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I hope this finds you all doing well.
What a weekend. The weather was just perfect after those Friday rains. We were able to get in thoses cherry tomatoes last week. We have one more tray and lots of peppers to plant. Come by this week if you can, we could use your help hilling potatoes.
Our spring garden in Danielsville looks tremendous. This week we will have lots of baby kale, baby turnip greens, baby beet greens, radishes, baby mustard, baby chard, and lots of lettuce. We hope to have a load of shiitake and mabey a few oyster mushrooms. This spring is looking real good. I hope it keeps it up.
A few weeks back we had a grower quietly list their raw goat milk. I totally missed it. SweetLand Farm is in Social Circle. They have it available in 1/2 gallons along with wonderful goat milk soap.
We have a few more heritage hogs available.
We are also looking to offer a few small whole hogs for whole hog dinner. They are going to be in the 40 – 50 lb range. Contact me directly for more information.
Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts.
We enjoy being your farmers.
Thank you for all your support. Please remember to have your orders placed by 8PM on Tuesday. We will see you on Friday between 5PM and 7PM at Copy Central (1264 Parker Road, Conyers) and don’t forget to share us with a friend.
Message from Market Manager
ORDERING SCHEDULE FOR BEST SUCCESS
The deadline for ordering from Geraldson Community Farm (GCF) is your choice of either Monday 8PM OR Tuesday 3PM. You will have a far better chance of getting what you order from GCF if you order by Monday 8PM. Call Market Manager if you need help with a strategy. 727-515-9469.
REQUEST FOR OUR CO-OP CUSTOMERS
Two really nice things are happening:
1. We are getting more customers and have more orders to deliver
2. We now have volunteers helping with deliveries.
As our volunteers get used to the routine they are very conscientious about “getting it right”. All those in co-op locations should begin labeling their cooler with customer name so our delivery folks will know how to unpack the orders. Thank you in advance!
MOTHER’S DAY IS APPROACHING!
Whenever you need a gift for a special occasion, please consider the unique and healthy options our Market can offer YEAR-ROUND! These are local small businesses, many of which can be found ONLY on our online Market at www.stpete.locallygrown.net.
- Chef Roux’s Gluten Free Chocolate Cake from GateauOChocolat (variety of pates too!)
- Pink Himalayan Salt Bricks from Savory Spice Shop
- A Market Gift Certificate from St. Pete Locally Grown (minimum $5)
- Organic Sprouted Breads from 20 Shekels Bread
- Seasonal Remedies from Imperial Gardens (raw desserts too!)
- Fresh Chevre Torte from The Dancing Goat (soaps too!)
- Workshop on “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” from Nathan’s Natural Veggies
- Fresh cut Aloe Leaves from Sustainable Me
- Locally roasted coffees from Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters
- Prepare a platter of Fresh Key West Shrimp from Offshore Seafood Company
- Gluten-Free Maple Nut Granola from Mindful Meals Whole Personal Chef
- Curry Tree Leaves from Brenon’s Homegrown
- Cuban Oregano from The Faith House
- Lip Balms & Soaps from Rebecca’s Bees
- A healthy tray of Wheatgrass Micro Greens from Urban Greens
- Ghost Peppers from Barchie Farms
- Habanero Peppers from Velouria Farms
- Herbal Teas & Pain Management Remedies from Herbalwise (other Remedies too!)
- Walking Iris plant from Affordable Plants by Nathan
- Crystallized Ginger from Organically Inclined
- 28 pounds of goodness from Jane’s Earthworm Castings
DO YOU WANT TO TRANSFORM YOUR PROPERTY?
