This weblog contains LocallyGrown.net news and the weblog entries from all the markets currently using the system.
To visit the authoring market’s website, click on the market name located in the entry’s title.
Green Fork Farmers Market: Weekly Product List
Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers,
Don’t forget to place your order from now until Monday at midnight for pickup at the market on Wednesday. As usual, we have a great selection of naturally grown and handmade products available for preorder online. If you haven’t given it a try yet, ordering is easy, and it lets us know what we need to harvest and reserve for you so that the items you want will be available when you arrive at the market.
In addition to our preorder system, we also have many items available for sale directly from the farmers’ tables on Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Breezeway at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Remember, none of the farmers at our market use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and handmade items feature as many organic and local ingredients as possible. When you buy from Green Fork Farmers Market, it’s good for you, for the environment, and for our local economy. Everybody wins!
We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.
Green Fork Farmers Market
South Cumberland Farmer's Market: Time to order local food!
It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
click here to go directly to the market page
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!
Tampa Bay : Order now! New Ordering System means New Items. dealine Monday night 11pm.
Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay
Providing Tampa Bay citizens a democratically-managed source of local, healthy, fresh food
Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.
Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op: The Market is now open for odering
The market is open for ordering. Please place orders before 9 pm. next Tuesday and remember pickup is Friday the 14th between 3:30 and 5:30.
This week’s manager is Karen Holcomb 501-282-6314 if you need to contact her for any issues.
Superior Seasons: Try us, You Like us
Reminder! Ordering is still open, CLICK HERE, until Monday at 5pm for Wednesday options. We don’t have a Wednesday pickup option for the winter season, so form a buying group and we’ll deliver to your office! Visit the Q and A section for any questions – but basically as long as the order is $25, delivery is free.
Christmas and Hostess Gifts
Superior Seasons is loaded with great options for the locavore/foodie or hard to buy for! From books to preserves, flour, vinegars, veggies and meats. You can’t go wrong.
Click to Read the Superior Seasons Weekly!
Old99Farm Market: Pros and Cons re chickens in urban settings
The Hamilton public health staff report Keeping of Chickens in Urban Areas [PDF] is a good resource.
It lists the potential benefits:
- educational opportunities (i.e. teaching children about where food, such as eggs comes from, and providing animal care experience);
- greater control over egg source in order to know where the egg originated;
- increased food security, although limited, when financially feasible to keep chickens;
- the belief that global environmental sustainability begins with local initiatives such as backyard chickens;
- a lessening to some extent of carbon emissions typically associated with transporting food such as eggs;
- companionship for family members as chickens may be treated as a pet;
- the belief that eggs will be fresher, taste better and will be pesticide free;
- expected better conditions for hens in comparison to industrial farms; and,
- possible reduction of municipal solid waste through consumption of table scraps and other organic waste by hens.
It also lists the risks/challenges, which it notes “could be mitigated by following good practices … through a regulatory tool such as an urban chick by-law or through amendments to the City’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-Law 12-031.”
- problems with the number, age, and sex of chickens (how many to keep, abandonment of old chickens, and whether to include chicks or roosters);
- food safety issues (egg safety, unlawful sale or distribution, potential for disease transmission);
- chicken slaughter (illegal slaughter or lack of local chicken slaughterhouse locations);
- chicken (hen) care and treatment (potential for disease transmission from sick hens);
- chicken coop and design versus free range (risk of pests and predators and disease transmission); and,
- chicken waste (i.e. methods of disposal, odours and how to not affect groundwater).
To mitigate these risks, public health recommends the following:
- no sale or distribution of eggs to others outside of the household in order to comply with relevant Provincial/Federal legislation and to reduce the potential for food borne illnesses and other disease transmission;
- limit the number of chickens to three to four per single family dwelling;
- prohibit the keeping of roosters or any other poultry except chickens (hens);
- prohibit chicks under four months of age;
- the chicken coop shall be located to reduce noise and odour complaints and the risk of disease transmission. Distances are recommended to be at least 3 metres from any side lot line and at least 6 metres from any rear lot line or dwelling;
- hen coops shall be maintained in a clean condition and coop shall be kept free from obnoxious odours, substances and vermin;
- chicken coops and runs shall be located only in the rear and side yards and must fully enclose the chickens to prevent them from escaping;
- prohibit owners from allowing chickens to be at large (outside the coop, chicken run, or off the property);
- chickens’ food supply must be protected against vermin;
- manure disposal should occur through municipal waste disposal unless a suitable method of composting is available;
- no home slaughter of hens; only at licensed slaughterhouses;
- any naturally deceased hen shall be disposed of at a livestock disposal facility or through the services of a veterinarian within 24 hrs of death; and,
- a permit/registry be required for all coops for the purpose of quick tracking should the need arise to contact owners.
