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Dawson Local Harvest:  The Dawson Market For March

Dawson Local Harvest for March 9th

The Dawson Market for March


Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Collards, Swiss Chard, Leeks, Turnips, Ezekiel Bread, Spelt Tortillas (amazing!), Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese frosting, Veggie Cream Cheese Spread, Rosy-Peach Jam, Pumpkin Spice Bread, Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemon Cayenne Jum, Golden Beet Kvass, Garlic Dill Pickles, Unpasteurized Milk, Duck Eggs . . .




REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at

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! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

Best thoughts for you and yours this season!

Alan Vining
Market Manager

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh harvest for March 4th - NO DELIVERY THIS WEEK

Market News


Happy Spring! It has sure been nice getting some time with the sun after the extr-ordinary amount of rain! The fields are still quite saturated and getting the early crops in the ground will be a bit delayed this spring for sure!

We are taking this week, March 4th, off of deliveries. Turns out there is quite a bit of catch up to do and vehicles to repair, and we are hoping some time off now will allow us to enter into the coming spring (and strawberry!) season with all our ducks in a row!

We apologize for any disappointment and inconvenience! We will miss seeing your smiling faces, and so appreciate all your patience and support!

Thanks you and we will see you soon!
John and Tally


Miami County Locally Grown:  New updates!

Simplified shopping… There’s now a search bar at the top of every category!

And if you haven’t checked it out before, go to the Our Growers tab – the map that shows just how truly local we are is now available!

Less than three hours until market closes for the week! :-)!

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Pork, Pecans, Beef, Honey!

Good afternoon!
Another sure sign of spring is when the chickens start laying more eggs. Egg production is linked to length of daylight. This gives the hens a chance to rest during winter time. They still produce eggs, just not every day. I’ve heard from several growers that egg production is on the rise.

We’ve got some Tomato Plants available already: Blueberry Cherry Tomato and Cherokee Purple. Also some Japanese Eggplant Plants. Limited quantities, so get yours now and nurture them a few weeks until you plant them outside.

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:

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!

Greener Acres Farm:  Winter Got You Down?? Try a Spring Tonic!

Winter Got You Down?? Try a Spring Tonic!

So what kind of Spring Tonic are we speaking of? Sassafras tea. Sassafras tea is made from the root and bark of the sassafras tree, a deciduous flowering tree native to North America. The flavor of the tea is reminiscent of root beer, which is why many early recipes for that refreshing beverage include sassafras. Native Americans used sassafras tea as a “spring tonic,” to “purify the blood of winter stagnation.” This shrub or small tree is the first plant to come to life in the spring. When brewed, it develops a pleasing red tea that is highly aromatic.

According to the website, Organic Facts ( While there are health risks to consuming an excess of sassafras tea, this tea can have a positive impact on your liver, circulatory system, immune system, skin, lungs, respiratory tracts and joints. Much of these benefits come from the volatile compounds in the tea, including alpha pinene and antioxidant tannins.

  • Immune System – Sassafras tea has been traditionally used in small amounts to treat the symptoms of cold and flu. It can help to reduce nasal congestion and relieve inflammation in the sinus cavities and throat.
  • Skin Health – The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of this tea make it particularly effective for skin health. It can aid in the elimination of eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory issues when consumed in low to moderate amounts.
  • Detoxify the Body – As a liver stimulant, sassafras tea can help detoxify the body faster and also cause the body to sweat, which can further eliminate toxins through the skin. This tea also functions as a great diuretic, meaning that it speeds up urination, which is when excess toxins, fats, salt and water can be flushed out of the body. For this reason, sassafras tea is also known to boost kidney health when consumed responsibly.
  • Break Fevers – One of the classic uses of this tea is for stubborn fevers that don’t seem to break. Traditional medicine practitioners have been relying on the anti-inflammatory properties of sassafras tea for generations when they need to break a fever and start the healing process.
  • Digestion – Small amounts of sassafras tea can help ease digestion by reducing inflammation in the gut and digestive tracts, while also helping regulate your bowel movements, meaning that it can eliminate both diarrhea and constipation.
  • Circulation – Sassafras tea has an anticoagulant nature to it that helps with thinning the blood, making it less likely for you to suffer from blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Inflammatory Problems – People who suffer from gout, joint disorders and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, can benefit from the detoxifying and stimulant nature of sassafras tea. When consumed responsibly, this tea can relieve pain and discomfort very effectively.

