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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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*Loads of opportunities to visit local farms this spring! *

SUNDAY, MAY 4 – URBAN FARM & GARDEN TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEAL
We’re touring four urban farms & veggie gardens this weekend in partnership with the Sierra Club of Augusta. On tour: Urban Ag Solutions in Appling, Legacy Gardens in Evans, the Harrisburg Community Gardens & Honey Cooperative in Augusta, and Ice Box Farm in North Augusta. Sorry! This is a sold-out event. However, if you’d like to plan your group’s own urban farm tour, give us a holler at kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 9 – FARM FRIDAY
It’s “Farm Friday” at White Hills Lavender Farm in Dearing, GA. Enjoy their open house and farm tours every Friday, starting May 9. Contact Lisa at whitehillsfarm@gmail.com for times and directions.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 – RAISED BED ORGANIC GARDENING WORKSHOP
Back by popular demand, another raised bed and container gardening class will be held at Legacy Gardens in Evans on Sunday afternoon, May 18. This class is intentionally small to focus on your needs as a backyard grower. Tickets are $20 and can be ordered through our on-line website, or purchase directly from David Gianino at dgianino@uga.edu.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 & SATURDAY, JUNE 7 – DUCK DAYS AT ICE BOX FARM
Learn to humanely process and prepare delicious, fresh, local duck at Ice Box Farm in North Augusta. This engaging, informative workshop includes a complete demonstration of duck processing, start to finish. Chef Dave McCluskey will also demonstrate how to prepare his scrumptious Duck Bog … and you’ll get to take some home. Cost is $45; couples attend for only $75. Space is limited. Enroll through www.iceboxfarm.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 1 – PICKIN’ PARTY CROB MOB
Hexemaus Farm will host a wild dewberry picking Crop Mob on Sunday, June 1. “What’s a crop mob?” Imagine dozens of hardworking volunteers helping out on a farm together, and then sharing a farm meal afterwards. Here’s the schedule:

2pm – Volunteer work starts.
4pm – Volunteer work ends, clean up.
4:30pm – Farm foraging tour with Karen Smith of Southern Native Plantings
6pm – Farm dinner created by Chef Charleen Tinley of Culinary Connections.

To secure your volunteer spot and meal ticket, an RSVP is required! Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

See you all at the markets on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
- Kim

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Two words: BENDER DINKER.
Or is that one word?
See you on the water!!!

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Just like the bumblebees who are loving my flowering collards, there is a solid buzz of activity this season on the local foods front.

HERE’S OUR GROWING LIST OF SPRING ACTIVITIES:

APRIL 19
GOAT CHEESE GOODIES”: CULINARY CLASS – Join Chef Charleen at the West End Market tomorrow, Saturday, April 19. Learn how to transform that to-die-for goat cheese from Trail Ridge Goat Dairy into something even finer. Email her today to enroll: ctinley@comcast.net.

APRIL 26
BENDERDINKER – The Benderdinker is a kayaking/local music/local foods event … all on the water. Yep! It’s THAT cool. Want that much-coveted tshirt? You’ve got to pre-register by Sunday, April 20, to guarantee yourself one! The popular event is Sat, Apr 26. A portion of the proceeds supports ALG’s nonprofit work with youth gardening. Register at benderdinker.com.

APRIL 27
RAISED BED AND CONTAINER VEGETABLE GARDENING CLASS 101 – Legacy Gardens and Augusta Locally Grown team up again to offer you a basic, hands-on learning experience specifically geared toward the backyard organic grower with limited working space. A garden meal will be shared afterwards. Cost is $20/each. We may have one spot left open. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org soon if you want it!

MAY 4
URBAN FARM AND GARDEN TOUR – The Sierra Club and Augusta Locally Grown team up for an urban farm and garden tour, enjoying a progressive meal as they go. This event is sold out, but if you’re interested in organizing one with for your own group, please let us know. We’d be happy to work with you!

MAY 23-24
BANJO-B-QUE AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN TEAM – We are super excited that our board member Amy and Patrick Sutter are pulling together an ALG bbq team so that we can REPRESENT local farms at this national contest in Evans!! More info soon!

jUNE 1
FOOD JUSTICE & ETHICAL EATING, A TALKALG has been invited to provide a talk at the Aiken Unitarian Church on Food Justice & Ethical Eating and what it means in our community. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org for more information.

