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Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Coffee, Squash, Pork, Flowers!

Good afternoon!

Exciting Coffee varieties now available! Have you ever tried the Jamaican Kiss, or Chocolate Turtle Dove? Mmm-mmm!

Bar C Farm has lots of great items for grilling! Ribs, Chops, Steaks…

Bell Urban Farm’s Flower Bouquets last 2 weeks or more, and there’s so many flowers in each, you could divide them and make two smaller bouquets. One for you and one to share with a friend or neighbor, or one for home and one for work.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. Over 560 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:

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thank you

Greener Acres Farm:  Farm Fresh Goodness at Your Front Door

The Skirted Soldier

has retired “Old Glory” for now, but has introduced their newest blend… “Summer Salute.”

Summer salute orange creme is a refreshing blend of sweet orange Shou Mei white tea, real orange peel pieces and sunflower petals on a vanilla black tea base. She contains ammo (caffeine) and is delicious served hot or on ice. Summer Salute comes complete with 12 servings & 12 diffuser bags.

Green"er" Acres Farm

Our lettuce is currently unavailable, but we have a new batch started and should be available in a few weeks. The raspberries are also currently unavailable, as we are seeing some disease pressure due to frequent rains.

Lots of fresh herbs, to include basil and rosemary, as well as dill and dill flower heads that are amazing to add to freshly made pickles. And don’t forget the radishes, kale, celery, green peppers, green onions, Red Candy Onions, and deliciously different Lemon Cucumbers and Crystal Apple Cucumbers.

Bake Shop Bakes

The new additions to Bake Shop Bakes items last week were a huge success. Let me tell you, the loaves of homemade bread looked, and smelled, ABSOLUTELY amazing. I know I will personally be ordering a loaf or two myself. Not to mention some of the sweet goodies!!

It’s That Time of Year…

for the poison ivy, mosquitoes, sunburns and all sorts of skin irritations and bug pressure.

Instead of resorting to the chemically laden commercial products out there, why not try something healthier with many of the homemade products available through your online market?

Have a headache from the bright sunshine or from worrying about how to get everything done in a day’s time? Why not try some Headache Relief Salve made by Green"er" Acres Farm. Made with coconut oil, our own beeswax, and peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. Simply rub a small amount on your forehead, temples, or back of neck at the first signs of a headache for a natural relief of most headaches.

Have an itchy rash, sunburn, excema or psoriasis? Plantain, the common backyard plant/weed, not the relative of the banana, has been used as a healing skin remedy a far back as the Native Americans. Plantain is considered helpful for: bee/wasp stings, spider bites, mosquito and other bug bites, poison ivy/poison oak/sumac,eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, diaper rash, and even pet’s “hot spots” Our plantain leaves are harvested from lawns not treated with chemicals.

Get into a patch of poison ivy? Cherry Hill Farm has you covered with their S.O.S. and Cup O’ Oats Goat’s Milk Soap.

“Bugged” by all those nasty little flying insects? Heritage Hills Farm can provide you with some relief with their all-natural bug repellent Skeeter Beater.
Witch hazel, lemon eucalyptus essential oil, REAL vanilla extract. 2 oz glass spray mist bottle Great for keeping nagging insects at bay, plus great for your skin!! Really works!!

Concerned about the increase in the incidence of ticks and tick-borne diseases like Lyme’s Disease? Why not try an all natural tick repellent? Heritage Hills Farm also offers their Tick Off Tick Repellent made with organic apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, rose geranium oil, and Virginia cedarwood. Safe for self and pets.

Stones River Market:  Get Your Orders in and Let's PARTY1

It’s time to order, more and more produce is being added, be sure to check the Vegetable Section out.

Happy 10-year Birthday to the Stones River Market, hey, LET’S CELEBRATE! Over the next ‘10’ weeks when you place an order, your name will be added to “The Basket” for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the market. That’s 10 chances to win, be sure to get order in weekly to increase your chance. We be having a “Birthday Party” at our NEXT market on July 18th. We will have Cake & Punch and Growers! Growers are welcome to set up a table where you can sample some of your items you offer and/or bring some to sell…no fee! I’ll have more information during Pick-up this Wednesday.

Please share our Announcement found on Quinn’s Mercantile and Stones River Market Facebook pages.

Welcome our new grower, Flat Creek Produce! It is a family owned and operated hydroponic farm located in College Grove, TN. Hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants in mineral-rich water instead of soil. Our produce includes a variety of tomatoes and cucumbers. Only vegetables grown in the dirt can be labeled organic, but we do not use pesticides. We strive to provide the freshest and highest quality produce to our customers.

