Weekly Fig

A Private Membership Association

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What a Great Event!

What an incredible day with beautiful clear skies as we joined together in Athens, TN for this once in a lifetime total solar eclipse so close to home.  Thank you for being part of this special day! Everything was truly magical and unforgettable, from the gorgeous farm venue to the delicious food catered by Your Mystic Delights to the glorious display in the sky.

 

Here’s a note from our farm partner and venue host, Charles Mayfield. 

Mayfield Pastures was honored to host our eclipse event with Weekly Fig. It was a mesmerizing day and quite a pleasure to have the opportunity to meet some of you and show you around our farm. We wanted to take a moment to thank you and tell you a bit more about what we are doing and why your membership in the Weekly Fig is so critical to our mission.

Mayfield Pastures started as a micro-farming enterprise with the goal of feeding our family the best possible food we could grow. This quickly grew into the realization that if we’re going to take the time, energy and effort to grow a little food, we might as well grow a little more for people that are interested. Mayfield Pastures began in late Fall of 2016 with a test batch of broilers, layers and pigs. Fast forward to today and we have our third batch of broilers in the brooder, holiday turkeys in the pasture, forty laying hens, twenty pigs and twelve cows. We employ many of the practices of regenerative agricultural leaders like Joel Salatin and Will Harris.

With that being said, Mayfield Pastures is still in its infancy, and much of our focus is on animal management, ecological study and continuing to learn these management practices. With so much care and time spent on the animals and land, little time is left for marketing and delivery. The animals, weather, and various maladies that present themselves in farming need constant attention. If we are continue to put soil, animal health and learning our systems at the top of our to-do list, then finding customers has had to fall to the bottom of our list.

In late Spring of 2017, we were introduced to Weekly Fig by one of our biggest supporters from Atlanta through the Weston A Price Foundation. Our partnership with them has proved to be invaluable as we continue to manage our farm. As you know, without a sale…there is no business. Bringing our incredible eggs, poultry, pork, and ‘soon to be’ beef to Weekly Fig has given this farming project the ability to focus on doing things right. Your patronage and interest in local, healthy food that puts more back into the land than it takes away is how we are able to do what we do. THANK YOU!

We are presently preparing for 2018 and need your help. Please continue your patronage of the Weekly Fig. Spread the word. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a home cooked meal made with local ingredients. Take a few hours on a weekend and come see our farm. Come see what your loyalty is doing to caress our land and create a sustainable food model for generations to come. We welcome you with open arms and hope that you’ll continue to nurture your family with the very best food our community has to offer.

Sincerely,
Charles Mayfield
Mayfield Pastures

 
Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 10/26/16

For your October 26, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect in your sprout bag:

Sprout Box

Bok Choy and Cilantro from Albert Family Farm

Green Cabbage from The Healthy Kitchen

Kale From Nathaniel Family Farm

Sweet Potatoes From Johns Family Farm

Fruit: Bosc Pears and Bananas

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 10/19/16

For your October 19, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

 

Spaghetti Squash and White Potatoes from Martin Family Farm

Collards and Delicata Squash from Sandabama Farm

Zucchini from The Healthy Kitchen

Bibb Lettuce from Stone Creek Hydroponics

Jalapenos from Hidden Hills Farm

Red Rome Apples from Wheeler Orchard

Apple Cider from Apple Valley Orchard

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

Benefits of Microgreens

We are excited to be including sunflower sprouts from Healthy Habits in Riceville, TN in your box this week.

Healthy Habits Wheatgrass and Microgreens has recently relocated to a farm off County Road 47 in Riceville.  Owner Kristy Kiser began her journey as an organic grower several years ago on Florida’s Space Coast.   A Chattanooga area native, Kristy moved to Melbourne, Florida in 2000 and discovered the many juice bars and vegan cafes where she was introduced to wheatgrass, microgreens and the power of nutrition to heal our bodies.  Growing one tray of wheatgrass for her family evolved into a business which now includes frozen wheatgrass juice, sunflower shoots and several other types of microgreens. 

Read about the 11 benefits of sunflower sprouts by Natural Society.  Sunflower sprouts can be eaten raw and often seen as garnish, but you can use it to replace lettuce. Put in on sandwiches, add to salads, or to just about anything. 

1. Sunflower greens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. They provide all the essential amino acids and help to repair muscle tissue while supporting the enzymes of the body to do their jobs as well.

2. Sprouted sunflower greens, known as microgreens, also contain up to 100 times the enzymes of regular, full-grown greens. This means your body can more easily assimilate important phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals.

3. Sunflower greens are full of folate (folic acid), and B complex, vital nutrients for pregnant women and a developing baby.

4. High levels of antioxidants in sunflower greens can aid in heart health, slow aging, and support cellular recovery. High levels of vitamins C, E, and selenium can even reduce high blood pressure and improve arterial health.

5. Sunflower greens are packed with nutrition and have very low calories, so they are a perfect food for those who want to lose weight.

6. Sunflower greens contain lecithin which help to break down fatty acids in the body.

7. They also contain vitamins A, D, and E as well as important minerals including calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and potassium.

8. Eating sunflower seeds or greens helps to boost your reproductive health by providing the body with ample zinc. Zinc also works with over 300 enzymes in the body to keep things running smoothly.

9. Sunflower greens are incredible for boosting immunity. Leafy green sprouts, especially those of the sunflower variety are essential to creating innate lymphoid cells (ILC) important immunity-boosting cells found in the lining of the digestive system that help to keep our gut bacteria healthy. Many people realize by now that gut health is the primary form of fighting disease and foreign invaders in the body.

10. Sunflower sprouts are full of essential fatty acids that are needed to make a plant burst out of its seed shell. Start sprouting to receive up to 900% more nutrition from your food.

