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Rivervalley.locallygrown:  A Market Time

Rivervalley.locallygrown is loaded with fresh squash, tomatoes and peppers along with eggs and other farm products. Take a look and place your order before Wednesday.

Madison GA:  the Market is Open!!!'

See everyone Wed!!

The Wednesday Market:  Time to Order; Blueberries Are Here!

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please remember to place your order by 10 p.m. on Monday. Orders are ready Wednesday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Here is the link:

Blueberry season has kicked into full swing! Did you know that blueberry is the favorite muffin flavor in the United States? Thursday, July 11, is National Blueberry Muffin Day. To celebrate, why not try some blueberry muffins this week from Blueberry Hill Farm or Down the Lane Creatives? Or, if you want to make your own, D&A Farm and Blueberry Hill Farm are great sources for blueberries. For more ideas on how to use fresh blueberries, click on this link:

Thank you for supporting locally grown agriculture and for buying locally. See you on Wednesday!


Stone County, AR:  Your Online Market is Open!

Hey, Everyone!

Hope you had a great 4th!

Stone County Locally Grown Online is now open!

Come on in!

ALFN Local Food Club:  The Market Is Open

Dearest Friends,
I’m in Tennessee right now, at my alma (to)mater Sewanee. It’s been raining for four days nonstop. The whole mountain is running down its slopes. Surrounded by several thousand acres of forest, the only color I see is green, and it represents a very different type of abundance, in which fungus and rot play equal lead parts as growth and fruiting. Why, oh Why, did I not pack a rain coat?
On this very campus is the Cumberland Farmers’ Market, another online farmers’ market, one of the very first to come after Athen’s Locally Grown, the first. As a student, I never knew that it was here, and the market is amazing, rivaling our market in quantity but set in a rural area. It’s interesting, the way local food here has bridged the well known gap between the elite university and the surrounding rural community. Yet again, good food unites people.

Into the splendor…
Crimmins Family Farm is back with their Lettuces & Cayenne Peppers & Organic Tomatoes, including their delicious Juliet’s, great for sauces.

Sweet Life Apiary just came on with the first of his 2013 Summer honey, from bees visiting our flower beds. They stole your pollen, now take their honey!

Fresh Purple Hull Peas from Hardin Farms, including a half bushel of shelled peas for $22. According to Hardin, these classic Arkansas peas don’t get any chemical sprays, hardy as they are.

Organic Little Leaf AND American Slicer Cucumbers from North Pulaski Farms. Wait. AND Kelly has got his grape tomatoes, which he somewhat politically incorrectly calls “crack tomatoes,” because they are so delicious.

Garlic Stockpile Hour: fresh, local garlic runs a tight season, but it keeps a good while. We’ve got a lot of it right now.

Kornegay Berry Farm has got a BOX of their Bradley tomatoes for $37.50, i.e., $1.50/lb. Nice deal.

MELON MANIA, thanks to Hardin Farms. They’ve got four varieties of melons, most of which I’ve never tried, plus three varieties of watermelon. Melons are a Hardin speciality, and it’s fun to build melon pyramids during pickup, so order away!

OK, and Wow, Meatworks has a whole flock of broiler chickens available at a good price. If you’re interested in a real gourmet chicken, may I suggest Farm Girl’s chickens, which are heritage breeds raised very thoughtfully, with a more complex flavor as a result. Also, Farm Girl’s stew chickens make for unbelievable soups or anything slow cooked. They’re “retired” laying hens, so it’s best to cook them a long time, but the flavor is way behind your average chicken. With age comes beauty.

Is that all? Good gravy.

What our Farmers are saying…

From Deepwoods Farm, a high production farm of heirloom and hybrid tomatoes…
“We are opening up the fields for pick your own!! Bring your own 5 gallon buckets!! Hope to see you here!” We hope to be seeing their tomatoes on our market soon. Contact them via Facebook!
And a charming tidbit from Willow Springs Market Garden :
“It is like I’ve slept for 3 months and when I woke up this morning it feels like September outside.”

See you this weekend!
Sam Hedges

Farm Where Life is Good:  Online Market is OPEN for Business (Week 28)

High tunnel growing UP!

Farm Where Life is Good

Life on the Farm (Week 28)

Who forgot to turn off the heater? Whew! 93 degrees today while tilling and transplanting and tomato pruning/trellising (in the 105 degree high tunnel!) Didn’t realize sweat could actually pour down one’s face, but yes, it can and did. (Well I wasn’t sweating, actually just glowing!)

We are trying out a new pest deterrent this year for the cucurbits (cucumber, squash, melon); it is a kaolin clay (same stuff in the original pre-1980s Kaopectate, often found in cosmetics, and recently introduced into combat bandages to stop major wound bleeding) in a fine powder that you mix with water and either dip the transplants in (prior to planting) or spray on the hanging vines using a (new!) backpack sprayer. Gotta love new toys. Theoretically it creates a barrier to egg-laying and biting/sucking so a little population control and prevention of virus transmission (yes, plants get viruses; they have all sorts of fun names but the gist is that when the plant gets infected it goes kaput! It also prevents plant sunburn; we don’t want our wittle pwants to get sunburned, now do we?

Recently dipped squash transplants.