After researching other municipalities that allow hens – Guelph, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Quinte-West, Kamloops, Richmond and Surrey – public health summarized the rules those other municipalities follow: “all have by-laws which include requirements as to number of chickens allowed, location and size of coop, lot sizes and distance restrictions, etc.”
They also learned that those municipalities “receive few complaints; less than five per year each,” because most people don’t keep chickens, and those who do “abide by the regulations in order to be good neighbours and avoid complaints.”
Old99Farm Market: Bane workshop full, Backyard Chickens voted down
We have a very interesting group of attendees for Peter Bane’s workshop presentation on Sunday. Peter will speak on “Designing Resilient Communities: How our Towns and Suburbs can Incubate the new Eco-Agriculture and Launch a Food Security Revolution”, building on his handbook. This is for people/families with a quarter-acre lot or a small farm, in the city, suburbs, or plans for same.
Already suggested is to have him back in the summer and organize a tour of all Transition Town projects in the province, consulting and teaching as he goes. You can get his book, 500 pgs of well crafted advice on starting up a ‘garden farm’ on your city lot (like he did in Bloomington IN) The Permaculture Handbook, Garden farming for town and country. see www.permaculturehandbook.com for more on contents.
Closer to home, our illustrious councillors voted against a pilot project in Wards 1 and 2 for backyard chickens. This was last monday. It will come to council for ratification (same people with different scope of duty and procedure) on Dec 12. You can raise a cry of disagreement, after all many cities allow backyard chickens without ill effects. A pilot project is just that: a test case to find out the facts.
Write to the city clerk at email@example.com to have your letter appended to the agenda for the Dec 12 meeting. Write your councillor too.
Here is the letter I send, based on Ryan McGreal’s in www.Raisethehammer.ca
Do it soon.
Dear Mayor and Members of Council,
On December 4, 2012, the planning committee voted against a pilot project in wards 1 and 2 that would allow residents to keep a small number of backyard hens, even though the evidence does not support the objections that were raised.Other municipalities that have legalized backyard hens have not experienced significant numbers of complaints.
- Allowing backyard hens is not a ‘slippery slope’ to allowing cows, goats or other large farm animals.
- Hens are no more harmful than cats or dogs from a public health perspective.
- Hens are quieter than dogs, especially large dogs.
Quite simply, a bylaw that allows the responsible ownership of a small number of backyard hens poses no significant risk of harm. There is no good reason not to support this proposal – especially given that it is only a pilot for wards 1 and 2, and the councillors for those wards support it.
I ask council to reverse the decision of the planning committee and approve this pilot project. Then, if the negative outcomes that some councillors fear materialize, council will have a chance to evaluate the results of the pilot and decide accordingly.
Rivervalley.locallygrown: Market is open Less Stutzman's Pantry
Melvin of Stutzmn’s Pantry informed us today that they will not be making any deliveries for this market period. They will be offering their full line of products the following week. Any of their products ordered between Dec. 14 and the 18th. will be available for pick-up on Friday the 21st. which will be the last market before Christmas!
Statesboro Market2Go: The Market is OPEN!
We are opening a little early tonight because many of us (me included!) are downtown for Statesboro’s First Friday Christmas Celebration!
Enjoy shopping, and think of us when you are Christmas shopping! Lots of great gifts!
Vista Marketplace: The new Market at Whaley
Join us at the Market at Whaley each Saturday from 10:00am- 2:00pm. This week’s brunch menu features Custom-made omelets by Mac’s on Main. That’s right, Chef Fatback is in the house! His famous Peach Cobbler is available too.
Several other vendors have brunch items such as quiche, muffins, breads and spreads, sweet rolls, cookies, coffee and tea. From produce and holiday decor to gift items, the vendors at the Market at Whaley are eagerly awaiting your arrival!
See you Saturday and bring your friends. Lots of new things to see