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Cedar Grove Farm:  CSA Availability for February 7


Hey Folks!

Happy Imbolc! Imbolc is the time of year between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Some call it the “return of the light” — and indeed, it’s the time of year where we cross over from less than 10 hours of daylight, wherein plants are mostly dormant, to 10 hours plus, when plants are actively growing. Yay! A wise woman once told me that it’s “the turning of the seed” and that if you press your ear to the ground, you can hear the seeds shaking and turning, preparing to sprout. It’s a pivotal time for plants, and I see daffodils beginning to flower and red maples sending out catkins and adding their blush to the landscape.

Spring is on its way, and we are preparing. Already, little cabbage sprouts and lettuce seedlings are making their way into the light. Already, new beets and carrots are sending down their roots into the soil. Already.

Well, I suppose you’re all ready ready for this week’s offerings. Tasty radishes, delicate chard, crunchy carrots, deep red beets. We’ve got a light array of winter treats for you. The market is open. Hope you find something you like.

Farmer Sara

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for February 6th, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I thought I’d pick right back up where I left off last week with giving a little history about the Locally Grown market and how things work. This week I want to go into a little more detail on the financial side.

Even though Locally Grown is managed as a non-profit project of the Soque River Watershed Association (with Chuck and Amy Mashburn managing the Tiger pick-up and Justin Ellis managing the Clarkesville pickup) each time you use the website, your orders are placed directly with the farms whose products you select. What that means is that Locally Grown does not purchase food and then sell it to you. Each customer is making a series of individual purchases directly from farms, then on Wednesdays those farms leave their products for you at the designated pick up. Even though you may never see each other, they know your names from week to week as they see them on an order form and on the labels.

Because Locally Grown does shuttle food between Tiger and Clarkesville, man the market from about 2:30 until 6:30 (or 7pm in the summer), print out all the paperwork, take deposits to the bank, and a handful of other weekly administrative tasks we do collect a small percentage of each sale made. Currently that amount is 12% of sales. There is a 3% of all sales fee paid to use the Locally Grown software designed by Eric Wagoner who started the Athens Locally Grown. The remaining 9% is split between the Clarkesville and the Tiger pickup locations. So if you buy a $4.00 bag of kale the farmer will receive $3.52. We’ll collect .48 cents of which .12 cents goes for the software licensing fee and the remaining .36 cents is split between Clarkesville and Tiger after expenses.

In 2013 Locally Grown sold $37,250 worth of products, and collected $3,352 from our 9%. We had $1,930 in expenses that included things like business cards, coolers, banners, shuttle costs ($20 per trip), small volunteer stipend, bank fees, bounced checks (we always have a few of these from customers that don’t come back), and a few miscellaneous expenses like non-delivered food, etc. That left $1,422 net which was split between Clarkesville and Tiger markets making it $711 each. We spend on average at least 5 hours a week on Locally Grown activities (4 hours at market and at least another hour doing other things). That’s 260 hours in a year minimum which breaks down to about $2.73 an hour. That’s just counting Chuck and I’s time, and doesn’t include Amy, Ching-Yu, all the time that Teri Parker and Jean Holmes donates, and most recently the farmers that have been helping out.

But what about the membership fees? Good question. This year we collected $1,590 in annual membership fees compared to $1,050 in fees from last year and $1,170 the year before. So far we have been pooling all of this money in a reserve fund with the expectation that we may need to purchase a refrigerated truck, or hire someone to help with deliveries if we ever expand the market. $3,810 (give or take) is a decent start as we start to look at possible expansion plans this year and hopefully might be used to match a grant or other funding source.

All of these funds are managed in an account under the Soque River Watershed Association name (that’s why we have you write SRWA on your checks) so no taxes are due, though farmers do have to pay taxes on their income from the market individually. We may be required in the near future to submit tax forms to growers with records of their annual sales but haven’t started that yet.

