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Washtenaw Organic Collaborative:  May 31- June 2 Market Open for Ordering

Good morning! The Washtenaw Organic Collaborative is OPEN for orders! We will be open for online ordering May 31-June 2 (Sunday through Tuesday). Pickup or delivery is Saturday, June 6th!

1) Head to and login to your account.

2) ORDER Select “The Market” and begin placing items in your cart. When finished, select “proceed to check out”. There you can verify the quantity of items ordered, leave notes for your growers, and choose your pick up location or delivery option, and pay. You’ll receive a receipt by email. All submitted orders are considered final on Thursday.

3) PICK UP & ENJOY Every Saturday, pick up your individually packaged order. The Slow Farm pickup location is a no contact pickup – Please do not get out of your car. The Brines Farm pickup location is self-service off of farmhouse porch. Paid delivery option will arrive at your doorstep about midday.

Final Notes:
-Double check the pickup location noted on your receipt/invoice – and remember it for Saturday.
-Delivery as your pickup location must be accompanied by the $10 delivery item in your order basket.
-If we cannot fulfill an item it will be refunded.
-We cannot accommodate late pick ups or changes in pick up locations.
-Missed Pick Ups will be donated or returned to vendors.

-REGARDING SEEDLINGS AND TREES: Unless marked “6/6 Pickup”, tree orders are pre-order, available at a later date.

We appreciate your support! See you Saturday!

Champaign, OH:  Helplessly Hoping

Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirit he runs
Wishing he could fly…
(Crosby, Stills & Nash)

I’ve had this on replay, all morning, for it’s beauty, it’s message of hoping…

I wanted to wish you a love filled day, and to remind you of the love that you will find, each and every time you place an order for market goodness.

Your market manager is taking a bit of time, today, to go hang out with long time friend from high school. She has a lovely oasis of a backyard, we will be socially distanced, sipping chilled afternoon drinks, and having some much needed chat time.

I hope that you find a bit of an oasis for yourselves, today, wherever that may be.

Cosmic Pam

Stones River Market:  Market is OPEN -- See you Wednesday on the CURB!

Welcome to the May 31st and June 1st Stones River Locally Grown Online Farmers Market. The Market opens 8:00 am on Sunday Morning and closes 10:00 pm Monday evening. Order early before quantities available run out!

During the time the Market is OPEN, please check again over the next 2 days as some of our Growers may be updating their inventories.

THANK YOU Everyone for your patience yet again during our ‘tenth’ “Pull Up or "Step Up” delivery on the curb in front of Quinn’s Mercantile to pickup your orders Wednesday afternoon. Drive up to the canopy or you are welcome to park across the street and walk to the canopy to pickup your order using social distancing. We want to leave the area in front of Quinn’s for their customers.

Delivery Service is available within a 10 mile radius of Murfreessboro, outside areas will be considered and delivery is available to Woodbury at a host location. Please put your address in comments before you check out.

Method of Payment is Cash, Checks, Cards or Invoice. Please check your that email address is current or updated for invoicing.

Thank you for supporting our Locally Grown Market, it means a lot to our Growers and Community. Shop Local and Stay Local!

News from The Manager: Can you believe it will be June 1st…tomorrow! Several local area Farmers Market are open or planning to open soon. Several of those market have restriction before entering their market area. Our On-line Farmers Market only restriction is you have 2 days to place your order at your leisure from home or work.

Several of our Growers have been struggling over the past month getting their crops in due to the unbelievable amount of rain we’ve all had. Some items might be a littler later than others coming in but I’m expecting some wonderfully delicious items coming soon.

Thank you for supporting our On-Line local growers and artisans.

News from Our Growers:

Farrar Farm LLC: taking a short break this week, will return next week with more delicious cuts of our Pasture Raised Beef.

Trinity Rose Oberhasli Dairy Goats:
Milk, Cheese; Garlic Dill, Spicy Italian, Kefir available this week, our Goat Ladies are back in business, more selections coming soon.

