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Winnsboro, TX:  The market is open


Good morning,

Spring seems right around the corner & we are all looking forward to more fresh produce with its arrival. In the meantime stock up from our abundance of eggs: hens are ever so happy that they’re through the worst of winter too! Don’t forget to also shop your favorite dairy, aquaponic lettuces, meat, a growing variety of baked goods, & more.

Have a wonderful week,
Stacy

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for February 21


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

This week, I’d like to highlight a feature of the website that you may have missed. When we started filling orders paperlessly a several years ago, I revamped the “Order History” that you can view by looking at the Your Account page. Back when we had a sheet of paper with your order on it, you could see right then if a grower couldn’t fill an item you had ordered. Now, we try to tell you (we can see that on our little screens), but I do sometimes get asked days or weeks later about missing items (often when someone else picked up the order, and word didn’t get passed back). The system records every time a grower takes something off your order by adding a note to the comment section of the order. Sometimes they’ll also email you in person, but not always. Additionally, the system records when we put an item in your basket or bag, and how you paid. If something turns up missing because the grower didn’t bring it, or if we later discover a bag with your name on it (usually because we accidentally gave you someone else’s), it’ll record that too. We automatically issue refunds for items you paid for but didn’t receive (and you’ll get an automated email each time), and that gets recorded also. You can see all these notes and details about your order by pulling it up in your order history and clicking the link for the PDF Invoice.

If you want to double-check our packing as we hand you your order, you can print out that invoice and bring it with you or load it up on your smart phone. There’s nothing wrong with that, and we welcome your diligence. By 2pm on Thursday, it should accurately reflect what you’re going to be getting that day. I will say that the paperless system has improved our order filling accuracy tremendously. We still have to refund a thing or two each week, but well over 99.9% of the items are getting to where they’re supposed to go.

If you have entered your credit card into our system, we do not run those cards until after pickups close on Thursday night, and the total charged to your card reflects any adjustments that had to get made along the way. If there is any question, the PDF has an item by item accounting of everything you received and was charged for, so we can go back over that at any time.

If you’ve ordered something one week and want to order it again, but can’t quite remember what it was called or who sold it, there’s a simpler version of your order history right on the market page. If you never use it, you can hide it, but what makes it really useful is the items you ordered previously will have an “add to cart” link right next to them if they are currently being offered for sale again. If you like to buy the same things each week, it can really speed up your shopping time.

Thank you so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

Most other area markets are starting to close down for the season or move to winter hours. The Athens Farmers Market will return in the Spring. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market is closed for the season, and you can watch for their return here: http://www.athenslandtrust.org/west-broad-farmers-market/. The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check www.facebook.com/comerfm for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running on winter hours now on Saturdays from 1-4pm. Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. You can learn all about them here: www.washingtonfarmersmkt.com. If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me know.

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Yalaha, FL:  Market Open


Order now through 5 pm Thursday February 21st for Friday Feb 22nd or Saturday February 23rd Pickup, (or contact me if you want a different day, we do have some flexibility.)

Remember to tell me when you want to pick up!

Hi All, Just want to share that I have been getting back into fermenting again. Let me know if you are interested in getting fresh cultures for Kombucha, Milk Kefir, or Water Kefir. My Kefir grains especially have been growing fast. The Kombucha scoby is a little slower about it.

Please let me know what micro greens or shoots you are interested in and I can start growing enough to make them available (most take less than 2 weeks.)
Also, if you want me to list super foods like Purslane, let me know, I have it volunteering wild here and I will likely also have nettles come winter/spring season.

If you have any particular requests, let me know I’m happy to grow to order.

Sign in to order. https://yalaha.locallygrown.net/market

You have to sign in to see the add to cart button. Then set the number and click the add to cart button on the items you want to buy (it is the little picture right next to the quantity box.) Remember you need to check out before your order will be placed.
Remember to let me know when you want to pick up on Sat or maybe even Friday late afternoon or on Sunday. (If I don’t send you an e-mail confirmation of your order and pick up time, please make sure you checked out and completed your order.)

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for February 17




Market News

Hello!

Apparently, monsoons cause chickens to lay more eggs than normal. We have an abundance this week, so we are running a special on Fresh Harvest eggs. They are $3.50 a dozen. These free range eggs come from a local farmer named Jimmy Jones. When I pick up his eggs, I enjoy seeing his peacocks, peahens and 15 milk cows on his true family farm. Unfortunately, his fresh milk is not available to us. I’ll keep asking. In an effort to help with your egg consumption, I’m putting up 2 recipes this week; Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs and a Frittata recipe. You could very easily go through a couple dozen eggs with those two recipes. Henosis Mushrooms, veggies and some Bloomy Rind cheese could easily be incorporated in a frittata. In other real or maybe fake news, I’ve also begun investigating the possibility of rice production in Middle Tennessee. At this time, it seems promising.

There is a nice selection and a good quantity of greens/veggies this week: lettuce, lots of carrots, Asian greens, spinach. If something sells out, be sure to write in the Comment section what you would like if more becomes available.

Wedge Oak Farm made some Nashville Hot Chicken Links this week – located in the Specialty Sausages Category
Bear Creek Farms – has New York strips this week. They also have plenty of Denver Steaks which are much like strip steaks.
Bloomy Rind has some interesting non-cheese items like Cultured Butter, Maple Cream and Grilled Grape Jam – found in the Cheese Category

We have plenty of eggs (did I already mention that?) granola, honey, and coffee.

