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Champaign, OH:  Open early


As I am taking in a performance of A Christmas Carol and won’t be able to open the market promptly at 8, I am opening the market a bit early tonight. Don’t forget to see what is new and consider local goods for holiday gifting! Happy eating and thank you for being such super customers!

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

It’s December 2nd, and close to seventy degrees outside – kinda scary, but at least the growing season isn’t quite over yet! Get fresh green things while you can though; our luck is bound to run out on the weather.
I hope you’re as happy as I am to hear that the Faulkner County Urban Farming Project reached its fundraising goal of $5,000 to build a rain water collection system for the garden site at Faulkner County Library! Many thanks to all of you who contributed. Public support for projects such as this can only be seen as a sign of the growing inertia behind the local food movement.

From Armstead Farm:
Dear Members and Volunteers,
We have made our last delivery for the 2012 Season and are already planning for a 2013 return. We thank you so much for your support of both our farm and the Conway Locally Grown buying club. We truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to the local, sustainable agricultural movement.Let us remind you to always feel free to make comments, suggestions or critique our products.We value the feedback. It helps us to provide high quality,very fresh produce. Again, thank you so much. We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday and healthy New Year,
Sue and Rusty Nuffer/Armstead Mountain Farm

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Check out some of our exotic and inexpensive gifts this week.
German Extra Hardy garlic plant: $1
Beaverfork Blend cooking/grilling spice: $2.50 (Great for mailing to out of town friends & family.)
Purple Sage plnt (perennial): $2.50
Egyptian Walking Onion plants (perennial): $2.50
Elephant Garlic plant: $3
Candied Jalapenos: $4
Email me with any questions, and have a great week! Steve: kirp1968@sbcglobal.net

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.
Invest in your community!

Have a great day,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday December 8


I hope this finds you all doing well.

We have lots of great veggies for you this week along with honey, mushrooms and pork.
We will also be making the trip up to get milk.
They have whole, reduce, cream and butter milk. Just put your needs into the comments section of your order.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Wednesday. Pick ups are on Saturday from 9 to 10 at the Piedmont Green Market (Double B Farm booth), Sandy Springs Green Market (Taylorganic booth) and at the Brookhaven Farmers Market(We will be here from 9-10 for pick ups only).

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday December 8


I hope this finds you all doing well.

We have lots of great veggies for you this week along with honey, mushrooms and pork.
We will also be making the trip up to get milk.
They have whole, reduce, cream and butter milk. Just put your needs into the comments section of your order.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts. We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Madison GA:  The Market is Open!!


Hello everyone place your orders and I’ll see ya Wed. Thanks,Kevin.

Fresh and Local CSA Market:  Taking Orders Now for Delivery on Friday, Dec. 7


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Hello!

Don’t Forget! Five pound aged raw milk grass dairy cheese blocks make an elegant, healthful, Christmas gift.

Cheese orders must be received no later than noon tomorrow, December 4 if they are to be delivered on Friday.

We’ll take vegetable orders up to 5 pm on Tuesday.

Please remember: we will run out of some items. All orders are first-come-first-served. You’ll get the best fill by ordering early.

If you want to add a few heritage STEWING HENS to your order on Friday, let me know by 5pm tomorrow. Heritage stewing hens are great for making chicken broth for chicken soup. Heritage stewing hens are older birds. They make a much more flavorful and nutritious stock. Again, please order by 5pm tomorrow. Price is $3.99 a pound. Birds are between 3 and 5 pounds and will be delivered to the site, frozen, on Friday. Order as many as you want!

Thanks

Farmer Allan

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Dec. 3, 2012


OUR TRIBUTE TO “Llama Jim” aka James L. Murray
It is with great regret that we announce the recent passing of Jim Murray of Llamarojafarms in Pinellas Park. A sudden accident has taken him from his family and friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew him, including all his loyal customers from St. Pete Locally Grown’s online Market. At the outset of its expansion, Nathan’s garden was especially blessed with generous applications of Jim’s highly potent llama manure product, dubbed “llama beans”, in the days before Jim started to package and sell it. Even so, he always had extra to contribute to Nathan’s Natural Veggies garden. Jim’s product was unique in this area, incredibly effective, and very well utilized by the local growing community. We will miss seeing kind and gentle-natured Jim and his faithful dog, Buddy, who survives him. Safe journey, dear friend Jim! Our gardens continue to grow and to be nurtured—as do those who eat their fresh vegetables—by the foundation of Jim’s generosity.

Message from Market Manager

DON’T MISS UPCOMING EVENTS BELOW
Wonderful things to do in St. Petersburg from promoting activism to touring local gardens!

NEW GROWERS
Richard Nicholson has just posted produce from Richard’s Garden. They promise to be culinary delights that are much needed by our Market. Welcome Richard and thank you for coming on board!

WORDEN FARM
Worden Farm has been unable to fill our orders for the past two weeks as their CSA has opened and they are focusing on fulfilling commitments they have made to their CSA customers. It is possible that we will lose them as a resource. The good news is that John Matthews of Suncoast Food Alliance is hard at work digging up another resource for us. We will soon have news on another Grower! We are truly grateful for John’s dedication to helping us serve you. He is THE “food forager extraordinaire!”

