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Food Club! Sleep Ordering!!

Good Morning Dear Community E-mail Database,
ALFN urgently reports to you on the recently discovered, potentially lethal disorder: Sleep Ordering. A dear customer of ours came to Food Club yesterday, perplexed at the order she had made. “I don’t even remember placing an order!” she exclaimed. “Maybe I did it in my sleep?” A grim prospect that required immediate investigation. I myself have come to Food Clubs before only to be vexed by my order sheet. “When did I order this ?” I wonder. Is it possible that I’ve fallen victim… to Sleep Ordering? A condition in which the fundamental desire to order fresh, local produce and meat is expressed during sleep, before the computer, filling baskets arbitrarily with delicious, albeit unwanted, food? If you suspect you’re a victim of Sleep Ordering, contact us immediately. There may yet be a cure.

None of that was serious, for those who don’t enjoy sarcasm. Except I really do scratch my head sometimes when I see what I’ve ordered.
The Market is open and seeking hungry customers.

Kent Walker has two new cheeses: Funky Goat (a blue cheese) and Petit Roche (a camembert).
North Pulaski’s and Arkansas Natural Produce’s peppers looked exquisitely beautiful yesterday.
Falling Sky Farm still has a few turkey breasts available.

Let’s keep our momentum up this Winter. We’ve had some fantastic volunteer support as of late, plus new members and lots of orders. Keep ordering and spreading the word to friends who want to eat locally!
Sam Hedges

Rainbow Carrots and Snowpeas

New Year’s Day! One last chance to get those regrets in before you wipe the slate clean. That’s how life works, right? For those of you who will actually stay up for midnight and beyond, I wish you well.

There are beautiful Rainbow Carrots and Snowpeas from Laughing Stock Farm on our market. Organic and eager for some new year digestion.

And last but not least, a little sharing from Farm Girl in these wintry days of snow:
“We were swamped with over 16 inches out here in Perry Co and have been walking to tend our cattle on leased land several miles away. Here’s a pic of our pigs playing in the snow. Two of our chicken coops were crushed, but no birds injured. Otherwise the damage was limited to downed trees and limbs on our electric fences, which we have mostly cleared now.
And check out this “pic” of their pig, happy in the snow. If this link doesn’t work, check it out on Facebook!

Sam Hedges

Tamales, Spiced Pecans, Rainbow Carrots

Last Food Club for 2012 tomorrow! The worlds not the only thing ending! Goodbye 2012 Food Club! What will 2013’s Food Club be like? Futuristic? Telepathic? Enigmatic?
We’ll be going out in style tomorrow. Michelle will have her tamales. Laughing Stock Farms will have organic rainbow carrots, snow peas, and more! Angela will have us a juice bar! I’ll have Spiced Pecans from Hardin Farms! 2012!
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Tomorrow

Good Morning Locavores!
A bright, brisk wind this day’s commencement. Perfect for taking the recycling out.
The Market closes tomorrow. One more day to get your order in before two agonizing weeks of absence. Won’t you need eggs and breakfast sausage for your holiday mornings? Won’t you need Rudolph-esque red tomatoes, organic and locally grown?
We WILL be juicing this Saturday. $2 a cup, $1 if you use your own Food Club produce.
Josh Hardin of Laughing Stock Farms will also join us with his organic snow peas, rainbow carrots, fennel, etc., as well as Hardin Farms’ pecans.
See you this Saturday for a bustling holiday market!
Sam Hedges

A Change in Monday's Pickup

Morning Everyone,
Christmas approaches, and we have an important announcement: As Monday night is Christmas Eve, we are changing our Monday pickup time to Sunday, 4:30-6. We hope that works for your schedule. If not, Saturday is still an option!
Three more bits of delicious news:

  • Falling Sky has whole turkeys + turkey breasts and legs available.
  • North Pulaski has organic ripe tomatoes.
  • My last weblog should have read “Throes” not “Throws” in the subject line. “Thanks,” to my grammar watchdogs.
    Sam Hedges

Market in Throws of Holiday

‘Tis the Season for Over-eatin’,
I’m on my fifth potluck dinner this week. Praise the gods of agriculture for Food Club! Else, I’d have a hefty tab at Kroger, with lots of limp produce and shrink-wrapped mystery meat.
The Market is open. Plenty of good things. Now is the time to order what you’ll need for the holidays! Food Club will not be open for the week of Christmas (the 29th), so it’s time to stockpile! Eggs, meat, salad greens, bread, cheese! Holi-daze!
Plus, there are plenty of stocking stuffer gifts to consider: goat’s milk soaps and lotions. Jams and jellies. Gift baskets. Pork chops.
Load that basket up! And remember, no market opening this time next week. Happy Holidays locavores!
Sam Hedges

Juice Bar Tomorrow!

