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The Online Market is open for ordering from 8 AM Wednesday till 8 PM on Thursday.
Spring time is upon us again. The planting of vegetables and flowers is in full spead as we work to provide an aboundance of fresh new products. Please feel free to make your selections from the great products available this week.

Remember the New Customer Referral Program
From March 20 through June 30

How it Works
1. Tell a friend about the CUMMING HARVEST farmers market.
2. Have them register at cumming.locallygrown.net. (the market managers will contact all new customers to ask who referred them)
3. After their third purchase (3 different weeks), your credit will be applied to your account.
Thank you for sharing your love of healthy food and for helping to support our local growers!

Stephen Daniels
770-905-9155



 
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Newsletter - February 22, 2014


Market News

Short newsletter today. The market is open for ordering. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

LOCAL CLASSES
March 24, 31, April 7 & 12 – Dig Deep into Essential and Medicinal Herbs at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center.
http://discovercedarhill.org/product/dig-deep-into-essential-and-medicinal-herbs/

LOCATION
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 - February 12, 2014


Market News

Ever hear the weather lore: “Year of snow, crops will grow”? Think about it this way:

Sub zero temperatures mean that snowfall is much lighter because there isn’t much water vapor in the air. When temperatures are closer to 32 degrees Fahrenheit snowfall can be heavy and wet.

Years ago many farmers decided that if there was a snowy winter, temperatures wouldn’t be that cold, so the planting season could start earlier in the year.

They also thought there would be more water from the snow melt to help seeds sprout and seedlings grow.

Thus, the proverb Year of Snow Crops.

Maybe thinking about this weather lore will help give you the patience to get through this snowy winter, and help anticipate what’s to come from our farmers.

FARM FRESH FOODS due to possible icy and dangerous conditions Farm Fresh Foods will not be selling this week. Amy’s kitchen is at another location than her home, therefore she won’t be able to get there to bake.

MY DAILY BREAD will be selling their baked goodies. Those of you that love their brownies may have noticed a change a couple of weeks ago. They were experimenting with using 100% cacoa because it was non alkali. It changed the color and texture slightly so staying true to the original and popular brownie recipe they are now using a non alkali cocoa and the result is a healthier brownie we all love.

Also, My Daily Bread will have ALL of their jams and jellies $1 off this week.

Milk Delivery for milk is usually on Tuesday but this week because of the weather we moved it to Friday. Please contact me if you would like to adjust or cancel your milk order.

LOCAL CLASSES
March 24, 31, April 7 & 12 – Dig Deep into Essential and Medicinal Herbs at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center.
http://discovercedarhill.org/product/dig-deep-into-essential-and-medicinal-herbs/

LOCATION
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 this Saturday


2B Whole is back with their many delicious gluten free and dairy free baked foods.

This week she’s got Valentines cakes, cupcakes, cake truffles and cookies for your special gluten free valentine.

Come by even if you didn’t place an order between 10-12pm.

Newsletter - February 5, 2014


Market News

This week, I’d like to remind you about a feature of the website that’s been there for some time, but that you may have missed. When we started filling orders paperlessly, the “Order History” was redone so that you can view by looking at the Your Account page. Back when we had a sheet of paper with your order on it, you could see right then if a grower couldn’t fill an item you had ordered. Now, we try to tell you (we can see that on our little screens), but I do sometimes get asked days or weeks later about missing items (often when someone else picked up the order, and word didn’t get passed back). The system records every time a grower takes something off your order by adding a note to the comment section of the order. Sometimes they’ll also email you in person, but not always. Additionally, the system records when we put an item in your basket or bag, and how you paid. If something turns up missing because the grower didn’t bring it, or if we later discover a bag with your name on it (usually because we accidentally gave you someone else’s), it’ll record that too. We automatically issue refunds for items you paid for but didn’t receive (and you’ll get an automated email each time), and that gets recorded also. You can see all these notes and details about your order by pulling it up in your order history and clicking the link for the PDF Invoice.

If you want to double-check our packing as we hand you your order, you can print out that invoice and bring it with you or load it up on your smart phone. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we welcome your diligence. By 8am on Saturday, it should accurately reflect what you’re going to be getting that day. I will say that the paperless system has improved our order filling accuracy tremendously. We still have to refund a couple things each week, but well over 99.9% of the items are getting to where they’re supposed to go.

If you have entered your credit card into our system, we do not run those cards until after pickups close on Saturday morning, and the total charged to your card reflects any adjustments that had to get made along the way. If there is any question, the PDF has an item by item accounting of everything you received and was charged for, so we can go back over that at any time.

