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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

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the farmers, volunteers, and customers who participated in yesterday’s farm tour. It was a real pleasure to see so many families enjoying the beautiful Ozarks and getting to know some of our unique, hardworking farmers. It is my hope that participants got a feel not only for the quality of production practiced by our growers but also the quality of individuals and families that work together to produce our great food. Good work everyone!

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 when you’re order has been placed.

Thank you and 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. There’s still a few spots available for the tour on Saturday, but only a few hours left to reserve them!

Best,
Gabe Levin

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

Well we’ve seen the coldest March ever, the coldest April ever, what’s next….snow in May? Oh, wait, that just happened. It was a frantic week at Falling Sky Farm trying to keep animals dry and warm enough. For the first time ever, we were forced to take chicks off the pasture and bring them back to their warm dry brooder house for safekeeping. I’m sure the rest of our farmers are facing challenges as well and will probably have to tweak their normal planting dates this spring.

We’ve got close to thirty people signed up for the farm tour next Saturday the 11th, and there’s still room for more, but this week’s market is your last chance. Get your tickets before the market closes Tuesday, and don’t let the weather scare you – it will be in the mid seventies next weekend!

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. The tour tickets are under the CLG events category. 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 everyone.

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
CLG Market Director

CLG Pickup TODAY! 4-6pm. Need egg cartons, 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, 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

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

The pace of life is picking up at Falling Sky Farm. There’s the new livestock watering system going in – thousands of feet of pipe to be assembled and buried. There are more chickens shipped to the farm each week – that means constant, careful tending of baby chicks, and more and more mobile pens to be pulled across the pasture each day. Tomorrow, Monday the 29th, marks our first chicken butchering day of the year. Cody, the master of efficiency, has been hard at work trying to automate another task along the butchering line in an effort to shave a few more seconds off the time it takes to process each chicken. With a crew of nine employees on the clock, time is money, and we expect to breeze through about 400 chickens in half a day.

The work these days is literally dawn to dusk, and at the end of each day, it can often feel like you hardly made a dent in the list of things that need to be done. All you can do at that point is sigh, grab a cold one, get a good night’s rest, and get up early the next morning ready to work even harder. It takes more than a strong back to farm this way – you’d better have a strong will and a positive attitude to boot. I’ll admit sometimes the work wears me down, physically and mentally, but it only takes a few moments of reflection on what’s at stake here to motivate me again. We’re trying to build a model for how to make an honest and sustainable living from the land. The success of such a model will help protect not only the health of America’s rural landscapes and economies, it will help preserve farming as a desirable way of life.

There is still PLENTY of room available for the May 11 Farm Tour. Get your tickets and let us show you a little of the life of a farmer. Be advised, our farmers cannot be held responsible for any sudden desires to move to the country, raise a garden and/or chickens, or get your hands dirty. Just be sure to wash up before the potluck y’all! Hope to see many new faces on the 11th.

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. The tour tickets are under the CLG events category. 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 everyone.

Best regards,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

from Cedar Rock Ridge:

Fresh Salsa for Cinco de Mayo: Only $2.50 this week (normally $4). Reduce, reuse, recycle. I asked you to bring your used glass jars with lids to CLG for recycling, and many did. Thank you! I have removed the labels and sanitized the jars and can now REDUCE THE PRICE of my freshly made MEDIUM salsa. Each jar is about 14 ounces, just less than a pint. Not loaded with preservatives, this salsa should be kept in the fridge and used within 3 weeks. Great with chips, on eggs, or with enchiladas. Enjoy!

Also, check out our exciting perennial plants, most only $2. Have a great gardening week!