JUNE 1
PICKIN’ PARTY AT HEXEMAUS FARM – Hexemaus Farm will host a berry picking Crop Mob at their farm in Waynesboro! ALG and Chef Charleen will coordinate a simple farm meal for all volunteers to share afterwards. The event will be Sunday, June 1: work starts at 2pm; a farm tour is at 4pm; meal is at 5pm. There is no charge for this event, other than your hard work picking all those berries for the farm. To sign up, email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SEE Y’ALL AT THE MARKETS!
Kim

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THIS MONTH!

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET – Every Thursday, 4:30pm-7pm, behind the Library.

VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET – Every Tuesday, 4:30pm-7pm, across from the Kroc Center.

BENDERDINKER – Saturday, April 26, a kayaking, local foods and local foods festival… all on the water. Enroll at www.benderdinker.com.

BACKYARD VEGETABLE GARDENING 101 – Sunday, April 27, with Steve Gianino at Legacy Gardens in Evans. 3:30pm-6pm. Cost is $20/person, includes a light garden meal. Focus will be on raised beds and container gardening. Hands-on, intensive learning focused on organic methods you can practice in a home garden. Space is very limited. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to enroll.

See you at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday.
Cheers!
Kim

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VOLUNTEER ON A FARM!
April is a whirlwind of activity here at Augusta Locally Grown, especially for farmers and growers. If you can give a day of hard labor to a local farmer, please do. It’s a great way to learn, and an even better way to meet the hard-working folks who grow your food. Contact me at kim@augustalocallygrown.org and I’d be happy to play matchmaker.

VOLUNTEER AT A MARKET!
Volunteer at a farmers market! It’s fun, and we guarantee a good night’s sleep afterwards. There are numerous volunteer opportunities at both the Evans Towne Farmers Market (Thursday evenings) and at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market (Tuesday evenings) including:

  • live music performers
    (work for tips!)
  • cooking demo volunteers
    (we supply the food & equipment, you supply the talent)
  • children’s activity volunteers
    (we supply the curriculum & materials; you supply the enthusiasm!)
  • fitness activity leaders
    (you supply the activity and we recruit participants)
  • tent set up/break down
    (you bring the muscle; farmers will love you for this!)
  • signage
    (help us get the word out in the community)

VOLUNTEER AT THE BENDERDINKER:
By far, the hardest workers at the BenderDinker are those kind souls who help paddlers in-and-out of their kayaks at the launch site and load and unload hundreds of boats. If you’re strong, kind-hearted, and capable of standing in the river up to your shins, this is the position for you! We feed you, tshirt you and love you. Sat, April 26. Contact colleen.carey3@gmail.com.

VOLUNTEER AT A LOCAL TEACHING GARDEN:
Several teaching gardens need tender loving care at this time of year (and for many months to come!) If you’ve got the time and talent, we’ve got a match for you. Join our “Grow Your Own” initiative to evolve the “Garden City” into the “Vegetable Garden City.”

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and Thursday.

Cheers!
Kim

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Signed up for the BenderDinker yet??
April 26!
www.benderdinker.com.

See y’all all the markets on Tuesday and Thursday!
-Kim

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BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY SUCH A PLEASANT EVENT.
We hope you all will continue to support this market as the season unfolds.

THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET OPENS NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 25:
Join us for a second full season of the Veggie Truck Farmers Market, starting on Tuesday, March 25. The market is located in the Harrisburg community at the corner of Broad and Eve streets, across from the Kroc Center, 4:30p-7p. With a matching grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia, we are able to double the value of EBT/SNAP/food stamp benefits at this market.

This will also be the official grand opening celebration for the West End Market and Bakery, in the same location. Scheduled activities include:

  • Cooking Demo with volunteers from the GRU School of Medicine
  • The Kids Market Passport Program will feature activities based on “Kale”
  • Help decorate the Veggie Truck!
  • Frisbee and maybe some Ladder Ball
  • Music, face painting, fire twirlers … and more!

We could sure use a musician to provide some live music that day! Know anyone?

