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THE ON-LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!N


UPCOMING EVENTS:

TUE, AUG 19
FREE MICROGREEN SAMPLES, FROM LEAL GARDENS
In an effort to educate folks on the wonders and tastiness of microgreens, new farmer-0n-the-scene Manuel Leal of Grovetown will offer free microgreen tastings at the AJCC pick-up location, 4pm-6pm, this week. Free samples are also available to order on-line this week for all customers; limit 1 per family please. Come meet this urban grower and learn why he does what he does.

SAT, SEPT 6
RAISED BED WINTER GARDENING WORKSHOP & SUPPER
Learn the finer points of winter vegetable gardening with the father-son team at Legacy Gardens: Steve & David Gianino. Located in Evans, the hands-on, in-depth workshop starts at 2pm. A wholesome, simple dinner will be served in the garden afterwards. Workshop tickets are $20. Five full scholarships for this workshop are available for beginner backyard growers through ALG, made possible by an honorarium from the Unitarian Universalist churches of Augusta and Aiken. Please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to apply for a scholarship. Tickets are available through our on-line market or contact David directly at legacygardener@yahoo.com.

SUN, SEPT 7
THREE-FARM TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEAL
Come eat your way through the growing local foods scene of the CSRA! This educational tour starts at Hard Earth Farm in Modoc, SC, a fiber, veggie and fruit farm featuring a micro dairy for raw goats milk. The next stop is Icebox Farm in North Augusta, SC, a hobby farm specializing in heirloom breeds, “Ark of Taste” varieties and home of Slow Food CSR. Dessert will be at Bottle Tree Farm in Augusta, GA, a truly urban farm experience, replete with garden art. Tickets are $20 and are ALMOST SOLD OUT! To claim the last two, contact Kim today at kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

WED, SEPT 10
HERB GARDEN TRANSFORMATION AT EDGAR’S GRILLE
ALG is honored to have been invited to transform the outdoor patio landscaping at Edgar’s Grille into a teaching garden. The herb garden will be designed to enhance the learning experience for their culinary students, supported by Goodwill Industries. On Wed, Sept 10, starting at 9am, we could use just a few extra hands to help get a fresh start on this project. Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org if you can help that morning! Hugs to Karen Smith at Southern Native Plantings for her guidance on this project, and to Lonnie Stephenson, Exec Chef at Edgar’s Grille, for his vision and partnership.

THUR, OCT 2
ARK IN THE PARK !!
Join Slow Food CSR at the Evans Towne Farmers Market on Oct 2 for a celebration of the Ark of Taste! The Ark of Taste is SLOW FOOD USA’s living catalog of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction. Many foods on the Ark, both plants and animals, are grown right here in our area, and you’ll get to SEE some of them, and more importantly, to TASTE some of the wonderful dishes made with these amazing ingredients. By identifying and championing these foods, we keep them in production and on our plates. You’ll also learn about Slow Food International, Slow Food USA, Slow Food CSR and how you can play a part in supporting good, clean, fair food for all! Food lovers of all ages are welcome to this free event at the Evans Towne Farmers Market, 4:30pm-7pm

FRI, OCT 3
MUSCADINE WINE MAKING WORKSHOP
ALG is thrilled to have found a wine maker among its bunch! Danielle Shelton will join us on Friday, Oct 3, to teach a muscadine wine making workshop at the West End Market & Bakery in Augusta. The workshop will be demo style, given the multi-step nature of the process. Participants will see many different stages of the wine in its creation. Of course, sampling is all part of the fun. The educational & tasting component of the class costs $15. Start-up wine making kits will also be available for an additional $50, plus grapes! Tickets go on sale today through the ALG on-line market. Or contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

SAT, OCT 4
TASTES OF EARTH:
AN EDUCATIONAL FARM & SITE TOUR
FOLLOWED BY AN ELEGANT FARM DINNER
Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation will partner with Culinary Connections to host an Educational Greenhouse, Nursery & Soil Education Tour called “Dirty to Delicious” followed by an Elegant Farm Dinner by Chef Charleen. Imagine sipping scoppernong wine sangria while you learn the finer points of native plant propagation in an organically certified greenhouse. Plan to nibble roasted okra with kale dip and pickled crudités while hearing about the vital role that soils plays in the nutritional value of your food. Enjoy a five-course menu for a sit-down dinner nestled in a native plant habitat behind a fruit tree grove. The educational component of the event is supported by Georgia Organics. Augusta Locally Grown will provide volunteer table service. Tickets are $40 and will go fast!! Purchase yours through the Augusta Locally Grown On-Line Market, the Statesboro Market2Go On-Line Market, or the Savannah Locally Grown On-Line Market. Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to purchase tickets by mail, or to volunteer!

SUN, NOV 2
CROP MOB AT CLYDE’S FRESH PRODUCE FARM
Grab your shovel and join us for “Crop Mob” at Clyde’s Fresh Produce Farm in Grovetown, GA. We’ll be planting dozens of fruit trees to give this family farm an extra boost of help for its future. In exchange, volunteers will be fed a delicious, sit-down farm dinner afterwards. Work goes from 1p-4:30pm; dinner starts at 5pm. We’ve set our goal at 25 volunteers! Will you be one of them?!!

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED:

CSA COORDINATED NEEDED AT THE WEST END MARKET & BAKERY:
Sandi Johnson, owner of the West End Market & Bakery, is looking for a CSA Coordinator to work in engage for a CSA share. The weighing & sorting job requires approximately 2-3 hours each week, and can be done either Sunday evening or Monday very early. Contact Sandi at hexemausfarms@gmail.com to apply.

OTHER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We are looking to fill the following special volunteer slots this fall.
• 6 adult volunteers to help set up, serve, and break down the Tastes of Earth Event farm dinner on Oct 4 in Newington, GA
• adult volunteers to lead educational cooking demos at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market, on the Tuesday afternoon of your choice, now through October
• 1 volunteer with some carpentry skills to help us put the finishing touches on the Local Foods Classroom at the West End Market & Bakery

See y’all at the markets!
Kim

THE ON-;LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


THIS WEEK!

QUICKIE CROP MOB:
SUN, AUG 10
The BenderDigger Youth Gardening Program in the River Island community of Evans will host a “Quickie Crop Mob” this Sunday, August 10. Volunteer work starts at 2pm; a cookout will follow for all helpers. The group will weed and till a second large bed, preparing it for “hugelkulture.” This technique is especially good for the hot, occasionally droughty conditions we know all too well in Georgia. Come meet some great folks, learn about hugelkulture, get dirty and share some great grub. Contact Kristina Williams to sign up and get directions. She’s at benderdinker@gmail.com.

RAMEN NOODLE REVOLUTION:
A COLLEGE STUDENT COOKING CONTEST:
THUR, AUG 14
In our third round of “Market Stadium” this year, local college students will compete to transform those nasty ramen noodles packets into something fabulous, using fresh, local ingredients. Hosted at the Evans Towne Farmers Market, the contest will feature 7 college-enrolled contestants who are serious about cooking. There are a few spots left and no fee to compete. We supply the ramen and an outdoor “kitchen” tent. You supply the additional ingredients and equipment. Seven competitors, four judges, one CASH PRIZE and lots of glory!. Big thanks in advance to the GRU student volunteer set-up crew! Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT INTERNSHIPS FOR FALL:
APPLY NOW!
INTERVIEWS HELD NEXT WEEK:
We are currently taking applications for the following positions this semester:

  • 2 paid internships at our ALG on-line market in Evans, Tuesdays, 3p-6p (August-December)
  • 1 paid internship at our ALG on-line market in Harrisburg, Tuesdays, 4p-7p, (August-December)
  • 1 paid internship at the Evans Towne Farmers Market, Thursdays, 4p-7p (August-October)
  • 1 paid internship at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg, Tuesdays, 4p-7p (August-October)

If you’ve ever met our interns, you know: we have the pleasure of working with some of the finest young people in the CSRA!

Strong candidates will:

  • show an interest in local, seasonal, organic, healthy, whole foods;
  • be service-oriented, on-time and trustworthy when handling money;
  • enjoy attention to detail;
  • possess the ability to work outside, lift and carry, and – yes – get dirty at times;
  • commit to our nonprofit mission to build a strong local foods community

Apply on-line on our website at augustalocallygrown.org. Look for the application under “interns.’”

COMING THIS FALL

RAISED BED WINTER GARDEN WORKSHOP & MEAL:
SAT, SEPT 6
Learn the finer points of winter vegetable gardening with the dynamic father-son team at Legacy Gardens: Steve & David Gianino. Located in Evans, the hands-on, in-depth workshop starts at 2pm. A wholesome, simple dinner will be served in the garden afterwards. Don’t be shy to bring questions specific to your own plot; from basic to advanced, all are welcome. The men will also offer organically-grown seedling starts for sale, including kale, broccoli, chard and cabbage … perfect for the winter garden. Workshop tickets are $20. A donation to ALG from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Aiken is being used to offer scholarships for this workshop to those who find the ticket price a hardship. Please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to apply for scholarship. Tickets are available through our on-line market or contact David directly at legacygardener@yahoo.com.

