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Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I hope everyone got some of that lovely spring rain last night and early this morning. Not officially Spring yet I suppose, but it sure sounded like spring rain with the frogs “peeping” away loudly all through the storm. I bet all our farmers will be frantically stuffing seeds in the ground very soon if they aren’t already! All of my farm-work experience has been in raising animals, not veggies, so I don’t know the excitement a gardener must feel this time of year. But I do know the excitement of watching your pastures swell with green and your animals grow fat, and I’m looking forward to it more than ever this year after last summer’s drought.

The market is now open. Go to the market webpage to place your order, single-click the checkout button when you are finished, and you should receive a confirmation email when your order is placed. Please check out the messages below from two of our producers.

Happy Spring planting everybody!
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Message from Kenny at Drewry Farm and Orchards:
We are planning an “Open House” for April 13th, from 10am till 2pm, Kenny will show you around our small Farm just as he would for some of the educational tours we have throughout the year, tour the green house, Honey Bee yard and orchards, and see where our produce is planted, we can answer questions, and show you how to care for fruit trees, and plants, our farm store kitchen will be open with free samples of baked goods and other goodies, some plants, trees and other items will be available for sale. We look forward to visiting with you and have found it true that once a visitor always a friend !
Please RSVP to help us get a count on how many to expect. And please watch our Face Book Page for updates or need for rescheduling due to inclement weather.
Thank You !

www.drewryfarmandorchards.com

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Drewry-Farm-Orchards/138234409575567?ref=hl

Message from Steve at Cedar Rock Ridge:
Get your garden off to a great start with these perennial plants to attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. All individually potted and ready to transplant NOW!
Purple Verbena – $1
Snapdragons – $1
Scarlet Bee Balm – $2
White Bee Balm – $2
…also Egyptian Walking Onions – $2 per 4-pack,
and Cabbage plants – $2 per 6-pack!

CLG Pickup today 4-6pm. Bring Glass Jars.


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!

Opening Bell and Other News


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

No time today for whining about the weather or how hard it is to be a farmer. There’s too much exciting stuff going on that everyone needs to know about! Check it out:

La Lucha Space On The Move
La Lucha Space is moving downtown and re-envisioning their operations. These young go-getters have some very cool ideas. Check out their website laluchaspace.com for details and help them out by taking their short survey.

Kiva City Little Rock Launch
In other exciting news, longtime micro-lender Kiva is launching Kiva City Little Rock this Spring. Kiva is a non profit that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses start or grow their business. Last year they started a program called Kiva Zip which aims to help small businesses throughout the US. On March 15th they’ll be having a large media event in Little Rock highlighting entrepreneurship in Arkansas and they are looking to get connected with farmers who might benefit.
Their program offers 0% interest loans up to $10,000 for underserved and financially excluded entrepreneurs in the US. These loans are crowdfunded online by people around the world. They have had a ton of success working with organic farmers throughout the US.
Their media event on March 15th will be a great chance for you to gain awareness and publicity for your businesses. They’ve promised a prominent endorsement that will bring national attention to Kiva and entrepreneurs throughout Little Rock.
If you would like to learn more, you can check out their website at zip.kiva.org or reach out directly to Justin Renfro, the Program Coordinator at Justin@volunteers.kiva.org or 408-455-7726.

Update From The Director
Lastly, the CLG Advisory Committee and I have made it our goals this spring to improve the efficiency and function of the market, and to generate some excitement in the region over local food in the hopes of adding new customers. There are a few things we are working on currently to help us reach these goals that you all should know about. I am in the process of planning a local foods dinner in Conway that would feature food from CLG growers. The dinner would be designed as a fundraiser for the food pantry and/or CLG community fund, and also as a press and advertising opportunity for CLG. I will also be working with committee members to organize farm tours this spring – this will be a fun opportunity to connect personally with some of our farmers and see what their work is like. I’ll updated you when we nail down the details.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of what’s going on behind the scenes at CLG. More details will be coming soon. The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Hit the checkout button (only once!) when you’re done, and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been placed. Thanks for your continued support, and have a wonderful week!

Sincerely,
Gabe Levin
Market Director

Bring Glass Jars to 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, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Market Reminder


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm. Have a great day.*

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

I think the weather has been the main topic of several of my market opening emails recently, but the weather is so central to a farmer’s thoughts and concerns (one could compare the farmer-weather relationship to that of an investment banker and the variations of the stock market) that I have to mention the recent meteorological activity at Falling Sky Farm. Thursday morning began with wet snow, which turned to sleet as the temperature rose slightly, and then to freezing rain – the ugliest, wettest, most miserable weather possible. The ground became covered in a quarter inch of ice, but animals must be tended nevertheless, and the plight of shivering, huddled choates offered me a crash course in impromptu animal shelter construction. A tarp wired to an aluminum gate leaned against two trees and dry hay spread underneath made the little pigs warm, dry, and happy once again, even if setting it up made me chilled and soggy. Freezing rain is just another factor in the enormous list of adversities that can stand in the way of a farmer’s path to success. Supportive communities like Conway Locally Grown help make it all worth the effort.

So renew your support of the some of the toughest and hardest working people anywhere – your local farmers, and celebrate with me another week of good food grown right by good people. The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Hit the checkout button once when you’re finished, and you will receive a confirmation email once your order has been placed. Thanks and have a warm, dry week!

Gabe Levin
Gabe@conwaylocallygrown.com
Market Director

Bring Glass Jars to CLG Pickup Today at 4pm! Thanks!


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


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

This is a reminder that the market closes tonight at 10pm. Have a great day.

Opening Bell


Greetings Conway Locally Grown Community,

It’s spring cleaning time at Falling Sky Farm. We’re clearing falling limbs out of pasture edges, burning brush piles, cleaning up overgrown fencerows, putting in new fencing….in other words, frantically getting ready for the growing season….which may be upon us already. The grass is looking greener and thicker every week, the cows are mooing anxiously, longing for fresh greens after months of eating dry, dusty hay. Soon we’ll be fastening tarps back on to our fleet of chicken coops, preparing them for another 9 months of production after their lonely winter fallowing. Honestly I’m itching for springtime. I miss the colors – white and pink blossoms bathed in fresh green. I miss the smells – wet clover in the morning, honeysuckle on the breeze, even the pungent chicken poop. Most of all I miss working comfortably in a t-shirt and straw hat instead of coveralls and a wool cap. I guess I should keep in mind that one of these frosts will be the last one, and then it’s work work work sweat sweat sweat all the way to November. I got interested in farming because I wanted a slow, peaceful lifestyle. Ha! Real farmers spend most of their time trying to catch up.

From Cedar Rock Ridge:
Thanks for all who sampled our new recipe for Spicy Asian Cabbage on Friday. Your comments were much appreciated! Most did not get a chance to pick up their own jar since it sold out so quickly, but have no fear. This week’s batch produced 4 pints for only $4, and 5 half-pints for $2.50. Get yours, and enjoy

The market is now open. Go to conway.locallygrown.net/market to place your order. Click the checkout button once when you’re finished and you will receive a confirmation email when your order has been received. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

Sincerely,
Gabe Levin
CLG Market Director
Gabe@ConwayLocallyGrown.com

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!