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Our FEATURED FARMER OF THE MONTH is
Farmer Greg Hutchins of Heritage Farm in Bowdon, Ga.
www.heritage-farm.net

How long have you been farming? When and why did you create Heritage Farm?
I grew up in a farming and gardening family so I started my first garden as soon as I moved away from home at 18. We (Lainya and I) have gardened our entire marriage and we added the livestock little by little over the years. We founded Heritage Farm when we moved to Carroll County in 2006 and originally just planned it as a family farm and a new heritage for our children. We wanted to be set apart from all the worldly influence that is killing our country. We officially opened as a farm business in 2009 when I lost my job in the construction meltdown.

Why did you decide to grow food sustainably?
This may be a little sensitive but honestly we started seeing a huge amount of “early” development in a lot of the children in our society (home school groups, church etc..) particularly the girls. Lainya was very instrumental in doing the research on all the hormones and other junk and we gradually just started moving away from all of it. I was very much a traditional type gardener using commercial 10-10-10 and as much sevin dust as we could buy but once we realized how really really bad all that stuff was for you we felt we owed it to ourselves and our children to try something different. We did and it works!

What kind of animals do you have on the farm?
As of this morning we have cows, pigs, ducks, chickens, lambs, goats, rabbits, horse, donkey, dogs and a cat. We will be adding some turkeys as soon as the poults are ready in April.

What type of animal do you enjoy raising the most?
The pigs have been the most fun so far. We like them all but pigs, once you get to know them, are a blast. Its like having 4 and 5 hundred pound lap dogs!

Tell us about the land/property you have?
We are on approximately 35 acres of pasture and hardwood mixed. We use a rotational paddock and woodlot system to manage our grass, fertilize and restore the woodlots. We have about 1 – 2 acres dedicated to homestead and garden with the rest for the animals.

What do you find to be the most challenging job/task on the farm?
Aside from the financial challenges that every small farmer faces the other one is just keeping the schedule balanced so we can tend to all the tasks at hand. Time managment is very important on the farm and somedays there just isnt enough time to get it all managed!!

What do you enjoy the most? Why?
For me it is the 24/7 relationship with my wife and kids. Since we school at home and farm together it gives us a unique relationship that I find very enjoyable. We most assuredly have challenges but I can not think of a more rewarding way to spend my days. Plus we are not so hinered and influenced by the world that we lose sight on the important things like our faith, family values and God’s creation.

Do you have any help on your farm? Who helps you?
I usually hire some apprentice type labor during spring and peak summer but it is mostly me, Lainya and the kids (Jacob, Grace, Jordan and Mary)

Do you have a favorite recipe? What is it?
My gosh that’s a hard one….Lainya has developed so many farm fresh dishes and I can burn a piece of pork pretty much as good as the next guy but I guess my favorite would be whatever is next on the menu! What we really do enjoy is just eating whatever is fresh, local and in season as much as possible. When you eat like that its all good!

Do you have any short term or long term goals for your farm?
Short term is to get more infrastructure done so we can better manage our time. We also want to add a small goat or cow dairy to our operations. Long term I would like to add a few more acres, get debt free and position ourselves to let the next generation take over.

What is your favorite food to grow?
Tomatoes, Corn (non GMO of course) and anything pork are very high on all our lists.

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!

NEW VENDOR


Welcome Toula Argentis of 2B Whole, www.2bwhole.net, to the market this week.

All items are gluten free/dairy free and allergen free. Specializing in breads, desserts, pies and cookies.

Newsletter - February 20, 2013


RECIPES

Collard Green Slaw

Source: Vegetarian Times January 2009 (Entered by Wendy Sundgren)
Serves: 8 servings
Vegan!

Ingredients
8 oz. collard greens, tough stems removed (8 leaves)
3 medium carrots, grated (2 cups)
1 medium onion, grated (1 cup)
1 medium red pepper, diced (1 cup)
1/2 cup rice or cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp. powdered mustard
1 tsp. celery seeds
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

Step by Step Instructions

Stack 3 or 4 collard leaves flat on work surface. Roll tightly into a cylinder, hold together, and thinly slice to make narrow strips. Coarsely chop strips once sliced. Repeat with remaining collard leaves, and transfer to large bowl. Stir in carrots, onion, and bell pepper.

