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Greetings All:

For those of you who ordered Green Pasture Products, they arrived last week. Please contact Maryanne to arrange for pickup!

Mother Earth Meats Today is the last day to get your order in for the November 17th delivery. This will be our last delivery until the beginning of February. Please call Maryanne at 404-432-4337 if you would like to be included in this great opportunity!

Several people have mentioned they need products from Wilderness Family Naturals; so I have started an order. If you need the Group Buy Price List, please email me and I will forward it to you. I would like to get this order to them within the next 2 weeks to ensure we will have the products we need for holiday baking and entertaining! You can email freshmilk@ranchoalegrefarm.com

Bundle of Joy! “Columbina” made her appearance this past Monday morning around 8:00 a.m., just as Juan was leaving to take their youngest to school! Pilar, Juan and Sandra scurried to help Fannie keep her warm, wrapping her in blankets and making sure she got some of Momma’s good colostrum, full of antibodies and minerals to give her a healthy start! At this writing, she is doing great and is just as cute as can be! Hanging out with her Momma, Jacinta, Itolla and Dinah and exploring, exploring, exploring! Look for her the next time you are at the Farm.

This past week has found many other changes at Rancho Alegre Farm. The last 6 months have been all about sprucing up and adding to the “stations” for Field Trips, AgriToursim and Homeschoolers. As the final touches are applied, preparations for a HUGE Fall Festival for the Friends and Families of Students at Gwinnett Technical College have kept everyone in super BUSY mode these last two weeks!

Wow! If you have a minute the next time you are at the Farm, take a walk around to the back of the house and check out the newly structured and planted Garden! RaShauld, our resident Farmer has been tirelessly working to finish this project and soon we will all be enjoying the fruits of his labors!

Pop over to the Market and check out Ricky’s offerings of Winter greens – and the radishes are Yummy! Have you every had sautéed radishes? Mmmm good! Ask me for the recipe!

Mary, from Patchwork Pasture is gearing up to offer ORGANIC Spices! Can’t wait to see her selection! She also offers, Baked Goods, Legumes, Flours and cultures.

Need a special soap for that special someone – or YOU? Check out Monica’s Soaps, Candles and Lotions. Her company is D-Candles.

Cool and crisp mornings, the “Fall back” time change, little ghosts and goblins come and gone and time marches on! Soon we will celebrate Thanksgiving and all too soon the Holidays will overwhelm us with countless “to-dos” – between our “must-dos”, “if-I-have-time-dos” and “gee-I-would-really-like-dos”, it is essential that we carve out time for ourselves. Time to just relax, to take in the beauty of the moment, time to simply “BE”. Live in the moment!

Have a wonderful week!

Joyful thoughts,

~Maryanne

Market is Open!


Weblog to follow later today!

Your Market is Open


Good day to each of you!

Today, October 26th, is the deadline for Turkey orders with Mother Earth Meats. Please email them to me at freshmilk@ranchoalegrefarm.com. If you also want other meats, but don’t know exactly what you want quite yet, you have another week to decide. Please have your Mother Earth Meats orders in by Friday, November 2nd!

News from Rancho Alegre Farm:

Fanny, bright eyed and very personable arrived at the Farm last Saturday from her previous home in McDonough. Although the “ladies” were a little skeptical at first, she has integrated into our “herd” quite nicely and it is not unusual to see Fanny and Jacinta quietly munching grass together. I guess they recognize that they are kindred spirits since they are both getting ready to “calf” and become new Moms! Fanny is due Saturday, November 4th, but who knows what Mother Nature has in mind! Jacinta has another month and a half to be a lady of leisure before she will be teaching her “little” one the ins and outs of cow life.

Milk production is still low due to the impending calvings and this has created a challenge for us in the delivery of milk to Pre-Paid Customers. I would like to thank those of you who have graciously moved your pickup to another day these last 2 weeks. I have done my best to coordinate those who have Market orders to still pickup on Tuesdays. I anticipate that this situation will resolve itself in 2 more weeks and ask your patience and cooperation. If you pickup on Wednesday or Thursday, the location for pickup is right around the corner from the Farm. Staff isn’t available on Wednesday or Thursday at the Farm so pickup will be at my home. If you have been asked to pickup on an alternate day, you will be given directions and instructions. Again, I apologize for the inconvenience; however, this seemed to be the best solution instead of delaying all milk pickups until Friday which was definitely not well-received. Watch FaceBook for updates on Fanny and her activities this week! Hopefully we will have a “baby” Fanny to show off soon!

