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Champaign, OH:  Basil, basil and more basil...


I am not sure how I missed one of my favorites, but Fresh Harvest Farm also has added basil this week for us. I do apologize as noone can forget our good friend basil! Enjoy!

Champaign, OH:  Monday, Monday....


Good morning everyone! What a beautiful sunny day we have in front of us! I hope your weekend was restful and at the same time full of exciting fall activities to get us enjoying the season which surrounds us.

I am writing today to mention some new additions to the market. Not only are the products awesome, but the way they are grown is too. Welcome, welcome, welcome to Fresh Harvest Farm who joins us this week from Richwood to our north. Jeni and Doug Blackburn own and operate Fresh Harvest Farm which utilizes aquaponics, a growing method that produces lettuces, kale, celery, swiss chard, basil and more. This growing method uses a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics to produce year-round greens. I am excited to have them join us! Let’s all welcome them with open arms!

Jeni and Doug have been featured in a number of local publications lately and their explosive growth is due to their hard work and inventive personalities. We are so lucky to have them join us so we can have our salad greens, especially this late in the season.

Fresh Harvest has added two kinds of romaine, a butterhead and a variety called concept for us this week. Get your salad tongs ready and order your greens for that weekend get-together or fast and healthy mid-week meal. Top your delicous salad with some of the sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and other options while they last.

If you already ordered this week, no worries. You can always place another order if you wish and both orders will be combined in your market basket when you check out.

Again, let’s give a warm welcome to the inventive and exciting Fresh Harvest Farm! Welcome Jeni and Doug!

DeForest, WI:  Availability for Week of September 22


Forest Run Farm is offering bulk Paste Tomatoes with a pretty good discount. If you are interested in making sauce or juice, now is the time to order. The Farmer will pack up several varieties including Amish, Gilberte, Opalka, Striped Roman and Yellow Bell.

Hot peppers are also available, so plan to cook up some Salsa too!

Princeton Farm Fresh:  The Market is Open


Wow- the weather has really started to change. As we start our second year here in Kentucky, I have to tell you how much we love Fall here. The feel of the cooler weather coming on, the trees turning beautiful colors, the winter coats changing on our animals.

Looks like our fall foods are coming in too! Another favorite of mine!!

See you at the market Thursday!

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for September 25th, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’ve been wanting to talk about one product type on Locally Grown for weeks that is pretty new and very unique. Mushrooms.

Though we’ve had wild harvested mushrooms on Locally Grown since our very first year (2010), this year was a milestone in having a new grower that can produce mushrooms all the year round. The farm is called Orchard Valley Farm and Julius Miller is the guru that has made this all happen. Those of you who have lived around Clarkesville for awhile may know Julius as the guy who until very recently owned and ran Orchard Valley Signs. If you’ve ever driven down Clarkesville’s Main Street and thought wow, I really like how nice all the business signs are and they have just a hint of a similar quality. That would be Julius. I feel pretty certain he is one of the best sign makers you’ll ever meet. Or I should say was the best as last year he sold the business with two goals in mind. He wanted to start a youth camp for troubled youth as a way to give back, and he wanted to become a grower.

Julius is one of those people who likes to figure things out, and even before he zeroed in on mushrooms he was doing a lot of reading about different niche farm products and technology. He got fascinated with mushrooms because there aren’t many people who grow them, and it’s not the easiest thing to do. It was a challenge and a puzzle he could work to figure out.

I won’t pretend to understand his growing system well enough to explain it but I will share just a little bit of what he’s told me. Each different mushroom is unique, has its own unique likes and dislikes. It all starts with the growing medium. Shitakes as you may or may not know prefer hardwood as a medium, either a log or sawdust. Oyster mushrooms prefer straw. I’m not sure what Portobello mushrooms prefer.

A mushroom grower is more like a cheese maker than a farmer. Every little detail about how a cheese is made affects the flavor, and every little detail from moisture, to air flow, to growth medium, all effect how the mushrooms grow. It’s easy to make a mistake, get the wrong type of spores in the growth medium and boom….problems.

