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Augusta Locally Grown:  Weblog Entry

Are you missing your lettuce? Need some clean cabbage or collards? Buying from local, organic or natural farmers is one way to ensure food safety and food security for our community.

Breads, Veggies, Holiday Gift Baskets, Jams, Cabbage, Collards, Coffee… and don’t forget the eggs!


The Online Market is OPEN – Place your order before 8 PM, Sunday and pick up on Tuesday evening.

And in this holiday season, we ask that you please consider giving the gift of a donation to Augusta Locally Grown. You can even add a donation to your weekly order.

Information about our delicious local food events can be found at

Questions? Please text Emily at 803-293-6406

Conway, AR:  CLG pick up today 3:30 PM until 6 PM.

Good morning!

Maria will be joining us today with a specialty extras table that includes not only the usual goodies, but also spinach dip, boxes of chocolate covered cherries, and WASSAIL! (available by the cup or different sized container).

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.

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.

Champaign, OH:  Ladies and Gentlemen!

Welcome back, it’s lovely to see you, and even lovelier to take your orders!

We are opening, again, for your needs!

Cosmic Pam

Miami County Locally Grown:  Our final Featured Vendor of 2019...

The Farmhouse Bakery!!

Luscious cakes, Brioche donuts, gourmet muffins, German chocolate cake, decadent specialty breads, pies aplenty… To end our Market year with Jonathan and Carmen White’s The Farmhouse Bakery as Featured Vendor is deliciously perfect – just like the crusts in their fabulous fruit and custard pies. They may have traveled thousands of miles together before making Troy their permanent home, but oh are we grateful to now have them just around the corner!

When I initially spoke with Jonathan about the possibility of them joining the Virtual Market, I was pleased as punch – he sounded enthusiastic about filling an important niche for our established customer base, determined to be vested in our community venture by shopping from fellow vendors, and wanting to show their belief in the importance of shopping local, not simply their own bottom line.

Sounded fantastic – what I hadn’t expected was to find such a wonderful whirlwind when I visited his wife Carmen in the Bakery of their cozy Troy home. With a ready smile and work ethic beyond compare, she is simply fascinating. Born in Mexico, Carmen attended culinary school in Mexico City, and needing to fulfill an 18 month internship requirement, she had two choices… wait for an opening to intern in Spain, or immediately head to The Four Seasons in Tuscon, Arizona. She laughed when declaring it was all meant to be, since it was at The Four Seasons she then met her future husband Jonathan White, a Troy native.

When asked had she always intended to bake for a living, she gave a cheeky smile. “No, I thought I wanted to be a doctor, but only for one semester!” She hadn’t started out intending to specialize in pastries, either, but beginning in Arizona, “everything pushed me to pastries”, she shrugged – and certainly everything really does happen for a reason, as she has such a seemingly natural knack for perfect pastries and presentation.

After graduation and marriage, the White’s made a successful move to the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, where 600 dessert plates a night were the norm. “I like to be busy,” Carmen explained, “and they said I was a hard worker. I always wanted to learn everything, and people were very good to me.” Seven years of “very fancy stuff”, a lot of variety, and learning quite a few tricks gave her the challenge she had always desired. But the births of their daughter Emma and son James, coupled with the far distance from any relatives and a high cost of living, turned Jonathan back to thoughts of his hometown. “One day Jon said, “How about we…” and we researched Ohio laws”, finding it much more welcoming and reasonable compared to Florida. August of 2016 found them permanently in Ohio designing, building, and readying their new home and bakery.

Starting with a simple Home Bakery License the following season, Carmen began selling at the Downtown Troy Farmer’s Market in 2017, where one of her regular customers soon suggested his sister Megan NEEDED The Farmhouse Bakery, as she was just starting up a new local venture, Purebred Coffee Shop in downtown Troy. Now Carmen’s weekly deliveries of pastries, muffins, and donuts are beloved and famous staples of the shop, just as her Pumpkin Rolls are a specialty favorite at Fulton Farms in the fall.

After laughing she had always grown up in “nice” tropical places, the cold was a major adjustment for Carmen. But now being literally right around the corner from Jonathan’s family helps a great deal, as Jonathan works full time in Lima, and Carmen wakes at 2:30am to bake before making deliveries at 6:15am. There are so many roles to juggle… mother of three (Emma now 7, James 4, and little Luna 3), chauffeur, homemaker, chef, businesswoman… she said it’s routine to wake so early every morning, although on Sundays she may sleep til 7! “Carmen can make anything,” her proud husband told me matter of factly, when a customer came with a specific request. “Sugar free, gluten free, soy free, vegan – she can make anything you need or want!”

They both are in love with local food. “You don’t ever want to go out and eat elsewhere after you’ve cooked a locally sourced meal,” Carmen explained simply. “After you taste it, you can’t change from wanting it. That’s why we want to have our own eggs, apples, fruit… things we need in the bakery. And Troy is really nice – people want to know where their food comes from.”

