Locally Grown: Support Your Local Farms

There is a network of local farms on the internet called locally grown.  They compile various products from local farms such as produce, animal products, and live plants.  They also carry non-edibles such as homespun yarn, soaps, and pest control items.  Basically whatever local farms would sell at farmer’s markets, they can sell on locally grown.

You pay an annual fee of $25 per household and then you buy whatever you want.  Generally you join the market by giving them your email and they tell you when the market is open.  You have about 2 days to shop on the online listings and place your order.  Then after your order is placed, the farms will harvest what you ordered and bring it to the pick-up location.  The pick-up is designated for the whole locally grown group so even if you order from multiple farms, you can pick it all up in one place.  There will be a few hours on a specific day that you will have to show up to pick up your order.  Then you eat and enjoy!

We have done this before going to the one in Athens Ga, which I just learned was the first one!  This time, though, we went to a different one since we moved and this different one had organic peaches!


We also bought some gallberry honey.  They had a lot of interesting things on there such as water buffalo meat, about 20 different varieties of honey, and raw milk (for pet consumption of course…).

You should at least check out and see if there is one in your area and see what they have, maybe you’ll get inspired to buy some yummy-ness.


Athens Farmer’s Market Scores

So it’s still fairly early in the farmer’s market season, there’s only a few things that are ready for harvest right now.  But we went to the Athens Farmer’s Market and got some yummy stuff.  It was packed with people both selling and buying.  We even ran into a friend of the minion and his parents there.  There was a stall selling plants and they had some Habanero and other hot peppers, but no ghost pepper.  He said they used to sell them but there wasn’t enough demand.  He also gave us his card and said to contact their farm and they might be able to grow them for us in the future.  The hero has been looking for ghost pepper plants for a while now, he really wants to grow the hottest pepper in the world.

What we did find there were some carrots, ruby chard, and a loaf of seeded bread.


We ate some of the bread on the way home and I had some of the chard in a smoothie.  So far everything has been great.

When we got home we checked on our own garden and finally harvested a few of our cayenne peppers.  They’re still green, but we’re excited about growing our own food and we wanted to encourage the plant to make more.  The hero chopped one up and put it in leftover chili he was having for lunch.  The minion and I tried a tiny bite of them, but they weren’t hot at all.  The minion spit her piece out.