The Market has your herbs for salad dressings and your favorite baby-leaf salad fixin’s this week. Try some fresh kale for roasting and dipping (see recipe below).

Ordering will be open from Sunday morning until Monday 8pm. Get your orders in now so harvesting can begin specific to your requests.

Deliveries will be made Wednesday per usual to your chosen Dropsite Location .

Recipes for your consideration

Crispy Sesame Kale
Quick and easy with an unusual flair. And plenty of those great phytochemicals! Eat straight, or dab in your favorite sauces.

1 bunch fresh kale
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
½ tsp sea salt

Preheat oven 350F.

Slice kale leaves off major stems; discard stems (or put in green smoothie or feed to dogs!)

In large bowl , mix kale, seeds, oil and salt. Toss and massage with your hands.

Spread leaves out on large baking sheet , single layer.

Roast in oven until crisp, approximately 12-15min.

Serve immediately.

Peanut Sauce with Cilantro
Lots of flavor, easy to make, great variety of fresh things to dip in it. Try spring rolls, roasted kale, carrot/broccoli/cauliflower sticks. Or pour it over rice noodles, add some fresh vegetables and enjoy.

1-2 Tbsp fresh ginger, zested or minced (if you are a big fan, use the higher amount)
¼ cup hot water
½ cup peanut butter, preferable fresh and unadulterated blended peanuts!
2 Tbsp soy sauce
4 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp sugar, maple syrup or agave syrup
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
1" bunch fresh cilantro, rough chopped

Combine all ingredients except cilantro in small sauce pan; over very very low heat, stir/whisk until well combined and smooth.

Remove from heat, top with cilantro and serve with something in need of dipping.

Did You Know…

You are eating phytochemicals, and lovin’ it!

“There is some evidence that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains reduces the risk of certain types of cancer and other diseases. Available scientific evidence does not support claims that taking phytochemical supplements is as good for long-term health as consuming the fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains from which they are taken.” American Cancer Society

And they give us the fun of eating all colors of the rainbow! (Try tossing these words around at your next party— “Say, I was eating some phytofluene yesterday, and noticed that…”)

Color Wheel of Foods & Phytochemicals
Red (Lycopene, Phytoene, Phytofluene, Vitamin E)

Green (Glucosinolates, Isothiocyanates, Indole-3 Carbinol, Folic Acid)
Brussel Sprouts
Bok Choy

Green/Yellow (Lutein, Zeaxanthin)
Green Beans
Green Peppers
Collard Greens
Mustard Greens

Orange (Alpha & Beta Carotene, Beta-Cryptoxanthin)
Butternut Squash

Orange/Yellow (Vitamin C, Flavonoids)
Yellow Grapefruit

Red-Purple (Anthocyanins, Ellagic Acid, Flavonoids)
Red Wine

White/Green (Allyl Sulfides)

Produce Subscription Highlights

Anticipated this week for the CSA produce subscription boxes:

Lettuce (maybe a summer crisp head, but deer have been in it!)
Salad mix (2 kinds; trialing a new type that starts as a head; we’ll need reviews from ya’ll)
Green onion
A sweet pepper (maybe!)

Start your meal planning now!

If there are any of you crazy spinach-loving, green smoothie-making peoples out there, we have an gleaning offer for you. The heat has just about bolted the last of the spring spinach (beds we haven’t even harvested yet!). If you’d like to come pick it yourself, please feel free. Again, it is almost bolted and won’t be good for much beyond the blender (still quite good in the blender tho, if I do say so myself.)

We hope to feed you soon!

Roger and Lara

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Russellville Community Market:  RCM is Open!

Hello all!

We hope you had a great 4th of July Holiday weekend!

It’s time for another market week this week!

Be sure to check out the newly added lamb from Meatworks! It sounds awesome!

Also, Drewry has added some delicious new breads like Espresso Bread and….


Be sure to stock up!

Thanks for supporting RCM!

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for up to date news and exciting RCM announcements. Check out our page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events too! RCM Facebook

Check out the “Featured Items” section as well as the “What’s New” section at the top of the market page for all the latest products available.

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. Remember, you have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.

Happy Shopping! See you on Thursday!

Russellville Community Market

Republican Valley Produce:  RVP- Market is open, better late than never!

The market is open. I will leave it open until 10 pm tonight since I am so late opening it.

Deliveries will be to Manhattan on Wednesday and I will make home deliveries in Clay Center on Tuesday.



Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open Today

Welcome back to another week of locally grown and made products. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Fourth of July even though we were extremely wet. It is nice to see some sun this morning.

The schedule returns to normal for everyone.

We have plenty of products for you to choose this week. After taking a week vacation, Farmer Brown returns with all of his salads, micro-greens, pickles, jams and cakes. Double Star Bar has their energy bars available again. Both Rocky Glade Farm and White City Produce and Greenhouse have plenty of tomatoes. The nut butters are back from West Wind Farms. Rockhouse Hollow has added Asian cucumbers and wild blackberries.

Thank you for your orders last week.


See the complete list of products at

Cumberland, TN:  CSFM Open

The Cumberland Sustainable Farmers Market is now open for this weeks ordering

Thanks for supporting your local farmers!