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Remember to STOCK UP! The next market is 12/28/2012.


Remember there is no market December 25th. Stock up so you will have all you need until our special market December 28th.

Here’s our schedule:

  • Tuesday, December 18 — Regular Market at all locations
  • Tuesday, December 25 — NO MARKET! – Christmas Day
  • Friday, December 28 — SPECIAL MARKETAJCC ONLY!
  • Tuesday, January 1 — NO MARKET! – New Years Day
  • Tuesday, January 8 — Regular Market at all locations

See you Tuesday!

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THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!


OUR 2013 GIFT TO YOU!
Augusta Locally Grown has partnered with several community groups to create the EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET, March-June on Thursday evenings in Evans. Check out the new website at www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com.

Don’t worry: Our on-line market will remain as-is in 2013. Tuesday nights, year-round, steady and strong.

LOCALLY GROWN GIFT BAZAAR!
Our last gift bazaar of the season will be held this Tuesday at the AJCC from 3:30-5:30pm. What a great opportunity to pick up some thoughtful, last-minute goodies for family, friend and colleagues.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY MARKETFRI, DEC 28
NO market on December 25, Christmas Day
NO market on January 1, New Years Day
YES market on Friday, December 28, at the AJCC only, from 4pm-6pm.

No Downtown or Riverwood pick-ups will be available on December 28.

The market will open on-line to take orders on Sunday, Dec 23 through Wednesday, Dec 26.

This will be a minimalist market as several of our farmers will close for the holidays and won’t participate on Dec 28. Trail Ridge Farm says “Stock up on goat cheese now! It freezes well!”

WELCOME SPARTA IMPERIAL MUSHROOMS!
A big welcome to Jonathan Tescher of Sparta Imperial Mushrooms. Jonathan started his mushroom farm this year in the heart of Sparta, GA, after several years as a busy staff member at Georgia Organics. We welcome him into the fold with hopes that his products and his passion will help move Augusta’s local food movement forward!

WELCOME BACK THREE CENTURIES FARM AND ELM STREET GARDENS!
These sustainable farmers of Sparta, acting as a collective unit of support for one another, have returned to Augusta! Such good news.

A-GUSTAVORE OF THE WEEK:
Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings takes the prize this week with her beoooo-tiful photo of herself in her new greenhouse. Love that girl!

SEE Y’ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


LOCALLY GROWN GIFT BAZAAR:
This week’s Locally Grown Gift Bazaar will be at our downtown location at Tire City Potters, 5pm-7pm.

HOLIDAY MARKET SCHEDULE:
Due to this year’s holiday calendar, the following market changes have been made:

NO! MARKET ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25
NO! MARKET ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 1
YES! MARKET ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28
(ONLY AT THE ACJJ!, NO DOWNTOWN, NO RIVERWOOD

On-line orders will be taken that week from Sunday, Dec 23 to Wed, Dec 26. Pick up will be at the AJCC only from 4pm-6pm.
 
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD TO BUONA CAFFE!
John and Pat Curry, our local coffee roasters, are the first winners of the new Small Business, Big Wishes campaign from Intuit! Read all about their award (and plans for a new coffee bar in Augusta!) on their Facebook page.
 
FAREWELL TO OUR COLLEGE-BOUND MARKET MANAGERS, TIM & SETH!
This is Tim’s last week at our Downtown Market. Tim is headed to UGA to finish his undergraduate studies in Sports Management. Seth will finish up at our Riverwood Market next week. Seth is hunkering down in his studies at ASU, with a rigorous math class on Tuesday nights. We are ever so grateful for the tremendous responsibility and service these young men have provided Augusta Locally Grown and will miss them very, very much.
 
AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN ON FACEBOOK:
The Augusta Locally Grown Facebook page has enjoyed a joyous rebirth! (Thanks to Leslie of Luna Bug for nudging us into the 21st century.)  We deeply appreciate all your “likes,” your photos, and especially your enthusiastic kudos for our farmers’ food.

HAPPY WORLD SOIL DAY!
Yep! It’s real! A Brazilian friend and soil scientist clued me in!! And what a worthy celebration it was …on Dec 5.
 
A-GUSTAVORE TSHIRT WINNER THIS WEEK: LORETTA
When Loretta Adderson friended me on Facebook this week, her profile included one of my favorite locally grown photos ever! I’d seen it before, but it makes me smile every time. I mean, WHAT could be cooler than an organic-farmer-nutrition-activist-grandma and her John Deere? Kenny Chesney may SING about his sexy tractor, but in my book Loretta is the real deal.
 
SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


LOCALLY GROWN GIFT BAZAAR:
Augusta Locally Grown will host a “Locally Grown Gift Bazaar” at our Tuesday pick-locations for three weeks this December. A list of committed participants includes:

  • soaps from Luna Bug
  • herbal infusions from White Hills Lavender Farm
  • baked goods from JandL Farm and Stables
  • alpaca wool art from Twisted Fence Ranch
  • mohair scarves from Hard Earth Farm
  • poinsettias from Shady Creek Greens
  • baked goods from B Simple Breads
  • cheese balls from Southern Swiss Dairy

Save these dates for your holiday shopping:
Dec 4, AJCC, 3:45pm-5:45pm
Dec 11, TIRE CITY, 5pm-7pm
Dec 18, AJCC, 3:45pm-5:45pm

CROP MOB AT WALKER FARMSDEC 2:
“Crop Mob Savannah” will coordinate a “mob” of volunteers to work at Walker Farms in Sylvania this Sunday from 2pm-6pm. Dinner will be provided after the mob to celebrate a day’s work well done with a delicious meal together. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com/event/4821185295#. Or visit the Facebook page for Crop Mob Savannah. The cost of this event is your time, sweat and enthusiasm.

(And YES … we should start a CROP MOB AUGUSTA soon!!!!)

*VEGGIE TRUCK UPDATE: *
_WHOLESOME WAVE! _
We are thrilled to announce that the Veggie Truck Initiative in Harrisburg has been accepted as a partner by Wholesome Wave Georgia. This will double the value of SNAP benefits for folks who purchase fresh, local food from our farmers with food stamps at the Veggie Truck, starting in 2013.

VEGGIE TRUCK AT FIRST THURSDAY:
The Veggie Truck will do another fundraiser at the First Thursday event in Summerville on Dec 6. Another great way to make a gift to the community!

A-GUSTAVORE WINNER THIS WEEK: CURTIS!
Curtis is one of our young volunteers who helped shell forty pounds of pecans for our Nutcracker Fundraiser to benefit the Veggie Truck this week. Curtis will receive a limited edition A-gustavore tshirt for his great smile in this award-winning photo.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING:
When I stopped yesterday for a moment of reflection – between chopping, peeling and salivating – I was emotionally overwhelmed with the gratitude I feel for the Augusta Locally Grown family. To our farmers, our customers, our volunteers, our interns and our community partners: please know that your efforts have created quite a stir in the CSRA this year! And this is truly celebratory.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY- NOV 24
This relatively new American holiday is enjoying a good deal of hoopla this year. And what a good thing it is. But as you jump into the shopping season, please consider this: Perhaps the very best way to participate in Small Business Saturday is to buy from local, sustainable farmers. Why? At their very core, sustainable farmers are committed to keeping their OWN purchases local and small-business focused. Whenever possible, they buy seed, livestock, soil amendments, feed and other supplies from folks in OUR communities. By ordering your groceries from our ALG, you can be assured that your hard-earned food dollars will be recycled right here, in the CSRA, in a tasty circle of economic fellowship.

SOUTHERN SWISS DAIRY FEATUREDBIG TIME”:
Big congratulations to Southern Swiss Dairy! Last week, they were filmed for a feature on “Kimberly’s Simply Southern,” a national cooking show on GAC. Of course, the “Kimberly” in question is none other than Kimberly Schlapman of the popular county music group “Little Big Town.” We are so proud of Southern Swiss for again putting Augusta’s local foods scene on our nation’s map.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!


SOUPER KIDS CAFE: A TRUE THANKSGIVING FEAST
It comes as no surprise that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday celebration. This year it was made extra special by the pre-Thanksgiving feast of veggie soups we cooked-up with the children of the Lake Olmstead housing community. There are some awesome adults to thank for the success of that event, but my hugs today go out to all those kids who truly put their hearts into that meal.

LOCALLY GROWN GIFT BAZAAR:
Augusta Locally Grown will host a “Locally Grown Gift Bazaar” at our Tuesday pick-locations with a handful of our talented grower/artisans this December. Save these dates for your holiday shopping:
Dec 4, AJCC, 3:45pm-5:45pm
Dec 11, TIRE CITY, 5p-7pm
Dec 18, AJCC, 3:35-5:45p

LOCAL CHRISTMAS TREES:
Starting next week, Augusta Locally Grown will offer locally-grown Christmas trees from Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm. Delivery to your home is available! Or, if you’d rather visit their farm to pick-and-cut your own, visit their website at clarkshillchristmastreefarm.com.

NUTCRACKING FUNDRAISER:
Our student interns have agreed to a long evening of pecan cracking & shelling to raise money for the Veggie Truck Initiative. If our first 20 pounds go well, this could turn into a regular fundraiser and service to our customers during pecan season. Thanks to Chris T for inspiring the idea.

WELCOME BACK FLATLAND FARM:
Flat Land Farm is back with eggs! They’ve been growing their flock of grass-pastured hens to meet the needs of the SCAD Farm to Table student meal program. Now, with SCAD on break, they’re back with Augusta Locally Grown.

A-GUSTAVORE WINNER THIS WEEK: MACK
A bag of fresh greenbeans has become the most requested game-day snack for this baseball player and his teammates. His mom, Gretchen, a local Type 1 Diabetes educator and fundraiser, probably had a little something to do with this, but we’re awarding the limited-edition tshirt to her son!

To learn more about A-GUSTAVORE: THE GAME, visit our website at augustalocallygrown.org.

