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We send out cool articles and farmer highlights using a different email program. You can see the archives of those emails here and through our facebook page! We use this “weblog” every Friday evening we let you know the market page is accepting orders (look for the little add to cart buttons next to products). Northeast Georgia Locally Grown was officially OPENED on Monday, April 26th, 2010 and we are so thankful that you are helping support fresh local foods each week.



 
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Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Jan. 15


Hello Locavores
Wow! What a week a week we had. Thanks to all for supporting your local producers through a week of record cold. Thanks also to the producers for supplying the market under such challenging conditions.
Sadly for Leah Lake Farm and everyone hungry for their great lettuces, the prolonged intense cold froze their lettuce at the roots. Brooks and crew are working to bring more greens back on line soon.
We hope you especially enjoyed your local products this week and keep eating healthy, local, food.

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Jan. 8


Good Evening Locavores
We hope everyone has had a happy holiday season and that you are getting the New Year off to a great start.
One last reminder about the SRWA tree sale and planting project. Check the previous weblog for information about buying trees or helping out with the planting project.
The bitter cold coming early next week will limit the supply of available vegetables but, there are lots of local products to enjoy this week.
Stay warm, be safe, and eat local.

Locally Grown - Special Update - TREE SALE - Christmas Party BEER TASTING / POTLUCK


Hey Local Food Lovers,

Happy New Year! If you’re anything like me you are probably chomping at the bit by now to restock the fridge with some local foods. Fortunately I’ve been saving up a half a loaf of bread, some beets and some onions to get the family through to next Wednesday. It’s getting tough though.

Farmers will be posting their items for sale again starting tomorrow, so bring in the new year with something good!

Until then we do have one other slightly related project that may appeal to you. The SRWA is once again hosting a community TREE SALE with advance orders accepted through tomorrow evening, Friday the 3rd until 5pm. If you are looking to plant trees and /or a few shrubs and fruit trees we are offering this year, now is you chance. These are the best deals on trees you’ll be able to find.

Here’s the flier

Here’s the details

Here’s a full list of trees available

BAREROOT – $2.00 each
White oak
Persimmon
River birch
Green ash
Tulip poplar
Red Maple – SOLD OUT
Blueberry (bundles of 10 only) for $25

1 Gallon and 3 Gallon Containers – $6 and $8 each
River birch
Red maple
Tulip poplar
Sycamore
Green ash
Northern red oak
Southern red oak
Black gum
Amer. hornbean
Elderberry
Sweet gum
Black cherry
Pin oak
Button bush
Arrowwood viburnum
Winged elm
American elm
Red cedar
Shummard oak
White oak
Persimmon
Red mulberry

7 Gallon Container – $30 each
River birch
Sweet gum
Black gum
Sycamore
Tulip poplar
Red maple
Pin oak
Shumard oak
Red cedar
and one White oak

and click HERE to put in your ORDER

All trees will be available for pickup and week from tomorrow on Friday, January 10th from 3-6pm in Clarkesville at the Mauldin House which is across the street from the Library.

You can also see information about the TREE SALE and our other tree planting projects at the website http://www.soque.org.

If you are so inclined we’d love your help planting trees on Wednesday the 8th at 9am for a streamside farm planting, and again the next day on the 9th at Level Grove Elementary at 10:30am. To volunteer just send an e-mail to soque@windstream.net.

We’ll have the food “turned back on” tomorrow! Until then…..EAT WELL if you can!

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - Availability for December 18, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

This is it! The final market of 2013! It’s been a fantastic year for all of us and we’re super excited about some new opportunities in 2014. We’ll save those for the new year.

The market grew by 12% this year from $40,000 in sales in 2012 up to $46,500. We want to send a heartfelt thank you to each one of you who supported the market this year, even if it was just a few orders. Local farmers love growing food for local people and it really means a lot that so many of you support us week after week.

My wife just put in a double order this week since it’ll be a long long time before we can order again. Just a reminder that we’ll be closed the week after this for Christmas, and then the following week for January 1. So that means we’ll be back on January 8th. I hope we can make it without running out of good food. I recommended last week stocking up on some root veggies like sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, turnips and jerusalem artichokes.

Here’s an idea on how to cook some of those root veggies. Buy a whole chicken, chop up some fresh rosemary and garlic and put it in a small bowl with three tablespoons of olive oil (reserve 1 tbsp of this), rub the chicken under the skin with the other 2 tbsp oil, let marinate about 3 hours. Turn on oven to 350. Put bird in for 20 minutes on a pan covered with aluminum foil. Cut up any or all of the vegetables listed above and toss in remaining olive oil and rosemary. Pull out chicken and add vegetables. Cook another 45-60 minutes.

Be sure and let the chicken cool before cutting it. If you cut a chicken right out of the oven all the juices will drain out. It’s really easy and really yummy!

There’s so much more I’d like to say but we’ll keep it simple and wish all of you a Happy Holidays! We’ll probably send out an e-mail while we’re gone just to say hi. Don’t forget to try some incredible seasonal sweets. Amy’s Flan is the bomb! I’ve had two already and one more on the way. Moravian cookies are also super cute and flavorful. That coffee cake still looks delicious. And there’s bunches more. Dog snacks for stocking stuffers.

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Dec. 19


Good Evening Locavores
Next week Northeast Georgia locallygrown will be closed for Christmas. The following week the market will be closed for New Years day.
That means you will really need to stock up this week to last until the next market day.
Luckily there are a lot of great products listed to choose from.
Stay warm and dry and eat local.

Locally Grown - Availability for December11, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

Holiday items! That’s really all I want to say this week. The sweets and brand new this week the WREATHS from Moonshadow FARMS. Two years ago I bought a wreath from Moonshadow and it’s the prettiest wreath that I’ve ever purchased and at a great price. With a pretty awesome Christmas Party coming up next Friday I’ve already got one in my cart again this year to make the home look happy and warm. Don’t delay. There’s only two Locally Grown’s before Christmas. Go ahead and get it now so you can enjoy it longer.

In case you forgot there’s still a few shopping days for you to go out and buy a tasty craft beer or two to bring to my Christmas Party next Friday. I’m not gonna post the photo here again but the details are Friday, December 13, 6pm at 237 Wilson Street in Clarkesville. Bring two beers (The same beers please as everyone will want at least a taste) or one big beer, and a potluck dish. The party is open to all customers of Locally Grown, Soque River Watershed Association members, farmers, and otherwise cool people and their friends. Do try and find some interesting beers if you can. The best beer of the night will win a prize.

There’s some great root crops on the site tonight. Parsnips, celery root, jerusalem artichokes, and of course turnips, potatoes, beets, carrots, etc. I’ve been juicing this week and it makes me happy.
We will not be open on Wed the 25th or the following Wed January 1st so plan ahead and order a bunch of these roots crops either this week or next to tide you over until we return the second week of January. And thanks again to everyone who has been coming early to market on cold, wet nights. Even though market is open until 6:30, when we get to go home by 6pm it makes us oh, so happy. Don’t feel bad if you just can’t get there early, but if you can, we appreciate it.

Ok, that’s good for tonight. Details on the party are also on our facebook account so feel free to refer folks there.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Northeast-Georgia-Locally-Grown/353580121384273

Happy Holiday’s almost!

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Georgia Locallygrown availability list for Dec.11


Good evening Locavores
The market is open for orders. We hope you will find lots of goodies for a week of healthy meals. Stay dry and warm and enjoy local food.

Locally Grown - Availability for December 4, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

It’s gonna be short and sweet this week. Speaking of sweet Sylvan Falls is offering half a dozen of their holiday specialities. I highly encourage you to try one or more of them yourself this week and then if you enjoy it buy one for your family or friends for the holidays.

Better yet, bring one to the BEER TASTING Christmas Party at my house on December 13th. All Northeast Georgia Locally Grown shoppers are invited to attend. This is the 5th year for this event. Here’s how it works. All attendees are asked to bring two 12oz beers or one 22oz beer to enter into the beer tasting contest (must be the same beers so there’s enough for folks to taste). Each beer will be put into a bag with a number and you’ll have the chance to taste each beer with no undue influence. You’ll have a little score sheet and at the end of night the beer or beers with the highest score will win a prize for the lucky person who brought them.

Last year we had 35 entries. To keep things mellow it’s also a potluck so that our bellies are full with good food as we imbibe. Homemade brew is of course most welcome. Otherwise all other beers should be from “craft” breweries meaning small and independently owned.

Mark your calendars and come meet farmers, bakers, and customers from both the Clarkesville and Tiger locations. We’re all one happy family spread out all over North Georgia.

Address is 237 Wilson Street, Clarkesville, GA

Until then EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Northeast Locallygrown Availability list for Dec. 4


Good Evening Locavores
We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.
You will find a great selection of local food available this week but, what stands out most of all for me are the holiday treats.
Sylvan Falls Mill has gone all out for the holiday season again. Linda’s buche de noel is truly an exceptional, beautiful, and delicious treat. If you have not tried this rare delicacy you don’t know what you have been missing.
Have a great weekend and enjoy local healthy food.

Locally Grown - Availability for November 27th, 2013


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I hope that many of you will have time to buy some goodies before your THANKSGIVING festivities this week. We’re gonna be very, very close to our $150,000 goal before end of year. We’ve already shaved the gap down to just over $1,100 per week in sales needed.

There’s some interesting new items this week. Amy’s FLAN is already in my cart. I’ve never had anything she’s made that isn’t delicious. There’s also some festive holiday decorations in the form of bittersweet berries from O’hana farms (they also had Brussel Sprouts that unfortunately sold out….I’d have like some of those myself…they do still have celery root if you’re willing to be experimental). Habersham Bakers is back this week (they are on an every other week schedule so stock up) with a very interesting sourdough with Cinnamon and Raisin.

It’s Jerusalem Artichoke season at Mill Gap Farm. Since I always have folks ask me how to cook them when they see them or hear of them for the first time here’s my favorite recipe which is on the Recipe section of the website. You have to search under ALL RECIPES to find it.

Lemon Chicken with Jerusalem Artichokes
Ingredients:
• 1 teaspoon lemon zest
• 2 fresh lemons
• 2 Tablespoons olive oil, divided use
• 4 chicken thighs
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup chicken broth
• 1/4 teaspoon ground saffron
• 1/2 pound Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes), peeled
• 10 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
• 1/4 cup heavy cream
• 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
• 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
• Hot, cooked rice
Preparation:
Finely grate 1 teaspoon of zest from the lemon and set aside. Juice both of the
lemons (discarding pulp) and set aside.
Place a large, deep, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 1
tablespoon of olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle chicken
thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Place skin-side down in the hot pan and
quickly brown them, turning only once. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, remaining olive oil, chicken broth, and saffron to
the skillet. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen any browned bits. Add Jerusalem
artichokes and garlic cloves. Return chicken to the skillet, along with any
accumulated juices.
Reduce heat and simmer about 45 minutes, until chicken and sunchokes are tender.
Stir in cream and thyme leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning, if need be. Return to a
simmer and cook an additional 10 minutes.
Serve over cooked rice and sprinkle with pinenuts to garnish.

Be sure and grab some Sylan Falls Rolls to go with this meal or any meal for that matter. Burton Mountains also has some good looking beet greens this week and watercress.

I hope everyone enjoys the holidays and EATS WELL!

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun