Welcome to Conway Locally Grown, an online farmers’ market that began serving Conway and the surrounding areas in the Spring of 2008. We coordinate with local farmers to provide Conway with the freshest and highest quality fruits, vegetables, eggs, poultry, beef, pork, lamb, and dairy. All of the producers farm using strict standards that ensure clean, safe, humanely produced foods. The majority of the products sold through this market are synthetic fertilizer and pesticide free. However there are a few farmers who do use select chemicals on select products. We are committed to transparency and insist that the farmers and artisans provide our members with the information they need to make an educated decision about the products they purchase. If you do have any questions about a farmer or product, we encourage you to contact the farmers or us at Cody@fallingskyfarm.com. This is one the most beautiful things about Conway Locally Grown. Your farmers are just an email or phone call away. All products sold at Conway Locally Grown are produced within 150 miles.
Unlike other co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want.
Ordering is weekly from Sunday evening at 7pm through Tuesday at 9pm. You will receive an email notifying you that ordering is open. Please visit our Market page and place your orders before 9pm on Tuesday. You may pick up your order on Friday between 4PM and 6pm at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 925 Mitchell Street.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
The market is looking for local growers. Please contact us for more information at 870.504.0399 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Fees and Community Building
To help us provide farm tours, community building programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $25 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
Starting in the summer of 2009 we started donating $5 of every membership fee to the Saint Peter’s Food Pantry. The food pantry uses the donations to_ purchase from local farmers. This has proven to be a wonderful community relationship that is getting local, nutritious foods into the kitchens of those who couldn’t typically afford it.
Starting in September of 2010 we started putting $5 of every membership into the Conway Locally Grown Community Fund, a micro lending program that will fund sustainable and community oriented projects. This initiative is based on the “giving circles” concept, in which individuals pool their resources to help support initiatives that benefit the community. Say a newbie farmer is in need of some tools, a local upstart baker is in need of an oven, a local food pantry wants to put in some raised beds, or a community foods advocate wants to publish healthy recipes featuring local foods. The Conway Locally Community Fund could help in any of these scenarios with a $500 cash infusion.
CLG Community Fund Goes To Turtle Rock Farms
The votes are in and our first $500 Community Fund cash infusion will go to the Croswell Family of Turtle Rock Farms. They will use the funds to purchase lumber and a poly covering for a greenhouse that will allow them to extend their winter growing season and get an early start for the spring. Their goal is to use the greenhouse to provide CLG with more fresh and locally grown produce almost year round. They already have the ground prepared and the metal framing for the greenhouse. Besides offering CLG a wider variety of produce, they plan to repay the cash infusion by volunteering at the CLG Pickup on 8 occasions. We will keep you posted on the progress of their green house. Read more about Turtle Rock Farms at turtlerockfarms.blogspot.com.
Our next call for applications for the Community Fund will be in early February.
Who can apply: Projects fit into two categories: (for-profit) market vendors and (non-profit) community efforts. Vendors do not have to be Conway Locally Grown vendors. For community projects, we are specifically interested in ones that connect in some way to the work and/or values of our market.
- Applications for the micro loans will be reviewed and voted on by you, our Conway Locally Grown Members, and recipients will be asked to document how the money was used. The results will be posted online.
- After six months, the recipients repay the cash infusion with time (volunteering at the market), talent (sharing a special skill), or treasure (paying back into the Fund).