If you’ve ordered something one week and want to order it again, but can’t quite remember what it was called or who sold it, there’s a simpler version of your order history right on the market page. If you never use it, you can hide it, but what makes it really useful is the items you ordered previously will have an “add to cart” link right next to them if they are currently being offered for sale again. If you like to buy the same things each week, it can really speed up your shopping time.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

NEW VENDOR
Welcome Southern Essentials, a local business selling Aromatherapy products. Therapeutic Grade 100% Pure Essential Oils contain many healing and nurturing properties. We use only natural products in our line, including oils like cocoa butter, almond oil, coconut oil and many others with all ingredients fully disclosed on our products. Erin and Mark Fantom are the owners of Southern Essentials and make all of the items together in their home in Buford, GA. They’ve been making products and using them on themselves, their children and grandchildren “and the rest of the family” for over 25 years. They are regular vendors at the Suwanee Farmer’s market throughout the summer.

LOCAL CLASSES
March 24, 31, April 7 & 12 – Dig Deep into Essential and Medicinal Herbs at Cedar Hill Enrichment Center.
http://discovercedarhill.org/product/dig-deep-into-essential-and-medicinal-herbs/

LOCATION
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 29, 2014


Market News

THE MARKET IS OPEN FOR ORDERING! You may place orders today until Thursday at 8pm.

Please remember orders of milk, corn meal/flour/grits and Buttercups butter will be delivered on Tuesday. You may pick these items up on Tuesday or we can hold for you till the following Saturday.

From Dena Place of Good Shepherd Herbals:
Cold and flu season is upon us! It’s time to stock our medicinal cabinet with a few cold and flu helps:

Elderberry Syrup ~ Elderberries have antiviral and immune stimulating properties. The berries are useful for most all upper respiratory complaints (particularly sinus irritation) caused by colds, influenza and other viral respiratory disorders.

Breathe Easy Tea ~ Licorice Root- the demulcent actions heals mucus membranes, especially in the lungs. Peppermint Leaf- excellent for the sinuses. Mullein- a mild expectorant, soothing to irritated mucus membranes. Elecampane- known primarily as an antiseptic expectorant especially for bronchitis and pneumonia. Ginger Root- useful for colds; cough, lungs and sinuses.

Throat Tonic ~ Both Licorice Root and Marshmallow Root are soothing to the mucus membranes in the throat. Wild Cherry Bark – pain caused by a red, inflamed throat may be alleviated with its use. It is also known for its bronchial antispasmodic action making it useful for coughing associated with bronchitis, chest colds and pneumonia. Slippery Elm- healing and strengthening, soothing for a scratchy throat. Fennel Seed – useful for sore throat and immune support.

CHANGE IN MILK PRICES
We are so fortunate to have the excellent milk from Cedar Rock Dairy and Sam has done his best to serve our needs. Just like everything else, feed prices continue to increase and Sam has experienced 2 increases since he started with the Market. This last one was significant enough that he has no choice but to increase the price of milk. Effective immediately, milk will increase $0.50 per container.

GREEN PASTURE If you placed an order with me for Green Pasture products, they are in. I will have all the orders at the market on Saturday. Please plan to pay for your items when you come to pick up.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

LOCATION
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!

2B Whole Gluten Free Bakery will be at the market Saturday


2b Whole European Gluten-Free Bakery will be at the market tomorrow selling, sampling and talking about all the delicious gluten free, dairy free and paleo baked goods they offer. Come by the market tomorrow between 10-12pm and try the best allergen free bakery in Georgia!

The Market is Open for online ordering


Market News

THE MARKET IS OPEN FOR ORDERING! You may place orders today until Thursday at 8pm.

Please remember orders of milk, corn meal/flour/grits and Buttercups whipped butter will be delivered on Tuesday. You may pick these items up on Tuesday or we can hold for you till the following Saturday.

My Daily Bread is back this week with their many delicious breads, jellies and other great baked goods.

The Pasty

Farm Fresh Foods has added two versions of the old fashioned pasty. My father-in-law in Ohio has always made these for us when we visit, before that I had never heard of them before. His family is from Cornwall England which is probably why he knows and loves them. The pasty was a popular coal miner lunch because it was a filling and healthy meal neatly packaged in a flaky crust.

History of the Pasty: The pasty came to the Upper Peninsula through Cornwall England. When tin mining started going bad in England during the 1800’s the Cornish miners immigrated to America hoping to earn there fortunes in newly developing mines. No one knows for sure though whether the Cornish invented the pasty, or whether they picked it up from some other group.

