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This weblog contains LocallyGrown.net news and the weblog entries from all the markets currently using the system.

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Miami County Locally Grown:  Kids Begging for Green Eggs?!


No yolk, folks – a customer shared a great way she gets her kids to eat kale –
blending it with eggs!!

Her 2 and 6 year olds LOVE them, and no wonder – not only are they delicious, but they’re GORGEOUS! Check out our Facebook page for pictures of her beautiful omelets! The color is incredible :-)

One of the many reasons I love this market – sharing ideas, networking, and supporting one another… especially at such a Merry time of year!

How will you add some local greenery to your holiday meals? Remember!
We’re open til 8pm tonight :-)

And a big Thank You to everyone who shared how much they enjoyed our
Fall Farmer’s Market!

Your feedback is so important to us – we couldn’t make our living this way without you, and you help us improve when you share your ideas, thoughts, and experiences. We greatly appreciate your time and support :-)

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Reminder- Order by 6pm TODAY!


Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget!

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!

Click Here to Place Your Order For THURSDAY pick up

THIS ORDER IS FOR THURSDAY PICK UP AT SUWANEE LOCATION FROM 1PM to 3PM (1300 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions)

*If you want to order from BUFORD LOCALLY GROWN pick up on TUESDAYS in Buford Click here to be redirected to Buford website

YOU CAN ONLY PICK UP FROM THE LOCATION YOU HAVE ORDERED FROM!

Buford Locally Grown :  Reminder- Order by 6pm TODAY!


Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY. Place your order now so you don’t forget.

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!

Click Here to Place Your Order

THIS ORDER IS FOR TUESDAY PICK UP AT BUFORD LOCATION (285 E. Moreno St. Buford 30518 from 1 pm to 6:30 pm. Pick up is behind the KCO Audio building on S. Hill St.)

Russellville Community Market:  Open for Ordering!


Welcome, RCM community, to another great market week!

Keep RCM in mind for Christmas gifts and parties. Honey, homemade jams and jellies, soaps, lotions, baked goods – lots to choose from with more options added weekly!!

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

REMEMBER PICK-UP IS THURSDAY FROM 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. AT ALL SAINT’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH ON SOUTH PHOENIX.

Russellville Community Market

FRESH.LOCAL.ONLINE.

Stones River Market:  One more thing!


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Alfresco Pasta is BACK!!

I told you there is a lot going on on the market! Take some time to browse this week while sipping your favorite beverage, having a tasty snack and cozy warm!

A wonderful thought about our local products is that none of our producers/makers are trying to compete with grocery store vendors or a bigger, rat-raced branding market that even some “small and local” folks push! We are truly small, family farms making a difference!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Kale, Turnips, Carrots, Broccoli!


Good afternoon!

Just a reminder that our market will be OPEN every Friday in December.

Be sure to arrive early Friday for samples of Pickled Red Onions! There will be 10 containers on the Extras table for only $3.00 each. You’re taste buds are in for a dynamic treat!

Maria will have chicken tortilla soup and Wassail for sale on Friday.

Check out these inexpensive gift items:
BBQ Sauce (Cedar Rock Ridge) $2.50
Goat’s Milk Soap (Tammy Sue) $4.00
Bath Fizzies (Rockwood Crafts) $2.95
Jelly or Jam (Maria’s) $4 – $5

Also, long time CLG volunteer,Kim, has just listed chicken lapel pins and hand-painted calendars. Kim is a very talented graphic designre and these items are some of her work. And check out the DVD: Seed Swap in the Ozarks. This documentary was directed by Kim’s husband, Zach, and produced by Dr. Brian Campbell, formerly of UCA. Search all the listings by Bell Urban Farm.

Several varieties of Goat Cheese available now!

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. Over 600 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping:

www.conway.locallygrown.net

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thank you for being a valuable part of CLG!
Have a great week!
Steve

Independence,VA:  Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!


Good morning!

I hope everyone is enjoying their snowy weekend! If you haven’t already, be sure to get your orders into the Market by tomorrow night at 8 pm. A lot of the produce that is available can also be stored for longer periods! Take advantage of that garlic and those potatoes while they are available! We also offer gift certificates and have several other gift options available to order!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Stones River Market:  Weblog Entry


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

BRR!!Frosty, freezing morning everyone!

We have lots to share in terms of market goodies this week!

Erdmann Farm is back with pumpkins!

Stephanie The Krafty Kupboard shares this:
I will have plenty of holidy treats this week! Hummus, pumpkin butter, apple butter (all of which freeze beautifully if you want to save for Christmas), granola, hot cocoa, trail mix, low-sugar jelly and more!

Did you know that Stephanie also loves to sew? Some of her items are available this week and they make fantastic gifts! Available this week are: infinity scarves (both stylish and warm), child aprons (great for the little cook or to use as an art smock), child leg warmers, baby beanie hats, breastfeeding covers, baby blankets, burp cloths and a few others items. Be sure to check it all out!

Valentine Family Farm will be on vacation, from the market until after the holidays!

Rainbow Hill says Merry Christmas and that they will return first of the year with more broccoli and cauliflower.

Flying S Farms says The cold temperatures have taken its toll on our produce. Watch for more greens on the Spring. We still have winter squash available. Warm up with our dried Thai peppers and frozen pepper purée perfect when you want a touch of heat to any dish. We have restocked several of our jams, great for gifting with our breads. Our seasonal Christmas Jam is a treat, made with fresh Strawberries and Cranberries. Watch for more pepper jams/jelly overbite next week, they are wonderful over cream cheese our in a cheese ball.

So many of our items can be gifted as a “locally grown/made” basket and is ALWAYS loved and appreciated! Even out-state folks love a good “Made in Tennessee” gift!!

Jams, jellies, prepackaged convenience foods, hot cocoa, popcorn, soaps and skin care and more! Stock up and gift away. You are not only giving from local sources, you are supporting YOUR local community families who need it more than ever and appreciate you so very much!

OH and stop into Quinn’s to check out the made locally items Tracy and her staff have! She carries items that are not on the market that round out the basket nicely!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

The Wednesday Market:  The Wednesday Market is Open!


Good evening.

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!

Thanks,

Beverly

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.

Why is this the best next step?
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.

How can you help?

  1. Support our move to a new market platform by donating to ALFN.
  2. 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.
  3. Show your continued love for ALFN by shopping often with us.
  4. 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 littlerockfoodclub@gmail.com.
Have a wonderful holiday! Here’s to a successful and happy new year!

Tifany Hamlin
Chair, ALFN Board