The Hemp Honey has been added to the Market page. If you would like to learn more about CBD, here is a link: https://intellicbd.com/
TruBee’s Hemp Honey is 100% pure raw honey with full spectrum hemp extract. Serving size: 1/2 tsp, 24 servings in a jar

Deliveries will continue to be every other week. The next delivery will be Wednesday, March 6th. You have until Tuesday night to place your order.
Thanks for your support, and I will see you on Wednesday!

If you need to text me, my number is 615-838-0428.

John

Recipes


Mushroom Frittata with Pecorino Romano

12 large eggs
1/3 cup whole milk
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, stemmed & cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons water
2 scallions, white parts minced, green parts sliced thin
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 1/4 ounces Pecorino Romano, shredded (3/4 cup)

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk eggs, milk, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in bowl until well combined. 2. Heat oil in 12-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring frequently, until mushrooms are tender and spotty brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add water, scallion whites, vinegar, and thyme; continue to cook, stirring constantly, until no water remains in skillet, about 1 minute longer. 3. Add Pecorino, scallion greens, and egg mixture and cook, using rubber spatula to stir and scrape bottom of skillet until large curds form and spatula leaves trail through eggs but eggs are still very wet, about 30 seconds. Smooth curds into even layer and cook, without stirring, for 30 seconds. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until frittata is slightly puffy and surface bounces back when lightly pressed, 6 to 9 minutes. Using rubber spatula, loosen frittata from skillet and transfer to cutting board. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Be sure to use large eggs that have no cracks and are cold from the refrigerator. If you don’t have a steamer basket, use a spoon or tongs to gently place the eggs in the water. It does not matter if the eggs are above the water or partially submerged. You can use this method for fewer than six eggs without altering the timing. You can also double this recipe as long as you use a pot and steamer basket large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer. There’s no need to peel the eggs right away. They can be stored in their shells and peeled when needed. 1. Bring 1 inch water to rolling boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Place eggs in steamer basket. Transfer basket to saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook eggs for 13 minutes. 2. When eggs are almost finished cooking, combine 2 cups ice cubes and 2 cups cold water in medium bowl. Using tongs or spoon, transfer eggs to ice bath; let sit for 15 minutes.

Russellville Community Market:  Ordering Closes at 10PM on the Market!


To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. You will receive a confirmation email.

Orders will be ready for pick from 4PM – 6:30PM this Tuesday at the Downtown Russellville Train Depot!

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Ordering on the Market Closes at 10PM! We have Bone-In Pork Chops from Holland Family Farm for just $5.50, live parsley, cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli plants from our newest vendor Pine Ridge Gardens, Duck Eggs from Bluebird Hill Berry Farm, and an assortment of pastries, breads, jams, honey, spices, and seeds on the market this week. Don’t forget to place your order!

Russellville Community Market

FRESH.LOCAL.ONLINE

Miami County Locally Grown:  Eggs are Going, Going...


J & S Buehler have just added a few dozen eggs to the Market! Who will be the lucky few to grab them up?

The Wednesday Market:  Remember to Order Today


Good afternoon.

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

And, here is an exciting announcement: We now carry meats from The Good Shepherd. If you already like their milk, butter, and cheese, you’re going to love their meat! Among the items we stock are steaks, roasts, pork loins, baby back ribs, ground beef, and hot and mild sausage. Stop by the market and take a look!

Have a great Sunday, and we’ll see you at the Market.

Thanks,

Beverly

RAF Buying Clubs :  Time to Order!


Good afternoon Buying Club members!

It’s Buying Club week and time to start getting in your orders for pickup this Wednesday in Rivermont Area and Forest.

Check out our selection of locally and responsibly grown meats, eggs and vegetables and handcrafted pastas and dry rubs at

Buyingclubs.locallygrown.net

You have until Tuesday night at midnight to place your order but do so as soon as you can before we sell out of the popular items.

Have a blessed week!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Reminder


Just a reminder that if you want to order from Arkansas Natural Produce, you’ll need to do so before 9 pm Monday night. Tuesday is the deadline for everything else.

The Herb Square is on vacation this market, returning next market.

And remember, the co-op is like a muscle; If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. There are lots of fine products for sale even in the mid-winter, and our vendors need our help to make it through the lean months.

So order now to keep our co-op alive as a source for your goat-milk soaps, herbal remedies, organic locally grown vegetables, and grass-fed meats. Our farmers are your neighbors, and we’re here for them.

Karen Holcomb
Market Manager

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Beef, Lettuce, Coffee, Honey!


Good afternoon!

We are inching ever closer to spring, and now’s a good time to get ready for your garden. Whether its your first garden, or your 50th garden, we are wishing you the best! We will have lots of vegetable and flower seedlings listed on the market in late March, but here’s a few things you might want to do in the meantime.

Seed Swap this Saturday 11am – 1pm at the Faulkner County Library. With seed saving organizations from all over central Arkansas, as well as area farmers and gardeners in attendance, you will surely find the seeds and know-how you need to grow a bountiful garden this year. The seed library and other helpful resources will also be available.

And this Tuesday at the Library at 6pm, Kim Doughty from Bell Urban Farm is presenting a Seed Starting Workshop with great information for beginner and advanced gardeners.

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.

There’s a snake in my boot.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. We have over 600 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:

https://conway.locallygrown.net/market

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