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Independence,VA:  Weblog Entry

Good morning!

What a beautiful Sunday! With all of the fun things to do outside, don’t forget to place your order on the Market by tomorrow night at 8 pm!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!


The Wednesday Market:  We're Open!

Good evening.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday. See the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link:

As you know, the Market was cancelled this past Wednesday due to the ice and snow. Any orders that were placed last week were DELETED from the system. Please place your order for products that you want for this week. In other words, this is a normal ordering cycle (as long as the weather cooperates and no other disaster presents itself!).

Safety is a priority for the managers of The Wednesday Market. If you have been a longtime customer, you may recall a Wednesday afternoon a year or so ago upon which there were tornado warnings throughout our area just as pick up time was about to start. We delayed the Market pick up for a day. Doing so inconvenienced a customer or two, but we felt holding the Market in a tornado was just too risky.

We encourage our Wednesday Market community to pay special attention to the weather when bad conditions are forecast. We will do our best to make the right decision as to whether to go ahead with our regular schedule or postpone or cancel the Market, and send out an email blast to notify everyone.

We are hopeful that Old Man Winter is going to ease up on us soon, and that we will have a warm and happy Spring. Until then, thank you for your support of locally grown agriculture and for buying locally.

The Wednesday Market Managers
Anna Evans, Sharon Fox, Irmalee Wing, and Beverly Walter

Duette, FL:  We are Ready for Spring!

Dear Customers,
We have survived the freeze with just a little damage thanks to frost cloth on tomatoes and strawberries. We will be replanting green beans and squash this week.
Please have a look at what we have and place your orders.
Thank you.

David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market

Manchester Locally Grown:  Time to Order Fresh Local Farm Products - For Real!

Manchester Locally Grown market

We always have a few new farmers, waiting their turn to join our market and offer their wonderful products to all our customers. In order to add more farmers, we feel it would be best to grow our customer base a bit. We want to be able to offer you and your friends some new local farm products.

The farmers and market managers would really appreciate your efforts to help spread the word about our fantastic market. What a great local resource for fresh, local farm products. Please pick up a few business cards to hand out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Advertising is very expensive, and we want to use our slim market funds in a responsible manner.

To Contact Us

Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708

Our pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building:

We’re Back!!!

Once again we will “restart” this market for the new year. After another week of terrible cold weather, we’re now ready for spring! And we’re ready to have a fantastic market day! We want you to be able to find the “cream of the crop” from local farmers, the best products picked and made with pride especially for YOU! Thank you for supporting your local farmers and small businessmen and women.

Remember: The order you originally placed for LAST week’s delivery will be waiting for you THIS week on January 25. You do NOT have to reorder those items. Feel free to order additional items, and the software will total both orders together at checkout. If you need to remove an item from last week’s order, please text Linda at (931) 273-9708.

The market will remain open for your orders till Tuesday at 10 pm.

Please be sure to read the section of the page entitled “Important Ordering and Pickup Information.”

Farm News of the Week

Andra from Sow’s Ear Piggery has added a yummy new item to the market. She writes:
Sow’s Ear Piggery is adding new pork chops to our list of products. These are slim cut from a young pig. Four chops to a package. Tender and with a little marbling. For a quick dinner, grill or skillet fry. We also have breakfast sausage, pork stew meat, ground pork, and tenderized cutlets. Our pork is non-GMO, no antibiotics, no meat byproducts.

(Clockwise from upper left): Slim cut Pork Chops; Breakfast Sausage; Ground Pork; Pork Stew Meat.

We have lots of very nice and unique items available on the winter online market. Here are just a few of them:

(L to R, top row) Buckeyes from Kountry Vittles; Tangy Lemon Bar Cookies from Flying S Farm; Alpaca Fleece from Solace Farm.

(L to R, middle) Recycled Feed Sack Bags from Solace Farm; Bath Salt from Botanical Harmony; Breakfast Sausage from Sow’s Ear Piggery.

(L to R, bottom) Broccoli Florets from Frontier Family Farm; CNG Cornflower from Solace Farm; Customizable Cupcakes from Kountry Vittles.

Important Ordering and Pickup Information

Ordering will be open until TUESDAY at 10 p.m., and your order will be available for pickup on THURSDAY between 4:00 and 5:30 at our NEW LOCATION across from Manchester City Schools administration building, 215 East Fort Street, Manchester.

We can also deliver your order to your home (or other location) on Friday afternoons, for a small fee, if it’s more convenient for you. If you prefer to utilize this service, please place an order for it, same as other products, selecting your delivery area. Don’t forget to give us your location address in the comments section of the order. Also please text Linda at (931) 273-9708 for specific arrangements.

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. Please encourage our local farmers by helping to spread the word about our wonderful market to everyone you know. We offer a great variety of local farm products, and our items will be in your hands in time to plan for the weekend. Wonderful local products are available for ordering from the comfort of your own computer.

More new farmers are considering joining our market, if they can expect enough sales to help pay their transportation costs. Please help us grow the market by sharing this e-mail with your friends and inviting them to give us a try. And if you haven’t ordered from Manchester Locally Grown for a while, please check out our wide variety of offerings this week. Also please let us know if we can improve our selection or scheduling in any way to better suit your needs.

