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Market Is Open


Hope everyone has enjoyed their weekends!

The Market is open. We’ve got some yummy seasonal recipes on the blog today – check them out to get some inspiration for your grocery list this week!

Did you know that ALFN is a great place for high school age students to volunteer? If you have a senior or junior year student looking for volunteer hours for their college applications, they can sign up to volunteer and make a difference in local food.

Here’s the link to those delicious seasonal recipes!. Thanks to Tammy Pope of Tammy Sue’s Critters for sharing with us.

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Market Reminder!


Good morning y’all! Be sure to get your order in before the market closes at noon today. And don’t forget that several of our board members will be available during the Saturday morning pickup this week to talk to you about Food Club. Please take some time to stop by the library to share your thoughts, concerns, and comments in person. We want to know what’s on your mind!

Market Is Open


Happy Sunday!

The Market is open. The temperature is dropping, so it’s time to stock up for your Fall soups and vegetable dishes!

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer this month! Sign up to volunteer and earn credit and membership for your account.

Check out our guide for what’s in season during September.

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Market Reminder


Don’t forget, there’s only a few more hours left to place your orders on the market. We also need a few more volunteers on the late shift this weekend.

Thanks!
Claire Hodgson
Market Manager

IMPORTANT ALFN INFO! -Please Read to End-


Dear ALFN Members,

I hope that this finds you all enjoying your week. My name is Tifany Hamlin and I am the current Chair of the Board of Directors for ALFN. The board has been working diligently to lead our organization and we want to update all of you on our efforts and where the organization stands.

One of our core values is transparency. The board is made up of nine highly engaged individuals who love ALFN and have dedicated many hours of time over the last two years to address some of our key challenges. We want to share with all of you what we are facing.

Market membership and sales trends

While ALFN provides several services to the local food community, we are solely funded through the online market’s sales. Since at least 2014, we have witnessed a slow decline in memberships and sales. The board has addressed many issues that we believe may have contributed to this decline: redefining organizational mission, vision, and core values, implementing quality control measures, marketing through online and traditional channels, and building community partnerships. Yet we still have not seen an increase in market memberships or sales. (If you would like a copy of our Customer Analytics report please email Claire at littlerockfoodclub@gmail.com.)

We need your help in promoting ALFN. Below are several ways you can help immediately.
1) Tell your friends about ALFN! Feel free to copy and paste this content for your emails:

Dear friend,

You’ve probably heard me mention the Arkansas Local Food Network before as one of my go-to resources for local foods. I love the ease of shopping online for Arkansas goods like farm fresh eggs, in-season produce, and handmade soaps. In fact, ALFN has the BEST selection of Arkansas produced goods of any other market.

You can try ALFN for two weeks before you pay the membership fee of $7.50 per month. I’d like to invite you to see what ALFN is all about! Here’s a link to their website: https://arkansaslocalfoodnetwork.org/online-market/. Let me know if you have any questions!

2) If you are on social media, please follow ALFN on Facebook and Instagram. Like and share every post from ALFN to your newsfeed.

Facebook: @ARSustainability
Instagram: @ arlocalfoodnetwork

3) We have flyers to share! Please pickup flyers at market pickup and post at your place of work, schools, churches, coffee shops – anywhere that has a community bulletin board.

We want to hear from you.

ALFN is made of people who care deeply about the organization and our commitment to supporting our local community by providing access to locally produced goods. Several of our board members will be available at the Saturday morning pickup on September 9, 2017 in the Library at Christ Episcopal Church.
Please stop by to share your thoughts, concerns, and comments in person. It’s going to take all of us to turn things around.

If you are unable to visit with us in person, please feel free to send your comments to me at my personal email address: tifany.hamlin@gmail.com. I will compile all comments for the board’s review at our next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, September 19.

We are committed to ALFN and ongoing communication.

The board will be implementing regular communication with all members through a Board Update to be sent quarterly from the board Chair.

I believe that we have an opportunity to grow our organization but we have to do it together. The board can’t do it alone. Our program manager can’t do it alone. We have to do this together. I know I speak on behalf of the entire board of directors when I say that we appreciate all of our members and how dedicated you all are to supporting ALFN. We are grateful for all of the efforts you all make to the success of ALFN!

On behalf of the entire Board,

Tifany Hamlin

Market Is Open


Happy Sunday!

The Market is open. Some beautiful squash from Barnhill Orchards and Drewry Farm and Orchards is newly listed – you definitely want to order some!

We had a great time with our volunteers last weekend, and hope you’ll join us for a shift this month! Sign up to volunteer and earn credit and membership for your account.

Do you find yourself being asked by your friends and family why you care so much about local food? Or why you pay a little bit more for local products? On the blog today we talk about 11 reasons to eat and shop locally.

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Market Reminder


Hey Everyone!

Don’t forget to place your orders on the market before noon. Also, please consider signing up to be a volunteer for this weekend.

Market Is Open!


Good morning everyone!

The Market is open. If you haven’t visited the Bath, Beauty, and Health section of the market recently, today is a great day to check out the new salt scrubs that were just added by Tammy Sue’s Critters!

We really appreciate everyone who comes out to volunteer. As Fall begins and you’re setting your schedule, please consider making a monthly volunteer commitment to ALFN! Earn credit and membership for your account by volunteering during our Saturday market.

On the blog today board chair Tifany Hamlin talks about one of the biggest perks of shopping with ALFN.

I like to sleep in on Saturdays. That’s not a great pairing with also wanting to support local farmers’ markets and the whole “early bird gets the worm” thing… continue reading

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Call For Volunteers


Hey ALFN Community! We are in need of a few more volunteers this Saturday on the early and late morning shift. Sign up for one (or both!) and earn free membership or food from the market. Thanks!

Market Is Open


Good morning everyone!

The Market is open. Have you seen the incredible cheeses White River Creamery has added to the market? We’re talking Chocolate Chèvre and Jalepeno Peach Fromage Blanc. Get them while they’re in stock!

We really appreciate everyone who comes out to volunteer. As Fall begins and you’re setting your schedule, please consider making a monthly volunteer commitment to ALFN! Earn credit and membership for your account by volunteering during our Saturday market.

On the blog today is a tasty reminder on how to use those zucchinis popping out of the garden this time of year.

Zucchinis are coming out our ears! Well, not really, thank goodness. But zucchinis are abundant this time of year. Besides zucchini bread, one of my favorite, and somewhat indulgent, ways to use up these green gems is to make… continue reading

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