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Conway, AR:  Wickles! CLG Pickup TODAY 3:00-6pm. Bring eggshells, glass jars, & egg cartons please.

Good morning!

Please wear a mask today when you pick up your ordered items. Thank you.

You need Wickles in your life. We’ll have 12 pints and 12 half-pints of Steve’s zesty dill pickles on the extras table today. You might want to leave work early to be sure and get some!

We will continue our contact-less delivery to your vehicle when you are parked outside the lobby. Just text me your name and vehicle description and we will bring your order out. 501-339–1039

It’s time to train the birds to stay around your house during the upcoming winter months. Hang a suet cake basket now and get them in the habit of stopping by your house for all their nutritional needs. You’ll see more of them this winter when it’s cold and possibly snowy. We’ll have 20 suet cakes on the extras table for only $1 each.

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 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

If something comes up that you cannot personally pick up your order today, please contact someone to pick up for you.

Remember to bring your EGGSHELLS, glass jars for recycling, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! See you this afternoon.

Even if you didn’t make an order, you can come by to shop the EXTRAS table.

Martin's Farmstand:  Thank you Lord for a good harvest

We are open today (Saturday Nov 20 ) and next week we are open Monday-Wednesday from 10 am-6 pm (Nov 22-24). We are closed Thanksgiving day and Friday -Saturday of next week Between Dec 2 and ending Dec 23 we will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12 noon till 5 pm. After the new year we plan to be open Saturday afternoons from noon till 5 pm through out the rest of the winter. Thanksgiving time is a time to slow down and to assess our lives and to especially focus on our blessings. For farmers and homesteaders it is a time look at the harvest and just say Thank you. On the farm we are working at putting the winter mulch of leaves on the berries and putting various equipment in order and into dry winter storage. Now is also the beginning of what I call planning season. Before we can order seed and supplies one needs to think about so many details both big and small. Daniel

Miami County Locally Grown:  Adventure Update

For those of you who have read about our ongoing journey and offered encouragement, support and friendship, your kindness and generosity just mean the world to us. Thank you!

Here’s an update of our adventure, and an attempt to answer many questions we’ve had –

No, we do not have a set timetable for when the move will be finished. We hoped to be down before the weather turned too ugly – the roads to our place I don’t want to traverse in ice and snow. I’ve gotten to a point I never thought I’d reach when we first went down to look – I no longer hold my breath at certain spots along the way, and I can even look out the window (and down!) without that unsettling feeling in my stomach. The children got such a kick out of that initially, when they’d say, “Wow, Mom, look!” And I’d look, and squeal, close my eyes, and try to slide more to the middle of the vehicle (more for their giggles than anything, ahem).

We’ve moved some of our beef cattle down (we have a two-horse livestock trailer where we can fit two cows in the back and a calf up front) as we’ve already fenced them a paddock where their water is at their barn as well as three additional connected fields that we can open them into as they need. But we are still waiting on the electric wire we need to come in (why are so many supplies so hard to get right now!? Yikes!) so we can run electric for the fencer and water lines to the other (dairy) barn, before we can move the last two dairy cows down. Thankfully we’ve kept the calves on their mothers so we’re not milking everyone, which simplifies life for us, as well as our two Saintly friends who milk for us in the evenings when we go down to work each week.

Our schedule is so fluid right now nothing is the same one week to the next, and I’m amazed how resilient the children have been, because Mommy feels nothing but haggard (why is it so hard to sleep when you’re so tired! I’d really like to have a Big Red Button to shut my brain off, as would my husband). It makes me laugh, and sigh, when one child or another asks, “When I wake up tomorrow, where will we be?” Or “Where are we sleeping tonight?” Quite the ongoing camping adventure. And only one more license plate to collect… Hawaii!

And more than anything right now it’s a matter of clearing back the brush, brambles, and forest to find the old fence rows (anywhere from 10-50ft back so far) so we can pull out the old 5 strands of barb wire and rotten posts before putting up the new fence, or figuring where we need to clear to make our own new fences work for our cattle, pigs, and sheep – even the garden and orchard are getting 6ft fence with barb wire on top – Lee said it looks like a military compound haha. But deer and turkeys beware – I am not working this hard to feed you instead of us! We’re at a good place right now, steadily working along on fence for the pigs, while waiting on the electric wire.

We’d decided to only take down a few sows, the boar, and a feeder who’ll be ready before spring, and while we’re up in Ohio have gotten some of the other pigs into the freezer – better they feed us than we feed them, and easier to transport! So that’s been a fun fall job, and our Happy Thanksgiving project, although the sound of Lee and ALL the children crunching on cracklings for some reason is like nails on a chalkboard to me, wow.

And as one of our good-customers-turned-dear-friend once said, one of the beautiful things about farming is the diversity of the work – if you don’t particularly like today’s job, there’ll be another tomorrow, or even after lunch!

Miami County Locally Grown:  Turkey Pickup THIS TUE!

Remember! This upcoming Tuesday, November 23rd is Turkey Pickup for everyone who ordered a Thanksgiving Turkey from King’s Poultry Farm!

During regular Market hours, 3:30-6:30pm, you’ve already paid – now it’s time to get your bird! They’ll be conveniently boxed in a sturdy meat box, and remember – these turkeys have never been frozen! They will have just been processed Monday and coming to you from our fridge!

Wait til you taste the difference a truly FRESH turkey can make! Mmmmm :-)

And we’re OPEN tonight as usual, til 9pm!

