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Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


When you view the online market this week you will notice that there is no produce currently available. Thao Farms attends a market in Tahlequah on Saturdays and will not be available for the online market through the spring, summer or fall.

We hope to have produce available from our Saturday vendors online soon. I’ve checked in with a couple of them and kale, lettuce, bok choy, spinach and onions will be ready to go for opening day…provided the weather continues to cooperate.

Next weeks newsletter will provide a preview of the vendors for Saturdays and Tuesdays. So stay tuned…..

Countdown to Opening Day in the Park!


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


It is hard to believe there are only two more Saturdays until opening day on April 19th! The Online Market will continue to be available and the pick up location will be moved to the park where the physical market is located.

Market Management is so thankful that Trish Houston, of Wellspring Nutrition, allowed us to use the space next door for the online pick up through the winter. We appreciate all the support she has given the Farmers Market!

Thank you to all who have been faithfully purchasing during the winter market and supporting this new endeavor to provide locally grown food all year long. We hope you continue to use and enjoy shopping the online Farmers Market year round.

Spring has arrived!


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Only 5 weeks until the physical market opens up! April 19th is the official Opening Day for the 2014 season. The online market will still be available and we hope to add our additional produce vendors online. Orders will continue to be accepted from Sunday -Wednesday each week and pick up will be at the market in the park each Saturday. Meal planning couldn’t be easier with the online market. Plus, you can browse the additional selections before or after you pick up your order.

Here is another recipe to try using spring onions and eggs. Enjoy!

10 thin spring onions
4 large eggs, lightly beaten $
1 cup milk $
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper $
2 tablespoons butter
5 ounces Gruyere cheese, cubed
Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in oven. Trim roots from onions; discard roots. Chop half of onions.

2. Whisk together eggs and milk. Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, whisking rapidly 20 to 30 seconds or just until blended and smooth. (There should be no lumps.) Stir in chopped onions. Let stand 5 minutes.

3. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Add butter, and let stand until butter is melted. Place skillet over medium-high heat, and pour batter into skillet. Arrange cheese and remaining whole onions over top of batter, and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute or until edges begin to set.

4. Transfer skillet to top oven rack, and bake at 400° for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. (Outside edges should be crispy, and inside texture should resemble a custard popover. Pie will deflate quickly.) Serve immediately.

Andrea Reusing, Southern Living
MAY 2012
www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spring-onion-pie-50400000120834/

Spring is almost here!


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


One more week and it will officially be Spring! I am anxious to get in my garden and begin planting. I noticed my honey bees flying back into the hive with their tiny legs loaded with pollen. They have been enjoying the warmer temps lately and I am thankful they did well over the winter.

Thao Farms let me know they will have Baby Bok Choy available starting next week and it has been added to the market listings.

Leaving you with a recipe this week…see you next Saturday!

1/2 lb. linguine, uncooked
6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1-1/2 lb.)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
3 zucchini, sliced
3 yellow squash, sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

COOK pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt.

MEANWHILE, sprinkle chicken with pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook 5 to 7 min. on each side or until done (165ºF). Remove to plate; cover to keep warm. Add remaining oil to same skillet. Add squash; stir-fry 3 min. Add garlic; stir-fry 3 min. or until squash is crisp-tender.

DRAIN pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water. Toss pasta with reserved water in same pan; place on large serving platter. Top with chicken, squash and remaining ingredients.

Market re-opened Sunday afternoon


Hi everyone! Please accept my apologies for getting the market opened late on Sunday. I ended up getting pretty sick Saturday night and just didn’t remember to take care of things.

Market is open and it looks like there are some new items, including some hand knitted Easter goodies.

See you Saturday!

Market is Open!


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Today at the Online Market pick up location we were able to keep the door open and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! It made us all long for the open air market to be open. Won’t be long and we’ll be meeting in the park again.

Market Management has already met with vendors, given out 2014 applications and set the opening date. Come April 19th we will move over to the park until October. The online market will still be available and the pick up for the online market will be located in the park as well.

