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Manchester Locally Grown:  Time to Order Fresh Local Farm Products!

Manchester Locally Grown market

We always have a few new farmers, waiting their turn to join our market and offer their wonderful products to all our customers. In order to add more farmers, we feel it would be best to grow our customer base a bit. We want to be able to offer you and your friends some new local farm products.

The farmers and market managers would really appreciate your efforts to help spread the word about our fantastic market. What a great local resource for fresh, local farm products. Please pick up a few business cards to hand out to your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Advertising is very expensive, and we want to use our slim market funds in a responsible manner.

To Contact Us

Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708

Our new pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building:

Good morning!

Welcome to our NEW PICKUP LOCATION! See the map above. If you have any trouble finding us, please call Linda at (931) 273-9708.

Did you know that by ordering on the locallygrown market, you are virtually assured of receiving the “cream of the crop” from each farmer? You will receive the best products picked and made with pride especially for YOU! You can’t get any fresher and higher quality than that! Thank you for supporting your local farmers and small businessmen and women.

Please note: We will have market day again before Thanksgiving, with details upcoming.

The market is open as usual, and will remain open for your orders till Tuesday at 10 pm.

Please be sure to read the section of the page entitled “Important Ordering and Pickup Information.”

Farm News of the Week

Catherine Simmons of Flying S Farms sends the following message:

Surprise, we are going to our kids in the morning and able to get our market updated tonite.

Added 2 varieties of cauliflower, onions and carrots are getting bigger. All our greens are tasting sweeter since we’ve had a tickle of frost. Still have winter squash available.

(Clockwise from Upper Left): Cauliflowers Snow Ball White & Cheddar/Orange, Pumpkin Raisin Iced Cookies, Salad Onions bunch.

Erdmann Farm is on vacation mode this week, and for several more weeks. We wish John safe travels and a speedy return.

Casey Family Farm cows are on vacation this week, even though Lois isn’t. She writes:
For the time being, our milk supply will be very limited, and we may not have milk available for the market. Our cows will be calving soon, and we have dried them off to give them a rest.

This message is from Linda Reed:

The discount on Christmas decorations from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse will be available only till Thanksgiving. Place your pre-orders this week for:

Kissing ball (14" diameter) – retail $35, 10% discount till Nov 21 – $31.50
Wreath (about 24") – retail $27.00, 10% discount till Nov 21 – $24.00
Basket centerpiece (about 10" diameter) – retail $20.00, 10% discount till Nov 21 – $18.00

All are made with natural greens of various sorts, pine cones, and grasses, all gathered from our property or gleaned from a nearby Christmas tree farm. They are trimmed with bright red berries and a pretty red ribbon bow.
Pre-orders are guaranteed to be filled.
Please comment on the order preferred delivery date, after Nov 23.

Also I’ve added some larger Christmas cacti in several colors, with wrapped pots, perfect as table centerpiece or in a sunny south-facing window. Although they’re called “Christmas” cacti, they are budded now and will be in bloom for Thanksgiving, and for several weeks thereafter.

(L to R) Two Kissing Balls, Centerpiece, and Wreath, Large Wrapped Christmas Cactus.

Important Ordering and Pickup Information

Ordering will be open until TUESDAY at 10 p.m., and your order will be available for pickup on THURSDAY between 4:00 and 5:30 at our NEW LOCATION across from Manchester City Schools administration building, 215 East Fort Street, Manchester.

We can also deliver your order to your home (or other location) on Friday afternoons, for a small fee, if it’s more convenient for you. If you prefer to utilize this service, please place an order for it, same as other products, selecting your delivery area. Don’t forget to give us your location address in the comments section of the order. Also please text Linda at (931) 273-9708 for specific arrangements.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible. Please encourage our local farmers by helping to spread the word about our wonderful market to everyone you know. We offer a great variety of local farm products, and our items will be in your hands in time to plan for the weekend. Wonderful local products are available for ordering from the comfort of your own computer.

