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Conway, AR:  Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

As a young person interested in farming, I often wonder how I will ever manage to finance a start-up farming venture of my own. The prices of good pasture land within a reasonable proximity to urban markets are simply astounding. One of the important lessons that I am learning from working at Falling Sky Farm is that it takes a community – a network of workers, customers, and lenders – to finance and operate a farm, as well as the vision and people skills to bring these players together into a working whole.

This is an insightful article about beginning farmers, the challenges they face, and what sorts of resources are available to help them. What stuck with me after reading the article was the mention of the connection between successful new farmers and supportive communities built around food and agriculture, communities just like Conway Locally Grown.

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.

Thanks for providing support for beginning farmers!
Sincerely,
Gabe Levin

Dothan, Alabama:  Happy New Year!!


http://marketatdothan.locallygrown.net

Welcome back to Market at Dothan! We wish you a healthy and happy 2013! We hope “eating local” is your #1 new year’s resolution! This week our featured local products are Greens: Mustard, Collards, Turnips and Rutabagas. We are pleased to welcome Doug Crawford as a new grower for Market at Dothan. His greens are delicious and very clean! What a great way to start the new year!
Pick up for the Online orders is INSIDE THE POTTING SHED @ Dothan Nurseries…
9 am until 11 am…see you Friday. Have a great week!
Gratefully,
Susan & Amanda

Rivervalley.locallygrown:  The Market is Open


Ordering may be done anytime between Saturday morning and Tuesday night if ordering from Stutzman’s Pantry. Orders from them must be placed by the market manager by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday since that is their baking day.

Orders from Bluebird Hill Berry Farm can be placed anytime from Saturday a.m. until Thursday evening if it is for items that do not require baking. Those requiring baking must be placed as if the order was from Stutzman’s Pantry.

Hope each of you had a very rewarding Christmas and New Years celebration time.

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Breaking News!


Hot off the Press…

Mother Earth Meats will deliver to Rancho Alegre Farm on Saturday, January 26th. The deadline for orders is January 14th. Please use the following link to access the information sheet/order form: http://ranchoalegrefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/MEM-Jan-Info-Order-Form.docx

Wilderness Family Naturals order minimum has been reached. The order will be placed Wednesday, January 9th. All orders and monies must be received prior to order being place. Please use the link to access the Product and Group Buy Price List: http://ranchoalegrefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WFN-Wholesale-Price-List.pdf . Use this link to download the EXCEL Order form. http://ranchoalegrefarm.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/WFN-Excel-Order-Sheet.xlsx If you have any questions, please contact Maryanne at grow@ranchoalegrefarm.com.

I am investigating having Produce Bins delivered to the Farm from Fresh Harvest. If we have a group, we will get a discount on the price of the bin. Please let me know if you are interested in this little gem! Email me at grow@ranchoalegrefarm.com and put PRODUCE in the Subject line. I have an appointment to speak with them tomorrow and would like to give them some idea of our interest level. You can check out the website here: http://freshharvestdelivered.com.

Market pickup this week will be busy! We have a new vendor, David Huenergard, owner of The Roastin’ Fool in Lilburn. You will want to stop by and sample David’s organic, free trade coffee! The beans come from Dean’s Beans who procures them from co-op organic farmers. David uses his expertise to roast the beans to perfection and will now be offering his products to the folks of Gwinnett Locally Grown! Trust me, you do NOT want to miss the opportunity to taste this exceptional coffee!

Also available this week at Market pickup will be organic salts and spices. The blends are unique, fresh and totally awesome! Check them out!

Interested in Milk Kefir – contact Maryanne at grow@ranchoalegrefarm.com or call her at 404-432-4337. You can pick up the product at Market pickup.

My passion is serving. I want to make 2013 a banner year for the Market by increasing the products that you – the customer want! Please let me know additional products you would like to see offered. Do you know a good vendor who would like to expand into our locally grown market? Let me know. I will contact them and if they come on board as a Grower for Gwinnett Locally Grown – you will be rewarded with a $10.00 credit good toward a purchase at the Market! Margaret Mills is the first recipient of the reward for bringing The Roastin’ Fool to Gwinnett Locally Grown! Congratulations Margaret and thank you!

Have a good Sunday evening – don’t forget to shop gwinnett.locallygrown.net tonight!

