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Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Eggs, Cheese, Coffee, Pork!

Good afternoon!

We have Cheese…lots of Cheese! Check out the varieties available in the Dairy section.

Lots of Chicken, Pork, and Beef items available now so load up the freezer. And look at the new varieties of Coffee, all roasted just up the road in Rose Bud, Arkansas.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. We have over 625 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping:

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thank you!

The Cumming Harvest:  This week on The Cumming Harvest

This Week

Market opens at 10AM


Click here for Vegetables
Vegetables offerings are sparse this week; but you could make an amazing local salad with Leilani tomatoes and Fill Ministries lettuce!

Click here for Eggs
Dirt Road Farm is back at the market after a while away. We’ve missed you!

Click here for Probiotic and Fermented Food
Be sure to get your favorite Ancient Awakenings kefir, kombucha, and cultured veggies.

Click here for Microgreens and Sprouts

Click here for Bakery Goods
My Daily Bread has the best sweet breads around, and everybody knows it! P.S. they freeze well!

Click here for Meats
Southern Grass Meat grass-fed beef
Indian Creek Angus grass-fed beef
Back in Time Certified Naturally Grown pastured chicken, offering SOY-FREE products

Click here for Seafood
Doug’s Wild Alaskan Salmon and Halibut will be replenishing this week. Get what you need at the market on Saturday.

Click here for Bath and Beauty Products

For many other products sold on the market, including mushrooms, honey, sauces, jams, jellies, and essential oils, click HERE

THE CUMMING HARVEST is a volunteer-run organization and needs your help. We are looking for a few volunteers to occasionally assist with Saturday morning pickup, SATURDAY MORNINGS FROM 9:30AM TO 12 NOON!EMAIL JENNIFER TO SIGN UP.


Market Location and Pick Up
Pick Up every Saturday from 10am-12pm.
Located in a small building directly behind The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.
724 Pilgrim Mill Road, Cumming, GA 30040
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

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!

Miami County Locally Grown:  My Abominable Snowman

While I was snug in our house, appreciative that the woodstove was able to maintain a 50-60 degree difference between the outside and inside temps, and I only had to run out once in a while with the kids to get more wood, my dear husband of course went out to milk and finish evening chores, so he could sleep a few hours before getting back up to do morning chores, prior to beginning his real day :-)

Lucky for us he’s crazy enough to have chosen this life, as I realize we probably use an abnormal amount of milk alone, for daily drinking and baking, or making other staples such as yogurt, cheese and butter. And what between the flour, meats, eggs, and produce, a doctor once looked oddly at me and said, “You do realize you eat like kings?”

And that was what ran thru my head as he came back into the mudroom in a rush, resembling an abominable snowman, with the most darling ice crystals formed in thick, intricate patterns along his eyebrows and eyelashes, as that little strip of his eyes was the only part of his person not completely covered and unrecognizable.

We disagree so seldom, yet I’m sure had I been able to see more of his face that he didn’t quite appreciate how wonderfully adorable he looked to me at that moment. How can your hot chocolate NOT taste better when you know what kind of work you, a loved one, or a neighborhood farmer put into producing it for you?

Ah the noble farming profession – that’s sometimes easy to question when it’s below zero with a vicious wind chill, and you must go out multiple times a day, whether to care for your livestock, repair damage to shelters and buildings, or protect with an extra layer of plastic the seedlings and young plants in your greenhouse that your customers are expectantly awaiting.

Keeping animals fed, watered, and as comfortable as possible, taking a heater to the milker so it doesn’t freeze up, gathering the eggs more often than normal so they don’t freeze and crack… there are weather disadvantages to farming all throughout the year, but a fun winter such as this may take the cake – and here we prayed for the ground to freeze so we could have a respite from the mud and haul manure! There are only so many layers one can dress in!! What a give and take ;-)

How many of our neighbors have committed themselves to the same? And how fortunate are we to be surrounded by folks with that crazy farming addiction who are wanting and willing to produce our food?

We all probably know people who, like my former middle and high school students in Huber and Dayton, had no idea the cellophane-wrapped ground hamburger packaged in the grocery store actually came from a bovine creature. And one particularly darling, unforgettable 8th grader, upon learning such an astounding fact, declared, “But that’s how I know I’m smarter than you, Mrs. Ruff! You’re a farmer – you’re no better than the hunters and gatherers. I know I can just go to Kroger!” At that moment I promised myself my own future children would never suffer from such a disconnect.

