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Green Giving: Give Food! Part 3

Back from left to right - My homemade peach butter & apple butter. Front - My homemade strawberry jam. All made using Arkansas fruits. Photo by Nao Ueda.

The Green Giving series continues today with more ideas on how to give food instead of “stuff” this holiday season.

I give same things to folks every year for holidays. This year is no different. My holiday gifts consist of:

  • Homemade strawberry jam made with Arkansas strawberries
  • Homemade blackberry jam made with Arkansas blackberries
  • Homemade peach butter made with Arkansas peaches
  • Homemade apple butter made with Arkansas Black apples
  • Local honey or sorghum
  • War Eagle Mill cornmeal (upon request from family members)
  • Homemade candied pecans made with Arkansas pecans

Nothing says “I love you” like homemade goodies. In return, Eddy’s family always gives us fresh shrimp from South Carolina where they live. We enjoy the shrimp throughout the year, throwing them into gumbo, pasta, omlets, and on top of pizzas.

Not much of a cook? Don’t worry. Several Arkansas farmers offer jams, jellies, honey, and sorghum for sale, including:

War Eagle Mill and the House of Webster also offer jams, jellies, and preserves, so check them out!

This concludes the Green Giving series. The world is full of “stuff.” We can all do our part to keep “stuff” out of landfill, support local economy, and see our loved ones happy. Let’s give green this holiday season!

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Eating Local in Conway

Conway locally Grown (CLG) provides locally grown food to people in Conway and the surrounding areas.

Conway locally Grown (CLG) provides locally grown food to people in Conway and the surrounding areas.

CLG sells beautiful greens and edible flowers from the Arkansas Natural Produce.

CLG sells beautiful greens and edible flowers from the Arkansas Natural Produce.

YUM YUM bread from Serenity Farm in Leslie, AR.

YUM YUM bread from Serenity Farm in Leslie, AR.

Gotta have cheese with your bread! Raw milk cheese from Honeysuckle Lane in Rose Bud, AR.

Gotta have cheese with your bread! Raw milk cheese from Honeysuckle Lane in Rose Bud, AR.

How about a honey toast for dessert? Raw honey from Petit Jean Farm in Morrilton.

How about a honey toast for dessert? Raw honey from Petit Jean Farm in Morrilton.

A CLG member and a volunteer catch up.

A CLG member and a volunteer catch up.

It's always busy at the Conway Locally Grown.

It's always busy at the Conway Locally Grown.

Speaking of eating local, it’s SUPER easy in Conway, thanks to the Conway Locally Grown (CLG). Serving the Conway metro area, this online farmer’s market was formed in May 2008 and has been growing ever since. The CLG began with a handful of members. Currently it has about 130 active members, with 13 farmers participating. Here’s how it works. You receive an email, informing that the local farmers have placed their products on the website, and that the market is open for business. You go to the website, http://conway.locallygrown.net, between Sunday and Tuesday and place your order. Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSA’s where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with the CLG, you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The pick-up is between 4-6 p.m. on Friday at the office of Dr. Betsy Hendricks on 2425 Prince Street. The co-op accepts cash or checks when you pick up your order. Since the co-op ain’t Kroger (i.e., it is subjected to sudden changes in product availability due to snow, ice, heat, tornadoes, etc.), it may have to adjust the total during the pick-up, thus it does not accept advance payment on the website. It costs $25 per year to join the co-op, and the membership dues pay the overhead costs. It is run entirely by the volunteers. Do you live in Conway or surrounding areas? You got something to sell? Sign up as a vendor! To sell through the CLG, contact Cody Hopkins, Market Manager, Conway Locally Grown, at hopkins.cody@gmail.com.

About a week ago, I went to Conway to check out the co-op. Cody and his partner Andrea were running a tight ship with help from couple of volunteers. The co-op had a steady stream of people the entire time I was there. One lady came all the way from Batesville, which tells you something about the quality of their products. According to Cody, all of the participating producers abide by strict standards that ensure clean, safe, humanely-produced foods. All products sold at the CLG are produced within 150 miles of Conway. Isn’t that great?

If you live in Conway or surrounding areas, forget Kroger or Wal-Mart. Join the Conway Locally Grown and start eating local! For more information about the Conway Locally Grown, visit the website, http://conway.locallygrown.net.