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McColloms Market:  Reminder - February FFFN Order Open Until Tonight


Hi All:

Just a reminder in case you still want to place an order this month. I’ll be closing the Market this evening so you have until then.

Thanks.

Melinda

Greener Acres Farm:  Market Still Open


Sorry we did not send out an email yesterday, but YES we are still open.

Not many changes to the items available this week.

We are happy to announce that when we did an inspection of our high tunnel this weekend, we found that the salad greens that we have over-wintered are coming back and sending up new growth. We should have limited quantities of salad greens available for purchase in a few weeks.

We also have new herbs started in our grow room at this time. They are up and have their first leaves on. Once they have a few sets of true leaves, we will pot them up into four inch pots and will offer them for sale. They include sweet basil, parsley, dill and cilantro.

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for February 15


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

This week, I’d like to highlight a feature of the website that you may have missed. When we started filling orders paperlessly a several years ago, I revamped the “Order History” that you can view by looking at the Your Account page. Back when we had a sheet of paper with your order on it, you could see right then if a grower couldn’t fill an item you had ordered. Now, we try to tell you (we can see that on our little screens), but I do sometimes get asked days or weeks later about missing items (often when someone else picked up the order, and word didn’t get passed back). The system records every time a grower takes something off your order by adding a note to the comment section of the order. Sometimes they’ll also email you in person, but not always. Additionally, the system records when we put an item in your basket or bag, and how you paid. If something turns up missing because the grower didn’t bring it, or if we later discover a bag with your name on it (usually because we accidentally gave you someone else’s), it’ll record that too. We automatically issue refunds for items you paid for but didn’t receive (and you’ll get an automated email each time), and that gets recorded also. You can see all these notes and details about your order by pulling it up in your order history and clicking the link for the PDF Invoice.

If you want to double-check our packing as we hand you your order, you can print out that invoice and bring it with you or load it up on your smart phone. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we welcome your diligence. By 2pm on Thursday, it should accurately reflect what you’re going to be getting that day. I will say that the paperless system has improved our order filling accuracy tremendously. We still have to refund a couple things each week, but well over 99.9% of the items are getting to where they’re supposed to go.

If you have entered your credit card into our system, we do not run those cards until after pickups close on Thursday night, and the total charged to your card reflects any adjustments that had to get made along the way. If there is any question, the PDF has an item by item accounting of everything you received and was charged for, so we can go back over that at any time.

If you’ve ordered something one week and want to order it again, but can’t quite remember what it was called or who sold it, there’s a simpler version of your order history right on the market page. If you never use it, you can hide it, but what makes it really useful is the items you ordered previously will have an “add to cart” link right next to them if they are currently being offered for sale again. If you like to buy the same things each week, it can really speed up your shopping time.

Also, just a reminder that we don’t offically open and begin filling orders until 4:30pm on Thursdays. Sometimes we get a line of people forming at 4pm, when growers are still trying to load and unload. I get a little worried about having all that truck traffic going through a crowd of people for one, and it’s also just human nature to get a little frustrated when you’ve been waiting in line for a while. If the growers have all come early and we have things under control, we will start filling orders early, as soon as we’re able. But keep in mind that we don’t officially open until 4:30pm, so if you’re in a hurry at 4 and want your items right away, there’s a good chance we won’t be able to help you. We’re usually in a mad rush ourselves just trying to get everything organized in the back. The growers fill items in the order that they were bought, not in the order that you arrive, so getting there super early won’t help you get items in short supply.

Thank you so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

Most other area markets are closed down for the season or have moved to winter hours. The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the season. They’ll return in April, and you can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is closed for the season, and you can watch for their return on their website here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on winter hours now on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me know.

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Green Fork Farmers Market:  Weekly product list


Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers:

Here’s what’s available this week:

Vegetables—Kale, swiss chard, kalettes, and spinach.

Herbs and Spices—cilantro and hot chili powder.

Eggs—From pastured hens.

Meat—Pastured beef and chicken.

Olives and Olive Oil—Direct from the organic grower in California. Check out sales prices on selected varieties!

Salsa—Made with locally grown and organic ingredients.