Linda & Michael

Here is the complete list for this week.

Heritage Farm :  Store is open...Come on in

Online Store is open for next week’s orders!!
Check it all out here>>> The Store

We still have a ways to go to meet our goal for the 2018 farm share and CSA program. We would love to have you join us for 2018!!
Order here>>> CSA and Farm Shares
We have deferred payment options available if needed or interested.Email for details…

February fish orders deliver Saturday 02/10.

January meat CSA delivers Saturday 01/27 and Wednesday 01/31

Please support your local, small scale, non-soy/non-gmo, pasture raised, beyond organic and customer driven farmers!!
(That’d be us!)

Thanks in advance!
The Hutchins Family
Heritage Farm

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is open for ordering

The market is now open for ordering

The Spa City Co-op market is now open for ordering at

Please place your orders before Tuesday at 9 pm, and plan to pick up your orders at Emergent Arts on Friday from 3PM to 4:30PM. If you’re unable to pick up your order at this time please make arrangements to have your order picked up for you.
Remember to scroll all the way down and click place this order.

Don’t forget – this market has no paid positions, so we NEED VOLUNTEERS to run every market. It’s fun, you get a $5 gift card as well as extend your membership by 2 months, and you learn so much about local foods in Arkansas.
Have a great week and see you on Friday!

this market’s manager
Julie Alexander

Champaign, OH:  Happy Sunshine Day!

I just can’t stay inside all day
I gotta get out get me some of those rays
Everybody’s smilin
Sunshine day
Everybody’s laughin
Sunshine day
Everybody seems so happy today
It’s a sunshine day…
(It’s a Sunshine Day-The Brady Bunch)

Because, well, first, these warmer temps. seriously do feel like a heatwave! Second, who doesn’t remember the Bradys when they were a singing, pop star group??

Anyway, as you begin your weekend, don’t forget to throw your little local market of love some orders!!

And…Laura Miller of ELM Tree Essentials chatted with me, yesterday, and is hoping to have her line of oils on the market, this weekend!! She will start with a selection of favorite oils, offered both in rollerball options and regular bottle versions!! We love her soaps, and now we will have her oils!!

Also…one announcement…Bev Littler of Littler Farms has now needed to leave our market. She has been so busy with family obligations, and we thank her for your years with this market!

I know…everyone has been missing freshly baked pies…

But, guess what? We have pies coming on as we network our local market with local icon…The Airport Café!! That’s right…Doug Hall, owner of The Airport Café will begin offering their amazing, locally made pies, right here!! He is in the process of getting his listings on!!

Let’s give a huge sunshine greeting to both Laura, and her oils, and Doug/Airport Café for their pies!!

The local connection…it continues…

Cosmic Pam

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  IT’S TIME TO STEP UP

Spa City Market is a COOPERATIVELY run buyers’ club. There are no paid positions. As such, we need market VOLUNTEERS and two more MARKET MANAGERS.



You can sign up to VOLUNTEER by clicking on the Volunteer Spot link at the top of our website.

Volunteers help set up the pickup area, distribute food to baskets, assist customers, and take down the pickup area.

Full market volunteers receive a $5 gift card and membership is extended by two months.

We need two more MARKET MANAGERS who will serve approximately once each month.

Market Manager for each market opens the market online, and closes it on Tuesday when it’s done, prints out the packing documents, and supervises their volunteers for that market. Managers rotate the responsibility for a market, so that they only supervise once a month.

If you love the fresh veggies, egg, meats, and other wonderful products offered by YOUR Spa City Co Op, please volunteer in order to keep our market open.

Contact Karen Holcomb, 501-760-3131, or Nan Cameron, 501-881-4880,

Dothan, Alabama:  January 20, 2018 Market Newsletter

We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Snow Day / Ros’s Ramblings
Vendor Spotlight
Customer Spotlight
Market Chit Chat
Grower Notes


I think everyone I’ve spoke with this week has had a tough time of it. People are fighting colds and flu, fixing busted water pipes, dealing with vehicles that don’t like the cold. . . and trying to stay WARM! It’s no secret that people in the southern US are not nearly as prepared for the level of cold we’ve experienced this week as our more northern neighbors are, and sometimes we get so caught up in just dealing with cold/ice/snow that we miss something – the quiet beauty of it all.

So now that’s the worst is behind us (we hope) here’s to appreciating the pretty part of the week.

Top Left to Right: A neighbor’s barn, downtown Louisville, AL, snowflakes up close.
Bottom Left to Right: Restoration Plantation, Jennifer’s Goats, Richter Farms

Hortons Farm on February 12, 2012


Hello Marketplace!  I am so excited to be apart of this great group.
Just a brief introduction for those who may not be familiar with me.
My name is Melinda Flynn. I recently moved to Echo, Al.  I had previously lived in Dothan for 24 years with my husband Arthur, who is Santa’s  double along with our seven children. We have six boys and one girl.
I created Simple Life Oils as a way to purchase therapeutic grade, Certified Organic Oils on my budget to fit my life and keep it simple to manage mine and my families health.
I love learning and educating others on the benefits of Essential Oils.
As a former teacher, educating is my passion.
I love being able to help people feel better.
I have been diffusing Fir Needle and Pine Scotch the past few days. It just adds to the wintery feel in the air.

