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 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
Chuck in Rabun