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Holidays Farmer Style
There are a number of ways to do the Holiday shuffle, some of which are hyper-consumerist, while others are the very opposite. I, for example, am currently sitting at an Alternative Gift Market at Christ Episcopal Church (church is in session, so I’ve got a moment). A bunch of tables are set up, encouraging people to give in celebration of the holidays. Which is sort of anti-consumerist. Through our food club, I like to think, you can consume AND give at the same time!
Spending money intentionally has always been what our food club is about. Buying from our small farms and gardens is an expression of a value. For the past seven years, your intentional spending has allowed food to make a comeback. Our market is doing great right now, which means more money is going to local growers, taking root right here, and growing better things. Keep it up!
I’d like to direct your attention to a few ways to give in support of ALFN. We currently have a deal on our year-membership certificates: $45 for one year, i.e., three free months. Consider gifting a loved one a year with our food club; it’s a great way to get someone started on local eating! And we LOVE new members. If membership isn’t the route you want to take, we also have Food Club Dollars to spend on anything in our market. Order your Food Club Dollars on our site or pick a certificate up during pickup to give to someone.
Don’t forget the donation opportunities a few of our growers have generously provided. Kellogg Valley Farms and Arkansas Natural are offering all manner of tasty greens for donation to Our House and Gaines House. You donate, and we deliver fresh, healthy produce to these excellent non-profits. A few months ago, we had over $100 donated through food club. Let’s do that again! As you can imagine, Our House and Gaines don’t typically receive the best quality food in their kitchen, so they are always delighted when we bring bags of greens and vegetables to them.
The Market is open, and it’s loaded with ways to celebrate the holidays. Click a button, support our local economy, and eat well! On a final note, North Pulaski Farm’s Tat Soi is a work of art in itself. A member ordered some for yesterday, and we volunteers spent a good five minutes staring into the bag at the beautiful display of green, glossy leaves. It might even taste great too, but I’d buy it just to look at.
Market Closes Tomorrow!
The market closes tomorrow! Get your order in! There’s a fable about the boy who forgot to order before the market closed, but I can’t remember it. Just let it be known, he met a grim fate!
3-Buddy's Shiitake Mushrooms
It’s been a long while, but 3-Buddy’s Berry & Mushroom Farm has their fall crop of Shiitake Mushrooms available! Chemical-free, grown on oak logs, tender and delicious! For some good recipes, I recommend Googling Shiitake Mushrooms Martha Stewart Recipes.
Good Morning Locavores,
The Market is open! And it’s high time you restocked your fridges with non-Thanksgiving-leftovers. How about some fresh produce, meat, and eggs instead? There’s nothing like the detoxifying powers of kale to wipe an over-fed slate clean. I do hope everyone had a splendid Thanksgiving. I for one spent it in Denver, Colorado, where everyone lives off of delicious food and beer. Lots of beer. And lots of hiking to even things out.
A tip for the traveler: visit the New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins. It’s fantastic. And eat at ANY restaurant along Pearl Street in Boulder. Don’t bother asking if the food is sourced locally, because all of it is. Look forward to seeing you this next weekend!
And/or Black Friday, if you’re mad for consumerism. Why don’t we get trampling mobs at farmers’ markets?
I can’t believe I’m having to brake my fast from harassment via e-mail, but we could use a few volunteers for tomorrow’s food club. Not a lot, just a few. So if you could use some company with fresh produce after a few days of butter and gravy, come on!
Good morning fellow locavores,
A holiday is upon us. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, not primarily because I am of noble spirit and enjoy giving thanks, but because I love eating food and taking food naps. I’ve been practicing my elastic stomach exercises for weeks.
But giving thanks is important. For the 364 days of the year that don’t fall on Thanksgiving, you take most realities for granted just to keep your schedule manageable. The sun rises because it does. Your car works because it needs to take you to work. You’re healthy because you are. And, a little more relevant, the earth provides food for you because it should. If you didn’t take these things for granted, you’d spend most days curled up on the floor.