11. All sprouts, including sunflower sprouts are full of chlorophyll – the same substance which makes plants turn green. In human beings, this one constituent keeps our blood healthy, reduces inflammation, calms the nervous system, revitalizes tissues, and balances pH levels in the body.

 

*Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 10/12/16

For your October 12, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

Butternut Squash and Red Corn Meal from Albert Family Farm

Green Beans from Sandabama Farm

Sweet Potatoes from White Oak Valley Farm

Shiitake Mushrooms from Southern Foothills Farm

Sunflower Sprouts from Healthy Habits

Blushing Golden Apples from Wheeler Orchard

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 10/5/16

For your October 5, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

Yukon Gold Potatoes, Red Bell Peppers and Sage from Albert Family Farm

Lettuce and Green Onions from Roman Family Farm

Pie Pumpkin from The Healthy Kitchen

Muscadines from Grindstone Gardens

Immune Tonic by TeLife

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 9/28/16

For your September 28, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

Golden Delicious Apples From Wheeler Orchard

Radish Mix from Everlee Farm

Daikon Radish and Yellow Squash from Sandabama Farm

Tomatoes & Beauregard Sweet Potatoes from White Oak Valley Farm

Cilantro From Colyco Farm

Spaghetti Squash from Martin Family Farm

Olive Chattanooga Balsamic Vinegar

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

BIG NEWS!

RSVP for Fig Day now!

Dear Valued Members,

In an earlier communication we asked you to join our Member Facebook Group “Weekly FIG Think Tank”. We are receiving tons of valuable feedback and hope everyone can give us feedback no matter if it is Facebook or the old fashioned note. One of our top request has been to continue through Winter. We are excited to announce we have commitments from local farms to grow in high tunnels, low tunnels and greenhouses! We will fill the gaps with sustainably grown regional produce from further southeast, USA. This also means we will try and source citrus!

We are also taking your advice and offering produce week to week without commitment. Just add a Sprout, Garden or Harvest bag to your cart, and skip a week whenever you need. There will be a minimum order amount to qualify for free delivery though. Details are coming soon. Thanks to all the members that helped us talk through these improvements!

Did you know we include instructions to receive free samples from our online market, coupons and sale information, tips, meal plans, produce descriptions and other helpful information in a weekly email newsletter? That’s right, if you are not reading our e-newsletter you’re missing out! It is being sent to everyone so if you’ve missed it, check your spam folder or search “Weekly Fig” in email search. Move an email from the Spam/Promotions to your inbox and this should prevent Weekly Fig spam filtering in the future.

imageDid you see our “Save the Date” announcement last week? Weekly Fig is super excited to host a harvest festival to say thank you for being part of Chattanooga’s food revolution. We want to give the membership an opportunity to meet the farmers and artisans and have fun. You will also be able to try lots of samples so you can taste before you buy in the Weekly Fig Market. This event also doubles as a membership drive so invite your friends and neighbors to a fun day of music, food, activities and community. Please help your local farmers and artisans by informing anyone that appreciates high quality food and convenience. So far, we’ve grown only by word of mouth and seek your help to make Weekly Fig better!

As a reminder, the first annual appreciation event and membership drive will be held on October 22nd, image2016  from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Everlee Farm at 7628 Davidson Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. You will experience food samples, live music, games for all ages, competitions and prizes. Tickets are only $5 for adults and $2 for children (12 and under) to cover the event costs. Tickets purchased in advance will be put into a drawing for prizes. Get your ticket here.

If you love being involved, we could use volunteers of all kinds. It takes a lot of love to pull off a big event and we would surely accept any help from those of you that enjoy: photography, face painting, competition judging, playing music, activity/game facilitators, decorating, setup and teardown, parking management, vendor hospitality and any other ideas you want to contribute! If you can help in any way, for any duration, please send an email to members@weeklyfig.com.

Thank you so much for being part of this growing community. We are really excited to meet you all in person on October 22nd!

 

Eat Well. Be Well.

Anju, Michele and Nate

P.S. We have included fresh ground heirloom Cornmeal in your bag. Here is a recipe for traditional Amish Golden Cornbread.

 

2 cups cornmeal

1 tsp salt

3 tsp baking powder

¼ cup sugar

2 eggs

¼ cup melted butter (alternative for vegans – coconut oil)

1 cup milk (coconut or almond milk)

Mix dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and beat well. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean.

 

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

 

What’s in Your Farm Box? 9/21/16

For your September 21, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

Mustard Greens from Lavern Family Farm

Bell Peppers from Nathaniel Family Farm

Green Onions from Roman Family Farm

Fresh Ground Heirloom Yellow and Red Cornmeal from Albert Family Farm

Easter Egg Radish and Green Beans from Sandabama Farm

Golden Delicious Apples from Wheeler Orchard

Asian Pears from Hazelrig Orchard

Tomatoes from White Oak Valley Farm

Oatmeal Coconut Cookies 

 

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

What’s in Your Farm Box? 9/14/16

For your September 14, 2016 delivery, here’s what you can expect:

Butternut Squash from Martin Family Farm

Green Cabbage from The Healthy Kitchen

Colored Bell Peppers, Spaghetti Squash, and Turnip Greens

from Mazelin Family Farm

Roma Tomatoes from White Oak Valley Farms

Jonagold Apples from Wheeler Orchard

Oriental Pears from Hazelrig Orchard

Special Thanks to Knom Bar for energy bar samples

 

*Items are subject to change due to weather and may be exchanged.

Your accompanying suggested meal plan can be found here.

Don’t forget to shop the online market for all your other weekly needs supplied by local farms and vendors. Get your eggs, bread and other pantry items delivered to your front door. Login into your account at www.weeklyfig.com to shop.

Eat well. Be well.

Weekly Fig is a private membership association for local sustainable foods.

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