Letter to the Editor
When the idea of an on-line market for local produce was proposed, my first thought was, "But I like the experience of going to the Farmers' Market!" Pictures played in my mind's eye: seeing the colors of the flowers and vegetables, holding a ripe tomato, smelling a sweet melon. A second thought was, "And I'm not very good on the computer. I would have lots of technical difficulties trying to order on-line." But as I continued my inner dialogue, I recognized that my schedule often does not allow me to get to the Farmers' Market. Or, by the time I get there, the vendors may have sold out of the items I wanted. I decided Eureka Springs Locally Grown was worth a try.
The first discovery was how easy and fun the ordering process is. Once logged on to nwa.locallygrown.net/market, pictures of the available items from a number of local farmers and vendors are displayed. More produce and products are added each week. It's easy to add items to my cart, and then submit the order. I get a copy of what I've ordered by e-mail. Then on Thursday afternoons, between 4 and 6 p.m. I go to St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs and pick up my order.
Last week I came home with a beautiful head of lettuce, the sweetest-tasting carrots, tender zucchini squash, and a frozen chicken that had lived a good free-range chicken life, without hormones or antibiotics added. I even had a bar of wonderful-smelling locally made soap. Everything was top quality and great value.
Through Eureka Springs Locally Grown I can support my friends and neighbors who are growing healthy food, and have the convenience of picking up my order at a time that fits my schedule. What's not to like about that!