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McMinnville Locally Grown:  April Showers bring May Flowers!


Rainy days and Mondays! Looking forward to Monday and sunshine this week – it’s been a rainy weekend. May flowers are almost here!

Have a great week! Click here for McMinnville Locally Grown Market Section

Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-Mulch layer maiden voyage


Finally had sometime to work on the plastic mulch layer this weekend. I added the roller and two guide wheels to keep it from digging in too deep. While i need to do some fine tuning, it looks like it is going to work!

Is it perfect, no. Is it faster than laying it by hand, heck yea! I still need to add some heavy springs to pull the rear covering discs down to maintain better soil contact and finish the drip tape laying attachment.

Plastic mulch helps conserve moisture, warms the soil and helps preventing weeds. At our small farm, it has become a really big time saver!

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I made 4 or 5 minor adjustments while laying this test strips, the final adjustment dialed it in pretty close in the upper left.

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Same rows, done by hand 3 years ago.
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Once I get it finished, I will post a video.

Jay

The Wednesday Market:  The Market is Open - Check Out Our New Items


Hello, everyone.

Isn’t it amazing how a week or two of warm weather has caused the countryside to green up?

With that thought in mind, consider checking out some of the items newly listed on The Wednesday Market, including:

  • Several varieties of lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Green onions
  • Fresh herbs
  • Sweet red onions
  • Broccoli

Sounds to me like it’s time to make a salad! And we have some tasty new salad dressings for you to try too. Accompany your salad with some nice cheese and a big hunk of homemade bread, and you’ll have a perfect springtime meal.

Here is the link: http://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market. Remember to place your orders before Monday at 10 p.m. Orders may be picked up between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Thank you for supporting locally grown!

See you on Wednesday.

Beverly

Green Fork Farmers Market:  Weekly Product List


Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers,

It’s time to place your order for this week’s market!

NEW this week—Crosses Creek Farm is offering handmade 5-frame nuc bee hives. These are perfect for starting your own colony, splitting hives, or capturing swarms. All you need to add is frames and bees!

Green Fork Farm also has green onions this week grown by 9 year old Samuel—they are beautiful and delicious!

We have a wide variety of other locally grown and handmade products to choose from as well, including honey, beeswax, herbal soap and body care products, greens, eggs, coffee, olives, lamb, chicken, pork, beef, dog bones, microgreens, baked goods, and baby chick rentals. It’s also time to get a bunch of stuff in the ground over the next couple of weeks, so don’t forget about seeds and tomato starts for your garden or for gifts that keep on giving!

All you have to do is click on the link below to order, then pick up on Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Breezeway at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

We really appreciate your support and look forward to receiving your order. See you Wednesday!

Green Fork Farmers Market

Manchester Locally Grown:  Welcome to Manchester Locally Grown market!


This week we have the pleasure of welcoming Twilight Farm from Manchester to the market. Lisa Lazalier is offering farm-fresh, free range, antibiotic and hormone free eggs.

The rain may be keeping us from doing some much-needed garden work, but we will be thankful this summer that we had it this spring. Working in the greenhouse was very pleasant this afternoon, with the sound of raindrops on the plastic cover, and Charlie the greenhouse kitty twining his way between pots and around my ankles. I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours. Spring is in full bloom now, and so are most of my perennials. There are several new ones on the market this week.

Baked goods, both gluten-free and regular, honey, live plants & animals, herbs & spices, bath & beauty products, and several hand-made gift items are all available through our market.

Be sure to check out all the market offerings here. As usual, the market will be open for ordering till Wednesday at noon, with delivery Thursday afternoon at Square Books Round Cookies, 113 East Main St, Manchester. See you there!

Dothan, Alabama:  English peas, Kale, Radishes...


Welcome new and returning customers to Market at Dothan! Ordering online is the most convenient way to shop for your favorite local products.

New products have been added to The Market and we will continuously update as spring produce rolls in. New this week from Mr. Hayburn’s Farm is radishes, kale and English peas.
www.marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Thank you for supporting local, seasonal foods year round. Please feel free to spread the word!
www.Facebook.com/MarketatDothan
See you Friday.
Gratefully,
Susan & Amanda

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to Order Local Food!


To Contact Us


South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41B
Tracy City, TN 37387
rootedhere@locallygrown.net
615-653-3347
Risa Brown

Recipes

Market News

This week we have several different kinds of herbs and chives, lots of lettuce and greens, sweet potatoes, delicious breads and local eggs. Check out the list on our market page.

Look for Enzo’s market to be opening up in the next week down on Main Street.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

Risa


Coming Events

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!

