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Superior Seasons:  We Blog, weblog

Good Day

Ordering Reminders! We are still offering HOME DELIVERY to Individual customers on Wednesdays! CLICK HERE, until Monday at 4:30 pm for Wednesday options. Deliveries occur normally between 12 and 2pm, but let us know if that doesn’t work for you and we’ll try to accommodate.

In the Garden
The ground is starting to unthaw as the snow melts! Spring run-off is a great time to assess the flow/drainage of water around your growing areas. While we’re not likely to see similar levels of water all at once again, you can definitely watch where it’s gathering or doing the most damage and plan to divert or restructure those areas. A little planning will mitigate damage to future crops in that spot. There’s nothing worse (remember last year) than planting a big section of your garden only to see it wiped out in a rain event. As soon as you can get the soil loosened up and warmed a bit, you can think about planting cold tolerant crops. Its a bit of a risk this early, but if you’re only doing small areas it won’t take long and there’s a big reward to have the first peas/carrots/beets/lettuce in the neighbourhood. Check our our seed starting pamphlet for more info – it’s free to download and there’s some great seeds available online too.

In the Superior Seasons Weekly
If you read below you’ll see the collection of social media stories that curates for us. One of them is a story Michael Pollan re-tweeted about glyphosate (round-up) health dangers. What didn’t show up is that Pollan later tweeted that the story was dubious due to a lack of proper research – and this despite it being originally published by Reuters! Ahh, the perils of instant communication. Another good reminder to be as thorough as possible in forming our opinions. Of course you can just blindly trust everything we write…

Good Growing

Click to Read the Superior Seasons Weekly!

Stone County, AR:  The Market is Open!

Hi, Everyone!

The Market’s now open! Come on in! It’s our turn to do what we can to help create a strong local food economy for our County. You can do that by making your first stop in grocery shopping be with your local gardeners and growers here at the online market or at Stone County Farmers Market! Now that the season is coming into full swing, be sure to browse The Market weekly and to catch additions to our inventory.

There’s also an upcoming event you won’t want to miss! On May 31-June 2nd…along with the Arkansas Craft School …we’ll be hosting a Sustainability Weekend at Tomahawk Creek Farm, a privately-owned, state-of-the-art learning facility.

Bridging the gap between agriculture and art, the weekend will be full of exciting and informative workshops; meals prepared by some of Stone County’s most talented gardeners and cooks; and, exquisite surroundings to explore.

Participants can either participate in workshops such as Mini-Ponics; Straw Bale Gardening; Textile Dyeing; Organic Skincare; Earth Oven Construction; and, Fermented Foods. Or, you may simply reserve a spot at one or all of the predominantly garden-to-table meals!

Whatever your interest, this wonderful weekend is a “don’t miss” opportunity to celebrate the joy of the Ozarks and learn new skills that will enhance your life experience!

Call the Arkansas Craft School to reserve your spot for events and meals at (870) 269-8397.

ALFN Local Food Club:  The Market: Certifiably Natural and Organic

Good Morning Community,
I trust everyone is looking out on the same bizarre almost-May morning that I am. I’m sure it’s all you’ve been talking about, but it seems we’re experiencing (1) a depressingly normal Spring (as opposed to our previous few) or (2) a straight-up weird Spring. My weather memory is too short to know for sure. Either way, this Spring is no friend to tomatoes or squash.

In our market…
It IS, however, a friend to our early Spring crops. (The Market is open, by the way). You’ll find cabbages, broccoli, and kale galore today, as well as carrots, but by the time you’ve read this, those’ll probably already be gone. I just grilled a mix of Kellogg’s broccoli florets and North Pulaski’s broccolini last night, and it was delicious. Yes, I grilled last night, and it was not good grilling weather.
Strawberries from three farms: Barnhill, Kornegay, and 5k Farms. Live it up, fruit-eaters. This is the beginning of fruit season. Kornegay is offering a special deal: 1 flat for $32. Jam, anyone?
Plenty of good grilling meats, if you’re feeling hopeful. Ratchford is offering a beef sampler, grill special, and bulk ground beef. Don’t forget your sausages and chicken hearts. Can you grill chicken hearts?
And, of course, plants. We may finally be in the clear to get our tomato plants into the soil safely. Plenty of people left with herbs and tomatoes yesterday. Kick your green thumb up a notch.

