Listed below are several frequently asked questions and their answers. If you do not find your question here you may email the market manager by clicking on this link and request an answer to it.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
- Are there membership fees?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- When do I pay?
- When and Where do I pick up my order?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- Where is the pick-up point?
- Should I Bring Containers
And here are some answers:
Are there membership fees?
NO! There are no annual membership fees charged to either the customers or producers.
To help us cover overhead costs, we ask that you pay a fee of 5% of purchases for customers or 5% of sales for producers. Three percent (3%) of these fees go to pay for use of the locallygrown.net software. A portion will be returned to the All Saints Episcopal Church to cover their expenses in hosting the market.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or BOM programs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with rivervalley.locallygrown.net you get to order what you want, in the quantities you want, from the producer that you want. A weekly email tells you that the market is open and ready to take your order. You may browse the listed products and order only what you want.
How do I order?
Each Saturday morning, around 9:00 a.m. an email will be sent to all of our registered customers telling them the market is open for ordering. Customers can place orders from then until Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. Orders can be placed here on our website.
To order simply add the items you want to purchase to your basket and then proceed to the checkout. Be sure to go through the entire checkout process and select your desired pick-up site if different from your selected default location. Ordering through this web site is our preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.
When do I pay?
We accept cash or checks when you pick up your order. Because we may have to adjust your total then (to account for unannounced items you decide to purchase or items that were unexpectably unavailable), we do not accept advance payment on the website. If adequate demand is expressed, credit and debit card services may be offered at a later date..
When and Where do I pick up my order?
Orders may be picked-up as described below:
THURSDAYBetween 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 P.M. at the BLUEBIRD HILL BERRY FARM. The farm is located at 3434 Bells Chapel Rd. E., Atkins, Ar. 72823. This address is 2.5 Mi. S.W. of Atkins on State Highway 324. In Atkins this road is S.W. 3rd. St. To arrive here from I-40 at Atkins, go South on Church St. until you cross the RR tracks. Turn Right at the Stop Sign after crossing the RR tracks then go 2.5 Mi. Farm on Right.
From Russellville, take Hwy 64 E. toward Atkins. Turn Right on Bells Chapel Rd. W. Turn Left at each of the next 2 Stop signs. The farm will be on your Left after traveling approxamently 2 blocks.
By arrangement; at Christ Episcopal Church. The church is located at 6th. and Scott St. in Little Rock.
Pick-up point in Russellville will be at the Arkansas Valley Farmers Assn. located at 3501 East Main between 4:30 and 5:30 pm.
SATURDAYLittle Rock River Market. At the Bluebird Hill Berry Farm sales booth in the West pavillion of the River Market “Farmers Market”.
This pick-up point is available between April and September. Times are 8:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
If you’ve already created a customer account here, simply go to Our Growers and click on ‘Join this Market’ in the lower left area of the page. This will add you to our system and our market managers will contact you with the next step. We do not charge any seller annual fees to sell through the market but there is a 5% of your overall sales fee charged. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices and list your items as you wish. Contact The market manager if you want more information. If you wish you may email me from this connection.
Where is the pick-up point?
Pick-up point in Russellville will be at the Arkansas Valley Farmers Assn. located at 3501 East Main between 4:30 and 5:30 on Fridays.
Bluebird Hill Berry Farm
The farm is located 2.5 miles S.W. of Atkins on State Highway 324. This road is S.W. 3rd. street in Atkins. The road becomes Bells Chapel Rd. after the Atkins City limits are past.
The farm may also be reached from Highway 64 by turning on Bells Chapel Rd. W. Proceed South until you encounter the second stop sign. Here you will turn LEFT and proceed until you encounter another stop sign. Here you will turn LEFT and proceed about 2 city blocks to the farm on the LEFT.
See the information about When and where do I pick up my order for details on other locations.
Should I Bring Containers
Generally the producer packages their product in the size (quantity) you have ordered. We strive to reduce waste as much as we can so it would be wise to bring a tote, of some sort, to carry your purchases home in. Those who are recycling minded will use either mesh grocery bags or a bag made from recycled materials.