The Flynn Family, Christmas 2017


“Like most culturally rooted music, the Blues makes statements about the difficulty of the human condition and at the same time reaches deep to express an often childlike happiness. It’s an example of how suffering can drive you deep into yourself to look for that innate joy to transcend your pain.” ” Bill Rossi

Meet Mr. Rossi’s music. Bill and Mary Helen pick up their Market orders in Daleville. Wendy (who delivers to Daleville) and I have enjoyed getting to know this sweet couple. Recently in the course of some correspondence, I had a chance to see and hear Mr. Bills websites and OH MY!

It turns out Mr. Bill is a most accomplished pianist and composer. Some of his compositions and arrangements may be found HERE. I love good piano music and fell in love right away. “Summertime” is probably my favorite on this page.

I hope you’ll give yourself a treat and indulge when you have a mellow moment or want some excellent dinner music. You won’t be disappointed.

You may learn more about Bill on his biography page or visit him on Facebook.


WHAT A CRAZY WEEK! I have no doubt each of you have some great “snow stories” I think most of you know that part of the Market’s week involved some curtains not making it to us in time for a little insulating at the Market Shed on Friday. It was kind of fun doing delivery and pickups old school in the Greenhouse at Dothan Nurseries and we appreciate everyone who was patient with the sudden change.

On a different note – be sure to mark February 17 for our next Market Class. Viki Richter will be teaching about making your own seasoning and spice blends. VIKI has YEARS of experience making CLEAN HEALTHY mixes of all sorts that don’t contain chemical additives and MSG found in most commercially available spice blends. For people wanting to transition to a healthier diet, this is an easy and effective way to get started.


We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

AVALON FARMS: Been chasing my tail this week trying to plan the crops for 2018. My goal is to provide you lovely people with a more constant supply of vegetables all year. Sounds simple, huh? There’s actually a lot of math involved and calendars and lots of paper to scribble notes and sketch gardens. Weird to be considering what won’t set fruit when temperatures get into the 90s when there’s ice on my porch!

The first steps for new plantings have begun. Tilled beds for onions that need to be transplanted this week. Sugar snap peas need to be going in the ground too. And beets…have had dismal results with beets, but I keep trying.

BAIN HOME GARDENS: Hey there market friends!
Did you guys happen to get any snow at your homes?

Very little fell our way but we were excited to have more time together as a family being that Mr. Bain Home Gardner was instructed not to go in to work and our kiddos had the days off from school. Aaaah family time!

We used the time to do NOTHING! We watched old movies and ate junk food – our definition of a good time.
Sadly this week brings a close to our Embrace the Winter series. We hope you have room in you beautiful minds for one more benefit of winter on farm life.

Benefit Three: Hibernation time! Just as the bear goes into hibernation so do some of our plants, perennials to be specific. During this dormant phase, these plants store up their fat stores or energy over these extended cold periods enabling them to give bounteous fruitage come spring! Blueberries, asparagus and artichokes – to name a few – NEED sustained cold temperatures or they will generate weaker buds and/or blossoms the next growing season. So while most of us hate the brown gloomy look in the garden during winter months, see past the gloom, see the benefits & EMBRACE THE WINTER!

Sending warm fuzzies from our family to yours!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD FARM: If you follow our Facebook page then you know that we have a new addition to our urban farm! Meet Coffeecakes! We call her Coffee for short. She is a chocolate lab mix and we rescued her from Southside Walmart just a few weeks ago. If you missed it, we reached out to people online and off to help us with giving her a name. The name Coffee came up several times as did Cocoa, how we settled on Coffeecakes just happened, but it fits! Needless to say she is a handful, but we are excited about having a new puppy and introducing her to the chickens. Labrador Retrievers are “bird dogs.” Hunters often use them to “retrieve” the birds after they have been shot. We know we have our work cut out for us, but we’re always up for a good challenge!
Speaking of birds, chickens should be ready in 2 weeks!

HORTONS FARM: Last year I started a big beekeeping project to move the bulk of my hives to a new location on our property. Part of the decision was logistical and part for safety reasons as I have several in my front yard. I’ve studied and tried all kinds of hive stands through the years and God even gave me a strong steel one last year! You can imagine my surprise last Friday when an old friend showed up with timbers and concrete blocks and told me he was there to help with that project!

These are what my friend built . It took him about 15 minutes and would have taken me . . . I don’t know! Those ties are massive! Each stand will hold 5 hives and should last about 100 years, so I’m told.

So moving bee hives is one of the things I’ll be doing on warm winter days. It will be a much less daunting task now that I have a good new place for them to call home.

On a different note, we have more elderberries coming! Unless they arrive before 5pm on Tuesday when the Market closes we will NOT be listing Elderberry Syrup Kits to order on the website, and if they arrive before pickup on Friday we’ll announce it on Facebook and have them available for Table Sales on Friday.


We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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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!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is Open!

The market is open!
Thanks for shopping with us.