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Reminder - Ordering Closes Tonight at 8pm


Just a friendly reminder that the market orders are due today by 8 pm.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!
See you on Saturday!

Click Here To Order

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

I’m devoting the newsletter these first few weeks of the year to documenting in detail just how TCH works. I’ll spend some time next week talking about how growers get allowed in the market, and what standards they have to meet. But this week, I’ll get into the details of how the market sustains itself financially.

First off, we’re legally a sole proprietorship, and the market is owned and operated by me. It has never legally been organized as a co-op, though it’s always run in a cooperative spirit and it’s commonly referred to as the co-op.

We’re not a non-profit, either, but we’ve structured things so that over time the market can just barely cover its own expenses. Just like all of our member farms are sustainable growers, the market itself needs to be sustainable. So how do we cover its expenses? One small way is through the memberships you pay. The $25 a year you give to the market is enough to cover the costs of having customers: banking fees from depositing your checks, paper and ink for printing, web hosting fees, and that sort of thing. We currently have 146 paid members out of the 1602 active accounts on the website.

By far the bulk of our funding comes from the growers themselves. They generally pay a 10% commission on their sales through the site. This money covers the the food allowance we offer our volunteers, rent and utilities at Holy Spirit church, etc. During the slow parts of the year, the sales are usually not enough to cover our weekly costs, but in the busy times (late fall and early spring, for us) there is extra. If we plan things out well, it pretty much all evens out in the end.

The growers get paid out of the shared cashbox for their week’s sales when they drop off their items. Then, you arrive and pay into the cashbox for your order. I post date the checks to give me time to rush to the bank to deposit the money to cover the checks we just wrote to the growers (money you pay via credit cards takes up to a week to reach our account). As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cashbox system makes things convenient for you and them. (Imagine if you ordered from ten growers having to write ten checks when you picked up your items!) This shared cashbox system has so far satisfied the tax man, but it does mean that if you place an order and then never arrive to pick it up, we’re left holding the bag. For that reason, you are responsible for paying for orders not picked up, and that amount is automatically added on to your next order for your convenience.

That’s how we operate financially. Our market might be more expensive to run than a traditional “booths and tables” farmers market, but that price buys a system that’s simple, time-saving, and flexible.

Pick-Up

Market Location and Pick Up
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
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!

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

My Daily Bread
Hot Pepper Peach Logs are $1.50 off this week.
Twinberry, Blackberry Jam, and Apple Jelly are on sale $1.00 off.

Carrell Farms
monthly delivery is this Saturday. Place your orders today for water buffalo, alpaca and/or lamb.

Ancient Awakenings
is available for ordering online and delivers this week.

Pick-Up

Market Location and Pick Up
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
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!

Reminder - Ordering Closes Tonight at 8pm


Just a friendly reminder that the market orders are due today by 8 pm.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!
See you on Saturday!

Click Here To Order

In Case of Snow


Hi All,

It’s happened before and it usually happens in January when we see our first snow of the year, this weekend may not be any different. Please watch your email for updates to whether we’ll open for pick up on Saturday. Since the vendors usually have the farthest to drive I usually wait to hear from them about the road situation. If the consensus says it’s best to close the market pick up on Saturday morning then we’ll close. We may delay opening until the roads have thawed out, wait till Sunday for pick up or we may just count this week out. Either way, I’ll let you know as soon as I can, possibly as late as Saturday morning. I just ask that you please watch your email or please text me at 404-702-2601.

Thank you!
Suzanne Geddes
Market Manager
The Cumming Harvest

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

Happy New Year!

The market is open today and tomorrow for your ordering.

My Daily Bread is back this week.

