November 19, 2015 


Why Collard Greens?
Article Courtesy:  
Latibah Museum Collard Green Museum
Collard greens date back to prehistoric times, and are one of the oldest members of the cabbage family. Collards are also known as tree cabbage or non-heading cabbage. Though greens did not originate in Africa but originated in the eastern Mediterranean, it wasn't until the first Africans arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in the early 1600s that America got its first taste of the dark green, leafy vegetable.  The habit of eating greens that have been cooked down into a low gravy and drinking the juices from the greens (known as "pot likker") is of African origin.
The collard greens were just one of a few select vegetables that African-Americans were allowed to grow and harvest for themselves and their families throughout times of enslavement, and so over the years cooked greens developed into a traditional food. Even after the Africans were emancipated in the late 1800s, their love of greens continued and they kept handing down their well-developed repertoire of greens recipes from one generation to the next.  The pot likker is quite nutritious and delicious, and contributes to the comfort-food aspects of the dish.
Collard greens are an extremely nutritious cool-season vegetable - rich in vitamins and minerals that help prevent and fight disease. Today, many varieties of greens - collards, mustard, turnips, chard, spinach, and kale - continue to be a traditional offering at picnics, potlucks, parties and family dinners.  They are a staple in African-American culture and provide:
  • rich health-promoting phytonutrients,
  • optimized detoxification / cleansing ability for cells,
  • broad antioxidant protection,
  • calcium - a mineral benefiting a lot more than strong bones,
  • optimized immune functions,
  • promoted lung health,
  • cardiovascular protection,
  • a healthy transition through menopause,
  • vitamin enrichment that slows the loss of mental functions.
Truly Living Well honors the rich tradition of collard greens with our annual sale of this healthy and historic produce. Join us on Saturday, November 21 and on Wednesday, November 25 to get your holiday collard greens and continue a great tradition. Details and market times within this newsletter.
Amana Academy Field Trip

Young Visitors to TLW

TLW has a commitment to cultivating a new generation of environmental stewards and healthy eaters.  To that end, TLW hosted 40 young visitors from the Amana Academy in Alpharetta. The 5th grade class is studying soil at school so the tour of Wheat Street Garden included layering food scraps and leaves which is one of the first steps in building organic compost. We hope the visit to our farm had a positive impact on these future urban growers!

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Truly Living Well Center  
for Natural Urban Agriculture
We want you to experience the joy and convenience of a TLW CSA. Every week you have your choice of our locally grown, GMO free produce. Fill your basket and share your bounty with your family and friends. Bring this coupon to any TLW weekly market and save $5.00 on a full CSA. 
Offer Expires: December 31, 2015
TLW Collard Greens Sale
Just in time for Thanksgiving!  

Our Annual Collard Greens Sale is back again! This year, you have not one, but TWO chances to buy your collards at a discounted rate! Perfect time to get your greens for the holidays!

Saturday November 21 9am-1pm at the Freedom Farmer's Market,
453 Freedom Pkwy NE Atlanta, GA 30307


Wednesday November 25 12-3pm at TLW East Point Gardens, 3353 Washington Rd. East Point, GA 30344

Cost: 3 pounds for $10!

What's at the TLW Markets this Week?

Collards, Butternut Squash, Sorrel, Hot Peppers, Red and Green Mustard Greens, Bok Choy, Tomatoes, and Assorted Herbs
Recipe of the Week: 
Coconut Milk Braised Greens
1-2 bunches of collards
1 can coconut milk
1 shallot
1 garlic clove
Olive oil
1 habenero pepper

Directions: Heat oil in a skillet. Add shallots and cook for 2 mins. Add garlic, peppers, coconut milk, and collards. Add salt to taste and serve!  
Market Times

Every Wednesday
4p - 7p 
2757 East Point St
Downtown East Point at
Fire Station #1
Market on Wednesday, Nov.25
will be hosted at
3353 Washington Road
East Point

Every Friday
2pm - Dusk
Wheat Street Garden
75 Hilliard Road
Old Fourth Ward

Every Saturday
Freedom Market

Carter Center
Freedom Parkway
Office Hours

Friday 9AM-2PM
TLW at East Point
3353 Washington Road
East Point, GA 30344
(678) 973-0997