More new farmers are considering joining our market, if they can expect enough sales to help pay their transportation costs. Please help us grow the market by sharing this e-mail with your friends and inviting them to give us a try. And if you haven’t ordered from Manchester Locally Grown for a while, please check out our wide variety of offerings this week. Also please let us know if we can improve our selection or scheduling in any way to better suit your needs.

Linda & Michael

Here is the complete list for this week.

Dothan, Alabama:  Nov. 11, 2017 Market Newsletter

We are now open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm

This Week’s Newsletter:
Good Things To Come
Healthy Soil Essentials
Market Chitchat
You are Invited!


2017 Holiday Market Schedule
Order Online November 11 – November 14 for Pickup on Friday, November 17
Thanksgiving Holiday Break

Order Online November 25 – November 28 for Pickup on Friday, December 1
Order Online December 2 – December 5 for Pickup on
THURSDAY, December 7 at Dothan Nurseries OPEN HOUSE

Order Online December 9 – December 11 for Pickup on Friday, December 15
Order Online December 16 – December 19 for Pickup on Friday, December 22
Closed for Christmas Break

Weekly orders will resume on January 6, 2018


(editors note: THANK YOU Hawkins Homestead for this valuable information.!)

Let’s talk about compost. What exactly is it? Compost consists of vegetables, fruits, plant waste (banana peels), egg shells, fallen leaves, really almost any organic matter.

How do I start one? Got an old bin or can laying around? Well, start adding what you would normally throw away into it. Or just pick an unused corner of your yard and there you have it. Did you let those veggies sit around too long? Add it to the compost. Cooking eggs for breakfast? Save the shells and add those to your compost. Potato peels, cucumber skin, grass clippings, recyclable boxes, or cartons, manure (certain animals only), all great for your compost. They key is to have an equal balance of “green” fertilizer to “brown” fertilizer.  

What are the benefits of it? Compost is essential to organic gardening. When you think about the word sustainable, this is one major way that we do it.  We turn what grew from the soil, back into the soil. Healthy organic plants, start from healthy soil. Even if you don’t garden composting decreases waste and having less in the landfills is a win for everyone!

So try it for yourself or you can buy it from us. At Hawkins Homestead Farm, we raise chickens, grow produce, and make dirt!


It seems we always start this section with a THANK YOU! As we approach Thanksgiving season the more I think about it the more I see to be thankful for! In particular as I think about the Market this week I’m thankful for all our very excellent vendors, our amazing customers, and the patience and trust you show us every week.

That being said – THANK YOU to the Dothan folks who claimed their orders as early as possible on Friday and the Daleville folks who were kind enough to coordinate their schedule for Wendy’s absence. We hope you don’t mind doing it again this coming Friday as Ros will be doing the Daleville deliveries again.

Speaking of Wendy, Avalon Farms will be back after Thanksgiving. You’ve probably noticed other growers not listing recently – its a busy time of year! Mayim has things going on out of town, Restoration has things going on, and Mary’s Peeps continues to recover after a medical procedure. Those are just the ones I know about so if I missed mentioning anyone it was not intentional!

Today was the last of the Fall Farmer’s Market and while attendance was more sparse than previous, those of us there had a great time. Your editor even got to sit in on the Lean Bean Chef’s final class and it was EXCELLENT!

Be sure to note Christmas Open House on Dec. 7. . . can’t say too much just yet but it promises to be the best one yet!

Lastly . . . Thanks for your patience with this hasty newsletter!


The Food & Farm Forum is a statewide event that’s part-conference, part-fair, and part-reunion.  The Forum will consist of peer-to-peer, hands-on, and experiential learning, in the form of workshops, panel discussions, and breakout conversations, on topics ranging from herbal medicine and seed saving, to livestock production and farmers market management.
Approximately 200-250 farmers, gardeners, community leaders, and advocates for local and sustainable food, will convene for a weekend of “cross-pollinating” – swapping stories, ideas, and wisdom, with the shared goal of building a more robust and resilient agricultural system in Alabama.

