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Greetings All:

Wow! News about our Market is spreading ‘far and wide’ – well maybe not ‘far’ but definitely widely within our area! We have you great folks to thank for sharing the Market with friends and family! Thank you! Mary and I are so blessed to have the great customers we have and the passionate, dedicated and tireless Farmers/Growers and Artisans who provide us with quality products which promote our health and wellness!

Now – If you want to skip reading my musings, which do include Market News, Weekly Specials, Farmer of the Week information, news about upcoming Events and Classes, little known facts and tidbits about ‘this and that’ then click Take me to the Market. You can access this and other Newsletters/Blog postings by clicking on the Weblog tab on the website!

For those of you still with me, grab a cup of coffee (or favorite beverage of choice) and forge ahead!

…Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…

Both Mary and I are thrilled that Betsy Blankenship has become our Market volunteer. Betsy is very instrumental in helping us set-up, sort and organize products by customer so that when you arrive, it is easy to find your order quickly! By trade, Betsy designs kitchens – so she knows about organization and her creative side enhances our displays at Market! Thank you, Betsy! If your kitchen is in need of an update, allow Betsy to show you what your ideal kitchen can look like with her artistic abilities and efficient designs! You can contact Betsy either at 678.468.8126 or via betsyblankenship@hotmail.com. (No, she is NOT available on Thursday from 2:00 until 7:30!)

Julie Brink works tirelessly in making sure our flyers get placed in appropriate places of business to help us get the word out about the Market. She has saved both Mary and I countless hours and miles! Thank you, Julie! Your efforts are much appreciated!

Market pickup this past Thursday was VERY busy! We had 2 Farmers of the Week and people got to meet and speak with them about their products. Dena of Good Shepherd Herbals shared her knowledge of herbs, medicinal teas, salves and tinctures and had products to share and sell. As some of you know, I have a terrible time with sciatica which causes a great pain in my hip and leg – but, Dena’s Trauma Balm really helps! I have been using her Breathe Easy Blend medicinal Tea also to help relieve those nasty allergies! Thank you Dena!

Gwendolyn and Brennan of Phoenix Gardens were also at Market with Heirloom Seedlings, eggs and lots of information about the Naturally Grown certification and how they farm! Thank you both! People enjoyed meeting our Farmers of the Week and a good time was had by all!

About the Market

Heirloom Living Market connects you to the Farmers/Growers and Artisans in the Local – or near local community to obtain the resources that you want for you and your family’s health and well-being. Mary and I seek out the “best of the best” to offer their products to us every week. It is a balancing act of sorts to make sure that you have what you want and need and that each Farmer/Grower/Artisan has enough orders to ensure their participation is profitable.

Greg of Heritage Farm has let us know that he will offer his Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat Cheese products on a bi-weekly basis. At present, the Market does not generate the number of orders to make it feasible to deliver to us on a weekly basis. We are confident that with continued growth, we will be able to return to a weekly ordering and delivery schedule in the near future. So, we have the advantage of keeping Greg’s wonderful products available; however, planning is key! This week, there are no offerings from Heritage Farm. Next week all products will be available for delivery at May 9th Market pickup! Check your freezer and plan ahead! We are blessed to have Heritage Farm as a provider of top-notch quality grass-fed Beef, Pork, Lamb and other products! Mary and I both appreciate Greg’s willingness to work with us!

Our mission for the Market is providing our customers with nutrient-dense, fresh, local, seasonal, GMO/chemical and pesticide FREE foods and products and giving you the opportunity to meet the people that are producing the food we are eating! In addition, we believe that education is key in helping folks transition to a nutrient-dense, healthy diet. It is a adventure, to be sure! Whether you are just starting your journey or have been on it for a time, there is always something to learn!

…And that is my (fairly smooth) segue into announcing the first of our educational and fun classes!

GMOOMG…What the World Am I Eating?!? promises to be an hour full of great information, hand-outs, good discussion and reference materials! The class will focus on the definition of GMO, the difference between Organic and GMO, where GMO’s hide in everyday products and how to avoid those traps. The cost of the class is $5 if you add it to your shopping cart or $10 if you simply show up for class! There are 2 dates available: May 7th or 14th! Both classes will start at 7:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center! When you reserve your spot, please put your preferred date in the Comments Section Both Mary and I will be tag-teaming for this class! Find the class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Want to try your hand at making cheese? Mary, our resident expert Cheese Maker is offering Cheese Making 101 on May 11th! You will learn how to make Chevere, Mozzarella and Ricotta and take the fruits of your labor home with you! This is the first in a series of classes Mary will be offering! Participation in other Cheese Making classes make this one a “must-do”. Here you will learn the basics, the principles of the art of making cheese! Class size is limited to 6 people, so reserve your spot early! The fee for the class is $50 which includes supplies! What do you need to bring? A stainless steel pot to take home the Chevere, your self, notebook and pen! Mary will email all participants with all the details! I will be there – as a helper and student! Find this class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Anyone registering in May for a any class will be entered in a drawing to win a Bundle of Organic Spices!