Jonathan and Carmen are not only popular vendors but also some of our most frequent Market shoppers, both for their own household and also for their business, buying local and supporting fellow producers. They can appreciate the passion and effort which goes into their favorite Market products because it’s the same care which goes into their own.

That’s been a goal of the Market from it’s inception – to encourage vendor collaboration – as it only makes good sense for us to support each other! The White’s certainly take that to heart, by incorporating Sugar Grove Maple Products in many of their baked goods, utilizing J & S Buehler’s farm fresh eggs each week, or joining the Troy herdshare at Bair Trax Dairy for their fresh milk. They’re as serious about the importance of local as we’ve hoped our vendors would be. You can shop at any grocery store for tasty food – you cannot support local growers or real freshness at those same locations, and we hope to continue to enjoy our small niche in this wonderful community.

Carmen’s pies, muffins, cakes, breads, pastries (don’t forget the Brioche donuts!)… you pick them up on Tuesday and they’ve only been out of the oven for a couple hours! You’re not getting a day-old pie that’s been sitting waiting for a customer to purchase it when she bakes your custom order THE DAY you pick it up! THAT’S the kind of fresh and local goods we want to provide customers who are looking for the real deal.

There’s a reason why each and every participating vendor is currently selling on this Market, whether farming is their sole occupation, producing food is supplemental income, or perhaps simply a beloved hobby… we’re committed to the common good! We can each continue to sell from and promote our individual farms and businesses separately, or we can work together to build a model market that offers convenience and quality all within our local community. That’s the kind of grassroots, sustainable network of which we are glad Jonathan and Carmen White want to be a part. What we all have in common is a dedication to quality, a commitment to local, and a passion for the delicious!

Independence,VA:  Market is OPEN for Dec. 11th pickup!


Good evening,

Time to place your Market order. If what you’re looking for isn’t up tonight, be sure to check back later in the week. If you pre-ordered a tree or wreath, remember to pick it up at our Holiday Market this Saturday from 11-2 in Town Park!

We’re excited to have Pulaski Grow! back with the Online Market. For those that aren’t familiar with this awesome organization, they grow most of their produce aquaponically (think hydroponics, but with fish waste as fertilizer!). They also serve the community as a youth training center where high school and middle school students in the area can get important job training skills.

When preparing for the holidays this year, keep in mind our last market before Christmas will be on Dec. 18th. There will be no Online Market on Dec. 25th. We will also be closed the following Wednesday which falls on New Year’s Day. The Market will
“open” for new orders on Jan. 1st and pickup will be on January 8th. Be sure to stock up now!

Southern Fork Farm now has chicken available for purchase in the freezer at the Grayson Landcare office with out a pre-order!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

The Farmers Market is back in Town Park Saturday, December 7 from 11 am to 2 pm for our 2nd Winter Market and Chili Cook-off. Enjoy free kids activities, shop for delicious local products and beautiful crafts and stay for the Parade and Town activities. The New River Bell ensemble will offer hot cider for donation and offer live and recorded music. Be sure to enter or judge the Chili Cook-off. A $5 ticket lets you taste all the chili and vote for your favorite, we had a dozen entries last year, so it’s a bargain.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!


Foothills Market:  Market Reminder

Foothills Market closes at 5 p.m. today. If you have not submitted an order yet, you have just a couple of hours left. We still have plenty of fresh vegetables and meat available. Place an order now, and pickup tomorrow from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at the Food for Thought garden.

“Eat fresh and live healthy”

The Cumming Harvest:  Weblog Entry

Good morning,

We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving. We apologize for the delay in opening the market, the system was having a glitch error that needed to be fixed. We apologize for any frustration this might have caused. Please enjoy shop in the market and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the market manager

Jaclyn Barnum, MSW, HSBCP

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  This market has been cancelled.

The Spa City Co-op market has been cancelled this cycle due to lack or orders. We must have at least 10 to make it worth it to the growers and volunteers to spend their time and energy.

If you want the option to have the co-op market available, you must support it with your orders. Otherwise, it will cease to exist.

The next market cycle will open on Saturday, December 14th, at 9 am.

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  This market has been cancelled.

The Spa City Co-op market has been cancelled this cycle due to lack or orders. We must have at least 10 to make it worth it to the growers and volunteers to spend their time and energy.

If you want the option to have the co-op market available, you must support it with your orders. Otherwise, it will cease to exist.

The next market cycle will open on Saturday, December 14th, at 9 am.

Miami County Locally Grown:  Our last Market Gift Certificate Giveaway of 2019!!

We are taking referrals for our Refer-A-Friend program this week, and next Tuesday Dec 10th we’ll draw our last winner of 2019!!

How does it work? You tell a friend about the Market, they place an order and drop your name at pick-up, then I enter your name in our Drawing for a $10 Market gift card!!

And just because it’s so fun, we’ll be giving away TWO next week!! So tell your friends about our little local market, spread the love, and we’ll see who the Winners are next week after the Holiday Farmer’s Market!! Tis the season of giving ;-)