Welcome back Erdmann Farm this week! Dill and Basil has been added to the market and may have some flowers available Wednesday during pickup.

Flying S Farms has added a new pole bean called Malibu, take my word for it, they are delicious!

Please Growers let me know if you have any items you’d like to announce in the Weblog.

See you on “On The Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday July 11.

Market Website:
On Facebook:
On Wednesdays: Here’s the map:

RAF Buying Clubs :  Buying Clubs - Ordering Open for July 11th Drop-Offs!

Goodmorning! What a beautiful weekend we’ve been having!!

Ordering has officially been opened for this Wednesday’s Buying Club drop-offs.

Your next steps:

—> head over to
—> sign into your account
—> visit “The Market” tab
—> shop our wide selection of fresh, locally grown and produced foods
—> submit your order and follow instructions for pick-up this Wednesday, July 11th

Please email us at if you have any questions during the ordering process.

We look forward to seeing you this week!

Restoration Acres Farm
Buying Clubs

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.

To Contact Us

Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708

Our pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building:

Good morning!

The market is open and ready to accept your order.

I’m working on the newsletter and will have it to you Sunday afternoon. Sorry, I fell asleep twice over it and must now get some sleep.


The Wednesday Market:  The Market is Open for Orders

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 this week’s product offerings. Here is the link:

We hope that you all have a happy Sunday. Thank you for your support of locally grown agriculture!

We’ll see you Wednesday.



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.

To Contact Us

Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708

Our pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building:

Good morning!

Welcome to this week’s offerings from your online farmers’ market. Everything you see on our website is the “cream of the crop” from local farmers, the best products picked and made with pride especially for YOU! When you place an order with our farms, you know you are supporting your friends and neighbors, most located within 30 miles of Manchester, Tennessee.

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

Native Fare Farm returns this week with their fabulous summer vegetables. They have added the following to our market:

(L to R): Green Bush Beans “Contender”; “Great American” Green Cabbage; Radishes “Cherry Belle”.
Sweet Corn “Peaches and Cream”; Japanese Cucumber; New Potatoes “Kennebac”.
Cauliflower “Snow Globe”; Spaghetti Winter Squash; Curly Kale.

Native Fare has also added a few other products:

(L to R): “Duke & Northland” Highbush Blueberries; “Firestone” Peaches; Multi-color, Cage-free Eggs.
Fresh basil; Baby goats: Lamancha buckling and doeling; Hummingbird (Cypress) Vine.

From Amy Rae at Solace Farm:

I am excited to announce that I have ventured (successfully!) into the realm of liquid soap making! I have 4 options of a liquid version of my Classic Lard soap available on the market, and I will be adding a liquid 100% coconut oil soap soon as well. I have versions of the liquid lard soap for both the standard pump dispensers and the foaming dispensers, in scented and unscented. I am currently packaging this soap as a refill for your existing dispenser bottle, so it comes in a re-purposed plastic bottle – if you are interested in a dispenser bottle as well, let me know, I have some amber glass bottles with quality metal pump dispensers available.

(L to R): Foaming Soap; and creamy soap without and with fragrance.

From Linda at Dogwood Valley Greenhouse:

Please look through the perennials to see all the exciting ways to brighten up your garden! It is not too late to plant, and several types are still in bloom at this time. But you must be sure to keep them (as well as your spring plantings) well watered during this excessive summer heat.

I have been able to find a few new varieties to add to the listings from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. Some of them include:
Coneflower – not just in pinks anymore! I now have a white one and a nice orange.
Blackberry Lily – not really a lily, but actually a little iris, is a summer charmer
Daylilies – I love the little bicolor orange & red, as well as several with red throats or markings. Unfortunately they are out of bloom now, but their photos give you a good idea of their colors so you can add now and enjoy next summer.

And for your herb garden, I have a few new offerings:

Large basil container – a one gallon pot containing 2 green and 2 purple basil plants, ready to harvest and enjoy this evening!
Elderberry bush – berries may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties.
I have also made available several of the “old favorites” from last year, such as Greek oregano and various thymes and mints.

Lastly, the “fresh-cuts” are now available in limited quantities. Why buy fresh-cut herbs from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse?
1. All “fresh-cut herbs” are just that – cut the morning of market day, before the weather is too hot, increasing the flavor.
2. I discard the larger stems. Hence you get a lot more usable leaves and tender shoots than you might find elsewhere.
3. My herbs are organically grown, although I do not list them as “organic” because of the expenses involved with the certification process.
4. I never spray my herbs with any pesticide stronger than Insecticidal Soap, and that only very sparingly. You’re not eating chemicals. Hence you should be sure to wash your herbs before use, in case there might be a six-legged hitchhiker in the bag.

