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CAFE:  Tailgate Prize Awarded!!

Monday Update 10/29/12


As promised, the Best Loka-color Tailgate plate was awarded at the City of Clemson Farmers Market last Friday. The prize went to Connor Lemacher who constructed the spelling of C-L-E-M-S-O-N (see photo on Facebook page) with vegetables grown at the Student Organic Farm. For his creative efforts we are offering young Connor either10 stuffed bags of fresh, local spinach; or a Sylvan Falls Mill chocolate cake.

Remember that as outdoor farmers markets are closing for the year CAFÉ remains open year round and even as the temps will be dropping this week, our Fall crops are only beginning to arrive, and we anticipate another long extended season of Fall greens as more and more of our Growers incorporate season-extending practices and technologies.

Continue shopping until noon today. You may even still purchase miniature pumpkins from Parisi Farms.

Eat (and carve) well to stay well! Lance

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to order Local Food!

Good Morning everyone!
It’s time to order your local food from the South Cumberland Food Hub.

This week we want to welcome a new grower- The Dutchmaid Bakery. They are located in Tracy City and if any of you have ever eaten there, you know how yummy the baked goods are! They have breads available, in 2 sizes, and some cinnamon rolls. So check it out.

Due to the farmers having limited time to harvest with our ordering system, I would like everyone to do their best to order by noon on Mondays. If you have problems getting your order in on time, just let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.

Thank you and have a great week!

Upstate Locally Grown Market:  Market Reminder

Hello friends.
Your market is open for ordering until noon today and drop-off will be Tuesday at Swamp
Rabbit Cafe, or Wed at Whole Foods info desk.
Thanks for your support!

Clemson SC:  Clemson orders Due in this Morning

Hello Clemson Friends!
These past three weeks have been quite rough for Donna, having had gall stones blocking the bile duct,causing great havoc in my body and environment. I have been in for testing, and though these stones successfully passed, more are waiting to announce their presence in a not so nice way. So, maybe surgery is called for. I see the surgeon soon.
In the mean time, our market manager, Heidi has carried on and covered in places, as well as Anna from Greenville USLG, who has packed all our orders and made sure everything was there for me.
I am so grateful for these wonderful friends who jump in there and do what is needed.
If you wish to order this week, please get your orders in soon. We will be closing ordering the market soon this morning, and we do need a few more orders to make the trip expenses. So, I hope that you needed this reminder, and will log on and order your supply of beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, and veggies.
Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin.
Love to all

We Are One Farmers Market:  Pre-Order Open - New Kitchen Basil, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread

Pre-Order is open!

New from Random Hills Farm is Kitchen Basil, check it out.

Plus Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread and so much more.

And the prepared food this week is Creamy Potato Leek Soup, a fall favorite.

See you Friday are our local food extravaganza,

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN


DeForest, WI:  Availability for week of October 28

The Market is Open. Remember that the pick up window has been shortened, please make arrangements if you can not make it to the farm to pick up your order on Friday 3:30-5:30.

Remember that we still have squash; they can be selected on Friday and added to your order.

Forest Run Farm will be offering Winter Egg Shares for pick up at the farm. Please email to get more information and make arrangements.

Athens Locally Grown:  Availability for November 1

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Athens will have its first freeze of the season this week, so we can expect to see a quick decline in the range of summer veggies available at our market. It won’t be the complete end, though, and that’s due in some part to a great program funded through the USDA. Several of our growers qualified for a grant program in the last few years that funded building what is known as “high tunnels”, a type of hooped greenhouse made of a rigid metal pipe frame and then covered with a skin of plastic. They’re sometimes heated, but often the solar heat captured by the plastic and by passive water heat collectors is enough to keep what’s growing warm enough through the night. The program is an advanced research project, building upon earlier work done on a few farms. The goals include seeing if a standardized high tunnel design can be easily built and operated on a wide variety of small farms, and to see if they can greatly increase production during a time of year when small growers have traditionally had little to nothing harvestable.

It’s a long-term project, and we’re only seen a couple winters of production from the tunnels, but so far all of the growers involved are excited and optimistic. It’s not often that you see federal agriculture dollars make their way to small scale producers, and it’s even rarer that you see money spent on projects that can have such a large return on the investment for the community. Not only are the growers able to extend their income potential, but we customers have access to more variety of fresh food for a longer part of the year. Not only that, but it can help growers who were only marginally able to break even (if that) get on more secure footing, and so keeping more farming operations going in the long term. It’s not a lot of money involved (as far as federal dollars go), but the USDA seems to have found a point of high leverage here.

In part because of the expected production of these new tunnels, the Athens Farmers Market runs longer than years past, well into December. Athens Locally Grown, of course, will continue the year round, as we have for the past five or six years.

We will be taking Thanksgiving week off, however. It’s the only week of the year we close completely, so if there are things you’d like for your Thanksgiving meal, you’ll need to plan ahead and order them early.

There are a few new items on the site especially relevant for holiday feasting. Doug is back with a fresh catch of sustainable Alaskan salmon, and this year he’s had some somked a couple different ways as well as fileted and cut into steaks. He also caught some halibut, and you’ll see that listed as well. Also, Southern SCratch returned to us last week with fantastically delicious baked goods, and has many gift boxes and other items fit for a feast. And of course all of our other growers and food producers are in full swing, listing a combined 1028 items. Happy eating!

Thank you for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers and their hard work, 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 happens Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and on Wednesday afternoons downtown at outside City Hall. You can find more information on their website.

Also, Watkinsville has a thriving farmers market every Saturday morning, in front of the Oconee County courthouse. And further east, Comer has a nice little market Saturday mornings as well. Both are worth visiting. If you know of other area farmers markets, please let me know so I can list them here as well.

Many of the ALG growers sell through more than one market. Don’t feel like you have to choose a favorite, either. We have many items here you can’t find there, and I’m sure the reverse it also true. Many people stop by the supermarket several times a week, so it’s only natural that you might wish to stop by a farmers market several times a week. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so. We’ll see you there!

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!

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Local Food!

We’ve had such a beautiful fall so far this year. The mild weather has been good for our farmers. We have alot of great items on the market this week. Here’s a note from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse:

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse is running two specials this week. Buy 2, Get 1 free on all trade gallon pots of Perennials, Ferns, & Herb Plants from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. Most are out of bloom now, but are strong, healthy plants, which will develop good root systems before cold weather. They are eager to burst into bloom in your garden next spring. Order your 2 plants as usual on the market, and in the comments section indicate your first & second choices of an additional free plant. Please be specific if there are 2 or more varieties listed (astilbe, carnation, etc.). Also, purple Wandering Jew hanging baskets are HALF-PRICE while supplies last.

Thank you and see you Thursday!

Dothan, Alabama:  New Fall Products...

New products available Onsite only:
*Hydroponic Lettuce (spring mix)
Come early for best selection from vendors like Gaucho Farms!

It’s not too early to start Christmas shopping…online market has GREAT gift ideas!

See you Friday @ the Market, 9am – 12 pm. Keep it fresh, local and lively!
Susan and Amanda