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Manchester Locally Grown:  Bonus Announcement!

Manchester Locally Grown Farmers’ Market

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Sorry I missed one more announcement.

Welcome to Pixel Bee Candles from Manchester. Lexi Bowen has listed two scents of handcrafted soy wax candles which are 100% natural and safe for your home.


Here is the complete list for this week.

Manchester Locally Grown:  Time to Order Local Farm Products!

Manchester Locally Grown Farmers’ Market

How to contact us:

Our Website:
On Facebook: Manchester Locally Grown Online Farmers’ Market
By e-mail:
By phone: (931) 273-9708
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Good morning to everyone!

The market is open this morning as usual, and will remain open for your orders till Tuesday evening at 10 pm. See the section of this message entitled “Important Ordering and Pickup Information.”


Wecome to Hope for Health from Hillsboro. This week’s pictures are some of the healthy, delicious dessert and snack products made by Hope Harrison.

Delicious Nutritious Bread will be on vacation a little bit longer.

Yes, you certainly can eat healthy meals in the winter! This is the place to find wonderful winter vegetables, all locally grown and harvested just for you. Check out the market listing for additional details.

It’s great to be able to get locally grown vegetables in the winter. But our farmers’ market is not just about vegetables. Please take note of some of the seasonal items available this week: Live Water Kefir Grains and Square Bale Grass Hay from Triple B Farms; Ground Beef from Paccman Ranch; several flavors of grape jelly from Weaver Farms; and strawberry jam from Sand Dragon Farm.

We also have lots of our regular year-round items: perennial, herb, and fern plants, as well as a good selection of houseplants; local milk, eggs, and honey; lots of different pork cuts; several dried herbs and fresh, as well as lots of homemade herbal products too.

Stop by Square Books soon and see our MLG Table, with lots of non-perishable farm products for sale. Pick up some honey, jam or jelly, hand lotion, or a basket of herb plants to enjoy this winter.

(L to R) Dark Chocolate Toffee & Famous Fudge Brownies from Hope for Health; Basket of Herb Plants from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse; Healthful Pumpkin Muffins & New Orleans Style Pecan Pralines from Hope for Health.


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 Square Books, 113 East Main Street, Manchester. We can also hold your order in the refrigerator till Friday, if it’s more convenient for you to pick it up between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. If you prefer to utilize this free service, please make a note on your order or call my cell at (931) 273-9708.

Thanks so much for your support of Manchester Locally Grown Market, and your friends and neighbors who have grown and produced these items. 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. Although the Saturday markets are closed for the season, 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, calling their attention to the later pickup hours, which may be more convenient for them. 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.


Here is the complete list for this week.

Citrus County Locally Grown:  Crops Respond to COOL Weather

Your On-Line Farmers Market

Next Market Thursday January 21st, 2016.

Recent cooler weather has stimulated growth in the winter crops.


All Naturally Grown: Salad Cucumbers (OGV), Spinach (OGV), Onions-Jumbo Sweet (OGV), Arugula (OGG), Micro Greens (OGG), Low Sugar Jams, Nuts and Eggs

Variety of Lettuce, Egg Plant Kales, Kolrabi, Peppers, and herbs.

Eggs – Brown-Free Range All Non GMO feed (OGG)

Fresh Seafood- Shrimp, Grouper, Salmon

Full range of Goat Cheese to grace your festive table.

Naturally raised chemical and hormone free meat.

Great range of (CGV) Produce available
Also Troyers Spiral Cut Hams and Butter

Fresh raw cows milk, Per FL Law intended for ANIMAL CONSUMPTION only.

New season produce, including Collard and Mustard Greens and also Siberian Kale and Kolrabi too. All grown here in Citrus County.


Click on the text below to go to the Market.

United States Virgin Islands:  This Week in VI Locally Grown

Hello Everyone,
The Market is now open for orders. Thanks for supporting your local producers. See you Wed :).
Your VI Locally Grown Growers

Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for January 21

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

One note for the week, before I talk more about the gritty details behind ALG: Next week I’ll be in Lexington, Kentucky for the annual conference of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SSAWG). About 1300 growers from across the country will be gathering to share knowledge and bring new ideas back home with them. I’m on the conference staff, and they keep me hopping, but I always look forward to going. I’ll be leaving our Thursday market here in the hands of our many capable regular volunteers while I’m gone. However, Doug’s Salmon keeps his fish at my house in a freezer and I bring his sales in to market for him. Since I’ll be gone next week the fish will not be available to purchase, so if you’re a regular purchaser, you’ll want to get enough to last you two weeks now.

In the past two weeks I’ve talked about the legal organization and considerations behind our market and then the financial operation that keeps everything running. I’ll wrap up my yearly primer on Athens Locally Grown this week with a few words about our growers and other market vendors.