Anyone who is interested is invited to attend; participants need not be existing members of ASAN’s network, and the Forum is designed to welcome people of all levels of skill and experience.
Parts of the Forum will be modeled after the folk tradition of the “bee,” in which community members come together to do shared work while also socializing, learning, and celebrating.  While participating in peer-to-peer discussion, participants may also be invited to shell peas, or crack pecans, or sew some stitches on a quilt.

LOCATION:  The Forum will be held at Camp McDowell (105 Delong Rd, Nauvoo, AL 35578), a summer camp owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, located in Winston County.  It is also home to the McDowell Environmental Center, the McDowell Farm School, and the Alabama Folk School.  Camp McDowell is roughly 1 hour from Birmingham, 

REGISTRATION AND LODGING:  The cost for adults is $80, which includes six high-quality locally sourced meals and all Forum programming.  Several options for on-site lodging (not included in registration) are available to accommodate different budgets.

Click here (then scroll to bottom) to reserve your spot today — registration deadline is Wednesday, November 22.  Certain lodging options are limited so early registration is encouraged!

___CHILDREN:  People of all ages are welcome at the Forum!  On-site child care will be provided, to make the event more accessible to people with children.  There are several different registration prices for younger participants.


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Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: Daleville Chamber of Commerce Office

Our Website:
Our Email:

On Facebook:
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is open for ordering

The market is now open for ordering

The Spa City Co-op market is now open for ordering at

Please place your orders before Tuesday at 9 pm, and plan to pick up your orders at Emergent Arts on Friday from 3PM to 4:30PM. If you’re unable to pick up your order at this time please make arrangements to have your order picked up for you.
Remember to scroll all the way down and click place this order.

Don’t forget – this market has no paid positions, so we NEED VOLUNTEERS to run every market. It’s fun, you get a $5 gift card as well as extend your membership by 2 months, and you learn so much about local foods in Arkansas.
Have a great week and see you on Friday!

this market’s manager
Julie Alexander

Statesboro Market2Go:  The market is open!

Thank you for shopping with us! Be sure to attend the last 2 Saturday markets of the 2017 season and Shopping by Lantern Light on Tuesday Nov. 21.

Miami County Locally Grown:  Join us during the Holiday Welcome Weekend!

3 Days – 5 Towns – 100+ Unique Shops and Restaraunts? Count us in!!

Miami County’s Holiday Welcome Weekend is next Fri-Sun, November 17-18!
All shops open Fri-Sat 10-6; Sun 12-5!

And just one of the many stops you’ll definitely want to make? Saturday Nov 19th for the
7th annual Hayner Gift Gallery!! Your favorite Virtual Market joins an amazing group of artists and vendors from 10-4pm to offer you an incredible shopping experience!

Can’t wait? We’re open for orders til 8pm Sunday :-)!

Patchwork Urban Farms Online Farmstand :  The market is now open!

Hello everyone,

The market is now open! We’ve been busy getting ready for the frost and dark times, but the cold makes lots of Fall veggies much sweeter. Hope you enjoy!

Northeast GA Locally Grown:  Market is open for orders!

Good Evening Locavores!

Northeast Georgia Locally Grown is open for orders!
Go to the market now >>
Chemical-free Fruit
Fresh Vegetables
Baked Goods with Organic ingredients
Gluten-free products
Pastured Eggs
Clean Meat
See all products

PICKUP TIME is Wednesday from 5-6:30pm!

Thank you for choosing Northeast Georgia Locally Grown as a way to support your local producers. This online farmers market allows you to buy directly from multiple farms committed to chemical-free and local produce all year long! CHEMICAL-FREE means produce and pastures grown without synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides. LOCAL means within 80 miles from the market pickup locations (usually much much closer). Do you know someone who grows chemical-free food in the area? Get them in touch with us. Know someone who wants fresh food? Spread the word. Put the two together, and that’s growing organically!