Sow’s Ear Piggery: has posted some additional pork products this week, including two Boston Butts (a summer time BBQ favorite), two tenderloins (a prized cut), and 3-pound packages of chops (these are the last 3 packages of chops we will have until late June!).

In addition, we still have quantities of pork stew meat, pork cutlet, shoulder steaks, ground pork, and fresh ham steaks (these are simply thin cuts from back leg of the pig. Brown in a skillet, cover with some liquid and seasoning. Simple!).

As always, our pork is Non-GMO fed, no antibiotics or any other additives.
SPECIAL NOTE: We have two large pork bellies (for cooking as is or making bacon). If anyone is interested, please shoot me an email. With notice, I can cut into slabs of 2 or 3 pounds if anyone is interested. I will inform you when the listing will post in the future.

Rainbow Hill Farm: It is never to late to get your garden or containers growing from the selections of our seedlings. They are delivered in Peat Pots, just drop them in the ground and the soil is worm castings which gives them a great boost during the growing season.

Quarter Spring Farm: has a full selection of chicken cuts and products, including gorgeous multi-colored eggs, available on the market this week. Check back soon for updated soap scents and new patterns of reusable napkins.

RnR Farms: For this week we continue to have an abundance of the best naturally grown lettuces and greens in Middle Tennessee. Green leaf, red leaf, romaine of all colors, kale blend, and butterhead. And this week is a great week to be a lettuce connoisseur at Stones River Market. Because RnR Farms is having lettuce week!

If you follow us on Facebook, we will release two new salad recipes every day from Tuesday through Saturday. And Monday evening we will post the best tips to eating high end, naturally and locally grown lettuce. Follow us on Facebook or go to and click the Facebook link.

Happy salad week!

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse: There are a very few tomato plants left, and I’ve added a couple of jalapeno peppers. First come, first served, as there will be no more vegetable plants this spring. I have lots of beautiful herbs, available both as plants and as ‘Fresh-cuts’. But if you need one I haven’t listed, let me know and I’ll try to find it.

The letter of the week is ‘S’: sedum, shasta daisy, and Stokesia aster! All will make the more sunny areas of your garden shine! I still have a good selection of perennials for shady areas too.

Flying S Farms: Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Kale, Garlic Scapes, Kohlrabi, Hakurei Turnips, Chinese Cabbage, Sour Dough Bread, Artisan Breads, Brownies, Several types of Friendship Breads..hint, they are excellent toasted or used for bread pudding or french bread for breakfast!

One jam restocked finally…Seriously Hot Strawberry, I promise more to come, going to jam this afternoon, so check back. Hint..Low Sugar Jams, Almost Seedless Strawberry…yes that’s right!, Our other Almost Seedless Jams…they are in high demand.

Look forward seeing you “At the Curb" of Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday June 6th from 5:00 – 6:30pm, please contact me if you are unable to make delivery or are running late, please phone, email or text me so we can make arrangements to get your order to you.

How to contact us:
Locations: Quinn’s Mercantile on Wednesdays: 301 North Spring Street, Murfreesboro

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Oops... Addendum to News

From Sow’s Ear Piggery:

Sow’s Ear Piggery has posted some additional pork products this week, including two Boston Butts (a summer time BBQ favorite), two tenderloins (a prized cut), and 3-pound packages of chops (these are the last 3 packages of chops we will have until late June!).

In addition, we still have quantities of pork stew meat, pork cutlet, shoulder steaks, ground pork, and fresh ham steaks (these are simply thin cuts from back leg of the pig. Brown in a skillet, cover with some liquid and seasoning. Simple!).

As always, our pork is Non-GMO fed, no antibiotics or any other additives.

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  More Goodies for You!

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown market

is open for your orders till Tuesday evening at 10 pm.

Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, if you would prefer home delivery of your order, please just ask. No charge during this time.

Please also remember that our market is much safer than any grocery store.
All our products are direct from grower/producer to consumer, with no middle men handling.

