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If enough of you order to cover the transportation cost and keep it green, we will keep this schedule.
I am keeping the market open till 2:30 so that you may squeeze your orders in for this week; because I know that a lot of you who order on Sunday eves were a little tied up maybe with sports on TV, Ha, Ha!
Other news: At Putney Farm, we have switched from so many chickens to more veggies this season, meaning that we will have fewer eggs to offer, but USLG and CLG members get first option.
This week-end, we sold all the hens in our large barn, but kept the younger flocks. We don’t yet know how much of a difference that will make in production. Sometimes hens do much better in smaller flocks.
I actually broke down crying as the truck full of hens pulled away from the house. Yes, we had 400 hens, but I loved them all, and felt like we were taking steps that we might later regret. I regret it already, and didn’t want to let go of “my” hens, however, feed prices are skyrocketing, and we hung on as long as we could. Whern we started out, feed was $6.00 a bag. Today it is anywhere from $12.00 to 18.00 and up. A hen only lays one egg every 25 hours at her very finest peak, and then they go into a natural molt and lay off for several weeks. Also, in the winter-time, due to less day-light and cooler weather, they cut way back on production. Summer-time with its heat always affects hens, too, so, unless you can grow a lot of your own feed, it is very rough to make ends meet.
Lenard still works full-time, however, he doesn’t care to work just to feed the chickens, Ha, ha.
All local growers who offer grain to their flocks/herds are experiencing high production costs; not just us.
We still love our hens, and we love providing you with eggs. We are just cutting back to a more reasonable number of hens. You may not see our eggs at stores and farmer’s markets, but we will still offer you the finest, freshest, most nutritious eggs available anywhere, and still AWA, still from Heritqage and rare-breed hens.
And we will still offer you fresh sustainably raised heirloom veggies fresh from the garden.
If you have special veggies or melons, fruit, that you would like for us to grow, please email me
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Hope to see you on Tuesday fron 4:30-5:30! Look for the big white veggie van!

Last Chance to Order Local Groceries for This Week

Good Morning!
Tomorrow, Tuesday, is our drop-off in Clemson for this week.
If you would like to get your Happy Cow Creamery products, Bar-T Ranch-Taylor Farm Beef, Putney Farm Eggs, Split Creek Farm Products, Spurgeon Farm veggies and Dodie Spurgeon’s home cooked pies and soup, take a moment to go to the Market Page and make your selections.
We are gearing up for a fantastic spring filed with all sorts of veggies at Putney Farm. Already have some in the ground, and more sprouting, getting ready for the “official” time to plant here in the Upstate.
Do you have any requests? Something you’d like to see offered or in your Occaisional CSA this year?
Let us know and we will gladly plant some just for you.

Remember, if you are starting your own garden, (and we encourage you to do that if you can) Stock up on compost from Putney Farm. This is a fine mix of leaves, straw and litter that the chickens scratch around in. These lovely ladies turn tons of leaves into fine humus, packed with live enzymes and great nutrients for amending your soil and boosting its fertility.
This compost is full of active cultures and will add to the vitality of your soil. You can either top-dress and scratch it in, mix it into your soil, or make a solution to spray the leaves. This spraying of the leaves with compost is known to protect your plants as well.
Putney’s Deep Litter Compost has been aged as well as composted, and is ready to apply full strength without burning your plants. We suggest you get your soil tested at a Clemson extension office, of course….to see where your soil stands now, then ad the compost, but you can also just dust it around your plants or incorporate an inch or two to build soil tilth, which is always a GOOD THING.
Speaking of growing your own; do you have any special requests for starter plants this year? Now is the time to put in your request and we will start some plants just for you! To
Have you heard about Green Smoothies?Green smoothies are a super easy, low cost way to get a whole whack of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and more. And adding green smoothies to your diet will be the mildest way to get the toxins moving out of your system.

Basically, you just blend some greens with a liquid, add some fruit to make it delicious add ice, and blend, blend, blend.

My favorite fruits are banannas and apples, then I always add frozen berries, and a mild greeen like spinach, chard, or beet tops. a touch of parsely is a good cleanser, but just a TOUCH. Blend, blend, blend, and soon you have a smoothie that tastes delicious, builds health, and costs WAY LESS than any you buy at a store. Besides, you can control what goes into a home made smoothie, and I like to be in control of what goes into my body, don’t you?
So, order some mild greens, and lets get blending!
I challenge you to do a green smoothie a day for one week, and let’s see how much better you feel. Let us know how it changes you (You will be amazed)
Here are some links for recipes and pointers:Oh, My Raw will give you pointers on the detoxifying sied of Green Smoothies, like: “If you’d like to take the path of least resistance (nothing wrong with that) than simply start slower.
Start with one cup a day, then move up to a 1.5 cups in a several days, slowly increasing over a few weeks until you can have 3-4 cups or more a day (I have two full mason jars a day). As well, you can take it easy on the green portion of the smoothie to start. Start with 30% greens to 70% fruit and you should experience even fewer side effects.”
Recipe for Green Monster
Who’s in with me on this? Who is up to the challenge, and who is ready to feel a surge of bouyant good feelings?
See you tomorrow!

Market is Open for Ordering!

Hello Folks.
Ready for the rough weather predicted for us?
It should be better by the time your orders come to you on Tuesday, Jan 29th. Twenty ninth? Where in the world did the whole month go?
Did you ever fool that way? ….Like a whole month slipped past you and you don’t know how?
We have been very busy here at Putney Farm. Since I am feeling so great (Thank you Lord!) I now have to do some serious cleaning and organizing to catch us up.

“Incorporating Green Smoothies in your diet is an easy, delicious way to boost up your health and a great way to stay fueled through out the day. And because they are high in fiber, your body stays regular (if you know what I mean). Green smoothies are known to resolve a lot of digestive problems. And with a proper diet, can help you stay lean.

Note: Green Smoothies are generally a mix of 60% ripe fruit and 40% organic greens"

We have been doing those “Green Smoothies” here at the Putney house, and both of us are feeling a lot lighter, mentally, spiritually, and physically. The whole thing is based on the fact that we simply cannot pack in enough greens, nor chew them well enough to get them properly digested by just having salads, etc, so to speed things up, just put in a blender 1/3 fruit, 2/3 raw greens, like spinach, beet tops, chard, etc, and water. I use banannas, strawberries, blueberries, apples, strawberries. The drink turns out tasting like a fruit smoothie, and you turn out healthier for having “eaten” lots of fresh, raw (organic of course) greens. Just “Google” Green Smoothies OR HERE’S A LINK to get you started.
Many of the greens now being offered on are perfect for this healthy and delicious drink!
So, hop on board and get yourself some of the freshest greens available anywhere right here on Upstate Locally Grown and give em a whirl for a taste treat and a health boost!

Reminder That your Market is Open until Monday at Noon

Your market is open this week for drop-off on Tuesday Jan 22, 4:30-5:15. If you can’t pick up at this time, please text me @ 864-353-6096 so we can make arrangements.
You do not want to miss the most beautiful, most delicious, and freshest greens available to you anywhere. Spurgeon and Spurgeon are outdooing themselves to produce masterpieces of the winter garden; crispy, tender and mild Chards, spicy Arugula, healthy and sweet beets. You will not find a fresher veggie assortment anywhere, friends, because Mr. Spurgeon picks your greens just hours before they are dropped off to you, chills them, packs them individually to your order, and hands them off to us for their short ride to your kitchen!