Whisk together vinegar, sugar, oil, mustard, celery seeds, salt, and black pepper in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil, whisking to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, and pour hot vinegar mixture over collard and vegetable mixture. Stir to coat vegetables with dressing. Season with salt and black pepper, if desired. Cover, and chill 4 hours or overnight.

Swiss Chard Gratan
Ingredients:
2 bunches Swiss chard leaves, chopped (about 8 cups packed)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, more for the baking dish
1 cup low fat milk
2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Comté or Parmesan cheese, divided
1 tablespoon whole wheat bread crumbs

Method:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place chard leaves in a saucepan with the water and cook over medium heat until leaves are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Set chard aside. In the same saucepan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat. When butter has melted, whisk in the flour until blended. Whisk constantly for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the milk and reserved cooking liquid. Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in half of the grated cheese. Stir in the cooked chard and transfer to a buttered 9×9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Serve immediately.

Market News

Good Morning!

If you’re wondering why the limited veggies this week, there are two reasons. First of all, this is the time of year when the winter crops have ending and we’re waiting on the spring crops to be ready for picking. This usually takes about 4 weeks, but it doesn’t mean that every farmer won’t have veggies, it just means you’ll have to be quicker on the draw when ordering. Don’t get discouraged and look forward to what’s to come.

The other reason we’re low on veggies this particular week is the Georgia Organics Conference. This is a yearly conference for farmers, customers, market managers, businesses, teachers, students or anyone interested in growing sustainably in Georgia. Quite a few of our farmers are participating in this on Friday and Saturday, therefore cannot participate in the market.

TIP: If you want to see what’s on sale each week, you can either look in the “WEEKLY SPECIALS” category or type “sale” into the search box.

GREEN PASTURE
I am placing an order for cod liver oil and coconut oil on Friday, Feb 22. If you are interested in ordering please send me an email of what you’d like to thecummingharvest@live.com.

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

Partners


Cane Creek Farm is our Farm Partner for 2010-2012. Thank you Cane Creek for all your support!
The Cane Creek Farm Blog

Secure Services, Inc Thank you for generously providing our market location!

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!

Cod Liver Oil / Coconut Oil


This month’s GREEN PASTURE order

I will be placing an order for Cod Liver Oil and Coconut oil on February 22. You can email your order to me at thecummingharvest@live.com.

Payment is due on delivery.

You can research Green Pasture at www.greenpasture.org

I need at least 12 orders to get the group discount.

Thank you!
Suzanne Geddes
Market Manager

Eggs


Just a quick note…Phoenix Gardens posted eggs late yesterday so if you missed ordering eggs, they have plenty.

Happy Valentines Day!

Newsletter - February 13, 2013


Market News

Good Morning! Happy Valentimes Day…as my 8 yr old says.

First I’d like to say thank you to all our customers for spreading the word and supporting our wonderful farmers. For those of you that are new, when you buy from The Cumming Harvest you are buying directly from the farmer, what you see online was entered and typed by them. Each and every farmer strives for 100% customer satisfaction, so if for some reason you’re ever not completely satisfied, please email or call the farmer or myself. We’ll do our best to get it resolved.

A few tips when ordering:
1. Order early for the best selection, the market opens at 8am every Wednesday.
2. Complete your order on popular items like eggs or bacon.
3. Multiple orders will be combined on your order at pick up.
4. Please bring your shopping bags to pick up.

EVENTS
March 16th – The Atlanta area Weston A. Price foundation is putting on a full-day conference to connect people with nutrient-dense, locally grown food and educate them on traditional ways of preparing it. The Building Nourishing Traditions conference will be held at Rancho Alegre Farm in Dacula, GA. You can read more details here

March 24th – Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC), the 2nd Annual ‘Grow Your Own – the Real Local Food’. This festival includes speakers and informational tables on topics about backyard vegetable/fruit gardening, chickens, organic pest control, composting, rain-harvesting, beekeeping, and local food (CSAs, farmers markets, and local restaurants).
The ‘Grow Your Own – the Real Local Food’ event will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 1-5pm.

