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Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN

The market is now open.

This week we welcome The Acacia Tree Farm to swainsboro locally grown. For those of you who shop at the Swainsboro Farmers market in the summer, you will know Pete, and his son Martin, who always have wonderful items from their garden.

We hope as more costumers sign up to swainsboro locally grown, we will have more farms to supply fresh produce, meats, and other products.
Keep spreading the word!!

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for February 10th - Lots of News and Good Stuff for VDay!

To Contact Us

Fresh Harvest, LLC
Link to Fresh Harvest
Email us!
Tallahassee May


Sweet Potato and Sausage Soup
from Bon Appetite magazine

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 10- to 11-ounce fully cooked chorizo sausage or other smoked sausage, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
2 medium onions, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1 pound white-skinned potatoes, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
6 cups low-salt chicken broth
1/2 lb fresh spinach

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Transfer sausage to paper towels to drain. Add onions and garlic to pot and cook until translucent, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Add all potatoes and cook until beginning to soften, stirring often, about 12 minutes. Add broth; bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Using potato masher, mash some of potatoes in pot. Add browned sausage to soup. Stir in spinach and simmer just until wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper. Divide among bowls and serve.

Market News

We are back this week with lots of good veggies as well as other offerings . We are now on an every other week schedule, so our next delivery after this week will be on Wednesday, February 27th. Stock up on eggs, meats and bread for the weeks ahead!

We have LOTS of great stuff for Valentine’s Day!

Turnbull Creek Farm has opened up orders for the Bouquet of the Week special. This is a great gift for the flower lover in your life! Starting in May, the recipient gets 12 bouquets for a reduced price of $10.00 a bouquet. The Bouquet of the Week special is $120.00, and if you sign up for it this week Tally will bring you a card with info on it for you to give to the recipient.

Dozen Bakery has some decorated heart shaped cookies that will be an instant hit for any lucky recipient. Very kind of Claire to do the baking for us!

Bloomy Rind is offering a great cheese selection, including “cheese with heat” and heart shaped chevre! That sounds like an amazing way to start off a nice dinner complete with some of the Vday Specials that Bear Creek Farm is offering this week.

And, Earthwind Botanicals has some great smell good products, which are nice treats for teachers, coworkers, or parents.

We really appreciate your support and understanding during this winter season.
We 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!


Clemson SC:  Weekend Update and Reminder

Hello Folks!
First of all, a reminder for those of you who need a little nudge; “hey, Ordering ends tomorrow at noon, so please take a couple of minutes to get your requests in.”
Our Drop-off hours are now 4:30-5:30, but the closer you come to 4:30, the earlier I can head for home, and get there before dark. The chickens really don’t like it when I stay out after dark, Ha, Ha! (No, really, I just don’t care for driving down those narrow and curvey dark country roads after dark. You never know when a deer might pop out of the woods or a speed-crazed driver might be hogging his side of the road and half of mine while taking the curves on two wheels. Ha, ha, I’m just being silly, of course. Or am I exaggerating a little?)
Seriously, though, if you find that you can’t get to the drop-off in the time that we have set, we will be glad to make arrangements to leave them with someone else who lives closer to you than I do, or to leave them at the drop-off on a porch, if you are going to be just a little late.
We are busy as bees planting seeds of cool-weather veggies and will have plants available for you to order. What plants would you like for us to save for you?
See you on Tuesday, 4:30-5:30.
Donna 864-353-6096

Jonesborough Locally Grown:  market open for Feb 13 pick up

Valentine’s day Thursday! What better way to say " I Love You" than with locally grown food… and we’ve got plenty of it.
Vendors deliver between 4:30 and 5:15
Customer pick up 5:30 to 6:00…as usual, you may come early, but you may have to
hang out a bit…we welcome the company.
Mark your calendars so you don’t forget to pick up your orders.

See you there,
JBMkt Managers

Tahlequah Farmers Market:  On Line Re Opens

The On Line Market is re-opening today!! We have several new products that are available. Honey and beef are among them! Please check us out at The next pick up date for these new orders is February 23rd between 11-1 at Norris Park. If you are unable to be present for pick up on Saturday but would like to place an order give Linda a call at 918-457-8617. We would like to work this out! Please note, there are no membership fees for this market. Thanks!*

ALFN Local Food Club:  New Grower: Lamb Anyone?

Good Morning folks,
Please join me (digitally) in welcoming a new grower into our fold: Michael McSwayne of McSwayne Ranch. Check out his profile. For our tasting pleasure, Michael has uploaded his 100% pasture raised, grass-fed lamb. I don’t know about you, but lamb is a meat I dearly love and have sorely missed in our market. No hormones, no grain, no antibiotics or any other problematic chemicals. Just grass, which makes for some supremely flavorful lamb.
Two recipes for you: Lamb Kebabs and Lamb Curry.
The Market is open. Order to your stomach’s content!
Sam Hedges

Stone County, AR:  Your Online Market is Open!

Hi, Everyone!

What a beautiful day! Welcome back to The Market!

We’re looking forward to the 2013 season and helping improve your access to our county’s fresh, tasty, healthy, and LOCAL foods. While local produce is not as available as it will be in the coming months, we want to highlight some benefits that have resulted from our activities of 2012.

We held a series of low-cost, cold frame construction workshops on active Stone County farms with a goal of helping extend our vendors’ growing seasons. Sure enough, we’re seeing winter greens we’ve not seen before as a result, such as the pea tendrils, collard and mustard greens offered by Ratchford Farms. Speaking of Ratchford Farms, we want to underscore their presence at The Market. Ratchford’s healthy products…that, previously, have not been readily available in Stone County…now are. What exactly does this mean?

Among other products, Ratchford offers naturally-raised, grass-fed, Angus-cross Beef. No hormones, antibiotics, or steroids. Their cattle are spring-watered, which can significantly affect the taste, color, and texture of the meat. Grass-fed animals roam and feed on grass in a pasture. Grain-fed animals…from which comes most of the meat we purchase at grocery stores…are usually kept in feedlots, often in crowded conditions. Grain-fed animals are given antibiotics to prevent disease, and those antibiotics are passed into the meat we eat. If eating healthier is your goal, Ratchford beef meets that criteria.

Another Ratchford product that ranks even higher in nutritional value (and many would say taste) is their line of buffalo products. Buffalo meat is lower than beef in virtually all the harmful categories that doctors warn consumers against. It contains 50 percent less LDL (bad) cholesterol and 70 to 90 percent less overall fat than beef. It does not contain any substances that are allergenic to humans and is relatively free of pathogens. A 3.5-oz. serving of buffalo meat has 143 calories compared to 283 calories for beef.

Buffalo meat is high in essential fatty acids, which play an important role in maintaining our overall health. It is 30 percent higher in protein than beef and has 25 percent more iron. It has 25 percent more Vitamin B12 than beef and is also higher in amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.

According to the University of North Dakota, grass-fed bison also have four times as much selenium as beef. Selenium is a vital trace mineral that helps to improve our overall disposition, contributing to happier moods. Hey…if nothing else, that last fact ought to have us considering buffalo meat! Right?

Enough statistics for now! We’re just extremely proud to be able to help bring Ratchford Farms healthy local foods to the County!

Stay tuned to The Market as we approach the season. We’ll have lots of starter plants for your gardens and lots of news about other vendors and their local foods to help keep you, your family and our community as healthy as possible!

Tahlequah Farmers Market:  On Line Market Re-opens!

The On Line Market is re-opening today!! We have several new products that are available. Honey and beef are among them! Please check us out at The next pick up date for these new orders is February 23rd between 11-1 at Norris Park. If you are unable to be present for pick up on Saturday but would like to place an order give Linda a call at 918-457-8617. We would like to work this out! Please note, there are no membership fees for this market. Thanks!

Homegrown Co-op:  Farm Fresh foods available for Ordering!

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

Friday February 15th-17th:

2013 Florida Herbal Conference

Saturday February 23rd:

Sustainable Nutrition for Vegans and Vegetarians

Featured Producer: Leaves and Roots!

Some words from Grower Jim

Hello! My name is Jim Ford, and I am a long-time producer of fresh, naturally-grown fruit, potted herbs, vegetable plants and edible landscape plants. Everything I sell is locally grown in Apopka, where I have been cultivating the same plot of land for 25 years.

I define naturally-grown as being grown without any artificial or manufactured products (Beyond Organic). “Certified Organic” growers are allowed to use bacteria, toxic alkaloids, and other man-made compounds on their crops as long as they are derived from plant or animal sources. I do not use these products. If a plant can’t be grown without the use of chemicals, I don’t grow it. For weed control I rely on labor-intensive hand pulling, mulch suppression and weed fabric/ground cloth.

My fruit grove is naturally watered only with rainfall, and the lack of irrigation concentrates and enhances the flavor of my fruit.
My fresh vegetables and herbs are all grown outdoors in the ground in natural sun, wind and rain. As a result, they may not always be picture-perfect, but the flavor and nutrition levels can’t be beat.
My potted plants are grown in a compost/soil blend made from materials composted on site, and watered with rainfall and ground water from a well. I don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, instead relying on the nutrients inherent in the compost/soil mix and bio-active pond water rich with fish waste and algae. All containerized plants are grown in 100% re-used post-consumer pots.

Items available from Jim:



Star Fruit

Sweet Lemons

And an assortment of various starter Plants!

Upcoming Member Monday Special!

This Monday, February 11th members only special is in!

Members will receive 20% off the Purchase of any variety of Peppers available in the Farm Store!

This includes Jalapenos, Green Bell, and Cubanelle peppers!

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 Tuesday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Wednesday.

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

Pickup is from 2-8pm on Wednesday February 13th. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups at this time.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Monday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company
Prepared foods from Venetian Gourmet and Purely Raw

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Russellville Community Market:  Market Time!

Hey everyone! It’s time for another market week!

A BIG thank you to Ratchford Farms for being our featured farmer for February, and for coming down for last week’s market. Some of you got to meet with Ratchford Farms and see the people behind the name, not to mention try their delicious snack sticks! Don’t forget, the snack sticks are available right here on the market!

For those of you who did not get a pamphlet last week, the annual Russellville Seed Swap is coming up on February 23rd from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Shoemaker Hall at All Saints Episcopal Church! Have heirloom seeds you want to share? Interested in learning about heirloom varieties? Even if you don’t have seeds, feel free to come down to the Russellville Seed Swap anyway!

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, why not consider some of Drewry’s Chocolate Fudge dipped strawberries for that special someone?! Also, don’t forget about all the live plants Drewry has available that I mentioned in last week’s email!

Needing something delicious for breakfast? Don’t miss Bright Moon Ranch’s Maple Flavored Pork Sausage Links.

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. 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