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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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

Locally Grown - Availability for May 15th, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

Whether you are brand new to Locally Grown or have been with us from the beginning, we want to welcome you to the first week of our extended ordering hours!

For the last 3 years we’ve had a rather short ordering window from Sunday at 9pm until Monday at 9pm (just 24 hours) for customers to peruse the market looking for local food goodies. We hope that by adding two more days to that timeframe (Friday – Monday) we may make it easier for some of you to check out the market all weekend.

Pickup is still on Wednesday from 5-7pm. Please be sure and mark your calendars to pick up your order and be sure to give us your cell phone on your account so we can reach you if it looks like you forgot. If you don’t make it by 7 pm we do have to bill your account as farmers pack orders specifically for you and leave it at the market in good faith that you’ll come and pay for it. It’s a great system, very convenient, and allows you to buy food from farms across at least a 5 county area of Northeast Georgia.

That’s the great thing about our market. Over 20 farms and just about every food group is represented.

Friday messages will typically be shorter, just to let you know the market is on, then we’ll do our usual Sunday night thing where we ooh and aah over all the great offerings. And I usually will give a tip or two on some great ways to eat some local food.

So have it and don’t forget to ……

EAT WELL,

Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - Availability for May 8th, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I want to start out tonight by making some good plugs for some great springtime products. As many of you know there are quite a few items that you can only get for a very short season and I wanted to remind you what those are for the SPRING:

ASPARAGUS – there’s only about 3 more weeks left
BEETS – we often have these through early summer sometimes
Spring GARLIC / Garlic Scallions – milder taste / very springtimey
PEAS
RADISH
RHUBARB
SPINACH – we have 4 growers posting this product this week.
STRAWBERRIES – make sure you scroll to the end and order a quart from Mountain Earth Farms

Wow, that’s a fun list. Of course there are many other items that like cooler weather like Swiss Chard, Arugula, Collards, almost all the greens so don’t forget those.

One last big plug this week. If you would like to visit many of the farms that sell through Locally Grown this summer your chance is coming in just over a month. The second annual GEORGIA MOUNTAINS FARM TOUR will be on Saturday and Sunday June 15 and 16. PASSES are on sale now and you can reserve yours right here through Locally Grown. Just look for it amongst the products and add it to your shopping cart.

Grab some friends and tour around north Georgia’s farms for just $30 for the entire carload. Choose from 16 farms. Bring a cooler and stock up on delicious, fresh, local, sustainable food.

You can also visit the TOUR WEBSITE
http://georgiamfn.blogspot.com/
or if you don’t plan to make a purchase through Locally Grown you can PURCHASE PASSES HERE
https://donationpay.org/soqueriver/farmtour2013.php

and we’ll mail you the brochure.

It’s the best way to see what’s going on with Local Farms in the north Georgia Mountains and meet some of the farms who grow your food.

One last reminder before we sign off. Next week will be our 2013 Locally Grown kickoff and to shake things up a bit we’ll be starting our new Market opening time next Friday May 10th at 9pm. We’ll send you a short e-mail reminder that night, then you’ll get your usual Sunday e-mail like this one. But you’ll have two whole extra days to shop! We hope this makes it easier for more people to check out all our great offerings every week. And you can always place your first order on Friday then come back Sunday and see if anything new has been added and order a couple more.

It’s a great week to invite a friend to check out Locally Grown so please forward our message to a friend.

Thanks and ….

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun

Locally Grown - Availability for May 1st, 2012


Hey Local Food Lovers,

I’m gonna be super quick tonight because dinner is on it’s way and I’m hungry. I do want to plug a few things this week that I know you’ll enjoy. First off is Belflower Gardens has Sugar Snap Peas called Sugar Ann this week that I’m certain are gonna be delicious. If you are interesting in eating with the seasons then don’t forget you only get peas in the spring and summer will be here soon so better enjoy them now.

Another spring crop coming soon will be strawberries and if you’re interested in growing your own you should buy some plants from Melon Head this week.

Speaking of plants, of the 253 items we have listed this week, 68 of them are plants for your garden. There’s just no excuse to go buy cruddy Bonnie’s plants from the hardware store when you can get the very best plants for your garden grown by local farmers. I highly encourage you let all your gardening friends know. Or buy one for them as a gift.

Last but not least, Asparagus is back this week, and this time from 3 different growers. I enjoyed some on the grill earlier this week. I’ll share a little secret. every time I harvest asparagus I always eat at least one spear raw right after plucking it. It’s one of my favorite raw foods.

One small reminder. We’re back on our regular 7pm schedule now. We’ll also start opening the market up two whole days earlier (on Fridays) starting in under two weeks. So get prepared to do your shopping all weekend long coming real soon.

Ok, dinner is here so I’m off to…..

EAT WELL,
Justin in Habersham
and
Chuck in Rabun.