As you can see, its run kind of like a very small business partnership between Chuck and I, though one that is more fun than profit driven. I’ll say this in case you are worried. I think that Chuck and I, and I think I can safely speak for Amy, Teri, Jean, Ching-Yu and many other volunteers find Locally Grown to be one of the brightest spots in our week, but more importantly in our community. Let’s face it , if it weren’t for this humble market I wouldn’t know most of the growers that I know, and I certainly wouldn’t be eating fresh local greens in the winter, with fresh local bread, fresh eggs, and all the other items I now can enjoy every single week of the year.

It’s also quite exhilarating to be able to tell people that in less than three years we’ve sold over $100,000 worth of food. That’s significant.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Before I wrap things up, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Friday’s Northeast Georgian you should because Ronnie Mathis of Mountain Earth Farms is on the cover in color with his greens above the fold! The story is about the brand new FARM 2 SCHOOL program that Habersham County is launching this year and it’s pretty exciting. If you want to know more about it I’m gonna make you visit our FACEBOOK page to read the story (we’re trying to boost our LIKES) click here

There’s a PDF of the whole article there. Or better yet go buy a paper. Support Local NEWS, but only after you support LOCAL FOOD!

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Grass fed beef for Saturday


I forgot to mention we are going to have some grass feed beef available for Saturdays market.
Farm House Beef will be at Piedmont Park from 9-10:30.

You can let me know what you would like and ill Handel the logistics or you can talk with them.

They have great prices and a fantastic selection.

The ground beef is 6.15 per lb
Stew beef is 6.35
Plus sales tax on these items so we are
Suggesting 6.75 to cover

Again, if you are interested just add what you want to the comment section of your order.
We will take care or the rest.

Thank you,
Brady

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Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Are we going to have an early spring in the Ozarks? I can’t tell – the weather keeps changing! At the beginning of last week we had three days in a row with temperatures around 70, and things started coming alive. I saw daffodils not just poking up, but blooming! The spring peeper frogs are “peeping” around the ponds, and just yesterday I saw a pear tree while making deliveries in Little Rock that had popped open. I’m a little worried that everything is just confused, and all these plants and animals coming alive are going to be in for a rude awakening – January and February are usually our coldest months! Anyway, if things continue like they are, look for an explosion of fresh produce sooner rather than later this spring, and start preparing to plant your gardens and flowerbeds.

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Click (only once) the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Salsa! This week we’re offering sample size jars of our delicious salsa to attract new customers. If you haven’t tried it before, here’s your chance, but hurry. We’re only making 10 jars, for only $3 each. These will be MEDIUM heat. We also make salsa to order each week, in hot, medium, or mildfor only $4 per pint. Search for “salsa” from Cedar Rock Ridge.

Thanks and have a wonderful week,
Gabe Levin

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday February 9


I hope this finds you all doing well.

The market is open and ready for orders.

The garden goodies are holding on strong. My son and nephew have been busy planting row after row. We have all kinds of new sprouts. It will be a while but we have high hopes.
Meanwhile we have lots of lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, kale, collards, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and more.

We were able to pick up a few pigs from the processor Saturday so we are stocked up are ready for your orders.
We have some wonderful ground pork to go along with; shanks, hocks, hams, should roast, tenderloin roast, chops and ribs.
We also have some nice looking pork fat for rendering.

If you are considering a heritage hog don’t delay. They will not last long.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Wednesday. Pick ups are on Saturday from 9 to 9:45 at the Piedmont Green Market (Double B Farm booth), Sandy Springs Green Market (Taylorganic booth)(We will be here from 10:15-11 for pick ups only). We will try to make a run to Brookhaven if we have enough orders, otherwise we will need you to p/u at Piedmont.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday February 8


I hope this finds you all doing well.

The market is open and ready for orders.

The garden goodies are holding on strong. My son and nephew have been busy planting row after row. We have all kinds of new sprouts. It will be a while but we have high hopes.
Meanwhile we have lots of lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, kale, collards, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard and more.

We were able to pick up a few pigs from the processor Saturday so we are stocked up are ready for your orders.
We have some wonderful ground pork to go along with; shanks, hocks, hams, should roast, tenderloin roast, chops and ribs.
We also have some nice looking pork fat for rendering.

If you are considering a heritage hog don’t delay. They will not last long.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Local Farms First:  Eggs Are Here! Last Day to Order Local!