Each January, I devote the first few mailings of the year to the behind the scenes operation of TCH. This week, I’m going to talk about the many legal issues surrounding our market. Even though many people call us “the co-op”, TCH is legally a market owned and operated by me. There’s no board of directors, no shield corporation, no pot of grant money. It’s just me, and while that keeps things very simple, it also exposes me and my family to a ton of potential liability. It’s never really been an issue and there are several things I do specifically to minimize that risk:

  • The growers list their own items and set their own prices. When you buy from them, it is from them, not from me, and not from Athens Locally Grown.
  • The Cumming Harvest never takes ownership or possession of the food. The growers drop it off, and you pick it up.
  • Everything at the market has a customer’s name attached to it when it arrives. TCH does not repackage any items or buy in bulk for redistribution.
  • When you pay, you’re paying in to a shared cash box for all of the growers. This lets you write a single check or swipe your card once for convenience, but you are really paying all of the growers directly and individually. Your money goes in, and the software keeps everything going, spits out checks for each of the growers you buy from.
  • The growers give a small percentage of their sales, generally 10%, back to the market to cover the many expenses of keeping the market going. I’ll cover the details of finances another week.
  • TCH never buys from a grower and resells the items to you.
  • When a grower sells items that need licenses from either the state or the federal government, TCH verifies that the proper licenses have been obtained.

The ownership issue is key. It’s one of the reasons why we don’t offer delivery, and why we usually can’t hold items for you if you aren’t able to pick up your orders. Delivery might be a good business for someone (if they could figure out all the legal requirements), but it’s not at all what I personally want to be into. I think it would be a valuable service for you, and I’m hoping someday someone will be able to partner with me for this. Many food co-ops and even some farmers markets aren’t as careful with keeping ownership as straight as I try to be, and that has gotten other groups similar to us into serious legal trouble (deserved or not) over the years. There are so many grey areas in all this, and the written regulations still don’t even consider that something like The Cumming Harvest might exist. We’re so firmly in the grey areas with most everything we do that it’s just too risky for me to bring us into the areas that are clearly black.

So, these are the sorts of things that guide my thinking as The Cumming Harvest has grown over the years. Everything we do has legal ramifications, and the state of Georgia has a reputation for being no nonsense when it comes to enforcement — with the little guy, anyway.

I’ll continue more of the financial info in the coming weeks.

Pick-Up

Market Location and Pick Up
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
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!

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

Welcome back, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday week and are looking forward to the New Year!
Winter is officially here, and so the days will start getting longer once again. A few of our growers are taking time off to slow down and recharge, but we’ll be here for those who have food to offer you, and we’ll be here with our regular hours for you to get it from them. Those of you who are traveling for holidays, safe travels and we’ll see you when you return!

Pick-Up

Market Location and Pick Up
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
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!

The Market is Closed this Week



The market is CLOSED this week. See you back for online ordering on December 28th. Have a great holiday!

Weblog Entry


Just a friendly reminder that the market orders are due today by 8 pm.

Don’t forget…The market is closed next week.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!
See you on Saturday!

Click Here To Order

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

This is the last week to order for Christmas, the market will be closed next week. We will re-open for online ordering on Dec. 28th just in time to stock up for New Years! After this Saturday we’ll see you again on Dec. 31st.

GIFT IDEAS

When purchasing this week, don’t forget gifts for the teachers, mail person, hairdresser, bus driver, and neighbors.

Forsyth County parents This will be the last week to order your teacher gifts. The timing is perfect…pick up on Saturday and then drop off to the schools on Monday or Tuesday. My favorites are the mini loaves from My Daily Bread or some local honey from B & A Bee’s. Another idea is to purchase muffins and individually wrap them with a bow and card.

Other gift ideas…B & A Bee’s honey lip balms in the stockings, cookies from Royal Rose Bakery or My Daily Bread and a mini pie from Crave Pie Studio.

How about a gift certificate for The Cumming Harvest! I often hear from customers that there are many weeks they want to order but they just can’t pick up, offer to pick up a neighbors order one week. You’ll not only help your neighbor but you’ll be helping promote the market.

Heritage Farm is delivering this week and will be delivering every other week from then on.

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will be delivering on January 14th.

Pick-Up

Market Location and Pick Up
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
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!