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Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Oh no! I forgot to pickup my order! Now what?
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
To help us provide farm tours, community building programs, and to help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $25 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.
Starting in the summer of 2009 we started donating $5 of every membership fee to the Saint Peter’s Food Pantry. The food pantry uses the donations to purchase from local farmers. This has proven to be a wonderful community relationship that is getting local, nutritious foods into the kitchens of those who couldn’t typically afford it.
Starting in September of 2010 we started putting $5 of every membership into the Conway Locally Grown Community Fund, a micro lending program that will fund sustainable and community oriented projects. This initiative is based on the “giving circles” concept, in which individuals pool their resources to help support initiatives that benefit the community.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Conway Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. You will get an email on Sunday at 6pm notifying you that the market is open for ordering, and the market will stay open until 10pm on Tuesday night.
How do I order?
On Sundays, ordering opens at 6:00 P.M. Customers must place their order for the week no later than Tuesday at 10:00 P.M. Orders can be placed here on our website by going to the Market Page. It is just like shopping at Amazon.com. Just add things to your cart and then proceed to check out.
When do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when you pick up your order from 4-6pm on Fridays at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 925 Mitchell Street in Conway. We also accept advance payment on the website using a credit card.
When and Where do I pick up my order?
Every Friday afternoon between 4-6pm at St Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street, Conway, AR.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
- CLG will admit new farms and artisans on an as-needed basis.
If you are interested in selling through Conway Locally Grown:
- Create an account with Conway Locally Grown
- Go to the Growers Page and read the links to the CLG Core Values And Beliefs and CLG Farmer Commitments And Procedures to make sure your farm or artisanal business meets our criteria.
- Log in to your account, and go back to the Growers Page and click on the “Tell us about Yourself” link at the bottom of the page.
- Once again, go back to the Growers Page and fill out the appropriate questionnaires.
- We will then schedule a time to visit your farm.
Oh no! I forgot to pickup my order! Now what?
Well, I’m sorry we missed you.
At 5:30pm we start calling to remind folks who haven’t picked up yet. We use the phone number you entered when you set up your account. If you have a cell phone, use that number! You can put 2 phone numbers on your account for an even better chance we’ll reach you.
At 6pm, if we still haven’t been able to reach you, your invoice will be canceled and you will be charged a “NO-SHOW” fee of $10. We do not have a means to keep items until the next week, or to deliver them to you. If we were able to reach you on the phone, we may be able to work out an arrangement. For instance, you could call a friend, neighbor, or family member and ask them to pick up for you.
Since the growers harvested just for you, and (more importantly) since we paid the growers on your behalf when they brought them to our market, we strongly encourage you to have a back-up plan in case you are running late to pick up. Again, having multiple phone numbers on your account will probably prevent a missed pick up.