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Weblog Entry





It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
click here to go directly to the market page

To Contact Us

Cumberland Farmer’s Market
cumberlandfm@gmail.com
931-924-4539

Recipes

Dandelion Greens with A Kick

I spent a few months in my twenties (in my formative cooking years)living in the woods in the Catskill Mountains. Much like Sam, in the book “My Side of the Mountain”, I ate many things from the forest. My bosses wife also often fed me from her lawn. One thing that I remember fondly was her dandelion green salads. She topped the raw dandelion greens with a buttermilk dressing. They had a whang to them! For those of you who might appreciate a little less whang, this is a recipe for a simple saute of dandelion greens. It’s from allrecipes.com. Click here to view the recipe at the source.

1 teaspoon salt
1 pound dandelion greens, torn into 4
-inch pieces
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
(optional)

DIRECTIONS:
1.Soak dandelion greens in a large bowl of cold water with 1 teaspoon salt for 10 minutes. Drain.

2.Bring a large pot of water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook greens until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until chilled.

3.Heat olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir onion and red pepper flakes until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds more. Increase heat to medium-high and add dandelion greens. Continue to cook and stir until liquid is evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

4.Sprinkle greens with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Market News


It’s finally warm and dry enough (well it was until last night) to think about planting. If you are looking for plants, you are in luck, more and more are added to the market each week.

For those of you waiting for spring fruits, I’m happy to report that our strawberry plants on the mountain have tiny green berries on them. There will be strawberries before long.


Chickweed has fresh nettle tops for sale this week!

In Town Organics has a small amount of super baby seasonal salad mix this week – look for an abundance in weeks to come.

Happy Spring!

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Coming Events

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!

Homegrown Co-op:  Homegrown Market OPEN for Wednesday! Organic Milk now available!


Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559
info@homegrowncoop.org
www.HomegrownCoop.org

Online Market

Place your order today in our online market!

Saturday Market:
Order online Wednesday 3pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Saturday 1pm – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.

Farm Store

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Monday – Sunday
10 am – 7 pm

Membership is Ownership! Become a Member today here

Upcoming Events

Saturday, 6/8 from 1-3pm:
Genetically Modified Foods: From Frankenfood to Frankenpeople?

HOMEGROWN LOCAL FOOD COOPERATIVE



Back by popular demand!




Since Florida doesn’t have a single Certified Organic diary farm, Homegrown Co-op is sourcing high quality products from Natural by Nature a 100% organic operation up in the State of Pennsylvania. Adhering to the strictest standards, Natural by Nature carries a Certified Organic and Certified Grass-Fed Labels in addition to their entire product line being blessed Kosher.

Natural Dairy Products Corporation is the producer of Natural By Nature organic, grass-fed, dairy products. Natural Dairy Products Corporation (NDPC) was started in 1994 by Ned MacArthur and his father Norman. Ned had quit milking cows a year earlier because of low milk prices and the frustration that there was no system by which farmers could sell milk organically.

Ned and Norman teamed up with four organic dairy farmers in Lancaster County, PA and created a whole system in which grass-fed organic milk could be produced, transported, processed and packaged, independent of the huge, volume based milk industry. Strict adherence to organic principles and a dedication to high quality were the rules, which Ned, Norman and the farmers demanded of each other.

Their mission is: “To promote and support organic farming and the sustainable use of our natural resources. To produce foods that benefit consumers and farmers alike. To use the principles of grass based dairy production as a means to improve the quality of our products, maximize the health of our cows and protect our watersheds. To make a living for our families, based on these strongly held principles.”

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Satellite Pick-up sites


We are looking to set up a few satellite pick-up sites around Central Florida to help reduce delivery fees and offer better access to local food. Are you interested in hosting a pick-up site? Do you know a school or business that would allow us to distribute orders once or twice a week? Let us know.

Member Mondays!

20% Off All Produce!


During regular store hours on Mondays, Members will receive 20% OFF all produce items. This discount will not include meat, dried herbs or shelf items.

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy by becoming a member

Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.
www.homegrown.locallygrown.net

Place your order before Tuesday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Wednesday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 2pm-7pm on Wednesday. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Monday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company

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Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  The Market is Open - Happy Shopping!


Greetings All:

Wow! News about our Market is spreading ‘far and wide’ – well maybe not ‘far’ but definitely widely within our area! We have you great folks to thank for sharing the Market with friends and family! Thank you! Mary and I are so blessed to have the great customers we have and the passionate, dedicated and tireless Farmers/Growers and Artisans who provide us with quality products which promote our health and wellness!

