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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

Indian Creek Angus will deliver orders this Saturday. They raise grass-fed and grass-finished cattle on clean pasture in Carnesville, GA. http://www.indiancreekangus.com/

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will be delivering your orders on March 11th. Place your orders now till then.

Cultured Traditions is listed this week, place your orders for ferments, saurkrauts, jun and/or kvass. Cultured Traditions uses locally grown veggies to make their traditional russian ferments.

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

This Week at The Cumming Harvest


This Week

The farmers’ winter crops are slowing down as they are transitioning into spring. Seeds are planted and now we wait and hope for complimentary weather and a full, abundant spring harvest.

My Daily Bread ON SALE Sourdough and Cinnamon Rolls!!

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will be delivering your orders on March 11th.

Indian Creek Angus will begin delivering orders on March 4.

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

Cultured Traditions is listed this week.
Indian Creek Angus next delivery is March 1. They will continue listing their available cuts and you can order and prepay anytime throughout the month until their delivery date.
Crave Pie Studio is out of town for the next two weeks.

This week, I’d like to remind you about a feature of the website that you may have missed. 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.

If you have entered your credit card into our system, we do not run those cards until after pickups close on Saturday evening, 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.

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

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will be delivering your orders this week.

Indian Creek Angus will begin delivering on the first Saturday of each month. Their next delivery is March 1. They will continue listing their available cuts and you can order and prepay anytime throughout the month until their delivery date.

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

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND
My Daily Bread All these items are $1 off this week.
Buffalo Blue Cheese and Beer Buzzed Dip
Hot Pepper Peach Cheese Log
Greek Pasta Salad
Bagels
Sourdough Rounds (for dipping)

Heritage Farm
Take a look at the sales on Chicken and Sausage being offered by Heritage Farm for Super Bowl Sunday!

Carrell Farms & Buffalo Gal will be delivering on February 11th.

Doug’s Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon will be stocking up his freezer on Friday, ready for pick up this Saturday.

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

In the past two weeks I’ve talked about the legal organization and considerations behind our market and then the financial operation that keeps everything running. I’ll wrap up this week with a few words about our growers and other market vendors.

First and foremost, let me preface everything by saying the decision to let a new grower into the market is always made by me alone. It is a closed market, and it’s not open to just anyone to sell through. That doesn’t mean we have arbitrary standards, of course, and actually I think I’ve set the bar pretty high. A good number of our growers also go above and beyond to only bring “the best of the best”, and that pushes the de facto standards even higher. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be able to sell through The Cumming Harvest:

All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. I’ll come back to this later.

All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown, made, or otherwise produced

All growers must be from the greater Cumming area. Right now, this means within about 100 miles

All growers must be willing to be part of our TCH community, and not think of us as just a dumping off point.

All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured or sustainably wild-caught

All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained

That about covers everything, I think. When I’ve turned down requests to sell through TCH, the grower has clearly not met one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis. Let me get back to that first requirement: “sustainable practices”. There is a generally accepted definition of what is “conventional” agriculture, and that includes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and confined and grain-fed animals. Those are easy to exclude. At the other end, there is the USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown certification. Few small diversified growers can meet the expense of USDA certification, but a good number of our growers are CNG certified. This program uses the USDA rules as a starting point, made a few things more strict, and uses a system of growers certifying other growers to keep things honest. If a new grower does not have a certification, then I talk to them, get information about them, and visit their farm in person when necessary.

In short: the growers have satisfied my standards, and I personally have approved them for inclusion in TCH. However, I want you to not just take my word for it. Feel free to go on-site yourself and see the farms in action. We have an occasional “meet the grower” table at the pickups so you can talk with the growers yourself face-to-face. We encourage them to take photos for their online photo album, to describe their practices, and to take care with their product listings. We want to facilitate communication between you and them, so when you place an order, they see your name and email address in case they need to clarify a request or offer a substitution, and likewise for most of our growers you can see their contact info when you view their grower profile (while logged into the site) so you can get clarification from them when needed.

I often wrestle with some of those edge cases. Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon was one such case. The salmon and halibut they sell was caught in Alaska, but Doug and his family live here (well, just over the line in South Carolina). They own their own small boats, and catch the fish themselves. Their practices are certified sustainable by a reputable organization up there, and their products are high quality. They’ve worked out the logistics of getting fish to you every week (by keeping a supply at the market in a freezer they own). Often, the logistics of getting more of a variety of items from there to here on a regular and timely basis is what breaks down, but I hope that over time we’ll be able to expand the items at our market without compromising our community of growers located right here.

Hopefully that explains how our growers get into TCH, what standards they have to meet, and so on. It’s a very important topic, perhaps the most important one for our market, but much of it goes on behind the scenes. I know you’ve put your trust in me, and I take that very seriously, If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of TCH, I’d love to do so. Just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order.

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

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!