While I am watching the University of Dayton battle it out with Stanford, I am taking a time out to tell you…
Strive, our lettuce/greens vendor, ran into a couple of setbacks but have fixed them and will be back in full force, very soon!!
The granola and granola clusters that you all loved, as samples, tonight, from Everyday Homemade (Everyday Organics), met some technical difficulties, in listing, tonight, but will have product listed, tomorrow!!
That’s all I’ve got…back to the game!
Suwanee Whole Life Co-op: New:Farm Tours
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!
Champaign, OH: Let It Grow...
Let it grow, let it grow,
Let it blossom, let it flow.
In the sun, the rain, the snow…
Just as the seasons let us grow, just as our souls let us grow, we also see how we can grow locally, in our market, in our health, in our well being…
With each order, the market continues to grow. With each new customer, we branch out and grow to touch another person. With each loyal customer, we know that we have put down the path to continued growth.
We need growth…it is natural, it challenges us, it is essential to us. Growth and change are the most exciting things in life!!
So, in this time of growth in our market, we say hello to new vendors, new products, new managers, new ideas, new horizons!! The growth potential is there…let’s grab it and run with it!!
As I open this week’s market, I would like to ask each of you to seek a bit of growth in your life. If you are a loyal and returning customer, I ask you to place your orders but then order one item that you normally would not. If you are a registered customer who has never placed an order, I ask you to seek growth, take a chance, and place just ONE small order. If you are a sporadic customer, I ask you to place an order and then take a leap of faith and order one more item. If you are a vendor, I ask you to order one item from a fellow vendor.
Growth takes a bit of effort, in little steps, by all people working together…it makes the world go round, it fuels love, it creates a solid foundation in all things local.
Give us a chance, expand your horizons, give us some growth.
I expect a full report, next Thursday, from each of you on how your growth made you feel!!
Now….the market is open, the growth is upon us, let the fun begin!
CSA Farmers Market : Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs
Submitted by Teresa Cheely
Some people are fortunate enough to find naturally colored eggs right from the hen. Easter Eggers – not a real breed but what I would call the mutt of the bird world – lay green, rose, brown, and blue eggs. Whatever color she lays, she sticks with her whole life. Welsummers breed (the one on the Kelloggs Corn Flakes) lays chocolate brown eggs. This is cooking from the ground up in it’s purest form.
Many years ago my first attempt at homemade Easter Egg dye was borne out of frugality rather than health concerns. Through trial and error I came up with natural egg dye using whatever I had on hand. It sparked the natural curiosity of my kids (and myself) and changed the annual event into a science adventure. Here are my tried and true food based dyes plus some I haven’t tried but picked up along the way from other “scientists”. The egg colors are more subtle than the artificially enhanced hues but they more closely mimic Mother Natures artwork. They are added to the cooking water.
BLUE: Purple grape juice, crushed blueberries
YELLOW: Ground turmeric, organic orange peel
PINK: Cranberry juice, beets, brine from pickled beets,pomegranate juice, cherries
ORANGE: Yellow onion skins, cooked carrots, chili powder, paprika
Place the uncooked eggs in a single layer in a pan and add water and natural dye material to cover. The more you add, the more intense the color will be.
Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to help the egg shells absorb the color. Simmer for 15 minutes. For more intense color, let the eggs rest in the liquid . After drying the eggs rub with a bit of cooking oil to get a shiny appearance. Remember cooked eggs are more perishable than raw eggs.
Options: Wrap string around the eggs before cooking to create interesting patterns.
Leave a portion of the egg uncovered during the resting period to create lighter areas.
Local Farms First: The Market Is Open!
Greetings Local Farms First food lovers!
*The market is open weekly now that its SPRING! *
The season has come…SPRING!! Greens, spring veggies and much more will be available on the market in the coming weeks! Get excited for more variety on the market! Check out The Living Farm, Abundant Life and Rain Crow all have spring greens! Taste the freshness and start preparing for summer!! Order today!
There is a new pick up location for Crested Butte!! It is the DAILY DOSE right next to Clarks Grocery Store! This new juice bar will be the new location for the whole winter! Also, there will be different dates to pick up your orders. Please see below for the WINTER DATES!!
March 5th & 19th
April- back to weekly pickups depending on the weather this winter!
Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Amy Konash- Market Manager
LocalFarmsFirst.org – a 501c3 non-profit
click here to start shopping on the website:
CSA Farmers Market : What is CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The market has several farms that offer their very own CSA. CSA farms sell shares at the beginning of the year and in exchange for providing the farmer with money upfront the member receives a box of produce throughout the growing season. (in the case of Fallen Oak Farm they receive chickens). Each farm models their share based on their past experience. Length of the box distribution vary for each farm.
Currently we have two farms that are offering CSA shares on the website. Fallen Oak is offering a chicken share and White Pine Farm is offering a produce share.
Most CSA Farmers offer members the opportunity to get involved with the farm by giving them a discount in exchange for coming out to help at the farm.
Members who join a specific farm CSA share the risk and the rewards of farming. When a member joins a farm as a working member it helps to connect the consumer with where and how their food is grown.
What a member receives in their boxes can vary from year to year. This is mostly based on the weather which determines which crops do well.
It is always best to talk with the farmer and visit the farm prior to determining what farm a person may want to join.
If you are interested in signing on to a CSA Farm Click Here
Submitted by Marian Listwak
Gwinnett Locally Grown: HONEY IN STOCK!
The Market is open Thursday Noon – Monday 9 a.m. After that, ordering is disabled. Pick up your order Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.
Honey - We have honey back in stock – one pound glass jars! Fresh & Local — > Honey.
Eggs – Just a reminder that we have two brown-egg vendors with extremely happy chickens right now! Neither use soy in their supplemental feed, and put them out during the day to free-range. For more information, see their individual product descriptions under Fresh & Local — > Eggs.
Butter – Russell hasn’t been able to make butter again yet, so keep watching for when it will be available again. We have organic grass-fed ghee (clarified butter) available to hold you over – yummy to cook with – a little goes a long way! Group Buys — > Pure Indian Foods — > Ghee
Mother Earth Meats Chicken – our freezer is restocked for by-the-piece ordering. Group Buys — > Mother Earth Meats
We finally did it! We had so many orders for milk and eggs last week that we outgrew the refrigerated unit! We are adding coolers for storage and when veggies become available, we will be adding more tables for pick-up. Thank you all for supporting local farmers and value-added vendors!
Recycling – Thank you to everyone who has been returning egg cartons and glass jars – greatly appreciated, as are the grocery bags and paper towel/toilet paper cardboard tubes!
Rancho Alegre Farm
Statesboro Market2Go: Doug's Salmon Pickup - TODAY!!
Reminder – if you ordered from Market2Go this week or if you ordered from DOUG’S WILD ALASKAN SALMON in the past few weeks – today is pickup day! Please pickup at the location you selected between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Also, Doug will have EXTRA if you are interested but did not order.
Thank you for supporting local food growers and producers!!
CSA Farmers Market : Winter please let spring come through
Thomson: This market is preparing to open!
This market was added to the LocallyGrown.net system on Wednesday March 26, 2014 09:40 PM. It should be open for business soon!