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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


Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

How to contact us:
Our Website: suwanee.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/GAWholeLifeSuwanee

Sale: Certified Naturally Grown Collard Greens from Finch Creek

On Sale One More Week!! Farmer Cass from Finch Creek Farm has been busy planting lots of Certified Naturally Grown seasonal veggies and has a bumper crop of collard greens. He is offering 2lbs of collard greens for only $1.75! for one more week. Now is the time to stock up! If you’ve never been a collard greens fan read the nutritional benefits below and it might change your mind.

Nutritional Benefits of Collard Greens:

  • Contains soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases
  • Rich in phyto-nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as di-indolyl-methane (DIM) and sulforaphane that have proven benefits against prostate, breast, cervical, colon, and ovarian cancers
  • Excellent source of folate which helps with fetal development, production of red blood cells, prevention of heart disease, and reduction of depression and dementia
  • Rich in vitamin-C- a powerful natural anti-oxidant that offers protection against free radical injury and viral infections
  • Excellent source of vitamin-A and carotenoid anti-oxidants such as lutein, carotenes, zea-xanthin, crypto-xanthin, which can help prevent cancers, improve immunity, improve vision and prevent signs of aging
  • High levels of vitamin-K- believed to play a role in increasing bone mass which helps prevent osteoporosis
  • Rich in minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc

Easy ways to Cook Collard Greens:
Collard greens make an easy and nutritious side dish. Some ways my family enjoys them are sauteed with olive oil or coconut oil, fresh garlic and sea salt.

Another easy way is cooking them in the crock pot. I use about 4lbs of washed and trimmed greens, chicken stock ( I don’t measure but around 1 cup), 1-2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, sauteed diced onion, a ham hock or some leftover cooked bacon. If you leave out the meat just add a little sea salt. Turn on the crock pot to low and leave it for 6 hours. I try to make large batches and freeze for an easy green side dish.

Another tip: I remove the stem and just tear the leaves into bite size pieces before I cook it. I think it makes it easier for my kids to eat it.

Farm Tour: Save the Date

Now that Spring is here (I think) and it’s warming up, we’re planning some local farm tours. An important goal of the co-op is for you and your families to have a connection to your food by knowing who grows, raises, or produces it. It’s a lot of fun for the kids and the whole family!

We are planning to visit BeeBerry Farms on Saturday, May 5th. BeeBerry Farms is located in Cumming and provides our co-op Certified Naturally Grown, Organic, honey, eggs, berries and vegetables.

I’ll have more details as we get closer to the date. Please let me know if you think you can make it. We’re trying to get an estimate of how many families to expect.

I have a few more tours in the works. Once we have solid dates I will let you all know.

Commerical Realtor/Broker Needed

We have an awesome co-op and so much support that I’ve really outgrown my current space. Most of you know that current space is my garage. My husband and I have decided to take that leap of faith and find another home for the co-op. I’ve enjoyed the convenience of having it at my house but I think it’s time to give my husband back his garage on Tuesdays. If you are a commercial Realtor/broker or know of a good one please contact me at suwaneewholelife@gmail.com

Also, if you know anyone that has warehouse space to rent in Suwanee, please forward me their contact info.

I’m excited to make this leap with all of you and looking forward to some exciting changes for our co-op! If anything, a flat driveway :-)

Until we find another space we will continue to have pick up at our usual spot- so NO changes yet!

Thank you all for your continued support!

Upcoming Group Buys

Below is a list of upcoming co-op group buys to help with planning and budgeting. All dates are subject to change.

Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese – Grass Fed Cheeses – 4/4/14

Old State Farms- Unrefined Maple Syrup- TBD Spring 2014

Muddy Pond- Sorghum Syrups – TBD Spring 2014

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
GREEN: Spinach
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!

Also remember…

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
970-641-7682
click here to start shopping on the website:
www.LocalFarmsFirst.com

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.

PRODUCT NEWS
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

MARKET NEWS
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!

Debbie Moore
Market Manager
grow@ranchoalegrefarm.com

Pilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm

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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!!

www.statesboromarket2go.locallygrown.net

CSA Farmers Market :  Winter please let spring come through


Ice Storm


Scene from White Pine Farm’s front lawn several days after Dec. 2013 ice storm.

Did You Know

It has been a tough winter for everyone. Most farmers endure unique challenges that many people do not know about.
During the winter cattle can slip on the ice and hurt themselves. Sometimes they lay in a position from which they can’t get up and they can’t belch. When that happens they bloat and they get rounder and rounder. They are not lucky and end up like Harry Potter’s uncles sister who was filled with hot air and floated away, what usually happens is that they die, unless a farmer is near by and gets them up in time so they can release the built up gas. Which is most often a very difficult task.
I remember once such year (40or more years ago) on my parents farm when I was young. We lost many cattle during the winter. In the spring my brother and I dug a huge hole and buried many animals in the spring. A badger who happened to be in the area made his den in the grave and ate very well. We haven’t seen any badgers since then.
Ulrich farms has had one of those years. He lost several cattle. Which I can emphasize with his loss. So far this year the animals on White Pine Farm are okay. We watch them closely hoping to intercept these disaster. They are close enough to the house so we can do that. Kurt’s (Ulrich) beef herd is not close to his house, which makes it more difficult to keep a close eye on them. We all count our blessing during difficult weather events.

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!