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Ovis Hill Farm Weekly Market Bulletin

Ovis Hill Farm Weekly Market Bulletin

Please Come visit us Wed 08/05/09 at the

Gallery on 8th Avenue

714 8th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


IN BRIEF: There will be good selection (little short on some cuts) of beef and lamb, but an excellent supply of chicken (just processed a new batch). Please look for our Special Chicken/Beef Combination and our Hamburger Special – it is the lowest price in our history. There will be lots of cheeses and plenty of the wonderful butter. Again with the summer heat we are short on eggs – it would be a good time to preorder. We should have a good selection of veggies, maybe a few greens, shelled peas, maybe collards, carrots, squash, zucchini, blue berries, new potatoes, tomatoes, as well as garlic and onions and a few other surprises. Janie asked that you preorder kale as it is very limited. Also there are fresh herbs – please pre-order the fresh herbs!

McCARLEY FAMILY BAKERY NEWS: While most of our family are attending a conference in North Carolina the week of the 10th, our three youngest (boys aged 11, 8 and 5) and I are taking the time off to enjoy some “down time” together. Therefore, we will not be baking for the Myrtle Beach or Florence markets the12th, 13th and 15th, but will be back mixing and kneading the following week. We so appreciate your support and encouragement and hope that you will take the opportunity this week to stock up on bread, muffins, cookies, etc…. We hope you enjoy our baking as much as we enjoy baking it for you.

LONG LINES? We are very sorry that several times in the last few weeks some customers have had to wait too long in line to check out. While it is very exciting that enough people want our food that we have any line at all, we will be trying several ideas over the next few weeks to cut the lines should they develop and make the visit as pleasant as possible.

FROM THE HERB GARDEN: Alice suggests basil, oregano, parsley, thyme (please preorder), chives, fennel, dill (regrowing), mint, and rosemary (please preorder). Fresh green herbs used nearly in any way are such a delightful addition to these seasonal foods. When you are at the market please check the herb basket for a copy of chart with suggestions for which herbs to use with your meats and veggies.

PEE DEE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA): Update for the week of 8/03/09:

Veggies are weekly so make sure if you are not there someone else picks them up for you. Meat shares are biweekly or monthly and all have received a delivery.

VEGGIE SHARE HOLDERS: Jannie Dickson will be at the market this week, so any questions or comments for veggie shares will be welcome.

MEAT SHARE HOLDERS: While Charlie is away this week, please talk with Mary McCarley with any questions about our CSA shares.

CSA SHAREHOLDER COMMENTS: Please contact us as soon as possible with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have. You may contact us in person at the markets or email Jannie Dickson (veggies) at, telephone 843-245-0407, or Charlie Caldwell (meat and market questions) at, telephone 843-992-9447, or contact Martha Pavelek at

CSA SHAREHOLDER DISCOUNTS: Please remember that if you are a shareholder you are entitled to a 5% discount on all food items sold at the market. This is a courtesy extended by all the participating farmers as well as the McCarley Family Bakery.

THERE ARE STILL BEEF, LAMB, AND CHICKEN SHARES AVAILABLE! Although we will have veggies available for sale at our markets, Jannie and Rockie are fully subscribed with CSA veggie shares! There will be information available at the markets or contact me ( or 843-992-9447 with questions.

GOAT’S MILK?: Please look for Lone Palmetto Farm Goat Dairy grade A raw goats milk at our Florence, Myrtle Beach and Hartsville Farmers markets or at our on farm market. As before, it is $6.50/half gallon.

THEY ARE NOT ALWAYS THE PRETTIEST: As Alice and I ate one of our absolutely delicious heirloom Brandywine tomatoes I was reminded of the old adage “beauty is only skin deep.” The Brandywines are often gnarly and cracked looking kind of like a storm battered tree but not leaking. In fact we pick them a little early so they won’t actually split. But oh my what wonderful flavor. It is not unusual for heirlooms veggies in general to not look as pretty as many of the new varieties bred for size, disease and pest resistance, etc. Fact of the matter is that is also true of heritage breed animals. Modern sheep meat sheep breeds often yield carcasses 40% larger than our heritage breeds but I do not believe compare in quality (if quality is defined as flavor, tenderness, etc.). Actually for us the heritage breed sheep are better adapted for our environment. So back to where we were. If your veggies look a little different in shape, color or size, please give a try.

PUPPIES: Four of Joli’s pups, our Border Collie, still need homes. The sire is Rob Roy, and the breeding is impressive. Both parents are outstanding working dogs (very sociable and friendly as well) and the pups should be awesome. One is black and white and three are red and white. The parents work well with sheep and cattle. Please let us know if you may be interested in a wonderful border collie.

