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Newsletter - May 29, 2013


Market News

I guess our crazy winter/spring weather has calmed and now straight into summer. I tied string yesterday to hold up my tomato plants and could barely stand the heat.

NEED GARDEN SPACE? Steve McBrayer, a local resident in Cumming, has about 1 acre of land he’d like to have farmed with organic veggies. It is at the Forsyth/Cherokee line on Franklin Goldmine Road. There is a well on the property that needs some maintenance. He’s flexible and reasonable and open to any offers/ideas, he just wants a percentage of the harvest for his family. If you are interested or know anyone that may be, you can contact him at mcbrayersteve@bellsouth.net.

RAW GOAT’s MILK I’ve had a couple of people request raw goats milk, if you are interested in purchasing goat’s milk at TCH send me an email and I’ll work on getting it.

AMESTOY FARM Ben Amestoy is in the first year of production and growing many different varieties of vegetables, some herbs, berries, fruits and also a limited amount of pastured eggs. He practices cover cropping, crop rotation, composting and grows without using any synthetic herbicides or pesticides. Amestoy Farm is Certified Naturally Grown. Look for lettuce, kale, broccoli, collards, and radishes from Amestoy Farm coming soon, maybe even later today or tomorrow.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Newsletter - May 22, 2013


Market News

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We have over 500 items listed this morning! Our selection is growing and we’re starting to see a few summer veggies come online, like squash and zucchini. We still have a good variety of lettuces, spinach and kale too.

And don’t forget our fantastic meat selection from Indian Creek, Heritage Farm and Cane Creek Farm. Indian Creek Angus has a special sale on Roasts this week.

Looking for Fruit? I’m in talks with Watsonia Farms, an organic farm in SC that sells to markets all over the Atlanta area. They’re known for strawberries and peaches but also grows many other fruit and veggie varieties. We’d love to have them sell at TCH, so if you see them at Peachtree Road Farmers Market or even Brookwood Farmers Market, mention that you’d like to see them at TCH.

Question: I’m disappointed in an item I ordered, what should I do?
Answer: Email the vendor. I’m proud to work for all these vendors, they are all so passionate about their products and quality is important to them. They’ll always make it right for you. If you email me, I will immediately forward the message to the vendor. Sometimes packing is rushed or things are overlooked but it’s never their intention to provide you with anything other than the best quality. You just have to let us know.

THIS SATURDAY March Against Monsanto
If you buy organic, you probably know about Monsanto. On May 25th, all over the world, there will be groups marching to stand up to the company and demand they make some major changes. Here are some links with more information, http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/611109998903226/

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

RAW MILK AVAILABLE NOW


Sorry for the delay, Brown Eyed Girl just listed Raw Milk if you’d like to order.

Thanks,
Suzanne

Newsletter - May 15, 2013


Market News

Yonah Coffee is now listed online. Remember that awesome display they had at Farmer of the Day? Now you can purchase their products online.

Halibut I just got a box of halibut, the last box for the season and listed it online.

LAST WEEK TO PLACE YOUR ORDER FOR Cod Liver Oil and Coconut Oil from Green Pasture. You can look them up at www.greenpasture.org. Send me an email or sign up on Saturday at the market.

Question: I’m disappointed in an item I ordered, what should I do?
Answer: Email the vendor. I’m proud to work for all these vendors, they are all so passionate about their products and quality is important to them. They’ll always make it right for you. If you email me, I will immediately forward the message to the vendor. Sometimes packing is rushed or things are overlooked but it’s never their intention to provide you with anything other than the best quality. You just have to let us know.

March Against Monsanto
If you buy organic, you probably know about Monsanto. On May 25th, all over the world, there will be groups marching to stand up to the company and demand they make some major changes. Here are some links with more information, http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/611109998903226/

Cooking Class at Cane Creek Farm
This is quick notice, but Cane Creek Farm is offering a cooking class today from 11-1pm. You will learn how to cook greens you see listed online. Cost is $25 for CCF CSA members and $35 for non-members. Register by sending an email to Cane Creek.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Newsletter - May 8, 2013


Market News

I’ll be starting another group order this week for Cod Liver Oil and Coconut Oil from Green Pasture. You can look them up at www.greenpasture.org
Send me an email or sign up on Saturday at the market.

WORM CASTINGS and WHAT ARE THEY?
Castings (worm poop) are rich in plant nutrients, trace minerals and growth enhancers, and incorporating castings into the soil significantly increases microbial life in the root zone. Red wiggler worm castings have a N-P-K ratio of about 3.2-1.1-1.5. Nutrients are readily available, yet the castings are incapable of burning plants. The odorless castings have a consistency similar to peat. Work them into new plantings as you would compost to improve soil structure, and to increase moisture and nutrient-holding capacity. In existing perennial borders, vegetable gardens and around fruiting trees and shrubs, apply castings 1 inch deep in spring and work into the soil 3 inches deep. The castings will provide all the fertilizer most of your plants will need for the season. To help bring dried-out lawns out of dormancy, top-dress as soon as possible with a 1/4-inch layer of castings. The fall rains will wash the minerals and nutrients into the root zone, and the microorganisms will help bring depleted soils back to life.

