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Monday, May 1, 2017

Carlton Farms Newsletter 5-1-17

Delivery News
REMINDER: Order deadline is Noon the day before we deliver:

I'm leaving this info about the new website and vegetable shares here in case you missed it last week. Please visit the new website and sign-up. We think it looks awesome, and it is working very well.
Vegetable Shares are now available. Getting signed up for your weekly or biweekly share is as simple as placing a share in your basket. This year there is no prepayment requirement for the season. Simply select if you'd like to receive your share weekly or biweekly. We will add a share to your order accordingly, and you will be billed as you receive your share.  If you need to travel, there is a hold function that allows you to put your share on hold while you are out of town. End your share, or change your frequency as you wish, you are under no obligation. We look forward to bringing you the finest local and organic produce our area has to offer. Visit the new Carlton Farms website to order. You will find the Vegetable Share right on the homepage under featured products.   

Last weeks website launch was pretty successful. As expected there were a few small issues that we were able to work out relatively soon. We are still all ears if you see anything that need changing, or that you would like added.  Thanks again for your cooperation as we work through these small growing pains. 

Here are a few things you may find interesting about the new site. 
  • The site will show you an option for having your order delivered, but for right now we are only offering the pick-up locations that we have been using for several years. After we get comfortable with the site, we do plan to offer home delivery. So... for now choose "pickup" in the first step of the signup process. 
  • There is a recurring order function. For items that you want to purchase each week, you can place those items on recurring order.
  • Payment information will be securely stored online so you will not have to input credit card info with each order.  Yes, you can still show up to the mobile market with no order and purchase from our a-la-carte selection. 
  • There is no "check-out" process. You just add items to your basket either all at once, or throughout the week. When the order deadline passes, any items in your basket will be ordered and delivered to your pickup location. 
We hope you enjoy your new Carlton Farms online experience. 
FarmFan: Get Text Message Reminders and Receive Rewards.
As one of our Farmfans you are able to receive text message reminders, both to place your order and to come pick-up your order. You will also have the ability to check-in when you pick-up. As you accumulate check-ins you will earn rewards such as Grocery Bags, T-shirts, Discounts.

On the Farm

Making Hay!:

Make hay while the sun shines. That's the old adage. To extrapolate that out into more generic terms, don't procrastinate doing something when the conditions are right. The implication is that the conditions won't be right forever. It's a pretty good rule to operate by in the abstract. Here at Carlton Farms, we try to abide by that rule in the figurative sense, but also in its quite literal sense. We knew rain was coming in sunday night and monday, but there was grass standing in the field that need to be stored in the form of hay. So, we devised a plan. Some of our team cut the hay down on Friday while I was on a delivery route. I raked the hay on Saturday (with Atticus in tow, check out our facebook live video). Then I baled and wrapped on Sunday (I normally do very little on Sunday, but remember... "Make hay while the sun shines"). All together we put up 63 rolls of hay that we will use this winter. It seemed that a number of things worked against me this weekend, and I lacked about 10 bales getting the whole crop wrapped when the rain started a few hours earlier than forecasted. I'll be wrapping those 10 bales this afternoon and we will have a portion of our hay crop complete, all because we made hay while the sun shined.  Now we can wait on another few days of sunshine to do it all again. 
We are constantly sharing the goings on at Carlton Farms via our social media pages. Become social with us on:  
instagram  @carltonfarm
Twitter @carltonfarm

Thanks for your continued support. At Carlton Farms we are proud to be your farmer.

Sincerely,

Chad Carlton
Carlton Farms
Carlton Farms, 1276 Cartersville Hwy, Rockmart, GA 30153
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