Market News

Weekly Specials: Goat Milk from Little Tot’s Estate will be available Buy One – Get One Free again this week! This is the last week of the Special Offer – some of the Does will be ‘dried out’ and availability will be less in the coming weeks! If you, or your pets have always wondered what Goat Milk is all about – I strongly advise taking advantage of this absolutely fantastic deal on the best Goat Milk I have ever tasted! (All Goat Milk is labeled for ‘Pet Consumption’ as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and is the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.) An update on the Black Lab and Goat Milk – no thievery took place this past week and he is happy with his morning and evening portions!

Phoenix Gardens is offering 6 Heirloom Veggie Seedlings or 3 Herb Seedlings at $10.00! The seedlings are good sized and ready to plant. Four different varieties of Tomatoes, eight different Herbs and 2 varieties of Summer Squash will be welcome additions to your harvest this summer! This is a fantastic opportunity to get GMO-Free seedlings! Be sure and indicate the NAMES of the seedlings you would like in the COMMENT section!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! A Mother’s Day Gift Bag from Good Shepherd Herbals contains many goodies (3 goat milk soaps in yummy scents, a jar of Beulah Balm and a bag of Wise Woman Tea) – a $37 value for $30! This is a perfect gift for Mom!

Find the above under Weekly Specials on the Market Page!

Patchwork Pastures has several Mother’s Day offerings! Give Mom the gift of relaxation – Bath Salts of Epsom or Dead Sea Salts scented with aromatic therapeutic doTerra oils will go a long way too soothe and rejuvenate! (Hint: Then leave her be so she can relish her ‘alone time’ and enjoy her escape from life’s daily stressors!) Prices range from $8.50 to $25.00 depending on the oil combinations and type of salt. Or perhaps you would rather surprise Mom with a bundle of Grilling/Roasting/Rub Spice Blends – and let Dad fire up the grill and give Mom the day off! A bundle of 3 of these flavorful Blends is $20.00 and a Bundle of 6 Blends is $38.00. Mary also offers natural salts containing the vital minerals we need to survive and thrive – whether it is the Pink Himalayan Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or anyone of her flavor infused salts, you can’t go wrong. My 2 current favorites are the Thai Ginger and the Spicy Curry! Added to a Red Lentil Soup the Thai Ginger gives it a gentle, warming quality that enhances flavor and really makes this soup shine. The Spicy Curry is perfect with Lamb!

Farmer of the Week

Due to the final push to get all planting and Spring tasks accomplished, we will not be meeting any of our Farmers this week. We will have a Farmer’s Sale Table which will feature delicious goodies from My Daily Bread and the Mother’s Day Gifts Specials available from Good Shepherd Herbals and Patchwork Pastures! In addition, we will also have information about upcoming classes and will be taking reservations.

…this and that…

This past week Mary and I had the opportunity to talk with Mary Beth Sellars of Joyful Noise Acres Farm and catch up on all the news on her homestead! Her fat and sassy chickens will be sent to the USDA processor on May 13th! Mary Beth will be offering the opportunity to pre-order whole chickens and/or parts next week. She will also be offering a 12 to 14 pound Bulk Package with some Pork included. For those of us who make Bone Broth – Chicken Feet, Backs and Necks and organ meats will also be available! Look for all the particulars next week in the Newsletter and on the Market Page!

We are working with Rusty and Lucy to arrange a Farm Tour of Little Tot’s Estate! We will tour the farm, interact with the goats and help with some chores that Rusty will assign. If you have any interest in participating, please email us at heirloomlivingmarket@gmail.com or let us know by putting I am interested in the upcoming tour to LTE. in the Comment Section when you check out! We will keep you posted on date, time and the particulars! …Talk about getting to know your Farmer!

A Final Thought…

Mary and I are passionate about our commitment to the Market. We manage the opportunity to bring together Local Farmers/Growers/Artisans with you the community! When it is all said and done – it comes down to the fact that the Market “belongs” to you! Tell us what additional products you want to purchase from the Market! We will do the leg work, vet the potential Farmer/Grower/Artisan and invite them to the Market. Support your Local Economy and get the items you want for you and your family! Let your voice be heard! Whether it is a product you want or an idea to improve the market, contact us! You can reach us by email at heirloomlivingmarket@gmail.com! We are here to serve ~ and grateful to be so blessed!

Now, it is time to let you get back to your life! Thanks for taking the time to read the information and my musings! (there will be a quiz on Thursday!) Before you go, scoot on over to the Market and get your shopping done!

Again, please know that we appreciate your support of our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy! Please “Like” us on Facebook and continue to share the Market with family and friends!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Have a wonderful week!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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Last Minute Orders??


Greetings All:

I have been ‘chatty’ enough this week, so this is just a reminder that Heirloom Living Market will close at Noon today!

We appreciate your support of the Market, our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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Updates and Reminders


Greetings!

A few quick reminders:

Orders for Goat Cheese must be in today!

Little Tot’s Estate is offering a great deal on Goat Milk BOGO, the supply is becoming limited. Order today!

Doug’s Garden has added bags of Spinach, bags of Spicy Lettuce Mix and bags of Mixed Lettuces to his offerings!

Phoenix Gardens has specials on Heirloom Seedlings – no GMO’s! They also have added a bag of Juicing Greens to their product list!

Good Shepherd Herbals has a great deal on a Mother’s Day Bag of herbal goodies!

Golden Farms has eggs featured this week!

Heritage Farm is featuring Beef Chuck Roast, Pork Shoulder Roast and Pork Ribs this week!

Need something from the bakery? Check out all of the goodies from My Daily Bread! Dabrielle will have items on the Farmers’ Table at Market pickup – but items sell very quickly. Be assured of getting the breads and treats you want and place your order today!

We appreciate your support of the Market, our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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The Market is Open


Greetings All:

Market pickup Thursday was fun and if you weren’t there you missed: a good time, a great deal on Goat Milk and the revelation that yes, Mary Drisdell, who was our Farmer of the Week and owner of Patchwork Pastures, is our own Market Manager! I told you she is a woman of many talents!

If you want to skip reading my musings, which do include Market News, Weekly Specials, Farmer of the Week information, little known facts and tidbits about ‘this and that’ then click Take me to the Market.

Market News

Weekly Specials: Goat Milk from Little Tot’s Estate will be available Buy One – Get One Free again this week! Rusty is a highly respected Breeder of those fantastic milk producing, adorable little Nigerian Dwarf Goats. in addition, he is a well respected judge and a Showman of the Breed. As a result of his knowledge, experience and breeding expertise, his kids sell quickly (goat kids – not children kids!) Many more kids have found new homes this past week, so additional Goat Milk will be available this week! (Many Mamas (Does) in milk and not enough babies to drink all of it!) (All Goat Milk is labeled for ‘Pet Consumption’ as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and is the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.)

It is rare that we get emails telling us how much you like a item! Since Market pickup this past Thursday, 3 folks have let us know how impressed they are with this product! The Black Lab learned his lesson last week – the one about NOT drinking from my glass – and now patiently (or not) sits by the fridge and lets me know it is time for his milk after he finishes his breakfast and dinner! Yep! He has me trained very well! I have started making my Kefir with Goat Milk and it is awesome! Dudley is also enjoying his daily ration of this healthy, probiotic drink! Order some today and Thursday night you and your ‘pets’ can be enjoying delicious, fresh and smooth-as-silk goat milk.

Phoenix Gardens is offering a GREAT deal just in time for planting! 6 Veggie Seedlings or 3 Herb Seedlings for $10.00! (Note: for those that purchased 6 seedlings last week, Gwendolyn or Brennan will be contacting you to arrange an addition to your order since this deal wasn’t available last week! Wow what great folks!!) One other Note about this deal: When you review your order at check out, you MUST indicate the Seedlings you want included in the deal! This is done below the item, in the window entitled PRODUCT COMMENT. If you put it in the ORDER Comment Section, the system only sends the information to the Market Managers.

Farmer of the Week

This week we will be featuring 2 Farmers/Growers/Artisans as our Farmers of the Week.

Dena Place of Good Shepherd Herbals will be at the Market offering her expertise on the use of Herbal Medicinal Teas, Salves, Tinctures and Tonics. Interested in alternative remedies for everything to bumps and bruises to soothing that upset tummy? This is a great opportunity to speak with a wise woman who has been making and using alternative herbal therapies for years.
Dena and her husband Steve moved from San Francisco to Georgia 20 years ago to find a more simple way to live. Their goal of self-sufficiency has included their farm on which rabbits, goats, chickens and vegetables are raised to meet the family’s needs. In keeping with their commitment to live a more simple life …
To quote Dena: “As various health issues arose in my family I wanted alternatives to the over-the-counter drugs. I researched and studied and put my hand to making tinctures, salves, and syrups. As our family grew in number and need so did my “family product line”. The family needed cold and flu remedies, little ones needed salve for their bumps and bruises, teenagers needed something for their pimples, pregnant daughters-in-heart needed a help for their growing bellies, and grand-babies needed relief for their diaper rash and eczema. In the meantime, I was getting older and realized the need for extra calcium and endocrine support so I came up with a delicious herbal tea blend. We have been selling these products in and around our community for the past couple of years….” and now we are fortunate to have her products available at Heirloom Living Market! Come and meet Dena and learn about the benefits of using herbs!

Gwendolyn Washington of Phoenix Gardens will also join us at Market pickup! She and her husband Brennan have created a sustainable working ‘mini farm’ right here in Lawrenceville! Phoenix Gardens has received the Certified Naturally Grown certification. In addition, their laying hens have been certified as Animal Welfare approved. Gwendolyn will be explaining these certifications as well as offering some items for sale. Come learn!

About our Farmers/Growers/Artisans

This week we continue with a brief look at a few more of our great group of “Providers” for Heirloom Living Market – lilburn.locallygrown.net.

Back River Farm is located in Loganville and Ricky Brown -Farmer Brown – to you and me, uses his vast knowledge and gardening talent to grow vegetables and fruits and offers them at local Markets! Farmer Brown has been featured in articles by Georgia Organics and his Farm meets all of the qualifications and carries the Certified Naturally Grown seal. Ricky will be joining us as Farmer of the Week sometime in May!

Orobianco is located in Snellville. Maria comes from the region of Campania in Italy, where mozzarella was first made in the XII century. The Cheese Maker, Massimo is originally from Palermo, Sicily. Together they created Orobianco which is Italian for White Gold. They offer the best fresh mozzarella and original mozzarella creations locally!

For the past 30 years Massimo has worked in 2 very different industries – graphic design and restaurants! When he met Maria, a self-proclaimed food and cheese lover, Massimo realized that he could combine his 2 passions and create something unique…and Orobianco was born! Massimo has studied and trained with two ‘casari’ (cheese makers) learning the technology from one of the oldest Italian dairy-making manufacturers. During his time spent with Gianni Rizzi in New York, he gleaned the secrets necessary to make real, fresh mozzarella. The secrets, the understanding of the technology and Massimo’s skill and passion has led him to fashion the original creations that are now the signature products of Orobianco. My favorite is the Smoked Scamorza – that by the way I do NOT share with Dudley!

…a little of this and a little of that…

Mary and I believe it is important to understand the importance of eating locally grown, fresh, unprocessed, pesticide/chemical/GMO Free, nutrient-dense and seasonal foods. We will be offering classes to assist in making a transition away from processed foods! Information including a synopsis of the classes and schedules will be included with your order at Market pickup. I will also post the information on the Weblog later in the week. By the way, did you know that you can read any past Blogs on the Weblog tab?

Speaking of classes — one of Mary’s areas of expertise is making cheese and teaching others to make cheese. She is in the process of setting those classes in motion. Expect to hear/read about availability of CheeseMaking classes very soon!

What alternative medicinals do you use to keep your family well and treat ailments? Therapeutic essential oils have been used for millennia in treatment of ills. Mary and I both know the healing properties of therapeutic oils and will also be offering classes about these amazing alternative medicinals.

I apologize for opening the Market late today! Telling you Dudley ate my Blog Entry, just doesn’t sound plausible and wouldn’t be true – so let’s just say I have been trying all day to find my creative side! Now, it is finished – I will send this and the Market will be open! Thanks for your patience.

We appreciate your support of the Market, our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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Last Minute Orders??


Heirloom Living Market will close ordering for this week at noon today.

Have you checked out all of the new offerings from our Farmers/Producers and Artisans?

Highlights….

