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The Market closes tomorrow morning. Last call for Farm Girl’s pastured chickens, New South Nursery’s heirloom tomato plants and Crimmins Family Farm’s lovely tulip bouquets.
Speaking of lovely, have you seen the new themes available for our site? With your help, we’d like to give our market a makeover! During Food Club on April 20th we’re hosting a bake sale to raise funds for our new look. Be sure to pick up some tasty treats with your order and vote on which theme you like best. If you’d like to donate something confectionary to the cause, drop us a line at email@example.com.
And speaking of tasty, on Sunday, April 21st, Barnhill Orchards is hosting a farm visit and fish fry! You can check out their brand new high tunnel structure, walk the ground your fruits and vegetables grow in and chow down on delicious catfish and fixings. Click here for more information and to sign up.
We’ll see you Saturday!
This Week's News in Food
I hope you are all celebrating birth and Spring this fine Sunday morning. There are many ways to celebrate the gifts life offers, and one of them is by ordering said gifts for your own enjoyment and nourishment.
So, the Market is open. We experienced some HUGE sales yesterday; the Spread the Word campaign is working. Keep it up!
Quick thought: a lot of farmers’ markets are soon to open. I believe attending the first Spring markets is an important part of the new season: you get to say Hello to your farmers after a long winter, enjoy time outdoors, and get some real community time.
May I suggest something…
Sales in Food Club typically drop off as other markets open, which makes perfect sense. There are more options for getting local food. And, as long as people are buying their food locally, who can complain? Many of our Food Club customers do the following: they get their staples from our market (bread, cheese, lettuces, meats) and visit the other farmers’ markets to enjoy socializing and buy the extra knick-knacks for their kitchen. We believe in networking markets together for the benefit of everyone. Get your food from a variety of markets; they have different things to offer. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. So, we encourage you to continue using Food Club regularly and enjoying your other markets simultaneously!
A big Thank You to Maison Terre for spending time at Food Club yesterday, showcasing her fantastically dyed eggs (see pictures on her Facebook page), spices, teas, and skills in all things herbal and beautiful.
Two things from Maison Terre:
Natural Egg Dye Recipes
Raised Bed Plans.
Check THIS Out…
We have a new vendor! Please welcome New South Nursery. Tom Frothingham manages an 18-acre farm and nursery in West Pulaski County. He specializes in native plants and saves and cultivates his plants specific to our region, using Integrated Pest Management and organic fertilizers. Look for his native wildflowers, vines, fig trees, and vegetable plants under our Plants section. Here’s a word from Tom himself… "Hello everyone, this Tom Frothingham. My involvement with sustainable agriculture stretches back over 30 years, with a particular interest in native plant conservation for the last 10 years. New South Nursery focuses on Arkansas native plants, but my love of plants is pretty eclectic so we offer a number of non native plants, including heirloom vegetables, herbs, carnivorous plants and fig trees. I’m very excited to be a part of the Arkansas Local Food Network, and I look forward to a great growing season this year. "
Farm Girl Natural Foods is back in our market, with a variety of tasty meats. They’ve got all cuts of chicken, plus stew birds and whole chickens. Fresh Ham. This caught my eye: Hmong Sausage: a Northern Thai sausage featuring unique asian flavors. I’m eager to try it out!
North Pulaski has a lot of beautiful, green-purple broccolini. I’ll be roasting my broccolini from yesterday’s pickup later.
It’s warm and occasionally not wet outside. Time to do some grilling. Farm Girl, Falling Sky, and Youngblood Grassfed Meats have a variety of pork chops, sausages, and bratwursts. Don’t forget our offerings for grassfed beef!
Crimmins Family Farm is bursting at the seems with produce. I think they may have a pest problem, because they appear to be emptying out organic rabbit food onto our market at unparalleled rates.
Fun Farmer Updates:
Here are the Farmers’ Markets opening this April and May!
15 Shade Tolerant Plants for your shady yard.
Drewry Farm & Orchards is having a Plant Sale.
Rattle’s Garden Flower Ladder.
Falling Sky Farm raised $10,000 in under three weeks! Three cheers! Crowdfunding works, people!
There’s a million more bits of news to share in this ever-growing local food landscape. Stay tuned for delicious updates.
Ovos, eier, huevos, uova, oeufs!
Whatever you call them, there’s only 16 hours left to get them from the market! Be sure to order everything you need for a fantastic Easter: ham, fresh veggies and eggs, eggs, eggs!
If you’re looking for another way to make it a fun weekend, check out the 5th Annual Conway Seed Swap and Local Foods Festival. Starting at 1:00 this Saturday, stop by the Faulkner County Museum to celebrate sustainable food, check out sponsor booths and get dirty with some hands-on demonstrations of traditional skills. The seed swap is free, but for a mere $5 donation you can enjoy live music (starting at 2:00) well into the evening while supporting a great cause!
ALFN Food Club Coordinator
This Week's News in Food
Good Morning to the Food Obsessed!
