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Tickets for Augusta Boucherie are on sale now! Visit www.augustaboucherie.com to get your ticket.

The Butchery – or “Boucherie” in French – is an age-old tradition. Friends, neighbors and family members gather to help butcher livestock and preserve meat in the fall, assuring that all parts of the animals are used for sustenance.

This will be a not to be missed event!



 
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Here’s to a safe, playful and delicious July 4th weekend with family, friends and neighbors.
See y’all at the markets next week!
- Kim

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UPCOMING LOCAL FOODS EVENTS:

CHICKEN SWAPSATURDAY, JUNE 28
The Savannah River Grange will host a “Chicken Swap” at the Tractor Supply on Bobby Jones in Augusta this Saturday, June 28, 9am-2pm. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet other local hobby farmers who sell, buy or trade small livestock, or just learn how to get started raising your own backyard hens. The event is free to attend. To set up a booth, contact david@savannahrivergrange.org.

MEET THE FARMER CULINARY CLASSMONDAY, JUNE 30
Chef Charleen will host a “Meet the Farmer” cooking class, paired with wine, at the West End Market & Bakery in Harrisburg on Monday, June 30. The theme is “Summer Corn Fritters, Summer Veggie Salad, What the Heck is Okra, Fruit Dessert.” To enroll, contact ctinely@comcast.net.

VOLUNTEER WORK DAY TO CREATE A GARDEN TOOL LENDING LIBRARY & CULINARY CLASSROOM AT THE WEST END MARKET & BAKERYMONDAY, JULY 7
On Monday, July 7, ALG will partner with the West End Market & Bakery and the Savannah River Grange to set up a Garden Tool Lending Library and Culinary Classroom in Harrisburg. The volunteer work will start at 1pm and go until 5pm. Five committed and semi-skilled volunteers are needed to paint, make shelves, and hang peg boards. Work space is limited. To thank our volunteers, we invite you to enjoy a Local Foods Cooking Class with Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections, that evening, starting at 6pm. To sign up to volunteer, contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org or david@savannahrivergrange.org.

THE GREAT SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTESTTHURSDAY, JULY 19
Things are really starting to come together for our 1st annual “Great Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” at the Evans Towne Farmers Market. The event will be sponsored by AgGeorgia Farm Credit with a beautiful trophy made by Handcrafted Cutting Boards of Augusta.
We already have six local chefs lined up to compete, and are looking for two more:
• Chef Christopher Byrd of “The Retreat”
• Chef Dave McCluskey of “Local Pop”
• Chef Lonnie Stephenson of “Edgar’s Grille”
• Chef Charleen Tinley of “Culinary Connections”
• Chef Kit Stiles-Williams of “Matters of the Heart”
• Chef Matthew Wallace of “A Table & A Season”
Please save this date to come to the farmers market and cheer on these chefs who are so committed to local foods! And yes, YOU get to taste the creations too!

FRIG DONATION NEEDED:
We’re looking for a donation of a working, full size refrigerator for our on-line market pick-up location downtown. If you’ve got an one extra sitting around, we’d really appreciate it, and we can certainly come get it, too. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

MARKET INTERNS AND MARKET MANAGERS:
It’s that time of year when we begin to say goodbye to some wonderful folks and start training some wonderful new ones. Here’s what’s in the works:

OUTGOING:

  • Hugs to Sandi Johnson who recently transitioned from her role as ALG On-Line Downtown Market Manager to focus more on her store.
  • Hugs to Meghann McElroy who recently transitioned from the ALG On-Line Riverwood Market Manager position and will fill-in at the AJCC location as needed.
  • Hugs to Leslie Carson who is transitioning away from her role as Market Manager at the Evans Towne Farmers Market to focus on her soap business.
  • Hugs to our interns who will soon be leaving for college: Amy’s going to the University of Puget Sound; Jackson’s going to UGA; Briaunna and Daniel are going to GRU; Aarish is going to Brown University; Tony has joined the U.S. Army and ships off in September.
    INCOMING:
  • Welcome Maggie Hines who will take over as Market Manager at the Evans Towne Farmers Market and help with the Veggie Truck Farmers Market this summer.
  • Welcome to new interns Russell, Erin and Hannah who have been working hard at the Evans Towne Farmers Market this summer.
  • Welcome to new intern Daniel (a second Daniel!) who has been helping with the Veggie Truck Farmers Market.
  • Welcome to new interns Priscilla and Adolfo who are assigned to our AJCC market pick-up location.
    STAYING ON:
    So so grateful to these interns who are staying on with us for the fall semester and providing some much-needed continuity and experience:
  • Tabias at the ALG Downtown Market.
  • Kyong at the Evans Towne Farmers Market.
  • Daniel has transitioned from his long stint as “milk man” at our AJCC location to help run our ALG Downtown location.

