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Stone County, AR:  Getting Lots of Questions!


Hi, Everyone!

We’re getting lots of questions asking where Stone County Farmers Market is. The truth is this erratic weather affects everyone…especially our vendors. They’ll be at Market on our official days which are first, Saturdays from 8A-Noon, and later in the season if produce warrants, on Wednesdays from 7A-11A. Watch for weekly vendor announcements in our local papers and on Facebook telling you when they’ll be there. We’ll also do whatever we can to help keep you informed.

For the time being, Stone County Locally Grown Online Market is your best bet for purchasing local produce. While our Stone County vendors are not quite ready to appear at Market, Ratchford Farms, our regional vendor, is ready with cabbage, swiss chard, fresh rosemary, baby green lettuce, carrots and, of course, their fresh, grass-fed beef and buffalo products!

Once the season gets fully underway, most Stone County Farmers Market vendors will offer their products here online as well as at the Market just off the Square in Mtn. View. This gives you a choice about how you want to shop – online, in person at Stone County Farmers Market, or both!

Either way, we look forward to serving you!

Green Fork Farmers Market:  Weekly Product List


Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers,

We keep rolling into spring with NEW products each week! This week Beyond Organics is adding arugula, romaine lettuce, red romaine lettuce, and radishes to their offerings. Also, check out Figgieville’s half price olive sale on all varieties! And next week they will have a new shipment of delicious olive oil.

This week there are a bunch of ways to celebrate spring with baby chicks and ducklings. Green Fork Farm has baby chicks for sale, and if you want to learn more about how to raise them, they are also offering an on-farm class on raising baby chicks and ducklings. And if you still aren’t sure you are ready to start your own flock, you can rent a pair of baby chicks to get some experience or just for fun!

Don’t forget that Mother’s Day is next weekend. We have lots of goodies that would make great gifts—fill a basket with vegetable seeds, tomato plants, or fig trees ready for the garden, and amazing herbal soap and body care products. Or if mom is a beekeeper, what about a bee hive? Well-raised, local food is also a great gift for mom. Choose from a beautiful selection of fresh vegetables, herbs, microgreens, eggs, honey, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, handmade popsicles, organic olives, and locally roasted coffee. We also have gift bags of coins you can give mom so she can pick out what she wants at the market!

Place your order from now until Monday at midnight and pick up at the market on Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Breezeway at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

We hope you will place an order or stop by the market on Wednesday to shop. It’s our one-year anniversary this week, so come on in and say hello and help us celebrate!

Green Fork Farmers Market

Russellville Community Market:  RCM Opening Bell


Welcome to another market week, and to healthy, delicious, locally grown food!

We have Drewry Farms back on the market this week, with new offerings including green tomato bread, rum balls, iced cookies, and Mother’s Day gift baskets.

That’s right! This coming weekend marks the celebration of all the mothers out there on Mother’s Day. How better to show mom you appreciate her than with the gift of local food. Don’t forget RCM has gift cards in any amount you want to give! They are the first items on the market page!

Here’s something that has been on my radar lately, and should be on everyone’s: The USDA and EPA recently released a report on the honeybee disappearances in the United States. Here’s the news story: Colony Collapse Disorder Report. You can also find the entire USDA report at the bottom of the news story.

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for up to date news and exciting RCM announcements. Check out our page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events too! RCM Facebook

Check out the “Featured Items” section as well as the “What’s New” section at the top of the market page for all the latest products available.

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. Remember, you have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.

Happy Shopping! See you on Thursday!

Russellville Community Market

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN


Hope everyone is having a good weekend. The market is now open. We have added some fresh pork to the site this week. Pickup will be at the market on the square this week. The market will be every week now, so pickup will continue to be their throughout the spring and summer.

Look below to see what the farmers have to offer this week.

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Well we’ve seen the coldest March ever, the coldest April ever, what’s next….snow in May? Oh, wait, that just happened. It was a frantic week at Falling Sky Farm trying to keep animals dry and warm enough. For the first time ever, we were forced to take chicks off the pasture and bring them back to their warm dry brooder house for safekeeping. I’m sure the rest of our farmers are facing challenges as well and will probably have to tweak their normal planting dates this spring.

We’ve got close to thirty people signed up for the farm tour next Saturday the 11th, and there’s still room for more, but this week’s market is your last chance. Get your tickets before the market closes Tuesday, and don’t let the weather scare you – it will be in the mid seventies next weekend!

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. The tour tickets are under the CLG events category. Single click the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email once your order is placed. Have a wonderful week everyone.