Joyful thoughts,

—Maryanne

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for January 6th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Winter Pasta
from 101 Cookbooks

I used penne here, but you can substitute whatever pasta you like. Spinach can be substituted for or mixed with the kale if you like as well.

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
4 small shallots, peeled
1 small bunch of kale – 1/2 lb / 8 oz, stalks removed, washed well
1/3 cup / 80 ml extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup / 2 oz goat cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons + hot pasta water
fine grain sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
fresh lemon juice – optional
12 oz / 340 g dried penne pasta
fresh thyme – and thyme flowers

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the boiling water generously, and add the garlic and shallots. Boil for 2-3 minutes, stir in the kale and cook for another ten seconds. Don’t overcook. Working quickly, use a slotted spoon or strainer to fish the greens, garlic, and shallots from the water. Use a food processor to puree the ingredients along with the olive oil and goat cheese. Add a couple tablespoons of hot pasta water if needed to thin things out if needed. Then season with a touch of salt and plenty of black pepper. Taste. Depending on your goat cheese, you might need a little extra acidic oomph if your sauce is a bit flat. If so, add fresh lemon juice a bit at a time until you’re happy with it the sauce. Set aside.
Reheat the pot of water and boil the pasta per package instructions. Drain and toss immediately with the green sauce. Serve topped with a few pinches of fresh thyme, and more crumbled goat cheese.
Serves 4-6. 
Prep time: 10 min – Cook time: 10 min

Market News


Hello!

It is great to be back after a two week break. We hope everyone had a lovely holiday and has had a good transition into 2013. It will be great to see your smiling faces on Wednesday, and to get back into our weekly schedule. We plan on delivering through the winter and into the spring, as long as the weather cooperates and we have good veggies to sell!
We are full steam ahead this week, with lots of great produce offerings for you, as well as the staple items of wood fired bread, eggs, meats, cheeses, honey, and baked treats! There are lots of greens this time of year, for stir fries, soups, salads, and on the side of just about everything. Eating fresh greens will keep you healthy all winter long – nothing is more chock full of vitamins and vibrancy that just picked greens!
And, if you haven’t had winter grown carrot yet, you must! Carrots are at their prime taste right now in Tennessee. They do much better this time of year than in the heat of summer.
Speaking of summer, we are making our plans right now! The seed orders are going in, the pallet of potting mix arrives next week, and soon we’ll be seeding flats of tomatoes for an early planting in the hoophouse. Also, lots of flowers are seeded in January as well as the early crops to be put out into the field as soon as it warms and dries a bit – kale, beets, scallions, lettuces….it is a fun time of year, so full of promise!

We are getting low on bags, and would appreciate if you would check your closets and cars, and remember to bring them back when you pick up your next order. Thanks you!

We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
John and Tallahassee

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!

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TriLakes (NY) Winter Farmers Market:  Pay online for your Trilakes order


We have the option to accept online payments through Dwolla. Dwolla is a relatively new system that has an excellent reputation and claims to be safer than credit cards. They also charge us only 25 cents/transaction. If this interests you please go to Dwolla and read the info and sign up. Then email me and let me know you want to use Dwolla. To find us on Dwolla, go to Places and type in Rehoboth Homestead, or use the email “info@rhomestead.com”. Getting set up takes a couple days while you verify things, so if this interests you, start before pickup day.

I strongly suggest you not send the money until after you pick your order up, because some things are priced by the pound and we don’t know the total until delivery day.

And if you join using the link above we get a referral credit to use against transaction fees.

If you prefer to pay with check or cash that is OK to. It just means I need to stick around until everyone has picked up. I’d love to see you all, but if I know you are paying with Dwolla, or having your bank send me a check, I can get back home and do animal chores in daylight.

Jbo Locally Grown:  Shop for Jan. 9th pick-up


Market fans—-
Brighten up the January doldrums with some local products from the farmers market. Plenty to choose from – don’t settle for anything but the best!

The Market Managers

Russellville Community Market:  RCM Opening Bell


Hey everyone!

It’s market time again this week! It’s hard to believe we are already in the second week of 2013!

Be on the lookout for PLENTY of eggs on this week’s market. Hauna Lea Farms has a bunch this week!

Also, if anyone is interested in purchasing apple or pear trees, Drewry Farms has them for sale this week!

Newly added from Ratchford Farms is Beef Breakfast Sausage. Sounds delicious! Ratchford also has lots of arugula to go around—a delicious addition to salads and sandwiches alike.