(Top, L to R): Coneflowers in several colors; Hen & Chickens.
(2nd Row, L to R): Blackberry Lily; Daylilies in several colors; Basil Container.
(3rd Row, L to R): Greek Oregano; Thymes and Mints in several flavors.
(Bottom, L to R): Several fresh-cut herbs (Emglish thyme, lavender, Orange mint).

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 the pavilion 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.

Dothan, Alabama:  July 7, 2018 MAD Newsletter

We are open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
If you’re wondering about that “MAD” bit, its only about good healthy food!

This Week’s Newsletter:
It’s Dial Time!
Yes, You Can Eat That
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes


I never thought we’d be doing anything outright political through Market at Dothan, but the need to educate and point like minded folks in a good direction has changed all that with one race in particular this year.

Alabama is getting a new Commissioner of Agriculture and we want, we NEED to get it right. In this race we actually know a candidate and are happy to tell you that his values mirror our own.

I grew up in the same community as Gerald Dial. He went to Lineville High School a few years behind my dad. Mrs. Dial was the school counselor when I studied there and took time to help me several occasions. My husband met Senator Dial in 2017 when he chaired the Senate Ag Committee and was a strong supporter for Koda’s Law. I have no doubt he remembers our dog better than he remembers my spouse.

As a statesman – DIAL THINKS OUTSIDE THE BOX! As a sustainable market, we’re so far out of the box that mainstream agriculture does not take our values seriously, but there’s one value Senator Dial has gone public with that affects all of us: he wants to eliminate sales tax on food. In fact he introduced a bill that would shift some of the tax burden from the working poor of our state to other revenue sources by gradually eliminating sales tax on groceries. The good news is that he brought this important issue before our elected officials so they understand it’s importance now (hopefully!). The bad news is there was just not enough time to fine tune and hash out the details that legislative session.

I hope you’ll join me at the polls on July 17 to cast your runoff vote for this good man.


The “ugly food movement” is taking off around the world, particularly in Europe and Australia, as an answer to the problem of food waste. So far, it has yet to firmly take hold in the United States, but given this country’s love of solution-driven food trends, it seems a good bet that ugly food might soon take its place beside local food, organic food, and environmentally conscious eating. “Ugly” foods are those that sellers and buyers often reject because of their appearance, like misshapen vegetables and bruised fruits. Farmers dump them. Supermarkets and restaurants reject them. Consumers historically have avoided them.

The problem of food waste is no joke. By some estimates, a third or more of the food produced globally goes uneaten. The costs are in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Marketing so-called “ugly” food is one answer to the problem. Until recently, the European Union had rules actually preventing the sale of oddly sized or misshapen produce. Some of the rules were hilariously granular: a spear of asparagus could not be sold unless at least 80% of its length was green. The curve of cucumbers was regulated down the millimeter.

The U.S., perhaps not surprisingly, has been slower than Europe to take up the trend, but there are some early indications that it might take off here. Bon Appetit Management, a big food-service company owned by the gigantic Compass Group USA, last year launched Imperfectly Delicious Produce, a program to divert ugly foods from the waste stream to the restaurants and cafeterias the company serves.

Large scale efforts like this are rare in the United States so far. Until recently, most “ugly” food that wasn’t simply thrown away has been given to needy people, though efforts like the Food Recovery Network (which Bon Appetit works with) and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Food Recovery Challenge. And such efforts of course do help. But if the private sector can be moved to make “ugly” food not only salable, but commercially popular, that would go a long way toward reducing the shocking amount of food our country wastes.


Fresh Picked from Mary’s Peeps

New & Relisted

  • Fresh Picked Figs from Mary’s Peeps
  • Basil -from Hawkins Homestead is relisted
  • Leeks From Avalon Farms
  • Kale Stems from Bain Home Gardens
  • Mixed beans from Hawkins Homestead
  • Pea tendrils!!!! Salad addition and garnish
  • Cut Prewashed Curly Kale from Bain Home Gardens
  • Bone broth from Hawkins Homestead
  • Okra from Avalon Farms
  • Aloe Vera Leaf from Bain Home Gardens
  • Lemonade from Hawkins Homestead


We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

AVALON FARMS: We have had a wonderful time this week hanging out with all our kids! (How did they get that old?!?) Hope you had some quality time too.