First and foremost, let me preface everything by saying the decision to let a new grower into the market is always made by me alone. I know many farmers markets often get some press regarding one vendor or another feeling left out of the market and complaining that the committee running that market was a little too closed. Well, my efforts to run ALG in a cooperative manner aside, the responsibility here comes back to me. There’s no committee, and no formal application process. I’ve had some potential vendors that I’ve rejected get upset with me and complain that ALG is a “closed” market, and they’re right. It is a closed market, and it’s not open to just anyone to sell through. That doesn’t mean we have arbitrary standards, of course, and actually I think I’ve set the bar pretty high. A good number of our growers also go above and beyond to only bring “the best of the best”, and that pushes the de facto standards even higher. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be able to sell through Athens Locally Grown:

  • All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. I’ll come back to this later.
  • All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown, made, or otherwise produced
  • All growers must be from the greater Athens area. Right now, this means within about 75 miles
  • All growers must be willing to be part of our ALG community, and not think of us as just a dumping off point.
  • All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured or sustainably wild-caught
  • Handicrafts must be made primarily from items produced or gathered on the farm
  • Prepared foods must use organic ingredients if at all possible, and locally grown ingredients if at all possible
  • All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained

That about covers everything, I think. When I’ve turned down requests to sell through ALG (and I turn down several monthly), the grower has clearly not met one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis. Coffee is one. 1000 Faces was our first coffee vendor, and they offered direct trade coffees (they purchase directly from the coffee growers with no distributor or middle man) and did all the roasting and packaging themselves and to order. That set the standard, and other coffee vendors (such as GranCoffee Roasting Co.) have to match it. Mills Farm was a founding ALG member, but they buy in organic grains for their mill. We now have Sylvan Falls Mill in Rabun Gap as a vendor, and they primarily buy their grains from local (to them) organic growers. From now on, all future millers wanting to sell through ALG will have to meet that standard. And so on.

Let me get back to that first requirement: “sustainable practices”. There’s no set definition of that, and there’s really a sliding scale. For example, I sometimes use a gasoline-powered rototiller, and our no-till growers and the no-hydrocarbon growers would frown upon that. There is a generally accepted definition of what is “conventional” agriculture, and that includes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and confined and grain-fed animals. Those are easy to exclude. At the other end, there is the USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown certification. Few small diversified growers can meet the expense of USDA certification, but a good number of our growers are CNG certified. This program uses the USDA rules as a starting point, made a few things more strict, and uses a system of growers certifying other growers to keep things honest. My farm had been CNG certified for nine years (though I dropped my certification the last few years simply because my garden got really, really small), and many others area farms have followed since then. If a new grower does not have a certification, then I talk to them, get information about them, and visit their farm in person when necessary. A good number of our growers were ALG customers long before growing for market themselves, so I’ve gotten to know the people and the decision to let them in was easy.

In short: the growers have satisfied my standards, and I personally have approved them for inclusion in ALG. However, I want you to not just take my word for it. We have had farm tours during the warm seasons so you can go on-site yourself and see the farms in action. We have a semi-regular “meet the grower” table at the Thursday pickups so you can talk with the growers yourself face-to-face. We encourage them to take photos for their online photo album, to describe their practices, and to take care with their product listings. We want to facilitate communication between you and them, so when you place an order, they see your name and email address in case they need to clarify a request or offer a substitution, and likewise for most of our growers you can see their contact info when you view their grower profile (while logged into the site) so you can get clarification from them when needed.

I often wrestle with some of those edge cases. Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon was one such case. The salmon and halibut they sell was caught in Alaska, but Doug and his family live here (well, just over the line in South Carolina). They own their own small boats, and catch the fish themselves. Their practices are certified sustainable by a reputable organization up there, and their products are high quality. They’ve worked out the logistics of getting fish to you every week (by keeping a supply at my house in a freezer they own). I have in the past talked with sugar cane growers from South Georgia, dairies from across the state, fisherman from Savannah, olive growers from Savannah, citrus producers from Florida, and other people making items we just can’t get from growers located right here. Often, the logistics of getting their items from there to here on a regular and timely basis is what breaks down, but I hope that over time we’ll be able to expand the items at our market without compromising our community of growers located right here.

Hopefully that explains how our growers get into ALG, what standards they have to meet, and so on. It’s a very important topic, perhaps the most important one for our market, but much of it goes on behind the scenes. I know you’ve put your trust in me, and I take that very seriously, If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of ALG, I’d love to do so. Just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order.

Thank you so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market has closed for the winter. You can watch for news during the offseason on their website. The other area markets are also all closed for the season, I believe. If you know of any winter markets operating, please let me know. And they might all be closed, but we’ll be here all year round!