See you all at the markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Cheers!
Kim

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MID SUMMER PICNIC AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKETTUESDAY, JUNE 24
Celebrate summer with us at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg! Music, games, cooking demo, sidewalk chalk vegetable drawing contests, blueberry bingo, food by Recovery BBQ and more! Meet folks from Wholesome Wave Georgia and other local food activists. Bring a blanket! Located at the corner of Broad & Eve streets, across from the Kroc Center in Harrisburg. Remember: we double EBT!!!!

QUICK, COLD & RAWWEDNESDAY, JUNE 25
Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections will host a “Quick, Cold & Raw” cooking class featuring local, seasonal veggies at the West End Market & Bakery in Harrisburg this Wednesday evening. Only $20! Contact ctinley@comcast.net to enroll.

CALLING LOCAL CHEFS & OTHER SERIOUS COOKSTHURSDAY, JULY 17
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will host a “Great Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” on Thursday, July 17. Up to 8 contestants will compete for one beautiful trophy. Qualified judges are also being recruited. We supply the locally grown tomatoes; contestants supply the rest of the ingredients to make four sandwiches. This will be the second in our cooking contest series which we call “Market Stadium!” Starts at 5pm. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to register to as a competitor.

LOTS OF THANK YOUS TO SEND OUT THIS WEEK :
Our “Cooler than a Cucumber Salad Kids Cooking Contest” was a wonderful success thanks to our fabulous youth contestants: Antonio, Natalie, Nathan, Russell, Sage, Westyn and trophy-winner Sophy. Also thanks to our fabulous judges Greg Cowling, Kat Ethington, Dana Keen & Samantha Taylor; to Tim of “Handcrafted Cuttingboards” who donated beautiful boards to all seven youth competitors; to all the parents and grandparents for their guidance; to Rock Bottom Music for the sound system; and to my daughter Maggie for her priceless help creating an outdoor cooking stage in 97 degree weather.

Our experiment with “Local Bulk” also went well thanks to farmer Matt, volunteer sorters Andre & Maggie, and to all the customers who played along.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Thrilled to announce the election of our 2014-2015 board members (some returning; some brand new) for Augusta Locally Grown’s nonprofit organization:
Amy Sutter – President
Landon Dawson – Vice President
Leslie Carson – Treasurer
Lauren Belcher
Matt DeMatteo
Steve Gianino
Sandy Legette
Jenny Jia
Judy Maxwell
Janie Peel
Jan Perry
Laurie Ritchie

We’ll share more information about the efforts of this wonderful group soon!

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS:
A three-farm urban farm tour in Aug or Sept.
A muscadine wine making workshop in Sept
A hands-on beekeeping workshop in Oct.
A road-trip to an urban farm in Atlanta in Oct.

Cheers!
Kim

Posted by: Kim Hines at Friday June 13, 2014 12:10 PM EDT

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LOCAL BULK: AN EXPERIMENT IN GROUP BUYING
This week we launch a fun, new way to purchase seasonal foods en masse. We are calling it “Local Bulk.” Think of it as crowd sourcing for farmers! Here’s how it works:

  • Each “round” we will feature one crop from one farmer to sell in bulk at a super reduced price.
  • This round we’re featuring Sweet Yellow Onions from East Georgia Produce.
  • The farmer sets a target group sales goal. This round the goal is 100 lbs.
  • The farmer sets a reduced price. Matt’s onions usually sell for $1.50/lb. He has set the bulk rate at 90 cents/lb.
  • You pre-order as many shares as you like. Each share gets you 1 lb of onions for 90 cents. For example, you get 10 lbs for 9.00. Invite your friends to order shares! Invite your family members to order shares! This is a great way to introduce them to ALG … or just order for them! Whatever works.
  • Here’s the thing: A total of 100 shares has to be ordered this weekend in order for the deal to go through. If 100 shares are not ordered, all shares will be cancelled.
  • If the goal is met, 100 lbs of onions will be delivered in bulk on Tuesday to our market pick-up locations. A volunteer (maybe you!?) will sort, bag and distribute the onions according to the shares sold. This saves the farmer time, labels and packaging.
  • Yes, this is a simple way for you to help us get more folks involved in buying local foods! Yes, this is a great way for you to bulk up on some staple items at a great price. And yes … it’s also a fun opportunity to support a farmer.
  • If this goes well, we’ll feature a different farmer for every round.