I think of one of our newer customers who came by the farm last week, and as he was leaving with his goods, stopped to thank us, that "During Christmas Day dinner I told my wife, ‘Can you believe Lee is probably doing chores right now?’ I never thought about my food before.” Or at our little sorghum-making demonstration on our farm, hearing one of our long-time CSA customers tell a group of ladies, “I know it’s great – it’s MY farm!”

Having a relationship with your customers is such a big part of the “fun”. Yes we’d do it for ourselves – but being able to share what we love and value with others, and having them understand and appreciate what goes into the food we offer them, makes this life so much sweeter.

So thank you to all the farmers, and others, who commit themselves to working in the elements for our sake, our stomachs, and our health, and thank you to all the customers who make the professions we’ve chosen possible.

That’s what I couldn’t help thinking when I helped my husband into our cozy house,
frozen stiff – and happy.

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

The market is open for ordering
Please place your orders before Tuesday 9pm and plan to pick up your order at Emergent Arts this Friday between 3p and 4:30p. If you are unable to pick up your order at this time, please make arrangements to have your order picked up for you.

But remember to scroll all the way down and click to place this order.

The Spa City Co-Op Market has no paid positions, so we need volunteers to run every market. You receive a $5 gift card and your membership is extended by two months. You also learn about locally grown foods, crafts, and the farmers that produce them here in Arkansas.
Have a great week, a very Merry, and we will see you Friday.

This week’s manager
Julie Alexander

GFM :  New Vendor, other vendors with Fresh Homemade Bread, Jellies, Crafts Available Now


Christy tells us “I do machine embroidery on towels, burp cloths, etc. If it stands still, I will embroider it. I also make totes, Alzheimer’s activity mats, doll clothes and anything else that catches my fancy. I also machine embroider some of the items that I have made. You never know what will be under my needle in any given day.”

Christy will be one of our talented vendors at our first market of the season, our “Mothers Day Event” May 11, 9 am to 1 pm. 690 Erwin Hwy, The Doak House Museum, on Tusculum University Campus.

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Market is open for orders!

Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
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Fresh Vegetables
Clean Meats
Baked Goods with Organic ingredients
Pastured Eggs
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PICKUP TIME is Wednesday from 5-6:30pm!

Thank you for choosing Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as a way to support your local producers. This online farmers market allows you to buy directly from multiple farms committed to chemical-free and local produce all year long! CHEMICAL-FREE means produce and pastures grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. LOCAL means within 80 miles from the market pickup locations (usually much much closer). Do you know someone who grows chemical-free food in the area? Get them in touch with us. Know someone who wants fresh food? Spread the word. Put the two together, and that’s growing organically!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is Open!

Thanks for shopping with us! Find lots of fresh, delicious, local produce, milk, seafood, and meats. We also have items that are already prepared and ready to eat, made from local ingredients.

You can Pre-order your fresh Gourmet Dipped Strawberries from Hardcore Apples and Sweets for delivery on February 14th! Available by the dozen and half-dozen.

Gourmet Dipped Strawberries

Please read about our exciting changes. Beginning Feb 14th, the new Statesboro pick up location will change from Sugar Magnolia to the Statesboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Don’t miss the February salsa special from Ma’s Country Pantry. They have seven different flavors to choose from mild to ghost pepper hot as well as other flavors like peaches and bacon salsa.

Dothan, Alabama:  February 2, 2019 M@D Newsletter

We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “M@D” bit, its only about good healthy food!
Market at Dothan uses the word “Sustainable” over “Organic” because you can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

This Week’s Newsletter:
A Visit To . . .
Mark Your Calendar
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


Part 1
Several years back we ran a series of articles written by our growers about the history of their farms. It was most helpful and very informative, and before Avalon Farms rejoined the Market after being away a few years. Recently Wendy shared the history of their farm in the Grower Notes section of our newsletter. We had already scheduled a visit coinciding with my monthly visit to Coffee County Jail. As luck would have it I got out of there a bit early which gave us more time to visit.

There was NO DOUBT I had arrived at a real sustainable farm when the gps told me I had arrived. After driving past miles and miles of traditionally farmed land seeing neatly sectioned beds in various stages of preparation (complete with a movable chicken fence and chickens) was a welcome sight.

From left to right: Sam, Maggie (who was born in a coyote den on the adjacent property), Zoe and Quiggles.