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Dothan,Alabama:  Mid January Market Update

Market at Dothan

How to contact us:
Our Website:

Our Email:

On Facebook:

Market News

Order January 16-19 for Pickup on January 22
Order January 23-26 for Pickup on January 29
Order January 30 – February 2 for Pickup on February 5
Market CLOSED February 6 – 9 Reopens February 13

THANK YOU to everyone who brought their own reusable bags. Not only will this help us remain “green”, but will help the Market be more efficient as well. Courtesy Market Bags are available for a $1 deposit, refundable on return

If you are not receiving confirmation emails for your market orders or other correspondence, please check the spam or junk folders for your email server. The Market is looking into the issue and hopeful for a speedy resolution. In the meantime if there are questions or concerns feel free to email

Big name retailers have nothing on the quality of this company’s products. Lee Watson personally oversees the small batch production of their Handmade Goat Milk Soap (sourced from naturally raised local goats, and their All Natural Soy Candles. Everything is made from the finest products possible and packaged to perfection. Most items are available in several pleasing fragrances as well as Massage Oils and a few specialty items. If you have not tried Aughtmon products, spoil yourself a little – you won’t be sorry!

Flavor Infused Oils and Vinegars
Large Variety of Herbs & Spices
Raw Cashew Pieces
Gourmet Barbeque Rubs
Split Moong Beans
Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
Gourmet Pepper Mix

Local Wildflower Honey
Cinnamon Creamed Honey
Fire Ant First Aid
Beemu Propolis Products for Health & Skin Care
Simply Beecause Bath & Body Products
Buckwheat Pancake and Sourdough Bread Mixes
Wildcrafted Mullein, Chickweed & Stinging Nettle
Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter
100% Natural Beeswax Candles

Farm Fresh EGGS!!!!!!!!!

Longhorn Ground Beef, Liver, Ribs, NY Strip, Ribeyes, Tbone & Soup Bones
Pork Chops
Applesauce made from Organic Apples
Home Cooked Breads
Fresh Produce: Carrots, Cabbage, Collards, Kale
Free Range Eggs
Pork Sausage: Hot & Link
Pastured Pork: Many Cuts
Jams & Jellies

Ground Dexter Beef
Ground Lamb
Many cuts of Lamb for your choosing

Fresh Nut Butters
Cereal & Granola Mixes
Fresh Homemade Breads
Seasoning and Dressing Mixes
Soup Mixes

Cinnamon Rolls, Eclairs, Croissants, Danishes
Homemade Pasta & Gnocci
Dinner Rolls, French Bread, Rosemary Bread
Brioche, Cakes & Cookies

For our customer’s convenience Market at Dothan accepts cash, checks, Debit and Credit Cards. Checks should be made out to Roslyn Horton.

Farm to Table Recipes


2 tablespoons reduced-fat butter, divided
4 boneless pork loin chops – available from Sandspur Farms
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – available from Charter
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 medium tart apples, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add pork chops; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
Remove chops; keep warm. Add apples, pecans, brown sugar mixture and remaining butter to pan; cook and stir until apples are tender. Serve with chops. Yield: 4 servings.

Please, share your recipes with us on the website, on the Recipes tab. We’d all love to know how you use your Market at Dothan Locally Grown products, so we can try it too!


Market At Dothan is a small group of niche growers and producers promoting sustainable agriculture and supporting our local economy. Each grower/producer is dedicated to providing the freshest, highest quality products to their customers. Our growers use natural growing principles without synthetic chemicals. Local products available include: fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, beef, chicken, lamb, honey, baked goods, jams, jellies, goat cheese, frozen casseroles, pottery, nuts.
All growers /producers believe in providing locally grown foods and goods seasonally to promote a strong, local community and economy. Our goal is 100% Customer Satisfaction…comments, questions or concerns are welcome!

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!

Naples,FL:  market closes tonight

Please get your order in

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

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 order on Friday between 3:30 and 5:30, before 5 pm if possible.

You’ll need to place orders for Arkansas Natural Produce by Monday night as they have an earlier closing period in order to harvest on time.

Please make every effort to pick up on Friday, or arrange for a friend to pick up for you. Set an alarm on your cell to remind you if necessary.

And remember, we need volunteers for every pick up. See the Volunteer Spot banner at the top of the market page to sign up. It’s fun, you get two months added to your membership, and a $5 gift card for each full shift worked.

Thanks for your support of local farmers and Spa City Co-op.

Karen Holcomb
Market Manager
501-760-3131 or
501-282-6314 cell

Statesboro Market2Go:  The market is open!

The market is open!

Carolina Foothills, SC:  Market is Open!!!!

Happy Friday All,

I hope you are all doing well. I am a little under the weather, burning the candle at both ends and beginning to feel it…..

Anyway, just wanted to give a heads up, the market Will Be Closed next week as Tuesday the 26th is my youngest sons Birthday.

If there is anything you have been considering or need I encourage you to get it this week.