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StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Oct. 29, 2012


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NOTE FROM GROWER ORGANICALLY INCLINED: HOW TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS OF DELIVERED PRODUCT When you purchase items from Donna, please note that plastic bags are used only to transfer the product to you. All nuts and seeds, chunks of energy products or anything containing oil should be refrigerated in glass jar to avoid contents from picking up odors and to keep it fresh. Plastic packaging does not protect contents from absorbing surrounding odors and is not airtight which means that oils can go rancid. Refrigeration is not needed for dried fruit (dates, cranberries, raisins), and legumes & grains (lentils, beans, peas, rice, oats) but they should be stored away from light, within closed glass jars to keep out the humidity. All good advice to keep your precious purchase fresh!

SUNDAY GARDEN LECTURE SERIES Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to Sunday’s lecturers Christine Larsen and Jeff & Emily Drew. Check weblog Calendar of Events for next Sunday’s FREE lectures. Hope to see you! For a limited time, Chris’ presentation is available online at this link.

JEFF YENTZER’S NEW VIDEO ON CONSUMING MORINGA We are SO grateful to Jeff of Vibrant Health for his video contributions to our Market Community. He does these for us and for you! This 3-minute video has loads of nutritional info on the benefits of moringa and how to substitute moringa for protein powder.

UPCOMING VEGGIES Be sure to check the Market closely every week going forward as the veggie variety begins to shift in the direction of FALL. “Yayyy!” (I heard that)

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? on the third bullet item. 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.

Upcoming Events

SATURDAY WORKSHOP – Nov. 3, 2012 from 1 pm – 3 pm. “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” with Nathan Levy. Cost is $35 per individual OR pay $25 each when you bring a friend. (price includes copy of “What We’ve Learned”) RSVP is not required. You are not obligated to sell your produce through our Market if you take this course. Would you like to produce for yourself as our Growers do for our online Market and feed your own family healthy abundance? Become more independent and self-sustaining as you speed up your learning curve with Nathan’s experience:

  • Growing vegetables year round regardless of temperature
  • Using free materials for most all of garden needs
  • Harvesting weeds and seeds for extra bounty
  • Winning the “battle of the bugs”
    This workshop is a great refresher for garden veterans and solid advice for beginners! This 2-hour workshop is jam-packed with information for you to apply in your backyard vegetable patch as you plant, maintain, and harvest from your fall garden. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714 QUESTIONS: Call Nathan at 727-403-1655.

FREE SUNDAY LECTURES ON November 4th, 2 PM – 4:30 PM

“Should You Be Gluten Free?” with Emmanuel Roux @ 2:00PM

Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is affecting more and more people. Chef Roux will lead discussion on the effects, the reasons, and how to see if you are affected by this condition and adapt to it. This talk will be based on a commonsense approach and feature dietary recommendations that may alleviate the symptoms. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 QUESTIONS: tlevy@tampabay.rr.com. BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net

“Humans and Honey Bees” with Rebecca Conroy @ 3:15PM

Rebecca Conroy will share the importance of honey bees in our lives and local environment. In our urban world honey bees connect us with the flowers and life around us. Rebecca will talk about how you can take a direct role in connecting with the world through honey bees. Since humans and honey bees have a long and intertwined history she believes that having them around you is intrinsically beneficial. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 QUESTIONS:levy@tampabay.rr.com. BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net

LAST CHANCE LAST CHANCE ==> URBAN YOGA RETREAT: A VACATION FOR YOUR SENSESEXCLUSIVE OFFER WITH A NOVEMBER 1ST DEADLINE

Our “Hip” St. Pete Locally Grown Members will get a 24% discount on this upcoming Workshop. Join Rubén Vasquez and Missy Feathers for a memorable 5-hour “Urban Yoga Retreat: A Vacation for Your Senses” on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 2pm to 7pm. Normal price is $99, but as a St. Pete Locally Grown member you will pay just $75 if you sign up before November 1st! See details and link to sign-up from here. Be sure to use Promo Code: yogasave when you checkout. Space is limited so early sign-up is recommended!

