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Tampa Bay :  Market is OPEN- put your order in NOW! Great products this week!






Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay


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Foodies,

Everything is a go – if you’d like to order produce, go ahead and place your orders online till 11pm Monday night!

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The pick up times have been extended to Wednesday 6-8pm in order to better accommodate our distributor, farmers, and customers!

And Thursday from 1-4pm. (case by case, call ahead)

If there is something special you want, please email before Sunday 4pm.

As for items from certain farmers (Windmill, Morning Star, etc.), if there is not enough product ordered, it doesn’t always make financial sense for us to drive an hour or two to pick it up. We’ll try to communicate better with members when this happens but just wanted to give everybody a heads up.

Check out some great upcoming events down below!

Ryan gets back from Cuba Saturday but until then, Sarah will still be handling the market. If you have any questions, e-mail the BH or call her at (407)754-5794.

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero (some exceptions with Gnarly Farms products)

Order here today!.

Email us if you have any questions.

The boxes are now hand-selected by the customer/member instead of pre-packaged. This means the earlier you come, the more selection you’ll have for your box! Please bring your own box or reusable bag as we are running low at the coop. Also, if you have any to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

We may donate excess food that does not sell in the course of a week to local food programs that the Tampa Underground organizes – the Good Samaritan, the Hub & home church feedings for those in need.

If you would like to be there to help drop off for those folks, please let me know.

Bhbuyingclub@gmail.com

Here’s whats been going on at the Co-op.

Over the past few months a ‘steering committee’ has been meeting every month & working to establish bylaws that are in accordance with our values and principles.

We are almost at the point where we can file for Cooperative status with the state of Florida statute 619. Hopefully, within a few months that will be a reality. If you would like to participate, have legal or nonprofit experience, please let us know.

Our location has to change around the end of February/beginning of March.

Right now it looks like we will be moving into the blue building near the current location as another temporary spot. We’re still planning to move around the end of this month and could use some help so let us know if you’d be willing to volunteer your time and/or supplies.

We have also been visiting an aquaponics farm in Dade City called Morning Star Fishermen. They have a 65,000 gallon aquaponics system and are raising tilapia as well as a ton of vegetables. It is a truly inspiring production- they even teach classes and are expanding. We’re thinking of planning a field trip up there with members so be on the lookout for info! We want members to be involved and get to know their farmer(s), so check out the growers on the website, let us know if you are interested in visiting any of them, and we can try to set something up. After all, that’s the point!

Be on the lookout for Recipes under the appropriate tab on Locally Grown!

More updates to come soon!




Coming Events

Ryan, our Market Manager, will be in Cuba from February 13-23 in order to learn about cooperatives and permaculture initiatives there. Sarah, along with any volunteers who would like to help, will be handling orders and pickup during that time. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, feel free to contact Sarah at 407-754-5794 or ssmarsh2@mail.usf.edu.

Saturday, February 23rd, Tampa Free Skool will be hosting an Introduction to Medical Botany Class at the Roosevelt 2.0 at 6PM. It will be a brief introduction/overview of plants and their medicinal uses. Topics to be covered include: (VERY) basic plant metabolism and botanical nomenclature; brief history of medical botany; (a few) common botanicals used for certain ailments; active compounds; modes of action; and how/where they are commercially sold.

Tuesday, February 26th is Swingin’ for a Cause at the Mermaid Tavern to benefit the Venture Compound. Event starts at 8PM but come early if you want swinging lessons. The Venture Compound is a Florida Non-Profit Anti-Gallery, Alternative Venue and Artspace focused on young and emerging artists and artforms that are not otherwise commercially viable.

HCC will be hosting a Beyond Sustainability Conference at the end of February (Feb 28-Mar 1). The focus will be on social entrepreneurship and sustainable economy: exploring nexuses. For more information, Click Here

USF’s Student Environmental Association is hosting RecycleFest- an opportunity for creative minds to create art pieces from recycled material that may be displayed in the MSC Centre Gallery! The event will be taking place March 28th at 1:30PM at the MSC Amphitheater. If you are interested and/or have any questions, contact Sarah Seabrook at sseabrook@mail.usf.edu




Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.

Champaign, OH:  It's the Ice Capades


Well not really but surely be careful out there!

Had to share a small success story that happened overnight. One of our great new customers Bob Munch replied by email that he was looking for a particular type of radish called a watermelon radish last night after the market opened. While I haven’t heard of it, I sent an email to our vendors to let them know. I awoke this morning to find that Lonny has already ordered seed and will work his magic to deliver said radish to the market. Does it get any faster than that folks? Thanks to both Lonny and Bob for working together towards success!

Please give us suggestions on what you want to see at our market as we would be glad to try! Stay safe out there and thank you for shopping with us!

Conway, AR:  Bring Glass Jars to CLG Pickup Today at 4pm! Thanks!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Champaign, OH:  Announcements


Couple of Announcements…
Tonight we all sampled JC Grower’s Roasted Garlic Jelly and it is amazing. It was a true treat and is now available on the market site. It is two-thumbs up for sure! Also, Carla was invited to
speak to the Goshen Garden Club tonight so she has made it to the big time! Great job garlic friend!

While I’m not endorsing one school fund raiser over another, I thought I would share the news of the following. Please consider supporting their fund raiser which by the way also gets two-thumbs up as a healthy choice of fundraisers!

“The Mechanicsburg FFA is selling strawberries! All the proceeds go to the Relay for Life campaign. Half flat is $10 and Full flat is $20. Sale will run through March 1 and be delivered the week of March 18. Contact the FFA if you would like some strawberries.”(call the school for more details!)

While not baking loaves of Cosmic Charlie Breads, our very own Pam Bowshier is knee-deep in Oscar prep for the big event on Saturday evening in downtown Urbana. I hear there’s even a red carpet! I know she would love your support. Check with Pam or the Boston for more details!

Also the rumor mill is churning that Swisher Hill’s sheriff and boss lady are brewing up some new concoctions. I can’t share the details but let’s just say they are spicy!

All for tonight but we cannot thank our customers enough! Without you we wouldn’t be here! And you know, we have the best vendors too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys work all day and have to work some more on market days so we really appreciate you! Thanks guys!

Champaign, OH:  Stupendous!


What a wonderful market tonight! Many thanks to our regulars and our four new customers tonight! You guys rock! Thank you to our amazing helpers Charlene and Pam, along with our fill-ins tonight Emmi and the Perry Family aka Oakview Farms! Let’s all hope Mark has safe travels home from that state up north with the impending weather!

It was a super busy night at the Y with the chamber event and we can’t thank you enough for all the samples from our dedicated vendors who found out at the last minute we were having company! Thanks a bunch guys! I’m opening the market early again this week so shop away and we’ll close back up Tuesday.

Please be safe if we get what they are calling for! May you each have a snow day and spend some time planning your spring garden or going thru a new seed catalog and dream! Thanks everyone!

GFM :  Bee-utiful Weather


The last couple of days have been absolutely gorgeous. Work is finally getting done outside, and we can all feel Spring is just around the corner. With that in mind, we want to invite you to shop our Spring Bulb Sales Fundraiser. Lots of wonderful spring bulb flowers to help you bee-utify your gardens. Proceeds from these sales will be used to operate the Farmers Market and help fund marketing, signs, and everyday overhead. Be sure to check out the Spring Bulb Sale on our Website: http://www.greenevillefarmersmarket.com/growing-green-bulbs.html

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and happy weekend!

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Market is OPEN


Good Morning Everyone,

The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

New Items:
Orobianco- Pesto Burrata -This unique version of burrata (traditional mozzarella filled with a heart of heavy cream, shredded mozzarella and butter) contains hand made pesto in its filling

Alta Cucina- Spinach Artichoke Pesto

Far East Herb Company- BodiCleanse, Cardio/Pressure Health, Diabeti Balance, DisolvaTox, Gastro-Support Tonic, Inflama-Aid, Qi Fortifying Tonic

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

Statesboro Market2Go:  It's a beautiful day to pick up your order!


If you placed an order this week, please be sure to pick it up between 4:30 and 6:30 at the location you selected.

Thanks for shopping with Statesboro Market2Go.

www.statesboromarket2go.locallygrown.net

Seedtime and Harvest:  Torn Feelings


I have really torn feelings about the huge storm over much of the Midwest. We need moisture so desperately to build up the subsoil reserves that have been lacking in 2012. But a foot of snow can be devastating! Especially to greenhouses made of pipes and plastic.

Mid-Georgia:  Heron Bay Farmers' Market Ends


Dear Folks,

The Farmers’ Market at Heron Bay did not work out for us. There were not enough sales to warrant us continuing despite our best efforts and the help of Heron Bay’s Marketing and the Home Owners Association.

The farmers listed below are all within a short drive of your resort, one is in Locust Grove (Eggs at Fox Hollow Farm) and the James Farm is about 14 miles, and Sell Farm about 19 miles). Click on “Our Growers” at our website – www.midgeorgia.locallygrown.net – to find their websites and contact email and phone numbers if you want to continue to buy directly.

We thank those of you who patronized our market, you are very much appreciated.

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There is a possibility that the James Farm and possibly Fox Hollow will return this summer in a traditional market setting on the property, I will notify you if this occurs.*

Thanks again and blessings to you!

Bill