Now – If you want to skip reading my musings, which do include Market News, Weekly Specials, Farmer of the Week information, news about upcoming Events and Classes, little known facts and tidbits about ‘this and that’ then click Take me to the Market. You can access this and other Newsletters/Blog postings by clicking on the Weblog tab on the website!

For those of you still with me, grab a cup of coffee (or favorite beverage of choice) and forge ahead!

…Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due…

Both Mary and I are thrilled that Betsy Blankenship has become our Market volunteer. Betsy is very instrumental in helping us set-up, sort and organize products by customer so that when you arrive, it is easy to find your order quickly! By trade, Betsy designs kitchens – so she knows about organization and her creative side enhances our displays at Market! Thank you, Betsy! If your kitchen is in need of an update, allow Betsy to show you what your ideal kitchen can look like with her artistic abilities and efficient designs! You can contact Betsy either at 678.468.8126 or via betsyblankenship@hotmail.com. (No, she is NOT available on Thursday from 2:00 until 7:30!)

Julie Brink works tirelessly in making sure our flyers get placed in appropriate places of business to help us get the word out about the Market. She has saved both Mary and I countless hours and miles! Thank you, Julie! Your efforts are much appreciated!

Market pickup this past Thursday was VERY busy! We had 2 Farmers of the Week and people got to meet and speak with them about their products. Dena of Good Shepherd Herbals shared her knowledge of herbs, medicinal teas, salves and tinctures and had products to share and sell. As some of you know, I have a terrible time with sciatica which causes a great pain in my hip and leg – but, Dena’s Trauma Balm really helps! I have been using her Breathe Easy Blend medicinal Tea also to help relieve those nasty allergies! Thank you Dena!

Gwendolyn and Brennan of Phoenix Gardens were also at Market with Heirloom Seedlings, eggs and lots of information about the Naturally Grown certification and how they farm! Thank you both! People enjoyed meeting our Farmers of the Week and a good time was had by all!

About the Market

Heirloom Living Market connects you to the Farmers/Growers and Artisans in the Local – or near local community to obtain the resources that you want for you and your family’s health and well-being. Mary and I seek out the “best of the best” to offer their products to us every week. It is a balancing act of sorts to make sure that you have what you want and need and that each Farmer/Grower/Artisan has enough orders to ensure their participation is profitable.

Greg of Heritage Farm has let us know that he will offer his Beef, Pork, Lamb, Goat Cheese products on a bi-weekly basis. At present, the Market does not generate the number of orders to make it feasible to deliver to us on a weekly basis. We are confident that with continued growth, we will be able to return to a weekly ordering and delivery schedule in the near future. So, we have the advantage of keeping Greg’s wonderful products available; however, planning is key! This week, there are no offerings from Heritage Farm. Next week all products will be available for delivery at May 9th Market pickup! Check your freezer and plan ahead! We are blessed to have Heritage Farm as a provider of top-notch quality grass-fed Beef, Pork, Lamb and other products! Mary and I both appreciate Greg’s willingness to work with us!

Our mission for the Market is providing our customers with nutrient-dense, fresh, local, seasonal, GMO/chemical and pesticide FREE foods and products and giving you the opportunity to meet the people that are producing the food we are eating! In addition, we believe that education is key in helping folks transition to a nutrient-dense, healthy diet. It is a adventure, to be sure! Whether you are just starting your journey or have been on it for a time, there is always something to learn!

…And that is my (fairly smooth) segue into announcing the first of our educational and fun classes!

GMOOMG…What the World Am I Eating?!? promises to be an hour full of great information, hand-outs, good discussion and reference materials! The class will focus on the definition of GMO, the difference between Organic and GMO, where GMO’s hide in everyday products and how to avoid those traps. The cost of the class is $5 if you add it to your shopping cart or $10 if you simply show up for class! There are 2 dates available: May 7th or 14th! Both classes will start at 7:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center! When you reserve your spot, please put your preferred date in the Comments Section Both Mary and I will be tag-teaming for this class! Find the class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Want to try your hand at making cheese? Mary, our resident expert Cheese Maker is offering Cheese Making 101 on May 11th! You will learn how to make Chevere, Mozzarella and Ricotta and take the fruits of your labor home with you! This is the first in a series of classes Mary will be offering! Participation in other Cheese Making classes make this one a “must-do”. Here you will learn the basics, the principles of the art of making cheese! Class size is limited to 6 people, so reserve your spot early! The fee for the class is $50 which includes supplies! What do you need to bring? A stainless steel pot to take home the Chevere, your self, notebook and pen! Mary will email all participants with all the details! I will be there – as a helper and student! Find this class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Anyone registering in May for a any class will be entered in a drawing to win a Bundle of Organic Spices!

