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Tahlequah Farmers Market:  On Line Re Opens

The On Line Market is re-opening today!! We have several new products that are available. Honey and beef are among them! Please check us out at The next pick up date for these new orders is February 23rd between 11-1 at Norris Park. If you are unable to be present for pick up on Saturday but would like to place an order give Linda a call at 918-457-8617. We would like to work this out! Please note, there are no membership fees for this market. Thanks!*

ALFN Local Food Club:  New Grower: Lamb Anyone?

Good Morning folks,
Please join me (digitally) in welcoming a new grower into our fold: Michael McSwayne of McSwayne Ranch. Check out his profile. For our tasting pleasure, Michael has uploaded his 100% pasture raised, grass-fed lamb. I don’t know about you, but lamb is a meat I dearly love and have sorely missed in our market. No hormones, no grain, no antibiotics or any other problematic chemicals. Just grass, which makes for some supremely flavorful lamb.
Two recipes for you: Lamb Kebabs and Lamb Curry.
The Market is open. Order to your stomach’s content!
Sam Hedges

Stone County, AR:  Your Online Market is Open!

Hi, Everyone!

What a beautiful day! Welcome back to The Market!

We’re looking forward to the 2013 season and helping improve your access to our county’s fresh, tasty, healthy, and LOCAL foods. While local produce is not as available as it will be in the coming months, we want to highlight some benefits that have resulted from our activities of 2012.

We held a series of low-cost, cold frame construction workshops on active Stone County farms with a goal of helping extend our vendors’ growing seasons. Sure enough, we’re seeing winter greens we’ve not seen before as a result, such as the pea tendrils, collard and mustard greens offered by Ratchford Farms. Speaking of Ratchford Farms, we want to underscore their presence at The Market. Ratchford’s healthy products…that, previously, have not been readily available in Stone County…now are. What exactly does this mean?

Among other products, Ratchford offers naturally-raised, grass-fed, Angus-cross Beef. No hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Their cattle are spring-watered, which can significantly affect the taste, color, and texture of the meat. Grass-fed animals roam and feed on grass in a pasture. Grain-fed animals…from which comes most of the meat we purchase at grocery stores…are usually kept in feedlots, often in crowded conditions. Grain-fed animals are given antibiotics to prevent disease, and those antibiotics are passed into the meat we eat. If eating healthier is your goal, Ratchford beef meets that criteria.

Another Ratchford product that ranks even higher in nutritional value (and many would say taste) is their line of buffalo products. Buffalo meat is lower than beef in virtually all the harmful categories that doctors warn consumers against. It contains 50 percent less LDL (bad) cholesterol and 70 to 90 percent less overall fat than beef. It does not contain any substances that are allergenic to humans and is relatively free of pathogens. A 3.5-oz. serving of buffalo meat has 143 calories compared to 283 calories for beef.

Buffalo meat is high in essential fatty acids, which play an important role in maintaining our overall health. It is 30 percent higher in protein than beef and has 25 percent more iron. It has 25 percent more Vitamin B12 than beef and is also higher in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.

According to the University of North Dakota, grass-fed bison also have four times as much selenium as beef. Selenium is a vital trace mineral that helps to improve our overall disposition, contributing to happier moods. Hey…if nothing else, that last fact ought to have us considering buffalo meat! Right?

Enough statistics for now! We’re just extremely proud to be able to help bring Ratchford Farms healthy local foods to the County!

Stay tuned to The Market as we approach the season. We’ll have lots of starter plants for your gardens and lots of news about other vendors and their local foods to help keep you, your family and our community as healthy as possible!

Tahlequah Farmers Market:  On Line Market Re-opens!

The On Line Market is re-opening today!! We have several new products that are available. Honey and beef are among them! Please check us out at The next pick up date for these new orders is February 23rd between 11-1 at Norris Park. If you are unable to be present for pick up on Saturday but would like to place an order give Linda a call at 918-457-8617. We would like to work this out! Please note, there are no membership fees for this market. Thanks!

Homegrown Co-op:  Farm Fresh foods available for Ordering!

Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559

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


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10 am – 7 pm

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Upcoming Events

Friday February 15th-17th:

2013 Florida Herbal Conference

Saturday February 23rd:

Sustainable Nutrition for Vegans and Vegetarians

Featured Producer: Leaves and Roots!

Some words from Grower Jim

Hello! My name is Jim Ford, and I am a long-time producer of fresh, naturally-grown fruit, potted herbs, vegetable plants and edible landscape plants. Everything I sell is locally grown in Apopka, where I have been cultivating the same plot of land for 25 years.

I define naturally-grown as being grown without any artificial or manufactured products (Beyond Organic). “Certified Organic” growers are allowed to use bacteria, toxic alkaloids, and other man-made compounds on their crops as long as they are derived from plant or animal sources. I do not use these products. If a plant can’t be grown without the use of chemicals, I don’t grow it. For weed control I rely on labor-intensive hand pulling, mulch suppression and weed fabric/ground cloth.

My fruit grove is naturally watered only with rainfall, and the lack of irrigation concentrates and enhances the flavor of my fruit.
My fresh vegetables and herbs are all grown outdoors in the ground in natural sun, wind and rain. As a result, they may not always be picture-perfect, but the flavor and nutrition levels can’t be beat.
My potted plants are grown in a compost/soil blend made from materials composted on site, and watered with rainfall and ground water from a well. I don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, instead relying on the nutrients inherent in the compost/soil mix and bio-active pond water rich with fish waste and algae. All containerized plants are grown in 100% re-used post-consumer pots.

