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ALFN Local Food Club:  Too Much of a Good Thing?

A fantastic cook and fellow local food fan once told me “This is the time of year when you stuff your vegetables with vegetables and you eat it. And you like it.” Wiser words have never been spoken. Our farmers’ fields are overflowing with peppers, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, eggplant and even chard; all of it ripe and ready to stuff and be stuffed! Need even more ways to combine all the best aspects of summer’s generosity? How about ratatouille? Traditional or Hollywood style. Or, get in touch with your southern roots and whip up a mess of succotash. Everything you need to make a vast variety of veggie vittles is available via The Market right this very minute. Order before it closes tomorrow morning to eat well all week long!

Don’t miss out on these late additions and oft’ overlooked gems:

Delicata Winter Squash from Crimmins Family Farm – Don’t let the name fool you; delicata are more closely related to summer squash than winter, but they still have that rich, butternutty essence. Known as the lazy efficient chef’s winter squash, they cook faster than butternuts and acorns and, best of all, you don’t even have to peel them.

La Lot from Willow Springs – A betel leaf used in Southeast Asian cooking, usually wrapped around spiced ground meat and grilled. There’s no better time than the present to try something new.

Kieffer Pears from Barnhill Orchard – If the weather didn’t tip you off that fall is almost here, you can’t deny it once the pears start flowing. The first of the harvest, these pears are quite crisp and best suited to cooking and canning. As long as your canning tools are still warm from that last batch of tomatoes, why not put away some brandied pears for a fabulous winter treat? {Bonus points for throwing a leaf of Cinnamon Basil from Victory Garden into each jar… and then bringing me one.}

Loofah from Willow Springs – Also known as luffa, Chinese okra or Vietnamese gourd, these fruits are a common ingredient in many traditional Asian cuisines, but only when harvested very young. If allowed to mature, they become fibrous and inedible but very useful for other things. Look for them in the Bath & Beauty category.

Speaking of Bath & Beauty, maybe it’s time to take another look at the non-food products available from our farmers and artisans. We offer everything from the practical (Insect Repellent from Kellogg Valley, Deodorant from Maison Terre) to the decedent (Body Butter from Tammy Sue’s Critters, Solid Perfume from Main St. Apothecary). All brought to you by Arkansas.

-Rebecca Wild

Please be aware that Bluebird Hill Berry Farm will not be able to deliver this week. However, if you ordered products from them there’s still plenty of time to place another order.

Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm Week of Aug 18 2013

The new ‘woodshed’ now has walls, working on the second story by weekend. Saya from Osaka and Simone from Koln Germany have moved on to new hosts. The broiler chicken pasture sled is in service with birds enjoying grass and bugs. I’ve scheduled my livestock for their meeting with the butcher, the garden is bounteous, and the greenhouse is half planted for winter crops. Some day neutral strawberries are ripening now and will till frost. Tomatoes seem to be holding back their colour, odd.

This week, Camelia and I can offer the following crops: eggplant, rhubarb, chives, chard, kale (Nero, Darkibor, Redbor), beets and greens, mesclun salad mix, green onions, garlic, sorrel, sorrel, peppers, cilantro, lovage, as well firsts crop of honey, raw in jars and comb.

My pastured beef orderdesk is open. Have 2 beeves still available. Taking orders for October pickup. First to market Sept 24, will be ready three weeks later.

Dorset Lamb: taking deposits for 2013 crop. First to market Aug 20th. Will have some mutton too.

Pork: likely to market weight around end September.

About Lamb and Mutton
I found a couple of good sites online, here are some excerpts to help you figure you level of interest.