Julius a few weeks ago was telling me that Oyster mushrooms are his favorite because they are so fascinating….and by far the most difficult to grow. For one, they are completely different from the other mushrooms. Most mushrooms are just the fruit of the mycellium that is feeding on the organic matter of the dead wood or straw. In other words think of the mushroom cap as the tomato and meanwhile the big green plant is growing in the wood and straw. When you harvest the cap, that’s it, it is dead, just like you can’t put a tomato on the ground and it continue to grow, or form a whole new green plant. But the oyster mushroom can. When you cut an oyster mushroom it is still alive. In fact it will try and recolonize anything it thinks it can eat. Julius described how he placed some in a cardboard box and they started to send out mycellium into the box (the box of course was not nearly delicious and nutritious enough for it to live, but it was gonna give it a try).

I like that we have people in our community who not only provide a fresh food that is so incredibly good for us, while also tasting so so so much better than what you can find in the store. I also like that such people teach us about our world and the sources of our sustenance that we so rarely would be exposed to on our own. I’ve always loved mushrooms naturally, but now I feel I understand and respect them just a little more…..as I sautee them up in butter and gobble them up…..I’ll be respecting them the whole way down.

Thanks to Julius we have mushrooms. I hope you’ll try some and if you enjoy them, eat them frequently.

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for September 26


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

Hello! I haven’t got a regular newsletter prepared today. I haven’t been home since Tuesday, when I left suddenly to go spend time with my mother. She ended her nine year long battle with cancer early yesterday, surrounded by her family. I’ll have more to say later, I’m sure, since I learned how to grow my own food at her side as a young boy. Much of my ideals of creating the system behind Athens Locally Grown can be traced back to those days, and she always told me how proud she was that this little thing we’ve created here in Athens has spread so far and wide, to be used by growers and eaters across the country.

For now, though, I’ll just open the market and let you go right on to ordering.

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. The Comer Farmers Market, on Madison Street downtown, is open Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm. Their Facebook page is at Facebook.com/Comerfm.

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!

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local Cider!


To Contact Us


South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41B
Tracy City, TN 37387
rootedhere@locallygrown.net
615-653-3347
Risa Brown

Recipes

Market News


Crow Mountain Orchard has fresh apple cider for sale this week. It’s made right on their farm with their delicious apples and makes wonderful sauces and dressings. Asian pears are still available in addition to the apples.

White City Produce has beautiful mums to brighten up your store, home or office. Get them while supplies last. They also have okra and green beans this week.

In Town Organics has crispy Romaine
lettuce and Grundy Greens is back with their signature salad mix.

Sequatchie Cove Farm has ground beef on the market from their grass fed cattle. And there are many more things to choose from, so go ahead and look over the whole list so you don’t miss out.

We’re open till noon for orders. Have a great day!
Thank you for supporting your local farmers and food hub!

Risa


Coming Events

Keep up to date with the Cumberland Farmer’s Market by visiting our organization’s blog.

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!

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday September 28


I hope this finds you all doing well. It seems as if the months are just flying by. Here we are with the first evening of fall. Mother Nature proves to be flowing right along. We were able to make huge waves in the garden this past week. We planted plenty of lettuce, broccoli, beets, radishes, collards, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard, poc choi, mizuna, salad mix and more. We will defiantly have lots of mushrooms this week as well.

Please remember to have your orders placed by 8 pm on Wednesday.. We will see you on Saturday between 9-10 at your selected delivery location. Don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thant you,
Brady

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday September 27


I hope this finds you all doing well. It seems as if the months are just flying by. Here we are with the first evening of fall. Mother Nature proves to be flowing right along. We were able to make huge waves in the garden this past week. We planted plenty of lettuce, broccoli, beets, radishes, collards, kale, kohlrabi, turnips, mustard, poc choi, mizuna, salad mix and more. We will defiantly have lots of mushrooms this week as well.

Please remember to have your orders placed by 8 pm on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5-7 at Copy Central. Don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thant you,
Brady

Heirloom Living Market Lawrenceville :  Did You Forget??


Greetings!

After I closed the Market, I realized that a few folks who usually order have not placed their orders.

This is a last call to order. I will leave the Market open for the next hour (until 10:30)!

Hope this helps!

~Maryanne