Herron Farms sells a 2 lb bag of castings which he recommends making compost tea. Once you add water and a little food (honey or molasses)to the castings, stir and let steep, you’ll have enough for an acre or more.

Read here for more info on worm castings and tea

SPECIAL REQUEST
One of our customers would like to know if there is anyone available to pick up their order and deliver, 1 to 2x per month, for the next month or two while their car is being repaired. They live at the end of Pilgrim Mill (near Tidwell Park). Please email jasmine@jasmineweiner.com if you can help.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Newsletter - May 1, 2013


RECIPES

RAW Carrot Cake Balls (Dipped in RAW chocolate)
Grain Free/Gluten Free/Dairy Free/Vegan/RAW

Ingredients:
Note: This recipe does not contain exact measurements as veggies and fruits come in all sizes. Use the measurements below as a guide. You just want a ball that holds together. Feel free to experiment with different flavors! I rarely measure this recipe out and that’s half the fun!

Makes approx. 10-12 cake balls depending on your ingredients and size of the cake ball

1 Large carrot, peeled
1 large tart apple, cored

1/8 cup or a handful of currants (or chopped raisins)
1/2 cup dried shredded coconut (use more or less as needed to thicken the mix)
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp or a pinch of nutmeg, more if you like it!

*1-2 Tbls RAW honey (maple syrup or palm nectar)
*2 Tbls RAW nut butter (almond, pecan, walnut, cashew)

Optional: Raw cacao nibs for decoration

*Note: Depending on your pulp, you may need to use more or less honey/nut butter or more coconut to get the desired texture. Remember go by feel.

Dipping chocolate

1/4 cup coconut oil
2 Tbls raw honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
7 Tbls of raw cacao (add another half Tbls for making a drizzle)

OR

1 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate chips melted plus 1/2 teaspoon ghee or palm shortening melted in to help it set faster and keep the chocolate from getting super hard in the freezer.

Directions:
Grate the carrots and the apple, by hand or w/a food processor. Then press out as much juice as possible by using a fine sieve, strainer. Alternately, you can use a nut milk bag or cheese cloth to squeeze out the juice. Originally, I used my juicer for this recipe and they turned out pretty great. However, I have found that there is MUCH more flavor to the cake ball when I make the pulp by hand.

Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cacao nibs or toppings to the carrot/apple pulp. Mix well.

Roll the dough into balls (about 1 Tbls worth of dough)

Chill the cake balls in the freezer for about 30 min.

While the cake balls are chilling prepare the chocolate…

Start with room temperature unrefined coconut oil (it’s liquid point is around 76 degrees). In a small bowl, combine the liquefied coconut oil, vanilla, honey and cocoa. Whisk together until the chocolate is well combined, with no lumps. I like to let the chocolate rest for about 15 min or so to let the cacao absorb well into the oil.

Using a wood skewer or dipping fork, dip the frozen cake balls into the chocolate. Let some of the chocolate drip off than allow the chocolate to harden while you hold the stick (it will harden pretty fast), sprinkle a few cocoa nibs or nuts on the top of the cake ball before the top hardens. If you don’t take the time to let some of the chocolate drip off you may not have enough chocolate to finish all the cake balls. They still taste great with a thick coating, but you will have to make extra chocolate sauce. It takes some practice to make your chocolate go far. If practice isn’t your thing just make extra chocolate sauce.

Tip: it’s common for the chocolate to crack slightly as it hardens. This can be reduced if you leave some space at the bottom of the cake ball without chocolate. That is often where the crack starts. However, if a crack does happen, it is VERY easy to cover it up when you drizzle the chocolate over it later. So don’t stress out about that. Can’t have chocolate? Don’t worry. Just roll the cakes balls in shredded dried coconut or crushed nuts before chilling them.

Decorating:
For the chocolate drizzle, make the same chocolate recipe as above, but add 1/2-1 Tbls more of raw cacao. This will make it a bit thicker. Using a spoon or a ‘candy making’ squeeze bottle (get it at any craft store) drizzle the chocolate in thin lines over the cake ball.

Cake balls should be kept chilled in the freezer for best results. Take them out about 5 min before serving. They should be fine for about 15 min before starting to soften too much. At that point, the coconut oil will become liquid (at around 76 degrees) and the chocolate will begin to melt.

I have also kept these in the fridge, producing a much softer cake ball. They taste great this way, the only downside is they DO melt in your hand as well as in your mouth.

Market News

THIS WEEK
Come by to visit with Dena of Good Shepherd Herbals, she’ll be at the market as our Farmer of the Day! If you’re curious about how herbs and essential oils are healing, this will be the day to visit.

