Arkansas Local Food Network, in conjunction with other fantastic local food programs, can help stock your kitchen year-round. Healthy, accessible local food and viable local farming operations are cornerstones of a more sustainable community. Additionally, locally-produced items offered through the site(body care products, teas, baked goods, milled products, candles and more) created by small cottage industries offer alternatives to purchasing these items from non-local sources. For added convenience, we also allow sales of high quality and organic bulk items through our site. These items are not locally grown unless specified in the product description, though we hope you appreciate the ability to obtain them through the website.
How it works
Unlike other co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want.
• First, sign up for an account by clicking on “Your Account” at the top of the page. Once you have an account you will be notified each Sunday when the market opens and you’ll be able to place your orders until Wednesday morning.
• Order conveniently from the comfort of your home computer by visiting the market page for the weeks offerings; or if need be by responding directly to the e-mail, or by phone. You will receive an email confirmation of your order.
• Know what you are purchasing with more information about the vendors, their practices and their products on our grower page;
Availability is flexible.
The growers estimate how much of each item that will be able to harvest a week ahead of time. This takes both skill and practice. Even so, unpredictable factors can make the difference between having a bumper crop or a very small harvest. So, the site will allow customers to keep on ordering an item even if sales have passed the estimated availability. Please exercise patience with farmers as the conditions of the field can change between the weekend and harvest time.
You may pay via cash, check, or credit or debit card when you pick up your order. You may also may pay with your credit or debit card online when you place your order.
Ordering is weekly from Sunday at noon through Wednesday at noon. After you’ve set up an account, you’ll receive an email notifying you that products are available. Please visit our site and place your orders before noon on Wednesday. You may pick up your order on Saturday between 10:00AM and 12:00PM, or the following Monday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM, at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 6th and Scott Street in downtown Little Rock.
Arkansas Local Food Network membership fees not only help to make our online market happen, but also help support other very worthy community projects. Membership is $60 per year, or $7.50 per month.
Following your third order, the website will automatically place an annual membership fee of $60 on your invoice. We are more than happy to accommodate monthly, quarterly and other membership payments at your request at the check out table.
Farmers donate 13% of their sales to assist in covering market costs; 3.25% of that goes to this wonderful website. This makes you – the member – the financial backbone of our program. We appreciate you and we encourage you to contact us anytime with feedback or ideas of how we can keep up the good work!
For more information about the Arkansas Local Food Network, please visit www.arlocalfoodnetwork.org or call us anytime at (501)291-2769.
More About Us
Our mission is to foster the local food economy and sustainable development by connecting Arkansas Farmers and Artisans with our membership. Our core values reflect that mission:
• We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to a society’s overall health.
• We believe that Little Rock citizens should have access to local, responsibly-produced foods and artisanal products.
• We believe that it is important that farmers reestablish relationships with their customers and help them reconnect with their food supply.
• We believe that a community that respects its food sources is a community that is more connected to and caring for its environment.
• We believe that local, environmentally-friendly food systems help provide economic and environmental stability by keeping local dollars in the local economy and decreasing dependence on and consumption of non-renewable resources.
• We believe that agricultural practices should work with nature, not against it. Farming practices should rebuild topsoil and preserve fresh water.
• We believe in the humane treatment of livestock. Livestock should have access to fresh air, sunlight, and grass, with adequate space to move and interact with members of the herd/flock.
• We believe that farming practices should be transparent. Customers should know how the food they consume was produced.
• We believe that farmers should be able to earn a “living” wage and that local, responsibly produced food should be reasonably priced.
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