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Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open Today with Mother's Day Fast Approaching

It sure does not feel like May as I am writing this message today. The Market is now open and more products are being added each week. Mother’s Day is next week and we have gifts she may enjoy such as skin care products from Hidden Blessings, salad bowls from Rainbow Hill Farm, perennials from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse and gift certificates for Stones River Market.

There is other news from the producers this week.

  • Rainbow Hill Farm is selling sprouted potatoes for your garden. If you need growing instructions add a comment to your order. You can also watch this YouTube video for container growing –
  • Rock Hill Road Farm still has pullet eggs on sale.
  • Wild Flours returns after taking a one week break.

Thank you for your orders last week.


See the complete list of products at

ALFN Local Food Club:  The Market Swears It's May

Good morning fellow Northerners,
Oh wait, No. We’re Southerners. Where we live, the weather is warm in May. And pleasant. Is there a weather god around still? If so, harass it.
You can’t miss the bemused looks on our farmers’ faces right now. I called Jerry of Bluebird Hill earlier this week to see if he come sell eggs at our Eggshells’ event, and his response was, “Well, since the ground is so wet, I might as well be there.” Touché, Jerry, touché.

In the market….
The Market is open, and it continues to be the early Spring crops’ hay day. Tons of greens, root vegetables, cabbages, kales. Best stock up, because, chances are, it will be 100 degrees in a month.

I visited Farm Girl Natural Foods with Angela Gardner this week. It was a fantastic visit, and Katie Short was very generous with her time. We learned a lot, and I felt reenergized about what this market provides. Farm Girl is farming with animal welfare as the highest priority, and it shows. The work is hard, but Katie’s passion for farming is by far greater. I got to see her pigs at work in the scrubby woodlands around her homestead; they were like different animals, living to their natural potential. Those industrious guys. And her sows (mama pigs): HUGE. I mean, Wow. Like monster pigs. So may I recommend some of Farm Girl’s pork products, including the mini pork share?

Still plenty of live plants available, and this Spring has been gracious enough to give you the longest window for planting them ever.

Maison Terre has a sale on all candles, under Specials. Scented with Springtime fragrance!

Check out our ALFN T-Shirts. Colorful, with organic cotton. A fashion statement of food values.

Oh yeah. And strawberries. OK? I get it. You’re excited about the strawberries. I think you should buy 1 quart from each farm and do a taste test.

Southern Roots Fundraiser….
Our excellent fundraiser with the Oxford American is coming up. With a ticket you can enjoy the following: live music by Amy Garland, a sneak peak into the South on Main’s new space, a special sampling of resident chef Matt Bell’s delicious wares, Little Rock microbrew, speciality cocktails with Rocktown Distillery, and a chance to meet and rub shoulders with our very own growers. Oh yes, this event shall be the talk of the town! And farm!

What’s a’happenin’…

Did anyone attend the Heritage Hog Roast at Argenta yesterday? You know, those were all Falling Sky Farm’s hogs. I enjoyed this little tidbit on the Eat Arkansas blog about the roasting early morning.

From Rattle’s Garden :
“Could use a few warm thoughts right now…”

From Drewry Farm & Orchards :
“It’s sleeting, I’m going back to bed, wake me when it’s over.” Also, check their page out for a supremely cute picture of a baby goat coat.

A much needed update from Felder Farm :
“January 29th, we broke ground at the new Felder spot, 6th and Jones. We met kind, seed-sharing neighbors, and we checked out the soil, which happens to have more than a few rocks, as our dear city’s name might have predicted.” Check out the page for awesome pictures.

And a helpful hint from Debe Hudson of ABC Greenhouse :
“If you want scrumptious blueberries this year, think about going to Berry Hill Farms and picking some fresh when they are available. They are located in Jessieville, AR and you pick 2 gallons, you keep one and turn one into them?” So, she’s pretty sure that’s right.

Here’s to warmer weather!
Sam Hedges

Conyers Locally Grown:  Crop mob postponed

We have canceled the crop mob event. It is going to be rescheduled for a day that is less wet. We got over 2 1/2 inches or rain yesterday so we are knee deep in mud.

We will try again in a few weeks.


Citrus County Locally Grown:  Mom's Day is Coming!

Good morning friends and neighbors! Yes that’s right, Mother’s Day is coming, in exactly ONE week! THIS is your chance to get most everything you need to fix Mom that special meal for Mother’s Day. Why not let her kick her feet up for a change and cook for her! Don’t forget, it’s your turn to do the dishes too!

Have a great week you’all!

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening


Atlanta Locally Grown:  Crop mob canceled

We have canceled the crop mob event. It is going to be rescheduled for a day that is less wet. We got over 2 1/2 inches or rain yesterday so we are knee deep in mud.

We will try again in a few weeks.


Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Mother Earth Meats Deadline Extended!