I’m looking forward to all the spring veggies and the fellowship that comes with meeting in the park for the Farmers Market. We are busy planning events and music to add to the enjoyment of shopping for locally grown foods, locally made foods and handcrafted items.

Have a blessed week!

Stacy

Double Dollar Match for SNAP Customers


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Just a quick note to let everyone know that as of the last market pick up date, 2-15-14, all of the Double Dollar match money has been used! Just in time too because we had until the end of February to distribute it.

Thank you for purchasing from our farmers, bakers and artisans! The Double Dollar program is a great benefit for both the consumer and the farmer!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this week!

~Stacy

Market Re-opens Today!


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather! I bet the farmers are enjoying the opportunity to get outside and do some work and planning in their fields.

I’m getting anxious for the open air market to return. We had our first meeting with the farmers/vendors and it was fun to be with everyone again. I work with a wonderful group of like minded people.

I have permission to put the spinach and garlic back on the market this week. Tang is very hopeful with the beautiful sunshine and warmer temps that she’ll have some to deliver.

Seems like every time I open the market back up there are great new items available. I hope you are all enjoying the variety of products available.

Enjoy your week and if you’re out and about next Saturday, stop by the market and say hello even if you don’t have an order.

Meet Your Crafter and Farmer......Greener Pastures Products


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Mica Parks is a native Oklahoman who moved to Arkansas in August of 2010. Her husband, Shane, works for Tyson Foods, Inc. and they have a 3-year old son, named Karsten.

Mica and her family raise pygmy/kiko goats on their farm. Pygmy goats serve as great pets, lawnmowers, brush clearers, or meals; these goats are perfect for all of these jobs. Our goats roam the pastures daily, foraging and keeping the grass mowed down for us. They are quite entertaining to watch and every goat has its own personality. Our favorite time of year is kidding season, when we have lots of bay goats running around.

Greener Pastures goats are slaughtered at a USDA inspected facility. Goat meat is very lean, tastes great and according to the USDA is the healthiest red meat available.

Mica began making soap in September 2012. She came up with the idea, when she found herself with an abundance of goat milk in the freezer. Instead of throwing the precious liquid away, she decided to turn it into something wonderful and amazing – soaps. Natural soaps are great for the skin, but when goat milk is added to them it makes them creamy and nourishing. In addition to goat milk soap Greener Pastures sells, sugar scrubs, shaving whips, salt scrubs and bath teas. Mica is hoping to expand her bath products line to include lotions, bath bombs and bath soaks. She will gladly do custom orders. Soaps take 4-6 weeks to cure after being made and scrubs take 2-3 weeks if a fragrance needs to be ordered.

Because of her busy schedule, Mica does not milk her own goats. All of Greener Pastures’ goat milk is currently procured from independent goat farms that we personally visit to ensure the very best quality. All batches are personally tested before sale and shipment. If we don’t like it we won’t sell it.


Why Use Goat Milk Soap?

Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry, sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay healthy. Read on to discover why.

The protein strands of goat milk are shorter than other types of milk and are more readily absorbed by the skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. Alpha-hydroxy acids are effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells helps many skin conditions by removing irritation. Goat milk has naturally occurring lactic acid that helps keep skin smooth by encouraging skin turnover (it acts similar to a gentle peel).

Vitamins and Minerals: Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. It also contains many other vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C, D, B1, B6, B12 and E. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun.

Cream: Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Goat milk is very moisturizing and nourishing to the skin because of capric-caprylic triglyceride. Capric-caprylic triglyceride is an effective skin moisturizer that helps to contribute to skin softness by forming a barrier on the skin to help inhibit the loss of moisture. It is the only milk that contains naturally occurring capric-caprylic triglycerides. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.

Goat milk soap-top ten benefits

1. Goat milk has recently been proven to effectively treat acne.

2. Goat milk soap is less allergenic than synthetically loaded commercial soaps and detergents.

3. It is known that goat milk can reduce skin inflammation, and soothes dry and damaged skin.

4. Goat milk can reduce wrinkles and delay signs of skin aging. 5. Goat’s milk soap has alpha-hydroxy acids that soften the skin by breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together.

