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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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CALL FOR GROWERS!
Sign up as a farmer/grower for our Evans Towne Farmers Market today and take advantage of the early-bird rates! Backyard growers committed to sustainable practices are welcome! Visit www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com for info.

GEORGIA ORGANICS CONFERENCE:
We’ve got a great contingency of folks representing Augusta at the Georgia Organics Conference this weekend. In fact, I’m typing this to you from a farm tour just now! We promise to do a ton of networking on behalf of our local foods community in the CSRA!

SEASONAL FOODS COOKING CLASS WITH CHEF CHARLEEN!
She’s back and ready to take on the world of good local gourmet food once again. Sign up for her Seasonal Foods Cooking Class, scheduled for next Thursday and learn some great new ways to make those yummy winter greens even yummier!

CHEERS!
Kim

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Our love and prayers go out to the entire ice-covered CSRA today, especially to our farmers who continue to endure indescribable hardship and challenges. I am opening the market today knowing that it is impossible for the farmers to predict (let alone communicate) today what will be available on Tuesday; let’s let hope lead the way instead. Please order what you can, support their evey effort, and stay safe and warm.

The Crop Mob had been reschedule to Sunday. Contact Aarish for info and to register at +1 (813) 352-1391.

I am still without electricity and expect to be for a while as my community was hit hard. I apologize if I’m hard to reach.

Much, much love,
Kim

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As I type this message into my little phone, I am also listening. Listening hard and tearing up, in fact, because the keynote speaker at this conference where I find myself today is singing our song! She’s Dr Daphne Miller, author of “Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing.” Her powerful, science-based message — the ancient message that good food is medicine — is THE theme that will ultimately link Augusta’s strong medical community to our fledgling local foods movement. If you haven’t read it yet, please please do. THIS can be Augusta’s future if enough of us stand up and make the connection.

- Cheers! Kim

SAVE THE DATES!!

THUR, FEB 13 …
CROP MOB at Honey Creek
Mushroom Farm in Martinez. Work starts at 3:30pm; share a simple farm dinner afterwards. Email our intern coordinator Aarish to sign up: Aarish.rojiani@gmail.com.

THUR, MARCH 20 …
EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET opening day! Now accepting farmer/grower applications at evanstownefarmersmarket.com.

TUES, MARCH 25…
VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET opening day, in Harrisburg. Now accepting farmer/grower applications. Call Kim at 706-288-7895.

SAT, APR 26…
BENDERDINKER – yep, it’s our 3rd annual kayaking, local foods and music festival on the river. Chef Dave McClusky and Fireside Grills have signed on to help us create a pop-up “Floating Food Boat” from which we will serve a locally-grown lunch to all paddlers!! Come help us put our own local foods movement on the map with this truly one-of-a-kind, naturally-fun, very family-friendly benefit event. Registration is now open at benderdinker.com.

SPONSORS NEEDED:
Join us and become a sponsor of our educational programs at these events. For a sponsorship package, contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org. We need your help to take the next steps in this movement.

WELL WISHES:
Many of you know – and love – farmer Laurie Ritchie of JandL Farm. She is taking the month off from baking to recover from knee surgery… with every intention of popping back up in time for market season. Wishing you all the best, Laurie!!

See you all at the market on Tuesday!! *

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DOWNTOWN PICK-UP LOCATIONCHANGE FOR THE ON-LINE MARKET!

Starting with this weeks market, our downtown pick-up location for the on-line market will be at the West End Market in Harrisburg, across from the Kroc Center. Parking is along Crawford Avenue and behind the store. Very excited for this beautiful new venue for local foods!

THE ON-LINE MARKET WILL BE RUNNING TOMORROW FOR PICK-UP


Farmers work in all kinds of weather … and so does Augusta Locally Grown!

As such, we WILL be running our market pick-up locations as usual tomorrow evening, despite the coming snow.

If you can get to us safely to pick up your order tomorrow evening, please do.