Contact kim@augustalocallygrown if you’d like to be the sorting volunteer this round! Your time commitment would be 2pm-7pm, this Tuesday, June 17.

Good luck! And HAPPY BULKING!

GARDEN TOOL LENDING LIBRARY AT THE WEST END MARKET!
We are excited to partner with the West End Market & Bakery to create a “Garden Tool Lending Library!” Big hugs to Jason Wynn for donating his garden tools to get this community-sharing project started. Garden tools will be loaned free of charge, with a small refundable security deposit. Visit the West End Market & Bakery for details about borrowing. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you’d like to donate your tools to the “community shed.”

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • FARM FRIDAY AT WHITE HILLS FARMFRIDAY, JUNE 13
    Every Friday is “Farm Friday” at White Hills lavender farm. Stop by this gorgeous herb farm in Dearing, GA, to experience a uniquely peaceful afternoon.
  • COOLER THAN A CUCUMBER SALAD KIDS COOKING CONTESTTHURSDAY, JUNE 19
    We’ve got all our youth contestants, our judges, and our trophy ready for competition at the Evans Towne Farmers Market this Thursday. Now we just need to gather an enthusiastic crowd to cheer and help judge! Come watch these 8 creative young people turn regular ol’ cucumbers into culinary art. Market starts at 4:30pm; contest starts at 5pm.
  • MID SUMMER PICNIC AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKETTUESDAY, JUNE 24
    Celebrate summer with us at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg! Music, games, cooking demo with Chef Charleen, sidewalk chalk vegetable drawing contests, blueberry bingo, food by Recovery BBQ and more! Meet folks from Wholesome Wave Georgia and other local food activists. Bring a blanket! Located at the corner of Broad & Eve streets, across from the Kroc Center in Harrisburg. Remember: we double EBT!!!!

WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON WITH LOCAL FARMERS FOR LATER THIS SUMMER AND FALLDETAILS TBA

  • A tomato sandwich adult cooking contest in July.
  • A pick-you-own blueberries afternoon in July.
  • A three-farm urban farm tour in Aug or Sept.
  • A muscadine wine making workshop in Sept
  • A hands-on beekeeping workshop in Oct.
  • A road-trip to an urban farm in Atlanta in Oct.

WANT TO HELP WITH ANY OF THESE? LET US KNOW SOON!

Cheers!
Kim

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LOADS OF GOOD FOOD EVENTS COME UP!

SATURDAY, JUNE 7
DUCK DAYS AT ICEBOX FARM
Enroll in this engaging and informative day at this beautiful farm in North Augusta. The workshop includes a complete demo of duck processing from farm to plate. Chef David McCluskey will then lead the group in making a scrumptious Duck Bog afterwards. Contact tasha@iceboxfarm.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7
MEET THE FARMER COOKING CLASS
Join Chef Charleen at the West End Market in Augusta as she leads you in a hands-on cooking class featuring organic veggies from Addersons Fresh Produce of Keysville. In fact, meet the farmers, Sam & Loretta Adderson, too! Contact ctinley@comcast.net.

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
JOURNEE DU LAPIN WORKSHOP AT ICEBOX FARM
Here’s another fascinating farm-to-plate class, this one featuring fresh local rabbit. Tickets available through ALG on-line or on their website.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19
COOLER THAN A CUCUMBER SALAD KIDS COOKING COMPETITION AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET
Calling all young chefs! Sign up to compete in our Cooler than a Cucumber Kids Cooking Competition on Thursday, June 19. Eight contestants (ages 10-16) will create their unique creations for 16 judges in pursuit of the trophy. We provide the cucumbers from a local farm; you provide the fixings. To compete, email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 24
MID-SUMMER PICNIC AT THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET
Welcome the summer harvest with special events at our Mid-Summer Picnic at the Veggie Truck Market. Music, games, cooking demos, sidewalk chalk vegetable drawing contests, blueberry bingo, $2 burgers and more! Meet folks from Wholesome Wave Georgia and other local food activists. Bring a blanket! Located at the corner of Broad & Eve streets, across from the Kroc Center in Harrisburg. Remember: we double EBT!!!!