Thanks to all of you, and we look forward to a great 2013 with you! :)

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook

Check out the “Featured Items” section as well as the “What’s New” section at the top of the market page for all the latest products available.

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. Remember, you have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.

Happy Shopping! See you on Thursday!

Russellville Community Market

ALFN Local Food Club:  Food Club! Sleep Ordering!!


Good Morning Dear Community E-mail Database,
ALFN urgently reports to you on the recently discovered, potentially lethal disorder: Sleep Ordering. A dear customer of ours came to Food Club yesterday, perplexed at the order she had made. “I don’t even remember placing an order!” she exclaimed. “Maybe I did it in my sleep?” A grim prospect that required immediate investigation. I myself have come to Food Clubs before only to be vexed by my order sheet. “When did I order this ?” I wonder. Is it possible that I’ve fallen victim… to Sleep Ordering? A condition in which the fundamental desire to order fresh, local produce and meat is expressed during sleep, before the computer, filling baskets arbitrarily with delicious, albeit unwanted, food? If you suspect you’re a victim of Sleep Ordering, contact us immediately. There may yet be a cure.
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None of that was serious, for those who don’t enjoy sarcasm. Except I really do scratch my head sometimes when I see what I’ve ordered.
The Market is open and seeking hungry customers.
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Kent Walker has two new cheeses: Funky Goat (a blue cheese) and Petit Roche (a camembert).
North Pulaski’s and Arkansas Natural Produce’s peppers looked exquisitely beautiful yesterday.
Falling Sky Farm still has a few turkey breasts available.
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Let’s keep our momentum up this Winter. We’ve had some fantastic volunteer support as of late, plus new members and lots of orders. Keep ordering and spreading the word to friends who want to eat locally!
Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

Homegrown Co-op:  Order now for Wednesday pickup or delivery! Try a Season's Pick Box today!


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 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Sunday 10am – 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

Featured Producer: Gutierriez Farm!






“We have a small homestead farm here in Orlando growing citrus and veggies, plus we raise our “Happy Chickens”! We call them happy because they are just the loveliest ladies, who just look quaint scratching around in our field. We also have a beautiful horse, two dairy goats, a sometimes crazy goat, and our pets. We feel we have a slice of heaven in the middle of Orlando.

Our chickens are free range and healthy. They help us manage pest by ranging around our property eating bugs. They also eat veggie kitchen scraps and occasionally spoiled veggies from the Co-op.

We practice organic, using fertilizer our farm produces, horse & chickens manure and compost.

We do not use synthetic pesticides and herbicides at our farm. The horse and goat mow the grass down, and then we’ll hand pull weeds they leave behind.

To manage insect pests we use Diatomaceous Earth where needed, but our bug hungry chickens do most of the work for us.

Water for the veggies and animals comes from our well and rainwater catchment."

Available Now from The Gutierriez Farm:

Happy Chicken Eggs

Sour Oranges

Goat Milk Soap Pumpkin & Spice

Goat Milk Soap with Oatmeal & Honey

Apron Zoo Holiday Cheer

Upcoming Member Monday Special!

This Monday, January 7th members only special is in! Members will receive 10% off any the recipe ingredients below:

Jalapeno Potato Soup

Ingredients:

-1/2 medium onion, chopped

-1/8 c. butter

-2.5 pounds potatoes of your choice, peeled and cubed

-4 c. veggie broth

-1/2 t. ground cumin
-1/4 cup jalapenos, coarsely chopped

-2 cups coconut milk

-Everything but Salt to taste by Orenda Herbal

-Salt and pepper to taste

-Green onions or chives, chopped

Directions:

In a large stockpot, sauté onion and peppers in butter until just tender. Add potatoes, broth, cumin, and Everything but Salt. Cover and cook until potatoes are tender (20-30 minutes).

Remove from heat and stir in coconut milk.

Coarsely mash potatoes in the pot with potato masher. Stir well, then season with salt and pepper. Return to heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Garnish individual servings with a sprinkling of chopped green onions or chives.

Some like it hot and some don’t. To adjust for hotness level don’t forget to remove the membranes and seeds from the peppers to match your comfort level.

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy now 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 2-8pm on Wednesday January 9th. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups at this time.

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
Prepared foods from Venetian Gourmet and Purely Raw

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