Lathemtown Farm Fresh Market:  Thanksgiving Ordering

Good morning! The market is open for Thanksgiving orders through Saturday evening.
Pick up will be next Wednesday (11/24) after 10am.
If you have any special requests or modifications you need – please make those ASAP.
If you would like your item packed in your dishware, those need to be dropped off in the stand by Monday evening. You can text me when you drop them off at 404-805-3413.
I am trying to get the first round of Christmas cookies made, but there will be a limited variety until after Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your supporting our market!

Many blessings to you and your families!

Farmher Chef Amy

Independence,VA:  Market is OPEN for Nov. 24th pickup!

Good evening!

The Online Market is open for orders! We have such a great variety of products for your Thanksgiving meal all made by your friends and neighbors!

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for a pickup time for your tree and/or wreaths, please use the links below at your convenience.

November 24th Pickup.

December 1st Pickup.

Seeds are in stock for the 2022 growing season! Support the Market and surprise your loved ones with the seeds they love to grow this holiday season!

If you’d like to schedule a curbside pickup, please feel free to schedule a time using the Calendly link below. You can also drop by and pick up your order INSIDE the office any time on Wednesdays between 4-6 pm.

Thanks again and happy shopping!
To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Schedule Your Pickup Time (OPTIONAL): Calendly.
After you click “Confirm” on your time, be sure to enter your information and click, “Schedule an Event”. You will get a confirmation e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation, you are not scheduled and need to try again.

Thank you for your continuing support of the Market!


Foothills Market:  Last Chance Until After Thanksgiving!

Foothills Market will be open until 5:00 p.m. today for your shopping, but then we’ll take next week off. If you need anything for your Thanksgiving feast or the next couple of weeks, place your order today!

Miami County Locally Grown:  Thanksgiving Pies!

The Farmhouse Bakery has so many pies to choose from, for all your Thanksgiving Dinner needs!

From classic Apple and Pumpkin or juicy Peach to perfect Pecan and decadent Mixed Berry, it’s a sure way to please all your guests!

Monroe, GA:  Monroe Locally Grown is set to reopen!

Hi everyone!

We are excited to reopen Monroe Locally Grown! Our first ordering will open on 11/27 and our first pick up will be on 12/2 4pm-6pm at:

The Old Memorial Library
201 Bold Springs Avenue
Monroe, GA 30655

Our growers are working now on getting all of their listings updated for you to browse through. Emails for the order window opening will go out on Saturday, 11/27 at 12pm and will be open to take orders until Tuesday, 11/30 at 5pm.

Your account is still active for you to sign in to order.

Tell your friends and neighbors to join us for the market!

Contact me at: if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing you on 12/2!

Miami County Locally Grown:  Better late than never :-)

At this point I’m sure it’s no shock that I’ve always loved writing. What’s most interesting for me currently is not only having had an outlet and reason TO write, but to get feedback from many of you! When I first had a story or vendor feature that seemed longer than normal, I questioned my husband whether I should (sigh) attempt to shorten them. His reply? “The people who want to read it are going to, and the people who aren’t will ignore a long email same as a short, so just go for it.” I knew I loved him.

And I so enjoy your reactions! The number of folks who emailed or talked at Pickup with tales of their mothers’ saved collections of butter papers, aluminum foil, bread and cereal bags, rubber bands, bread ties, etc. was unprecedented! Or those who grew up on a farm, or with a garden and canning all summer, or your own experiences teaching inner city youth – one gentlemen said he could relate to the stories of my Dayton students because he’d been at Belmont. If you didn’t have such relatable stories to share with me, I wouldn’t be encouraged to continue.

Last Tuesday at Market Pickup, one woman struck me in particular, as she said she feels it’s truly the land that connects us all, just in different ways. When she generously said I’d be missed, I told her I feel the same about all of you – you’ve never failed to amaze me at the end of each Market night that you’re all just, well, NICE, individually and collectively. It’s a pleasant place in which to work, and I told her it’s just so lovely what a nice, good group of people we have.

She said it’s that connection to the land – either folks grew up on farms, or wished they did, had or have a small garden, can relate to living off the land or are interested because it’s so far from what they know, or they simply appreciate the work which goes in to producing their food…

Food could be possibly the single unifier of such a diverse group (never more evident just how diverse from the last election til now). And I can watch folks who couldn’t agree on Anything in another setting all willingly choose to come to the same place to shop for local food – that’s very powerful to me. And it’s a refreshing time to have to step away, having been able to witness this beautiful group all making one singular, similar choice, irrespective of anything else.

But I must apologize for throwing many of you for a loop last night – since I almost always open Market with an email, when things went haywire and I just literally clicked the “Allow Customers to Order” button, many didn’t realize the Market was truly open for orders as they received no email! I got wrapped up going over things with Erin as our volunteer Marinda Mucci put everything away, and all of a sudden the folks who hold a meeting at 7pm in our pickup room began to arrive, before we were anywhere close to wrapped up!

So going home thinking I’d just finish up there was, well, futile – we’d packed up in Kentucky and left yesterday morning at 7am to drive back in time (thank the Good Lord Cincinnati was just normal hectic) to get invoices printed, highlighted, and me packed up to meet Erin (late! Ah!) at First Place, thankfully before all vendors showed up except poor Sugar Grove Maple, who was delivering more of their ever popular, always delicious maple syrup and sugar.

So since it’d been just another crazy Market day for the Ruff’s, when I showed up with all these little faces glad Mommy was home, well, many things did not happen last night, least of all the Market email!!

But yes, we’re Back for another happy week, and I’ll see many of you this upcoming Tuesday for Turkey pickups!! Yum yum yum!!