MEANWHILEBACK AT THE FARM
We are absolutely thrilled with how our expanding Grower base in St. Petersburg continues to rise to the challenge of feeding our existing customer base. Even without Worden Farm last week we somehow managed to break all previous records for Market sales. THIS IS OUR VISION UNFOLDING! Thank you St. Petersburg for believing in us and continuing to support our Market. Besides which, we are so happy with a rave review of our Market posted by new customer Charlotte Stirk on her blog. She won a free membership to our Market by winning a local contest sponsored by Keep St. Petersburg Local and has been enjoying the bounty of produce from St. Petersburg’s urban farms obtained through our Market.

PLEASE REVIEW PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS FROM PAPAYA PETE
Pete’s papayas are becoming all the rage in St. Petersburg. His variety is amazing! He has updated his product information pertaining to ripeness and quality of his fruit offerings. This is AN IMPORTANT READ for all his loyal customers.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? . Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

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ACTIVIST TRAINING WORKSHOP, WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5TH
This Wed., Dec. 5, from 6-8:30PM, Join Food & Water Watch for an Activist Training Workshop. The training will focus on key aspects of activism, including: Goals, Strategy, & Tactics; Recruitment; Training Volunteers; Where: The Roosevelt 2.0, 1812 N. 15th St. Tampa, FL
Learn the skills we use on our campaign to label genetically engineered foods, and the skills to win on other critical issues as well. By the end of the training we will all be certified activists, ready to positively impact our causes! So join us on Wednesday, and bring a friend!

HOLIDAY PARTY THIS SATURDAY, DEC. 8TH
You have no doubt been receiving updates to the Evite via email. Hope you will make it! Garden tour starts at 5pm as the sun sets at 5:38pm. Don’t forget to bring a potluck dish to share.

GARDEN TOUR, FAITH CONVENANT CHURCH COMMUNITY GARDEN, DEC. 9TH
This Sun., Dec. 9, 12:30 P.M., Please join us for a garden tour at Faith Covenant Church, 150 62nd Ave NE (corner 1st St N). Come see what’s new: expanded benevolence gardens, a pond, vegetable washing table, and a potting table. We are now a certified butterfly garden!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW FOR JAN. 26TH
We will begin holding potluck socials on the 4th Saturday of each month, starting January 26, 2013. These events will be held exclusively for actively participating Market customers, growers, and volunteers and are meant to create a social atmosphere in which to network, share resources and experiences. Each event will include a brief informational lecture on subjects relevant to our group, including community building, growing and preparing food, health practices, to name a few. Presenters for the January potluck are Clark & Peggy Tibbits on “Intentional Community Living: 30 Years Experience”. An invitation to attend will come via Evite and RSVPs will be requested.

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!

Jbo Locally Grown:  JB Farmers Market Open for Ordering


Lots of GREAT products available this week for Dec 5th pick-up. Don’t hold back!!!
Reminder, market ordering closes on Tuesday at 11am.

And…..BIG NEWS Market Pick-up has moved INSIDE the JB Visitors Center. Find us in the Community Room, just off the lobby area. Imagine – light and warmth!

Same Wednesday schedule:
Vendor delivery 4:30 – 5:15.
Customer Pick-up 5:30 – 6pm.

See you there!
The Market Managers

Stone County, AR:  The Market is Open!


Hey, Everyone!

It’s Market time!

Come on in!

ALFN Local Food Club:  Holidays Farmer Style


There are a number of ways to do the Holiday shuffle, some of which are hyper-consumerist, while others are the very opposite. I, for example, am currently sitting at an Alternative Gift Market at Christ Episcopal Church (church is in session, so I’ve got a moment). A bunch of tables are set up, encouraging people to give in celebration of the holidays. Which is sort of anti-consumerist. Through our food club, I like to think, you can consume AND give at the same time!


Spending money intentionally has always been what our food club is about. Buying from our small farms and gardens is an expression of a value. For the past seven years, your intentional spending has allowed food to make a comeback. Our market is doing great right now, which means more money is going to local growers, taking root right here, and growing better things. Keep it up!
I’d like to direct your attention to a few ways to give in support of ALFN. We currently have a deal on our year-membership certificates: $45 for one year, i.e., three free months. Consider gifting a loved one a year with our food club; it’s a great way to get someone started on local eating! And we LOVE new members. If membership isn’t the route you want to take, we also have Food Club Dollars to spend on anything in our market. Order your Food Club Dollars on our site or pick a certificate up during pickup to give to someone.
Don’t forget the donation opportunities a few of our growers have generously provided. Kellogg Valley Farms and Arkansas Natural are offering all manner of tasty greens for donation to Our House and Gaines House. You donate, and we deliver fresh, healthy produce to these excellent non-profits. A few months ago, we had over $100 donated through food club. Let’s do that again! As you can imagine, Our House and Gaines don’t typically receive the best quality food in their kitchen, so they are always delighted when we bring bags of greens and vegetables to them.
The Market is open, and it’s loaded with ways to celebrate the holidays. Click a button, support our local economy, and eat well! On a final note, North Pulaski Farm’s Tat Soi is a work of art in itself. A member ordered some for yesterday, and we volunteers spent a good five minutes staring into the bag at the beautiful display of green, glossy leaves. It might even taste great too, but I’d buy it just to look at.

Sincerely,
Sam Hedges