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THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET OPENS THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 20!
Join us for a second full season of the Evans Towne Farmers Market, starting on Thursday, March 20. The market is located on the beautiful grounds behind the library, 4:30pm-7pm. Scheduled activities include:
• Cooking Demo with Chef Dave McCluskey of Local Pop!
• The Kids Market Passport Program will feature activities based on “Kale”
• The Grow Your Own Tent will feature Mike Scarce of Urban Agriculture R&D
• Music by “Happy Bones” and “Ashley Riley” as a benefit concert for “Awake Augusta”

THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMESR MARKET OPENS NEXT TUESDAY, MARCH 25:
Join us for a second full season of the Veggie Truck Farmers Market, starting on Tuesday, March 25. The market is located in the Harrisburg community at the corner of Broad and Eve streets, across from the Kroc Center, 4:30p-7p. With a matching grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia, we are able to double the value of EBT/SNAP/food stamp benefits at this market. This will also be the official grand opening celebration for the West End Market and Bakery, in the same location. Scheduled activities include:
• Cooking Demo with volunteers from the GRU School of Medicine
• The Kids Market Passport Program will feature activities based on “Kale”
• Music, face painting, fire twirlers … and more!

CULINARY CLASS THIS WEEKEND: CROCK POTS AND CLAY COOKERS WITH CHEF CHARLEEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 15:
Create delectable one-dish meals with local, seasonal foods that cook while you work or play. Chef Charleen’s culinary classes are back … and now held at the West End Market & Bakery. This event is scheduled for 11am this weekend. Tickets are available through ALG on-line market or at chefcharleen.com.

INCREASE IN CREDIT CARD BANKING FEE:
It pains me to do this, but we will have to increase the percentage fee that we charge our on-line market customers who pay with credit cards to 3% starting today. This will cover the processing fee that the bank charges us; none of it goes to ALG.

BIG HUGS TO OUR BOARD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
ALG held an energy-packed board meeting earlier this week, along with representatives from many community partner organizations. What a wonderful turn-out of local food activists! So grateful to all of them for their creative, passionate efforts.

RIVERWOOD PICK-UP LOCATION NEEDS A BOOST!
On-line market sales at our Riverwood pick-up location have been low, and currently not covering the cost of running it. We love the idea of a neighborhood-based pick-up location, and think it’s a value model for the future. But we need your help to keep it going. If you value the Riverwood location, please promote it among your neighbors and colleagues and even in your neighborhood association materials. At market manager Meghann’s smart request, we will have more promotional cards for you at that location starting next week.

SEE YOU ALL AT THE MARKETS ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY!

CHEERS!
Kim

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Busy,busy, busy … getting ready for big things this month!!!

See you all at the markets!!
Cheers!
Kim

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Today I’d like to celebrate the Dinker. Yep. That’s right. the BenderDinker.

If you don’t already know, the BenderDinker is one of the most unique local foods events ever. (And believe me, I can say that because I’ve been to a bunch!) Now in its third year, it is the only real fundraiser we do. Augusta Locally Grown is one of three nonprofit beneficiaries: the Riverkeepers and Camp Sweet Life are the others.

Yes, there’s the leisurely three hour paddle around Germain Island, along Betty’s Branch and the beautiful Savannah River. And yes, there are the fantastic acoustic musicians playing for you as you float. And yes, there’s kids activities and maybe a little river-run poker going on. Always there’s a good deal of gettin’ wet.

But for me, and for Augusta Locally Grown, it’s about the local event food grown by local farmers.

This year, the BenderDinker committee (led by the fearless Kristina Williams) is stepping it all up big time. Lunch will be provided ON THE WATER from “food boats.” (Think food trucks, but way better.) Chef Dave McCluskey of “Local Pop” has graciously volunteered to oversee the making of this meal for hundreds of paddlers. Fireside Outdoor Kitchens & Grills of Augusta is providing some amazing cooking equipment to use on-board. Pontoons are loaned to us from our fantastic sponsors at Haynes Marine.

We’ll talk about all the details of the food more later. But for now, just sign up! Visit benderdinker.com.

“Paddle Out and Eat!”

Cheers!
Kim