How to Make Sassafras Tea?

Sassafras tea can be prepared quite easily at home, and only requires sassafras root, a pot of boiling water and a strainer, as well as honey or sweetener to improve the flavor.

  1. Purchase or gather sassafras root and wash it thoroughly. Cut off any excess plant material, such as the green of a potential sapling or the tips of the roots.
  2. Bring a pot of water to boil and add the roots (a small handful). While the roots steep, the color will begin to change to a deep red or brown.
  3. Once the roots have steeped for 5-10 minutes, strain the mixture to separate the roots and any plant material.
  4. Add honey or sweetener for flavor.

(Note: Return your root to your pot and cover with water to keep hydrated. Roots can be re-brewed until it losses it color and/or taste (often 2-3 times). [May causes a slight discoloration to your pot, we recommend using an older pot for this tea])
This tea can be served hot or cold, and most herbalists do not recommend more than 1-2 cups per day for no longer than a month. This should be used as a treatment, rather than a consistently used preventative measure, due to the health concerns associated with this tea.

Side Effects of Sassafras Tea

As noted in the above website, There are a number of serious side effects that can result from drinking sassafras tea, including the following: Sweating, High blood pressure, Vomiting, Rashes, Hallucinations, Chronic disease, Cancer, Liver damage, Miscarriages
Safrole is one of the primary active ingredients in sassafras, and it is a proven carcinogen, meaning that it can significantly increase your risk of cancer. In laboratory studies in the 1970’s, lab rats were injected with massive amounts of the pure, extracted safrole oils, which lead to cancer in those rats. This lead to the FDA ban on the oils.
Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and children should avoid using sassafras tea, as it can cause miscarriages for pregnant women, and can cause severe side effects in children (as listed above).
If you are having surgery, drinking sassafras tea can be very dangerous. It slows down the nervous system, which provides some of its health benefits, but in conjunction with anesthesia, the amount of safrole found in this tea can be a major complication, and can be fatal.
Only use sassafras tea in extremely limited quantities, and only with permission from a trained medical practitioner, who can ensure that it won’t have negative interactions with any other prescriptions or medications you may be using.

We are selling our highly-prized sassafras root (not extract) that is harvested in late winter from our own patch of Sassafras Trees behind our house. We then clean and dehydrate it for long term storage.

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 WEDNESDAY pick up in Suwanee

THIS ORDER IS FOR WEDNESDAY PICK UP AT SUWANEE LOCATION FROM 1PM to 6:30 PM (1300 Peachtree Ind. Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions)

The Wednesday Market:  Remember to Place Your Orders Today

Good afternoon.

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:

Does it seem that time is speeding up? Here we are, the first Sunday in March! And next weekend, we adjust to daylight savings time. I am thankful for the mild weather lately, but cannot help feeling that Mother Nature may play a mean trick on us with a late freeze! I certainly hope not, but we’ll see. In the meantime, today is a splendid day to be outside enjoying the brilliant sunshine and fresh air (if you’re not sensitive to pollen!). We’ll be at the soccer fields this afternoon.

Thank you for supporting locally grown agriculture. We’ll see you at the Market.



ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Is Open!

Happy Sunday!

The market is open and ready for your orders! Be sure to check out the offerings from our newest grower, Cadron Valley Acres.

Thank you to all our volunteers who served with us this weekend. If you’re interested in earning credit or membership for your account, sign up to volunteer with us in the future.

Follow us on Facebook for more offers and events, or visit our website to learn more about our organization.

Claire Admire
Program & Market Manager

Russellville Community Market:  Market Opens at Noon

The Market Opens at Noon!

Help support the Russellville Community Market!

We are looking for events to participate in during the coming year in order to increase our presence in the community. Please contact us if you have a great food, farming, or fitness event that we should know about! All ideas are welcome! Please email

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.


Russellville Community Market


Green Acres Atkins:  Opening bell...spring is peeking up!

Good morning Friends we are excited that spring is popping up all around us! This week we had over 80 baby bunnies born.

Please place your orders by Wednesday noon!

Thanks for your patronage have a great week!

Tom and Kami Green