Mother Earth Meats Deadline EXTENDED to Monday at Noon!

Good news! The deadline to order Mother Earth Meat has been extended and you now have today and tomorrow, May 6th, to place your order!

Placing an order is easy! Just review their website, complete this order form, and email it back to

Mother Earth Meats provides pastured, grass-fed, hormone, antibiotic and cruelty-free beef, bison, chicken, goat, turkey, elk, lamb, pork, duck, and more.

IMPORTANT: Keep in mind, however, that this extension means the possibility of not all items being available, but I am sure MEM will do their best to fulfill all orders received.

PLEASE NOTE: All orders received will get an email confirmation by Monday at 5pm. If you do not receive a confirmation email by then, please contact us, as that means we did not receive your order. Please make sure you follow the instructions below exactly as they appear here to avoid any delays or missing orders:

How to Order Mother Earth Meats

Deadline Extension is May 6th.

1) Go to the Mother Earth Meats website, browse around, and choose the products you want to order.

2) Download the Mother Earth Meats order form here and fill it out with the products you want to order.

3) Save your filled out order form on your computer and email it back to with subject line "MEM ORDER".

That’s it! You will receive a confirmation email by Monday at 5pm. If you don’t, contact us and let us now.

*Delivery date for Mother Earth Meats is May 18th*

If you run into any issues or have any questions about ordering Mother Earth Meats,
please contact us here.

Manchester Locally Grown:  The Market is Open for Ordering

Good cold, rainy, Saturday evening to everyone! I hope you were able to do something productive with your day, since it surely wasn’t much for "enjoyment. Jonathan and I spent an hour or so weeding in the greenhouse this evening, but it was too cold for much real work. Now I’m trying to “thaw out”, as my Dad would have said.

There are lots of goodies on the market this week, from lettuce, greens, eggs, & honey to perennial plants and handmade items. Don’t forget to browse the additional items available at Square Books Round Cookies, while you are there to pick up your order on Thursday.

Check out the market offerings, and have a great week! See you Thursday!

Dothan, Alabama:  Just in time for Mother's Day...

Great gift ideas for your special Mom from Market at Dothan…Farmers Daughters jams, jellies, marmalades with The Bread Lady’s homemade breads is a great “breakfast in bed” treat…Shelley Style casseroles make the perfect lunch for …pamper Mom with soap, bath and body products from Horton Farm.

Welcome back Yang Farm with fresh cut, locally grown flowers…visit Mrs. Yang for a beautiful bouquet!

New produce this week is Carrots from Hayburn Farm…makes a great side dish or addition to any salad or stir fry. See Recipe tab for menu ideas.

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Weblog Entry

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Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms

I have not actually tried this recipe but I have made a similar pasta without the tomatoes. The oyster mushrooms that were available outside the market last week made me think of this dish. It’s from Click here to view the recipe at the source.

16 ounces oyster mushrooms
1 -2 tablespoon minced garlic
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup chicken broth or 1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
12 ounces fettuccine, cooked, warm
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


1 Separate oyster mushrooms into pieces. Saute mushrooms and garlic in butter in a large skillet until soft, about 5 minutes.

2 Stir in flour. Cook 1 minute.

3 Add milk, broth, and lemon juice to skillet; heat to boiling.

4 Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until liquid is reduced by half.

5 Stir in tomato, salt and pepper; cook over medium heat until hot.

6 Spoon over pasta and top with cheese.

Market News

I hope you are all staying warm and dry on this cold, rainy day. I’s a great day to sit by the computer and order food!

This week we welcome Zion Gardens to the market. Hopefully we will be enjoying their produce soon!

Rainbow Hill has added many live vegetable plants to the market including live potato plants.

Spinach season is in full swing! Enjoy some baby spinach.

Click here to browse the whole list.

Coming Events

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Homegrown Co-op:  Market OPEN for Wednesday!

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Fresh from Blumenberry Farms

We have seen some really great produce from Blumenberry Farms this season. They are located in Sarasota Farms and grow a variety of heirloom fruits and vegetables. Now available on the market are turnips.


Thanks to everyone that braved the rain and came to our first food truck event this past Thursday! It was a blast and the food was delicious!

Special thanks to the vendors!
Curbside Chef
Local Yolk’l
Soup To Nuts
All From Scratch


Satellite Pick-up sites

We are looking to set up a few satellite pick-up sites around Central Florida to help reduce delivery fees and offer better access to local food. Are you interested in hosting a pick-up site? Do you know a school or business that would allow us to distribute orders once or twice a week? Let us know.

Member Mondays!

20% Off All Produce!

During regular store hours on Mondays, Members will receive 20% OFF all produce items. This discount will not include meat, dried herbs or shelf items.

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

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Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.

Place your order before Tuesday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Wednesday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 2pm-7pm on Wednesday. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Monday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company

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