Greetings local food lovers!

The egg dry spell is over! Razors Roost still has plenty of local, delicious eggs on the market.

Order from the egg selection today! Chicken, duck, quail and more…

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

Maya Silver
LocalFarmsFirst.org – a 501c3 non-profit
970-641-7682
click here to start shopping on the website:
www.LocalFarmsFirst.com

Dothan, Alabama:  Follow & Like Us on Facebook...


New packaging for greens…convenient gallon ziplock bags, ready to cook!

Great Valentine’s Day gift ideas…breads, sweets, honey, even an entire dinner…all local love!

Follow & Like us on Facebook.com/MarketAtDothan

Accepting new growers and vendors for Spring 2013…see info on Growers page.

Pick up Fridays, 9am -11am in The Potting Shed.

Thank you for your support!
Gratefully,
Susan & Amanda

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Feb. 4, 2013


Message from Market Manager

NEW GROWER THIS WEEK
Join us in welcoming Peaceful Place South, an urban farm oasis run by snow birds! Currently in St. Petersburg until spring, these folks are selling the fruit of their family homestead through our St. Pete Fruit Stand. You can find more info on them there. Welcome Jess & company!

MARKET CLOSES WEDNESDAY 12 NOON; DEADLINE FOR ORDERING FROM GERALDSON COMMUNITY FARM (GCF) IS TUESDAY 6PM

LAST WEEK TO ORDER GIFTS FROM OUR MARKET FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
Please the love of your life AND support LOCAL small businesses all in one fell swoop! Looking for something sweet with healthy ingredients? May we suggest Flour-less Organic Chocolate Gluten Free Cake by GateauOChocolat. Check our Q&A page for other unique gift suggestions.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? . Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

Ready to Order?

Click here to sign in & shop now

  • If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you.

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Upcoming Events

All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

NEXT SATURDAY==>"SUCCESSFUL URBAN FARMING IN ST. PETERSBURG" on Feb. 9th, 1 PM Details are on Calendar of Events. This will be held every Second Saturday of the month and is open to the public. RSVPS are required and will help determine if the class will be held. Bring your friends and save $10 each on this valuable experience! You can now pre-purchase this workshop on our Market. This class makes a great gift for any occasion! RSVPs now being accepted.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON FEB. 23RD at 6PM
Sponsored by St. Pete Locally Grown, potluck socials are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. These events are held exclusively for actively participating Market customers, growers, and volunteers and are meant to create a social atmosphere in which to network, share resources and experiences. Each event will include a brief informational lecture on subjects relevant to our group, including community building, growing and preparing food, health practices, to name a few. Presenters for the February potluck have yet to be announced. An invitation to attend will be sent via Evite and RSVPs to qualifying members.

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!

Rivervalley.locallygrown:  Weekly Market Opening


Rivervalley.locallygrown market is open for your shopping pleasure. Place your orders early to be somewhat assured that you will receive your desired merchandise. The announcement below is about a field day to be conducted later this year but it is announced now so you can put it on your calendar. Go to the link and sign up if you plan to attend.

Bluebird Hill Berry Farm
Farm Field Day

Jerry and Jeaneane Markham, owner/operators of the Bluebird Hill Berry Farm wish to invite all customers to visit the farm. The field day will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a hamburger meal being provided (meat, buns, mustard & ketchup) by the Markhams. Anyone wishing to bring burger condiments, i.e. pickles, lettuce, onions, olives, tomatoes, chips, etc. is welcome. Drinks will be lemonade, tea or water (provided). Sodas will be furnished by the visitors. Ice will be provided.

The field tour will begin following the meal. The tour will be either on foot or on a trailer similar to a hay ride. We will visit the areas where vegetables are produced and discuss production practices. The blackberry field and muscadine vineyard will be toured. Egg and meat production practices will be viewed and discussed.

DATE: 6/2/2013 (Sun 1:00PM – 8:00PM)

LOCATION: Bluebird Hill Berry Farm, 3434 Bells Chapel Rd. E., Atkins, Ar.

CREATED BY: Jerry Markham CONTACT by going to the cite below.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0E4CA8A929AA8-farm