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Welcome to Northeast Georgia Locally Grown’s weblog. Mainly this is a collection of e-mails that we send out each week to kick off the market, but also tells the tale of our little market. The market was officially OPENED and our first orders taken on Monday, April 26th, 2010 with our pick-up on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010. Though small at the beginning our market has grown pretty well, Selling $25,000 by December 31, 2010, and nearly $40,000 by our anniversary on April 28th, 2011. The site will be opened for shopping Friday evening at 9:00pm and remain open for shopping until 9:00pm Monday evening.

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Locally Grown - Availability for January 9th, 2013

Hey Local Food Lovers,

We want to say thanks to everyone who has already helped provide us some feedback going into the 2013 growing season by taking our quick survey. We’ve had 28 people complete it so far which is quite a few of you. The more feedback we get the better prepared we’ll be going forward. For one, it’ll let our growers know the types of foods you’d like to see more of here on the website. We had quite a few farmers ask us what they thought were the best crops to grow, and our guesswork can never replace your direct feedback.

It only takes a minute or two fill out this quick survey on the web and its totally anonymous so any all other types of feedback is encouraged.

Just click here or paste the following link in your browser.

Even if you haven’t shopped here in a while, let us know what you think, especially if you think you’d like to give Locally Grown another try.

Let’s see, what else do I want to mention quickly. Even though it’s a slower time of year, there’s a lot going on that you might be curious about. Melon Head Farms just completed construction of their new greenhouse yesterday adding yet another farm that is capable of year round growing now. That’s why we’re open every week this winter, because there are plenty of greens all winter long. I enjoyed my favorite long-stewed kale recipe for lunch today. Even though we still only have a few recipes up, check out the ones we do have, and please add one of your own. Anyone that adds a recipe and also posts it to our FACEBOOK page will get a free sticker that says EAT WELL BUY LOCAL with a pretty sharp and happy carrot man in the center. There’s not many of those stickers out there yet, so think of it as your LOCAL FOOD EATER badge of honor.

I also had a Daikon Radish for dinner that I freshly dug out of the garden this afternoon. That’s about the only harvestable vegetable I’m growing this winter, but its always fun when folks walking the Greenway see me digging up stuff and yell, “WHAT IS THAT?” If you’ve never seen a Daikon they can grow to the size of Baguette. We cut them up and add them to stews as a more nutritious potato substitute and they are so yummy. Sorry we’re not listing any this week for you to try, but hint, hint to our growers, this is a winter hearty vegetable that we all should become more familiar with.

If you have some unusual vegetable varieties not listed in our survey please let us know. There’s nothing more fun than discovering a new nutritious food for the first time.

One last plug, only partially related. The SRWA that sponsors the market is having a bareroot tree sale this Friday at the Mauldin House parking lot (across from the Clarkesville Library) from 3-6pm. We’ll be selling maple, persimmon, river birch and white oak for $1 each. Pre-ordering is over, but if you want to just drop by and see what we have left, we should have plenty and possibly some leftover pines. We’re planting close to 3,000 trees the end of this week.

Thanks to everyone for supporting Local Food and Farms and don’t forget to….

Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun