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Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:53 pm

Join us for our first Instagram and Pinterest challenge! We're loading up on fruits and veggies, #Nallspice, and lots of #onlyatnalls products for you to use anywhere you're #cookingwithnalls. Post or pin pics of your Nalls culinary creations, follow us on Instagram and Pinterest, and fill out our entry form here for a chance to win one of TEN raffle prizes - 1 Nalls Prize Pack (all sorts of Nalls goodies, $75 value), 4 Nalls giftcards ($25 each), and 5 tins of Nallspice.  We can't wait to see your posts and pins tagged with #cookingwithnalls!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:03 am

One of the questions we get most here at Nalls is, "can I buy eggs from   your chickens?" Our chickens are certainly the most free range (ask the employees at the 7/11 next door) and local egg-producers that you can find, but they are also a little too free-range to produce eggs we can legally sell. Additionally, most of our chickens are males or older females, so they don't produce many eggs. But we still want to provide our customers with the freshest eggs possible, so recently we have been testing a few different egg suppliers to find eggs that are the most similar to ours. 

We have found a winner in Nature's Yoke pastured eggs. We used to carry just "cage-free" eggs, but after doing some thorough research we have realized that certified pastured eggs are even better than cage-free. Eggs that are "cage-free" are not necessarily from chickens that ever go outside, they just signify that the chickens are not kept in small cages. Pastured eggs come from free range chickens that are kept on abundant grassy pastures, free to roam at their own will, just like the chickens here at Nalls but in a more grassy and rural environment. They eat an organic diet, enjoy grass and insects, see daylight, and are not given hormones or antibiotics. Because the chickens live in a 100% natural environment they produce eggs that have darker/richer yolks, have better nutritional profiles (in vitamins A, E, betacarotine, Omega-3's), and just taste better. 

Nature's Yoke is a small company from Pennsylvania that sources from small family farms. They practice and promote sustainable farming, where the whole family in involved and the eggs are gathered by hand. We are very excited to be working with them, and hope you will like their eggs as much as we do.


Monday, May 4, 2015 - 11:38 am

Spring at Nalls means that it's time for fun planting workshops, and we've got two really cool ones this year! Led by our brilliant garden-specialist/educator Sue, our workshops are always a great place to learn new gardening tricks and connect with some other green thumbs in the community. You can register for these workshops starting TODAY in store or online here

 

 Herbalicious Herbs - Saturday, May 9

 Cost: $30 

 During this hour-long workshop, we’ll give you tips on growing and cooking with herbs.

 Each participant will choose 4 herbs to take home, plant, and use all summer.

 Adult Session: 2pm

 Child Session: 4pm (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   .                                                                                                                                           

 Miniature Gardens - Saturday, May 16

 Cost: $30

 Create a magical world of tiny plants, gazebos, garden accents, little people, and animals.  We’ll provide a container, plants,  and  several accent pieces. Choose from our a la carte  selection of miniature items to add more charm to your little garden  (additional  fees for  these items). 

 Adult Session: 1pm

 Child Session: 3pm (Children must be accompanied by an adult)

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:47 am
 
 
  
 

Hey kids, do you love Penny as much as we do? Then join our new Penny The Pig Official Fan Club! It’s free to join and open to kids 12 and under. 

You can sign up in store any time with the help of your parents. When you join you will  get a Penny Pencil, a Penny postcard to send to whoever you want, and a special Fan Club membership card. You will also get a strawberry flavored honey stick because strawberries are Penny’s favorite food! When you fill out the membership card you can also fill out a raffle ticket to enter our new monthly drawing. After you’ve joined, every time you visit the store you can fill out another raffle ticket for an even better chance to win. 

Next time you’re in store, ask a clerk about joining the fan club. And don’t forget that Penny’s birthday party is coming up August 15, and she’ll want all her new fan club members to be there to celebrate!


Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 9:19 am
 
 

   

Our Spring Crop Share round will begin on May 8th and run till June 26th, but registration for this new round has opened up TODAY!

This round we'll be sourcing all the produce from the East Coast, but we'll try to source as much locally as possible.  That will include summer-type items from Florida/Georgia like corn and berries and then the local spring stuff like asparagus, broccoli, greens, swiss chard, and peas. Cook along with Burt this session at cropsharecipes.blogspot.com 

You can register online by clicking here or you can fill out a registration form in store.  **PLEASE NOTE: Our online registration currently does not calculate pro-rated rates for members joining mid-season.  If you wish to join after the season has begun, please e-mail us or call us, so that we can ensure you are not overcharged.**

You can email cropshare@nallsproduce.com or you can call us at 703-971-4068 to pay by credit card or over the phone. If you need to make any other alternate arrangements for payment please do so at the above email address. 

If you have any questions about the Nalls Crop Share, please feel free to contact us at cropshare@nallsproduce.com.

 

 
 

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Springtime is finally here and, if you’re like the green thumbs here at Nalls Produce, you’re itching to get outside and start playing in the dirt.  As with anything in life, preparation is key, and it’s no different when it comes to giving your garden the best jump-start.  Whether you traditionally grow only flowers or vegetables, or you just have a few containers for herbs on your deck, there are several steps you should take as you prepare to start this season’s outdoor planting.

  

First and foremost, you want to assess the area you’ll be working with and devise a plan accordingly.  If you’re planning on a major landscaping project, or putting in a first time garden, you’ll want to map out your property so you can be sure that the location of each plant will be ideal for its specific soil and sunlight needs.  Even if you’re only doing a small container garden, you should still assess how much space you have to work with, if you’ll be able to fully accommodate the plant’s full growth, and if you can adequately provide for sunlight requirements.  It’s always better to answer these questions up front, before making any purchase.  Many of us have learned the hard way, especially as first-time gardeners, when the zeal to begin gets the best of us and we rush into planting without considering the specific needs of the plant.

As always, tidying up your planting area before hand is vital.  So, be sure to allow for spring rainfall runoff by clearing away debris from any drainage ditches.  If you’re utilizing raised beds, assess their condition and make repairs to any that have become bowed or damaged over the winter.  Also, if you still have any “plant skeletons” left over from fall, those should be removed to make way for new growth.  For hydrangea lovers, you can begin to change their color for summer by adding lime or soil acidifier to their beds.  This is also the time to get your existing flower and plant beds mulched, as well as preparing any of your planting soil with an organic, dry fertilizer.  We personally recommend Espoma’s Plant-Tone, as it’s safe for children and pets, and since it doesn’t contain heavy metals (as most synthetic fertilizers do), it’s also environmentally sound.  Plus, no matter how vigorous you are with your usage, Espoma products will not burn your plants.  So they’re a great choice for first-time gardeners learning how much or how little to fertilize. 

While the unseasonably cool weather took a chunk out of our traditional planting season, it looks like we’re now able to move full steam ahead with seasonal planting.  This is especially true for peas, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, kale, and lettuce, as well as, most trees, shrubs, and perennials.  However, if chilly nights are looming in the forecast, be sure to delay planting any heat-loving seedlings (such as peppers, eggplant and tomatoes), or go ahead and start them indoors for later transplanting once nighttime temperatures are more stable.  Also, while you wait for the summer annuals to bloom, consider planting pansies in your flowerbeds or containers.  Despite their name, they are hearty and can withstand frost, so they’re ideal for flowerbeds and outdoor containers when the weather is unpredictable.

Our staff at the Garden Center at Nalls Produce is ready to help with all of your springtime planting needs.  Be it flowers, vegetables, fruits or major landscaping projects, we have the resources and expertise to help make your efforts a success.  Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, we’d love to be of assistance, so stop in and see us any day of the week at 7310 Beulah Street, Alexandria, VA 22315, or reach out to us at 703-971-4068 // info@nallsproduce.com.  Have fun playing in the dirt this spring!

 

 


Monday, October 1, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Are you a Nalls Nice Neighbor? If not, you are missing out on a great way to save! Use your card everytime you shop, and you will receive points for each transaction. When you accumulate 100 points, you will receive $5.00 off your next transaction. If you aren’t a nice neighbor yet, please see a cashier in the store and they will get you a sign up form or you can get the form here, print it out and return to the store.

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