This weblog contains LocallyGrown.net news and the weblog entries from all the markets currently using the system.
To visit the authoring market’s website, click on the market name located in the entry’s title.
The Wednesday Market: The Wednesday Market is Open!
The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday. See the website for all of this week’s product listings. Here is the link: https://wednesdaymarket.locallygrown.net/market
Zebulon’s Christmas Parade is tomorrow. More than 60 vendors have booths throughout the Courthouse Square that open at 12 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. This is a family friendly event with activities for youngsters and will help even the most bah-humbug souls get into the Christmas spirit! Even the weather feels like Christmas. It’s going to be chilly, so bundle up!
We hope you all have a great a Sunday and will come out to Zebulon for tomorrow’s festivities. And we’ll see you at the Market!
ALFN Local Food Club: End of the Year Update
Hi ALFN Members!
We hope you are enjoying the holiday season! We have some exciting news to share with you as we prepare to move into a new year.
We propose to transform ALFN’s online market presence by purchasing a state-of-the- art market platform and we are seeking member support to help cover the cost of purchasing and launching the new software.
ALFN’s board of directors made this decision based in part on generous feedback from many of you, ALFN’s members, over the last several months. We’ve heard your thoughtful comments and believe that each was valuable in helping us decide our next steps.
We’ve also done a deep dive into other factors affecting the market and our key finding is that the market is in steady and steep decline.
We need to level with you; our market is in trouble. We’ve seen an increased decline in sales over the last year that is very concerning to us. It’s only a matter of time until we no longer have a viable market. The decline is due to many factors, but mainly because our customer base and sales continue to dwindle in spite of our efforts to grow. Competition from other markets and retailers has increased tremendously since ALFN’s founding. Your comments identified our dated online presence as undesirable and frustrating for users.
Our efforts to grow the market over the past year have included: increasing our online presence through social media, offering promotions to customers, addressing product quality, offering more products like dry bulk goods, distributing flyers, pamphlets, and posters, launching a new ALFN website, and changing our membership fee structure. The only thing we haven’t tackled is updating our online market software.
And that’s exactly what we, the board, are proposing to do – reinvigorate the market by moving to a new online solution.
In this era of rapid innovation, our online market is becoming a technological fossil, dated and clunky. An update is needed to improve our customer experience. An improved customer experience will help drive increased sales from existing and new customers. A new system will also provide the board and staff with key metrics that are vital to making informed decisions for the future of ALFN.
Here’s a few ways a new online solution will make it easier to shop with us:
- Mobile friendly ordering, accessible from your phone or iPad
- User ability to sort products by attributes like chemical-free, organic, or naturally grown, increasing ease of selection and product confidence.
- More flexible membership fee options, convenient and affordable for weekly, monthly, and seasonal shoppers.
- Secure online browsing and checkout
- Simple online account management.
Over the last three months, we have spent many hours researching online market options for ALFN. We believe that we have found a good option and want to move forward with the implementation. However, we need to raise the money to cover the startup costs.
In this week’s email from Claire, we’ll have a link to our Go Fund Me page. The goal is to cover the setup costs and at least one year of subscription fees. We hope to raise $5,000.
- Support our move to a new market platform by donating to ALFN.
- Invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, even strangers to join the fun at our fundraising event at Lost Forty on Thursday, January 18th. Also, please share our Facebook event page.
- Show your continued love for ALFN by shopping often with us.
- Consider serving as a board member. We have several open board positions and are specifically seeking people with financial or bookkeeping or IT experience. We need your leadership!
Even though we are concerned about the future of our online market, the board is excited about the opportunity to renew ALFN’s user experience and attract a new wave of customers who will become as passionate about ALFN as we all are.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. The best way is to email Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a wonderful holiday! Here’s to a successful and happy new year!
Chair, ALFN Board
Patchwork Urban Farms Online Farmstand : Patchwork Urban Farms Winter Market Open
The market is now open! Get your orders in by Monday at noon. Stay warm out there.
Dothan, Alabama: December 9, 2017 Market Newsletter
This Week’s Newsletter:
Here We Go Again!
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!
Duette, FL: Cabbages
We have some cabbages that are ready. Do you remember the Cabbage Soup Diet?
The cabbage soup recipe has taken many forms over the years, but they all have one thing in common—they’re chock full of non-starchy vegetables swimming in a flavorful herb-filled broth.
Please have a look at what we have this week and place your orders.
David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market
The Cumming Harvest: The Market is Cancelled Today
We’ve decided to CANCEL the market today. If you paid by CC, your card will not be charged.
Call or Text if you have any questions.
Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op: The market is now open for ordering
*The Last Market Before Christmas *is now open for ordering
The Spa City Co-op market is now open for ordering at spacity.locallygrown.net.
Please place your orders before Tuesday at 9 pm, and plan to pick up your orders at Emergent Arts on Friday from 3PM to 4:30PM. If you’re unable to pick up your order at this time please make arrangements to have your order picked up for you.
Remember to scroll all the way down and click place this order.