A little informal educational fun…
So, Certified Naturally Grown. What is that about? Our very own Kellogg Valley Farm is Certified Naturally Grown. Typically, CNG is overlooked in favor of Organic certification. Both are excellent programs, but CNG has its own unique values. Check the link out for more info. CNG excludes some synthetic substances that Organic allows. More interestingly, CNG has a participatory guarantee system, in which inspections are carried out by other farmers. In a certain sense, this may be a better guarantee of natural and organic farming practices, because, in the words of our own Rebecca Wild, when your inspector is also your competitor, he or she is a lot more likely to do a serious inspection. It’s an interesting alternative to the top-down system of inspections from officials who only visit every year or less.
A final feature about Certified Naturally Grown that I find interesting is that it’s meant as a complement to the National Organic Program. While the NOP primarily serves medium and large-scale agricultural operations, CNG is tailored for direct-market farms selling in their local communities. These farms often find that the NOP’s heavier paperwork requirements are not a good fit for their small-scale operations. The dynamics of certification are complicated, and education is the best way to navigate all these programs. Don’t overlook Certified Naturally Grown, and show your support of this certification by buying from Kellogg Valley Farm!

Southern Roots: An Evening of Local Food & Farmers.
Have you heard about our exciting upcoming fundraiser? Read the details and purchase tickets here. We’re partnering with the Oxford American and their new space on South Main to celebrate local food! So far, we’ve got an amazing list of farmers and artisans who will be contributing and even attending the event. A big THANKS to Special thanks and recognition to our contributing farmers:
Arkansas Natural Produce – Arkansas Fresh Bakery – Armstead Mountain Farm – Barnhill Orchards – Bussey-Scott Urban Garden – Farm Girl Natural Foods – Falling Sky Farm – Flyway Brewery – Kellogg Valley Farm – Kent Walker Artisan Cheese – Laughing Stock Farm – Loblolly Creamery – McSwain Ranch – Ratchford Farms & Exotic Meats – Rattle’s Garden – Rocktown Distillery – Stone’s Throw Brewery – Willow Springs Market Garden – Youngblood Grassfed Farm.

And some social networking from our farmers…

From Drewry Farm & Orchards: "several swarms today, note to self: tuck in pant legs next time…, the bees tend to crawl up your pant legs, they also like to sting the warm parts of your body, like top of the head, arm pits, and other spots, its the “other spots” that concered me..Nan"

From Tammy Sue’s Critters:
“The rain stayed away and we had a great morning at the Farmer’s Market. Thank you to all our friends!”

and from ABC Nature Greenhouse:
“It seems I have 2 of the very rare and hard to find, maybe soon to be extinct grapes in my front yard. They are the Muscat of Alexandria and the Black Monukka grapes. Woo hoo! I love it when you find things that are just on the verge ………….. and they are growing right here in Arkansas!”

See you guys next weekend!

Sam Hedges

Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open Today

The Market is back open this morning. If you are interested in starting a vegetable garden this spring, now is the time to buy your vegetable and herb plants. There are plenty for you to choose. If you want to decorate around the house, we also have plenty of perennials and hanging baskets available.

Other items of interest this week include:
Farmer Brown added a new salad dressing – strawberry pepper jelly plus his Salad of the Week is Harvest Fruit.
Rock Hill Road Farm has Pullet Eggs on sale this week.
Wedge Oak Farm has added Artisan Baconage Links and has a Chicken Special for you.
Erdmann Farm and Meadow Branch Beef return after a one week hiatus.

Be sure to browse the other categories to see what the other producers have available.

Thank you for your orders last week.


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Citrus County Locally Grown:  Your Market is OPEN!

Good morning friends and neighbors!

This week the Market sees a new category open up for Sale and Clearance items reduced for quick sale. Lots of veggies available from our various chemical free growers, fruit, eggs, meat, seafood, baked goods, plants and more!

Don’t loose track of time and miss the order deadline Tuesday night! We’ll see you Thursday for pickup. Have a great week all!

Bleassings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening!


Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Final Hours to Order

The Market closes Monday at 9am. Please place your final orders before then.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Springtime!

Have you visited The Market yet?

This week, with the addition of new vendors and our wonderful regular vendors, the online market has been loaded with so many great products you can buy!

From all natural emu oil products, delicious local vegetables and live plants, to premium coffee from all over the world, you will surely find something special to try out.

And don’t forget, Johnston will be here with the fresh raw milk, cream, and cheeses you already love!

Stay After Market Pick-Up for a FREE Mini-Worshop this Tuesday

As I mentioned before, this Tuesday at 6:30pm I will be hosting a very casual but highly informative workshop titled "3 Things Must Know About Essential Oils", so try to stay a little longer after you come pick-up your order to take advantage of this FREE customer event. See you then!

Had a Birthday Here at the Farm? Then Submit Your Photo and Win!

If you’ve ever hosted a birthday party here at Rancho Alegre Farm, you can participate in our Photo Contest, submit your best birthday party photo, and enter to WIN a $100 Visa Card! It’s very easy to enter the contest, and your chances of winning are pretty high considering it’s only for those who have celebrated birthday parties here at the farm, so be sure to visit our Facebook page now for instructions!

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.


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: 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.


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