Also: take note that Nature’s Beef at Taylor Farm is preparing the next generation of beef for you by rotating them on his hundreds of acres of pasture paddocks. Mr. Taylor lovingly moves the herds around to green pasture, even if this means that he has to load the herd in his cattle hauler to keep them out of traffic while they are transported to the next paddock.
I just love to see all the little new born calves in the front pasture this time of the year. Mr. Taylor keeps the moms and calves as close to the house as possible so he can check on them as they are being born and make sure Mom and baby are doing okay. If a mother is having any trouble at all, Mr. Taylor knows about it and is Johhnie-on-the-spot to come to the rescue.
To give you some background on this herd, from what I understand, this is a closed herd, meaning that no cattle come from the outside. This keeps out any possibility of bringing in any disease from other farms, and keeps his beautiful herd in top condition.
When I walk past the pastures on my hikes, The evidence of a well-cared-for herd is abundant. Shiny coated, well-built, very calm cows sometimes wander over to the fence because they are used to having people pay attention to them. I am in awe of the beauty of the herd, the vast, tree-lined green pastures, and the neatness of a well-cared-for farm, and I feel honored to have been transplanted to this area and to have become friends with such an awesome rancher as Richard Taylor.
As you order meat from him, you will soon become aware, as I am, of Mr. Taylor’s meticulous attention to detail and his keen desire to give excellent customer service. He may phone or email you to be sure he understands exactly what you want. I don’t know how many times he checks and double-checks, but your orders are always correct, and well-marked.

These two growers that I have mentioned, Alton and Dodi Spurgeon and Richard Taylor, are, in my opinion, some of the best growers in the Upstate, always reliable, and always producing the finest quality food available anywhere. I will also say that they are folks of fine character, and that I am honored to be given the opportunity to offer their products to you.
We have several fine growers; in fact, I believe the finest group of growers a person could wish, hope, or pray for. These folks choose to stay with us , and that makes me very happy. We are all very blessed to have this fine group of highly principaled farmers all in one place, Upstate Locally Grown Clemson

Your Market is Open

Hello Folks!
Your market is open this week for drop-off on Tuesday Jan 22, 4:30-5:15. If you can’t pick up at this time, please text me @ 864-353-6096 so we can make arrangements.
We will be trying out the weekly drop-off to see if this works for us. If enough folks order weekly, we will be able to keep the schedule.
Do you loke Tuesdays better? if so, we will keep Tuesdays, too. It seems to work better for me to drop off the food the day I receive it from the growers, rather than unload and hold for a day in our refrigerators.
There is a huge variety of cool-weather veggies, including some ultra beautiful chard that tastes sooooo good! Don’t you love it that our growers pack your orders the day you receive them? They start out twice as tasty and they stay fresh lots longer, but who can resist using these fabulous veggies right away? Not me! YUM!
We have some awesome duck eggs, eggcellent for baking, but also can be used just like chicken eggs, too. They are larger in general, and seem to have a larger yolk. We love our pekin Ducks, and will be sending you photos of them soon.
AWA people will be out to Putney Farm on the 22nd to see that we still meet Animal welfare approved standards this year. Of course we do, but can’t help but get a little nervous, just the same. AWA likes the way we handle our hens, though, and we expect to pass with flying colors.
Do you like the Surprise CSA boxes? Do you like getting the protein in it, and do you like getting products from different growers? Let us know what you think. We are a team, arent we? YES WE ARE! So, feed back people, is where its at.
I guess you can tell that I, Donna, am feeling MUCH better. The Putney’s have been doing less eating out, moore juicing and green smoothies, and more raw fruits and veggies. Sure, we ate right before….well, better than most, but now we are ramping it up, and, lo and behold: our health and opur outlooks have both improved tremendously! Maybe my memory will get lots better too, and, along with that, better customer service!
So, folks, eat your veggies and think good thoughts!

Hope to see you there at drop-off. :-D

Drop Off is Changed To Tuesday

Hello Folks.
*Drop-off *for is *TUESDAY *4-5 pm. This is a change from our usual day, so please take note. This will make it more convenient for folks who attend church on Wed. Hope this works out best for all! :-)

Order Now for Christmas Dinner

Clemson Locally Grown

There is still time to order your Local food for holiday meals. Our market will close at noon Monday for drop-off this week.
We still have plenty of wonderful eggs,chicken and beef from contented free ranged animals, chemical free and no preservatives.
Remember special treats from our friends, Happy Cow Creamery and Split Creek Farm too.
See you soon!