However, if you cannot get there safely — or if you are uncomfortable traveling in such weather — please call or text or email today or tomorrow to make arrangements to pick up your food later in the week. We will hold it safely for you until Friday.

Here’s the contact information:
AJCC PICK-UP
Leslie – 706-627-5627 or leslie@lunabugsoap.com
Kim – 706-288-7895 or kim@augustalocallygrown.org

DOWNTOWN PICK-UP
Sandi – 706-691-8267 or sandi@hexemausfarms.com
Kim – 706-288-7895 or kim@augustalocallygrown.org

RIVERWOOD PICK-UP
Meghann – 832-692-1959
Kim – 706-288-7895 or kim@augustalocallygrown.org

Stay warm … it’s a good week for making a big pot of dark leafy green soup!
Kim

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DOWNTOWN PICK-UP LOCATIONCHANGE FOR THE ON-LINE MARKETSTARTS TUESDAY FEB 4
Starting February 4th, our downtown pick-up location for the on-line market will move to the West End Market in Harrisburg, across from the Kroc Center. Parking is along Crawford Avenue and behind the store. Very excited for this beautiful new venue for local foods!

CHEF CHARLEEN OF CULINARY CONNECTIONS IS BACK!
Many of you know that our dear friend and fellow local foods advocate, Chef Charleen Tinley, spent most of 2013 undergoing treatment for breast cancer. It was a long, hard-fought battle, but with the new year comes good news of her recovery. In other words … she’s back!!! Chef Charleen will celebrate her return to the local culinary scene by offering “seasonal samples” of her recipes on Tuesday evenings in Feb at the West End Market pick-up. Visit www.chefcharleen.com for more info.

CROP MOB, FEBRUARY 13:
Honey Creek Mushrooms of Martinez will join up with members of the Red Cross Youth Board and Augusta Locally Grown top host a Crop Mob on Thursday afternoon, February 13, starting at 3:30pm. Work will include building a drainage ditch and starting a large compost area. A light meal will be shared following the work. Email student intern aarish.rojiani@gmail.com to sign up.

CALL FOR VENDORS FOR THE EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET:
Vendor enrollment will begin next week for the Evans Towne Farmers Market. Visit www.evanstownefarmersmarket.com for guidelines and registration. Take advantage of the Early Bird discounts by registering soon. This market begins in March.

CALL FOR VENDORS FOR THE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKET:
Farm vendors are sought for the Veggie Truck Farmers Market. There is no table fee; vendors must be local, committed to sustainable practices and willing to participate in healthy foods education. Come make a different in the community. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org. This market begins in March.

CALL FOR COOKING DEMO VOLUNTEERS:
Do you love to cook? Have you ever considered sharing your talents with others? We are currently putting together our calendar of weekly cooking demos for the Evans Towne Farmers Market and the Veggie Truck Farmers Market. We supply the locally grown ingredients, a tent, tables, signage, electricity and a couple of hot plates for cooking. You bring your talents, enthusiasm, cooking supplies, and any extra ingredients you might want to throw in. We are especially interested in vegetable-based cooking and ethnic meals. Give Kim a call at 706-288-7895 to sign up for a week! Or email kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

LOCAL FOODS CLASSROOM AT THE WEST END MARKET:
There’s more exciting news at the West End Market. Owner Sandi Johnson has announced the opening of the “Local Foods Classroom,” adjacent to the store. Augusta Locally Grown is spearheading an effort to install stainless steel teaching tables in the classroom, which will include a free cooking class once per month. If you or your business would like to sponsor the purchase of one of these tables, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

RECIPES!
Share your recipes on our on-line market! We’d love to know how you’re preparing these gorgeous ingredients.

Cheers!
Kim

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WELCOME NEW FARMER!
Thrilled to welcome Ward Farms, a new egg farmer located in Augusta, GA. Thanks for coming aboard Eva!

MOVING OUR DOWNTOWN PICK-UP LOCATION:
Starting Tuesday, Feb 4, we are moving our downtown pick-up location to the new West End Market, across the street from the Kroc Center. Big hugs to Shishir and Tara at Tire City Potters for all their past support, and more hugs to Sandi for guiding us into the future. We will continue our pick-up location at Tire City through January 28.