Green Pasture: Order was placed last week and yesterday I received an email saying that one product we had ordered was “back-ordered” and would be available within 4 days. They are holding the order until the product is available. I will post an update in the Market at pickup on Tuesday as well as email all those who have ordered.

The Wild Salmon Company: I spoke with Heidi yesterday and she is setting up our “Buying Club” to place orders on the site today or tomorrow. Anyone who has expressed an interest will receive an email detailing the ordering, delivery and payment protocol by Saturday evening.

doTerra Essential Oils: We will be placing an order for doTerra Oils this Wednesday. Sore muscles, try their Deep Blue Rub! Lemongrass oil combined with the Deep Blue zaps those aches and pains every time! I have found that Peppermint relieves a headache in less than 15 minutes – and I LOVE the way it smells. Check with Maryanne or Pilar if you have any interest or questions!

Thank you all for your continued support! Have a wonderful weekend!

Joyful thoughts,
~Maryanne

Software Glitches!


Below is the email that was sent early this morning to open the Market. Eric had made some major software changes Thursday night and there were a few glitches, so you got the “test” email later in the day, but not the original Weblog! Also, for those of you who have already ordered – another glitch prevented confirmation emails from being sent. I will email each of you individually with a confirmation. Also, FYI – I promised that Farmer Brown would have more veggies up this week – they are ready and will be listed first thing tomorrow morning! Please check again in the morning to see what he has added! Thanks! And I apologize for the double Market email but I wanted to share the news below! Have a great weekend!

Greetings All:

This week absolutely flew by – but I accomplished a good number of things and hope you all had a productive week also.

A couple of Updates:
Freshly Made Breads has decided to leave the Market. Irma and Jerry served us faithfully for these last 3 years and we wish them well.

Mary Drisdell, the owner of Patchwork Pastures will now supply you with grains, flours and legumes. Her baked goods not only look amazing but truly are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Try any variety of her delectable Scones or my personal favorite Pecan Cinnamon Rolls – I get them for my niece because I am gluten free, but the aroma is unbelievable and Cody RAVES about the taste – and I am jealous! I can vouch for her tasty Granola and the awesome Granola Bars! Last week, for those of you who missed it, she had samples of her delicious Pumpkin Bread. If you have something special you would like for Mary to bake, please put it in the Comment Section of your order and I will be sure that she gets the info. I’m not committing her to make it, but I am sure that she will contact you to let you whether or not it is possible.

Farmer Brown assured me last week that he will have more veggies available this week and next week, the beets should be ready! Thanks, Ricky! We are all looking forward to more veggies! Anyone for making some Beet Kvass? I promise to feature it for tasting the week after beets are available.

On the Veggie subject – because our Market is small and growing, it is difficult to attract another vendor for the veggies that Ricky (Farmer Brown) will not be providing. I have been negotiating with Tony at the Veggie Patch. My first request to join the Market was turned down due to the time commitment of bagging and tagging and the small size of the Market. I went back to Tony today and convinced him that we could make it work with some changes since he has another customer he delivers to in this vicinity on Tuesday morning. He is taking the proposition back to the owner of the Farm and I will know next week. If we do get a 4 week trial with them and it doesn’t work we are fortunate THAT -

Rancho Alegre has a new Farmer! Welcome to RaShauld Mincey! RaShauld comes to us as a graduate of the Urban Farming Program offered by Truly Living Well. His first task is to completely re-vamp the garden area – I have heard rumors that it is going to be fabulous! I know that he has all kinds of seeds and seedlings for some tasty winter veggies and greens! The most fabulous part is he is going to offer his produce to us at Gwinnett Locally Grown! So in a short amount of time, you will be able to order your veggies on line and then take a stroll to the garden to see where your food was grown! I will be sneaking a peek to see what’s happening before Market pickup on Tuesday and will keep everyone up to date! Make those veggies grow RaShauld!

There is still time to let me know you would like to order Salmon from The Wild Salmon Company. We are still below our minimum required – so I am hoping you will pass this along to friends and family so that we can take advantage of this great deal. Please call me at 404-432-4337 for more info! This is a once a year opportunity – so don’t miss it! It is $12 per pound. It comes packaged in 10 or 20 pound boxes. Inside you will find, cryo-packed packages contained 2 filets each, with a weight of between 12 and 16 oz per package – A perfect serving size for 2 people! I am doing my best to match people who want just a few pounds to come to a 20lb total. I am working with Heidi at the company and will let you know when we can log into the website to actually order.

Thank you all for your continued support and patience as I do my best to serve you by growing the Market and providing you with Nutrient Dense Food choices and resources to feed you and your families! I appreciate you all! And thank you to Rancho Alegre Farm who is our Farm Partner and our sponsor!

The Market is OPEN, so scoot on down and put in your order. It will be waiting for you to pickup on Tuesday! Hmmm, I wonder what Mary will be showcasing and offering samples of this week?

Joyful thoughts,

~Maryanne

Gwinett.LocallyGrown.net is Open for Orders


This is a test. We opened the market up earlier today and it included a weblog, but apparently it did not reach out. The software was updated last week so this could be a small glitch. If you see any further errors, please email me so that I can know to check with the site owner @ freshmilk@ranchoalegrefarm.com.

Thank you,
Maryanne

The Market is Open


Greetings All:
This week absolutely flew by – but I accomplished a good number of things and hope you all had a productive week also.

A couple of Updates:

Freshly Made Breads has decided to leave the Market. Irma and Jerry served us faithfully for these last 3 years and we wish them well.

Mary Drisdell, the owner of Patchwork Pastures will now supply you with grains, flours and legumes. Her baked goods not only look amazing but truly are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Try any variety of her delectable Scones or my personal favorite Pecan Cinnamon Rolls – I get them for my niece because I am gluten free, but the aroma is unbelievable and Cody RAVES about the taste – and I am jealous! I can vouch for her tasty Granola and the awesome Granola Bars! Last week, for those of you who missed it, she had samples of her delicious Pumpkin Bread. If you have something special you would like for Mary to bake, please put it in the Comment Section of your order and I will be sure that she gets the info. I’m not committing her to make it, but I am sure that she will contact you to let you whether or not it is possible.

Farmer Brown assured me last week that he will have more veggies available this week and next week, the beets should be ready! Thanks, Ricky! We are all looking forward to more veggies! Anyone for making some Beet Kvass? I promise to feature it for tasting the week after beets are available.

On the Veggie subject – because our Market is small and growing, it is difficult to attract another vendor for the veggies that Ricky (Farmer Brown) will not be providing. I have been negotiating with Tony at the Veggie Patch. My first request to join the Market was turned down due to the time commitment of bagging and tagging and the small size of the Market. I went back to Tony today and convinced him that we could make it work with some changes since he has another customer he delivers to in this vicinity on Tuesday morning. He is taking the proposition back to the owner of the Farm and I will know next week. If we do get a 4 week trial with them and it doesn’t work we are fortunate THAT -

Rancho Alegre has a new Farmer! Welcome to RaShauld Mincey! RaShauld comes to us as a graduate of the Urban Farming Program offered by Truly Living Well. His first task is to completely re-vamp the garden area – I have heard rumors that it is going to be fabulous! I know that he has all kinds of seeds and seedlings for some tasty winter veggies and greens! The most fabulous part is he is going to offer his produce to us at Gwinnett Locally Grown! So in a short amount of time, you will be able to order your veggies on line and then take a stroll to the garden to see where your food was grown! I will be sneaking a peek to see what’s happening before Market pickup on Tuesday and will keep everyone up to date! Make those veggies grow RaShauld!

There is still time to let me know you would like to order Salmon from The Wild Salmon Company. We are still below our minimum required – so I am hoping you will pass this along to friends and family so that we can take advantage of this great deal. Please call me at 404-432-4337 for more info! This is a once a year opportunity – so don’t miss it! It is $12 per pound. It comes packaged in 10 or 20 pound boxes. Inside you will find, cryo-packed packages contained 2 filets each, with a weight of between 12 and 16 oz per package – A perfect serving size for 2 people! I am doing my best to match people who want just a few pounds to come to a 20lb total. I am working with Heidi at the company and will let you know when we can log into the website to actually order.

Need eggs? Please put your order in the Comment Section!

Kefir grains or Kits should be requested in the Comment Section of the ordering form.

Thank you all for your support and patience as I do my best to serve you by growing the Market and providing you with Nutrient Dense Food choices and resources to feed you and your families! I appreciate you all! And thank you to Rancho Alegre Farm who is our Farm Partner and our sponsor!

The Market is OPEN, so scoot on down and put in your order. It will be waiting for you to pickup on Tuesday! Hmmm, I wonder what Mary will be showcasing and offering samples of this week?

Joyful thoughts,

~Maryanne