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Opening Bell


Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

There is still time to get your tickets for the May 11 Farm Tour. This is your best opportunity of the year to see where your food comes from and how it is produced – don’t miss out on this fun and educational trip. The tour is $20 and if you bring a friend who’s not a member of the market, they come for free. The tour will include transportation, pastries and coffee from Serenity Farm Bread, and a potluck at Falling Sky Farm. Reserve a spot for you and a friend now at the Conway Locally Grown Market Page under CLG Events. If May 11 doesn’t work for you, remember Barnhill Orchards in hosting a field day and fish fry April 21st.

The market is now open! Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Single click the checkout button once you’re finished and you will receive a confirmation email.

Enjoy the beautiful spring weather this week!
Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

CLG Pickup 4pm TODAY. Glass Jar Recycling too!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Tuesday Reminder


Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight. There’s still time to place orders and if you forgot something Sunday or Monday, just place another order. Crimmins Family Farm has beautiful and sweet carrots that they tended all winter just for you – these are the only carrots on the market right now – get them while they last!

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Opening Bell and CLG Farm Tours


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Conway Locally Grown Farm Tour and Membership Drive
Conway Locally Grown is doing a membership drive this spring and instead of buying a billboard, we’ve decided to take people to the farm! We think our farmers are the market’s best advocates. So bring a friend who’s not a member of the market and come join us on Saturday, May 11 for a Conway Locally Grown Farm Tour of three of the Ozark Mountains’ most innovative and beautiful farms: Ratchford Farms, Falling Sky Farm, and Armstead Farm. The tour is $20 and if you bring a friend who’s not a member of the market, they come for free. The tour will include transportation, pastries and coffee from Serenity Farm Bread, and a potluck at Falling Sky Farm. Reserve a spot for you and a friend now at the Conway Locally Grown Market Page under CLG Events.

  • The first stop will be at Ratchford Farms where the buffalo and cattle roam the wooded hills, graze in the open meadows, and drink the pure spring water. Originally, the ranch was founded to raise cattle and grow strawberries by the Ratchford family in the 1950’s. Currently, the second generation, L.C. Ratchford and family have utilized the 500 acre farm to raise cattle, buffalo. fruits, and vegetables.
  • The second stop will be at Falling Sky Farm with Andrea and Cody, two first generation farmers who have been farming sustainably in the Ozarks since 2007. Falling Sky Farm raises chickens, ducks, turkeys, pigs, cattle, and lots of beautiful green grass. The cattle are 100% grass fed, and the poultry are raised on pasture and the pigs range freely in the forests. Neither their animals nor the pasture that sustains them ever consumes maintenance antibiotics, growth hormones, or synthetic pesticides or herbicides. At Falling Sky Farm chickens scratch, pigs root, and cattle graze.
  • Our last stop of the day will be at Armstead Farm for a visit with Sue and Rusty Nuffer who have been farming fruits and veggies Organically in the Ozarks since 1972. Armstead Farm consists of 80 acres totally surrounded by the Ozark National Forest. Sue and Rusty enrich and build their soil with compost, cover crops, mulch, rock dust, and other natural fertilizers and minerals. They have approximately 4-5 acres in cultivation and 5600 sq. ft. of unheated greenhouse space. They are truly one of the pioneers of sustainable food production in Arkansas.

For more info on the tour click here

Don’t forget also Barnhill Orchards in hosting a field day and fish fry April 21st. Here’s the signup link

The market is now open! Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Single click the checkout button once you’re finished and you will receive a confirmation email. Have a wonderful week and take advantage of the farm tour opportunities.

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

CLG Pick-up TODAY 4-6pm. Bring Glass Jars, Please.


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

News and Tuesday Reminder


Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm, so get your orders in! If you forgot something Sunday or Monday, just place another order today! If you like lamb, check out Falling Sky Farm’s new selection of lamb cuts – this is delicious pasture-raised lamb and it won’t last long folks.

Barnhill Orchards will be hosting a field day/high tunnel dedication on the afternoon of April 21st. There’s going to be a fish fry ya’ll – sounds like it’s going to be a great time. Here’s the signup link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4DABAF22A31-customer

Conway Locally Grown will be leading a tour of Ratchford, Falling Sky, and Armstead Mountain Farms on May 11. Look for tickets on the market page next week. Bring a friend who’s not already a member of CLG, and we’ll give you two tickets for the price of one!

ARKANSANS CONCERNED ABOUT OIL PIPELINES
Community organizational meeting, Saturday, April 6, at 4 pm
Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., Conway, 72032

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week.
Sincerely,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Weblog Entry


Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

The market is open! I apologize for not reminding everyone yesterday. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Single click the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order is placed.

Tomorrow’s market closure reminder will include some information about upcoming events, so be sure to check it out.

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather the last two days and I hope everyone is prepared for the cold rain we’re about to get!

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Manager

CLG Pickup TODAY 4pm! Bring Glass Jars, please.


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Weblog Entry


Dear Conway Locally Grown Community,

The 5th Annual Conway Seed Swap and Local Foods Festival is this Saturday, March 30 at the Faulkner County Museum, beginning at 1pm. There will be a celebration of Faulkner County History and Future by attracting youth to the important issues of local sustainable food production based in tradition and innovation.

Fundraiser for the Faulkner County Museum – 5$ donation fee for bands, Seed Swap free

Co-sponsored by the FC Museum, CAAH!, FC Library, UCA Anthropology Club, Conway Locally Grown, La Lucha Space, FC Urban Farm Project, Arkansas Local Food Network

There will be booths for the various sponsors with educational information about and demonstrations of traditional sustainable living techniques of Faulkner County and central Arkansas.

Seed Swap and Museum Open House: 1 – 3PM; Hands-on demonstrations of traditional subsistence skills from central Arkansas. Live music beginning at 2pm and continuing into the evening.

Hope to see you all there! Also, this is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm. Have a great day.

Best,
Gabe Levin
Market Director