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Siloam Springs, AR:  Online Market is Open!!


It was so nice to see the sun shining this morning! Thankful for a day of warmer weather.

There is lettuce available again this week! Get your order in fast along with all the other items you need for this weeks menus.

So many of you have asked about using a card to pay for your order. Now you can now pay by debit or credit card at the time you place your order. You will notice an option to add a card. The information is provided to the payment processor and we will not have access to your card information. You can add and remove a card at any time. Your payment will be processed on Saturday after your order is picked up. This will ensure any changes to your order can be made before you pay. We’ve had two customers use this already and the transaction was smooth. There is a 3% convenience charge to use this service, which is what we are charged to offer the service.

For those of you who follow us on Facebook you may already know that Siloam Springs is in the running to be featured on a show aired on Hulu called the Small Business Revolution – Main Street. Sponsored by Deluxe Corporation, the winning community would receive $500,000 that would be invested in their downtown community. Currently, we are in the top 10 and tomorrow morning, bright and early, they are announcing the top 5 towns at 6:30 central time, LIVE on Facebook.

Once the top 5 are announced a week long voting process will begin. If we make the top 5 we will need your votes! You can vote once per day per email account. I will send out an additional newsletter tomorrow with the link to the voting site.

Thank you for shopping local and supporting all local businesses!

Statesboro Market2Go:  Fisheads Lettuce!


We’re so glad to see that Fisheads lettuce is back!
They’ve had to regrown everything, but have recovered after the January freeze.

Winnsboro Locally Grown Texas:  Time to Shop! Market is Open!


The Winnsboro Online Market is open and ready

We are open until Tuesday at 7 pm so you’ve got plenty of time, just don’t forget.

Our product list is growing, check us out. Lots of various meat cuts and a new baker. We’ve got milk, yogurt, cheese, honey, lettuces, jams/jellys, and even knife sharpening services. Bring your knives to the Thursday pick up location and drop them off or get them sharpened on the spot.

Happy shopping!

Debra Aaron
903.629.3332 (home office land line)
312.307.0114 (iphone with no service at home office)

www.Winnsboro.LocallyGrown.net

Foothills Market:  The Market is Open - February 12


Foothills Market is open for another week’s shopping!

Later today, I’ll post a couple of recipes that feature some of our items this week, including a frittata that you can make with eggs from Sheepy Hollow Farm and kale or baby collards from the Food for Thought Garden. I also have a good recipe for turnips, if you’d like to pick up some from Happy Horseshoe Farm. That turnip recipe would be a great side dish to go with some pork chops, steak, or lamb several growers are offering on the market.

Browse the market, fill your cart, then click the “Place Your Order” button. We’ll have your order ready for pickup Friday afternoon between 4-6 at the Food for Thought Garden house, 815 N. Hillcrest in Clarksville.

Eat something fresh this week!

Yalaha, FL:  Yalaha Market Open


Order now through 5 pm Feb 15th for Feb 17th Pickup (or contact me if you want a different day.)

Remember to tell me when you want to pick up!

Expanded Goat cuts available. Try Chops or Roasts. (Let me know if you are interested in Heart or Liver.)

Send me a message if you are interested in Getting Channel Catfish.

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 click the add to cart button on the items you want to buy. 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.)

McColloms Market:  Reminder - February FFFN Order Open Until Tonight


Hi All:

Just a reminder in case you still want to place an order this month. I’ll be closing the Market this evening so you have until then.

Thanks.

Melinda

Greener Acres Farm:  Market Still Open


Sorry we did not send out an email yesterday, but YES we are still open.

Not many changes to the items available this week.

We are happy to announce that when we did an inspection of our high tunnel this weekend, we found that the salad greens that we have over-wintered are coming back and sending up new growth. We should have limited quantities of salad greens available for purchase in a few weeks.

We also have new herbs started in our grow room at this time. They are up and have their first leaves on. Once they have a few sets of true leaves, we will pot them up into four inch pots and will offer them for sale. They include sweet basil, parsley, dill and cilantro.

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for February 15


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 couple things 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.

Also, just a reminder that we don’t offically open and begin filling orders until 4:30pm on Thursdays. Sometimes we get a line of people forming at 4pm, when growers are still trying to load and unload. I get a little worried about having all that truck traffic going through a crowd of people for one, and it’s also just human nature to get a little frustrated when you’ve been waiting in line for a while. If the growers have all come early and we have things under control, we will start filling orders early, as soon as we’re able. But keep in mind that we don’t officially open until 4:30pm, so if you’re in a hurry at 4 and want your items right away, there’s a good chance we won’t be able to help you. We’re usually in a mad rush ourselves just trying to get everything organized in the back. The growers fill items in the order that they were bought, not in the order that you arrive, so getting there super early won’t help you get items in short supply.

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 closed down for the season or have moved to winter hours. The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the season. They’ll return in April, and 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 on their website 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!

Green Fork Farmers Market:  Weekly product list


Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers:

Here’s what’s available this week:

Vegetables—Kale, swiss chard, kalettes, and spinach.

Herbs and Spices—cilantro and hot chili powder.

Eggs—From pastured hens.

Meat—Pastured beef and chicken.

Olives and Olive Oil—Direct from the organic grower in California. Check out sales prices on selected varieties!

Salsa—Made with locally grown and organic ingredients.

Live plants—Fig trees, fig houseplants.

Crafts—Natural, handmade soy candles scented with pure essential oils (no toxic chemicals!)

Place your order now, then pick up and pay on Wednesday from 4-7 pm at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville.

We will also have a selection of locally grown and handmade goods available for sale from the table at the market on Wednesday.

We look forward to seeing you!

Green Fork Farmers Market

Dawson Local Harvest:  Cool Vegetables Rule!


Dawson Local Harvest for February 16th

Cool Vegetables Rule!

HI EVERYBODY!

Their aren’t many local farms that grow year around. Fortunately, LEILANI’S is one of those, and are offering plenty of crisp, great-tasting cool-weather Vegetables! New this week are beautiful white Hakurei Turnips, excellent sliced in salads, or boil them like potatoes (1/3 the calories). Also available right now are Greens like Lettuce, Spinach, a couple pf varieties of Kale, Swiss Chard and tasty Asian Bok Choi.

Don’t forget the wonderful healthy Beverages from CULTURAL TRADITIONS. Their Juns, Kvasses, and Kifers have really different tastes that are quite tasty and are loaded with probiotics. You’ll see them in the Fermented / Probiotic Foods listing of The Market.

Also look for Free-range Lamb and Beef, Raw Milk, fresh-baked Bread, gluten-free Cheesecake Brownies, and lots more, available this week in The Market!

THE MARKET IS NOW OPEN!

REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at http://dawsonville.locallygrown.net

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! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

Best thoughts for you and yours this season!

Alan Vining
Market Manager