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Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Suwanee Market is open

Good Morning Everyone,

The market is now open for ordering!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Suwanee Market is open

Good Morning Everyone,

The market is now open for ordering!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Conway, AR:  CLG Pickup - 4pm TODAY!

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!

Melody Lane Co-op:  January 11, 2013

The Market is now open!

Mother Earth Meats orders must be submitted by 7:00pm Monday
You can continue placing orders for everything else until 7:00pm Tuesday


Our group buy this week is from Mother Earth Meats. They provide a wide variety of pasture-raised/free-range poultry, beef, pork, and more at amazing prices. Please read all the details in the GROUP BUYS section below before you go to The Market and start ordering.

A note about membership fees: With the addition of this new website, the Melody Lane Co-op now charges a membership fee of $25 per year. This fee covers all of the little things that go on behind the scenes to get your order ready for you to pick up, including paying for office supplies, packaging materials, the power to run the co-op refrigerator, gas money/mileage for driving to meet the farmers, etc. In order to show appreciation to our existing members and help ease the transition to the new website, anyone that created (or creates) their account on the new website during the month of January is getting a discounted rate of $10 for their first year. Your membership fee will be automatically added to your 3rd order during checkout so some of you may see it this week or next week. I want to thank you in advance for supporting the Melody Lane Co-op and our efforts to make real food more accessible.

If the only reason you have come to the Melody Lane Co-op is to buy meat from Mother Earth Meats and you do not place orders for anything other than Mother Earth Meats products, I will be happy to waive the membership fee. It is not fair for me to charge a fee when the other drop off locations of the Atlanta area Mother Earth Meats buying club do not.

Have a great week!

Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator


Pick up for all FRESH & LOCAL items is Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. If you need to schedule another time to pick up please contact Sandra.

As of right now the only FRESH & LOCAL items in The Market this week are from Carlton Farm. The growing season is about over for Moss Hill Farm but Floyd may still decide to post a few things here and there. I have just approved a couple of new vendors that make baked goods and other prepared dishes so hopefully they will begin posting their items soon. I will share more details about them once I get a chance to sample their food.


This week:

Mother Earth Meats

Order deadline: Monday, January 14 – 7:00pm

Delivery: Saturday, January 26 (exact time TBD)

This is our first order with Mother Earth Meats using the new website. No more paper forms to fill out or Excel files to email. All orders for the Roswell delivery MUST be submitted through The Market. Call Sandra (770-841-3437) if you have problems placing your order.

The Mother Earth Meats order is a little bit different from most of the other items available in The Market.
Please read and understand the following before placing your order:

  • The delivery is a Saturday instead of our usual Thursday. We will not find out the exact time until a day or two before. You must be here during the delivery or make arrangements to drop off a cooler before the scheduled delivery time. As a group we order an average of 800 lbs of meat and I have no way to store all that, which is why it is important for you to be here or at least drop off a cooler ahead of time. Your meat will sit out in my carport until you come to pick it up.
  • You pay the farmer directly. He only accepts cash or check at the time of delivery (no credit cards). Please do not select “Pay Now” when you submit your order online. You can drop off payment at my house ahead of time, along with your cooler, if you know you will not be here during the delivery.
  • Order by the pound. The price you see listed is the price per pound. Enter the total number of pounds you want of a certain item and then add to cart. During checkout you can add comments if you have specific instructions. For example, if you want 2 two-pound roasts then you would add a quantity of 4 to your cart and then during checkout add a comment that you want 2 roasts at 2 lbs each. If you do not specify how you want it divided the farmer will give you whatever size packages he has that will fill your order. If you order 10 lbs of ground beef you may end up with 10 one-pound packages or 5 two-pound packages or somewhere in between. (There are two exceptions – whole chickens and beef hearts. See the item descriptions for more details)
  • Your order total at checkout is just an estimate. This is real food. Real food is not all the same size and does not naturally come in 1 lb increments. The farmer will do his best to come close to the total amount of each item that you order. In the end you may have a little more or a little less than what you ordered. Occasionally he will run out of something altogether. The price you pay on delivery day will be based on the actual weight of the meat you receive. From the time you place your order until about a day before delivery, the farmer will be working to fill all of our orders. As soon as he is finished he will email me your actual total and I will forward it on to you.
  • Please place a separate order for your Mother Earth Meats items. Since this farm requires a different delivery day and limited payment options, it will really help me keep things straight if you place one order for Mother Earth Meats products and a separate order for everything else. Thank you!

Here is some more information about Mother Earth Meats:
Mother Earth Meats is located in Maryville, Tennessee. They provide pastured, grass-fed, hormone-, antibiotic- and cruelty-free beef, bison, elk, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and pork, as well as other products like Druck’s raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats. Most of their products are just sold locally, but they do make special trips select areas in the southeast a few times a year. We take part in their Atlanta area buying club.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about their products, but here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

  • There is NO sales tax or added delivery fee!

  • There are no nitrates or MSG in the uncooked sausages, fresh bacon or seasoned bacon.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not add any kind of salt or chemical washes to their meats, nor do they use gases to sterilize it.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not use any fertilizers at the farm, other than their own manure and homemade compost.

  • The chickens and turkeys are pastured/free-range and are given a limited amount of non-GMO feed which does include corn/soy.

  • Pork lard is already rendered and pork fat is not; the same is true for beef lard and fat (however, you can easily render it yourself in the oven).

