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GFM :  Online Market Open for Feb 27-March 3

We are no open to take your orders. We have lots of new things that will be in before long. Don’t forget to check out our bulb fundraiser over on the Greeneville Farmers Market Site,

Wishing you a warm and safe weekend!

Statesboro Market2Go:  If you placed an order this week...

If you placed an order — please don’t forget to pick it up between 4:30 and 6:30 today.

Thanks from Statesboro Market2Go!!

Farm2Work:  Oops! So busy meeting all of these nice people - forgot to open the Market!

Thanks to all of the nice people at Blue Cross Blue Shield – Gaines St. for stopping by this morning! Great to put names with faces!

Make it a great day!

Diane Rose

Champaign, OH:  A friendly reminder!

Please remember to pick your order up tonight from 4:30-6:30 at the Y so our wonderful volunteers do not have to track you down! We have to jump through a lot if hoops to do that and at our age, it just isn’t pretty. First, the warm-up suit doesn’t fit and sometimes the hoops even get stuck around my middle…geesh, just please pick up your orders!

Clemson SC:  Harvest News: Thurs., Feb. 28-Mon., March 4


h1. Clemson Locally Grown Market

To Contact Us

Market Administrator
Donna Putney

Heidi Williams
Virginia Dumont Poston


Collard and White Bean Soup
Filling and satisfying. Courtesy Mollie Katzen and the Moosewood Cookbook
1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onions *
1 bay leaf
2 stalks celery, minced
2 medium-sized carrots, diced
2 teaspoons salt (or more, to taste)
6 cups stock or water
3 to 4 cups cooked white beans (or two cans)
3 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 pounds collard greens, stemmed and chopped *
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Freshly-grated nutmeg
Finely minced fresh parsley *
Parmesan cheese *

Heat the oil in a kettle or Dutch oven, add the onion, bay leaf, celery, carrots, and salt. Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes, then add stock or water. Cover, bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer. Cook quietly for about 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Add the beans, garlic, and as much of the collard greens as you can fit, cover and wait a few minutes for the greens to cook down. Keep adding greens in batches, waiting between additions for them to cook down, which they ultimately will.
Add black pepper to taste, and adjust the salt. Serve hot, topped with a grating or two of fresh nutmeg, a little parsley, and a generous spoonful of parmesan cheese.

The great thing about this recipe, is you can use any kind of white beans: the smaller navy beans, the medium-sized Great Northern, or the large cannellini. Also, the recipe calls for collard greens, but you can also use escarole or spinach, or a combination.

“*” indicates ingredient is available on Upstate Locally Grown

Market News


The countdown to Spring has begun. Use the next food pickup to stock up on all your winter faves. The next Clemson delivery will be THIS Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Clemson Montessori School. from 4:30-5 p.m.

Welch & Son Farm has organic, free-range chickens back. These tender young birds are delicious and cook up perfectly from beginning to end. We recommend making use of your whole bird, by saving the bones, and making a fresh stock with them. A handful of fresh Putney herbs is a nice addition to any roasted chicken or stock recipe.

We have plenty of chicken back packages, chicken feet, and whole chickens, as well as one whole turkey. Nature’s Beef is well stocked, so check out their beef offerings. Next week watch for some started Brassicas!

Spurgeon Farm still has a variety of winter veggies, including collards, beets, kale, and more. Check out their offerings and more under vegetables.

In addition to your order of Putney Farm Eggs (duck and chicken) and sweet potatoes, Nature’s Beef, Welch & Son sausage and chicken, Happy Cow milk products, Swamp Rabbit Cafe baked goods, and more, be sure to click on vegetables on the left-hand navigation bar of our market page and spend some time browsing veggies. More greens and other late winter vegetables will be available in the coming weeks.

Occasional CSA Box
For veggie lovers with commitment issues
No need to pay up front. We will give you what’s fresh and bountiful in an occasional box for $25. Just order as you like, once a week, once a month, or just once in a while. Here are a few things you can look for in this week’s $25, occasional CSA box. Be sure to order yours today! We have a limited number of these available, so act fast!

- sweet potatoes, small
- snow pea plants
- living wheat grass
- salad microgreens
- Bonus this week: a free 1/2 doz Duck eggs. We hope you will experiment and send us ideas of what you have done with your duck eggs!

Sustainable Food Expert and Author to Speak at Clemson
A national leader in the local foods movement will speak at Clemson University 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, offering a vision of how the nation can move toward a sustainable and secure future.