Please share this information with your friends and help them to understand how safe our open-air markets are.

From Carter at CS3 Farms

We have carob power balls, two flavors of shrub concentrate (drinking vinegars), and flowers!

Our carob balls are handmade, with raisins and astragalus. Carob tastes a little like chocolate, is Nutrient-Dense, low in calories, and a good source of calcium.

Try a gut-healthy Ginger-Fig or Wolfberry Mint shrub/tonic for great taste combined with nutritious ingredients. Use them as a salad dressing poured over your choice of salad greens or microgreens, or mixed with water for a delicious and refreshing drink.

The field daisies are blooming brightly — get you a dozen to brighten your home! The bachelor buttons (cornflowers) are also showing off. Bachelor buttons are edible and medicinal, so you can “recycle” them after they are finished blooming! Make a bouquet or an edible centerpiece.

(Top, L to R) Carob Balls & Radishes.
(Bottom, L to R) Ginger-Fig Shrub Concentrate & Bachelor buttons.
All items found under “Growers”.

Click here for the complete list of available fresh local farm products for this week.

No contact delivery available for no charge during this time!
Just ask on your order comments.

From Dogwood Valley Greenhouse

There are a very few tomato plants left, and I’ve added a couple of jalapeno peppers. First come, first served, as there will be no more vegetable plants this spring. I have lots of beautiful herbs, available both as plants and as ‘Fresh-cuts’. But if you need one I haven’t listed, let me know and I’ll try to find it.

The letter of the week is ‘S’: sedum, shasta daisy, and Stokesia aster! All will make the more sunny areas of your garden shine! I still have a good selection of perennials for shady areas too.

(Top, L to R) Jalapeno pepper plant and Green creeping sedum.
(Bottom, L to R) Shasta daisy and Stokesia aster.
All items listed under “Growers”.

To Contact Us

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

Our Manchester pickup location is across the street from the Manchester City Schools administration building, at
216 East Fort Street, Manchester, TN

Our Tullahoma pickup location is in front of “Nature’s Elite”, in the Cherokee Square Shopping Center next to Dunham’s Sports, open air during this time, at
1802 N Jackson St, Ste 800, Tullahoma TN

For a map, click on the address link.

Only the best fresh flavorful farm products for your family! No more week-old produce trucked cross-country. All the fresh local farm products listed come from your grower and maker neighbors in Middle Tennessee. The freshest produce is picked the day you receive it!

Your year-round weekly market is open for ordering from Sunday morning at 8 am till Tuesday evening at 10 pm.

Receiving options (please note changes in day and time for Tullahoma):
Thursday afternoon pickup (4:00 – 5:00 p.m.) at the market pavilion on Fort Street, Manchester.
Thursday afternoon pickup (5:00 – 5:30 p.m.) outside “Nature’s Elite”, Tullahoma. Open air market during this time.
Delivery on THURSDAY evening free during this time, or at other hours by arrangement.

See the “About” page for details.

Please help us grow:
spread the word about our market.
share this newsletter with someone.
make my day and ask to hand out some fliers.
And if you are hungry for something special, just let us know, and we will do our best to find it for you.

Shop Local,

Your Fantastic Farmers!

Conway, AR:  Opening Bell: Garlic, Potatoes, Carrots, Honey!

Good afternoon!
Delicious and zesty organic garlic is now available from Cedar rock Ridge. This award-winning garlic is some of the best we’ve ever grown. Rich soil, ample rainfall, and a mild winter combined to make an abundant harvest. Keep them in a cool dark place and the bulbs will last for months. Stock up because there won’t be any more until next June. If you make pickles, you’ve got to have fresh garlic. And since we are talking about it, we will have 12 jars of wickles and 12 jars of bread and butter pickles available on the extra table this Friday. :-0 People often ask me, they say: Larry, what are wickles? So I explain to them that wickles (wicked hot pickles) are quite possibly the world’s finest zesty dill pickles. I make them with my own organic dill, garlic and hot peppers. Put them on a sandwich and get ready. They’ll change your life!

