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Farmer of the Day this Saturday


Christina Hubbard has more goodies to share with you this week as our Farmer of the Day. She’ll be harvesting patty pan squash, radishes, lots of lettuce, salad turnips, summer squash, mint and thyme and have it at market on Saturday.

Enjoy!

Newsletter - June 12, 2013


Market News

RAW MILK
Good Morning! I have several items to tell you about this week. First off, if you’ve noticed Brown Eyed Girl hasn’t had milk listed for a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, they’re going to be out of town most of this month so they’ve decided to take a break and get back to us mid July. In the mean time, please support another local farmer, Chad Carlton of Carlton Farms. He delivers Raw Milk to the Chalcedon Church off of Pilgrim Mill Road every Wednesday between 3:30-4:30pm. You can visit his website, www.carltonfarm.com to pre-order or just stop by his delivery truck. By the way, his cows are grass-fed and GMO free.

I have found another possible resource for us and need your help. I have contacted Sam Jones, a dairy in Butler, GA that is willing to deliver his milk to us. He will be delivering to 2 other locally grown markets as well as ours so, as you can imagine, we’re still working on logistics. To help him know what he’s getting into he’s asked for an idea of possible weekly sales. He sells in 1/2 gal glass jars. You pay a $3 deposit on each jar (2 jars per customer), your name is permanently written on the jar and returned for the next order. He has a closed heard of Jersey cows eating grass and GMO-free feed. We currently have about 11-16 gallons of milk ordered each week. Please email me to let me know if you would order and how many per week.

RASPBERRIES My Daily Bread has no spray raspberries for sale this week!

PEACHES! Georgia is the Peach State and you would think that we would have a plethora of choices for Organic Peaches. Regrettably, we do not!

1. Most conventional peach Farmers use the “Integrated Pest Management System” which is regulated by the federal government! Well, that pretty much tells the story…)

2. They must lay out little pest traps and catch pests that are around the trees. They then determine if they are good pests or bad pests and spray the surrounding trees (usually an acre or more) with a pesticide to get rid of the bad pest. They must keep detailed records of what was sprayed, where it was sprayed and results.

3. If a tree develops mold/fungus, they determine the type and spray that tree as well as the surrounding trees, up to an acre.

4. Once picked the peaches are treated with a synthetic fungicide and a coating of a petroleum based agent to ‘seal’ the fruit and keep it ‘fresh’ until we bring it home! (uh, how can something be called “fresh” if it is covered with a pesticide and oil?)

Although NOT local, our best option is Watsonia Farms in South Carolina. Watsonia Farms is over 100 years old and is run by the same family that started it those many years ago. They currently sell at several organic producer only markets around Atlanta and would like to sell with us. Here’s what they will start offering…

White peaches by the box. Peaches are packed in foam in 16 lb boxes. Depending on the size of the peaches, there will be anywhere from 48 to 54 peaches per box. The cost for a box is $44. This works out to $2.75 per pound. If you go to Whole Foods and get the very SAME Organic Peaches from Watsonia, the price is $4.00 per pound. So, ordering them directly is a great savings.

Since Organic peaches have ABSOLUTELY no fungicidal or petroleum based coating on them to delay the ripening and coming to full flavor, they will keep them refrigerated until late Wednesday when I pick them up. The peaches are misted with a fine all natural beeswax spray in an effort to keep them as fresh as possible from Farm to Market and to you!

They will probably reach their peak of flavor on Sunday and should be refrigerated at that point! Depending on the temperature in your house, they may peak not peak until Monday. It’s important to keep them at room temperature until they reach their peak flavor to avoid them “tasting like store-bought-little-flavored peaches”, but you don’t want to let them go too long! To ensure that they do not get ‘mushy’ it is important to put them in the fridge at the right point!

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!

June - Green Pasture Group Order


This month’s GREEN PASTURE order will be placed on June 17. You can email your order to me at thecummingharvest@live.com. Payment is due at delivery and usually takes up to 9 days from placement of order. There will be a small shipping fee added to each order (usually no more than $2).

