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Champaign, OH:  Give local...

As we head into the last few hours of the market this week I wanted to offer up a reminder to consider our wonderful vendors when selecting gifts for your loved ones for the holidays. From local maple syrup, honey or garlic, to baked goods like homemade noodles, spices, herbs, and breads, we have many items that family or friends would be happy to receive. Many items are shelf-stable and could be wrapped and placed under the tree or in a stocking too. While we can’t possibly name them all, please remember that local dollars spent on local items stays mostly local! And if it cannot be placed under the tree, start a new tradition of gifting it into their refridgerater or freezer! Blame it on the elves and deposit that roast or sausage right into their freezer! What a surprise it would be! Taking a road trip? Order extra cookies or a loaf of Cosmic bread for the ride! The options are endless!

Let’s work hard to make your cyber Monday really virtual Tuesday and support your local food providers!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Volunteers

Volunteers for this week’s pick-up day are DocJody and Phyllis Kincannon. Thank you!

There are some open shifts for upcoming markets, so check out our calendar on VolunteerSpot and sign up:

Remember, for EVERY shift volunteered, whether a full 1:00-5:30 slot or a 1:00-3:30 slot, each volunteer will receive TWO FREE MONTHS of co-op membership.

In addition, for every 1:00-5:30 shift completed, each volunteer will receive a $5 Walmart gift/gas card!

If you have any problems or prefer to contact me directly, my email is


-Karen Harbut
Volunteer Coordinator

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  One more market before Christmas!

Just a reminder that the Co-op market will close tomorrow night, and that there is only one more market before Christmas. Our vendors offer lots of goodies that would make great gifts and stocking stuffers, and buying from them keeps your holiday dollars local.

On another note, be sure that if you need to contact someone regarding volunteering, that should go to our awesome volunteer coordinator Karen Harbut, not Karen Holcomb. Karen Harbut’s email is

Enjoy the holiday season, and thanks for your support of Spa City Co-op.

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Closes Tomorrow!

The market closes tomorrow! Get your order in! There’s a fable about the boy who forgot to order before the market closed, but I can’t remember it. Just let it be known, he met a grim fate!
Sam Hedges

Plattsburgh Online Ordering:  The season shifts

The last few years we have been able to harvest from the field right up to Thanksgiving. Then winter gets serious, and we rely on what is in our hoophouses. The hardy greens – arugula, kale, asian greens, can be harvested if they are not frozen. Since the hoophouses warm up nicely with a little sunshine, we usually have a day a week all winter that we can harvest them.

We took down the Route 9 hoophouse over Thanksgiving and re-assembled it over salad greens growing up by the old hoophouse, but we don’t have the plastic and end walls on yet. The forecast is not for open air thawing, so I don’t know if we will have arugula and salad mix this week. I do have spinach in the old hoophouse, and a good supply of kale and chard available for greens.I think I’ll have a good supply of the lettuces.

I am hoping for a 40s and sunny day because there is a lot of good salad mix and arugula still where the Route 9 hoophouse was and where I had a bed protected by row cover (which I took up before the row cover froze to the ground).

At least I am getting the garage cleaned out, organizing my market supplies, etc. But it is amazing the difference sunshine makes. Monday morning was just miserable nasty brrrrrrr, but as soon as the sun came out it was pleasant outside, or in the garage with the door open. We moved the pallet of cover crop seed out to the feed trailer (which is not as full of feed this time of year), took wax off some bee frames and stored them away, etc. More sorting and organizing to do before we bring the golf cart inside for winter (blocking access to shelves to sort), and Sunday afternoon I dug a lot more carrots which need to have the tops snapped off and be washed. It seems a little pointless – I am sure I have more carrots harvested than we will sell, but … And I did get more of the nice white and red carrots that we were short of.

Have a great week.

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market closes tonight at midnight!

There’s still time to order! This is your opportunity each week to enjoy the great local foods you find at the Main Street Statesboro Farmers Market during the regular season.

Don’t forget to pick up your order on Thursday afternoons, at the location you selected, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Also, please be sure the phone number on your account is a number where we can reach you. All customers who have not picked up their orders by 5:50 p.m. will receive a courtesy reminder call. Orders cannot be left at either location for a later pickup, so be sure when you place your order that you are available to pick it up or can send someone else.

Thank you for your support of local food producers! What a great way to enjoy better food!

Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm Week of Nov 25 2012

List of available produce and online ordering at

Consistently cool even slightly below freezing at night, but mild compared to norms. We’ve covered a few crops in the outdoor garden, like kale and spinach, carrots, to extend their season.
One new addition this week is claytonia, a mild salad green, aka Miners Lettuce. Good to add to salads or eat fresh with a vinaigrette.

Nicole Foss talk this friday is generating a lot of interest, I am optimistic we will fill the room (about 50 capacity) at the Lions Community Centre.

See this link for an investigation of the way public opinion about the safety of sugar has been managed by the sugar industry.

Vista Marketplace:  The Whaley Market Re-Opening

Starting this Saturday come attend the “Porch Party” at The Market At Whaley, have a little Brunch and do some shopping! Lots of Holiday Gifts.
Open from 10:00am to 2:00pm each Saturday.
The Menu this week will be Liz’s famous Chicken n’ Dumplins, Candied Pecan Salad with Cranberries and Blue Cheese, dressed with our Market Dressing, Tomato Basil Soup with a Pimiento Cheese Croissant, Coffee and Tea.

Dothan, Alabama:  Holiday Market begins Friday...

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Make your holiday shopping easy, fun and local! We have the perfect gifts for everyone on your list!
During the holidays, The Bread Lady will ONLY have pre-ordered items…be sure to get your order in for her delicious breads, rolls and sweets. Bread mixes make great gifts! Another super gift idea is Lynn’s pottery: mugs, bowls and more!
Farmers Daughters will sell Pine Top Farms Satsumas. The best Satsumas in the Wiregrass are Sweet, juicy, seedless and tree-ripened.
See you Friday…keep it fresh local and merry!

Susan & Amanda

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Nov. 26, 2012

Please make all checks payable to “STPETE LOCALLY GROWN”. Thank you!

Message from Market Manager

We will begin holding potluck socials on the 4th Saturday of each month, starting January 26, 2013. These events will be held exclusively for actively participating Market customers, growers, and volunteers and are meant to create a social atmosphere in which to network, share resources and experiences. Each event will include a brief informational lecture on subjects relevant to our group, including community building, growing and preparing food, health practices, to name a few. Presenters for the January potluck are Clark & Peggy Tibbits on “Intentional Community Living: 30 Years Experience”. More details will follow and RSVPs will be requested via Evite.

Just a friendly reminder that we cannot always issue a refund when a customer does not read a product description before purchasing. Our Growers invest time to put this info together so you can get better use from what you buy. Remember you can always contact the Market Manager prior to purchasing if you don’t have sufficient info. Call Tina at 727-515-9469. We are also open to your email suggestions for improvement.

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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