Once you’ve tasted proper mutton (spiked with garlic, peppered with crushed rosemary, and served with home-made redcurrant jelly) you’ll begin to wonder why anyone bothers with lamb at all! Sadly, though, mutton seems to have a poor reputation these days, which is not helped by the reality that most of the so called ‘mutton’ that is available is in fact worn out old cull ewes, which are generally sold into the ethnic market for the making of kebabs and suchlike. Properly reared mutton is an altogether different product, and in terms of flavour and quality it surpasses even the finest of beef. Admittedly it may be rather fatty for modern tastes, but the very fact that you’re opting for [pre-chemical, pre-industrialized] food, means you know animal fat is good for you. from—212299

Many cuisines worldwide incorporate lamb meat into some of their most famous dishes. There’s a world of meat to a lamb beyond rib chops or the leg. Every part of the animal, from the neck to the ankles, yields cuts of meat suitable for cooking. See here for description of cuts, more links and a chart at

Another rich link is:

healthy eating,

Shoestring Acres:  Weblog Entry

Week Fourteen!
Check out the list for great veggies!
Watermelon are here in numbers!
New potatoes, onions and eggplant are ready! Check out the baby patty pan squash!

Conway, AR:  Tuesday Reminder

Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight. There’s still time to place orders and if you forgot something Sunday or Monday, just place anothier order.

Take advantage of the season’s bounty!

Have a great week!

Champaign, OH:  Don't forget us...

I know there are many of you thinking about pencils and notebooks but please don’t forget that the market is open until tomorrow at 8 pm. We have such great products to offer you won’t want to miss it! Hurry, hurry and order by tomorrow night!

goMarketNC:  Gettin' figgy with it.

Hey y’all!
Happy Monday. The sun just can’t seem to pierce the haze, but at least it feels like October! The figs for one are loving this weather. Al Harvey has some scheduling conflicts with market this week, so our Old West Durham neighbor, Ben Palmer is stepping in to fill the figgy void in our stomachs. They’re awesome grilled as a dessert to Chicken Tagine.

Check out figs and shiitakes and sprouts and urban grown herbs and tomatoes!
With veggie love,

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Meet the New Market Managers!

Sometimes it is hard to chat when you are paying for your market order. In case you haven’t had time to get to know our new market mangers, here’s a link to a feature on them: .

Martin's Farmstand:  Weblog Entry

The market page is open for ordering.
I have gardenshare gift tokens to give out. The first twenty orders will get one.

We are running low on bags. We appreciate clean grocery bags. Reuse is one good way to recycle!
There is a large amout of food at our stand. Local food in late summer is a bargin. High quality at a reasonable cost.
If you are a gardener you should be thinking about cover crops now for next years garden site. This week I plan to plant 50 lbs of daikon radish seed. The radishes put a tap root down over 2 feet. This is better than big tractors pulling subsoilers. Daniel

Joyful Noise Acres Farm:  Get your orders in before 8:00pm.

The market closes at 8:00 pm tonight so that our farmers and artisans have time to process your orders.
We will make deliveries Wednesday and Friday and on-farm pickup is Saturday.

Thank you for shopping and eating locally grown.
Mary Beth

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  We Still Have Peaches and Apples!

Hello Everyone,
We still have peaches from Crow Mountain Orchard this week. And we have apples from Rainbow Hill Farm in McMinnville. This may be the last week for peaches, so order accordingly- sliced peaches freeze well.
Also Healthy Harvest Breads is back with Ezekiel and Honey Whole Wheat breads and granola.

We want to welcome a new local artisan-
Little Raven Woodworks- he is part of the Triple B Farm clan and hand makes the most adorable little wooden cars. Move over hot wheels- these are cuter and safer and help to support a budding young entrepreneur! You’ll find them under “farm crafts”.

Steve’s Bees has honey back on the market and if you’re in the market for a goat, check out the beauties from Triple B Farm.

I’m sure there are other things I’m looking over being that I’m in a hurry this morning, so be sure to check for new products. We should have extra tomatoes at pick up if there are not enough to go around on the market for ordering. Possibly extra eggs as well.

Thank you for supporting the best food supply in our area!

Get started here: Tullahoma Locally Grown Market