You can research Green Pasture at www.greenpasture.org

Some of their items are only available in limited quantities. This is a list of what’s available now.

COD LIVER OIL
Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Non Flavored ($34 /8 oz)
Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Cinnamon Tingle ($34 /8 oz)
Emulsified Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Mint ($34 /8 oz)
Emulsified Fermented Cod Liver Oil – Orange ($34 /8 oz)

BUTTER OIL
High Vitamin Butter Oil- X Factor – ($50 /8 oz)
High Vitamin Butter Oil- X Factor – Butter Pecan ($50 /8 oz)
High Vitamin Butter Oil- X Factor – Raspberry ($50 /8 oz)

BUTTER OIL / COD LIVER OIL BLEND
Butter Oil / Cod Liver Oil Blend – Chocolate Cream ($39 /8 oz)

CAPSULES
Fermented Cod Liver Oil CAPSULES – Non Flavored ($22 /120 caps)
Fermented Cod Liver Oil CAPSULES – Orange ($22 /120 caps)
High Vitamin Butter Oil – CAPSULES ($29 /120 caps)
Butter Oil / Cod Liver Oil Blend CAPSULES – Non Flavored ($35 /120 caps)

INFUSED COCONUT OIL (coconut oil + cod liver oil)
Blue Ice Infused Coconut Oil – Unflavored ($44 /27.5 oz)

COCONUT OIL
Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil ($22 /27 oz)
Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Oil ($49 /1 gal)

COCONUT GHEE (coconut oil + ghee)
Blue Breeze Organic Coconut Ghee ($47 /1 gal)

SKIN CARE
Beauty Balm ($10 /1.75 oz)
Calm Balm ($10 /1.75 oz)

Thank you!
Suzanne Geddes
Market Manager

Newsletter - May 5, 2013


To Contact Us

The Cumming Harvest
cumming.locallygrown.net
thecummingharvest@live.com
facebook.com/thecummingharvest

Recipes

GREEN SMOOTHIES
Basic Balance Green Smoothie
Victoria Boutenko

1 mango
1 cup kale
1 cup water
Yields 1 quart

Miner’s Lettuce Smoothie
Sergei Boutenko

3 cups miners lettuce (wild edible)(I replaced with Spinach)
2 ripe pears
½ pint blueberries
2 cups water
Yields 2 quarts

Victoria’s Favorite Dark Green
Victoria Boutenko

1 bunch dandelion greens
4 Roma tomatoes
3 cups water
Yields 2 quarts

Market News

Ever tried a Green Smoothie? I saw a video this week from www.rawfamily.com and the Boutenko family. They reversed several health issues they were having by changing their diet and adding Green smoothies as an important part of their day.

What are the health benefits of green smoothies?

A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood. According to teachings of Dr. Ann Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion. Many people do not consume enough greens, even those who stay on a raw food diet. By drinking two or three cups of green smoothies daily you will consume enough greens for the day to nourish your body, and all of the beneficial nutrients will be well assimilated. Visit the website for all the info on Green Smoothies. www.rawfamily.com

The 4 keys to making the right Green Smoothie is…
1. 40% Greens / 60% Fruit
2. take your time adding them to your diet, don’t over do it
3. make it simple, not too many ingredients
4. rotate your greens everyday

PLACING ORDERS
DID YOU GET YOUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL? Once your order is placed, you will receive an email showing your confirmation. If you don’t receive an email, your order did not go through and you need to do it again.

Please contact me if you have any questions, problems or suggestions. EMAIL ME

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

Events


Cane Creek Farm is offering these classes and a kids camp.
July 10th – Arranging Garden Flowers is the next Lunch N’ Learn Class at Cane Creek. Held on Wednesday, 11am-1pm. Price: $25 for CSA members, $35 for non-members Email lynn@canecreekfarm.net to register. Walk ups welcome.

They are also offering a Farm Camp for kids age 8-12 and only have 2 spaces available.
June 10-14, 9am-3pm (with extended hours available)
Price: $275

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 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!