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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 - 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.
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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!