Don’t forget – this market has no paid positions, so we NEED VOLUNTEERS to run every market. It’s fun, you get a $5 gift card as well as extend your membership by 2 months, and you learn so much about local foods in Arkansas.
Have a great week and see you on Friday!
this market’s manager
Statesboro Market2Go: The market is open!
Doug’s Salmon will be delivered Dec 21 – pre-order now!
Manchester Locally Grown: Time to Order Fresh Local Farm Products!
Manchester Locally Grown market
We always have a few new farmers, waiting their turn to join our market and offer their wonderful products to all our customers. In order to add more farmers, we feel it would be best to grow our customer base a bit. We want to be able to offer you and your friends some new local farm products.
The farmers and market managers would really appreciate your efforts to help spread the word about our fantastic market. What a great local resource for fresh, local farm products. Please pick up a few business cards to hand out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Advertising is very expensive, and we want to use our slim market funds in a responsible manner.
Order the “cream of the crop” from local farmers, the best products picked and made with pride especially for YOU! All our farmers and local artisans are located within about 30 miles of our drop-off location. You can’t get any fresher than that – no cross-country trucking involved! Thank you for supporting your local farmers and small businessmen and women.
The market will remain open for your orders till Tuesday at 10 pm.
Please be sure to read the section of the page entitled “Important Ordering and Pickup Information.”
Farm News of the Week
Catherine from Flying S Farm has been very busy perserving her fall bounty. Recently she has added several new items to the market, including the following:
(L to R) Top: Frozen Habanero Pepper Puree, Butternut Squash.
Middle: Dried Thai Pepper Pods, Banana Friendship Bread.
Bottom: Wild Blackberry Jelly, Pomegranate Jelly.
Our market has so many delectable, grassfed meats available! Last week we featured some newly restocked beef and lamb cuts. We also have chicken cuts from two local farmers, Tonic Farms
and Wayne Diller.
(L to R): (Top) Whole Broiler and Chicken Feet from Wayne Diller. And from Tonic Farms: Boneless Skinless Breasts, Leg Quarters, and Wings.
For this Christmas season, Manchester Locally Grown managers will offer combination gift baskets, each containing items from several farmers. We currently have listed some smaller baskets, with a couple larger ones planned to contain perishable items. Please check back to see our other offerings, and let us know if you have specific needs for gift baskets.
Erdmann Farm has returned this week, listing two types of pumpkins for your pre-Christmas baking.
(L to R) Connecticut Field Pumpkin, Long Island Cheese Pumpkin.
Speaking of pumpkin, the favorite fall flavor is well-represented on our market:
Bar Cookies, Bread, and Cookies from Flying S Farm
Candles from Full Circle Candles
Granola from Solace Farm
Muffins from Hope for Health
Pie and Pumpkin Roll from Kountry Vittles
Enjoy them while they’re here. Most of them will disappear from the market within a short time.
Dogwood Valley Greenhouse still has all colors of blooming Christmas Cactus plants. We will foil wrap the pots so they are ready for gift-giving.
Important Ordering and Pickup Information
Ordering will be open until TUESDAY at 10 p.m., and your order will be available for pickup on THURSDAY between 4:00 and 5:30 at our NEW LOCATION across from Manchester City Schools administration building, 215 East Fort Street, Manchester.
We can also deliver your order to your home (or other location) on Friday afternoons, for a small fee, if it’s more convenient for you. If you prefer to utilize this service, please place an order for it, same as other products, selecting your delivery area. Don’t forget to give us your location address in the comments section of the order. Also please text Linda at (931) 273-9708 for specific arrangements.
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. Please encourage our local farmers by helping to spread the word about our wonderful market to everyone you know. We offer a great variety of local farm products, and our items will be in your hands in time to plan for the weekend. Wonderful local products are available for ordering from the comfort of your own computer.
More new farmers are considering joining our market, if they can expect enough sales to help pay their transportation costs. Please help us grow the market by sharing this e-mail with your friends and inviting them to give us a try. And if you haven’t ordered from Manchester Locally Grown for a while, please check out our wide variety of offerings this week. Also please let us know if we can improve our selection or scheduling in any way to better suit your needs.
Linda & Michael
Here is the complete list for this week.
Northeast GA Locally Grown: Market open for orders
Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed Wednesday, December 27 only this year. That’s in about three weeks. Unless, of course, incliment weather hits at just the right time to prevent growers or customers from safely delivery and/or picking up local goodies. We will be in communication through either email or phone if that happens. For that reason, thanks for checking your account page to make sure you have the right phone listed. And thanks for understanding that weather DOES affect plants and may be the reason an item you order may not be harvested/delivered.
PICKUP TIME is Wednesday from 5-6:30pm!
Thank you for choosing Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as a way to support your local producers. This online farmers market allows you to buy directly from multiple farms committed to chemical-free and local produce all year long! CHEMICAL-FREE means produce and pastures grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. LOCAL means within 80 miles from the market pickup locations (usually much much closer). Do you know someone who grows chemical-free food in the area? Get them in touch with us. Know someone who wants fresh food? Spread the word. Put the two together, and that’s growing organically!