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 - Availability for Novemer 7th, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’ll keep it real short tonight. We’ve been enjoying the tastes of the season lately, especially lots of cilantro which does great this time of year as long as the frost doesn’t get it. Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs and there’s really no shortage of foods that it makes delicious. Fresh herbs always kick ordinary meatballs into overdrive and I discovered earlier this year that if you’re a cilantro fan, you’ll love it that way. We have three growers featuring it this week so spread the joy.

I also really encourage folks to share their productive feedback with growers. We just recently added the e-mails of every grower to their grower descriptions. Since it’s rare that growers and customers get to see each other at this market, if you ever have something that you particularly enjoy, or that you have a simple suggestion for improving, don’t be shy. We (us market managers that is) enjoy sharing and exchanging information but sometimes direct communication can convey so much more than we can. Growers would love to hear from you. They are constantly asking us for feedback and we try and pass along as much as we can.

Just a reminder that the market will definitely be shortening it’s pickup time to 6:30pm for the remainder of the winter. As you probably noticed today, the time change definitely took our extra daylight so this will help us stay out of the cold and dark a bit. Thanks for understanding.

There’s more winter greens this week with collards, kale and turnip greens prolific. I know lots of you love your winter greens. And if you haven’t fallen in love, here’s a fun tip. Try Turnip Green Pesto. Make it just like basil pesto but blanche the turnip greens before throwing them in the mixer. We fell in love with these last year, and what better way to eat your greens.

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - Availability for October 31, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

It’s a SPOOKTACULAR week here at Locally Grown. I have several very important announcements so please be sure and read the whole message to get them….but first. Since market day falls right on Halloween this Wednesday I wanted to encourage those of you who like to indulge a sweet tooth now and then to forget about those cheap bags of candy and try some of Carolyn Brewer’s fudge. She has four different varieties including: Double Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Pecans, and Peanut Butter. It’s fantastico. Do it for Halloween! If Fudge is a bit too sweet, try Sylvan Falls Mills Biscotti, or Chocolate Layer Cake. There’s also April Alexander’s Cheescakes in Apple Cinnamon, Champagne Pear or Plain varieties.

We have one little CHANGE at Locally Grown this week. We’re enacting our SHORTER PICK UP TIMES starting this week. With the night time coming earlier and the cold definitely coming as well we like to shorten the pickup to 5:00 until 6:30pm. In fact, that’s our regular pickup hours and we extend them until 7pm during the summer and early fall. We’ll be a little lenient this week but please try and come by 6:30 to keep us out of the cold and dark.

We have a small handful of great new items I want to mention this week. Mill Gap Farms has two of them: FRESH GINGER and JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES. We just went to the Mill Gap Farm FEATURED FARMER last Thursday night at Lake Rabun Hotel Restaurant and were able to eat some of both of these items and they were terrific. I want to make your mouth water just a bit by describing a couple of dishes on the menu that night. Actually these are the descriptions right from the menu.

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup – creamy soup made with Mill Gap Farm sunchokes and garnished with Mill Gap Farm sorrel.

*Shaved Turnip, Sunchoke, Arugula, & Kale Salad * – marinated Mill Gap Farm Hakurei turnips and sunchokes with Mill Gap Farm arugula and kale, with a balsamic-roasted garlic dressing, and York Hill Farm goat feta, and thin sliced Osage Farm tomatoes.

*Vegetarian Sushi Roll *- nori and sushi rice filled with Mill Gap Farm Daikon radish, Mill Gap Farm Shishito pepper, and Mill Gap Farm carrots, served with a Mill Gap Farm arugula-snow pea salad, and a Mill Gap Farm ginger-roasted carrot puree.

Pork Stir Fry – thinly sliced all natural pork, stir fried with Mill Gap Farm Buthi squash vine tips, Buthi squash, pardon peppers, lemon grass, and ginger, served over organic brown rice.

I bet you wish you’d gone. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a FEATURED FARMER DINNER at Lake Rabun Hotel you better get your butt in gear because I think this week may be the last one of the season. This week features Turning Creek Artisans and Trillium Farms. It’ll be next Spring before it comes back.

I just have to say that there really is nothing better than having dinner with your farming friends on the night their food is featured at one of the best restaurants in the State of Georgia. That’s not an exaggeration, Open Table named Lake Rabun Hotel & Restaurant one of the Top Ten Restaurants in Georgia. As good as fresh food tastes all of the time, very few can combine such eclectic seasonal items in as phenomenal a way as chef Jamie Allred.

Last but not least, Melon Head Farms has a smattering of sweet potatoes offered. Nothing brings in the colder days of fall like some hot sweet taters. Show ’em your excited by buying them out.

Thanks for supporting our local farms. It’s greatly appreciated.

AND EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - Availability for October 24, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

What a glorious weekend! Yesterday about 12-15 people went out to Brook Franklin’s Leah Lake Farms and aided in the construction of 4 new mini hoop houses constructed of pvc pipes and a wonderful invention called wiggle wire to hold the plastic down.

These community work days on farms are really wonderful. We had the most incredible meal and I met at least 5 or 6 people I’d not known before that came from as far as 45 minutes away to share in their passion for farms and local foods. I personally think that these type of “barn raising” events are as important to communities as the eating local healthy food part. The reason is that the notion of helping your neighbors, and sharing a meal is a rich experience. It not only accomplishes tasks that might take weeks if attempted alone, it builds friendships and a spirit of reciprocity that has ebbed in communities all over the country in recent decades.

Reciprocity isn’t a word I use everyday, but it’s one at the core of the local food movement. Every week both farmers and market customers exchange recipes, growing tips, and often small gifts of a salve to heal a pain, or extra herbs, or whatever is in abundance and from the earth that week. This gifting always inspires a desire to return the gift and a nice chain of exchanges. If I wasn’t about to go and eat dinner I’d fondly try and recount the last dozen exchanges I’ve had but I’m too hungry to concentrate any further.

To sum up, I want to congratulate Leah Lake Farms for not only becoming one of the backbone growers for Locally Grown this past year, but for bringing an incredible community together. We all were inspired and amazed at what has been accomplished on Brooks farm this year. He’s also basically tripled his work and potential output for the following year, so we hope you all are hungry too!

To celebrate too you should EAT WELL!

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun