Here are some frequently asked questions:

And here are some answers:

Are there membership fees?


To help us provide farm tours, educational programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $25 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.

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Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?


Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The weekly email lists the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.

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How do I order?


Once you’ve created a customer account on the “Sign In” tab.

Pick up is on Saturday between 10-12pm, please order from 10am Wednesday thru 8pm Thursday.

Orders can be placed here on our website. Ordering through this web site is our preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.

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When do I pay?


When you place an order, you are committing to paying for those items ordered. We take payment in several ways:

CASH
CHECK
CREDIT at pick up
CREDIT online when you place your order. You’ll see two choices at checkout, PAY NOW or PAY LATER. PAY NOW will ask you to create a stripe account with stripe.com. There is a 3% fee for all credit card payments

If you fail to come pick up your items, you will still be expected to pay the amount due.

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Where do I pick up my order?


Our Location:

724 Pilgrim Mill Road
Cumming, GA 30040

Take 400N to Exit 16 (Pilgrim Mill Road)Head West toward Cumming
Turn Right on Oakwood Drive
Turn Left at the first drive behind church.
We are the first building on the right.

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Why Support Locally Grown?


Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.

Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.

Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.

We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.

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How can I sell through this market?


If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers scroll to the bottom, and look for the line “If you would like to sell through this market, please tell us about yourself" and a market manager will contact you. We do charge 10% of your overall sales as a “table fee” for selling through the market. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact Suzanne at thecummingharvest@live.com if you want more information.

You should have a good understanding of how we work before you apply to be a grower. We would like you to first become a customer and place a couple orders so you can see firsthand how we operate. Things go so much more smoothly if you’d join us as a customer first, so unless you’ve already received an invitation from us to join as a grower, your request to sell will be denied if you’ve never shopped at the market.

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What happens if I forget to pick up my order?


For both legal and logistical reasons (the legal being the most important, of course), I can not hold your items beyond 12pm on Saturday. We start calling those who haven’t arrived by 11:30, but most of the time we just get answering machines and voice mail. Anything still at our pickup location at 12pm will get divided up among those there at the time, then we finish loading up and leave. Since I had already paid the growers on your behalf earlier that morning, you are still responsible for paying for any items you order but do not come pick up. If this happens, I charge your account, and the total is added to your next order.

Here are some things you can do to insure you won’t get charged for things you didn’t come get:

  1. If you know prior to Thursday at 8pm that you won’t be able to come get your order, send me an email and I will cancel your order.
  2. If you find out later that you can’t come, send me an email. So long as I know before market begins, I can put the things you ordered on the “extras” table, and your fellow customers may buy them for you.
  3. If you discover Saturday while we’re at market that you can’t arrive, give me a call at 404-702-2601. I’ll put your items on the “extras” table, and if they sell, you’ll be off the hook.
  4. If you have a cell phone, make sure that number is the number on your account. You can go to the “Your Account” page on the website to be sure. If you’re out and about and I get your home phone or your work phone, no one gets helped.

I do wish that I could be more flexible and accommodating for those who missed the window, but one of the legal “loopholes” we have to operate under is that I never take possession of your orders. You are buying directly from the growers, who bring their items to our pickup location, and then you arrive to pick it all up. The volunteers and I are there to facilitate and orchestrate the process, but if we go beyond that then we fall under the category of food resellers and distributors, which means we’d need the same equipment you’d find at the grocery store: refrigerators with charting temperature recorders, hot and cold running water, freezers, stainless steel tables and fixtures, etc. In short… The Cumming Harvest would cease to exist.

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Customer Reviews


I wanted to let you know how thrilled I was with the beautiful veggies! I don’t think I have ever seen such gorgeous greens! I had bought the spinach , two kinds of kale and the bright lights greens, plus the broccoli. Wow- they were all superb! I still have a little left and am savoring each.

The breads were awesome as always and the meats will be wonderful- I have cut down my meat intake so haven’t gotten into last week’s supply as yet but it is always just like the wonderful meat we ate when I was growing up. I can’t find meat anywhere that tastes like this meat; not even at Harry’s Whole Foods!

Oh yes, and the granola is perfect too! It’s crunchy and has just the right mix of ingredients in each flavor choice. I got 3 different mixes and can’t decide which is best. It’s so fresh!! I will get more of that next week!

I’m just so delighted that you have taken the time to provide our community with the privilege of buying clean, healthy, delicious and local food. I want to thank you and everyone else involved with you from the bottom of my heart! Keep up the great work!

Have a blessed day,
C. Rutledge

*” This is an AWESOME addition to our local food community!! I have been pining for something like this for a long time, and am so happy that my “call” was heard! There are a great variety of growers and the list seems to get longer every week. The variety of products available is excellent – I can do almost all my shopping for the week! The ordering is simple, the quality of the products is fantastic, and Suzanne is doing a wonderful job with the organization. I LOVE THIS MARKET!!!!

Leslie Kupkowski

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Why am I charged an additional fee to use my credit card?


The credit card company charges the market 3% to process a charge. When you pay online with your card this fee is automatically included in your total as a convenience fee.

At pick up we accept 3 forms of payment, cash, check or charge. Paying with cash and check are preferred and incur no fees. As with the online credit payments, there is a fee to pay with a credit card at pick up. This 3% fee is automatically added into your total.

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Why are some products labeled "organic" and others are not?


First off, no “conventional” growers are allowed to sell through our market. Everything sold here is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Everything here could be sold as “organic”, but many growers choose not to.

To use the word “organic”, a grower must register through the USDA and keep up with a tremendous amount of paperwork. The process is very expensive and intensive, and certainly favors the larger factory farms over the small family farm.

The state of Georgia has seen that, and has given the small producer who sells only a few thousand dollars a year of produce a means to register with the state department of agriculture. A few of our growers have gone that route, and they can legally use the word “organic” in Georgia.

Another system is “Certified Naturally Grown”. This nation-wide program seeks to correct the problems with the USDA certification system. The standards are just as strict (and in some cases, more so) as the USDA Organic program, but there is no cost to become certified. There is still some paperwork, but not as much. More importantly, the growers in the program inspect each other, rather than relying on an outside for-profit certifier. Several of our growers have gone this route.

Finally, a few growers are not certified by anyone but still use organic sustainable methods on their farms.

To find out more about our growers, and to see what certification, if any, they have, take a look at our Growers page.

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Ordering Info and Suggestions


NEW TO THE MARKET?
Here’s some tips to help you have the best experience when ordering online.
1. ORDER EARLY (Don’t wait for this email to place your order!!)
2. COMPLETE YOUR ORDER…you can lose an item in your cart if someone else orders and completes the order ahead of you.
3. LOOK FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL…if you don’t receive an email showing your completed order, your order was not placed and you’ll need to place it again.
4. MULTIPLE ORDERS…placing multiple orders aren’t a problem, they will be grouped together on our order form with one total.
5. ARRIVE EARLY TO PICK UP…We usually have extras from various farmers/vendors and maybe a Farmer of the Day. Arrive at 10am for a better selection and less wait time.
6. BRING GROCERY BAGS…Don’t forget to bring your reusable grocery bags to pack your order.
7. EMAIL THE GROWER…each farmer lists their own products and tries to make the listings as clear as possible so that you know what you are buying, but sometimes it may need more explanation. You are buying directly from the farmer/vendor and they are more than happy to speak to you to answer any questions.

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