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Market Reminder


The market closes tonight at 10 P.M. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

CLG Community To Provide 4 Scholarships For SSAWG Conference
The Community Fund is going to provide four scholarships to the 2012 Southern SAWG Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference in Little Rock 25th thru the 26th. The event attracts over 1200 farmers and food advocates and offers fifty-six 1.5 hour sessions on a broad range of topics. These sessions will provide organic and sustainable production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management lessons, farm policy education and community food systems development information.
Click here to learn more about the SSAWG Conference!

Applications for the SSAWG Scholarships are due by this Friday December 21st and will be awarded on December 24th. Anyone in the CLG Community is eligible to apply!
Click here to fill out an application!

For all of those wondering, CLG will be open the week of Christmas and New Years!

Opening Bell, Old Trucks, and SSAWG Scholarships!


Season Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Sadly, automobile mechanics was not part of my liberal arts education, but I do know that screeching sounds and smoke coming from under the hood means this: something is wrong. And so this past Friday afternoon found myself, my driver Troy Hopkins, the Falling Sky Farm delivery truck, several hundred pounds of undelivered meat, and some of your precious orders all stranded at a repair shop in south Little Rock.

While waiting for Andrea to come to our rescue, I reflected on the breakdowns (pun intended) of our little market, and concluded that the success of the local food movement depends largely on the willingness of customers to accept a degree of uncertainty in the supply and distribution of their food.

The day may never come when everything that is ordered through our market makes it smoothly, without delay or mix-up, from farm to market to customer. I prefer to see these small failures in a positive light however, like blemishes on an heirloom tomato. In the same way that the ugly spots do not diminish the superior quality of the fruit, the hitches in the distribution of local food are a small price to pay for the rich rewards of the local food experience.

So the next time something is missing from your order, think of it as proof of the authenticity of your food experience, a guarantee that your food is real, and it’s being produced by real farmers who are subject to the uncertainties of nature (and old trucks).

CLG Community To Provide 4 Scholarships For SSAWG Conference
The Community Fund is going to provide four scholarships to the 2012 Southern SAWG Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference in Little Rock 25th thru the 26th. The event attracts over 1200 farmers and food advocates and offers fifty-six 1.5 hour sessions on a broad range of topics. These sessions will provide organic and sustainable production and marketing information for commercial horticultural and livestock producers, enterprise management lessons, farm policy education and community food systems development information.
Click here to learn more about the SSAWG Conference!

Applications for the SSAWG Scholarships are due by this Friday December 21st and will be awarded on December 24th. Anyone in the CLG Community is eligible to apply!
Click here to fill out an application!

For all of those wondering, CLG will be open the week of Christmas and New Years!

The market is now open. Go to Conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.

Sincerely,
Gabe Levin

CLG Pick-up 4pm today!


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!

Market Reminder


The market closes tonight at 10 P.M. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

A Note From North Pulaski Farms:
We just listed 50 lbs of ripe tomatoes!

A Note From Ratchford Farms:
We will be sampling our Buffalo and Elk Summer Sausage at this weeks pick up on Friday.

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

A big congratulations to Cody Hopkins and Andrea Todt for the birth of their second child, this time a baby girl!

My farming education began in 2009 when I interned with Cody and Andrea at Falling Sky Farm, and it has been an invaluable experience for me to work alongside them while their family and business grows. Watching a few people with progressive ideas and lots of determination turn their visions into a successful business has been really exciting for me, but also intimidating. It’s exciting because I see sustainable farming as a way to have a positive impact on the landscape and culture of Arkansas. The community networks, local economies, and environmental ethics that have been built around the food scene in Arkansas over the past several years are proof of that positive impact. It’s intimidating however, because I have seen and, to some degree, felt, the emotional stress and physical strain of building a socially and/or environmentally responsible business in an economy that provides little incentive for such responsibility. It baffles me sometimes how farmers like Cody and Andrea are able to cultivate a forward-thinking business plan, raise a healthy and happy family, and train wanna-be’s like me all at the same time.

The independent, socially responsible, and environmentally conscious business owners that comprise our network of growers are truly a force for good and an inspiration for the next generation of farmers and entrepreneurs. Let’s not overlook their hard work and sacrifices, and let’s unwaveringly support their efforts and our common goal of better food and a better life.

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you’re finished and you will receive a confirmation email once your order has been placed.

Have a great day!

Gabriel Levin
Market Director

CLG Pickup 4pm today!


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!

Market Reminder


The market closes tonight at 10 P.M. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

It’s December 2nd, and close to seventy degrees outside – kinda scary, but at least the growing season isn’t quite over yet! Get fresh green things while you can though; our luck is bound to run out on the weather.
I hope you’re as happy as I am to hear that the Faulkner County Urban Farming Project reached its fundraising goal of $5,000 to build a rain water collection system for the garden site at Faulkner County Library! Many thanks to all of you who contributed. Public support for projects such as this can only be seen as a sign of the growing inertia behind the local food movement.

From Armstead Farm:
Dear Members and Volunteers,
We have made our last delivery for the 2012 Season and are already planning for a 2013 return. We thank you so much for your support of both our farm and the Conway Locally Grown buying club. We truly appreciate your dedication and commitment to the local, sustainable agricultural movement.Let us remind you to always feel free to make comments, suggestions or critique our products.We value the feedback. It helps us to provide high quality,very fresh produce. Again, thank you so much. We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday and healthy New Year,
Sue and Rusty Nuffer/Armstead Mountain Farm

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Check out some of our exotic and inexpensive gifts this week.
German Extra Hardy garlic plant: $1
Beaverfork Blend cooking/grilling spice: $2.50 (Great for mailing to out of town friends & family.)
Purple Sage plnt (perennial): $2.50
Egyptian Walking Onion plants (perennial): $2.50
Elephant Garlic plant: $3
Candied Jalapenos: $4
Email me with any questions, and have a great week! Steve: kirp1968@sbcglobal.net

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Remember to hit the checkout button when you are finished, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed.
Invest in your community!

Have a great day,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

CLG pick-up 4pm today!


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!

Market Reminder


The market closes tonight at 10 P.M. To place an order, visit Conway.locallygrown.net/market Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.