If you, or someone you know, need some help designing, planning, or building your yard or any type of garden, our Market endorses Cristy Abbott for the job. A Certified Permaculturist and sole proprietor of a small. local, woman-owned business, Cristy is currently seeking new clients. She can be reached at 727-520-5303 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and has earned the support of our Market Community with many hours of volunteer work on local urban farms. Cristy is a serious asset to the St. Petersburg Community and your consideration of supporting a talented mature woman who is passionate about her connection with the earth, is very much appreciated! Pass it on please…
NEW VIDEO FROM VOLUNTEER JEFF YENTZER featuring Nathan Levy on Edible Weeds
PLEASE SUPPORT TRIP TO HAITI FOR SCOTT BITTERLI OF ST. PETE
Friends, Family, Neighbors and Colleagues,
Once again, I am honored, to be visiting with our neighbors in need in Haiti next month. Please Visit the link that explains the goals and details of our trip and consider donating to the worthy programs or helping to sponsor our trip. We would also like to collect any educational (pens, pencils, rulers, etc.), athletic (soccer balls, cleats, cones, etc) or medical supplies or equipment that you could spare.
DO YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION OF PRODUCE?
If so, are you interested in volunteering WEEKLY for our Market on Wednesdays from 7PM to 830PM or Thursdays from noon to 4PM? Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 for details. As St. Petersburg spreads its wings into urban agriculture enterprises, this skill will be greatly needed!
MONTHLY SUMMER VEGGIE WORKSHOP TIME IS MOVING TO EARLY MORNING – see below
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? . 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.
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- If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you.
All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events
TUESDAYS & SATURDAYS FROM 830AM to 1130AM
Here is your invitation to volunteer in Nathan’s garden. No RSVPs are needed! This is a great time to get exposed to local organic gardening and gain experience maintaining a summer garden in St. Petersburg. Call Nathan at 727-403-1655 if you have any questions or need directions.
OUR NEXT POTLUCK SOCIAL IS THIS COMING SATURDAY, APR. 27 at 6PM
Sponsored by St. Pete Locally Grown, potluck socials are held on the 4th Saturday of each month. These events are held exclusively for actively participating Market customers, growers, and volunteers and are meant to create a social atmosphere in which to network, share resources and experiences. See Evite for speaker details. Please note that—starting in MAY—we will have a change in venue for our meeting, close to our home on 54th Ave. N. Details will come!
NATURAL PROBIOTIC SODA / WATER KEFIR WORKSHOP on Thursday, May 9th, 2013 7-9 pm in Redington Shores
Learn how to make your own refreshing, bubbly soda containing over forty strains of probiotics (over 6 times more than yogurt) using water kefir. Water kefir is a traditional probiotic culture, grown and cared for by many generations who used it to ferment sweet liquid into a healthy, hydrating drink – the precursor to modern day soda. In the class we will taste different recipes including ginger ale, bottle a fermented batch, and you will start a batch of water kefir to take home and ferment your own healthy drinks. Water kefir is self propagating so once you have the basics you can make your own sodas indefinitely. Please bring to class a glass quart jar with lid for your first batch of water kefir. Workshop is $25 per person. Contact email@example.com or 727-688-9069 to register and for directions.
TIME CHANGED TO EARLY IN THE DAY==>"SUMMER VEGETABLE GROWING IN ST. PETERSBURG" on May 11th, 8 AM Details are on Calendar of Events. This will be held every Second Saturday of the month and is open to the public. RSVPS are required and will help determine if the class will be held. Bring your friends and save $10 each on this valuable experience! You can now pre-purchase this workshop on our Market. This class makes a great gift for any occasion! RSVPs now being accepted.
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!
Market is now open. Look below to see what the farmers have available.
Pickup will be at the farmers market from 4-6pm this week
Dear fellow vegetable eaters,
The third week is upon us and we have some great produce to offer.
Hope you all enjoyed the tasty asparagus last week. Since our planting is only in its second year, that light harvest was all we could afford to pick. Asparagus generally takes three growing seasons to be fully productive.
The good news is that we have lots of greens, greens, and more greens! We’ve got three kinds of kale for you — Lacinato, Red Russian, and Winterbor. We’ve also added broccoli greens which are as delicious as they are nutritious. If you’ve never tried them, you’re in for a special treat. Finally, we’ve added beautiful red and green lettuce heads that are medium-sized and could pass for a bouquet or centerpiece. I ate a whole head as my dinner tonight.
