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 to 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.
Locally Grown - Availability for March 20th, 2012
Hey Local Food Lovers,
Just want to mention that this is a SPLIT CREEK goat dairy and cheese week so order now while you can. We’re only picking up their cheeses once every 3 months now so you’d better order big as it’ll be July before they come around again.
In just a few days a bunch of farmers are heading up to Blairsville to see a brand spanking new Cannery built right next to the Union County Farmers Market building. What is unique about this cannery (aside from it being new) is that it was designed with the idea that once farmers are done with their sales on Saturday, if they have left over items they can take them into the cannery, process them, and then bring them back out and sell them as value added products the very next week.
In order to really redesign how we buy food and build up a new economy of local food, we’re all going to have to start to think outside the box. Like why should a cannery be just for home canning? Luckily there are some communities both nearby and around the nation that are taking some innovative steps that we might follow. Our new farmers network has been working hard to pursue as many of these ideas as we have time for. And now with the new Farm 2 School program, and Habersham County in the process of building their new cannery our little group is trying to cross the threshold to influence our future food options.
In order to be successful though we need as much help and support from the rest of the community as we can muster. If you find yourself running into local officials go ahead and tell them you’re all about eating local. You think there’s a future local food economy out there that you’re prepared to invest in. And this is maybe the best example of being able to put your money where your mouth is, because local food is finally available in our region. And it’s available 365 days of the year, thanks to farmer/volunteers like Brooks Franklin, Sid Blalock and Joni Kennedy stepping up to help run the Clarkesville side of the Locally Grown market all winter long.
As farmers are getting busier we want to free up their time to spend on the farm, and ask if ANY OF YOU would like to HELP FOR A FEW HOURS EVERY OTHER WEEK by volunteering to distribute food from 5pm-7pm at the Clarkesville Pick-Up. And as a small way to say thanks, you’ll receive a stipend for $5 towards a local food purchase each week you volunteer. Anyone interested should send an e-mail to Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll let you know when there may be some open dates in the near future.
Don’t forget the goat cheese!
Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun