LocalHarvest Newsletter, August 7, 2009

photo by Prospera Farm
Happy summer, everyone!

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter!

Ten years ago this month, a few pragmatic idealists set out to do something worthwhile, and ended up heading down the road that led to LocalHarvest. We feel so fortunate to do what we do, supporting family farmers and helping make connections between people looking for good food and those who grow it. This summer, the people at the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) asked us to write a long article about our company for their newsletter. It gave us an opportunity to look back at our history, and answer some common questions about LocalHarvest. We thought we'd share it with you. It's longer than our usual newsletter pieces, so we're calling it, "All about LocalHarvest." If we missed anything you are curious about, we'd be happy to answer your questions. Send them in!

As always, take good care and eat well,

Erin Barnett

From the LocalHarvest Store:

The lavender harvest is in full swing, so now is the perfect time to order this year's crop. One of the most popular of all herbs, lavender is known for its calming, relaxing, and antiseptic properties. We love having it around the house just for its heady fragrance. Get yours today.

We're pleased to be working with a new fruit grower from Robert Petrucci of Fresh Gardens in Homestead, Florida. If you like tropical fruit, this is the farm for you. Guavas, sapote, dragon fruit, mango, longan, golden passion fruit, and more.

Mushroom lovers, take note: chanterelle mushrooms are now pushing through the forest floor in Southern Indiana, and Cathy Crosson, from Red Rosa Farm, is busy collecting them for you. Cathy tells us it's the best year for chanterelles ever. Whoo-hoo!

Welcome Lizzie Luna!

Early Tuesday morning, this fine world of ours was blessed with the birth of a new baby. Many, actually, but one that we at LocalHarvest are taking under our wing. Amber Payet, LH membership coordinator, and LH founder, hubby Guillermo Payet, are pleased to announce the birth of their second child, Elizabeth Luna Payet. We couldn't be more happy for their good fortune! The little one was born at home, where the family is now resting and getting acquainted. She is named Elizabeth in honor of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, of whom Amber is a big fan. Beinvenida Lizzie and many congratulations to Amber, Guillermo and big brother Joaquin!

Love Your Farmers Market: Contest Update

Happy National Farmers Market Week! This would be a great time to take two minutes to cast your vote in our Love Your Farmers Market contest, co-sponsored by LocalHarvest and Care2. The contest continues through September 17, when the market with the most votes will be awarded a $5,000 prize.

Each week, a farmers market is chosen at random to win a $250 prize. Congratulations to our weekly winners thus far: Forsyth Farmers' Market in Savannah, GA, Gurnee Park District Farmers Market in Gurnee, IL, Belen Farmers Market in Belen, NM, and Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio, TX.

Food from the Farm: Antoine's Green Beans

Many years ago, I lived and worked at a small farm called Camp Joy Gardens, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The farm took on a slough of apprentices in those days, and after long, hot mornings working in the gardens we would gather around a long table and eat and talk and eat some more.
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