THURSDAY, JULY 17
THE GREAT SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTEST AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET
Same thing, but we’re stepping it up. This one will feature local chefs and other serious adult homecooks. Eight contestants, 16 judges, one trophy! We provide the heirloom tomatoes from the Urban Ag R&D Project in Appling; you provide the fixings. Get ready for “Market Stadium” folks!!!!! To compete, send your food bio to kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

THINGS TO LOOK FOWARD TO IN THE FALL:
DATES TBA:
- CROB MOB AT HARD EARTH FARM
- WINTER GARDEN WORKSHOP AT LEGACY GARDENS
- MUSCADINE WINE MAKING & MORE
- VEGGIE TRUCK CAFE, POPUP DINNERS IN HARRISBURG

BIG THANKS!
Big thanks to Sandi Johnson and family of Hexemaus Farm for hosting such a great Pickin’ Party last weekend; to Chef Charleen for feeding us all so well; and to all those great volunteers for braving the briars.

See you all at the markets!
-Kim

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SUMMER IS HAPPENIN’ AT ALG!

SUNDAY, JUNE 1
PICKIN’ PARTY, FORAGING TOUR & FARM DINNER AT HEXEMAUS FARM
Lots of preparations going on right now for this weekend’s Pickin’ Party Crop Mob at Hexemaus Farm in Waynesboro. In fact, I’m here right now with Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections as she begins to make the gorgeous volunteer meal. Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings will provide a wild foraging tour after the hard work is over and before the meal begins. This is a SOLD OUT EVENT so no more meal tickets are available; thank you so much to the 40+ volunteers who signed on! Biggest thanks to farmer Sandi Johnson and her crew for hosting!

MONDAY, JUNE 2
BENDERDIGGER!
The BenderDigger Youth Gardening project at River Island starts again this summer with Kristina Williams (of the BenderDinker) at the helm. We’re looking for volunteers to help! Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you can lend your muscle and talents to this educational program.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7
DUCK DAYS AT ICEBOX FARM
Enroll in this engaging and informative day at this beautiful farm in North Augusta. The workshop includes a complete demo of duck processing from farm to plate. Chef David McCluskey will then lead the group in making a scrumptious Duck Bog. Tickets available through ALG or directly from their website at iceboxfarm.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7
MEET THE FARMER COOKING CLASS
Join Chef Charleen at the West End Market in Augusta as she leads you in a hands-on cooking class featuring organic veggies from Addersons Fresh Produce of Keysville. In fact, meet the farmers, Sam & Loretta Adderson, too! Tickets are available through ALG or directly through Charleen’s website at chefcharleen.com

SATURDAY, JUNE 14
JOURNEE DU LAPIN WORKSHOP AT ICEBOX FARM
Here’s another fascinating farm-to-plate class, this one featuring fresh local rabbit. Tickets available through ALG on-line or on their website.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19
COOLER THAN A CUCUMBER SALAD KIDS COOKING COMPETTION AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET
Calling all young chefs! Sign up to compete in our Cooler than a Cucumber Kids Cooking Competition on Thursday, June 19. Eight contestants (ages 10-16) will create their unique creations for 16 judges in pursuit of the trophy. We provide the cucumbers from a local farm; you provide the fixings. To compete, email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

THURSDAY, JULY 17
THE GREAT SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTEST AT THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET
Same thing, but we’re stepping it up. This one will feature local chefs and other serious adult homecooks. Eight contestants, 16 judges, one trophy! We provide the heirloom tomatoes from the Urban Ag R&D Project in Appling; you provide the fixings. Get ready for “Market Stadium” folks!!!!! To compete, send your food bio to kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

BIG THANKS!
Big thanks to Patrick and Amy Sutter for including us in their wonderful BanjoBQue Competition! And thanks to all the volunteer local food ambassadors who came out to help!

Big thanks to Ginny Franks and family at Southern Swiss Dairy for arranging to bring the Mobile Dairy Classroom to the Evans Market yesterday. It was a wonderful addition.

Big thanks (and congratulations) to our board member Landon Dawson and his new bride April for celebrating their wedding day at the Evans Towne Farmers Market yesterday. It was truly humbling to share your special day with you that way.

See you all at the markets!
-Kim

SECRETS IN THE SOIL


… Meant to mention this in the noontime blog…

SECRETS IN THE SOILSAT, MAY 24
Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings will host a soil workshop at the West End Market & Bakery in Augusta tomorrow morning from 10am-11:30. Tickets are $10. Come learn from the master!!