March 30th – The Cumming Harvest Market Day + Christ Community Church HEALTH FAIR and Easter Egg hunt, we will be joining this event so please come out and show your support of our local farmers and artisans. This event will be from 1-4pm at Christ Community Church on Campground Road and Hwy 9.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
You have several ways to pay for your order. Check/Cash are preferred, but you may also pay online or with a CC when you pick up. There is a 3% convenience fee to pay online or with your card at pickup.

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

Partners


Cane Creek Farm is our Farm Partner for 2010-2012. Thank you Cane Creek for all your support!
The Cane Creek Farm Blog

Secure Services, Inc Thank you for generously providing our market location!

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!

Extra Specials


Sorry for the extra email, I forgot to tell you about some specials this week.

If you type in “sale” in the search you will see some items from Heritage Farm.
Beef Liver, Rib Eye Steak, Short Loin Roast, Duck and Leg of Lamb are all on sale this week.

Our Weekly Specials include My Daily Bread’s Cinnamon Rolls (you can request with cream cheese frosting or without). Also, Pumpkin Spice bread, and Greek Pasta Salad is on sale.

Farm Fresh Foods has some valentine deals like, Valentine Muffins Dark Chocolate Beet and Chocolate Cherry Galette.

Orobianco has the Mozzarella Scamorza on sale for $8.

Have a great week, thanks for shopping!

Newsletter - February 6, 2013


Market News

Our FEATURED FARMER OF THE MONTH is Lynn Pugh of Cane Creek Farm in Cumming, GA.
www.canecreekfarm.net

How long have you been farming?
I have been farming for 10 years. I taught science at the high school and college level for 20 years, always having my own organic garden in the summer.


Who farms with you?
I am the farmer. My parents, William and Carolyn Mills, and my husband Chuck Pugh have specific tasks they help with on the farm.
Michele Gillman works part-time as Harvest and Volunteer coordinator.
Many dedicated CSA workers, volunteers, and interns help with the harvest and field work.

Do you farm full-time or have any other jobs?
The farm is a full time business with both production and education missions.


What do you produce? Do you have a specialty?
We grow vegetables, flowers, fruit, and herbs for a CSA, on-farm market, on-line market and a restaurant. We have a couple of cows a few sheep and a flock of chickens. We sell grass-fed beef, lamb and eggs from the chickens. We also grow goldenseal and a few other medicinal herbs. We sell the medicinal herb products produced by a coop to which we belong.

Every year we teach two intensive courses on Organic Farming and Gardening in partnership with Georgia Organics. One- day workshops, field trips, and farm tours are also offered to the community. Through internships, apprenticeships and the CSA worker program interested people are trained each year to run their own farms.


How did you get into farming? What made you want to become a farmer?
After teaching for 20 years, I was ready for a change. We had bought and lived on 17 acres of land with a dream of living a more sustainable life, but not fully realizing that dream. I loved being outside and growing plants. I had earned a degree in plant pathology when I was young, so I had some background. Starting a farm seemed like the right thing for me.

At first I did not farm too seriously. I grew more than I needed for our family, and sold the extra at the farmers’ market in my local town. Then I grew a little more and went to a farmers market in Atlanta. As I was developing the farm, I was also working for Georgia Organics on some grant projects, interviewing farmers and developing a marketing tool, then a curriculum. I attended workshops and conferences and had many conversations with people who were farming.

The work from these early years shaped the farm. I realized that the CSA model was the one that best fit my vision for the farm. I had all the skills to run a CSA, I lived in a county that was one of the fastest growing in the country, and my desire for community could be met with a CSA. We have had a CSA for 8 years now with a loyal community of shareholders and helpers. The markets and restaurant purchase the extra produce that is not needed for the CSA.