5. Goat’s milk soap has alpha-hydroxy acids that soften the skin by breaking down the glue that holds dead skin cells together.

6. It has been revealed that the famous Cleopatra, known for her beauty and amazing skin, bathed in goat milk.

7. Goat milk has the closest PH level to our skin. This helps protect our skin from invading bacteria and chemicals.

8. Goat milk is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin C, B1, B6, B12, and E.

9. Goat’s milk soaps are free from harmful chemicals and are a very mild soap bar safe to use on all skin conditions.

10. Goat milk consists of natural emollients and triglycerides that act as natural moisturizers.

We hope this information has been educational and beneficial. Our information was gathered from the following sources and to our best knowledge is true and accurate:

http://rpalulis.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Ten-Benefits-of-Goat-Milk-Soap

http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/soaks-and-scrubs/tub-time-goatsmilk-bath-tea/

www.goatmilkstuff.com/Goat-Milk-Soap-Benefits.html

Contact Information: Greener Pastures Products can be reached the following ways:

Email:greenerpasturesproducts@gmail.com

Web: www.greenerpasturesproducts.com

Phone: 936-332-1848

Be sure to consider us for you next soap purchase. We gladly do custom orders.


*Goat Meat Information Greener Pastures Products LLC *

About Goat Meat

1. Goat meat, also known as Chevon, Capretto or Cabrito, is the most widely eaten meat in the world. Popularity in the United States is increasing as diversity in population grows.

2. Goat meat is the only meat that transcends all religious boundaries.

3. Goat meat is lean and low in fat

4. Goat meat is lower in fat and cholesterol than chicken.

5. Goat meat is lower in calories than beef, lamb and pork.

6. Goat meat has iron levels higher than beef.

7. Goat meat is exceptionally lean and low in fat, making it an ideal choice for health conscious consumers. Similar in taste to beef, but slightly sweeter, goat meat is a healthy choice for meat lovers.

8. Goat meat is reported to be the healthiest red meat available, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The report said that goat meat was low in fat and cholesterol and high in protein.

Meet Your Baker.....Skopp Bakery


Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Market is open for business again! Orders will be accepted through Wednesday at 5 p.m. www.siloamsprings.locallygrown.net


Meet Your Baker….Skopp Bakery

Hello! I’m Rikki Skopp and I love making pastries and jam for my customers at the Siloam Springs Farmer’s market. I’ve been baking for over twenty years during which I have been fortunate to travel and learn about bread, desserts and jams, from around the world. I still remember the tart freshness of the small-batched copper pot raspberry jam I first tasted when I lived in Aviano, Italy. It was like summer in a jar, and bursting with fruit and lemons. I hope to provide similar experiences for my customers.

Whenever possible I use locally sourced fruits, cheeses, and vegetables in my products. I use these ingredients to make baked goods like jalapeno cheddar scones, granola, kolaches, pizza crust, dinner rolls, and jams and jellies like apple butter, fruits of the forest, and marmalade.

Skopp Bakery is a family run business; my son, Wesley, and daughter, Aubrey, and my husband Mike all help with the market. We love meeting all our customers and appreciate all the business we have received over the years. We welcome requests and hope you enjoy eating our products as much as we do making them!

I have created a new listing for a special I am running this week:

One package of dinner rolls, and any jam of their choosing for $10

The listing is titled Skopp Bakery Special – just click on Baked Goods under the Categories section on the left hand side of the market screen and scroll down until you see the special OR use the search box and type in Skopp Bakery Special. At check out you can include a message to me for this item and let me know which jam/marmalade you would like with your rolls. I currently have the following available:

Blood Orange Strawberry Rosemary Marmalade

Chili Jelly

Concord Grape Jelly

Cranberry Apple Jam

Fruits of the Forest

Habanero Ginger Jelly

Hatch Green Chile Jelly

Lavender Jelly

Orange Marmalade

Satsuma Marmalade

Strawberry Vanilla Bean (Market Manager’s favorite with these rolls)

Zesty Cranberry

Thank you for supporting Skopp Bakery and the Siloam Springs Farmers Market!