I have to admit being a bit jealous of the the relatively flat land where they are located. Different parts of the farm operation pretty much circled the home making the 100 ft. beds an easy walk in any direction, but possible to get something motorized close enough to assist if needed. Being out in the open with no close forest also meant their main predators came from the sky instead of the woods (like those of us who deal with possums, fox, coyotes, bobcats, etc). Different outbuildings on the backside of the house serve different functions including housing the aquaponics, a walk-in cooler and chicken station.

Lloyd and Wendy wasted no time showing me around and telling me about the various garden beds and what was going on there. The asparagus bed was happily overwintering under a layer of mulch so there wasn’t much to see there. The blackberries looked like . . well, blackberry plants in winter! The egg chickens had recently finished digging up grass and weeds in one area, fertilizing it well in the process, and had started on another. I saw the disked area Wendy wrote about in last week’s newsletter and agree that the space will give them a lot of breathing room in their soil preparation and crop rotations.

This bed featured in our Dec. 8 newsletter“wowed” me. The straight lines and perfect spacing appealed the my little bit of OCD because I’ve never managed to plant even a small bed that neat, let alone 100 ft! The other thing was the nice thick layer of peanut hulls mulching the area. Talk about utilizing sustainable local materials! Once the crop has been harvested the hulls will be tilled into the soil (making it that much richer) then the spot will be planted with a cover crop, then tilled again for additional benefit before hosting a different vegetables crop.

Wendy had shared her planting grid back then with us. It is one of several with varying size grids for even spacing. This like many things on the farm are build from available and recycled materials.

Hate to stop now that I’ve got you good and interested, but don’t despair – more good info to come in Part 2 next week.

Stay Tuned!


“Smart Doc” Virginia Schafer, along with Chris Judge will be presenting a class on Hydroponics at Dothan Nurseries on Saturday, February 16 at 10am. Many of you have enjoyed their hydroponic greens. This class will cover many aspects of the system including how you can do it at home! The class will take place in the greenhouse. Seating is limited so please arrive early.

Chris tending some of Smart Doc’s delectable hydroponic greens


Thank You for your kind patience to those of you who paid with credit/debit this week. We trust you didn’t feel too much like guinea pigs as we attempted to break in our new credit card system.

We’re pretty sure all the personalized Market Bags have dried out from the deluge we experienced week before last. They’ll go back into a new secure storage container next week.


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

MARTIN TEAS: Martin Teas on vacation February 1,2019 through February 12, 2019. No online orders February  5th. You may order again on February 12th. Thanks Birdie 

AVALON FARMS: Taking advantage of these cold days to get my seed orders done. Then I have to work out the when, where and how of planting them. How many succession plantings? Row feet needed? Seeds per row? Direct seed or transplants? It’s sort of like a puzzle or playing tetris.

I’ve also started a bunch of cool weather transplants; kales, cabbages, broccoli, tatsoi, senposai and spinach. The fall spinach was a dismal failure, hoping these do better.

In the warmer afternoons I’ve been working on incorporating my “cover crop” of winter weeds. LOL It’s actually a thing, really. Kill them before they make seed and till them in as green manure. They’ve been using the soil’s nutrients to grow and I don’t want to lose those nutrients by throwing them out, so back into the soil they go.

There will be some kale available this week. At this writing I’m not sure how much.

EGGS….in an effort to “share the love” I’m going to stop offering 18 count eggs and add more dozens. This will allow more people the opportunity to get some farm fresh eggs. Thank you for your understanding. Hopefully everyone’s egg production will be up soon. Go, Chickens! Go!

HORTONS FARM: Today I’m at the 24th Annual Alabama Cooperative Extension System Beekeeping Symposium in Clanton. This is one of two annual statewide educational events for both new and experienced beekeepers. I must say I’m thankful to be attending as a participant and not a teacher this year!

20th Annual Symposium in 2015.


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: Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

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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!

Conway, AR:  CLG Pickup TODAY 3:30-6pm. Bring eggshells, glass jars, & egg cartons please.

Good afternoon,
There will be lots of goodies on the Extras table so come early.

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order! You can pick up your order from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Usually our awesome volunteers have the market ready for customers to pick up before 4pm. If you are out and about and want to know if we are ready, just text me to see: 501-339-1039.

If something comes up that you cannot personally pick up your order today, please contact someone to pick up for you.

Remember to bring your EGGSHELLS, glass jars for recycling, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! See you this afternoon.

Come early for the best selection from the EXTRAS table! Even if you didn’t make an order, you can come by to shop the EXTRAS table.


Sending gratitude this cold winter week to our farmers who spend time and expertise caring for plants, animals and soil, in all kinds of weather, no matter how harsh.

Thank you for spending your food dollars to support their work and dedication.