URBAN FARM TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEAL:
SUN, SEPT 7
We’ll be touring and enjoying a progressive meal at a series of urban farms this fall. Bottle Tree Farm of Augusta and Icebox Farm of North Augusta are already on the tour; we’re firming up a third locations now. As enlightening as it will be delicious, this is a great way to share an autumn daytrip with a special someone. Details and ticket sales announced soon.

TASTES OF EARTH:
AN EDUCATIONAL FARM & SITE TOUR
FOLLOWED BY AN ELEGANT FARM DINNER:
SAT, OCT 4
Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation will partner with Culinary Connections to host an Educational Greenhouse, Nursery & Soil Education Tour followed by an Elegant Farm Dinner by Chef Charleen. Imagine sipping scoppernong wine sangria while you learn the finer points of native plant propagation in an organically certified greenhouse. Plan to nibble roasted okra with kale dip and pickled crudités while hearing about the vital role that soils plays in the nutritional value of your food. A five-course menu for the sit-down dinner nestled in a native plant habitat behind a fruit tree grove will soon be announced; tickets go on sale soon.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED:

FARM TO TABLE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
Augusta Locally Grown will provide table service for the “Tastes of Earth” meal, with the promise of free food in exchange. If you can commit to a full day of fun, hard work, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

WINE MAKING INSTRUCTOR NEEDED:
We are currently looking to hire an instructor to teach a muscadine wine-making workshop this fall. Plum Broke Farms is ready with the muscadines … now we need a wise teacher. Know someone? Contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

LOCAL FOODS EDUCATION CLASSROOM HELP NEEDED:
We’re moving on to the second phase of setting up the “Local Foods Education Classroom” at the West End Market. Got some power drill skills and a few hours to spare? Give us a ring! 706-288-7895.

HAPPY NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK Y’ALL!!!
- Kim

THE ON-LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN!


THIS WEEKEND:

CLEAN-OUT-THE-GREENHOUSE SALESAT, JULY 26
Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation will host a Clean-Out-the-Greenhouse-and-Nursery Plant Sale this weekend. Edibles, non-edibles and some fruit trees will be going for a steal at this beautiful location in Newington, GA. Karen says it’s not too late to put in some late-summer Plum or Yellow Brandywine tomatoes. Or bring your truck to bring home a 4-year-old Pineapple Pear Tree for planting this fall. Of course, everything’s grown in that magical, all-natural soil mix that they also create at the plantation. If you time it right, you won’t miss a 1pm Honey Extraction Demo by Rob Liakos from Hen Pecked Farm. The sale runs 10am-4pm tomorrow only. Use this address to get there: 4296 Springfield Road, Newington, GA.

COMING UP SOON:
NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEKAUG 3-9
National Farmers Market Week is fast approaching. Here’s what we’ve got in the works:

SCHOOL DAY SOIREETUES, AUG 5
The Veggie Truck Farmers Market will throw a “School Day Soiree” on Tuesday, Aug 5. Come sample veggie finger sandwiches by Chef Charleen Tinley and sip on fancy fruity drinks with volunteers from Augusta Locally Grown. We’ll have a college student veggie pasta cook-off, bingo for school supplies, a “Farmers Market Hat” contest, and a market tote bag give-away. The Veggie Truck Farmers Market is located across from the Kroc Center in Harrisburg. And yes: WE DOUBLE EBT thanks to our awesome partnership with Wholesome Wave Georgia! To volunteer or compete in the cook-off that day, please contact AJ Evans at evans.austinj@gmail.com.

MARKET TOTE BAG GIVE-AWAYTHUR, AUG 7
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will give away super cute and very practical market tote bags on Thursday, Aug 7 in celebration of National Farmers Market Week. Bags will be free to the first 75 patrons who attend. (One per family, please.) Each tote will include a free raffle ticket for a chance to win our cornucopian door prize. Big thanks to AgGeorgia Farm Credit for sponsoring this event. You must be present to win!

RAMEN NOODLE REVOLUTION: A COLLEGE STUDENT CONTESTTHUR, AUG 14
In our third round of “Market Stadium” this year, local college students will compete to transform those nasty ramen noodles packets into something fabulous, using fresh, local ingredients. Hosted by the Evans Towne Farmers Market, the contest will feature 7 college-enrolled contestants who are serious about cooking. There are a few spots left and no fee to compete. We supply the ramen and an outdoor “kitchen” tent. You supply the additional ingredients and equipment. Seven competitors, four judges, one trophy. Big thanks in advance to the GRU student volunteer set-up crew! Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

BENDERDIGGER YOUTH GARDENING PROJECTJULYNOVEMBER
The BenderDigger Youth Gardening Project at the River Island Community in Evans has a few more spots open for budding young veggie farmers, ages 6-13. This very-hands-on, Monday evening educational program is run by Kristina Williams of the BenderDinker, in partnership with Augusta Locally Grown. Visit www.benderdigger.com for details. Contact benderdinker@gmail.com to enroll.