When the Cornish came to the copper mines of the Upper Peninsula, they brought with them a lot of mining knowledge which the other ethnic groups did not have. The other ethnic groups looked up to the Cornish and wanted to emulate their mining successes. Many Cornish practices were then copied by the other ethnic groups, including the pasty as the standard lunch for miners. The pasty became popular with these other ethnic groups because it was small, portable, was very filling, and could stay warm for 8-10 hours. Pasty rivalry occurred between the Finns, Swedes, Irish, Poles, Germans, Scots, Italians and French with each group contributing something in the way of seasoning and other ingredients. All groups agree that pasties must contain two things, potatoes and onions. The portability of the pasty not only made it easy to carry, but if it should get cold it would be relatively easy to heat up. This was done by putting the pasty on a shovel and holding it over a head-lamp candle. Miners never ate a pasty with a fork, they ate it end to end, and held it upright to keep the juices in. Since entire Cornish families worked in mines and each member of the family wanted different ingredients in the pasty, the Cornish wife would stamp the bottom corner of each pasty with an initial. According to the Cornish Recipes Ancient and Modern, “The true Cornish way to eat a pasty is to hold it in the hand, and begin to bite it from the opposite end to the initial, so that, should any of it be uneaten, it may be consumed later by its rightful owner. And woe betide anyone who take’s another person’s corner!” There was a superstition among the Cornish miner’s that the initial corner should not be eaten, instead it was dropped on the ground for the mining gremlins to eat. These “gremlins” caused mischief in mines, causing accidents and mine collapses, feeding them supposedly kept them out of trouble.

CHANGE IN MILK PRICES
We are so fortunate to have the excellent milk from Cedar Rock Dairy and Sam has done his best to serve our needs. Just like everything else, feed prices continue to increase and Sam has experienced 2 increases since he started with the Market. This last one was significant enough that he has no choice but to increase the price of milk. Effective immediately, milk will increase $0.50 per container.

GREEN PASTURE If you placed an order with me for Green Pasture products, they are in. I will have all the orders at the market on Saturday. Please plan to pay for your items when you come to pick up.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

LOCATION
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 this SATURDAY


Bob and Beverly of B & B Enterprises will be at the market this Saturday sampling and selling their pure raw honey. Various sizes and flavors available.

Stop by during our pick up time between 10-12pm to meet them.

Bob is also updating his honey listings online if you’d like to pre-order to pick up on Saturday.

See you soon,
Suzanne

My Daily Bread is on vacation


Just want to reassure everyone that My Daily Bread is just on vacation and will be back next week.

Newsletter - January 15, 2014


Market News

THE MARKET IS OPEN FOR ORDERING! You may place orders today until Thursday at 8pm.

Please remember orders of milk, corn meal/flour/grits and Buttercups whipped butter will be delivered on Tuesday. You may pick these items up on Tuesday or we can hold for you till following Saturday.

WELCOME TO THE MARKET
Burr Stone Mill is a new vendor who sells flour, meal and grits ground from yellow and white organic corn. Paul Foster has always been interested in grist mills. “I stumbled onto two vertical grist mills and decided to restore them both. One is a 16” Williams mill made in 1915 and the other is a 20" Meadows made in 1935. I restored them both. A lot of people were interested in buying fresh stone ground grits and meal, so I decided to start the business. This is my first year in grinding all organic products hoping to provide the freshest and all natural products I can."

Buttercups is also new to the market selling a healthy whipped butter blend made from rBST free European style butter and added Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Sunflower Lecithin (the fruit oils and lecithin are non GMO), then plain kefir and sea salt. She has 5 flavors with more to come.

Banner Butter is now listing on the market. Banner Butter currently sources butter from Southern Swiss Dairy, a local hormone free and grass fed farm. They have plans this year to start churning their own butter from Southern Swiss Dairy cream. The butter will be in the European-style; in other words, it will be cultured which will make them the only cultured butter maker in the Southeast.

CHANGE IN MILK PRICES
We are so fortunate to have the excellent milk from Cedar Rock Dairy and Sam has done his best to serve our needs. Just like everything else, feed prices continue to increase and Sam has experienced 2 increases since he started with the Market. This last one was significant enough that he has no choice but to increase the price of milk. Effective immediately, milk will increase $0.50 per container.

GREEN PASTURE I’m extending the deadline for ordering Green Pasture products. They are currently offering all group orders 30% off so it’s a great time to stock up! Get your orders in to me before Friday.

Thank you so much for your support and I look forward to seeing you soon.

LOCATION
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!