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Upstate Locally Grown Market Reopened!

Upstate Locally Grown Market
An online Farmer’s Market

Hello to all!
This is our first newsletter in years. We are reopening Upstate Locally Grown in a new format.
To hear all about it, read on; or if you are no longer wishing to receive this email, you can go to your account page and at the bottom, unsubscribe. I believe the newsletter itself contains an unsubscribe button too. But we think you might want to join us in our continued quest to promote the local economy and to support small growers, makers, and educators.
First on the agenda is the announcement that several Southeastern experts in either foraging, herbs, permaculture, or primitive crafts are converging on Putney Farm in Honea Path SC on July 13 and 14. *It is called the Upstate Herb, Homesteading, and Foraging Festival at Putney Farm. * Featuring Green Deane, Genius at, who will teach at least 4 classes; 2 each day. You can read more about it on our market page under event reservations, but the listing will come with this newsletter as well.
Abby Artemisia, founder of the Wanderer School, and author, will be teaching on Saturday only, so be sure to register for her informative class and walk through the garden where she tells of the ten top herbs to plant in your garden and their uses.
By the founder of Meadowlark Farms School of Folk Medicine: An introduction to what you need to know to get started making your own herbal medicine. Learn what is available to you locally as well as overview of medicine making processes presented by Jennifer Galbraith
The Sacred Clown, who carves Native American Flutes from interesting pieces of wood, turning them into collector’s items, will be demonstrating how you can learn to play in a couple of minutes. (Yes, even if you think that you aren’t talented) From past experience, we know that Steve (The Sacred Clown) will be playing a few notes on the flutes that he is creating. (This is so relaxing!)
Modern Primitive Life’s James Clinkscales is offering a hands on class in the traditional Appalachian Bark Berry Basket is a beautiful and functional craft item made from tulip tree bark n this hands-on class, you will make your own bark basket to take home and use.
We have Botanists, nutritionists, Baby goats,wildlife photographers,chickens, ducks, and a Naturopath or 2, plus Permaculture Expert, Chris Sermons of Bioway Farm, Garden walks with the Putneys, Japanese Forest Bathing (fully clothed, silly.) snacks, tastings, and, oh, yes, plenty of weeds to eat, identify, photograph, and learn about.
Children accompanied by an adult are free, and a suggested $10. donation at registration gets you free bottled water, free tastes of delicious herb teas, and an entry into a door prize drawing.
The Putneys now care for a stable population of cats who happily patrol the farm for voles, moles, mice, and crickets. Any excess over costs of the event will go toward ongoing farm development and the Putney Farm Feral Farm Cat Program to ensure that they have vet fees and cost of care covered.
(No, they don’t have room for any more cats,; don’t ask. Feral cats do not allow other cats to move into their territory; they seem to know how many cats it takes to tend a farm, ;-)
About the p=. NEW Upstate Locally Grown Market:
In the new market, each grower or vendor sets his own delivery schedule and method. They may choose to have you pick up, or may choose shipping or mailing. There is no central drop-off site. Each grower/Vendor is independent and separate. For instance, Putney Farm will set a day/time for you to pick up only their products at their farm, or at a market. Other vendors may mail you event tickets or books they have offered; crafts people may choose to drop off somewhere close to where they or you live. The arrangements are up to each vendor. In this way, we can all use the same web address, all listed products go out in our newsletters, and everyone will benefit from having a central website for Upstate, Appalachian and South Eastern products.
Questions? Of course you have.
Email your vendor or Donna Putney, or write your question on your order and we will get back with you.
A reminder: when you order, check your email for your order confirmation. If no confirmation, then your order didn’t go through and is still in your shopping cart. Go back and complete your order.
You can pay ahead by clicking on the “donate” button.
if you are as excited as I am about this new concept, and if you have ideas, or want to be a vendor, first create and account on, then let’s team up.!
Best, Donna and Lenard Putney
PS: View Green Deane, the world’s most watched forager (with millions of viewings, and a fan club on Facebook) on You Tube as Eat the Weeds: (He has over 134 episodes) ;-)

Vitex: The Hormone Balancer

VITEX Chasteberry
A supreme hormonal tonic for women
Homebrew Extract

Fill a quart size mason jar one third full with ripe freshly harvested Vitex berries. If fresh berries are unavailable to you, use high quality dried ones. Fill the jar to the top with either 100 proof vodka, or grain alcohol diluted to be 50% alcohol and 50% water. (Grain alcohol is 190 proof, which means that it is about 95% alcohol.) Cap tightly and let the mixture sit for six weeks.
After the brewing period is over, strain off the berries, squeezing as much of the liquid out of them as you can. Pour your extract into amber bottles and store it in a cool dark place. If stored properly, it will keep for years.
Congratulations, you should have a supply of Vitex to last you until next year’s harvest. If you plan to share it with friends, remember to make extra!