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Updates for Food Club tomorrow...

Hey there Community,
How are ya?
Some pertinent information about Food Club tomorrow:
1) The St. Patty’s Day Parade will be going on downtown. It doesn’t start til 1pm, but there may be some detours around the River Market. Plus traffic. Be safe and (I recommend) try coming early!
2) There is a wedding reception at the church, starting at 11am. The parking lot will be fuller than usual, and we’ll be sharing the kitchen with the wedding folk. As a result, the cashier’s table will be in the hall by the water fountains.
Do not let these changes to the average Food Club upset you! Consider them opportunities for adventure!
See you tomorrow.
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Farm Open Houses!

ALFN Family and Friends and Unexpected Guests,
First off, The Market": closes tomorrow morning! Get your orders in!
It’s Springtime, and a lot of farmers are hosting open houses and field days for their farms. I don’t think I need to explain why this is awesome, right?
A few to look forward to…

  • Tammy Sue’s Critters Spring Open House
    March 23rd, 10-2pm, in Sherwood, AR. No RSVP needed. See how the soap is made. Play with baby goats. E-mail for more info.
  • Drewry Farm & Orchard’s Open House
    April 13th, 10-2pm. Kenny will show you around their small farm, honey bees, and orchards, plus their farm store kitchen will be open with free samples of baked goods. Plants, trees and other for sale. Baby ducks and bunnies! RSVP to Kenny Drewry,
  • Bluebird Hill Berry Farm Farm Tour
    Jerry and Jeaneane Markham are hosting a Farm Visit Day, June 2, @ 1pm. Complimentary burger lunch, made with ground beef from – guess where? Sign up HERE to RSVP.
    Don’t miss these fun, structured opportunities to connect to your local producers!
    Sam Hedges

Spread The Word!

Good afternoon! We’d like to share some news about the Arkansas Local Food Network and our Little Rock Local Food Club.

• ALFN’s goal for the Food Club in 2013 is to get the word out to your friends and neighbors about how easy, quick, and efficient it is to Eat Local with our market. We printed 2,000 brochures with FAQs and information about the Food Club and handed out hundreds at our booth at the recent Arkansas Flower & Garden Show. Our FRESH directory that we printed last fall has proven exceedingly popular. To date we’ve handed out over 4,500 copies. If you’ve got a suggestion for a business or other location that would like some Food Club brochures or Fresh directories, please let us know! And, as always, thanks for helping us spread the word about Food Club.

Rebecca Wild has rejoined us in a new role specifically to manage the day to day details of Food Club. This will allow Food Club to get all the special attention it needs to continue its amazing growth this year. Please help me to give a warm welcome to Rebecca!

• We’ve setup a new email for Food Please use this for any Food Club related questions or issues. We will still use to reach our Director Sam Hedges and ALFN, including our other programs and projects.

My mantra for 2013 is ‘ALFN Spread The Word!’ and I hope you join me in this goal. There are a lot of folks in the Central Arkansas area that have yet to learn about how awesome ALFN is. Together we can change that.

Dwayne McFarlan, ALFN Board Chair
Spread The Word!

The Market is Open

Good Morning Hopeful Digesters,
The Market is open. Does that surprise you?
More good stuff for the week to come:
Lots of lettuces and greens from Kellogg Valley Farm.
Beef Sausage Patties from Ratchford Farm. And yet another, single Emu Egg. Word to the wise: you will need a hammer to crack it.
More wonderful plants and seedlings from a variety of farms, including Drewry, ABC Greenhouse, and Willow Springs.
Oh gosh, there’s just plenty to go ’round the table. Order up!

I had the pleasure yesterday of seeing Sue and Rusty Nuffer of Armstead Mountain Farm for a presentation. Get’s me excited for the new Spring season and seeing some of the great produce they’ll be growing!
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Tomorrow!

Howdy folks,
Our Market closes tomorrow morning. Just a few hours left to submit your orders for this weekend.

Also a reminder this weekend is time change weekend. Don’t forget to Spring Forward 1 hour!


The Market is Open!

Good Morning Locavores,
The Market is open and ready for your locavation.
In our vegetable section: TONS of greens. Arugula, Lettuces, Braising Greens, Kale, Spinach, Chard. I hope some of you drink green smoothies, because this aisle is alive with leaves. And for those of you who love a good salad, here’s my formula: spring mix + arugula + Kent Walker’s cheese + roasted root vegetables.
In our plant section: well, let me just say… Lots of plants. Seedlings. Trees. Bushes. ABC Nature Greenhouse has every culinary plant you could dream of: tomatoes, peppers, heirloom leeks. A veritable edible forest.
In our meat section: grass-fed lamb of every cut, beef liver specials (yum!) and some buffalo brisket specials!
Last but not least, in our delicious homemade pies section? Delicious homemade pies! Coconut, peanut butter, apple cake.
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Tomorrow!

Food Club Members,
The Market closes tomorrow morning. Get your orders in! Kellogg Valley Farms has come back online with some tasty produce: curly leaf kale, braising greens, green onions, and mustard greens.
Sam Hedges

Simple Food

Good Morning Marketeers,
The Food Club is now taking orders. Well, really, our farmers are taking orders. Don’t let my elegant words fool you: the real interaction is between you and the farmer.
The Market is full of simple food. That’s what the winter season’s offerings impress on me. Basic but reliable ingredients. Greens, eggs, meat, root vegetables. Nothing to include in a catalog of fanciest gourmet cooking, but the ingredients speak for themselves. Since I started eating through Food Club primarily, I’ve found that good food doesn’t have to take much. Sometimes, two eggs, some shredded beets, and a fistful of greens is all you need.
Speaking of which: we’ve got some great stuff. Kale, turnips greens, asian greens, arugula, plus some specials on eggs, frozen blackberries, and select meats (check the Specials section).
But really, the thing to check out is our Plants Section. We’re loaded with plants of all kinds: fruit trees, berry bushes, lettuces, peppers, tomatoes. Lots of great options, with the greenhouses having done the startup work for you!
Try not to enjoy too much.
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Tomorrow

Evening Ladies and Gentlemen and Fellow Sapiens,
The Market closes tomorrow morning. Still some lovely produce and meats to order. Bread? What about bread? Cheese!
Also, Tara Stainton of Rattle’s Garden has uploaded her beautiful, self-made garden notecards, featuring high quality pictures of her garden. They come with envelopes. Check them out under “Crafts”!
Sam Hedges

The Market: Cat Grass!?

Guess what?
The Market is open. Things are looking good. Check it out…

Ratchford Farms has arugula, greens, kale, collards, and Swiss chard. Sick at the moment? Well, you know what Mother says. “Eat your greens!” She says that, right?
Willow Springs has Chinese cabbage and Variegated Cat Grass. Yes, that’s right. Cat grass.
And our new grower, McSwayne Ranch, has grass-fed lamb.

Hope everyone enjoyed the Seed Swap. From what I’ve heard, fun was had by all. Seed saving and swapping is an important part of creating food security in our community. Wish I could have been there, but I was busy losing my wallet in New Mexico. A tip to the wise: don’t lose your wallet in New Mexico. Or anywhere else you’re visiting for that matter.
Sam Hedges