Items available from Jim:



Star Fruit

Sweet Lemons

And an assortment of various starter Plants!

Upcoming Member Monday Special!

This Monday, February 11th members only special is in!

Members will receive 20% off the Purchase of any variety of Peppers available in the Farm Store!

This includes Jalapenos, Green Bell, and Cubanelle peppers!

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.

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 February 13th. 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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Russellville Community Market:  Market Time!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another market week!

A BIG thank you to Ratchford Farms for being our featured farmer for February, and for coming down for last week’s market. Some of you got to meet with Ratchford Farms and see the people behind the name, not to mention try their delicious snack sticks! Don’t forget, the snack sticks are available right here on the market!

For those of you who did not get a pamphlet last week, the annual Russellville Seed Swap is coming up on February 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Shoemaker Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church! Have heirloom seeds you want to share? Interested in learning about heirloom varieties? Even if you don’t have seeds, feel free to come down to the Russellville Seed Swap anyway!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, why not consider some of Drewry’s Chocolate Fudge dipped strawberries for that special someone?! Also, don’t forget about all the live plants Drewry has available that I mentioned in last week’s email!

Needing something delicious for breakfast? Don’t miss Bright Moon Ranch’s Maple Flavored Pork Sausage Links.

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

The Wednesday Market:  Let The Wednesday Market help inspire you for Valentine's Day!

Please join The Wednesday Market in welcoming a new producer, Chad Baker, and his product, Baker’s Bark. According to Chad’s website, “Baker’s Bark is a rub made from a unique blend of spices and dehydrated craft beer. Perfectly balanced, it compliments pork, beef, chicken, fish and game. It’s spicy, it’s warm, it’s complex, it’s malty. It’s delicious. Rub it in good. Life is short. Drink [and eat] good beer.” Check out for more information and a recipe for Baker’s Bark Balti-Frisco Crab Cakes. Looks delicious!

Valentine’s Day is Thursday, February 14, and The Wednesday Market is here to help you as you plan your celebration. I can’t think of any better way of expressing my love for friends and family than to prepare a tasty, home cooked meal. So, here are some ideas for you.

Start with breakfast. Muffins, scones, angel biscuits, granola, eggs, fresh milk, bacon, sausage – whatever you fancy – The Wednesday Market has plenty of items to inspire a delicious breakfast.

Quiche and spinach salad make a satisfying lunch.

For a special dinner, serve an appetizer of glazed pecans, smoked raw milk cheese, grapes, and biscotti. Prepare an entrée of steak, green salad, baked sweet potato, and homemade bread. No matter what kind of dessert you prefer, decadent or delicate, we have products to suit any taste. Consider turtle cheesecake, German chocolate cake, strawberry cake, red velvet pound cake or devil’s food cake. Or, if a big cake is just too much, choose angel food cake, cookies, coconut macaroons, or a mini cake.

The Market is open! Log on to and place your orders before Monday at 10 p.m. for pick up on Wednesday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Happy Valentine’s Day and happy eating!

Citrus County Locally Grown:  Happy Valentine's Day!

This year has proven to be an exciting year so far for the CCLG Market. Thank you to all our Growers, Managers, and Volunteers for all that you do to help our market grow and be successful!

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday and what excellent timing too! Just in time to order all the best ingredients to show your honey just how much you care with the finest chemical free fare in the county! Be sure to check all the Market tabs for new items as they do change week by week!

See you Thursday and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Healthy Eating, Happy Gardening, and Blessings!

The CCLG Team

Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open and Happy Valentines Day to All

The Market is back open this morning and just in time to buy treats for your sweetheart for Valentines Day.

Ganache Desserts has special Valentine cookies this week. Dogwood Valley Greenhouse listed daffodil bouquets. You will also find chocolates from Ridiculous Chocolate. Don’t forget about the cakes and pies from Farmer Brown, Flying S Farms and Rhonda Carey.

Other items of interest this week:
Flying S Farms added a butter pecan friendship bread. They are also promoting their vegan black bean and sweet potato chili as well as their concord grape jam. Farmer Brown’s Salad of the week is a Garden Salad. Bacon and fajita chicken can be purchased as an add-on.

Produce is slow this week but as the weather warms up and the sun appears regularly, more will come back to the Market. There are other farmers and producers on the Market with plenty of other products available for you.

Thank you for your orders last week.


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South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to Order Local Food!

To Contact Us

South Cumberland Food Hub
13912 Highway 41B
Tracy City, TN 37387
Risa Brown


Market News

It looks like we’re going to have an early spring, at least that’s what Punxsatawney Phil says, and the weather seems to be vindicating it. That’s fine by me, although I haven’t finished all of my pruning yet and things are starting to bud.

But that also means that the spring bounty of local food will come early this year, and that’s exciting.

It’s also exciting that more and more restaurants and stores are wanting local food. Aaron Long is just opening a new restaurant in the northshore complex in Chattanooga this week. It’s called Elemental and we wish him the best of luck! If you’re in the area in the near future, go down and check it out.

We still have some great products to choose from on the hub, and more are coming. Enjoy the nice weather!

Thank you for supporting your local food hub!


Enzo’s Market

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!