Duette, FL:  Yellow Summer Squash

Dear Customers,
This week we feature Yellow Summer Squash, Simple is the theme with this squash. All it takes to achieve some big and bright flavor is a drizzle of olive oil, a bit of seasoning and lemon juice. Roast it until it starts to lightly brown and enjoy. So good. So simple. Almost unexpected – it’s not your everyday, ordinary summer squash.

Please have a look at what we have to offer and place your orders.

Thank you
David and Betty
Duette Locally Grown Market

Dawson Local Harvest:  Who Needs Turkey, We Got CHICKEN!

Dawson Local Harvest for November 17th

Who needs Turkey, We Got CHICKEN!


Great News on the pasture-fed Chicken front! BACK IN TIME FARMS has just received their newest processing of ultra-tender wholesome all-natural Chicken with a full range of choices including Whole Chickens, Breasts, Wings, Livers, Feet (for soup base), and more. Roasted, fried, baked, grilled, barbecued, and just in time for the upcoming Holidays! Look for the full Menu in the Meat section of The Market

If you’re Southern you must have Pecan Pie around Thanksgiving. Fortunately COPPERHEAD HOMESTEAD has organic Pecans available, straight from their farm, Add a healthy twist to your Holiday celebrations with organic Pecans, listed in the NUTS section.

STOCK UP FOR THAMKSGIVING NOW! NO THANKSGIVING WEEK MARKET! With Thanksgiving occurring on Thursdays, the Dawson Local Harvest will be CLOSED that Friday as usual for the week of Thanksgiving. That means you need to STOCK YOUR PANTRY AND REFRIGERATOR UP on Beef, Chicken, Yeast Rolls, breakfast Muffins and Bagels, Cookies and Desserts, Bread (leftover sandwiches!), party Dips, and other supplies. This is the food that makes the Holidays special. Order NOW to be set for Thanksgiving!


REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

Have a happy and healthy week!

Alan Vining
Market Manager

Siloam Springs, AR:  Online Market is Open!

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Bok Choy – Fruits And Veggies More

10. A Layer of Flavor. Add cut bok choy or baby bok choy to your favorite salad for a new layer of flavor. Add cut bok choy or baby bok choy to your favorite salad for a new layer of flavor.

9. Sick of Celery? Fill raw bok choy stalks with anything you would use to fill celery sticks. Try peanut butter, cream cheese, or guacamole.

8. A Simply Stylish Side. Cut some baby bok choy in half and braise with a mixture of your favorite stock, ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes for an elegant side dish.

7. Salads & Sandwiches. Use raw bok choy leaves in salads or on sandwiches. It has a sweet flavor and is a good addition to spinach or mixed green salads.

6. Add to Your Appetizers! Add raw stalks of bok choy to your favorite vegetable tray!

5. Add chopped bok choy and onion to any leftover meat and pre-cooked veggie or rice mixture then toss in a skillet over medium-high heat. Scramble one egg for each person, and pour over the veggie-meat mixture. Stir it all up and let the egg cook.

4. Cut baby bok choy in half, drizzle with olive oil and toss it on the grill. Add just a sprinkle of salt, turn once and enjoy.

3. Great as Garnish. Use the tops of bok choy leaves to cover a plate as an attractive garnish when serving appetizers at your next party or get-together.

2. Turbo-Charge Your Soups. Besides its enticing flavor and vibrant color, bok choy is great for adding last-minute nutrition to homemade or canned soups.

1. Fig, Apple, and Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe: Make an Asian-inspired stir-fry using chicken, snow peas, peppers, onion and bok choy. Clean the stalks, then give them a rough chop before adding to the wok.

So many great uses for bok choy and Arkansabi Farm has it available.

Be sure to plan for the things you need to buy for Thanksgiving! Saturday the 18th is the market day before Thanksgiving. Whether its seasonal produce, meats, eggs, or a hostess gift like some really nice crocheted kitchen dish cloths and some lovely home made hand soap, you can find it here!