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BANJO-B-QUEMAY 23, 24
If you find yourself at the Banjo-B-Que this weekend, in Evans, come visit the “Shadow BBQ” team! Local foods advocate Patrick Sutter and his buddies are competing in the “Backyard Category” of this nationally recognized grilling contest. Their angle? Local meats from local farmers!! Volunteer local food ambassadors will be there to help promote the movement to the 7000 folks expected to attend! Hugs to Amy Sutter, our awesome ALG board member, for keeping the team fed, loved and happy. GO SHADOW BBQ!!!!

RAISED BED GARDENING WORKSHOPMAY 25:
There’s still time to sign up for the Raised Bed Gardening Workshop 101 on Sunday, May 25, at 3pm, at Legacy Gardens in Evans. Cost is $20 and includes a garden salad meal afterwards. Contact David directly by texting 706-877-0935.

FOOD JUSTICE TALK AT THE AIKEN UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCHJUNE 1
Come join ALG for a talk on food justice as we work together to envision a more vibrant local foods movement throughout the CSRA.

PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARMJUNE 1
This is a “sold-out” event! We’re expecting 40+ volunteer berry pickers! Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the details soon!

SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTESTJULY 17
Calling all local chefs and would-be chefs!!!!!! ALG will host a “Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday, July 17. Heirloom tomatoes will be provided by the Urban Ag R&D project in Appling. Contestants provide the fixings! Judges are being lined-up, sponsors sought and trophies ordered. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you’re ready to show this town what you can do with a tomato sandwich.

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday!
Kim

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RIVERWOOD PICK-UP LOCATION CLOSINGMAY 20
This Tuesday, May 20, will be our LAST DAY at Riverwood. It is a sad but inevitable end-of-an-era. Sales at that location have sunk below what it costs to run. We believe that other local foods options, including the Evans Towne Farmers Market, have pulled customers in multiple directions. And that’s a good thing overall!!! But it is sad to leave behind the Riverwood community where much of our start took root. Of course, the biggest hug goes to our fearless market manager Meghann, who has developed quite a fan base there. She’s gonna take some time off as a manager, but will continue with us in some form or another because, of course, she’s family now. We hope our Riverwood customers will switch over to our AJCC site, which is open 4pm-6pm, just a few miles away. If you have any questions about this transition, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

BANJO-B-QUEMAY 23, 24
One of the most enthusiastic advocates for local foods in our community is Patrick Sutter. And this month he’s taking it one step further! Patrick and three of his fellow grill buddies have entered their team in the “Backyard Category” of the Banjo-B-Que national contest in Evans. And get this: they’re using local beef and pork from Savannah River Farm, including a top-of-the-line Berkshire hog. Their team – called “SHADOW BBQ” – will promote and celebrate ALG and the Evans Towne Farmers Market while cooking up some serious contest entries. More than 7000 folks are expected to attend this food/music event with more than 80 teams from 28 states. Come cheer Shadow BBQ on as they cheer on our local foods movement! Order tickets at banjobque.com.

FARM FRIDAY AT WHITE HILLS POSTPONED TO MAY 23:
“Farm Friday” will start up at White Hills lavender farm in Dearing, GA, next Friday, May 23.

RAISED BED GARDENING WORKSHOPMAY 25:
The dynamic father-son duo, Steve and David Gianino, will host another popular Raised Bed Gardening Workshop 101 on Sunday, May 25, at 3pm, at Legacy Gardens in Evans. Cost is $20 and includes a garden salad meal afterwards. Tickets can be ordered on-line through ALG or contact David directly by texting 706-877-0935.

PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARMJUNE 1
Volunteer spots have filled up fast for this berry picking Crop Mob at Hexemaus Farm in Waynesboro on Sunday, June 1. Chef Charleen will provide the farm meal afterwards to our volunteers! There are only a few meal tickets left, so sign up soon if you’re willing to work for food! Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SUMMER TOMATO SANDWICH CONTESTJULY 17
Calling all local chefs and would-be chefs!!!!!! ALG will host a “Summer Tomato Sandwich Contest” at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Thursday, July 17. Heirloom tomatoes will be provided by the Urban Ag R&D project in Appling. Contestants provide the fixings! Judges are being lined-up, sponsors sought and trophies ordered. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you’re ready to show this town what you can do with a tomato sandwich.

See you all at the markets!
Kim

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FARM INTERNS NEEDED!
As your college students return for the summer, or as perhaps you yourself consider a new challenge, think about becoming a farm intern. Many of our farmers are looking for hard-working, smart, strong people to help them through the high-yield months … and all the internships offer their own unique perks. Give me a ring to talk about the different options. I’m at 706-288-7895.

Cheers!
Kim