Live plants—Fig trees, fig houseplants.

Crafts—Natural, handmade soy candles scented with pure essential oils (no toxic chemicals!)

Place your order now, then pick up and pay on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville.

We will also have a selection of locally grown and handmade goods available for sale from the table at the market on Wednesday.

We look forward to seeing you!

Green Fork Farmers Market

Dawson Local Harvest:  Cool Vegetables Rule!


Dawson Local Harvest for February 16th

Cool Vegetables Rule!

HI EVERYBODY!

Their aren’t many local farms that grow year around. Fortunately, LEILANI’S is one of those, and are offering plenty of crisp, great-tasting cool-weather Vegetables! New this week are beautiful white Hakurei Turnips, excellent sliced in salads, or boil them like potatoes (1/3 the calories). Also available right now are Greens like Lettuce, Spinach, a couple pf varieties of Kale, Swiss Chard and tasty Asian Bok Choi.

Don’t forget the wonderful healthy Beverages from CULTURAL TRADITIONS. Their Juns, Kvasses, and Kifers have really different tastes that are quite tasty and are loaded with probiotics. You’ll see them in the Fermented / Probiotic Foods listing of The Market.

Also look for Free-range Lamb and Beef, Raw Milk, fresh-baked Bread, gluten-free Cheesecake Brownies, and lots more, available this week in The Market!

THE MARKET IS NOW OPEN!

REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at http://dawsonville.locallygrown.net

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! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

Best thoughts for you and yours this season!

Alan Vining
Market Manager

Miami County Locally Grown:  Local Paintings, A Silent Auction, AND a Farmer's Market?!


On Tuesday February 13th, from 4 to 7pm, not only will favorite local producers be on hand with everything from meats, eggs and cheeses to sourdough breads, desserts, maple syrup, and fruit butters…

But this night is so much more than “just” a farmer’s market… with a fundraising drive for the First Place Food Pantry, customers may choose to make a donation for items which the Pantry is most in need of – and vendors can match those donations!

The First Place Food Pantry is the main Pantry in Troy, and when they open MWF, they provide for 40 families per day. Each family is only allowed to visit the Pantry once a month! Servicing up to 500 families each month, just in Troy? The need is great – and we can help!

PLUS a silent auction?! Yes! Over 20 beautiful paintings on 16”x20” canvas from both local artists and art instructors will be available throughout the market for silent bidding – all winners will be contacted at the end of the night!

These paintings represent the Virtual Market’s FIRST fundraiser of 2018! What better way to find a unique gift AND support our 100% local market?!

Did I mention massage oil and chocolates for Valentine’s Day?! Artisan vendors will offer a variety of hand-crafted soaps, pottery, wool and fiber crafts, shopping bags and kitchen items, custom-roasted coffee and herbal teas.

Grab a free cup of herbal tea or coffee (while supplies last!) and sit a while with a jumbo muffin, brownie, or slice of pie!

With the perfect opportunity for vendors and MCLG customers to meet, this night also allows NEW customers to check out the Virtual Market pick-up, and see firsthand just how quick and convenient shopping with MCLG can be!!

We hope you join us Tuesday at First Place anytime between 4 and 7pm :-)

www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net!

Independence,VA:  Be sure to place your order by tomorrow night at 8pm!


Good afternoon!

Be sure to place your order no later than 8 pm tomorrow night. Remember, orders will be ready to be picked up this Wednesday, February 14th, making it a perfect opportunity to order something for that special someone!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Duette, FL:  We have lots of tomatoes.


Dear Custome,
Please have a look at what we can offer this week and place your orders.

Thank you.
David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market

The Wednesday Market:  Sunday Means It's Ordering Time!


Good afternoon.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday. See the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market

Thank you for your support of locally grown agriculture and for choosing to buy locally.

We’ll see you at the Market.

Thanks,

Beverly

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Reminder- Order by 6pm TODAY!


Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget!

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!

Click Here to Place Your Order For WEDNESDAY pick up in Suwanee

THIS ORDER IS FOR WEDNESDAY PICK UP AT SUWANEE LOCATION FROM 1PM to 6:30 PM (1300 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions)