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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.

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.

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:

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


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.

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!

Sunshine and Fresh Air!

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

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

My family and I have been enjoying the sunshine and even opened a few windows at the house today. It was so nice to have a fresh breeze in the house. Seems like we are having just the right weather inspire our farmers as they are planning their planting season.

Market management is already hard at work planning the spring through fall season. We’ve had some inquiries from new farmers too! I have great expectations for this years market. We have some of the best vendors in Northwest Arkansas. I’ll continue to post updates as we work through the planning stages.

Have a great week!

Here Comes the Sun!

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

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

The sun was a beautiful sight to see today! I am so thankful we will have a break from the snow, ice and colder temps. Hope everyone will take time to enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Meet Your Crafter....Melissa Null, Create4Good

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

Meet Your Crafter…..

Hi! My name is Melissa Null, and I am the owner of Create4Good!

I try to apply “Create4Good” to everything I do, starting with my #1 job as a mom to my 7 year old son, also to my graphic design work, and then to my Farmers Market products. I first got the idea to make my own laundry detergent several years ago, from the Duggars on the show “19 Kids and Counting”. I loved how natural, inexpensive, and effective it was, so I set out to see what else I could make homemade and naturally! So now I make: all natural liquid and powdered laundry detergent, foaming hand soap, deodorant, lotion, chapstick, first aid cream, bug spray, and wool dryer balls. I also make other items such as crocheted cotton dishcloths, scarves, and foam swords & flower hairclips for kids.

I also want you all to know that I have many more scent options for my laundry & bath products than what are listed on the Farmers Market site. Here are all the scents I offer: Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary, Orange, Rose, and Jasmine. If you would like to customize your order with a specific scent or combination of scents, just specify in the comments when you place your order!

Also, if you would like to “Sample a Scent” I’m going to have sample bottles of three of my lotions at the Market pickup this Saturday. I will also have bottles available for purchase if you like what you smell! The three options will be: “Garden Breeze” (rose & jasmine); “Citrus Burst” (orange & lemon); and “Fresh Herb” (rosemary & mint). I hope to see you there!

Snowpocalypse Strikes Again!

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

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

Cold winter weather is on it’s way again and will be blasting through Northwest Arkansas Sunday and Monday. I’ve heard the stores in town today were low on milk and bread…..

Thank you to everyone who is shopping the online market and I hope you are enjoying the convenience of planning, placing an order and picking it up each Saturday. The market is doing really well.

With all this cold weather it has been amazing that we’ve had the produce selection we’ve had. Especially for our first year extending the market through winter. Thao Farms wanted to let everyone know the sweet onions are gone and this will possibly be the last week they will have new potatoes and sweet potatoes. The greens will be available weather permitting. They are doing everything they can to protect the produce from this extra cold weather. They are already planning for the spring season and are so thankful for all their customers!

Over the next few weeks you will be getting to meet some of the other vendors that participate in the market and you may be able to buy some “extra” goodies when you come to pick up your order. There are times we have extra produce and baked goods.

They are forecasting below zero wind chill so bundle up and stay warm and safe!

Happy New Year!

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

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

Seems like 2013 has flown by. It has been a great year for the Siloam Springs Farmers Market. We have added so many new, diverse, locally grown and farm raised products which has brought us into relationship with more wonderful vendors and their families and customers and their families.

This was the second year the Benton County Master Gardeners partnered with us on Kids Day and provided children’s education and activities as well as adult education. The Extension Home Makers also partnered with us on Kids Day and worked right along side the Master Gardeners.

The dream and goal of extending the market through the winter became a reality and we are thrilled to be able to keep Siloam Springs connected to fresh, local foods.

Happy New Year to all of you!

We still have match money for the Double Dollar program for SNAP customers. We are removing the $25/week cap. Program ends at the end of February unless we run out of funding before then.

Check out the new Buy Fresh/Buy Local market shopping bags on the website! They are $10 each or FREE if your order is $100 or more.

Merry Christmas!

Farmers Market of Siloam Springs

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

*Pick up for this week will still be Saturday from 9-11 a.m. *

The Market has added some new products to the inventory this week: Farmers Market tees ($20 each), Buy Local shopping bags ($10 each or FREE with a $100 or more order), and HomeGrown and Siloam bumper stickers ($3 each). Go check it out!

Inventory for Thao Farms produce has been updated. I also noticed that R Family Farms has several new products as does Susi’s Kitchen. Rikki of Skopp Bakery is offering jams, jellies and marmalades this week but is taking some time off from baking because she has family in for the holidays.

Mica of Greener Pastures Products is also taking off this week. She has made an unbelievable amount of soaps for the NWA 2014 Women’s Living Expo in January. She and Brenda of The Bread Basket will both be at the expo. Here is a link for more information:
We are so proud of these ladies for taking locally made products to the Expo!

*The Siloam Springs Farmers Market Management and Main Street Siloam Springs thank you for supporting the Online Market. We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! We look forward to keeping you connected to locally grown and home produced products. *

Thao Farms produce available!

I have GREAT news for everyone! Tang let me know they have the following produce available:

Bok choy



Collard Greens

Mustard Greens


Green Garlic

Sweet Onions

Red Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Winter Squash

Whole Garlic cloves

Head on over to the market to place your order!