It looks like cooler weather this week which will keep our brassicas thriving and happy. Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful spring blooms.
We’ll be taking your orders between now and Tuesday night and we’ll see you Wednesday at the downtown market from 4-7pm and 3:30-6pm at Lindsey’s.
Have a Happy & a Healthy,
Farmer Caitlyn and the CGF team
Hey Local Food Lovers,
This is a killer week for Locally Grown. Let me start off with a few plugs and then I’ll share some personal food experiences and a recipe.
It’s ASPARAGUS season! We’re thrilled to have LoganBerry Farm join us this week with their beautiful delicious asparagus spears. Show Sharon and her whole crew how appreciate we are by buying two bundles and share one with a friend. I guarantee they’ll feel special. Asparagus season is short, just a few weeks. So don’t wait as it may not be here next time. I’ve been picking my own asparagus (planted from crowns) and watching my four baby plants that I planted from seed as they embark on their first year of significant growth. You’re not supposed to pick them for their first two years, but considering this is their second year, I’m grabbing a spear here and there just to remind them who they are and what they’re for.
But wait before I get distracted, it’s PLANTING SEASON, in fact it’s TOMATO planting season. Moonshadow Farms is known around these parts as growing some of the best and most diverse heirloom tomato starts for people who like to keep an organic garden. Buy half a dozen for yourself and give two or three to a friend. I’ve grown them many years and enjoyed some of the best tomatoes of my life. I’ve even sold quite a few, canned some, and pretty much fallen in love with her incredible choices. She keeps all her own seed to, so these are plants that have been selected because they do well in our area, and produce the biggest, sweetest fruits. And Linda’s an awesome person too. That’s one of the cool things about buying local is you’re not just getting a great product, you’re supporting some really great people with some real talents.
Also this week, PEA SHOOTS from Mill Gap Farm, Brussel Sprout Greens from Burton Mountain Farm, and so much more.
Ok, here’s what I did with my Asparagus this week. It’s a recipe my Mom used to make, so it’s got a special place in my heart.
Chilled Marinated Asparagus
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup cider vinegar
2/3 cup soy sauce
2/3 cup vegetable oil
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
In a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, oil, lemon juice and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Refrigerate until cool.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, bring 1/2 in. of water to a boil. Add asparagus. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse in cold water.
Place asparagus in a large resealable plastic bag; add marinade. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Drain and discard marinade. Place asparagus on a serving plate; sprinkle with pecans. Yield: 8 servings.
Before we go we want to make two quick announcements. We’ll be having our BIG 2013 kickoff on May 15th, which means we’ll have FEATURED FARMERS at both pickup locations, lots of advertisements in the press, and lots and lots of food! Please spread the word.
We’re also planning to make a small change to the market. Rather than open up ordering on Sunday night at 9pm the way we’ve done for three years, we’re planning to open it two days earlier on Friday nights at 9pm. It’ll be kind of a soft opening, with just a simple e-mail that says the market is now on. Then on Sunday you’ll get one of these exuberant messages we like to send as a reminder of what’s available and what’s going on with local food.
We wanted to give you two weeks to prepare, but that’s the plan. Hopefully you’ll enjoy having two additional days to shop for local food.
That’s it for this week!
Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun
Sunday, Monday, Happy Days...
While The Fonz and Ritchie have long passed into syndication, I writing to remind you the market is alive and well, awaiting your orders. Be sure to check out something new, including Swisher Hill’s wide variety of herbs for spring planting or something special from Cosmic Charlie, who is flying high after her grand Grand Opening on Scioto Street in her new commercial space. Check out some staples like eggs from Harold or On The Rise, and maple products from Valley View and Connelly’s. If you have yet to try the soft pretzels from Homecomer Traditions, you simply must. She sells out each week at the Mechanicsburg Market! Don’t forget kettle corn or frozen desserts from Rue Farms and those soft and flaky dinner rolls from Sunshine Gardens.