What? I’M not obsessed with food. Are you? Of course not. We’re all just hungry.
Well, guess what? The Market is open, and while it won’t feed you today, you’re probably needing to eat the Food Club goodness you just picked up yesterday. It’s a cycle, see.
Edible Points of Interest…
North Pulaski Farm is out in force, with tons of broccolini and broccoli leaves, plus some delicious lettuce mix.
Crimmins Family Farm has beets and some beautiful, organic lettuces.
PLANTS, PLANTS, PLANTS!!
Maison Terre has every color of spice for natural egg dyes. For a guide to making natural dyes, check out P. Allen Smith’s.
Speaking of egg dyes, Sarah Brown of Maison Terre is working with ALFN to host Spring Eggs-travaganza next Saturday. We’ll be providing everything you’ll need for your natural egg dyeing this year. Next Saturday, during Food Club, we will be….
1) Handing out recipes for natural Dyes
2) Selling spices, fruits, and vegetables that make the BEST, nasty-chemical-free dyes
3) Sampling some dyes for fun
4) Hard boiling eggs and making some colorful, oval expression
5) Celebrating Spring in general
Be sure to come out in force next Saturday! We’ll be in the courtyard, weather providing.
Fun Sharing and News:
From Tammy Sue’s Critters about her Open House yesterday,
“We had a great time at our Open House. Thanks to all our friends that came out visit. We enjoyed visiting with you all. Hope everyone enjoyed time at the fire pit and having s’mores. The children really seemed to have fun with all the baby critters.”
From Rattle’s Garden on fun in farming,
“Yesterday I planted green beans. In the middle of March. In Arkansas. While it was snowing.”
And, from Farm Girl Natural Foods,
“Farm Girl Chickens Seek New Homes…
Our meat birds are ready to eat! Get your hands on them on Conway Locally Grown and Little Rock Locally Grown markets this weekend and at Argenta Farmers’ Market April 6!”
Last but not least, for a fun little teaser, ALFN is in the heat of planning our Spring Fundraiser. Here are some highlights, with details to come….
1) The Oxford American’s new restaurant South on Main
2) Locally inspired Southern food
3) Little Rock micro-brewed beer
4) Live music, farm stories, and Spring celebration.
It's not too late!
That’s right, the market is still open! Get your order in while you can.
To our members celebrating Passover next week, Chag Pesach Sameach! Don’t forget to stock up on local Seder supplies. Need fresh parsley for the Karpas and gefilte fish? Grass-fed lamb shanks for the Zeroah? We have pastured eggs, beef and buffalo brisket, potatoes, mushrooms and more!
ALFN Food Club Coordinator
The Market Opens with a Vengeance!
Wow oh Wow Community,
So much good stuff to report…
The Market has opened with a vengeance. But if this is vengeance, than I’ll take a second serving.
Crimmins Family Farm is back up with loads of organics greens, lettuces, and root veggies. We’re always so happy when Crimmins shows back up.
Ratchford Farms just brought goat meat back to our market. Take it from me, folks: give goat a chance. It is a deliciously complex and rich meat. Between that and McSwain Ranch’s lamb, we’re sitting in the fabled catbird seat. Or cloven-hoofed seat.
Plants n’ Seedlings. I was at Home Depot yesterday, in the garden section. Everyone in line, taking home those sad garden variety seedlings. A depressing sight, in comparison to us buying beautiful, healthy plants from local growers.
Don’t forget about Kent Walker’s Artisan Cheese: the stuff is amazing and provides a happy companion to lettuces!
ALFN Totes, T-shirts, & non GMO chicken feed
As part of our continuing initiative to Spread the Word, we are ordering canvas totes and organic cotton t-shirts with our logo.
The totes will be a long handled heavy canvas large tote and will cost only $10.00.
T-shirts are organic cotton and available in Adult sizes (S, M, L, XL) in natural, pale yellow, light blue, pink, green, and red. Check out the Adult sizes & colors here. If you preorder, we can also order Ladies sizes (S, M, L, XL) in the same colors. Check out the Ladies sizes here.
We will be selling these organic cotton shirts for only $15.00!
Please respond to this email to preorder with the size and color preference. I will assume Adult unless you specify Ladies. This will help determine how many of each size and color to get and there is no need to prepay. We’ll be ordering 36 to start unless lots of folks respond. Also XXL and larger are available although there is an extra cost.
Got chickens? Are you interested in non GMO chicken feed? We are working to get GMO free chicken feed (layer, starter, grower, scratch) in 50 lb bags. Please email Dwayne if you are interested!
Thanks and have an awesome week!
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.
Market Closes Farm Open Houses!
ALFN Family and Friends and Unexpected Guests,
First off, The Market":http://littlerock.locallygrown.net 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 Fluffybunnies@hughes.net 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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 Club:email@example.com. Please use this for any Food Club related questions or issues. We will still use firstname.lastname@example.org 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!