Good Friday Afternoon ya’ll!
Tomorrow during Food Club, we will be juicing! Courtesy of Angela Gardner, we will be juicing fresh, local produce for sale ($2 a cup, $1 if you provide your own produce). Apples, radishes, kale, sorrel: delicious, healthy juices! Bring your own cup or bottle! Proceeds go to ALFN. See you tomorrow!

Market Closes Tomorrow

Hello All,
Market closes tomorrow. Better get your order in! Still plenty of good stuff including…
Broccoli Florets and Broccoli Leaves from Kellogg. I hear tell from Eddie of Kellogg himself that he thinks broccoli leaves are taster than the actual heads.
Ripe Tomatoes from North Pulaski. Organic and ripe red. A BUNCH of them. Tomato sauce anyone?
Mizuna from Crimmins. Have you tried Mizuna? Hands down my new favorite salad green.
Sam Hedges

Weblog Entry

No time for lollygagging this morning, friends. Lots of news to share, but this is not the time! What you need to know right now is this:
The Market is open. Here are some things you might like:

- Our Market will be closed for the week of Christmas (you might not like that?), meaning that it will not be opening the 23rd for ordering and there will be no pickup on the 29th. We WILL, however, have the market open on the 16th for the 22nd pickup, so we can all get our groceries in for the feasting.

- Crimmins is back, with delicious, organic greens, root veggies, and sweet potatoes.

- Maison Terre has uploaded their Holiday Country Terrine. Here’s her description:
“Ingredients: pork, veal, beef, salt pork, pancetta, prosciutto, onion, garlic, black peppercorns, figs, pistachios, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, allspice, bay, eggs, heavy cream, cognac, and olive oil. For the holidays, the Tea Room will be serving a truly decadent and wonderfully delicious terrine. We thought we would make them available whole to you. This terrine reminds me of one that my Delta grandmother made this time of the year. It also reminds me of the country terrines I sampled during from my travels in Europe. Perhaps Grandmother Brown’s recipe was passed down over many generations. Serve with bread and cornichons as an hors d’oeuvres or as an appetizer, or over a bed or your favorite greens and with vegetable side dishes as a main course.”

- Tammy Sue’s Critters makes some perfect stocking stuffer gifts: lotions, soaps, candles, etc.

- Arkansas Fresh has uploaded their Birdseed Multigrain. You know, that multigrain sandwich bread everyone is so crazy about!

- Hardin has their fully cracked Desirable Pecans. Spiced Pecans anyone?

- North Pulaski’s Tat Soi is still the most beautiful leafery I’ve ever seen. Mild and tasty!

- I made a boo-boo last weekend: our One Year Membership gift certificates are on sale for $50. Two free months, folks. Wow.

- If you have a juicer: we sampled a fantastic concoction of apples, sorrel, radish, and kale yesterday. Bright green and surprisingly sweet!

- Armstead Farm’s done for the season, and they’ve asked me to forward the following message to ya’ll:
“Dear Members and Volunteers,
We have made our last delivery for the 2012 season and are already planning for a 2013 return. Thank you all so much for your support of both our farm and ALFN. We truly appreciate your dedication to the local sustainable agricultural movement.We also wish to remind you to always feel free to make comments, suggestions or critique our products.This is valuable feedback in helping us provide the best quality, freshest produce. Again, big thanks to you – we farmers cannot do what we do without you. Very happy Holidays to you and your family and best wishes for a Healthy, Happy New Year,
Sue and Rusty Nuffer/Armstead Mountain Farm”

How about that? OK, that’s all I’m saying. Nope, no more information for now. I’ve got a whole newsletter coming with even MORE juicy news, so just you wait.
Sam Hedges

Market Closes Tomorrow

The Market closes tomorrow morning! Still time to order your staples: greens, apples, frozen fruit, root vegetables, eggs, bread, and cheese. Also, consider donating to Our House or Gaines House this week in honor of the holiday season!
This Saturday is our Seasons Greenings Part 2. We will be celebrating apples, the noblest of fruits, with tasty samples and cool culinary demo’s. Come enjoy a relaxed afternoon (1-3:30pm) at Christ Episcopal Church and learn some interesting ways to prepare and preserve apples!