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Apologies for forgetting to open the market this morning. I recall my reminder alarm going off, but must have gotten distracted. My only excuse is Monday is my day off.
There are 2 types of lettuce available from Opossum Hollow Produce again this week.
Thank you for supporting our local farmers, bakers, and makers year round.
See you Saturday!
Online Market is Open!!
Wow, what a week. Winter temps in the single digits, then spring temps and thunderstorms, and now back to mild winter temps. I’m sure the farmers are very happy it rained yesterday.
Produce report: Opossum Hollow Produce broke new ground this weekend while the temps were warmer. Tom and Cheryl are expanding their garden area.
In other news, R Family Farm just put 150 Americana chicks in their brooders. Spring will bring beautiful colored eggs. There is something special about going out to the nest box and finding colored eggs mixed in with the brown eggs.
The market is preparing for the new season. Opening day will be April 14th and it will also be our 1st Kids Day of the year. Power of Produce club returns with new programming that we are certain the kids will LOVE! Tastings will continue with the Two Bite Club, and members of the club will receive $2 to spend with the farmers. We are so thankful to the area businesses that sponsor our market – Cobb Vantress, Simmons, Community Physicians Group, Sager Creek Pediatric Clinic, Dr. Kyle Dixon, and Simmons Bank.
We are also very thankful for our customers who faithfully support our local farmers, makers, and bakers. We couldn’t do this without you!
Enjoy shopping this week and see you Saturday!
Time for Soups and Stews! Online Market is Open!
Since we continue to experience colder than we’re use to temperatures this winter, it’s time to warm up with homemade soups and stews made from scratch with pastured and grass fed meats and bone broth. Not only will this warm you up but it will fill your body with good, healthy nutrients that will boost your immune system and help fight off colds and flu.
Grandma’s Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
3 Tablespoons pastured butter
1 Cup onion, diced
1/2 Cup garlic, minced
1/2 Inch ginger root grated or finely sliced
1 Cup carrots, diced
2 Cups potatoes, diced
1/2 Cup celery, diced
4 Cooked chicken breasts, diced or shredded
8 Cups homemade chicken broth
1 Handful fresh parsley – chopped
1 Teaspoon sage
1 Teaspoon rosemary
1 Teaspoon thyme
1 Tablespoon unrefined salt
2 Cups healthy noodles of choice – we usually use einkorn noodles.
Saute all vegetables in butter in large stock pot until soft (6-7 minutes).
Add all ingredients to pot except noodles and chicken.
Simmer for 1 hour over low heat.
While the soup starts simmering, boil your chicken breasts. Shred or dice when cooked and add to pot.
Add noodles and cook until done (5-10 minutes).
You can tweak this recipe to your liking and add other veggies and herbs. You can save soup in freezer as well.
**Photo credit and recipe link: http://eatrealstaysane.com/chicken-noodle-soup-from-scratch/
Produce progress report – things are growing at a very slow rate due to cold temperatures. Opossum Hollow and Arkansabi Farms both have greens planted and growing. Warmer temps and more sunlight will help get more veggies ready for the market. We really appreciate their efforts to grow year round for our market.
Just a reminder to stock up on chicken so you have plenty in the freezer until R Family begins raising their spring birds.
We appreciate our customers continued support of our local farmers/vendors. Have a great week and see you Saturday!
Time to stock up on Pastured Chicken! Online Market is Open!
R Family Farm chicken is selling quickly. This is the last of the chicken until Spring so be sure to stock up while you can. Bone broth is great to have year round, but especially good during the winter with all the colds and flu going around.
You can purchase honey, farm fresh eggs,Lefse, beautifully knitted/crocheted kitchen items, and all natural products for personal and home use.
What is Lefse you ask? Lefse is a traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. It is made with potatoes, flour, butter, and milk or cream. It is similar to a tortilla, maybe a bit larger. You can use it as a wrap for sandwiches, breakfast burritos, or slathered with butter and honey.
Enjoy the warmer temps this week as it looks like we will be experiencing cold temps again by Friday.
Have a great week and see you Saturday!
Happy New Year! Market is Open!
