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Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm Week of Jan 6 2013

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Special on pastured ground beef this week; I’m offering 15% off the listed price. Good for sauces, patties, soups and casseroles.

Vegetable selection is finally shrinking, but still have greens and potatoes. Carrots have been slow to come to market size, so I’m holding off.

I still need lots of egg cartons, so please ask your neighbours to save for you and bring along to the farm.

Have you been following the Aerotropolis controversy? OMB hearings have started, to convert 4500 acres of farmland to industrial lands, on the premise that Hamilton doesn’t have enough vacant factory space and the airport/highway network will bring employment. Have you noticed what impact of energy/climate/world economy is having on investment decisions? High uncertainty leads to ‘wait and see’ investors. Maybe we need the farmland more than empty factory space.
Residents can get an update on the OMB dispute on Wednesday Jan 9th at 6 pm at a city hall meeting organized by the Hamilton Civic League. The OMB hearings are open to the public and are taking place in the Albion Room of the Convention Centre starting Monday, January 14 at 10 am.


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Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Groupon for Organic Produce

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to forward this Groupon for Half Off a Small Organic Produce Box from Nature’s Garden Delivered. Nature’s Garden Delivered is our co-op’s organic produce company that delivers weekly.

This is a great way to try out a box! The deal is only available for new Nature’s Garden Delivered customers.

Choose to receive the fruit, vegetables, mixed, or Local Only box. Each contains a mix of seasonal organic produce, with possible offerings including kale, beans, avocados, and mandarins, depending on the time of year.

Feel free to forward to friends and family. Below is the link to the Groupon for your convenience:

$19 for Small, Delivered Box of Organic Produce ($38 Value)

Thank you,

Nora Lea
Suwanee Whole Life Co-op and Buying Club
real foods.real farms.real community.

Melody Lane Co-op:  January 8, 2012


Green Pasture

Today is the last day to order Green Pasture products. If you have not done so already, please get your order in by 7:00 this evening. We have reached our quota on butter oil products but there is no limit on cod liver oil, skate liver oil, coconut oil, ghee, or skin care. I will let you know via email once the order has arrived. You can drop by the following Thursday between 3:00pm and 7:00pm or contact me to schedule another time to pick up.

(Green Pasture products are listed in The Market under the category GROUP BUYS)

Mother Earth Meats

The next Mother Earth Meats delivery is Saturday, January 26 (exact time TBD). This time around we will try using our new co-op website to place orders. No more paper order forms to fill out or Excel files to email. All of the Mother Earth Meats products will be available online in The Market starting Friday. You will get an email with more details Friday morning when the Market opens (a day earlier than normal). All meat orders must be submitted by Monday, January 14 at 7:00pm.

Plattsburgh Online Ordering:  Farmer Market online orders

Weather forecast for tomorrow looks great for harvesting spinach (unless the subzero did more damage than expected). The salad mix has too much damage, but should regrow nicely once we get enough sunny weather that I can trim it down to get rid of the yucky leaves.

I think we have all enjoyed the change of pace, but have kept busy. I spent the week after last market designing brochures and flyers. Last week was spent updating the website so it would be ready when the flyers and brochures went out. If you have a place to post a flyer or brochures, or people you think would be interested in Rehoboth Homestead’s summer CSA, please be sure and pick up a supply. It will helps us GREATLY. I suspect Woven Meadows would appreciate similar help getting the word out about their CSA.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Link to Mother Earth Meats Form

It appears that the link to MEM is not working correctly. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Please copy this link into your browser

If you are still having problems, please let me know.

See you tomorrow at Market! Don’t forget to stop in and meet “The Roastin’ Fool”, Mr. David and taste a sample!

Joyful thoughts,


Swainsboro, GA:  Market is Open!


McColloms Market:  January FFFN Is Now Closed

Pick up will be on Wed., January 9th from 5 – 7 pm at 103 Helen St., Saranac Lake.

My cell phone number is: 518-418-9236. Please call me if you think you’re going to be delayed or can’t make it for some reason.

Thanks so much.


TriLakes (NY) Winter Farmers Market:  New season, start-up glitches

We do have potatoes. They were in the system, but listed as zero so didn’t show for you, They are showing now.

Also, the products listed as “trilakes” are actually “Rehoboth”. I copied them over from our Plattsburgh system and the copy didn’t include our farm identity. Sorry for any confusion.

Hope your sunny sparkly snow is as gorgeous as ours is.

CAFE:  A Sunshine State of Mind


A Sunshine State of Mind

According to Elian’s odometer, Parisi Farms is 55 miles from my house via state and county roads. Mostly south (about a half degree of latitude), and slightly lower in elevation (about 100 ft), but not enough to put it out of hardiness Zone 7, let alone into the climates of Florida where Penny came from. I was shivering when I got out of the car at the same frequency I did when back at my house. I compared with her the low temperature for last Saturday, the coldest morning of the year so far, and came out pretty close. How is it, then, that Penny will be picking well over 100 orders of fresh greens for the CAFÉ market today and tomorrow?

First, because Penny seems to carry her own internally-radiated sunshine, and is one of the most focused, hard-working people on the planet! She works in the fields for more hours these days than the celestial sun, having been seen well after dark with flashlight cutting for her markets. “If Eliott Coleman can grow vegetables through the winter in Maine, we ought to be able to do it here in SC,” she contends. I would point out that Coleman’s Maine crops are under 2 layers of insulated greenhouse film, whereas Parisi’s crops thrive sheltered only by the blanket of Penny’s love. Save for a 30’X15’ high tunnel, used mostly as a transplant incubator, her crops stand fully exposed to the best and worst of the Abbeville County winter.

This brings us to the second reason she is able to make such a large harvest during the coldest part of the year. The bulk of the plant tissue contained in the leaves and stems of she will be bunching, bagging, and labeling was added to the plants during the Autumn when temps were higher and days were longer. It is one thing to maintain mature plants into the cold season; it is another to germinate them or get them out of the seedling stage. This is why it will be harder to sustain a harvest in February and March than it is in January. Still, for Penny to be able to harvest so much now she had to have allocated much space and time for these crops several months ago, a sacrifice not many growers are capable of making. We consumers often forget how much harder it is to produce a bunch of greens in January. Incremental growth from week to week is negligible, yet the customer expects the same size and quality at the same price.

As the cloud layer over our heads refused to lift, Elian and I headed down the road to nearby Shamrock Farms and to Southern Oaks Jersey Farm (topics for another time), leaving Penny beaming her sunshine on your soon-to-be-picked up greens.

Market still open till noon.

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Time to order Local Food!

Good Morning Everyone,
It’s time to order local food from the South Cumberland Food Hub. I trust that all of you are having a great new year so far. We definitely are here at the food hub and are looking forward to our best year in business during 2013.

Thank you all for being a part of our success!