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Conyers Locally Grown:  Available for Friday May 3


I hope this finds you all doing well. It has turned out to be another nice weekend. Mild temps and a gentile rain are helping the garden get better and better.

This week we will have a fantastic braising greens mix of baby chard, baby collards and baby kale. We are going have a nice bunch of beet greens, mixed kale, turnip greens, mustard greens, wonderful lettuces, sugar peas, mixed radishes, Swiss chard, mushrooms and more.

The pork cuts this week range from ground pork, 1/2 rack ribs, ham, Boston butt, shanks, hocks and tenderloin. We also have a few more of our heritage hogs. They are going to be good. You can also order a special BBQ pigs. They weigh in about 30-40lbs. They will be ready to roast whole.
The BBQ pigs are special order and the hogs are being reserved for fall harvest.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts.

We enjoy being your farmers.

Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Apr. 29, 2013


Message from Market Manager

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO BUY FRESH LOCALLY GROWN FROM GCF
Don’t miss opportunities to buy items from Geraldson Community Farm (GCF) that our local urban farmers are not yet growing! Like yellow squash and zucchini and sungold tomatoes? THE ONLY CATCH is that you have to shop by MONDAY NIGHT for anything from GCF that you want reserved for you. The rest of your order can be placed anytime before Wednesday noon when we close the Market for the week. EVERYTHING we deliver to you on Friday has been harvested FRESH by GCF on late Wednesday.

MOTHER’S DAY IS MAY 12TH!
Why not let our online Market give you a unique and healthy option for mom’s gift this year? These local folks sell through our Market, and some of them are ONLY on our online Market at www.stpete.locallygrown.net.

  • Chef Roux’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake from GateauOChocolat (variety of pates too!)
  • Pink Himalayan Salt Bricks from Savory Spice Shop
  • A Market Gift Certificate from St. Pete Locally Grown (minimum $5)
  • Organic Sprouted Breads from 20 Shekels Bread
  • Seasonal Remedies from Imperial Gardens
  • Fresh Chevre Torte from The Dancing Goat (soaps too!)
  • Workshop on “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” from Nathan’s Natural Veggies
  • Fresh eggs from Sustainable Me
  • Locally roasted coffees from Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters
  • Prepare a platter of Fresh Key West Shrimp from Offshore Seafood Company
  • Papayas from Brenon’s Homegrown
  • Cuban Oregano from The Faith House
  • Lip Balms & Soaps from Rebecca’s Bees
  • A healthy tray of Wheatgrass Micro Greens from Urban Greens
  • Ghost peppers from Barchie Farms
  • Habanero Peppers from Velouria Farms
  • Herbal Teas & Pain Management Remedies from Herbalwise (other Remedies too!)
  • Walking Iris plant from Affordable Plants by Nathan
  • Crystallized Ginger from Organically Inclined
  • 28 pounds of goodness from Jane’s Earthworm Castings

CRISTY’S CALENDAR HAS A CONSULT OPENING FOR YOUR YARD
If you, or someone you know, need some help designing, planning, or building your yard or any type of garden, our Market endorses Cristy Abbott for the job. A Certified Permaculturist and sole proprietor of a small, local, woman-owned business, Cristy is currently seeking new clients. Call her TODAY to make an appointment and tell her you were referred by St. Pete Locally Grown. 727-520-5303 (cabbott7@hotmail.com) Cristy is a talented professional who is passionate about her connection with the earth.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN DELIVERING PRODUCE TO OUR CUSTOMERS?
I am looking for weekly volunteers on Fridays between 10AM and 1PM for this very customer-oriented work. If you are an active customer, would like to save on delivery fees, have customer service experience, and enjoy meeting new people, this volunteer opp may be for you. Mileage reimbursement available. Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 for all the details.

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION OF PRODUCE?
If so, are you interested in volunteering WEEKLY for our Market on Thursdays from noon to 4PM? Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 for details. As St. Petersburg spreads its wings into urban agriculture enterprises, this skill will be greatly needed!

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? . Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

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Upcoming Events

All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS FROM 830AM to 1130AM
Here is your invitation to volunteer in Nathan’s garden. No RSVPs are needed! This is a great time to get exposed to local organic gardening and gain experience maintaining a summer garden in St. Petersburg. Call Nathan at 727-403-1655 if you have any questions or need directions.

NATURAL PROBIOTIC SODA / WATER KEFIR WORKSHOP on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 7-9 pm in Redington Shores
Learn how to make your own refreshing, bubbly soda containing over forty strains of probiotics (over 6 times more than yogurt) using water kefir. Water kefir is a traditional probiotic culture, grown and cared for by many generations who used it to ferment sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating drink – the precursor to modern day soda. In the class we will taste different recipes including ginger ale, bottle a fermented batch, and you will start a batch of water kefir to take home and ferment your own healthy drinks. Water kefir is self propagating so once you have the basics you can make your own sodas indefinitely. Please bring to class a glass quart jar with lid for your first batch of water kefir. Workshop is $25 per person. Contact rebeccabeekeeper@yahoo.com or 727-688-9069 to register and for directions.

SUMMER VEGETABLE GROWING IN ST. PETERSBURG” on May 11th, 8 AM Details are on Calendar of Events. This will be held every Second Saturday of the month and is open to the public. RSVPS are required and will help determine if the class will be held. Bring your friends and save $10 each on this valuable experience! You can now pre-purchase this workshop on our Market. This class makes a great gift for any occasion! RSVPs now being accepted.

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for April 28th


To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May
tally@wildblue.net
JohnDrury
john.drury@att.net

Recipes


Melting Greens
From The Splendid Table
An easy, delicious and basic way of cooking any variety of greens

Ingredients
Good tasting extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch Swiss chard, or combination of greens (chards, kales, collards), washed, stripped from center ribs and torn into pieces (about 5 cups)
4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
1 whole dried red chile
1/3 cup chicken, vegetable stock or water
Generous salt and fresh-ground black pepper

Instructions

1. Generously film the bottom of a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid with the olive oil and heat over medium high. Add the garlic and whole chile. Sauté them very briefly – no more than 30 seconds.
2. Add the greens and stock. The pan will look heaping, but prepare yourself – the greens shrink shockingly as they cook down.
3. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and cook the greens for 10 minutes, or until they are tender. Check occasionally to make sure the greens are not burning, adding more liquid if needed. Sturdier greens like kale may take 5 to 10 minutes longer.
4. Just before serving, remove the chile and season the greens with additional salt and pepper and more of the olive oil if desired.

Market News


Hello!

What a rainy couple of days! It feels like it will never dry out enough to get the spring planting done! Nevertheless, the fields are coming along. The spring transplants seem to be growing at last, after sitting in the cold ground for so long and looking small day after day. The strawberry plants are covered in blooms and hopefully won’t be far off. The potatoes are up, and the tomatoes and in the ground, so summer must be right around the corner!
The selection is small this week, as we transition form one season to the next. Lots of good greens and lettuces, and don’t forget the tomato transplants for your garden! The basil varieties will be available next week.

There is lots of good stuff from all our vendors this week – check out the Moonshine cheese from The Bloomy Rind, and the new sausages from Wedge Oak. Earthwind Botanicals has great deals on bulk soap.

Tru Bee Honey has let us know they will back with honey in the coming weeks . They say the bees are making honey like crazy right now – enjoying the black locust tree flowers – so they anticipate a harvest in 4 weeks. It is easy to forget that honey production is also seasonal, just like other forms of agriculture. We look forward to their coming season – certainly local honey is worth the wait!

This is the last week to get the Bouquet of the Week Club Special! The offer will end in May, when the flowers start coming in. Sign up and you get 12 bouquets during the summer season for a price of $140.00, which is $12.00 a week, which will be $2.00 off the normal weekly bouquet price.

Please remember to bring back your bags this week! We are getting low!

We really appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing you this Wednesday!

John and Tallahassee

Coming Events

We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

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Russellville Community Market:  Market is Open!


Hey everyone! It’s another market opening day.

I just spied some newly added products on the market:
One Nerd Bakery has listed their pretzels! Two flavors to choose from— Cinnamon Sugar and Jalapeno. These look fantastic!

Green onions and radishes are also available in the veggies category!

Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for up to date news and exciting RCM announcements. Check out our page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events too! RCM Facebook

Check out the “Featured Items” section as well as the “What’s New” section at the top of the market page for all the latest products available.

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. Remember, you have until 10:00pm Tuesday evening to place your orders.

Happy Shopping! See you on Thursday!

Russellville Community Market

Superior Seasons:  We Blog, weblog


Good Day

Ordering Reminders! We are still offering HOME DELIVERY to Individual customers on Wednesdays! CLICK HERE, until Monday at 4:30 pm for Wednesday options. Deliveries occur normally between 12 and 2pm, but let us know if that doesn’t work for you and we’ll try to accommodate.

In the Garden
The ground is starting to unthaw as the snow melts! Spring run-off is a great time to assess the flow/drainage of water around your growing areas. While we’re not likely to see similar levels of water all at once again, you can definitely watch where it’s gathering or doing the most damage and plan to divert or restructure those areas. A little planning will mitigate damage to future crops in that spot. There’s nothing worse (remember last year) than planting a big section of your garden only to see it wiped out in a rain event. As soon as you can get the soil loosened up and warmed a bit, you can think about planting cold tolerant crops. Its a bit of a risk this early, but if you’re only doing small areas it won’t take long and there’s a big reward to have the first peas/carrots/beets/lettuce in the neighbourhood. Check our our seed starting pamphlet for more info – it’s free to download and there’s some great seeds available online too.

In the Superior Seasons Weekly
If you read below you’ll see the collection of social media stories that paper.li curates for us. One of them is a story Michael Pollan re-tweeted about glyphosate (round-up) health dangers. What didn’t show up is that Pollan later tweeted that the story was dubious due to a lack of proper research – and this despite it being originally published by Reuters! Ahh, the perils of instant communication. Another good reminder to be as thorough as possible in forming our opinions. Of course you can just blindly trust everything we write…

Good Growing





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Stone County, AR:  The Market is Open!


Hi, Everyone!

The Market’s now open! Come on in! It’s our turn to do what we can to help create a strong local food economy for our County. You can do that by making your first stop in grocery shopping be with your local gardeners and growers here at the online market or at Stone County Farmers Market! Now that the season is coming into full swing, be sure to browse The Market weekly and to catch additions to our inventory.

There’s also an upcoming event you won’t want to miss! On May 31-June 2nd…along with the Arkansas Craft School …we’ll be hosting a Sustainability Weekend at Tomahawk Creek Farm, a privately-owned, state-of-the-art learning facility.

Bridging the gap between agriculture and art, the weekend will be full of exciting and informative workshops; meals prepared by some of Stone County’s most talented gardeners and cooks; and, exquisite surroundings to explore.

Participants can either participate in workshops such as Mini-Ponics; Straw Bale Gardening; Textile Dyeing; Organic Skincare; Earth Oven Construction; and, Fermented Foods. Or, you may simply reserve a spot at one or all of the predominantly garden-to-table meals!

Whatever your interest, this wonderful weekend is a “don’t miss” opportunity to celebrate the joy of the Ozarks and learn new skills that will enhance your life experience!

Call the Arkansas Craft School to reserve your spot for events and meals at (870) 269-8397.

ALFN Local Food Club:  The Market: Certifiably Natural and Organic


Good Morning Community,
I trust everyone is looking out on the same bizarre almost-May morning that I am. I’m sure it’s all you’ve been talking about, but it seems we’re experiencing (1) a depressingly normal Spring (as opposed to our previous few) or (2) a straight-up weird Spring. My weather memory is too short to know for sure. Either way, this Spring is no friend to tomatoes or squash.
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In our market…
It IS, however, a friend to our early Spring crops. (The Market is open, by the way). You’ll find cabbages, broccoli, and kale galore today, as well as carrots, but by the time you’ve read this, those’ll probably already be gone. I just grilled a mix of Kellogg’s broccoli florets and North Pulaski’s broccolini last night, and it was delicious. Yes, I grilled last night, and it was not good grilling weather.
Strawberries from three farms: Barnhill, Kornegay, and 5k Farms. Live it up, fruit-eaters. This is the beginning of fruit season. Kornegay is offering a special deal: 1 flat for $32. Jam, anyone?
Plenty of good grilling meats, if you’re feeling hopeful. Ratchford is offering a beef sampler, grill special, and bulk ground beef. Don’t forget your sausages and chicken hearts. Can you grill chicken hearts?
And, of course, plants. We may finally be in the clear to get our tomato plants into the soil safely. Plenty of people left with herbs and tomatoes yesterday. Kick your green thumb up a notch.
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A little informal educational fun…
So, Certified Naturally Grown. What is that about? Our very own Kellogg Valley Farm is Certified Naturally Grown. Typically, CNG is overlooked in favor of Organic certification. Both are excellent programs, but CNG has its own unique values. Check the link out for more info. CNG excludes some synthetic substances that Organic allows. More interestingly, CNG has a participatory guarantee system, in which inspections are carried out by other farmers. In a certain sense, this may be a better guarantee of natural and organic farming practices, because, in the words of our own Rebecca Wild, when your inspector is also your competitor, he or she is a lot more likely to do a serious inspection. It’s an interesting alternative to the top-down system of inspections from officials who only visit every year or less.
A final feature about Certified Naturally Grown that I find interesting is that it’s meant as a complement to the National Organic Program. While the NOP primarily serves medium and large-scale agricultural operations, CNG is tailored for direct-market farms selling in their local communities. These farms often find that the NOP’s heavier paperwork requirements are not a good fit for their small-scale operations. The dynamics of certification are complicated, and education is the best way to navigate all these programs. Don’t overlook Certified Naturally Grown, and show your support of this certification by buying from Kellogg Valley Farm!
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Southern Roots: An Evening of Local Food & Farmers.
Have you heard about our exciting upcoming fundraiser? Read the details and purchase tickets here. We’re partnering with the Oxford American and their new space on South Main to celebrate local food! So far, we’ve got an amazing list of farmers and artisans who will be contributing and even attending the event. A big THANKS to Special thanks and recognition to our contributing farmers:
Arkansas Natural Produce – Arkansas Fresh Bakery – Armstead Mountain Farm – Barnhill Orchards – Bussey-Scott Urban Garden – Farm Girl Natural Foods – Falling Sky Farm – Flyway Brewery – Kellogg Valley Farm – Kent Walker Artisan Cheese – Laughing Stock Farm – Loblolly Creamery – McSwain Ranch – Ratchford Farms & Exotic Meats – Rattle’s Garden – Rocktown Distillery – Stone’s Throw Brewery – Willow Springs Market Garden – Youngblood Grassfed Farm.
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And some social networking from our farmers…

From Drewry Farm & Orchards: "several swarms today, note to self: tuck in pant legs next time…, the bees tend to crawl up your pant legs, they also like to sting the warm parts of your body, like top of the head, arm pits, and other spots, its the “other spots” that concered me..Nan"

From Tammy Sue’s Critters:
“The rain stayed away and we had a great morning at the Farmer’s Market. Thank you to all our friends!”

and from ABC Nature Greenhouse:
“It seems I have 2 of the very rare and hard to find, maybe soon to be extinct grapes in my front yard. They are the Muscat of Alexandria and the Black Monukka grapes. Woo hoo! I love it when you find things that are just on the verge ………….. and they are growing right here in Arkansas!”

See you guys next weekend!

Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

Stones River Market:  The Market is Back Open Today


The Market is back open this morning. If you are interested in starting a vegetable garden this spring, now is the time to buy your vegetable and herb plants. There are plenty for you to choose. If you want to decorate around the house, we also have plenty of perennials and hanging baskets available.

Other items of interest this week include:
Farmer Brown added a new salad dressing – strawberry pepper jelly plus his Salad of the Week is Harvest Fruit.
Rock Hill Road Farm has Pullet Eggs on sale this week.
Wedge Oak Farm has added Artisan Baconage Links and has a Chicken Special for you.
Erdmann Farm and Meadow Branch Beef return after a one week hiatus.

Be sure to browse the other categories to see what the other producers have available.

Thank you for your orders last week.

John

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

Citrus County Locally Grown:  Your Market is OPEN!


Good morning friends and neighbors!

This week the Market sees a new category open up for Sale and Clearance items reduced for quick sale. Lots of veggies available from our various chemical free growers, fruit, eggs, meat, seafood, baked goods, plants and more!

Don’t loose track of time and miss the order deadline Tuesday night! We’ll see you Thursday for pickup. Have a great week all!

Bleassings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening!

Tricia

www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Final Hours to Order


The Market closes Monday at 9am. Please place your final orders before then.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…Springtime!

Have you visited The Market yet?

This week, with the addition of new vendors and our wonderful regular vendors, the online market has been loaded with so many great products you can buy!

From all natural emu oil products, delicious local vegetables and live plants, to premium coffee from all over the world, you will surely find something special to try out.

And don’t forget, Johnston will be here with the fresh raw milk, cream, and cheeses you already love!

Stay After Market Pick-Up for a FREE Mini-Worshop this Tuesday

As I mentioned before, this Tuesday at 6:30pm I will be hosting a very casual but highly informative workshop titled "3 Things Must Know About Essential Oils", so try to stay a little longer after you come pick-up your order to take advantage of this FREE customer event. See you then!

Had a Birthday Here at the Farm? Then Submit Your Photo and Win!

If you’ve ever hosted a birthday party here at Rancho Alegre Farm, you can participate in our Photo Contest, submit your best birthday party photo, and enter to WIN a $100 Visa Card! It’s very easy to enter the contest, and your chances of winning are pretty high considering it’s only for those who have celebrated birthday parties here at the farm, so be sure to visit our Facebook page now for instructions!