Argenta farmers market

Don’t forget, locavores, Saturday is the grand opening of the Certified Arkansas Farmers Market in downtown North Little Rock (the 400 block of Main Street). The market has been open since May 3, but this weekend will have more hoopla, complete with a ribbon cutting, a live bluegrass band (no canned music for these fine folks), free beefalo burgers (free food — who could resist that?) and maybe even a few juicy, vine-ripened tomatoes. And all kinds of berries and other delicacies are expected. (If you didn’t see my article on Page 5A of today’s NLR Times, rush out and buy a copy now!)

Jody Hardin, Barbara Armstrong and the other farmers have been working hard to bring us fresh, locally grown, pesticide free, healthy produce and other items. One woman sells organic dog biscuits and a natural potion that stopped her dog’s itchies. It wasn’t in my budget the day I talked to her (and my dogs haven’t been scratching too much lately), so I haven’t bought any yet, but as soon as itchy season hits us, I’m all over that booth.

Do your part this weekend. Come out and say hey to your neighbors, support your local farmers and have a beefalo burger on the house (donations accepted, of course).

See ya there!

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Summing it up in the Psalms

This morning I did my reading online, in The Message. Since the month began I decided to start in Psalms and Proverbs, reading five Psalms a day and one Proverb.

Today, Psalm 22 sums up how I have been feeling the past few months: oppressed and forgotten. Fortunately it isn’t a short little psalm of lament — it goes on a bit and ends with hope, joy and praise.

And if that weren’t enough, Psalm 23, which is so familiar to many of us, continues the theme of trust, comfort and help. It’s refreshing to read it in a new way, in a paraphrase that really brings it home.

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