The Weblog

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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Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for


Good evening Locavores,
The market is now open for orders. Have a great weekend and eat local.

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown Availability list for Feb.26


Hi Locavores,
The market is now open for orders. The BG Farms meat listings will be delivered this week.
Smart Chick Farm has only a few items available this week. They will be off the market for a couple of weeks to get another batch of chickens ready for the market.
Have a nice weekend and remember to eat local.

Locally Grown Availability for February 19th, 2014


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’ve been a little slow in getting my weekly messages out lately. One excuse is Locally Grown is busy, busy, busy with some new projects this year that should really make the market bigger and more interesting this next year and in the year’s ahead.

First on this list, the Locally Grown Clarkesville location is now formerly part of the SNAP food stamp program and accepts EBT! Based on the recommendation of a community member we applied back in September and were eligible to receive a free EBT machine as part of a federal grant awarded to Georgia. If our experiment with the program goes well we hope to expand EBT to both Tiger and eventually a new Gainesville location in the near future.

Access to fresh, local and nutritious food should be something that everyone in our community is aware of and has access to. Our challenge in the coming months is to successfully reach out to SNAP program recipients and explain how Locally Grown works and encourage their participation. This is where we could really use the help of our local community. If you have connections with some of our area agencies, or have ideas of some promotional campaign efforts that would help EBT folks (that’s the name of the cards that are swiped) find us please let us know! There’s also a great program in Georgia called Wholesome Wave which raises charitable gifts that allow a dollar for dollar match for all SNAP purchases at select farmers markets. In 2013 they raised $170,000 increasing EBT farmers market purchases to $340,000. Teri Parker and some other volunteers for Locally Grown are going to help look into how to make this new aspect of our market a success. If you’d like to get involved just let us know.

We are set to receive SNAP NOW so if you know someone who would like to participate, please show them how to order online and we’re all set to swipe their card when they come to market (for any food item of course). We hope to see our very first EBT customer soon!

In a similar vein, a week from today Locally Grown will be submitting our first grant that if received will really help us strengthen our expansion into the Gainesville area. The project would allow us to hire a new market manager, launch a marketing campaign, and engage new farmers in participating in the market. It would also allow us to invest in some items such as wireless tablets so that we never have to print out paper again for order fulfillment. When you arrived we’d simply look at your order on a tablet, click if it was correct, or make the corrections to your account right then and there if you are owed a credit, etc. The grant is called a Value Added Producer Grant through the USDA. It’s been a big undertaking, but it’s also helped us sharpen our collaboration and start to look ahead at how to make it bigger and stronger. After all, we want all of North Georgia to grow, sell and eat more LOCAL FOOD in the coming years, not less and we think the Locally Grown model is a great way to do this.

Ok, so that’s why I was a little late with the message this week. I do hope you heeded Chuck’s advice to try Ohana Farms new pork products this week. I know I personally am gonna do that and can’t wait to sink my teeth in.

Warmer days not far away now. Here’s hoping that farmers have lots of big plans to plant lots of yummy food this year!

EAT WELL and THANKS!
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown Availability list for Feb. 19


Good Evening Locavores
What a week we have had with the winter storm. The market deliveries were just finished today and it’s time to order for next week.
At least we will enjoy some real spring like sun and warmth next week.
OHana Farm has been busy this fall and winter raising pastured, organic and gmo free, Tamworth hogs. Finally they have cuts of pork ready for your table. Read their entire description on the market listings and get it while it lasts.
Have a great weekend and enjoy healthy, local food.

Locally Grown Availability for February 12th, 2014


Hey Local Food Lovers,

There’s a bit more wintry weather headed our way tomorrow and Wednesday but hopefully it won’t interfere with the market.

Thanks to everyone who purchased some of the bareroot trees last week. I hope they are in the ground and getting comfortable before the spring creeps up on us. If they haven’t quite been planted you may want to take a quick look at this quick planting guide we whipped up last year.

http://www.soque.org/pdfs/TREE_PLANTING_brochure_2013.pdf

It may be interesting to others who are interested in planting trees. We planted 50 bareroot blueberries at the Green Way Garden in Clarkesville way back in january 2010 and they are all over 5 feet tall and putting out prodigious amounts of berries now. A fantastic reward for the efforts.

Speaking of current efforts for future awards take a look at this quick map that depicts how Locally Grown works as a distribution collaborative, with our hopes to expand just slightly the area into Gainesville.

You can see clearly from this map how Locally Grown helps to create a network across the region helping us move food around so that more farmers can reach more customers with more food. It’s pretty neat and each and every one of you is an important part of the process.

We’re still scouting out locations in Gainseville for us to consider placing a new market pickup site. After a tour of the area one spot that really appealed to us was the Northeast Georgia History Center located just one block off of Green Street very close to the downtown area but in a very pedestrian friendly neighborhood.

Here’s a photo of the entrance:

If anyone has any connections with this organization let us know as we’ll have to introduce ourselves (a very good introduction would be great) and get to know each other in order for them to consider letting us pop up at their front entrance every week for eternity. We do want to keep all of you in the loop as we’re certain that just like Locally Grown has created a community of local food enthusiasts, this network has connections and relationships that will be incredibly valuable to us as we try and grow and expand.

The other thing that may be obvious from looking at that map is that Gainesville Farmers will soon start to network in to a new Gainesville drop site, providing all kinds of new options. We’re starting to compile a list of growers in Hall County and other close by counties so if you have friends in the local food business, send us their names and contact information as well. Or better yet send it to our friend Maggie who is helping to compile a list. Her e-mail is m.vancantfort@gmail.com

Well that ought to be enough dreaming about the future for one day. That’s what the last days of winter are for right…..anxiously anticipating the near future and brighter and warmer days ahead.

Before I go, I’d like to encourage everyone to buy a few pounds of jerusalem artichokes (or sunchokes for short) from Chuck and Amy Mashburn this week. If you haven’t discovered this incredibly nutritious tuber you really don’t know what you are missing. They are much healthier than potatoes, and are incredibly versatile tasting great in salads raw, fantastic in a lemon chicken dish that I’ve described here before, and even taste great as hummus. Check out all these in the recipes section. Guaranteed to enjoy!

EAT WELL…..EAT SUNCHOKES!

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Feb.12


Good Evening Locavores,
The market is now open for orders.
I would like to say to all who picked up orders at Grace Calvary last week what a pleasure it was meet you. This was my first introduction with some of you and a chance to get reaquainted with others.
Note that the BG Farm products, though limited in supply this week will be delivered this week.
Have a great weekend and enjoy local food.

Locally Grown Availability for February 5th, 2014


Hey Local Food Lovers,

It’s way late so I’m gonna try and be concise tonight. We were celebrating Chinese New Year is why it’s been a late night. Actually it was on Friday but we celebrated tonight. Fantastic Food but very difficult to describe, things like pork belly stewed in soy sauce, napa cabbage, rice noodle with mushroom and carrots; shrimp and pineapple in an asian mayo sauce, taiwanese cold chicken; and the list goes on.

As our world continues to globalize you can count on being exposed to more and more interesting and delicious foods. In fact, one goal I have in my own garden this year is to grow some of the harder to find vegetables that are less common in our routine diets, but really create some amazing opportunities to experiment. Things like Daikon Radish, edamame (a type of soy bean), all kinds of interesting types of napa cabbage, asian cucumbers, kohlrabi, white gourd, longbean, galangal, and many more.

Of course to eat these things requires some study but that’s the fun part. When I first started eating local food it took lots of study to learn how to eat beets, and fava beans, fennel.

Then you start to get obsessed with little things. For instance, two years ago I grew some beautiful daikon radishes and lots of my favorite variety of carrots and was looking for more and more things to do with them. Finally it dawned on me that Vietnamese pickled daikon and carrot is what makes a vietnamese sandwich (or banh mi) so speical…that along with the liver pate. Well I never got around to making liver pate (though i have goat liver in the fridge now) but that pickled carrot daikon was phenomenal. The fresh crunch on a sandwich was scrumptious. Won’t be long now and I hope to be making some jars of that stuff for the late spring and summer months.

Ok, enough about my late winter food longings. This is a reminder though that spring planting plans are afoot. Many things will need to be planted in starter trays soon to get out in time for the first spring harvest. Napa cabbage is one of these.But I shall not digress any further.

TREES. We weren’t able to connect last week on tree orders, but if you’re still interested we may have just a few left. Everyone who requested trees last week will get a reminder e-mail to make sure you still want them this week. We’ve kept the roots wet so hopefully they’ll still do just fine, especially if you get ‘em planted during this warm wet weather we’re gonna have this week.

Here’s the ones we may still have a few left.

Green Ash
White oak
Tulip poplar

They come in bundles of 5 for $5. Just send an e-mail to soque@windstream.net with the number you’d like of each kind.

That’s it for this week. Happy Chinese New Year!

Eat Well,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Feb. 5


Good Evening Locavores
This is going to be a great week for the market. Now is the time to reorder those items we missed last week.
Note that the BG Farm meats will be delivered the following week.

Cancel LocallyGrown Market for Wednesday Jan. 29


Hi Locavores,
Old Man winter has thrown us for a loop this week. Given the treacherous road conditions and the hard freeze with it tonight, we have decided to cancel the market for this week. Stay safe and warm and reorder next week.

Locally Grown TREE SALE opportunity


Hey Local Food Lovers,

This is a bit off topic but it seemed like a good way to provide everyone with some inexpensive ways to green your homes and businesses.

As many of you know the SRWA has been planting trees all over the region for the last several months. We completed one of our last big projects yesterday and ended up with a couple of hundred bareroot trees leftover. We’d like to make these available to you guys for a discounted price if any of you would like to purchase trees to plant yourselves.

We’re selling these trees for half what we sold them for last week at our tree sale. The trees are just $1 each as long as you buy a bundle of at least 5 of each tree.

Here’s how you can order. Forward this e-mail to soque@windstream.net
and type in the number of trees of each kind of tree you would like listed below

Please select increments of 5 for $5 each bundle
Green Ash
White oak
Persimmon
Tulip poplar
River Birch – only a few of these

We’ll deliver the trees to you on Wednesday with your Locally Grown order. They’ll be wrapped in a plastic bag with newspaper around the roots to keep them damp until planting.

Again to order Forward this e-mail to soque@windstream.net
If I could get all these orders by Wednesday morning we’ll be able to get them ready in time.

Thanks and hope some of you order some great trees at a great price.

Thanks,
Justin in Habersham