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
CLG Market Director

Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open Today with Mother's Day Fast Approaching


It sure does not feel like May as I am writing this message today. The Market is now open and more products are being added each week. Mother’s Day is next week and we have gifts she may enjoy such as skin care products from Hidden Blessings, salad bowls from Rainbow Hill Farm, perennials from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse and gift certificates for Stones River Market.

There is other news from the producers this week.

  • Rainbow Hill Farm is selling sprouted potatoes for your garden. If you need growing instructions add a comment to your order. You can also watch this YouTube video for container growing – http://youtu.be/tXuYR-96gQc
  • Rock Hill Road Farm still has pullet eggs on sale.
  • Wild Flours returns after taking a one week break.

Thank you for your orders last week.

John

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

ALFN Local Food Club:  The Market Swears It's May


Good morning fellow Northerners,
Oh wait, No. We’re Southerners. Where we live, the weather is warm in May. And pleasant. Is there a weather god around still? If so, harass it.
You can’t miss the bemused looks on our farmers’ faces right now. I called Jerry of Bluebird Hill earlier this week to see if he come sell eggs at our Eggshells’ event, and his response was, “Well, since the ground is so wet, I might as well be there.” Touché, Jerry, touché.
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In the market….
The Market is open, and it continues to be the early Spring crops’ hay day. Tons of greens, root vegetables, cabbages, kales. Best stock up, because, chances are, it will be 100 degrees in a month.

I visited Farm Girl Natural Foods with Angela Gardner this week. It was a fantastic visit, and Katie Short was very generous with her time. We learned a lot, and I felt reenergized about what this market provides. Farm Girl is farming with animal welfare as the highest priority, and it shows. The work is hard, but Katie’s passion for farming is by far greater. I got to see her pigs at work in the scrubby woodlands around her homestead; they were like different animals, living to their natural potential. Those industrious guys. And her sows (mama pigs): HUGE. I mean, Wow. Like monster pigs. So may I recommend some of Farm Girl’s pork products, including the mini pork share?

Still plenty of live plants available, and this Spring has been gracious enough to give you the longest window for planting them ever.

Maison Terre has a sale on all candles, under Specials. Scented with Springtime fragrance!

Check out our ALFN T-Shirts. Colorful, with organic cotton. A fashion statement of food values.

Oh yeah. And strawberries. OK? I get it. You’re excited about the strawberries. I think you should buy 1 quart from each farm and do a taste test.
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Southern Roots Fundraiser….
Our excellent fundraiser with the Oxford American is coming up. With a ticket you can enjoy the following: live music by Amy Garland, a sneak peak into the South on Main’s new space, a special sampling of resident chef Matt Bell’s delicious wares, Little Rock microbrew, speciality cocktails with Rocktown Distillery, and a chance to meet and rub shoulders with our very own growers. Oh yes, this event shall be the talk of the town! And farm!
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What’s a’happenin’…

Did anyone attend the Heritage Hog Roast at Argenta yesterday? You know, those were all Falling Sky Farm’s hogs. I enjoyed this little tidbit on the Eat Arkansas blog about the roasting early morning.

From Rattle’s Garden :
“Could use a few warm thoughts right now…”

From Drewry Farm & Orchards :
“It’s sleeting, I’m going back to bed, wake me when it’s over.” Also, check their page out for a supremely cute picture of a baby goat coat.

A much needed update from Felder Farm :
“January 29th, we broke ground at the new Felder spot, 6th and Jones. We met kind, seed-sharing neighbors, and we checked out the soil, which happens to have more than a few rocks, as our dear city’s name might have predicted.” Check out the page for awesome pictures.

And a helpful hint from Debe Hudson of ABC Greenhouse :
“If you want scrumptious blueberries this year, think about going to Berry Hill Farms and picking some fresh when they are available. They are located in Jessieville, AR and you pick 2 gallons, you keep one and turn one into them?” So, she’s pretty sure that’s right.

Here’s to warmer weather!
Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

Conyers Locally Grown:  Crop mob postponed


We have canceled the crop mob event. It is going to be rescheduled for a day that is less wet. We got over 2 1/2 inches or rain yesterday so we are knee deep in mud.

We will try again in a few weeks.

Brady

Citrus County Locally Grown:  Mom's Day is Coming!


Good morning friends and neighbors! Yes that’s right, Mother’s Day is coming, in exactly ONE week! THIS is your chance to get most everything you need to fix Mom that special meal for Mother’s Day. Why not let her kick her feet up for a change and cook for her! Don’t forget, it’s your turn to do the dishes too!

www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/

Have a great week you’all!

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening

Tricia

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Crop mob canceled


We have canceled the crop mob event. It is going to be rescheduled for a day that is less wet. We got over 2 1/2 inches or rain yesterday so we are knee deep in mud.

We will try again in a few weeks.

Brady