Of course, none of these things has to happen. In the same vein, the fine people who supply are market don’t have to farm. We’re just very lucky that they chose to, otherwise we’d been eating Butterball turkeys (no real offense Mr. Butterball) this Thanksgiving. I’m finding that, with age, the care-free kind of gratitude I felt easily as a kid is fading. It’s more difficult to get silly happy about the good things in life. The sun rises, but so what? I’ve got stuff to do. So I like to take Thanksgiving as an opportunity to re-adopt my sense of childlike wonder at the world, to be thankful for the good things that didn’t have to come into my life but did. And have somehow stuck around. Such as this wonderful organization, and this great community, and these awesome growers. Thanks to all of you. As an expression of my gratitude, I shall open the market.
Maison Terre's Tea Room and Herb Shop
So I have good news and bad news. Which to start with? Twenty-five years of living hasn’t yet solved this quandary, and I wonder if it ever will.
Bad news, just because it’s shorter: the Market is closing for the week (not for good) tomorrow morning. You have less than a day to get your orders in for this Saturday-Monday! They make a mean pair. And then it’s Thanksgiving, and then what will you do?
THE Good News, because there is no other: Maison Terre has gone brick-and-mortar, i.e., opened up the Maison Terre Tea Room and Herb Shop. They’ll be serving up hot teas, gourmet lunches, organic herbs, and other fantastic Maison Terre’esque products. Check out their website for more information! I encourage you to go warm yourself with a “cuppa” (as the U.K. says, or so I’ve heard) and a Curry Chicken Salad Sandwhich with Creamy Tomato Soup. Just for example…
Best Turkey of all Time
OK. So my family came together for an early Thanksgiving celebration (plane tickets are cheaper, less Holiday craze; try it some time), and Falling Sky Farm was kind enough to sell us one of their turkeys a little ahead of schedule. My dad brined and roasted the turkey according to their recipe, and now I have to announce that this was the best turkey I have ever tasted. It was phenomenal. And this is your last chance to reserve a turkey! Do your family a favor!
I’ve also got a few good guides to greens here for you, recipes included. There are so many varieties on our market that it can be quite overwhelming. Hopefully these guides (Number One, Number Two) will help you make your purchasing decisions.
It’s also time to think about what locally grown goodness you want for your Thanksgiving feast. What you order now you will get next weekend, i.e., the weekend before Thanksgiving. We’ve got plenty of holiday staples: pecans, sweet potatoes, greens, ham, turkey, artisan cheese, honey, apples, artisan bread. I think it’s of paramount importance to feed you and yours the right kind of food on a day meant to give thanks.
Last but not least, I have two announcements from our grower community: (1) “Turtle Rock Farms is very sorry for the issue concerning their 1/2 chickens. TRF is out of chickens and tried to make them unavailable repeatedly, yet a software error kept making them available. The error was caught when orders were sent out to them each week. We were able to verify the error and have since deleted the item permanently. Lastly, TRF is out of all items currently and will not return to the market until 2013. Thank you for your support and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.” It was indeed a software issue, and we apologize for those of you whose orders were not fulfilled by no fault of Turtle Rock’s. And (2), from Chuck Crimmins, “just wanted to let the market know that after this week’s listing, we will be taking a two week break and recuperate!! We won’t list again until Sunday, December 2 (for pickup on Dec. 8) We currently have ~30 items listed, many greens, lettuce, sweet potatoes, etc. If folks are interested in our ‘Perry county’ organic produce for both pre-Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving day meals, this would be the week to order.”
So check out our market, order up and get some clothes with a bigger waste line ready!
Volunteer Call Ya'll!!
If you have the time this Saturday, we could use a few more volunteers for Food Club, particularly for the Late Shift! Follow this link to sign up on our volunteer calendar and come enjoy a morning at Food Club!
Market Closes Tomorrow
The Market closes tomorrow. Get your order in!