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CLG Pickup TODAY! Bring egg cartons, please! 4-6pm


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, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! 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.

I was going to post an elaborate Falling Sky Farm update, but I’m just too tired. The lifestyle of a farmer conforms to nature’s patterns and schedules. Right now for example, the days are long and the list of things to do is longer. Everything is growing like a weed, and the animals are constantly on the move to fresh ground. We stay busy from before the sun comes up until long after it goes down. Come winter, life will slow again and I will sleep more, but that’s a very long way away. A very….long….way…away.

See you Friday!
Best,
Gabe Levin

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

We’ve had to reschedule a couple times, but the date is finally set for the 2013 Conway Locally Grown Harvest Dinner, featuring ingredients from our very own CLG growers and the fine preparation work of Chef Pam and her crew at Oak Street Bistro. The event will be held at Oak Street Bistro in Conway on Sunday, June 30th beginning at 6pm. This is sure to be a fun and delicious evening so make your plans now! Go to http://clgharvestdinner.eventbrite.com/ to reserve your spots. All proceeds will benefit the St. Peter’s Food Pantry.

Canners, jammers, and food preservationists of all walks, and those of you with plenty of room in your freezer….now is the time to stock up on produce! Strawberries are exploding and other berries are soon to follow. Squash is in – I can’t emphasize enough how good the summer squash and zucchini is that our farmers are harvesting right now. Steam it, sauté it, fry it, eat it raw, freeze it for later – it doesn’t matter, it’s just plain awesome. New potatoes are in too – boil them, melt butter on them, and garnish with fresh rosemary. Can’t beat it folks.

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

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
CLG Market Director

CLG Pickup TODAY! Bring glass jars, please! 4-6pm


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, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! 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.

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend! I got to float and camp on the Buffalo River with some old friends, and had a blast. Though it was crowded on the river, the high bluffs and deep green pools were as dramatic and beautiful as ever. Seeing one of our many pristine Ozark watersheds is a sure way to reinforce your understanding of the importance of organic and sustainable agriculture – it’s not just our own health that’s at stake, but also the health of some of the least polluted watersheds in the country.

Don’t forget that Bluebird Hill Berry Farm is hosting a field day on June 2! I’ll let Jerry Markham tell you about it: "Plans are to have a hamburger/BBQ sandwich meal at 1:30 p.m. followed by a walking tour of the items near the headquarters. We will take a hay ride tour of the operation that is too far for people to walk. Anyone planning to attend should visit the following link and sign-up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0E4CA8A929AA8-farm. Their signing up will assure that there will be enough meat prepared for their meal.

The farm is located 2.5 miles S.W. of Atkins on State Highway 324. To get here from Exit 94 on Interstate 40 you proceed south on Hwy. 105 (Church St.) crossing Hwy 64 and the RR tracks. At the stop sign on Church St. & S.W. 3rd. street turn right and travel 2.5 miles to the Bluebird Hill Berry Farm sign. Entering the address ( 3434 Bells Chapel Rd. E., Atkins, Ar. 72823 ) into a GPS system will bring you right here!"

Have a great week everyone.
Best,
Gabe Levin

CLG Pickup TODAY! 4-6pm


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, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. *Reduce, reuse, recycle!

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.

Don’t forget that Bluebird Hill Berry Farm is hosting a field day on June 2! I’ll let Jerry Markham tell you about it: "Plans are to have a hamburger/BBQ sandwich meal at 1:30 p.m. followed by a walking tour of the items near the headquarters. We will take a hay ride tour of the operation that is too far for people to walk. Anyone planning to attend should visit the following link and sign-up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0E4CA8A929AA8-farm. Their signing up will assure that there will be enough meat prepared for their meal.

The farm is located 2.5 miles S.W. of Atkins on State Highway 324. To get here from Exit 94 on Interstate 40 you proceed south on Hwy. 105 (Church St.) crossing Hwy 64 and the RR tracks. At the stop sign on Church St. & S.W. 3rd. street turn right and travel 2.5 miles to the Bluebird Hill Berry Farm sign. Entering the address ( 3434 Bells Chapel Rd. E., Atkins, Ar. 72823 ) into a GPS system will bring you right here!"

Jerry Markham
Bluebird Hill Berry Farm
Rivervalley.locallygrown.net

Best,
Gabe Levin

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Thursday brought a lovely, gentle spring rain to Falling Sky Farm, and although we’ve had a cold, wet spring so far, that little shower was much needed after a week of intensely bright, hot sunshine. On the farm tour two Fridays ago, Rusty Nuffer of Armstead Mountain Farm said something about Arkansas weather that stuck with me – “In the Arkansas hills,” he said, “when it rains you’re eight days from a drought.”

Here’s my own scholarly and scientific analysis of this Ozark farmer expression: Some of our CLG growers like Armstead and Falling Sky are located in the Ozark highlands, and the most arable land in this region is the flattest land, which happens to often be on top of the mountains and ridges. Water rolls downhill obviously, and so this fact coupled with the poor ability of sandy Ozark soils to retain water means that water flows off of mountaintop farms fairly quickly; thus, Rusty’s expression is well suited for his local hydrogeology. Brilliant I know.

On with market business. From Cedar Rock Ridge:
“Please take a look at our expanded herb selections, as always only $1. We garden organically and never use any chemicals. Herbs are cut and washed at noon on market day. You can’t beat the freshness these will add to your meals. Thank you! We have: Lavender, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.”

I might add that I have recently started using fresh herbs in my basting sauce when grilling steaks and pork chops, and it is a really fun, aromatic technique that I highly recommend!

Another Farm Tour Opportunity!
Bluebird Hill Berry Farm is hosting a field day on June 2! I’ll let Jerry Markham tell you about it: "Plans are to have a hamburger/BBQ sandwich meal at 1:30 p.m. followed by a walking tour of the items near the headquarters. We will take a hay ride tour of the operation that is too far for people to walk. Anyone planning to attend should visit the following link and sign-up www.SignUpGenius.com/go/70A0E4CA8A929AA8-farm. Their signing up will assure that there will be enough meat prepared for their meal.

The farm is located 2.5 miles S.W. of Atkins on State Highway 324. To get here from Exit 94 on Interstate 40 you proceed south on Hwy. 105 (Church St.) crossing Hwy 64 and the RR tracks. At the stop sign on Church St. & S.W. 3rd. street turn right and travel 2.5 miles to the Bluebird Hill Berry Farm sign. Entering the address ( 3434 Bells Chapel Rd. E., Atkins, Ar. 72823 ) into a GPS system will bring you right here!"

Jerry Markham
Bluebird Hill Berry Farm
Rivervalley.locallygrown.net

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

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
CLG Market Director

CLG Pickup TODAY! 4-6pm.


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, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. *Reduce, reuse, recycle!

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.

Best,
Gabe Levin