This weblog contains LocallyGrown.net news and the weblog entries from all the markets currently using the system.
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Cedar Grove Farm: Signing up if you are already a member
Hello Friends and Neighbors,
There are a couple items to clarify for moving into the new season. If you are a returning Cedar Grove Farm CSA member, you do not have to create a new account. You are already signed up. Once we have your payment or the first installment for the new season, we will adjust your balance, reset the expiration date to 10/30/13 and you are ready to go. We, also, are waving the annual $15 signup fee for returning members. As Farmer Sara mentioned in her earlier message, your new balance can be used for your orders through the next two months even before the official start of the Spring/Summer season on April 10, 2013. You won’t have to write a check every time you take a delivery now.
And, don’t forget, if your orders are over the average $30 or $20 a week for a full share and a half share respectively, it is not a problem. After the CSA membership fees are collected, we are completely flexible as the Home Page describes. If your balance gets low you can pay additional funds. If you miss a week, there is no charge – we will carry your balance. The only caveat with large orders is that available supply of specific items from time to time may prohibit the Farm from meeting demand. On these rare occasions we try to share at least one item unit for each member that places an order and then fill multiple unit orders in the sequence in which they were made.
The other good news is that we already have planted twice as much garlic, onions and strawberries as last year, 1000s of transplants of all of the spring favorites are scheduled to arrive by the end of February and the seeds for a delicious menu of summer fruits and vegetables and flowers have arrived or are on order. It is going to be a fantastic year.
I hope this is all clear. If you have any questions, just let me know, and thank you again for your support.
Regards, Farmer Jay
CAFE: Want to grow for CAFE?
Monday Update 2/4/13
Want to Grow for CAFÉ?
If you want to learn to grow food fit to feed yourself and others but have little experience, you can learn a great deal about it at the Organic Growers School Annual Spring Conference, a weekend conference at UNC Asheville March 9 and 10, 2013.
“The first Organic Growers School Spring Conference was held in 1993, with just over 100 participants. Since then, the event has grown exponentially. In 2012, 1906 farmers, gardeners, educators, students, consumers, and chefs gathered from over 18 states and Canada, making the OGS Spring Conference the largest event of its type in the Southeast.”
This year the conference offers over 100 workshops, including a special track for beginners called “DIGGING IN,” which begins with:
1A: Anyone Can Garden, Anywhere Joel Tippens, Fair Share Urban Growers
Henry Kissinger once said, “Who controls the food supply controls the people.” Are you ready to gain control of yourself and your family, but not sure where to start? Not enough space? No yard? Joel will cover the basics of getting started on the extremely small scale, and growing what you need with limited resources to begin building your own food supply. Urban dwellers and owners of small spaces will benefit from this class, as we will cover unlikely and unique options for getting things going.
If you register before 2/18 the conference is only $45/day with Children’s programs for $30/day (best value you will find for this quality of engagement). The workshops are short but good introductions to the topics ranging from very beginning (above) to the cutting edge (Making Biochar on the Farm). The instructors, who include Shawn Jadrnicek from the Student Organic Farm, and Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain, come with the best of qualifications.
There are also interesting vendors, a seed-swap table, great food, and mainly lots of energetic people willing to share. I always come home from the Organic Growers School with a head full of ideas and a heart full of enthusiasm for the new growing season.
Once you get your thumb greened and learn some sanitation practices, go to our Growers Page and fill out an application.
Grow well, eat well, stay well. Lance
CAFÉ Market closes at noon today.
Melody Lane Co-op: February 4, 2013 - Produce Boxes, Bio-Kult, and Upcoming Events
Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday evening to place your order.
Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.
Madison GA: The Market is open!!!!
I’ll see everyone Wed!
South Cumberland Food Hub: Time to order Local Food!
Good Morning Everyone!
It’s Monday morning and time to order your local food from the South Cumberland Food Hub. Even though we’re in the doldrums of winter, we do have some terrific lettuce on the market. Check it out and see!
We’re open for orders till noon. Thank you for supporting your local farmers.
Athens Locally Grown: Availability for February 7
We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!
Cedar Grove Farm: CSA Availability for February 7
Happy Imbolc! Imbolc is the time of year between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. Some call it the “return of the light” — and indeed, it’s the time of year where we cross over from less than 10 hours of daylight, wherein plants are mostly dormant, to 10 hours plus, when plants are actively growing. Yay! A wise woman once told me that it’s “the turning of the seed” and that if you press your ear to the ground, you can hear the seeds shaking and turning, preparing to sprout. It’s a pivotal time for plants, and I see daffodils beginning to flower and red maples sending out catkins and adding their blush to the landscape.
Spring is on its way, and we are preparing. Already, little cabbage sprouts and lettuce seedlings are making their way into the light. Already, new beets and carrots are sending down their roots into the soil. Already.
Well, I suppose you’re all ready ready for this week’s offerings. Tasty radishes, delicate chard, crunchy carrots, deep red beets. We’ve got a light array of winter treats for you. The market is open. Hope you find something you like.
Northeast GA Locally Grown: Locally Grown - Availability for February 6th, 2013
Hey Local Food Lovers,
I thought I’d pick right back up where I left off last week with giving a little history about the Locally Grown market and how things work. This week I want to go into a little more detail on the financial side.