WOOL YARN: Please don’t forget our yarn, both natural warm off white, and hand dyed with flowers, bark, berries, etc. Because this time of year I don’t usually bring it to market, please let me know if you are interested and I will bring a selection along.

GRAINS AND FLOUR: We carry a selection of organic or certified herbicide and pesticide free whole grains. Most were added because they were requested by customers as hard to find and also because we can custom mill whole grain flour upon request. Please remember that along with the veggies and grass fed dairy and meats, whole grains are very beneficial.

FARM VISIT: You are welcome to visit our farm store. Hours are 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Tuesday through Thursday, and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Friday and Saturday. To visit at other times, please call 843-992-9447 for appointment.


Please don’t overlook our milk, eggs, butter, cheeses, lamb, beef, free range chicken and many other products. Please see attached product and price list.


Greens: maybe a few kale or collards (preorder please); $4.00 gallon bag.

Carrots: $3.50/bunch

Sweet Bell peppers: a few $.75 to $1.00 each

Squash and zucchini: lots $2.50/LB

Cucumbers: good supply $2.50/LB

New Potatoes: red and white, excellent!

Tomatoes: a good supply $3.99/LB

Onions: a few sweet Vidalia type $3.50/LB

Peas: shelled (a few)

Baby Garlic and Baby onions, etc. $2.50 to $3.50 bunch

Rosemary: bunch @ $1.00

Herbs: basil, parsley, chives, fennel, dill (regrowing), oregano, mint and rosemary, thyme: Please pre-order (especially the thyme and rosemary) and we will have a limited selection at the market.

SHEPHERDS COMMENT: Because for me working with other farms to provide our wonderful food direct to families is a great privilege, it is very special when some of the other farmers are able to come out to our markets. I appreciate John Rogers, Mary McCarley, Michael Atkinson, Amber Collins, and Janie Dickson going to Myrtle Beach last week and hope that you had an opportunity to get acquainted with more of the folks responsible for our food. For me it was a very special but all too short time to be with our extended family (especially the grandchildren), so thank you very much! We very much appreciate your support and business. Your purchases literally keep family farms in business, and truthfully the loyalty of our customers is humbling to all of us. We feel very Blessed. We do need help setting up and/or running our farmers market as well as the farm store and our farm educational programs, so if anyone has time and interest for helping please let me know. Helping with set up takes about 30 minutes and is a huge help. Please share any ideas you may have on ways to improve the way we serve you.


Myrtle Beach: We plan to be set up at the Gallery on 8th located at 714 8th avenue north, Wed., 08/05/09, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. We will have milk, butter, eggs, cheeses, beef, free range chicken, lamb, organic vegetables, & lots of other items, so please tell your friends and come by and try something different.


From the north: Take Hwy. 17 (bypass or business) to Mr. Joe White Avenue (10 or 11th Avenue North). Turn onto Mr. Joe White. Continue until you get to the light at Oak Street. At Oak Street turn south and continue south (merges downtown) till you get to a light at 8th Avenue North Ext. (Star Music on corner). Turn right onto 8th Avenue North. Gallery on 8th is on your right about a block up 8th Avenue.

From the south: Take Bypass Hwy. 17 to Hwy. 501. Take 501 to the main intersection at Broadway Street in Myrtle Beach. Turn left (north). Take another left (just 1 short block) at the light. (Star Music). Gallery on 8th is on your right about a block up 8th Avenue. (You can also take a left off 501 on Adler Street which ends at Gallery on 8th if prior to the light at Oak Street– you will find an AutoZone Parts on the right of 501 and the SportsCorner building on the right just beyond Alder – all easily visible when turning left on Alder).

From 501 heading east: Take Hwy.501 to the main intersection at Broadway Street in Myrtle Beach. Turn left (north). Take another left (just 1 short block) at the light. (Star Music). Gallery on 8th is on your right about a block up 8th Avenue. (You can also take a left off 501 on Alder Street which ends at Gallery on 8th – you will find an AutoZone Parts on the right of 501 and the SportsCorner building on the right just beyond Alder – all easily visible when turning left on Alder).

Attached is a product and price list, an Excel file. The cheese prices change often, but are very useful for reference. Some products (grains, pastas and veggies) are listed in the email and not in the Excel file.

IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO RECEIVE THIS EMAIL OR IF YOU LIVE NEARER OUR FLORENCE MARKET: Please let me know as we certainly don’t want to annoy anyone.

Charlie Caldwell
Ovis Hill Farm
1501 Weaver St.
Timmonsville, SC 29161


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