Thursday, February 23, 2012

Marcus Tullius Cicero on Gardens

Since mom threw a quote from Cicero in that last newsletter and I just happen to be a Latin teacher, allow me to expound.

Here's what Cicero said (Letters to Friends, Book 9 Letter 4): "si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.”

While often loosely translated into English as "If you have a garden and library, you have everything you need", what that quote really says is, "If you have a garden IN your library, nothing will fail".

I will be the first to admit that I haven't the foggiest notion what Tully (as he was known among friends) was talking about. A cursory google search provided a reliable source who thinks Cicero is referring to an ornamental garden, such as the ones philosophers sat in and discussed age old questions about chickens and eggs and what-not, and probably not a vegetable garden, which wouldn't be in any ordinary sort of library.

Comment away if you have any thoughts.

Newsletter (2/21/12)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Milledgeville Market Information

Saturday Farmers Market in Milledgeville presents local, farm-fresh, seasonal food!

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there isn’t an abundant supply of local, farm-fresh, seasonal produce, meat, eggs, bread and dairy products available to residents of the Milledgeville community as well as those living in surrounding counties.

This Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon, the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church on Wayne and Greene streets in Milledgeville will be filled with an assortment of farm-fresh, nutritious and delicious foods, courtesy of a new farmers market opportunity.

The market, which opened the winter season on Jan. 14 as a huge success, will host 12 local vendors from within 100 miles whose farms and businesses are dedicated to providing nutritious and sustainable products.

Scheduled for Second Saturdays in the winter and weekly after the Grand Opening on April 14, this market is a partnership between First Presbyterian Church, The Milledgeville Community Garden Association, and Live Healthy Baldwin.

Come sample, browse and meet the folks who are passionate about bringing their products directly to you! A list of this week’s goodies and the vendors include:

Three Centuries Farm: free-range eggs, pastured pork including bone-in and boneless pork chops, Boston Butt, picnic shoulder, ham hocks, sausage (links, patties and ground)

Salamander Springs Farm: mustard greens, salad mix, green onions, kalamata olive bread, apple butter, strawberry jam, potted perennials, herbs and edibles

The Little Farm: apple jelly, apple butter, lavender jelly, lavender cookies, fresh-milled bread, turnips, beets, salad mix, bunching onions, spinach, broccoli, kale, radishes

Fort Creek Farm: grass-fed ground beef, roasts, steaks, soup bones and dog bones

Babe & Sage Farm: artisan bread, free-range eggs

Vesterfield Farm: salad greens, carrots, collards, cabbage, green pepper jelly, kale, homemade cakes

Elm Street Gardens: salad greens, collards, kale, chard, carrots, winter vegetables, and farm-fresh eggs

Southern Swiss Dairy: Milk (whole, 2%, skim, chocolate), buttermilk, heavy cream, 1/2 n' 1/2, ice cream (vanilla, chocolate and strawberry), salted and unsalted butter, Brown Swiss beef

Evergreen East: pork and lamb - all cuts available

Rocking Chair Ranch: T-bone and rib-eye steaks, filet, ground beef

Flat Creek Lodge
: 13 varieties of artisanal cheese

Tink's Beef: variety of grass-fed beef and pastured pork cuts

Join your friends and neighbors this Saturday at the market, located at First Presbyterian Church, 210 South Wayne St., Milledgeville, Georgia.

For more information, call (478) 414-6433.