Even though Locally Grown is managed as a non-profit project of the Soque River Watershed Association (with Chuck and Amy Mashburn managing the Tiger pick-up and Justin Ellis managing the Clarkesville pickup) each time you use the website, your orders are placed directly with the farms whose products you select. What that means is that Locally Grown does not purchase food and then sell it to you. Each customer is making a series of individual purchases directly from farms, then on Wednesdays those farms leave their products for you at the designated pick up. Even though you may never see each other, they know your names from week to week as they see them on an order form and on the labels.
Because Locally Grown does shuttle food between Tiger and Clarkesville, man the market from about 2:30 until 6:30 (or 7pm in the summer), print out all the paperwork, take deposits to the bank, and a handful of other weekly administrative tasks we do collect a small percentage of each sale made. Currently that amount is 12% of sales. There is a 3% of all sales fee paid to use the Locally Grown software designed by Eric Wagoner who started the Athens Locally Grown. The remaining 9% is split between the Clarkesville and the Tiger pickup locations. So if you buy a $4.00 bag of kale the farmer will receive $3.52. We’ll collect .48 cents of which .12 cents goes for the software licensing fee and the remaining .36 cents is split between Clarkesville and Tiger after expenses.
In 2013 Locally Grown sold $37,250 worth of products, and collected $3,352 from our 9%. We had $1,930 in expenses that included things like business cards, coolers, banners, shuttle costs ($20 per trip), small volunteer stipend, bank fees, bounced checks (we always have a few of these from customers that don’t come back), and a few miscellaneous expenses like non-delivered food, etc. That left $1,422 net which was split between Clarkesville and Tiger markets making it $711 each. We spend on average at least 5 hours a week on Locally Grown activities (4 hours at market and at least another hour doing other things). That’s 260 hours in a year minimum which breaks down to about $2.73 an hour. That’s just counting Chuck and I’s time, and doesn’t include Amy, Ching-Yu, all the time that Teri Parker and Jean Holmes donates, and most recently the farmers that have been helping out.
But what about the membership fees? Good question. This year we collected $1,590 in annual membership fees compared to $1,050 in fees from last year and $1,170 the year before. So far we have been pooling all of this money in a reserve fund with the expectation that we may need to purchase a refrigerated truck, or hire someone to help with deliveries if we ever expand the market. $3,810 (give or take) is a decent start as we start to look at possible expansion plans this year and hopefully might be used to match a grant or other funding source.
All of these funds are managed in an account under the Soque River Watershed Association name (that’s why we have you write SRWA on your checks) so no taxes are due, though farmers do have to pay taxes on their income from the market individually. We may be required in the near future to submit tax forms to growers with records of their annual sales but haven’t started that yet.
As you can see, its run kind of like a very small business partnership between Chuck and I, though one that is more fun than profit driven. I’ll say this in case you are worried. I think that Chuck and I, and I think I can safely speak for Amy, Teri, Jean, Ching-Yu and many other volunteers find Locally Grown to be one of the brightest spots in our week, but more importantly in our community. Let’s face it , if it weren’t for this humble market I wouldn’t know most of the growers that I know, and I certainly wouldn’t be eating fresh local greens in the winter, with fresh local bread, fresh eggs, and all the other items I now can enjoy every single week of the year.
It’s also quite exhilarating to be able to tell people that in less than three years we’ve sold over $100,000 worth of food. That’s significant.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Before I wrap things up, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Friday’s Northeast Georgian you should because Ronnie Mathis of Mountain Earth Farms is on the cover in color with his greens above the fold! The story is about the brand new FARM 2 SCHOOL program that Habersham County is launching this year and it’s pretty exciting. If you want to know more about it I’m gonna make you visit our FACEBOOK page to read the story (we’re trying to boost our LIKES) click here
There’s a PDF of the whole article there. Or better yet go buy a paper. Support Local NEWS, but only after you support LOCAL FOOD!
Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun
Atlanta Locally Grown: Grass fed beef for Saturday
I forgot to mention we are going to have some grass feed beef available for Saturdays market.
Farm House Beef will be at Piedmont Park from 9-10:30.
You can let me know what you would like and ill Handel the logistics or you can talk with them.
They have great prices and a fantastic selection.
The ground beef is 6.15 per lb
Stew beef is 6.35
Plus sales tax on these items so we are
Suggesting 6.75 to cover
Again, if you are interested just add what you want to the comment section of your order.
We will take care or the rest.
Conway, AR: Opening Bell
Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,
Are we going to have an early spring in the Ozarks? I can’t tell – the weather keeps changing! At the beginning of last week we had three days in a row with temperatures around 70, and things started coming alive. I saw daffodils not just poking up, but blooming! The spring peeper frogs are “peeping” around the ponds, and just yesterday I saw a pear tree while making deliveries in Little Rock that had popped open. I’m a little worried that everything is just confused, and all these plants and animals coming alive are going to be in for a rude awakening – January and February are usually our coldest months! Anyway, if things continue like they are, look for an explosion of fresh produce sooner rather than later this spring, and start preparing to plant your gardens and flowerbeds.
The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Click (only once) the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.
From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Salsa! This week we’re offering sample size jars of our delicious salsa to attract new customers. If you haven’t tried it before, here’s your chance, but hurry. We’re only making 10 jars, for only $3 each. These will be MEDIUM heat. We also make salsa to order each week, in hot, medium, or mildfor only $4 per pint. Search for “salsa” from Cedar Rock Ridge.
Thanks and have a wonderful week,