What is unique about your farm?
Cane Creek is an educational farm. As I finished the work on the organic farming curriculum for Georgia Organics, I realized I wanted to teach the course, to test out the curriculum. This started one of the most satisfying things I have done- teaching a course on Organic Farming and Gardening to adults who want to farm or develop a better garden. I teach the course twice a year, in the fall and winter. Each course covers 7 Saturdays of classroom discussion and hands on learning on the farm. The people I have met through these classes have enriched my life greatly and many still keep in contact. I feel such pleasure as I see them successfully start their own farms and gardens.

Talk about the biggest challenge you’ve encountered as a farmer.
My biggest challenge has been running the business side of the farm. As I have worked to make the farm more profitable, I have had to learn to consider the business aspect, as well as the growing aspect in decision- making. This has been a struggle for me, because I am not naturally interested in these aspects and have a hard time staying attentive to money issues. Though there is still much room for improvement, I have succeeded in improving profitability and becoming more comfortable with this type of thinking.

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 - January 30, 2013


RECIPES

In honor of our first day selling Raw Milk, here are a few How To’s to get you utilizing every ounce of this deliciousness.

How to separate cream from raw milk
How to make butter from the raw cream
How to make buttermilk

Market News

Good Morning! We’ve got some storms rolling in, please stay safe this afternoon.

Super Bowl time, check out the SPECIALS category for Cornbread Madeleine – perfect for Super Bowl Chili, Garlic Flatbread, dips, Beer Cheese Soup, and Cranberry Salsa all from Farm Fresh Foods.
Orobianco also has two mozzarella’s listed – larger quantities for the same price as the smaller.

WELCOME Stan Lawson, Brown Eyed Girl Creamery, Cleveland, GA.
Stan Lawson is a dairy farmer raising Jersey cows. He has agreed to sell his “*Raw Milk for Pets*” to The Cumming Harvest, initially selling online every other week eventually selling every week as the demand grows. His cows do not get antibiotics unless the cow is sick and the advised by the vet. His pastures are not sprayed and he uses composted poultry manure as fertilizer. He does not use commercial fertilizers. The pastures are a mix of bermuda, fescue, clover, orchard grass and perennial rye grass. In addition to grass, the cows get a small amount of non-medicated grain and hay during milking. He is licensed through the Georgia Department of Agriculture and all milk is labeled for Pet Food Only as required by Georgia Law. We’re happy to have them.

EVENTS
March 16th – The Atlanta area Weston A. Price foundation is putting on a full-day conference to connect people with nutrient-dense, locally grown food and educate them on traditional ways of preparing it. The Building Nourishing Traditions conference will be held at Rancho Alegre Farm in Dacula, GA. You can read more details here

March 24th – Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC), the 2nd Annual ‘Grow Your Own – the Real Local Food’. This festival includes speakers and informational tables on topics about backyard vegetable/fruit gardening, chickens, organic pest control, composting, rain-harvesting, beekeeping, and local food (CSAs, farmers markets, and local restaurants).
The ‘Grow Your Own – the Real Local Food’ event will be held on Sunday, March 24th, 1-5pm.

Date TBD – The Cumming Harvest Market Day, a day for farmers and vendors of The Cumming Harvest to get together, set up their booths like a traditional farmers market and meet the customers and community. If you would like to help, contact me at thecummingharvest@live.com.

PAYMENT OPTIONS
You have several ways to pay for your order. Check/Cash are preferred, but you may also pay online or with a CC when you pick up. There is a 3% convenience fee to pay online or with your card at pickup.

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

Partners


Cane Creek Farm is our Farm Partner for 2010-2012. Thank you Cane Creek for all your support!
The Cane Creek Farm Blog

Secure Services, Inc Thank you for generously providing our market location!

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!

What veggies and fruits would you like to see offered in 2013?


Some farmers have already started planting seeds, help them know what you want to buy this year by filling out this short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/favoriteveggies

Thank you,
The Cumming Harvest