The 3rd planting of squashes and cukes are starting to produce. The excessive rain has made it difficult to keep them weeded. You can’t really use tools like hoes or wheel hoes when the soil is wet. So this week I resorted to hand pulling the weeds in the rows and mowing the middles. Now it’s a cover crop of sorts. Sometimes you just work with what you have.

Planted my winter squash this week. Yes, it does sound silly, but winter squash actually are a warm weather crop just like regular squash. I’m guessing they are called winter squash because they store and are then available in the winter.

Just moved my young chickens onto garden 5. They will scratch up the soil, eating bugs and weeds and deposit all that wonderful chicken litter (manure/poop). That means this garden is off limits for quite a while. USDA Food Safety says we can’t grow crops here for 90 days AFTER we move the chickens. Seems excessive but we are all about our food being healthy and safe.

    Ok so it seems our little break was right on time. My body decided to take a break too! “It’s all a part of aging”, so I’m told.  Since I wasn’t able to supervise garden activities, it gave me an opportunity to expand our website. Yes you heard correctly – we now have a website! Feel free to check it out: I’m happy in this new niche. Just call me the gardener/writer/blogger. It has been very enjoyable for me to say the least. So what is going on in the garden?
Lettuce & Spinach
We are absolutely determined to master this summer lettuce thing. Just because we are in the South doesn’t mean we don’t deserve fresh, organic lettuces! Am I right? In our research, we have attained much information. Now it is time to put it to work. We have had some success but will not be listing any lettuces just yet. Soon. In the meantime our summer spinach is taking off! That is still available in our Summer Salad Mix. I like it – a lot!
Surprisingly all varieties of our kale are pushing through the summer heat thus far. We are supposed to be blanching and freezing for later but who can resist a fresh kale salad? Not me! As a result, we have also begun using our kale stems in various ways. In fact kale stems are a new listing this week.  Have no idea what to do with them? Check our recipe here.:

Before we sign off, we really want to thank all of you who came out to support the last day of the Spring Farmers Market. Your love for fresh produce was evident as you came out sweated and laughed with us. It would have been more comfortable to go the local “air conditioned” grocery store but you chose us. So on behalf of Bain Home Gardens, and I’m sure all the  vendors of the Market at Dothan, thank you marketeers for your support!

HAWKINS HOMESTEAD: Hello Market friends!! Welcome back! Did you see it?!? We are now offering our organic  bone broth on the Market! Made using our organic chickens, it’s a wonderful way to treat your body good. We know not everyone has time to make their own bone broth, so we’ve done the work for you. We hope you love it!

Also new for us this week are our mixed beans. As always we grew these without chemicals or sprays. We have spent time shelling them and placed them in a beautiful mason jar, especially for you. We got this idea from one of our customers! Thank you!

Want to beat the heat? Try out our lemonade along with some fresh salsa from the garden! This salsa is all organic with a splash of lime juice! Both are so refreshing and delicious! In addition our basil is back! Sold by the quart. Grab it today.
Recently we announced a new price structure on our Facebook page and we have also completed our price restructuring through the Market. You guys know that we hold ourselves to a very high standard when it comes to feeding our birds and growing food. We love that we are able to bring healthy, fresh, organic food to you, and we hope to continue to do so. With that being said, what you may not know is the price you pay on The Market at Dothan is not the amount the growers receive. Each grower pays a different percentage for their Market share. It’s like the cost of doing business.

The Market connects us with all of you and it provides a service that gives so many growers access to a broad range of people and the people access to us. Since we farm on a small scale, we have to be strategic about what we grow, how we feed our animals, and how we organize it all. We want you to know that your continued support of us and the Market is why we’re here. Of course many growers, including us also sell direct, so you have options.

Lastly within our restructuring we announced that we would no longer be offering our chicken through the Market. This was a hard but necessary choice for us. Since then Roslyn has given us some ideas to try and they may work. We’re just not sure yet. It would mean more work for all of us, but we are trying. Again, we appreciate all of you and we thank you for choosing the Market at Dothan and us.

MARY’S PEEPS I am going to list figs on next weeks order, and weather cooperating will be able to fill orders. If not I will delete orders, please understand in fruit such as figs they are very perishable in unpredictable weather. Hopefully they will continue to produce well. We expect to have more blueberries too! Thank you, Mary’s Peeps, Mary Dale Peeples Echo, Ala.


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Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

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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!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is open for ordering

The Spa City Co-op market is now open for ordering at

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 for a long shift, 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
Julie Alexander

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  MARKET IS OPEN FOR ORDERS!

Good Evening Locavores, Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
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Fresh Vegetables
Clean Meats
Baked Goods with Organic ingredients
Pastured Eggs
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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!