Farmer, professor and author Philip Ackerman-Leist will explore local-scale food from a national perspective and propose strategies for creating more democratic and secure food systems in his presentation at the Strom Thurmond Institute auditorium. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

Ackerman-Leist’s work focuses on examining and reshaping local and regional food systems from the ground up. It’s not enough to say “local food” and declare victory, said Ackerman-Liest. “We need to invest in thoughtful planning, not just local foods, and we have to begin thinking about local food systems as citizens, not just consumers. We must also bring more diverse representation to the table and stretch our thinking from local realities to regional possibilities.”

Author of “Rebuilding the Foodshed” and “Up Tunket Road,” Ackerman-Leist is a professor at Green Mountain College in Vermont, where he established the college’s farm and sustainable agriculture curriculum and is director of the Green Mountain College Farm & Food Project. He also founded and directs the college’s Masters in Sustainable Food Systems, the nation’s first online graduate program in food systems, which features applied comparative research of students’ home bioregions.

The presentation is sponsored by the Clemson Sustainable Agriculture Program. The Barnes and Noble campus bookshop will have copies of Ackerman-Leist’s books, “Rebuilding the Foodshed” and “Up Tunket Road,” for sale at the program, after which there will be a book-signing and refreshments.

We thank you for registering at Clemson Locally Grown Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join you.

Clemson Locally Grown donates 3 percent of our order profits to Clemson Montessori School, in return for use of their school parking lot as a drop-off location. We also appreciate the helpful hands of CMS market volunteers. Feel free to lend your hands, if you have a moment to do so.

Donna’s Corner

Dirt Woman here!

It is getting around to that time when we are all getting antsy for spring. That means my microgreens are on their way in, along with plenty of other greenhouse goodies we’re trying for the first time here at Putney Farm.

In the meantime, can I take a moment to tell you a little about one of my favorite foods? Seeds! (And it’s not just because I’m a bird lady!) A seed is life. It is a living food. It is impossible to eat a raw seed and not derive nutrition.

Many seeds are edible and the majority of human calories come from seeds, especially from legumes and nuts. Seeds also provide most cooking oils, many beverages and spices and some important food additives. In different seeds the seed embryo or the endosperm dominates and provides most of the nutrients. The storage proteins of the embryo and endosperm differ in their amino acid content and physical properties.

Always remember, eat seeds naturally…eat them raw. This also means they can be soaked, ground or mashed (i.e. tahini), especially if a seed’s shell or coat is too difficult to pierce with the teeth.

Other tips:
- Choose raw and unsalted seeds
- Avoid coated or roasted seeds
- Avoid sugar coated seeds
- I like to add mine to cottage cheese and green smoothies.

Here’s one of my favorite seeds, CHIA SEEDS … because they are:
- 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
- 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- 6 times more calcium than milk
- 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
- 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
- 10 times more fiber than rice
- 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

Happy eating!

Did you know, anyone who has a recipe or article published in the Harvest News is entitled to one added month of membership! Tell us about your garden, share your favorite eats with us, or even a book review. Please email your CLG content to Heidi.

We appreciate Clemson Montessori School for allowing us to host our drop-off in their shady parking lot!

And 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! Be sure to “like” us on Facebook so you can stay in touch with all the latest updates.

Have a wonderful week, happy shopping on USLG, and may you enjoy good family meals from all your goodies!

Donna and Lenard, Heidi, and the whole gang of Market helpers.

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  News:New Grower, Co-op Resource Directory

New Grower: Johnston Family Farm
We are happy to announce that Russell Johnston from Johnston Family Farm will be providing the co-op with raw jersey cow milk labeled for animal consumption. Please see the description of his farm below and check out pictures on their facebook page.

“Our cows are pastured and grass fed (but we do supplement with rye grass silage when grass is in short supply, like now). They are Jerseys and Jersey crossbreeds and our butterfat level
usually runs around 4.5 percent so there is lots of cream. Since we are a licensed “Grade A” dairy, our milk is tested regularly by the state and the bacteria levels constantly meet those set for pasteurized milk and the milk is bottled in a clean, sanitary, inspected facility."
Johnston Family Farm website
Johnston Family Farm Facebook page

Co-op Resource Directory
Just by chatting with a few of you on pick up day I’ve discovered that many members have their own businesses/services in the local area. I would like to create a Co-op Resource Directory so that we can support each other in the community. If you are an active member and would like to list your service or business, please send me an email with your name, business name, brief description, website address and contact information. I’m looking forward to supporting all our local business owners!

Montage Farm Update:
Last week Montage Farm had 4 does give birth and some more are expected this week. They hope to list their raw goat milk very soon. Keep checking back to see if it’s available.

Bulk/Group Order Calendar for March
In order to help with planning and budgeting below is the bulk order schedule for March. More details to come as we get closer to the order date.

Grass Fed Cheese (Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese) – 3/8 to 3/10
Organic Pantry Items (Wilderness Family Naturals) – 3/29 to 3/31

Market will open tomorrow (Friday)around 7am for ordering.

Thank you,

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  More Great Buys this Week!

The Market is Now Open until Monday at 9AM.

After that, online ordering will be DISABLED until next week.

Pick-up your order on Tuesday between 4:30-6:30PM at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.
Pick-up your Organic Produce Boxes on Friday, March 8th from 2-5 PM.

New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.

February 27th, 2013 – More Great Buys This Week!

Dear market customer,

The Market is growing leaps and bounds. We are so excited to service new and recurring customers with so many great local, organic, and nutrient-dense options.

The produce boxes were a hit. Remember payment for produce boxes is due immediately after order and pick-up for produce boxes is every other Friday, not on Tuesdays as usual.

Produce Boxes Are a Hit! Pick-up March 8

The Certified Organic Produce boxes pick-up date is March 8th.

Last day to receive payment is March 3rd!

Please be sure to order now and pay online immediately after order or mail a check to Rancho Alegre Farm by Sunday, March 3rd.

Some of the variety produce you will get:

onions * potatoes * tomatoes * garlic * two or three varieties of greens (kale, chard, spinach) * berries * potatoes * broccoli * cabbage * lettuce * apples * carrots * bananas * pears * mushrooms * beets * celery * plums

Please pay for your produce boxes when you place your order online or mail a check by Sunday to Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.

Click here and order you produce box now!

Order Johnston’s Milk Through The Market

We continue to enjoy Johnston’s dairy products at The Market. You can get their raw milk, labeled for pet consumption, but also their delicious cheeses, buttermilk, cream, and chocolate milk.

While Rancho Alegre Farm’s Raw Milk Program is currently closed, Johnston is a great alternative. You can get as many gallons as you want with no commitment!

Mother Earth Meats Group Buy

We are starting a group buy for Mother Earth Meats. As you know, MEM has some of the best meat cuts available.

Mother Earth Meats provides pastured, grass-fed, hormone, antibiotic and cruelty-free beef, bison, elk, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and pork, as well as other products like raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats.

Download your order form here.

Save the Date! March 16, 2013 – Weston A. Price Foundation

Join us at Rancho Alegre Farm as we host Weston A. Price Foundation’s conference Building Nourishing Traditions. Last year it was completely sold out, so make sure you get your tickets ASAP!

Some of the subjects that will be covered:

  • Introduction to Weston A. Price principles of nutrient-dense foods
  • History and Importance of Cod Liver Oil — by Dave Wetzel of Green Pasture, maker of fermented cod liver oil
  • Farmers Panel discussing sustainable food production, connecting with customers, and building relationships with your local farmers.

Get Your Tickets for the Weston A. Price Foundation Conference Here Now!

The Market Closes Monday at 9AM

Remember that this Online Market is ONLY open Thusdays at 9:00am until Mondays at 9:00am.

After Monday at 9:00am, online ordering will be DISABLED, so you will not be able to place any orders until the following Thursday at 9:00am.

Why? Because we only sell the freshest products, and our farmers/vendors harvest their crops and prepare their products based on your order. We are a local CSA-style Farmer’s Market, we are not a big-store conglomerate. Each order is custom prepared, so after you order on the weekend, our farmers/vendors get the order ready quickly for you to pick up the next day, Tuesday.

We hope to continue to bring you the freshest, sustainable, and nutrient-dense products for many years to come!

Pilar Quintero
Market Host

Rancho Alegre Farm
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Homegrown Co-op:  Saturday's Online Market now OPEN!

Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559

Online Market

Place your order today in our online market!

Saturday Market:
Order online Wednesday 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Sunday 10am – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.

Farm Store


Monday – Sunday
10 am – 7 pm

Membership is Ownership! Become a Member today here

Upcoming Events

Saturday March 2nd:
Basics of Bamboo Architecture

Sunday March 3rd:
Wild Weeds Herb Walk

Featured Producer: Monterey Mushrooms

Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. was established in 1971 as a family- owned and operated farm in Royal Oaks, California. Today, Monterey is vertically integrated and able to control all aspects of mushroom production from seed to customer/consumer. An international, multi-facility company, with 10 mushroom growing farms strategically located throughout North America – Monterey’s mushrooms are literally “locally grown” nationwide. This means that Monterey is uniquely positioned to deliver the best, most innovative mushroom products possible to consumers throughout the country.

For us here in Central Florida, we are lucky to have one of Monterey Mushroom farms right in our backyard. Located in Zellwood, the Monterey Mushroom farm of Central Florida grows big beautiful portabellas and white button mushrooms. This facility used to be Certified Organic, but does not currently carry that label due to the loss of a big contract with Publix a few years back that made the $10,000 annual certification fees un-feasible for their business.

Upcoming Member Monday Special!

Check Sunday’s Weblog for next weeks Member Monday special.

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy now by becoming a member

Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.

Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 12-7pm on Saturday February 30th. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups at this time.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Thursday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company

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Suncoast Co-op:  Order local food direct from local growers in Florida. Order by Noon Thursday

To Contact Us

How to contact us:
Our Website: Suncoast Co-op Ordering
On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage
Facebook Group: Facebook Group.
Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up
Suncoast Co-op Youtube: Youtube Videos


Membership is Ownership

For $25 a year you can become a member as well as part owner of the Suncoast Co-op. We are a worker owned cooperative and will give special perks for our member/owners. Patronize from the market and reap the rewards years to come with a vibrant local food economy.

  • Receive 10% discount with no market surcharge.
  • Half off on any upcoming workshops or events our co-op may host.
  • Preferred Patron- If there are 5 apples on the market and 6 are sold, members get preference first on their order being fulfilled.
  • Discount Membership to the Tampa Bay Time Bank of $10 will also give Time bank hours to members who volunteer.
  • You own the business Democratic election of board of directors. Each member gets one vote.
  • Hiring Opportunity- we are worker owned cooperative we only hire from within. “With us, for us, we hire ourselves”

Become a member this week with a $25 investment!

Suncoast Co-op Market News

Contact us if you want to learn how to garden!

Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.
Last minute editions to the Market this week – Certified Organic Red Leaf Lettuce, Savoy Cabbage and Broccoli florets.

In the News
Our Co-op was mentioned in both the Suncoast News and the New Port Richey Patch. Check out the articles and share with your friends and family. Get inspired by positive things happening in your community and come participate in its creation this co-op is brought to us by our community of members.

Patch article: Locals want Co-op to Grow

Suncoast News: Co-op brings locally grown food to Pasco

Great new Products
Eggs, Cheese, Milk, Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised chicken, Kale, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Lettuce and so much more are on the market! Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers.

Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-2pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL.

Growing in Kinship Garden
Learn how to garden for FREE!
We are having frequent work days on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.

Partnership with Tampa Bay Time Bank
Starting in February we will be rolling out our partnership with the Tampa Bay Time bank where for every volunteer hour you give to the co-op you can get time bank hours back to trade/barter with others in the community using their website. We will have more information about this Time bank as the weeks go on ask us more in person or check out the website at

Now accepting all Major credit cards
We are now accepting all major credit cards for a 3.0% additional convenience fee we will use credit cards for your orders.

Please take our Survey
We appreciate you taking 5 minutes to fill out a Survey about the co-op, your feedback helps us do a better job: Survey for the Suncoast Co-op

Eat 10% Local
We are launching a campaign advertising our co-op and for local citizens to start shifting their food budget 10% local. We hope to encourage a food Renaissance and share this vision to people of the Suncoast area becoming an edible cornucopia. We hope to engage and educate people into the local food movement via movies, book studies, and Permablitzes social activities to enhance the development of the movement.

Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. Becoming a board of director is taking on a leadership position and requires membership/ownership, while volunteering is for short term opportunities to assist the co-op and requires no membership. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email the co-op with what your most interested in assisting the co-op with at Put Subject: Board of Director or Volunteer to receive more information

Coming Events

You can RSVP for these events either on our On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage or Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up

Suncoast Cafe
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. $1.50 cup of organic locally roasted coffee and conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street.

Free Film Showing: Forks over Knives
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960’s with producing “high quality” animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country’s wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn’t know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public.

The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced “nature’s perfect food”; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

Member/ownership Meeting
Tuesday March 19, 6pm
New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street, NPR 34652
Members of the Suncoast Co-op only. All members or potential members please attend
We will be discussing the future of the co-op and going over agenda items to be released later. Also opportunities to speak about the co-op and new agenda items will occur. Please attend if you are a member of the co-op. If you are not a member you may purchase membership that night to participate.

The room is upstairs Room 2.

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!

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Lettuce is Back!

Hi Everyone,
Grundy Greens has some delicious bibb lettuce and salad mix available today. Order quick!

Follow the link to get started: Link to Tullahoma Locally Grown Market Section