Little Tot’s Estate has a great deal on Raw Goat Milk! BOGO WOW! Buy 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon of this fresh, creamy and delicious Raw Goat Milk and get the same amount FREE! (This product is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.)

Phoenix Gardens is offering Heirloom Seedlings for your Garden! It is time to plant and with these starters you are good to go!

Patchwork Pastures has collapsible, stackable Raised Garden Beds – great for planting your veggies or flower garden! The weather prediction for this weekend looks like it will perfect to accomplish those garden tasks!

Doug’s Garden is offering beautiful Virginia Blue Bells. This plant flowers in March and April but leaves behind pale green foliage to give your garden contrast throughout the growing season. This is a perennial so you can enjoy it for some years to come! A Produce Box from Doug will keep you in veggies for the week! It is beautiful and bountiful and Mary always has great recipes that never fail to please!

My Daily Bread will have items on the Farmers’ Sale Table at Market pickup, but don’t take the chance that your favorite will be available! Dabrielle’s delicious Bakery breads and treats don’t last long! Order those Brownies! Yummy!

Farmer of the Week

Mary from Patchwork Pastures is our Farmer of the Week and will have goodies at Market pickup! From her Bath Salts, to Flavor-Infused Salts and Organic Spices to her Natural Dishwasher and Laundry Soaps, Raised Garden Beds, Daylilies and Lotions, there will be quite a variety of items to check out!

These are just the highlights of items available on Heirloom Living Market! Hop on over to the Market and get your items ordered! Take me to the Market.

We appreciate your support of the Market and our efforts to bring you, your family and the community LOCAL, fresh, pesticide/chemical/GMO/soy Free products from Farmers/Growers who are passionate about bringing healthy food to your table!

See you at Market pickup tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center!

Joyful thoughts and blessings,

~Maryanne

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The Market is Open


Greetings All!

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful weather! Now, if the pollen would just go away – it would be perfect!

A word of warning: I am very chatty this week, partly due to the fact that I accidentally erased my original Newsletter and well, mostly because I am just normally verbose “chatty”! My point is this: If you want to skip reading my musings, which do include Market News, Weekly Specials, Farmer of the Week information, little known facts and tidbits about ‘this and that’ then click Take me to the Market. For those of you who are still here (there are some, aren’t there?), grab a cup of tea, coffee, Kombucha and get comfortable!

Market participation this past week was great despite the fact that many people were gone for Spring Break. Please know that Mary and I are grateful for your support of Heirloom Living Market. Your continued endorsements to friends and family are helping us grow the Market and we appreciate your efforts! Please check us out on Facebook and while you are in the vicinity — please “Like” us! You will find the link at the bottom of this email!

For the next several weeks I will be concentrating on highlighting all of our Farmers/Growers and Artisans in the Newsletter. Some each week — otherwise I am afraid you would still be reading when it is time to close the Market! You help support these wonderful folks and we think it is important that you get to know them and a the products they offer.

Market News

Little Tot’s Estate, located in Loganville joined the Market last week offering Goat Milk! (It is a Raw Milk product and as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture is labeled for Pet Consumption. This is the only way Raw Milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.)

I ordered some for Dudley, (the Black Lab mix that lives with me); however, I reasoned that since I bought it, I should be allowed to have a glass or two! Dudley was not thrilled with this scenario — evidenced by the fact that while I was on the front porch he consumed the entire glass that I had just poured and placed on the coffee table! He even ‘cleaned up’ what he spilled! I digress — The taste of the milk is nothing short of AWESOME! I drank Goat Milk from the Farm growing up and Rusty’s milk from his Nigerian Dwarf Goats is the best that I have had since childhood. Truly an “Heirloom” Food and we are proud to have Rusty and Lucy and the tiny goats as part of our Heirloom Market Family!

Rusty just sent me a text as I am writing this Newsletter…
News Flash SPECIAL! Goat Milk will be available Buy One – Get One Free this week! Rusty shows his little Nigerian Dwarf Goats and is a highly respected breeder. As a result, his kids sell quickly (goat kids – not children kids!) Many of the kids have found new homes this past week, so additional Goat Milk will be available this week! Goat milk can be frozen and usually thaws smooth and creamy. Rarely, it will not be as smooth, but it will still be tasty and is still great for drinking, for cheese, yogurt and baking! This is a phenomenal deal on an AWESOME product! Miss Lucy makes Goat Milk Soap so I would be willing to bet that she will be a ‘busy bee’ this next week! Her soap is not offered on the Market; however, you can find it at Boss Brothers in Loganville. To take advantage of the BOGO click on the Weekly Specials in the Product Listing!

And rest easy, those of you who are worried that Dudley is not getting adequate Goat Milk, he will be getting his own bottle this week! Thanks, Farmer Rusty!

Dances With Bees is offering the rich, delicious, raw and local Honey to our Market! It was a great seller this past week! They also have ‘creamed honey’ both flavored and unflavored! Check out their products including Patti’s Lip Balms, Salve and Face Nectar — all natural, all local, all handmade! Mary and I are so happy that Dances With Bees has joined us and offer such fine products!

Phoenix Gardens, created by Gwendolyn and Brennan Washington, is located in Lawrenceville. They are offering some Heirloom Tomato Seedlings (4 varieties) and Summer Squash Seedlings (2 varieties). You can find these under Plants/Heirloom Seedlings in the Product Listing! Now is the time to get these in the ground — what great items to add to your Summer Garden! Brennan and Gwendolyn have a fantastic place and have been creative in their use of space and created a sustainable ‘mini-farm’ all on about 2.5 acres! I have it on good authority that Heirloom Tomatoes and Basils will be available in several weeks! Thank you, Gwendolyn and Brennan for joining our Heirloom Living Market Family!

Speaking of Plants, Doug from Doug’s Garden is offering beautiful Virginia BlueBells ! They are a intriguing plant and although they only bloom in March and April their light green foliage pairs well with darker greens in your garden for the remainder of the Spring and Summer.Read about Virginia and Texas Bluebells and This and That here!.

Mary from Patchwork Pastures, has Daylilies to add to your Spring Plantings! These rich orange flowers are always a welcome addition to any garden. Mary is also offering the Raised Garden Beds which are made from re-purposed oak machinery shipping crates. They are collapsible and measure 3ft x 4ft x 8in when set-up! One of my favorite features is the small, but sturdy metal brackets that make them stackable! You can find these under Home and Garden Supplies.

…And the Farmer of the Week this week is Mary from Patchwork Pastures In addition to the the Daylilies and Raised Beds, she offers all Natural Laundry Detergent and Dishwasher Powder that work like a charm and are not full of the nasty chemicals we are all trying to avoid. Her Goat Milk Lotion and Dead Sea Bath Salts infused with a variety of doTerra Therapeautic Oils are quickly becoming legendary as word spreads about their quality and effectiveness. Mary is truly a multi-talented, multi-dimensional woman — a lady with an amazing ability to excel in her abundant skill sets! She also makes Cheeses and Yogurt and teaches Cheese Making Classes. I certainly admire her and her talents, but just thinking about her schedule makes me tired! Patchwork Pastures also offers an amazing line of Flavor-Infused Salts, Organic Spices and Mary’s Spice Mixes! Her talent for creating mouth-watering recipes and knowing which flavors/spices/ingredients pair well truly make her a gastronomy expert! (In short — She is an AWESOME chef! — just one of her many talents!) So, come meet the owner of Patchwork Pastures and see what goodies she will be sharing as Farmer of The Week! Are you wondering if “Mary” is the same Mary as my partner, the Market Manager, the Mary you see every week at Market pickup? You will have to come to Market pickup on Thursday to find out for sure!

David Huenergardt, known at the Market as The Roastin’ Fool has other talents besides being a Global Securities Account Manager by day and skilled coffee roaster! Last night, we witnessed his gift for drama in his portrayal of Judge Danforth in “The Crucible”by Arthur Miller. The tale, based in fact, relates a story of jealousy, scandal, rumor, false accusations and blatant pretense resulting in the deaths of many accused of “witchcraft” in the late 17th century in Salem. It is also a tale of conviction, honor and love. David was flawless in his interpretation of the commanding role of Judge Danforth. Although the New London Theatre is a “bare-bones” operation, the quality of the actresses and actors was astonishing. The characters were brought alive by this great cast! Congratulations to you all! David: You’re free to explore other avenues, good sir, as long as the coffee gets roasted! I absolutely must have my cup of David’s signature blend Vigilance Coffee every morning!

New London Theatre is a 100% Volunteer, Community organization with a goal of providing Snellville and the surrounding communities with the finest performing arts experience as possible. They also offer classes in all phases of the ‘stage’, lighting, acting, sound, sets – a great Community resource and Family entertainment/learning option! Please support your local community endeavors and check out New London Theatre Facebook Page here!

Dena of Good Shepherd Herbals has an additional product in her wonderful line of Medicinal Herbs, Salves and Teas. Her Rescue Linimenthelps in the relief of bug bites, insect stings and angry acne. Her Breath Easy Blend Tea is helping me deal with my allergies and the Trauma Balm I am using to help relieve pain from Sciatica. If you have questions about Medicinal Herbs, be sure and be at Market pickup on April 25th when Dena will be our Farmer of the Week.

Dabrielle bakes with love and passion and it certainly is reflected in her offerings from My Daily Bread! I am a regular for the Organic Spelt Bread and absolutely addicted to the Gluten Free Brownies. I have offered them to friends who have stopped by to visit and NOT told them that they are Gluten Free; they agree, they are the best brownies they have ever eaten! Don’t take my word for it, try some this week. You will be amazed. I freeze them individually and they are delicious frozen, thawed or warmed! Thanks Dabrielle!

Farmer Brown (aka Ricky Brown) of Back River Farm has added Mustard Greens to his offerings this week. Arugula is no longer available, however we will be seeing more produce items from RIcky in the near future!

I haven’t mentioned Mary Beth Sellars of Joyful Noise Acres Farm in a bit. As one of our primary meat producers, her devotion to nutrient- dense foods and passion for providing pasture-raised, non-medicated, chemical free chicken and pork products are evidence that she believes and cares about what she is doing! Although she produces chicken and pork, at present only limited amounts of small whole roasters, 1/2 chickens (larger roasters), leg quarters and wings are available. They will be processing again in another month and additional products will be available.

I have been posting about Greg Hutchins of Heritage Farm and the Lamb that is now available. The meat is excellent and I have been extremely pleased with everything that I have purchased. We chose Greg and Heritage Farm as one of our primary meat Farmers because of his excellent reputation for not only his product but also for the way he Farms and the values he holds. His passion for providing the community with fresh, local, Certified Naturally Grown products and his efforts for sustainability make him a perfect fit as a provider for our Market. He also has Beef and Pork, Duck and Turkey listed on the Market and you will find that the quality can’t be beat. Although Greg’s Farm is ‘local’, he is in Carroll County so it is quite a hike to deliver meat to our Market once a week. Our continued support of the Hutchins’ Heritage Farm will ensure that it will remain viable for Greg to deliver to us weekly. Connect to Heritage Farm Facebook Page here!

One last item — we had a visit this past Thursday from Mandy McManus and Andrea Brannen! Names sound familiar? They should! Mandy McManus is the Manager of the Lilburn Farmers’ Market and Andrea Brannen is the Assistant Manager. We were a little busy when they came in to pick up Mandy’s order, but have promised to get-together for coffee and talk about how we can support each other. Lilburn Farmers’ Market is held in the quaint village of Lilburn in the Greenway Trail Parking Lot every Friday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm starting on Friday, June 7th! Get to know your Farmer and where your food is grown! Support Lilburn Farmers’ Market! Connect to Lilburn Farmer’s Market. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so. We’ll see you there!

I am sure you finished your tea or coffee or favorite beverage by now, so I will end this small epistle (throwback to my 16 years of Catholic education!). I hope that I have given you some good information and insight into the Market, our Farmers/Growers and Artisans and a couple of available Community resources.

We appreciate your support of the Market, our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

Joyful thoughts and blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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Last Minute Orders??


Heirloom Living Market will close for this week at noon today.

Have you checked out all of the new offerings from our Farmers/Producers and Artisans?

….A quick reference….
Heritage Farm has Lamb – Leg of Lamb, Ground Lamb, Neck Roast Slices, Rump Roast, Chops Heart, Liver, Kidneys, and the Rib Rack is on Sale this week! I have tried the Lamb Chops and ground Lamb and both were fabulous! This week I have ordered the Rib Rack – grilling seems like a good option with the weather so beautiful! Mary made a great, creative dinner with the Shoulder Roast this past week that got rave reviews from her family! Ask her for the recipe – she will have it at Market! I’d tell you what it is, but don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Patchwork Pastures is offering Raised Beds for a fantastic price! (less than 1/2 the price of what you find in the retail market) These boxes are well constructed from unfinished oak and uses re-proposed wood from manufacturing crates. They are hinged, so they are collapsible and have metal brackets making them solidly stackable. It’s time to PLANT!