Clemson orders Due in this Morning

Hello Clemson Friends!
These past three weeks have been quite rough for Donna, having had gall stones blocking the bile duct,causing great havoc in my body and environment. I have been in for testing, and though these stones successfully passed, more are waiting to announce their presence in a not so nice way. So, maybe surgery is called for. I see the surgeon soon.
In the mean time, our market manager, Heidi has carried on and covered in places, as well as Anna from Greenville USLG, who has packed all our orders and made sure everything was there for me.
I am so grateful for these wonderful friends who jump in there and do what is needed.
If you wish to order this week, please get your orders in soon. We will be closing ordering the market soon this morning, and we do need a few more orders to make the trip expenses. So, I hope that you needed this reminder, and will log on and order your supply of beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, and veggies.
Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin.
Love to all

Harvest News- 10/25/2012

Clemson Locally Grown Market

To Contact Us

Market Administrator
Donna Putney

Heidi Williams
Virginia Dumont Poston


Pickled Beets and Eggs


2 c. (about 1 lb.) beets*
1/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 c. cold water
1/2 tsp. salt
Small piece stick cinnamon
3 or 4 whole cloves
6 hard cooked eggs*

Wash beets; cut off leaves and stems, leaving about 1 inch of the stem. Cook until tender. Drain and skin. Boil together for 10 minutes all remaining ingredients except the eggs. Add whole, hard cooked, shelled eggs to the liquid and let stand in refrigerator for 2 days.

“*” indicates ingredient is available on Upstate Locally Grown

Market News

We’re greener, we’re leaner, and CLG is better than you’ve ever seen ’er!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the cooler weather as much as we have! The next Clemson Drop will be THIS Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 at the Clemson Montessori School. from 4:30-5 p.m.

New this week! Spurgeon Farm has added broccoli, arugula, boc choy, and tsot soi. “What is tsot soi?” you ask. Tsot soi is an extremely cold- tolerant member of the Brassica family. It hails from Asia and can reportedly be harvested even from under snow! (Not that WE will have that problem.) It can be steamed or stir-fried and complements fish and chicken dishes, especially those with an Asian flavor. I suggest sauteeing with plenty of garlic and ginger in some olive oil mixed with toasted sesame oil. YUM!

In addition to your order of Putney Farm Eggs, Nature’s Beef, Welch & Son sausage and chicken, Happy Cow milk products, Swamp Rabbit Cafe baked goods, and more, be sure to click on vegetables on the left-hand navigation bar of our market page and spend some time browsing veggies. More greens and other fall vegetables will be available in the coming weeks.

Occasional CSA Box
Here are a few things you can look for in this week’s $25, occasional CSA box. Be sure to order yours today! We will only have a few of these available this week, so act fast!
- baguette from Swamp Rabbit Cafe
- red detroit beets from Spurgeon Farms
- swiss chard from Spurgeon Farms
- herb medley from Putney Farms
- potatoes from Putney Farm
- broccoli from Spurgeon Farm
- eggs from Putney Farm

We thank you for registering at Clemson Locally Grown Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join you.

Clemson Locally Grown donates 3 percent of our order profits to Clemson Montessori School, in return for use of their school parking lot as a drop-off location. We also appreciate the helpful hands of CMS market volunteers. Feel free to lend your hands, if you have a moment to do so.

Coming Events

Support Your Local Farmer’s Markets!

Did you know, anyone who has a recipe or article published in the Harvest News is entitled to one added month of membership! Tell us about your garden, share your favorite summer eats with us, or even a book review. Please email your CLG content to Heidi.

We appreciate Clemson Montessori School for allowing us to host our drop-off in their shady parking lot! In appreciation, we contribute a portion of every item you order to the school for them to use as needed for education. Next time you see staff from the Montessori school, please say “thank you” from Clemson Locally Grown Market for us!

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!
Have a wonderful week, happy shopping on USLG, and good family meals from all your goodies!

Donna and Lenard, Heidi, Anna, and the whole gang of Market helpers.