Storage Containers: Last week I sent a request for recyclables, I need to clarify that we’re looking for containers from items you’ve purchased from the Cumming Harvest vendors. Egg Cartons, Glass jars from B&B Honey and Ancient Awakenings, paper bags from My Daily Bread and Ancient Awakenings and the small green berry containers from Cane Creek, Weedy Soil and Hog Mountain and the clear plastic containers from the bakers. I appreciate everyone that brought in items last week even if they weren’t exactly what we were looking for. Recycling is always a good thing!

GREENS: We’re starting to see more greens listed online; lettuce, chard, spinach, arugula, etc. You should always expect to wash your greens before using them. The farmers do a “field wash”, which is quickly swishing them in clean water once or twice to get off most of the dirt, but it is suggested to wash again. Just separate the leaves in a collendar and spray with water in the kitchen sink or fill a bowl with water to swish individual leaves to get the final dirt off. You don’t HAVE to wash, because there isn’t any chemicals, but there may still be a little dirt left after the field wash.

FISH: We’re coming to the end of the Alaskan Salmon, we ran out of Halibut last week. Doug will be moving back to Alaska in the next few weeks and fishing until August when he’ll come back with the fresh catch!

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Farmer of the Day and Plants for sale


We have exciting news…Phoenix Gardens will be joining us on Saturday as our Farmer of the Day! Come over and visit with Gwendolyn even if you didn’t place a order. She will probably have some good extra items you can buy.

Also, I have some plants left after the Coal Mountain ES plant sale I had today. I will have them at the market tomorrow if anyone is interested in purchasing. These are organically grown by Heirloom Gardens. We have a handful of tomato plants, herbs, hostas, echinacea, ferns and acorus.

Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow between 10-12pm.

Thank you,
Suzanne Geddes
thecummingharvest@live.com
404-702-2601

website


The website is working, it was a glitch on my end! Oooops

Website PROBLEM


I’m sorry about the inconvenience, the website is on but apparently the option to place items in the cart is unavailable, I have a call into the web developer to resolve the problem.

Thank you for your patience.
Suzanne

Newsletter - April 24, 2013


RECIPES

Southwestern Omelet Muffins

1. You can make a whole bunch on the weekend, save some, and store the rest in the freezer and pop out as needed.
2. They’re loaded with veggies, healthy fat and protein, which is just what your body wants to fuel with first thing in the morning to normalize your blood sugar. This means your energy, mood, and hormones will be stable through the day, and the chances you’ll binge on afternoon sweet, treats, and coffee drops.
3. They are freaking delicious. You can use whatever meat and veggies you have. I even chop up random leftovers and throw them into a muffin tin with eggs sometimes!
4. They are portable which makes them great for lunch boxes and road trips.

Ingredients:
6 ounces breakfast sausage
2 bell peppers, assorted colors, chopped small
1/2 cup green onions, chopped small
3/4 cups kale, chopped small
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder (or 2 cloves chopped fresh garlic)
4 ounce can green chiles, chopped
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 dozen eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat large skillet on medium high heat. Add sausage and browned. Add peppers and kale and cook to soften, about 5 minutes. In a large bowl, beat eggs with remaining ingredients. Add sausage and veggies. Line muffin tins with papers and divide egg mixture among them, filling about 3/4 full. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the center is firm to the touch.

Market News

THIS WEEK
Enjoy some new products from Mimi’s Mountain Home and Good Shepherd Herbals, they also make great Mother’s Day gifts.

Yonah Coffee will be listing soon, watch for them in the next few weeks.

Storage Containers: Last week I sent a request for recyclables, I need to clarify that we’re looking for containers from items you’ve purchased from the Cumming Harvest vendors. Egg Cartons, Glass jars from B&B Honey and Ancient Awakenings, paper bags from My Daily Bread and Ancient Awakenings and the small green berry containers from Cane Creek, Weedy Soil and Hog Mountain and the clear plastic containers from the bakers. I appreciate everyone that brought in items last week even if they weren’t exactly what we were looking for. Recycling is always a good thing!

GREENS: We’re starting to see more greens listed online; lettuce, spinach, arugula, etc. You should always expect to wash your greens before using them. The farmers do a “field wash”, which is quickly swishing them in clean water once or twice to get off most of the dirt, but it is suggested to wash again. Just separate the leaves in a collendar and spray with water in the kitchen sink or fill a bowl with water to swish individual leaves to get the final dirt off. You don’t HAVE to wash, because there isn’t any chemicals, but there may still be a little dirt left after a field wash.

FISH: We’re coming to the end of the Alaskan Salmon, we ran out of Halibut last week. Doug will be moving back to Alaska in the next few weeks and fishing until August when he’ll come back with the fresh catch!

Chicken: We’re out of chicken at the moment, the next availability will be sometime in May.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

LOCATION & PICK-UP
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!