The New Year came in with a cold front and it was 4 degrees at my house this morning. Our neighbor’s water froze. We are thankful ours did not. Keep the water dripping this week.
R Family Farm stocked up the chicken this week so you should stock up too as this is the last of it until spring.
Unfortunately produce isn’t going to grow well with these cold temps so it may be a few weeks before it’s back online.
Best wishes on 2018! See you Saturday!
Merry Christmas! Place your order for New Year's Weekend
2017 has been a great year for our market with an increase in farmers and customers atrending the market. We look forward to continuing to connect our community to locally grown and made products in 2018.
From our farmers, makers, and bakers – thank you for your continued support! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
Christmas is Just Around the Corner! Shop Local for the Holidays!
The market will be open through the Holidays this season so you can get the items you need for Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day! We will continue with our regular ordering/pick up schedule.
Need meal/recipe ideas? Check the past newsletters for great ideas using market ingredients.
This week we welcome Kirsten Pearson to our online market with her amazing Lefse! Kirsten shared a booth at the outdoor market with Claire from Redhead Bread. You can find the Lefse under the Baked Goods then Ethnic/Specialties. Lefse is great for wraps, breakfast burritos, and warmed with butter and salt or honey.
R Family Farm has their last batch of chickens at the processor now and should be picking them up next week. This will be the last of the chicken cuts available until spring. They should be listed online by the week of Christmas.
Enjoy the week and see you Saturday!
Online Market is Open! Create A Great Holiday Appetizer Tray!
Congratulations to Arkansabi Farms on becoming Certified Naturally Grown! What does it mean to be Certified Naturally Grown? It means there is no use of GMO’s, no use of synthetic chemicals, and that your food is from a local farmer! Learn more about this certification here: http://www.cngfarming.org/
Here is an idea for a great appetizer tray using sausages from the market. R Family Farm has German Sausage, Beef and Pork Bratwurst, Jalapeno Cheddar Brats, and Andouille Sausage. Prepare your favorites, slice them and arrange on a wood board or platter along with mustard dipping sauce, your favorite sauerkraut, and maybe some cheeses, a baguette, or fresh baked pretzels.
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons grated horseradish in vinegar
Apricot chili mustard:
1/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon hot chili flakes
Wasabi-whole grain mustard:
1/3 cup whole grain mustard
1/2 teaspoon wasabi paste
We are entering the season where the weather may begin affecting produce. As of Friday, everything was still doing well even after a mornings of below freezing temps. We are very thankful for all the hard work our farmers put into extended season growing. It’s a gamble for them that produces a longer season of fresh, locally grown produce for us.
If you are still looking for gifts for colleagues, hostesses, or stocking stuffers consider some lip balms, all natural hand sanitizer and other products, crocheted/knitted items for the kitchen, locally roasted coffee, or a jar of honey. We also have farmers market gift certificates available.
Have a great week and see you Saturday!
Online Market is Open! Plan for your Holiday Meals & Gift Giving~
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Cool weather, fires, decorating, giving, hosting friends and family at your table….
As you plan your meals and parties this month here are a couple recipes using market ingredients to consider serving on your table:
Scarborough Fair Roasted Chicken
Recipe here: https://thecozyapron.com/scarborough-fair-roasted-chicken/
Christmas Kale Salad
Recipe here: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2013/12/christmas-kale-salad.html
Remember to shop for your gift giving needs as well. There are great hand crafted items to choose from like crocheted and knitted dish cloths and kitchen items as well as personal and home products. You can also purchase Siloam Springs Farmers Market Gift Certificates online and we will make the expiration date good through December 2018. Your friends and loved ones can use them to purchase food from online orders and/or during the 2018 outdoor market season.
Thank you for shopping our online market and supporting our farmers, makers, and bakers. See you Saturday!
Online Market is Open!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanskgiving with family and friends. R Family Farm has updated their meat inventory so be sure to check out what is available. Arkansabi Farms continues to have a nice selection of produce for the season. There is also honey and coffee available as well as some items that would make nice gifts or stocking stuffers.
Have a great week and see you Saturday!