My Daily Bread has added new items: Apple Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Lemon Poppyseed Bread, Banana Walnut Bread, Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Bread and Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip! All of their Bakery items are Organic and Delicious! All of Dabrielle’s Jam and Jellies are on sale this week! The Blackberry Jam is awesome – homemade, organic and delicious!

Low Low Knows Bones has 3 different flavors of Organic Dog Treats. Dudley says It’s official! His favorite is the Cheese! Mary’s crew, Murphy, Kirby and Brocolli (the dog, not the veggie) also love the Cheese Treats!

Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch have Duck Eggs that are still available. Try them for your baking recipes – what a difference duck eggs make! I also use them in Frittatas.

Little Tot’s Estate is offering Goat Milk! It is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way that RAW milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia. Dudley will be enjoying some this week and has asked for Goat Cheese! So Miss Mary and I will be making that a project for the weekend!

Johnston Family Farm has Cow Milk! It is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way that RAW milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia. Since Dudley is out of Butter, I have ordered a gallon of frozen CREAMY Milk to re-stock his supply. And of course I get milk for him every week – for his daily ration as well as the Kefir that gets made daily!

Dances With Bees has lots of great RAW honey – the GOOD stuff and the stuff that is good for us! Patti also has some Creamed Honey that sounds divine!

Good Shepherd Herbals has added Rescue Liniment to their offerings. This is recommended for insect bites and stings and to calm angry acne. Dena’s Trauma Balm has helped my Sciatica and helped Mary’s pain with her sprained ankle! Great alternative medicinals that work!

The above list contains the highlights of new offerings. Hop on over to lilburn.locallygrown.net and place your order for pickup Thursday between 4:30 and 7:30pm at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center in Lilburn!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Market pickup!

Joyful thoughts and blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary

The Market is Open


Greetings All!

Happy Saturday! Mary and I hope that you all have a had good week and are ready to enjoy your weekend!

We have had a busy and productive week. Please know that we appreciate your continued support of the Market!

I have put lots of “News” on the Market Page and hope that you will take a few minutes to read about the new vendors, Special Notes and Weekly Specials.

Have a marvelous weekend! But first, hop on over to lilburn.locallygrown.net and get your shopping finished! Many new items offered this week including, Honey, Duck Eggs, Organic Dog Treats, Raw Goat Milk and really cool Raised Garden Beds just in time for Spring planting!

An email explaining Group Buy Opportunities will be sent later this week and information will also be linked to lilburn.locallygrown.net.

Please take a minute to “Like” us on Facebook and thank you for sharing the Market with friends and family! Thank you!

~Maryanne

Last Minute Orders??


Heirloom Living Market will close for this week at noon today.

Have you checked out all of the new offerings from our Farmers/Producers and Artisans?

Just to mention a few…
Heritage Farm has LambLeg of Lamb, Ground Lamb, Neck Roast Slices, Rump Roast, Chops Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Rib Rack and Shoulder Roast! The Chops are delicious! I will be trying some Neck Roast Slices and the Ground Lamb – I see a Shepherd’s Pie in the near future!

Patchwork Pastures is offering Raised Beds for a fantastic price! (less than 1/2 the price of what you find in the retail market) These boxes are well constructed from unfinished oak and uses re-proposed wood from manufacturing crates. They are hinged, so they are collapsible and have metal brackets making them solidly stackable. It’s time to PLANT!

My Daily Bread has added new items: Apple Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Lemon Poppyseed Bread, Banana Walnut Bread, Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Bread and Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip! All of their Bakery items are Organic and Delicious!

Low Low Knows Bones has 3 different flavors of Organic Dog Treats. Dudley has his eye on the Large Package of Mixed Treats. He says he needs to see which one he likes best! Mary’s crew, Murphy, Kirby and Brocolli (the dog, not the veggie) have already ordered their Cheese Treats!

Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch has a few packages of Frozen Blueberries still available and Duck Eggs. Try them for your baking recipes – what a difference duck eggs make! I also use them in Frittatas.

The above list is just the highlights of new offerings. Hop on over to lilburn.locallygrown.net and place your order for pickup tomorrow between 4:30 and 7:30pm at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center in Lilburn!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Market pickup!

Joyful thoughts,

~Maryanne

Bakery Items Deadline Tonight


Greetings:

Just a quick reminder that orders for yummy bakery items from My Daily Bread, must be in tonight to guarantee delivery on Thursday at Market pickup!

Thank you for your support!

~Maryanne

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