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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.
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.

Sam Hedges

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!

-Rebecca Wild
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!
Happy shopping.

Sam Hedges

ALFN Totes, T-shirts, & non GMO chicken feed

Good Morning!

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.
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