While I simply can’t name all of our vendors in one swoop, be sure to get thinking about your grilling needs like meat from Oakview and garlic from JC Growers. While we await produce, be sure to utilize those items in season. Many vendors add new products each week so be sure to check back often!
Tell your friends and family about us and how easy it is to shop with us! Co-workers also could use a reminder so spread the joy!
I have to add I saw the first asparagus of the season (and promptly attempted to hose down the patch before the sun hit the frost and rendered it damaged.) More to come but get your olive oil ready! It will be here soon!
Have a great evening and be sure to Rock and Roll all week long!
Order for Drop-off Wed at Clemson Farm Fresh Mkt.
Upstate Locally Grown Market CLEMSON
FREE MONTH OF MEMBERSHIP!
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.
WELCOME CLG CUSTOMERS
THE MARKET IS OPEN FOR ORDERING!
LOOKING FOR HELPERS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS FOR RUNNING A COMMUNITY BASED ONLINE FARMER’S MARKET. MUCH TO GAIN FROM THIS EXPERIENCE, and a great interning opportunity. Contact Donna 864-353-8096
Order today for pickup Wednesday from 11-2 PM at Clemson Farm Fresh Market on campus.
DEPOSITS: PLEASE KEEP YOUR ACCOUNTS AT ZERO; NOT MORE, NOT LESS, AS WE ARE BALANCING OUR BOOKS IN ANTICIPATION OF CHANGES IN OUR MARKET.
CHANGEOVER: WE AT THE UPSTATE LOCALLY GROWN NETWORK OF ON-LINE FARMER’S MARKETS have gone through many changes and transitions in the nearly seven years of our existence, and we are ready to proceed into another phase. We need your help in order to do this. Upstate Locally Grown has always operated as a not-for profit, even though we haven’t applied for this status. What this means is that all of our efforts went toward promoting Upstate growers, and all proceeds went toward that goal. No-one has ever gotten a salary; thousands of donated hours were accrued towards getting you the freshest, purest, most healthy foods available anywhere. Many have told us that we did succeed in our goals of making the Upstate aware of the need to support the local foods movement in order to keep small farms and businesses growing.
Now we are moving up to applying for non-profit status. We are seeking interns and volunteers who would benefit from the experience of entering into a new era of local food systems. Please contact Donna at 864-353-6096.
LAST WEEK OF CLEMSON FARM FRESH MARKET!
WE HAVE HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE PARTICIPATING IN THE CLEMSON ON CAMPUS FARM-FRESH MARKET. Clemson STUDENTS EARN A ONE HOUR CLASS BY PARTICIPATING IN THE MARKET IN SOME WAY, AND OTHER STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN WHERE THEIR FOOD COMES FROM.
We are participating in Clemson’s Agricultural Services Farm Fresh Market, which takes place Wednesday afternoons through the month of April. MEET US THERE: Call Donna 864-353-6096 to be guided in by a student. Donna’s comment: "I an thrilled to be on campus at Clemson U and talk to the students there! They are so enthused with life! Many of the students that stopped by are very interested in Sustainable agriculture; in fact, two who stopped by have been to Putney Farm already this spring for a tour as part of a class they have. More to come from this, and we will keep you posted about where you can see this online.
While you are there at Cox Plaza, stop by the other booths to get a preview of what you may see at other farmers markets around Clemson when they open. The booth next to me was interesting. The lady makes all kinds of sewn and hand crafted items. There was goat milk, Jalepeno poppers, personal care items, and the cutest green Tshirts that say “Eat your Vegetables” on the back. Get one of these from the Farm Fresh Market booth for only $10.00. (If you can’t make it to the market, but want a tshirt, please let me know and I will get it for you.
What You Might See in Your CSA this Week: *Greens *are in transition from winter to spring, so, while there aren’t a vast array, they are still very fresh, tender, and delicious! So, greens like kale, green garlic or green onions, either beef or Chicken, eggs, fresh herbs like bee balm, Lemon Balm, and mint, flowers, and a chunk of cheese. It will exceed the value of only $25. Order and get the best of the spring offerings!
As always, we at USLG are pleased to offer you plenty of fresh, local proteins and produce, as well as eggs from Putney Farm, Happy Cow milk products, Swamp Rabbit baked goods, and much, much more. All of our proteins are free-ranged, and never any hormones given. Our veggies are raised without chemicals, too! And they are picked within hours of you getting them! How fresh is that?
TIME TO PLANT THE SWEET POTATOES SOON!
Order your Healthy Putney Farm Sweet Potato Slips this week to get an early start on this easy to grow heat-loving tuber. Just stick the slips into almost any kind of soil and you will have sweet potatoes in the autumn.
We thank you for registering at Upstate Locally Grown Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join you.
Upstate Locally Grown donates 3 percent of our order sales right off the top to Broken Wing Farm, a project to teach autistic boys the art of growing food.
Friends, I would like to let all of you know how very much Heidi C Williams means to us. Heidi, who has a full-time career as mommie, PTA president, Church committees, helping husband, Larry, with his website, and then there is her career as a free-lance writer! This very busy and very talented lady has chosen, for all these years, to back Upstate Locally Grown and Clemson Locally Grown with her writing talent, her organizing talent, and her enthusiasm. I don’t know how she does it, but I am so grateful that Heidi was sent to me, because she has been an angel to me and to us at the USLG network! Heidi is a stabilizing anchor through any storm, and she deserves much praise and recognition for all she is doing in our behalf! a huge THANKS to Heidi. Let’s all let Heidi know how much we appreciate her! I know I sure do! :-)
SMALL ACTS, WHEN MULTIPLIED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, CAN TRANSFORM THE WORLD
March Against Monsanto, a world-wide event happening on May 25
The Whole Reason
Friend and local food lover Jess O’Neal Bayne is organizing the Greenville, SC portion of this upcoming world-wide event. The first organizing meeting was held Thursday at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery in Greenville, and will be there every Thursday at 6 PM.
The main event is happening May 25 in Greenville and _all around the world . It is called March Against Monsanto. This is a march and rally in response to the “Monsanto Protection Act,” recently signed by President Obama as a part of HR 933.
You can organize a rally un your town. View some of the world’s cities already participating.
If you are like me, and care about what you put into your body,(and I know you care) I encourage you to lend your support to this event.
“Be a Part Of The Change You Want to See”
Read Jess’s story about how caring what went into her children’s bodies got both Jess and her husband Aaron Bayne involved here
For more information, visit the Facebook site here.
the world-wide mission statement can be found here
Watch the full length documentary “The World According to Monsanto” hereDbVdVo-k
Donna and Lenard, Heidi, and the whole gang of Market helpers.
We are working on trying to be able to have a clickable link to the market from this e-mail, until then you can copy and paste
Farmer At Your Door:
Market is Open! New Vendors and Pork Chop Sale!
The Market is now open! Shop until Tuesday evening.
Welcome to Bridget’s Bakery! Bridget specializes in homemade breads, muffins, cookies and scones.
Welcome to Pacesetter Alpacas! Shop for Suri Alpaca yarns, rovings, rugs, socks and dryer balls.
Ruegsegger Farms has a sale this week through this market only! Buy 5 packages of bone-in pork chops and receive 5 percent off total price and get 1 dozen eggs for free!
How to buy: Add 5 packages of Ruegsegger bone-in pork chops to your cart. Total price will show $58. Your actual price will be $55. Ruegesegger eggs will be added to your order and you will receive free delivery! Ruegsegger Farms raises pork on a diet of (non-GMO) dried barley, organic produce scraps, vitamins, minerals and fresh grass pasture. They never use antibiotics or growth hormones and animals are allowed plenty of exercise and fresh air.
Thank you for shopping local!
The Market is Open!!
See everyone Wed!!!