  • In addition to my home in Roswell, the farmer will be delivering to a few other locations around Atlanta on the same day – see the list below. If you would like to pick up at a different location please email that coordinator for an order form. Please do not order through The Market for pick up at another location.

    Alpharetta/Johns Creek
    Phyllis Tatgenhorst
    (404) 271-8103

    Jenna Laughter
    (678) 294-9989

    Maryanne Vaeth
    (770) 339-3065
    Warner Robbins
    Dena Sue Watts
    (478) 365-8354


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator

    Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-The farm pic

    Here is the image of our farm. I put the wrong one in the first time.



    Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-First Full Market of 2013

    2013 is here and we are all full of hope and joy. We are hoping for a much cooler and wetter spring and summer.

    This year is going to be bringing a lot of new things. We aren’t planning to do too many different crops, we are planning to do what we do BETTER!

    With that said, if there is something you would like for us to grow please let us know. We always are up for a new challenge.

    On January 5th, we had our first January market in Manhattan. While there weren’t as many vendors, we had a great day. I was lucky to have two helpers that day. It was fun to have them there, but the 5am wake up call was a little rough.


    Here is an image from Google Earth of our “farm” this picture was probably taken in late August to September this year.


    About this weeks market. We are low on lettuce right now. We have several hundred small heads of lettuce. They just aren’t ready right now. I am hoping they will be ready in February.

    We do have plenty of Kale and Carrots right now. Try something new and get some Kale!

    Orders are due by 5pm on Sunday.



    Upstate Locally Grown Market:  Market is Open!

    Just a quick note to let ya’ll know that Upstate Locally Grown market is now open and will remain open till Monday morning at 10 am. The newsletter will follow shortly. In the meantime, have a lovely day!
    Anna Schneider
    ULG market manager

    Gwinnett Locally Grown:  The Market is Open

    Greetings All!

    Last Tuesday, Mr. David, The Roastin’ Fool showcased his roasted coffee – with free samples and boy was it yummy. Look for his products on the Market this week!

    Brady Bala (Double B Farm) is back with some vegetables, duck eggs, herbs and seeds. Check out his offerings. Welcome back Brady!

    Tena Moore (WesTen Heritage Farm) is rejoining us! Tena’s whole wheat is delicious – she also offers pecans, great firewood starter and chicken backs for bone broth! Welcome Back Tena! We are so glad to have you!

    Mother Earth Meats DEADLINE is January 14th! Delivery will be Saturday, January 26th at Rancho Alegre Farm. The link is If you have trouble with the link, please copy and paste into the address bar of your browser.

    If you’re new to Mother Earth Meats, here is their mission statement: “Imagine a world where no animals are mistreated. Where people get to work in the sunshine while making a nice living out on the land. They are raising healthy livestock, the way God meant for the animals to be raised. The animals are respectfully processed at small family operated facilities that are federally inspected. We say a special prayer of thanks for each animal for the gifts they provide us. The meat isn’t shipped all over the country but hauled a short distance to a store where they can be purchased, using a minimum amount of fossil fuels. The customers take home the tastiest, most nutritious, and cleanest food possible for their families. The Earth, the people and the animals are all so much better off with this business model…”

    Just a few highlights about Mother Earth Meats’ products:
    •There is NO sales tax or added delivery fee!
    •Slight fluctuations in price will occur due to actual packaged weight
    •There are no nitrates/MSG in the uncooked sausages, fresh bacon or seasoned bacon
    •Mother Earth Meats does not add any kind of salt or chemical washes to their meats, nor do they use gases to sterilize it
    •Mother Earth Meats does not use any fertilizers at the farm, other than their own manure and homemade compost
    •The turkeys are pastured/free-range and are given a limited amount of non-GMO feed which does include corn/soy (apparently turkeys need the extra nutrition, just as chickens do!)
    •Pork lard is already rendered and pork fat is not; the same is true for beef lard and fat (however, you can easily render it yourself in the oven!)

    Wilderness Family Naturals I will be contacting them tomorrow to get the shipping prices for each individual product, will send you your completed order form showing the total due. Check should be made out to Rancho Alegre Farm with WFN Jan order in the note section.

    Green Pasture I am putting together another order for Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Check out their website at to see what products are now available and send me an email or let me know by Market on Tuesday if you would like to order. It is winter and we all need all of the vitamin D we can get to stay healthy!

    I am still checking into getting produce boxes. I am speaking with several vendors and checking availability and feasibility of doing the boxes ourselves. Updates will be available by Market on Tuesday.

    Welcome again to our new and returning vendors! The Market could not exist with a variety of local vendors and great customers! Thank you all for your support of Gwinnett Locally Grown Market!

    If there is something that you need/want that is not listed on the market, please send me an email at and let me know. I will have organic spices and salts at the Market on Tuesday. If there is a particular flavor you would like, please email me.

    Grab a cup of coffee or tea and check out our Market! Happy shopping!

    Joyful thoughts,


    Local Farms First:  The Market is Open! Score some beta carotene from carrots!

    Greetings local food lovers!

    The Market is Open!

    Happy New Year everyone!

    The greens have gone the way of the past, but there are still some root veggies, breads, delicious prepared foods and more to get your local fix!

    Try some carrots from Rain Crow Farm this week for a hearty roasted vegetable side at dinner.

    Thanks for supporting local family farms!

    Maya Silver – a 501c3 non-profit
    click here to start shopping on the website:

    GFM :  Greeneville Farmers Market On Line is Open.

    We are open for business, on line…we have several good vendors offering some very good products…Please support them and their efforts.