COMING THIS FALL

RAISED BED WINTER GARDEN WORKSHOP & GARDEN MEALSAT, SEPT 6
Learn the finer points of winter vegetable gardening with the dynamic father-son team at Legacy Gardens: Steve & David Gianino. Located in Evans, the hands-on, in-depth workshop starts at 2pm. A wholesome, simple dinner will be served in the garden afterwards. Don’t be shy to bring questions specific to your own plot; from basic to advanced, all are welcome. The men will also offer organically-grown seedling starts for sale, including kale, broccoli, chard and cabbage … perfect for the winter garden. Workshop tickets are $20. A donation to ALG from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Aiken is being used to offer scholarships for this workshop to those who find the ticket price a hardship. Please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org to apply for scholarship. Tickets are available through our on-line market or contact David directly at legacygardener@yahoo.com.

URBAN FARM TOUR & PROGRESSIVE MEALSUN, SEPT 7
We’ll be touring and enjoying a progressive meal at a series of urban farms this fall, with a focus on the east side of the Savannah River. Bottle Tree Farm of Augusta and Icebox Farm of North Augusta are already on the tour; we’re firming up other locations now. As enlightening as it will be delicious, this is a great way to share an autumn daytrip with a special someone. Details and ticket sales announced soon.

TASTES OF EARTH: AN EDUCATIONAL FARM & SITE TOUR, FOLLOWED BY AN ELEGANT FARM DINNERSAT, OCT 4
Southern Native Plantings at Longwood Plantation will partner with Culinary Connections to host an Educational Greenhouse, Nursery & Soil Education Tour followed by an Elegant Farm Dinner by Chef Charleen. Imagine sipping scoppernong wine sangria while you learn the finer points of native plant propagation in an organically certified greenhouse. Plan to nibble roasted okra with kale dip and pickled crudités while hearing about the vital role that soils plays in the nutritional value of your food. A five-course menu for the sit-down dinner nestled in a native plant habitat behind a fruit tree grove will soon be announced; tickets go on sale soon.

Augusta Locally Grown will provide table service for the meal, with the promise of a free meal in exchange to 10 volunteers. If you can commit to a full day of fun, hard work, please contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

THE ON-LINE MARKET IS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


LET FOOD BE THY MEDICINECULINARY CLASS TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEMSATURDAY, JULY 19
Chef Charleen Tinley will partner with Kim Beavers of Channel 12’s “Eating Well with Kim” to host an immunity-building cooking class tomorrow morning, starting at 11am. The class will be held at the West End Market in Harrisburg and feature loads of local seasonal foods! To register, contact ctinley@comcast.net.

THE BENDERDIGGER YOUTH GARDENING PROGRAMSTARTS MONDAY, JULY 21
This year the Benderdigger Youth Gardening Project at River Island in Evans will be open to youth outside the community for a 3-month Monday evening program starting July 21. Ages 6-13 are welcome. This fun, very-hands-on program is run by Kristina Williams of the Benderdinker in partnership with Augusta Locally Grown. Enrollment details can be found at benderdigger.com.

SCHOOL DAY SOIRÉE ATTHE VEGGIE TRUCK FARMERS MARKETTUESDAY, AUGUST 5
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, we’re hosting a School Day Soirée at the Veggie Truck Farmers Market. The soirée will feature veggie finger sandwiches with Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections and fancy fruity drinks at our Kids Activity tent. Market Hat Contest, Blueberry Bingo, and a school supplies give-away will round out the events. Come celebrate the school season at the Veggie Truck Market!

RAMEN NOODLE REVOLUTION: A COLLEGE STUDENT COOKING COMPETITIONTHURSDAY, AUGUST 14
The Evans Towne Farmers Market will host a Ramen Noodle Revolution” for college students who cook. Turn one of those nasty packets into a glorious meal using local foods! The competition is free; only 7 competitors will compete for the trophy. To enroll, contact kim@augustalocallygrown.org.

BIG THANKS to all the farmers, chefs, judges, sponsor, trophy artist and market patrons who made our Great Summer Tomato Sandwich contest such a success yesterday!!! How delicious it was!!!!

Cheers!
Kim