Market News

Weekly Specials: Goat Milk from Little Tot’s Estate will be available Buy One – Get One Free again this week! This is the last week of the Special Offer – some of the Does will be ‘dried out’ and availability will be less in the coming weeks! If you, or your pets have always wondered what Goat Milk is all about – I strongly advise taking advantage of this absolutely fantastic deal on the best Goat Milk I have ever tasted! (All Goat Milk is labeled for ‘Pet Consumption’ as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and is the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.) An update on the Black Lab and Goat Milk – no thievery took place this past week and he is happy with his morning and evening portions!

Phoenix Gardens is offering 6 Heirloom Veggie Seedlings or 3 Herb Seedlings at $10.00! The seedlings are good sized and ready to plant. Four different varieties of Tomatoes, eight different Herbs and 2 varieties of Summer Squash will be welcome additions to your harvest this summer! This is a fantastic opportunity to get GMO-Free seedlings! Be sure and indicate the NAMES of the seedlings you would like in the COMMENT section!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! A Mother’s Day Gift Bag from Good Shepherd Herbals contains many goodies (3 goat milk soaps in yummy scents, a jar of Beulah Balm and a bag of Wise Woman Tea) – a $37 value for $30! This is a perfect gift for Mom!

Find the above under Weekly Specials on the Market Page!

Patchwork Pastures has several Mother’s Day offerings! Give Mom the gift of relaxation – Bath Salts of Epsom or Dead Sea Salts scented with aromatic therapeutic doTerra oils will go a long way too soothe and rejuvenate! (Hint: Then leave her be so she can relish her ‘alone time’ and enjoy her escape from life’s daily stressors!) Prices range from $8.50 to $25.00 depending on the oil combinations and type of salt. Or perhaps you would rather surprise Mom with a bundle of Grilling/Roasting/Rub Spice Blends – and let Dad fire up the grill and give Mom the day off! A bundle of 3 of these flavorful Blends is $20.00 and a Bundle of 6 Blends is $38.00. Mary also offers natural salts containing the vital minerals we need to survive and thrive – whether it is the Pink Himalayan Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or anyone of her flavor infused salts, you can’t go wrong. My 2 current favorites are the Thai Ginger and the Spicy Curry! Added to a Red Lentil Soup the Thai Ginger gives it a gentle, warming quality that enhances flavor and really makes this soup shine. The Spicy Curry is perfect with Lamb!

Farmer of the Week

Due to the final push to get all planting and Spring tasks accomplished, we will not be meeting any of our Farmers this week. We will have a Farmer’s Sale Table which will feature delicious goodies from My Daily Bread and the Mother’s Day Gifts Specials available from Good Shepherd Herbals and Patchwork Pastures! In addition, we will also have information about upcoming classes and will be taking reservations.

…this and that…

This past week Mary and I had the opportunity to talk with Mary Beth Sellars of Joyful Noise Acres Farm and catch up on all the news on her homestead! Her fat and sassy chickens will be sent to the USDA processor on May 13th! Mary Beth will be offering the opportunity to pre-order whole chickens and/or parts next week. She will also be offering a 12 to 14 pound Bulk Package with some Pork included. For those of us who make Bone Broth – Chicken Feet, Backs and Necks and organ meats will also be available! Look for all the particulars next week in the Newsletter and on the Market Page!

We are working with Rusty and Lucy to arrange a Farm Tour of Little Tot’s Estate! We will tour the farm, interact with the goats and help with some chores that Rusty will assign. If you have any interest in participating, please email us at heirloomlivingmarket@gmail.com or let us know by putting I am interested in the upcoming tour to LTE. in the Comment Section when you check out! We will keep you posted on date, time and the particulars! …Talk about getting to know your Farmer!

A Final Thought…

Mary and I are passionate about our commitment to the Market. We manage the opportunity to bring together Local Farmers/Growers/Artisans with you the community! When it is all said and done – it comes down to the fact that the Market “belongs” to you! Tell us what additional products you want to purchase from the Market! We will do the leg work, vet the potential Farmer/Grower/Artisan and invite them to the Market. Support your Local Economy and get the items you want for you and your family! Let your voice be heard! Whether it is a product you want or an idea to improve the market, contact us! You can reach us by email at heirloomlivingmarket@gmail.com! We are here to serve ~ and grateful to be so blessed!

Now, it is time to let you get back to your life! Thanks for taking the time to read the information and my musings! (there will be a quiz on Thursday!) Before you go, scoot on over to the Market and get your shopping done!

Again, please know that we appreciate your support of our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy! Please “Like” us on Facebook and continue to share the Market with family and friends!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Have a wonderful week!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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