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET, CALL FOR FARMERS:
The Evans Towne Farmers market will begin taking applications for farm vendors this weekend. The market starts back up Thursday, March 6. Thanks to those farmers who have already committed to our 2nd season!

CROP MOB ON FEBRUARY 13:
One of our wonderful student interns is organizing a Crop Mob at Honey Creek Mushroom Farm in Martinez on Thursday, February 13, starting at 3:30pm. Thanks Aarish and Matthew!

PLANT A ROW FOR SUMMER CAMP!
Lauren Belcher – one of our most dedicated volunteers – is leading an effort to get local, organically grown food incorporated into a youth diabetes camp that she helps manage each summer. Savannah River Farm has already come on-board to support this effort. We’d also like our backyard gardeners within the ALG community to also consider “planting a row” of vegetables to donate to this camp in June. Thanks Lauren and Kellie!

ORGANIC GARDENING COURSE IN AIKEN, FEB 15:
The Aiken Chapter of the Weston Price Foundation is sponsoring a full-day course in organic vegetable gardening on Feb 15. The instructor is Dr. Calvin Bey. Now, I don’t know Calvin, but I’ve met his twin brother Alvin, and his depth of organic knowledge and practice and commitment blew me away!!! Hard to believe, but Calvin is supposed to be even better. The cost is $85 and I’m gonna tell you now … that’s a steal. Contact Alvin at aebey1936@yahoo.com to register.

ALG ANNUAL REPORT SLIDESHOW:
Please take a look at our “Annual Report SlideShow” on the ALG Facebook page today. It’s a collection of pictures from our nonprofit activities of 2013.

See you all at the market on Tuesday!
Cheers!
Kim

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Our local farmers weathered some pretty serious cold and wind this week. Some suffered financial loss of harvest and crops; others exhausted their energies keeping animals watered and safe. It is times like these that remind us we’re all in this together. If you’d like to reach out and lend some volunteer time to a local farm this winter, please ask. We’d be happy to help you make the connection.

Stay Warm and Healthy,
Kim

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE ALG COMMUNITY!

NEW ALG PROMOTIONAL VIDEO – One of our market customers – a local, professional videographer – has been working diligently behind the scenes of ALG for months. Zach Daniel is the strong, quiet type who volunteered to make us our first promotional video. It will soon be in our hands and ready for use! Thank you so very much Zach! You have been a joy to know and your gift will go a long way in spreading the news about the mission of ALG. Look for it soon on our website.

THE WEST END MARKET – IT’S OFFICIAL!
It’s official! The West End Market has announced that it will become a permanent daily market/store/cafe selling fresh, locally grown food and artisan products. Located in a beautiful, historic building across from the Kroc Center in Harrisburg, the West End Market started as a holiday partnership between Hexemaus Farm and Hard Earth Farm. Sandi Johnson of Hexemaus Farm has announced that she will continue it long-term as the store’s owner & operator. This is an incredible evolutionary step for the local foods movement in Augusta. Starting in mid-January, a half dozen or more local farmers will be selling from that store, including Tink’s Beef, Southern Swiss Dairy, Hard Earth Farm, Hexemaus Farm, B&G Honey, Honey Creek Mushrooms and Freeman’s Mill. That first phase will include dairy products, meat, baked goods, grains and mushrooms. The second phase will include fresh veggies and more. Long term goals include a commercial kitchen, a teaching center and an edible garden courtyard. Come support the start-up of the next big thing in local foods!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO J&L FARM AND STABLES:
J&L Farm and Stables was the featured honoree at the annual meeting of the Savannah River Resource Conservation and Development Council. It has been an honor to watch Laurie and John Ritchie at J&L go from start-up farm to celebrated farm in such a short time. Excellent choice RC&D!

Cheers!
Kim

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Celebrate the new year by renewing your commitment to buy, grow, cook, eat and enjoy clean, fresh, local food. See you at the market this Tuesday!!