SEE Y’ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

THE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!


*WELCOME BEAVER DAM FARM! *
Grass-pastured eggs are now available from our newest farmers, Eugene & Lucille Cheeks, at Beaver Dam Farm. Located in Keysville, GA, the Cheeks are a “retired” couple who have created an extensive, all-natural homestead on the beaver-dammed land they’ve had for 50 years. Welcome!

POULTRY SWAP & SALETOMORROW!
Check out the Poultry Swap & Sale tomorrow, November 10, from 10am-2pm. The event will be held in the parking lot at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones. This is a great opportunity to invest in some backyard poultry. For more information, call David Young at 706-799-1841.

SOUPER KIDS CAFE
Big thanks to the Augusta Area Dieticians Association for their donation to purchase the locally grown vegetables we will use at this weekend’s “Souper Kids Cafe.” Big thanks also to Chef Charleen for creating original, veggie-based recipes for this kids cooking event.

SOUTHERN SCRATCH HOLIDAY ORDERS DUE!
If you’ve ever had a nibble of the baked goodies created by Southern Scratch with local ingredients, you know their work is pure magic. NOTE: this is the last week to place your holiday orders for 2012!

A_GUSTAVORE WINNER THIS WEEK: RHONDA
For Halloween, Rhonda sent us a photo of herself cooking a “Frankensquash.” She writes: “Cross pollination in a friend’s garden resulted in squash plants that produce pale green fruit with a yellow squash shape and acorn squash ribs. The Frankensquash tastes like a zucchini, so I hope my garden produces more!” Rhonda will receive a limited edition A-GUSTAVORE tshirt for her winning photo.

THANK YOU LESLIE:
Thank you Leslie of Luna Bug Soups for giving me the gift of a stress-free, two-weeks-away-from-the-market. You are a gem.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
Kim

Large Eggs Now Available at the Augusta Locally Grown Market!


Yes, that’s right, Large Eggs from Crossed Stars Farms have just been added. Order quickly as these will go fast!

Leslie

THE AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN MARKET IS OPEN


UPCOMING!

SOUPER KIDS CAFÉ – SAT, NOV 10
Augusta Locally Grown will team up with a slew of community volunteers to create an outdoor, pop-up “Souper Kids Café” for residents of the Lake Olmstead Housing Community in Augusta. This event will engage 30-40 children in the cooking of six big pots of vegetable-based soups to feed 100 people community-style. Volunteers include Chef Charleen Tinley of Culinary Connections, several professionals from the Augusta Dieticians Association, as well as medical students from GHSU and volunteers of the Harrisburg Veggie Truck Initiative. If you’d like to help underwrite the cost of veggies for this project, please make a donation to the Veggie Truck through our on-line market.

POULTRY SWAP & SALESAT, NOV 10
Hobby Farmers of the CSRA will sponsor a live Poultry Swap & Sale on Saturday, November 10, from 10am-2pm. The event will be held in the parking lot at Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones Parkway. This is a great opportunity to invest in some backyard poultry, and to learn from others who share your interests. For more information, call David Young at 706-799-1841.

TAILGATING WITH COOKBOOK AUTHOR VIRGINIA WILLISSUN, NOV 18
Augusta Locally Grown has signed on as a partner for the Columbia County Library event called “Tailgating with Virginia Willis.” This event will feature the once-local, now-famous cookbook author as she prepares some of her recipes. Augusta Locally Grown will provide all the local ingredients for this educational demonstration. To reserve your space at this free event in Evans, go to http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2607717130.

A-GUSTAVORE WINNER THIS WEEK: MASON
Congratulations to Mason for his picture of an apple pie he made with North Georgia apples. The picture, now featured on our website, shows his girlfriend holding the basket-woven dessert. Mason will get the limited-edition A-GUSTAVORE shirt, but if he’s smart, he’ll give it to his girlfriend. ? To learn how to play the A-GUSTAVORE GAME, visit www.augustalocallygrown.org.
SEE YOU AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
- Leslie

THE AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN MARKET IS OPEN


THIS WEEK’S MARKET ADMINISTRATOR:
Leslie Carson of Luna Bug Soaps will again fill-in as Market Administrator this week. If you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact Leslie at 706-627-5627. Or email her at leslie@lunabugsoap.com.
A-GUSTAVORE WINNER THIS WEEK: JACQUELINE
Congratulations to Jacqueline for her winning photo this week. Jacqueline is a high school senior who is raising chicks into laying hens for her senior project. A photo of her with one of her chicks is now posted on our website. Jacqueline will receive a limited-edition A-GUSTAVORE tshirt for her photo! For details on our photo game, A-GUSTAVORE, visit www.augustalocallygrown.org.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
November 10 – Souper Kids Café at the Lake Olmstead Housing Community, in Augusta
November 10 – Live Poultry Swap & Sale at Tractor Supply, in Augusta
November 18 – Tailgating with Cookbook Author Virginia Willis, in Evans (featuring local ingredients!)
SEE YOU AT THE MARKET ON TUESDAY!
- Leslie