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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Locally Grown - market open / volunteer for FARM TOUR


Hey Local Food Lovers,

We’re only a few days away from the PREMIERE local food and farm event in our region, the SECOND ANNUAL GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR. If you’ve been curious what the farms that sell through Locally Grown are like, this is the best chance of the year to meet your farmer. It’s also a great way to support a new network of farmers that is collaborating to try and increase local foods throughout the region. With the proceeds of the event we’ll be looking into purchasing group liability insurance that will allow farmers to sell to directly to our Local School Systems.

You can find out more about the FARM TOUR (and our farmers network) at this website.

http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/

There’s so much good food, it’s impossible to describe it all. And the new earlier ordering schedule is working incredibly well. I’d say at least 2/3rds of you are ordering well before Sunday night.

I want to welcome Keep It Simple Bakery and Christy Bowen to the market this week. She’s making an impressive first week showing with 20 Gluten Free items. I’ve noticed that quite a few of you are giving them a try this week. Granola, pie crusts, waffles. She’s making it very easy for folks who must avoid gluten. Ironically I rice noodles rather than flour noodles tonight with my Gibson Farms beef meatballs (with Melon Head cilantro in them-that’s my little secret). I’ve been thinking of taking a gluten break myself just to see how it goes.

Before I go, we are still seeking 4 VOLUNTEERS to help just one of the two days of the FARM TOUR event so if paying for the tour just isn’t in your budget, or you’d really like to get to know a farm well and contribute to the cause this is a great opportunity. All volunteers for at least 4 hours can attend the other day of the tour for free AND will receive a very cool Georgia Mountains Farm Tour t-shirt. Please let me know at soque@windstream.net if you’d like to help.

That’s it for tonight.

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - last days to buy FARM TOUR pass for $30


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I have a very last minute reminder and a small request. I’ll start with the request.

If anyone has any old / aged looking wood, we are trying to paint SIGNS for the Georgia Mountains Farm Tour at a volunteer day tomorrow (Thursday at 5:30 pm at Grace Calvary carport). If you would like to donate wood or paint feel free to bring it to market today, or you could bring it tomorrow to Grace Calvary as well.

2×8s would be best but any wood that has an aged look may work.

TODAY is the last day you can buy FARM TOUR passes from Locally Grown for $30. The price will go up on Friday to $35. If you still haven’t ordered your brochure please buy it today at market (we’ll have some extras) if you can. We will have them available next week as well but you’ll pay an extra $5 bucks.

That’s it!

Thanks for the help!

If you’d still like to volunteer for the FARM TOUR e-mail Maggie at m.vancantfort@gmail.com

All other questions about the tour check out
http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/
or e-mail me at
soque@windstream.net

Thanks,
Justin

Locally Grown - Availability for June 5, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

This may be the latest and shortest message ever, but tonight I better not allow myself to get swept away in the local food talk of the week.

Just hope you all buy lots of yummy stuff and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list


Hey Local Food Lovers,
Look for you favorite foods in the market this week.
Also remember that tomorrow, June 1,is the 2nd annual Soque River Festival, from 9am – 3am. Fun for the entire family featuring local food, live music, and kids events. For more information and to register to paddle, check www.soque.org

Locally Grown - Availability for May 29, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

This will have to be a short message tonight so I’m just gonna hit two highlights.

Our GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR is coming up in just under three weeks. I think we’re still looking for about 4 or 5 volunteers for Sunday to help out at some of the farms in Rabun County. If you’re interested let us know as you’ll get to attend Saturday for free and get an awesome tour T-shirt. We’re asking folks to help with at least a four hour shift from about 12:30 until as late as you’re able to stay (ends at 6pm). It’s a great way to give back to the farming community and be a part of our local food community. Just send an e-mail to Maggie at m.vancantfort@gmail.com.

To purchase a weekend pass to the TOUR just add it to your shopping cart. That will remind us to bring a brochure for you to market this week. Just write a separate check to SRWA.

Details on the Tour are at http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/

The other little tidbit this week is all the awesome food I’ve been eating. My favorite thing about Locally Grown is how the food you find here changes all the time. It keeps life interesting. Here were my treats of the week.

Roasted that pastured chicken I mentioned last week. Delicious! Took the carcass and made chicken stock tonight after browning some onions.

The oyster mushrooms are incredible. Took the first half and browned them on high heat in butter with a splash of apple cider vinegar. That brown crust and the fresh delicateness! Incredible. What a great new addition to the market. Took the other half and put them on a handmade pizza. Gourmet all around. I’ll be trying the Shitakes this week.

I made homemade tacos with Gibson Farms beef, and took Mighty Micros pea shoots and chopped them up and put them on top with a squirt of lime.

Had Leah Lake kale my usual way. You can find that recipe under the recipes section.

Ate bunches of Oakcrest Farms beautiful radishes. A very refreshing snack.

What am I forgetting. Oh yes, this one will hurt as I noticed they are sold out. Belflower’s snow peas. Wow. They are so sweet it’s like eating candy. Seriously!

There’s so much to plug this week but I’ll make it simple. Buy every order of Chuck’s garlic scapes you can. It’s another one of those short season items and if you’re planning on doing any grilling do yourself a favor and toss ’em in oil and grill ’em until they just start to brown and then scarf ’em down. A favorite treat!

Hope you have a hum-dinger of a week and…..

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Weblog Entry


Good evening local food lovers. Northeast Georgia Locallygrown is open for ordering. Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy local food.

Weblog Entry


Good evening local food lovers.
Northeast Georgia Locallygrown is open for ordering. Have a great Memorial Day and enjoy local food.

Locally Grown - Availability for May 22, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’m gonna keep it short and sweet tonight. I love spring and here’s why. This week I enjoyed two different types of lettuce, radishes, asparagus, strawberries, pasture raised chicken, broccoli microgreens, and green garlic. This week I hope to pick up some snow peas if you guys haven’t already bought them all. There’s so many options that you can only get while the weather is still cool. Another 3 weeks and I should have some beautiful heads of cabbage of my own.

Don’t just dream of delicious local food, EAT IT!

And one really quick request. We’re looking for quite a few volunteers for our Georgia Mountains Farm Tour coming up in less than 4 weeks. If you volunteer for 4 hours helping one of the farms you’ll get a free pass to attend the other day of the tour and a free t-shirt. Check out details of the FARM TOUR here
http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/
And e-mail Maggie if you’d like to volunteer.
m.vancantfort@gmail.com

Thanks and
EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

LocallyGrown is open


Hey Local Food Lovers,

Just a quick reminder that Locally Grown market is now open for ordering.

Locally Grown - Availability for May 15, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

We’re off to an amazing start with our expanded Locally Grown shopping hours that we kicked off on Friday. Just a reminder that from now on market will open Friday nights at 9pm and close as it always has on Monday nights at 9pm. That’s two whole extra shopping days. It looks like its already popular as 21 of you have already placed orders.

Luckily it’s not too late. There’s still tons of items available, 281 in fact. And the selection is better than it’s ever been. We want to welcome several new farms to the market (and several more on the way). Here’s a quick list of new growers and their items.

BERRY PASTURES – It’s a real treat to have PASTURE CHICKENS raised right here in the mountains. I’m buying one this week and look forward to talking about next week. Many of you may already know Cameron Smith who has been at LoganBerry Farms for the last several years. This is his new personal farm project. Go take a look at his photos on the Growers page if you want to see exactly how your chicken was raised.

HAPPY HOLLOW FARM – I love unusual and unique items and I also love BEER so of course I’m pumped about Happy Hollow’s fascinating array of herbs, native plants and HOPS! I never thought I’d see Hops on here. Teri Parker had just asked me recently if I’d heard of cooking with Hops, and I hadn’t, but I hop, I mean hope to become a regional expert very soon. Check out their other interesting array of products including trillium wildflowers. And here’s a quick tip. You can select items just for one farm by scrolling down to SHOW SPECIFIC GROWERS under Display Options. It’s a really useful way to make sure you don’t miss things.

And you’ll want to come back soon as in a few weeks we’ll have OYSTER MUSHROOMS for the first time from Orchard Valley Farms (Julius Miller). I’ll be the first in line to try these when they come out.

As I perused the market this week one item I noticed we have in abundance that took me ages to figure out how to fall in love with is CHARD. Here is the recipe that made me fall in love with Chard. And one quick tip. If your Chard is longer than 10 inches, think about cutting (or simply pulling) the rib out.

CHARD GRATIN
This is an Alice Waters recipe, my go to gal for eating veggies.

Oven 375
Wash and stem 2lbs chard
Parboil for 1.5 minutes
Drain, squeeze and chop into 3/4 inch pieces
Peel garlic and chop

Melt butter and add chard
As it wilts add garlic
Cook 7-8 minutes

Warm 2 cups milk in saucepan
Sprinkle 2tbsp flour over chard and stir
Cook 1 minute then add milk slowly 1/4 cup at a time until chard absorbs milk

Season with salt, pepper and optional nutmeg
Place chard in buttered gratin dish
Should be about 1 inch think
Cover with bread crumbs
Bake 35 minutes

This is a great way to get your kids to enjoy some vegetables, and more nutritious than your average cheesy casserole. You’ll be surprised how rich it’ll taste without cheese or cream.

Ok, I’d better leave it there for tonight. Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about Locally Grown. We’ve had quite a few new customers in the last week and its a real thrill to introduce new people to the market. We hope you’ll slowly shift as much of your grocery shopping as you can away from the grocery store and towards local farms producing much more nutritious and delicious foods.

It’s a great way too…..

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun