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South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local Food!

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South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41B
Tracy City, TN 37387
Risa Brown


Market News

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward tonight! If you don’t, you’ll be late for church tomorrow :-) Tomorrow is going to be another beautiful day, with sunshine and warm temperatures. I’m so glad it’s finally getting warmer. I planted peas, kale, lettuce and spinach out in the garden today. I should have planted at least a couple of weeks ago, but it was too cold and I chickened out. Luckily it was nice today or I may not have gotten a spring garden in at all this year.

Beginning in mid April thru May we will be having several varieties of leaf lettuce and Romaine, Cabbage, Collards, beets, squash, zucchini, green onions, peppers, tomatillos, spinach, kale, fresh cut herbs, eggplant, broccoli, and cauliflower available. We will also have 3 varieties of kale available and strawberries too.

So you can plan your menus accordingly. The spring bounty of food is just around the corner.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!


Coming Events

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!

Dothan, Alabama:  Spring Forward ...

Market at Dothan ordering…springs forward! You may now order online starting Saturday evenings! Ordering will stay open until Tuesday @ 5:00 pm as usual. We hope you find the additional ordering time helpful! As always, thank you for your support!
Mark your calendars for Spring Market: March 22nd – May 24th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm @ Dothan Nurseries.
The website will stay “open” so that you may continue to order online during Spring Market. We will have a “Market at Dothan” tent for quick, easy, one stop pickup.
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Spread the word and forward our email to your contacts…thanks!
Keep it fresh, local & lively!
Susan & Amanda

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Time to order local food!

It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
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Cumberland Farmer’s Market


Lemony Pasta with Goat Cheese and Spinach

Thanks Martha Stewart for this quick and delicious pasta recipe. Click here to view the recipe at the source.


Salt and pepper
3/4 pound spaghettini or spaghetti
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
10 ounces baby spinach (10 cups)
3 cups fresh parsley, chopped
2 cups fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve 2 cups pasta water, then drain.

In pot, stir together goat cheese and 1 cup pasta water over medium. Add pasta, spinach, parsley, cilantro, lemon zest and juice, and more pasta water if necessary to create a light sauce that coats pasta; season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with walnuts and serve.

Market News

Jess here… before I tell you all about what we have for sale this week, I want to recognize Andrea Sanders and Kir and Ron Strobel for the fantastic work they have all done managing the market over the last month. Market manager is a volunteer position at our market and the learning curve is significant. When you see Andrea, Kir or Ron in the coming weeks, please thank them. Using volunteers to the run the market only works when we have committed community members who are willing to work. They deserve our appreciation for making the market possible and keeping our overhead expenses low. They certainly have my appreciation for allowing me time at home with family and no other worries.

It’s March! Better yet, the rain has broken for a few days allowing some of our soil to dry enough for tilling. Yes, there will be vegetables this spring! It’s a lovely day for working in the garden.

If you are putting in your garden and need supplies, Mooney’s Market has gardening products for sale at their store across from the Sand Plant between Sewanee and Monteagle and sends the following message:

“We have an ever growing list of organic garden supplies coming in right now. Today we have on hand:

Organic Choice potting soil, mushroom compost, Black Cow composted cow manure, Rollins Farm composted poultry waste (very potent stuff), Neptune’s Harvest fish emulsion and fish/seaweed blend, 4 cubic foot bags of vermiculite, perlite and peat moss, planting trays, garden kneelers, Deer Stopper and water Scare Crows (these work well to deter deer).

We also have wild bird supplies including black oil sunflower seed (25 & 50 pound bags), nyjer thistle seed, suet cakes, hummingbird nectar and a selection of feeders."

We welcome a new grower this week: Lauren’s Homemade Dog Treats

Spinach is growing again thanks to the increase in day length and sunlight. Keep Produce Farm, In Town Organics, and Frontier Family Farm all have some available.

I know that Andrea mentioned the White Chocolate Pecan Ice Cream last week but I think I’ll mention it again…

For those of you that are interested in putting in your own gardens, the CFM also has a garden supply section on the website with rabbit manure, worm castings, and stakes and cane.

Daffodil bouquets are available from Dogwood Valley greenhouse.

Click here to browse the whole list for yourself.

Coming Events

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!

Melody Lane Co-op:  March 8, 2013 - Mother Earth Meats

The Market is now open and fully stocked with meat from Mother Earth Meats!


Mother Earth Meats
Order deadline: Friday, March 15, 7:00pm
Delivery: Saturday, March 30 (exact time TBD)

All orders for the Roswell delivery MUST be submitted online through The Market. Call Sandra (770-841-3437) if you have problems placing your order.

Buying from Mother Earth Meats is a little bit different from most of our other group orders.
Please read and understand the following before placing your order:

  • The delivery is a Saturday instead of our usual Thursday. We will not find out the exact time until a day or two before. You must be here during the delivery or make arrangements to drop off a cooler before the scheduled delivery time. As a group we order an average of 800 lbs of meat and I have no way to store all that, which is why it is important for you to be here or at least drop off a cooler ahead of time. Your meat will sit out in my carport until you come to pick it up.
  • You pay the farmer directly. He only accepts cash or check at the time of delivery (no credit cards). Please do not select “Pay Now” when you submit your order online. You can drop off payment at my house ahead of time, along with your cooler, if you know you will not be here during the delivery.
  • Order by the pound. The price you see listed in The Market is the price per pound. Enter the total number of pounds you want of a certain item and then add to cart. During checkout you can add comments if you have specific instructions. For example, if you want 2 two-pound roasts then you would add a quantity of 4 to your cart and then during checkout add a comment that you want 2 roasts at 2 lbs each. If you do not specify how you want it divided the farmer will give you whatever size packages he has that will fill your order. If you order 10 lbs of ground beef you may end up with 10 one-pound packages or 5 two-pound packages or somewhere in between. (There are two exceptions – whole chickens and beef hearts. See the item descriptions for more details)
  • Your order total at checkout is just an estimate. This is real food. Real food is not all the same size and does not naturally come in 1 lb increments. The farmer will do his best to come close to the total amount of each item that you order. In the end you may have a little more or a little less than what you ordered. Occasionally he will run out of something altogether. The price you pay on delivery day will be based on the actual weight of the meat you receive. From the time you place your order until about a day before delivery, the farmer will be working to fill all of our orders. As soon as he is finished he will email me your actual total and I will forward it on to you.
  • Please place a separate order for your Mother Earth Meats items. Since this farm requires a different delivery day and limited payment options, it will really help me keep things straight if you place one order for Mother Earth Meats products and a separate order for everything else. Thank you!

Here is some more information about Mother Earth Meats:
Mother Earth Meats is located in Maryville, Tennessee. They provide pastured, grass-fed, hormone-, antibiotic- and cruelty-free beef, bison, elk, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and pork, as well as other products like Druck’s raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats. Most of their products are just sold locally, but they do make special trips select areas in the southeast a few times a year. We take part in their Atlanta area buying club.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about their products, but here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

  • There is NO sales tax or added delivery fee!

  • There are no nitrates or MSG in the uncooked sausages, fresh bacon or seasoned bacon.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not add any kind of salt or chemical washes to their meats, nor do they use gases to sterilize it.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not use any fertilizers at the farm, other than their own manure and homemade compost.

  • The chickens and turkeys are pastured/free-range and are given a limited amount of non-GMO feed which does include corn/soy.

  • Pork lard is already rendered and pork fat is not; the same is true for beef lard and fat (however, you can easily render it yourself in the oven).

  • In addition to my home in Roswell, the farmer will be delivering to a few other locations around Atlanta on the same day – see the list below. If you would like to pick up at a different location please email that coordinator for an order form. Please do not order through The Market for pick up at another location.

    Alpharetta/Johns Creek
    Phyllis Tatgenhorst
    (404) 271-8103
    Jenna Laughter
    (678) 294-9989

    Pilar Quintero
    (770) 339-3065

    Maryanne Vaeth
    (404) 432-4337

    Warner Robbins
    Dena Sue Watts
    (478) 365-8354


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator

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    Cedar Grove Farm:  No Cedar Grove Farm CSA next week

    Dear Friends and Neighbors,

    I wanted to go ahead and let you know early that we are going to skip a week of the CSA. Dylan is actually taking some time off before we get really busy. We took delivery today of 40 trays of transplants averaging about 125 plants to per tray to go with the 20 trays we planted on the farm plus another 3500 onion seedlings and 500 leeks. As I said, we will be very busy starting this coming Thursday. The break will also allow our current crops to rebound a bit and in some cases mature enough to make available again.

    So, all things are coming together nicely for the season I’ve been telling you all about. BTW, we have over 400 tomato seedlings that will be planted in the hoop houses in the coming weeks for our early crop.

    Sorry for the inconvenience. We will be back for the next delivery on the 21st.

    Regards, Farmer Jay

    Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is OPEN!

    I love carrots…and we have some beautiful ones at Statesboro Market2Go! While I love to roast them or boil them (adding a little sweetener and ginger), I have to admit my favorite way to eat carrots is in carrot salad. A sweet lady at our church made a carrot salad that Stacey really liked, so I asked for her recipe. After she gave me the general ingredients (a little of this, then some of that), she asked me if I had a pretty bowl. She obviously doesn’t know my mother if she had to ask if I have a pretty bowl!! (My mother has given me MANY beautiful bowls over the years!) What I’ve found is even more important than a pretty bowl when making carrot salad is a food processor. Grate your carrots in the food processor, add a little mayo, a little sweetener, some raisins or craisins, and some chopped walnuts or pecans (some people also add drained pineapple tidbits). Delicious!! Don’t add too much mayo — it should seem just a little dry — because the carrots will add their own moisture as they sit. Then be sure to serve it in a PRETTY BOWL!!
    Happy Shopping!

    Tahlequah Farmers Market:  closing market

    I apologize for this late notice…I was sure I did it two days ago. Market orders can be picked up tomorrow-Saturday between noon and 1pm. Thank you!

    Champaign, OH:  Second attempt

    Try this one….sorry!

    Champaign, OH:  Can you help out a researcher?

    Good Friday afternoon friends! A couple of short announcements for you. First, Jessica Chadwell, a friend of the local foods discussion, is looking for help in taking a short survey. As your opinion is always important, please take a few minutes (it took me like 3) to answer a few questions about your shopping habits. The survey can be found at If you have any problems with the link, let me know. It would be wonderful if as many as possible would complete it.

    Secondly, I have heard you loud and clear that you would like a link to shop the market included in my webblasts to you. I will try to remember to do that and will try to do it correctly. I am no master of the webworld yet Eric’s software does make this very easy. Thanks to Carol and others for requesting the link so you can shop instead of search. I’ll try!

    Don’t forget the tab on the market choices that includes weekly specials. There is always a deal lurking there so check it out!

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the melting snow! I saw three robins again today so I’m thinking Spring must be just around the corner. Good luck making up for the lost sleep when we turn our clocks back too. Sorry to see that happen but I will surely love the change in daylight visibility!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Local Farms First:  Pesto & Hummus for Sandwiches with Sass

    Greetings local food lovers!

    The Market is Open!

    Why settle for mustard or mayo when you can spring for freshly-made, organic Pesto & Hummus?

    These healthy spreads will dress up any wrap or sandwich or make the perfect dip for carrot sticks or chips!

    Jubilee Family Farm is new to the market and also will be selling meats, eggs, veggies & other prepared foods.

    Thanks for supporting local family farms!

    Maya Silver – a 501c3 non-profit
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