If you want to make pickles but can’t find pickling cucumbers yet, try the zucchini from Strack farm. I’ve made a batch of dill pickles using zucchini and they were amazing!

If you haven’t started a garden yet, or want to add a few more tomato plants, there are still a few Brad’s atomic grape tomato plants and Cherokee purple tomato plants available for $1.50 each.

We have been enjoying a wide variety of mushrooms at our market. Unfortunately, we won’t be having any shiitake mushrooms for a couple of months. Use this opportunity to try some of the other varieties available.

We are about a week away from being restocked with chicken and beef. And egg production should increase soon also.

A couple of your items are being added to the market this week. Check out mushroom spinach cheese quiche, lemon chicken, rice tortilla soup, key lime pie from Salscilla Farm.

Our market will continue to meet in the lobby every Friday. Our volunteers will be wearing masks. Your order can be brought to your car in the parking lot by one of our dedicated volunteers. Just call or text me when you are parked, and we will bring your order to your vehicle. 501-339-1039.

Be sure to SEARCH for your favorite items using the search field. Four instance, type in the word “sale” and see what pops up. We have almost 500 items available now!

Most items are listed by 6pm Sunday, but check back again before the market closes Tuesday night to see if any other items are ready to be harvested for you! Eat fresh! Eat local! Eat for better health!

And save your eggshells throughout the week for the laying hens! :-)

The market is now OPEN for orders. Click here to start shopping:

Please check your email a few minutes after you place your order to make sure you get an order confirmation. Thanks!

The Wednesday Market:  You Can Order Now

Good evening.

The Wednesday Market is open for orders. Please place your order by 10 p.m. Monday. Orders are ready for pick up between 2 and 4 p.m. Wednesday. Check the website for this week’s product offerings. Here is the link:

We now have Wednesday Market t-shirts for sale. The shirts listed on the website are white. Other sizes and colors are available and may be ordered by contacting Sharon Fox, (404) 569-0582. Prices vary by size and color.

Thank you for supporting this local market and our farmers and producers. We are proud to be Georgia Grown!

We’ll see you at the Market.



Dothan, Alabama:  May 30, 2020 M@D Newsletter - We are Open for Orders!

Market at Dothan is open to accept orders.
Orders close Tuesday at 5pm
We use the word “Sustainable” over “Organic”.
You can grow organic without being sustainable, but you cannot be sustainable without utilizing organic practices.

M@D Superfoods
Market Chitchat
Grower Notes: Sandy Valley, Avalon Farms & Mayim Farm

Thank you for your continued support of our local farmers. We count it a privilege to serve you!
Market contact information and relevant information is listed at the bottom of this document


When you hear the word superfood, what comes to mind? A carrot in a cape? A nectarine with night vision?

Some foods are so nutritious it may seem like they have superpowers, but outside the marketing world, there actually is no such thing as a superfood — by scientific standards, at least. The truth is, most all natural foods have “super” health benefits.

The trend of recognizing and appreciating a food’s value dates back almost a century, and may have all started with a banana. In the 1920s, the United Fruit Company ran a series of colorful ads on the health benefits of bananas. Research detailing the benefits of bananas was published, and soon the tropical fruit became the first food labeled a superfood. More than 90 years later, bananas continue to be in the top three most imported fruits in the United States.

With summer’s bounty hitting it’s peak in a few weeks we thought it would be a good time to take another look at the wonderful health benefits of some of the great sustainable superfoods currently listed on our Market Page. Hope you Enjoy!

1. Berries


Berries help keep the brain healthy and may fend off Alzheimer’s Disease. Blueberries are at the top of almost every superfood list, but just about any edible berry is worthy of superfood status. While all differing in nutritional value, blackberries, cranberries (the fresh, not dried, variety), strawberries, and raspberries, to name a few, are low-calorie, high in fiber, and packed full of antioxidants that help fight against cancer-causing free radicals, notes a study published in the March 2018 Frontiers in Pharmacology.
Blueberries in particular have a high number of anthocyanin pigments, which not only give them their rich color, but also act as powerful antioxidants that may lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s according to a review published in July 2019 Advances in Nutrition.

2. Eggs


Eggs have historically been a controversial topic in the nutrition world due to their high cholesterol content, but they remain one of the healthiest foods available. Whole eggs are rich in many nutrients including B vitamins, choline, selenium, vitamin A, iron and phosphorus.They’re also loaded with high-quality protein.

Eggs contain two potent antioxidants, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are known to protect vision and eye health.
Despite fears surrounding egg consumption and high cholesterol, research indicates no measurable increase in heart disease or diabetes risk from eating up to 6–12 eggs per week. In fact, eating eggs could increase “good” HDL cholesterol in some people, which may lead to a favorable reduction in heart disease risk. More research is needed to draw a definite conclusion.

3. Okra


Though not a common food outside the southern US, okra is packed with nutrition. One cup (100 grams) of raw okra contains:
Calories: 33
Carbs: 7 grams
Protein: 2 grams
Fat: 0 grams
Fiber: 3 grams
Magnesium: 14% of the Daily Value (DV)
Folate: 15% of the DV
Vitamin A: 14% of the DV
Vitamin C: 26% of the DV
Vitamin K: 26% of the DV
Vitamin B6: 14% of the DV

Okra is rich in many nutrients and particularly high in vitamins C and K. This fruit is unique, as it provides protein, a nutrient that many other fruits and vegetables lack. Okra is rich in antioxidants that may reduce your risk of serious diseases, prevent inflammation, and contribute to overall health. Most notably, it contains polyphenols that may contribute to heart and brain health. Animal research suggests that okra may bind to cholesterol in your gut and lower blood cholesterol levels. It’s also rich in polyphenols, which fight harmful inflammation and protect your heart. Okra contains a protein called lectin, which is being studied for its role in cancer prevention and treatment.


As the state continues to open back up we have amended our health safety procedures (listed at bottom) just a bit. The “big” change is that we no longer require cash/check payments to be in envelopes or ziploc bags.


It was SO GOOD to use MARKET BAGS again on Friday! They hold so much more and the color, personality and ease of use just helps things run smoother. We’re thankful the standard plastic bags were available when we needed them and are now thankful to return to this bit of Market “normal.” If you’re not familiar with our Market Bag policy it may be found on the Question & Answer Page.

New & Relisted
Blueberries from Avalon Farms & Casablanca Ranch
Kissed by the Sun Goats Milk Soap – Bella Eden Farms
Tomatoes from Avalon Farms
Cowhorn Okra- Sandy Valley
Supersweet Cherry Tomatoes from Restoration Gardens
Tokyo Bekana Greens – Avalon Farms
5 lb bulk Zucchini- Restoration Gardens
CHICKEN is relisted -Avalon Farms


We have the best Growers in the Wiregrass! Please learn more about them on our Grower Page.

SANDY VALLEY Our yellow squash and zucchini are all done for the year and the COWHORN OKRA is just now coming in. Cowhorn is a great heirloom variety that’s been around over a hundred years. We’re hoping the carrots will be ready to start selling next week. Still got plenty of cucumbers so whether you’re slicing or pickling we got em.



Chicken is back in stock again. As you can see these look fatter. Their body structure is a little different from the Freedom Rangers we raised previously. These are Cornish Cross chickens, which is a cross between a Cornish and a Plymouth Rock. They are naturally fast growing and mature quickly. 

Cornish Cross chickens are the industry standard for meat birds. Commercial chicken houses, like we have dotting the landscape around here, provide food and lights 24 hours a day encouraging the chickens to eat constantly. Commercial chickens are normally processed at 5 weeks of age.

Our chickens are raised in a more natural environment. They are housed outside in a movable chicken tractor. The tractor/house is moved twice a day to provide fresh pasture. They act like real chickens running forward to catch the grasshoppers as we move it forward. They scratch around in the grass doing chicken things. They have 24 hour fresh air, normal daylight hours and a limited feed supply. They grow slower this way, but they have healthier, better chicken lives. These were processed at 8 weeks.

MAYIM FARM: No products on the market this week…going to pick up our CBG Hemp seedlings and hopefully get them in the ground this next week. CBG is another nonintoxicating cannabinoid recently discovered to have therapeutic value with issues such as IBS, Inflammation, Bladder Health, Brain Health and more. Hemp and our other medicinals, locally grown and done right!


We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite recipe, want to write a product review, have an idea or request for an article or information, let us know! You can reply to this newsletter or write

Market Schedule
Order Saturday 5pm to Tuesday 5pm weekly for Pickup the following Friday
Dothan Pickup: 10am – 12pm, Dothan Nurseries, 1300 Montgomery Highway, Dothan, AL 36303
Daleville Pickup: 11am – 11:30am, Parking area behind Daleville Chamber of Commerce
Enterprise Pickup: 12pm – 12:30pm, Grocery Advantage, 1032 Boll Weevil Circle, Enterprise

Our Website:
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Join our Online Discussions!
Be sure to use our hashtag! #marketatdothan

Our COVID protocol is still in place for everyone who wants curbside service.

I. Order Payment:
1. Voluntarily prepay by 6 pm Thursday if possible using this PAYPAL link. This eliminates passing paper currency back and forth or handling debit/credit cards on site. Your invoice will be marked PAID and pickup is fast and easy. In the event of undelivered items you will be issued a Market credit that will apply to your next order.
2. Debit/Credit – One of us will briefly step within 6 feet for you to put your card in the chip reader. We do our best to avoid touching your card or you touching the equipment which means we sign an “x” for your signature.
3. Cash and Checks – You may hand them to us. Exact change is preferred if using cash to prevent a lot of passing back and forth. If you choose curbside pickup you are welcome to put payment in your trunk/tailgate as that would eliminate the need to come near your window.

II. Order Delivery:
1. Curb Service: Please pull up next to the Market Shed. We will direct traffic a little bit if needed. Have your trunk/ hatchback open and we’ll load you up!
2. Walk Up Pickup: Please do not come inside. When we see you coming we’ll put your order near the entrance and step back for you to claim it. This system works really well for those of you wishing to get extra veggies that may be available.
3. Regardless of how you choose to accept your Market order please know that we make every effort to practice safe distancing and ask that you do the same.

It takes all of us working together to keep everything running & everyone safe!

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!

Monroe, GA:  Monroe Locally Grown is Open!

Monroe Locally Grown is open for your orders. We will welcome your online orders until Monday (6/1) at 8 pm.

Our next pick up will be Wednesday, June 3rd 4:30-6 at the
Walton County Agricultural Center
1208 Criswell Road
Monroe, GA 30655

We have a new grower listing with us for the first time this week. Welcome to Forward Thinking Farms who is offering locally grown, humanely treated, pasture-raised poultry from a small family farm in Watkinsville.

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Champaign, OH:  Morning Has Broken

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning…
(Cat Stevens)

Good morning, and happy sunshine day!!

What a lovely song to greet such a lovely day, outside. I always associate this song, and my other songs of his, and Simon and Garfunkel, with my growing up, and having a student teacher, one spring, in school. She taught our music class, and she got rid of all of the boring songs we always had to sing, and introduced us to a whole new world of music. This song was one that we got to sing at our spring musical, full of excitement. She also arranged for us to all take a field trip, off school hours, to see the Beach Boys in concert. She wore super cool, hippie/mod clothes, and I thought she was everything.

I guess she was one of my first influencers in my love of music.

Anyway…all this just to greet you, on this Saturday, remind you that the market is open, ready for your orders, and that we appreciate you and your support, each and every week.

Cosmic Pam