First Annual Permaculture Yard Tour, Saturday, November 10, 2012 This FREE Yard Tour includes locations in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, and one in Clearwater. View and/or print flyer to share. Please help promote this event. ALSO, Green Saturday, Catherine Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, November 24, 2012 Buy fruit & nut trees PLUS see the Movie “Grow”. View and/or print flyer to share. We need your help to get the word out about this event.

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!

ALFN Local Food Club:  Markey Updates


A Happy Week’s Start ter ya’ll!
First and foremost, I wish you a merry Cornbread Festival. That’s right, it’s this Saturday. Speaking of which, the Festival is in need of more amateur cornbread competitors! If you are, or know someone who is, a mean cornbreader, consider signing up! Details below…
The market has got great stuff. Radishes galore. Check out this guide on Martha Stuart’s site for great radish recipes! We’ve also got turnips and some cool recipes for them, including Turnip Fries as well as Turnip and Sweet Potato Gratin. Delicious!
For fear of tooting my own horn, I must tell you that the Real Food in Little Rock blog posted a contribution by yours truly (that’s me) concerning our Network! Follow this link down the rabbit hole. Please read and share with folks who don’t know about us! Feel free to send along compliments and constructive criticism.
OK, last but not least, notes for amateur cornbread warfare: contact Liz Sanders at 501-617-2511. It’s $25 to enter, and you can win big prizes! Find the form here. Please consider entering; they are hungry for more amateur competitors!
Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

CAFE:  Tailgate Prize Awarded!!


Monday Update 10/29/12

TAILGATE PRIZE AWARDED!!

As promised, the Best Loka-color Tailgate plate was awarded at the City of Clemson Farmers Market last Friday. The prize went to Connor Lemacher who constructed the spelling of C-L-E-M-S-O-N (see photo on Facebook page) with vegetables grown at the Student Organic Farm. For his creative efforts we are offering young Connor either10 stuffed bags of fresh, local spinach; or a Sylvan Falls Mill chocolate cake.

Remember that as outdoor farmers markets are closing for the year CAFÉ remains open year round and even as the temps will be dropping this week, our Fall crops are only beginning to arrive, and we anticipate another long extended season of Fall greens as more and more of our Growers incorporate season-extending practices and technologies.

Continue shopping until noon today. You may even still purchase miniature pumpkins from Parisi Farms.

Eat (and carve) well to stay well! Lance

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South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to order Local Food!


Good Morning everyone!
It’s time to order your local food from the South Cumberland Food Hub.

This week we want to welcome a new grower- The Dutchmaid Bakery. They are located in Tracy City and if any of you have ever eaten there, you know how yummy the baked goods are! They have breads available, in 2 sizes, and some cinnamon rolls. So check it out.

Due to the farmers having limited time to harvest with our ordering system, I would like everyone to do their best to order by noon on Mondays. If you have problems getting your order in on time, just let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.

Thank you and have a great week!
Risa

Upstate Locally Grown Market:  Market Reminder


Hello friends.
Your market is open for ordering until noon today and drop-off will be Tuesday at Swamp
Rabbit Cafe, or Wed at Whole Foods info desk.
Thanks for your support!

Clemson SC:  Clemson orders Due in this Morning


Hello Clemson Friends!
These past three weeks have been quite rough for Donna, having had gall stones blocking the bile duct,causing great havoc in my body and environment. I have been in for testing, and though these stones successfully passed, more are waiting to announce their presence in a not so nice way. So, maybe surgery is called for. I see the surgeon soon.
In the mean time, our market manager, Heidi has carried on and covered in places, as well as Anna from Greenville USLG, who has packed all our orders and made sure everything was there for me.
I am so grateful for these wonderful friends who jump in there and do what is needed.
If you wish to order this week, please get your orders in soon. We will be closing ordering the market soon this morning, and we do need a few more orders to make the trip expenses. So, I hope that you needed this reminder, and will log on and order your supply of beef, chicken, eggs, dairy, and veggies.
Thanks for sticking with us through thick and thin.
Love to all
Donna

We Are One Farmers Market:  Pre-Order Open - New Kitchen Basil, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread


Pre-Order is open!

New from Random Hills Farm is Kitchen Basil, check it out.

Plus Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Pumpkin Apple Gingerbread and so much more.

And the prepared food this week is Creamy Potato Leek Soup, a fall favorite.

See you Friday are our local food extravaganza,

Swainsboro, GA:  MARKET IS OPEN


SORRY FOR THE DELAY. HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD WEEKEND. THE MARKET IS NOW OPEN. STAY WARM!!

DeForest, WI:  Availability for week of October 28


The Market is Open. Remember that the pick up window has been shortened, please make arrangements if you can not make it to the farm to pick up your order on Friday 3:30-5:30.

Remember that we still have squash; they can be selected on Friday and added to your order.

Forest Run Farm will be offering Winter Egg Shares for pick up at the farm. Please email Farmer@forestrunfarm.com to get more information and make arrangements.

Athens Locally Grown:  Availability for November 1


Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website: athens.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/athenslocallygrown
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Athens will have its first freeze of the season this week, so we can expect to see a quick decline in the range of summer veggies available at our market. It won’t be the complete end, though, and that’s due in some part to a great program funded through the USDA. Several of our growers qualified for a grant program in the last few years that funded building what is known as “high tunnels”, a type of hooped greenhouse made of a rigid metal pipe frame and then covered with a skin of plastic. They’re sometimes heated, but often the solar heat captured by the plastic and by passive water heat collectors is enough to keep what’s growing warm enough through the night. The program is an advanced research project, building upon earlier work done on a few farms. The goals include seeing if a standardized high tunnel design can be easily built and operated on a wide variety of small farms, and to see if they can greatly increase production during a time of year when small growers have traditionally had little to nothing harvestable.

It’s a long-term project, and we’re only seen a couple winters of production from the tunnels, but so far all of the growers involved are excited and optimistic. It’s not often that you see federal agriculture dollars make their way to small scale producers, and it’s even rarer that you see money spent on projects that can have such a large return on the investment for the community. Not only are the growers able to extend their income potential, but we customers have access to more variety of fresh food for a longer part of the year. Not only that, but it can help growers who were only marginally able to break even (if that) get on more secure footing, and so keeping more farming operations going in the long term. It’s not a lot of money involved (as far as federal dollars go), but the USDA seems to have found a point of high leverage here.

In part because of the expected production of these new tunnels, the Athens Farmers Market runs longer than years past, well into December. Athens Locally Grown, of course, will continue the year round, as we have for the past five or six years.

We will be taking Thanksgiving week off, however. It’s the only week of the year we close completely, so if there are things you’d like for your Thanksgiving meal, you’ll need to plan ahead and order them early.

There are a few new items on the site especially relevant for holiday feasting. Doug is back with a fresh catch of sustainable Alaskan salmon, and this year he’s had some somked a couple different ways as well as fileted and cut into steaks. He also caught some halibut, and you’ll see that listed as well. Also, Southern SCratch returned to us last week with fantastically delicious baked goods, and has many gift boxes and other items fit for a feast. And of course all of our other growers and food producers are in full swing, listing a combined 1028 items. Happy eating!

Thank you for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers and their hard work, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market happens Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and on Wednesday afternoons downtown at outside City Hall. You can find more information on their website.

Also, Watkinsville has a thriving farmers market every Saturday morning, in front of the Oconee County courthouse. And further east, Comer has a nice little market Saturday mornings as well. Both are worth visiting. If you know of other area farmers markets, please let me know so I can list them here as well.

Many of the ALG growers sell through more than one market. Don’t feel like you have to choose a favorite, either. We have many items here you can’t find there, and I’m sure the reverse it also true. Many people stop by the supermarket several times a week, so it’s only natural that you might wish to stop by a farmers market several times a week. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so. We’ll see you there!

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!