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Martin's Farmstand:  Asparagus is abundant, Market is open

The online farmers market is open for orders now. We are having lovely warm weather so the asparagus is growing very fast. Todays cutting is over 300 lbs. So, lots of asparagus for everyone.
Check out the market page, we have over 100 products already with much more to come as the growing season progresses. For this year we have decided to have no membership fee. There are pro’s and cons to this. We will see what we all think about this again this winter.
Keep in mind that the growers may add more product during the order period as they see what is available. This is especially likely on Monday and Tuesday morning.

goMarketNC:  Surprise new growers and offerings at this week's market!

goMarket is growing!
We added two new vendors this week! Homegrown City Farms is bringing all sorts of veggie goodness, while Breezy Oaks Farm offers all sorts of pasture-raised goodness!

A little more about our newest vendor, Homegrown City Farms:
Homegrown City Farms who have quite a number of veggies on offer this week. Their offerings include kale, chard, braising greens and collards! They have a great story that really represents the promise of urban agriculture in Durham. Homegrown City Farms is run by Maryah and Collier, who have been in and out of agriculture for more than ten years.

Check out their homepage:

Other new items in the market:
Radishes from Wild Dog Farm
Chicken, Bacon(!!!) and Breakfast Sausage from Breezy Oaks Farm

For those that are less keen on animal products, don’t forget SPREAD is selling through the market. They offer an assortment of vegan “cheeses” that are a nut-based cheesy spread. Check them out. Hopefully we can get them to set up a sample table at one of our upcoming markets!

Look forward to seeing y’all this Thursday!
With local food love,

Melody Lane Co-op:  May 6, 2013

The Market is open every week from Saturday morning until Tuesday evening.
Place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday for pick up the following Thursday.


I am sitting in jury duty today, writing this email from my iPad so I will keep it short and to the point. Don’t forget to place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday!

Wilderness Family Naturals – our order did finally come so if you ordered from them it will be available for pick up this Thursday.

Green Pasture – A few bottles of Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil Blend (cinnamon, chocolate, and plain) are available in The Market this week. Get them now before they sell out! I have already placed the order so they may even be ready for pick up this week.

Goat Milk Samples: I will have some extra goat milk again this week for anyone that would like to try before you buy. You can have a free sample Thursday afternoon or give a small donation to the co-op and I will pour you a jar to take home.

Coconut Cream Concentrate – New this week, Coconut Cream Concentrate from Tropical Traditions. Made from 100% coconut, nothing added, it can be used as non-dairy creamer or added to smoothies/milkshakes to add flavor. I’ve even used it to ice a cake (blended with a little maple syrup) Yum!

Carlton Farm Tour – I hope you can join us for the Carlton Farm tour this Friday. This is my kids’ favorite farm to visit. Carlton Farm is the co-op’s main source of milk, eggs and meat. This is a great opportunity to see where our food comes from and meet the people that work so hard to produce it. Read all the details and RSVP here.

Mother’s Day Gift Bag – If you are still trying to figure out what to do for mom for mothers’s day (this weekend!) you can stop looking. Good Shepherd Herbals has the perfect gift for mom. A beautiful bag filled with goodies your mom will love. It’s a $37 value for only $30. Find it in The Market under the category Weekly Specials.

Have a great week!



Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator


StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - May 6, 2013

Message from Market Manager

If you don’t yet follow us ON FACEBOOK then you are missing out on all the fun!…

I am looking for weekly volunteers on Fridays between 10AM and 1PM for this very customer-oriented work. If you are an active customer, would like to save on delivery fees, have customer service experience, and enjoy meeting new people, this volunteer opp may be for you. Mileage reimbursement available. Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 for all the details.

If so, are you interested in volunteering WEEKLY for our Market on 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!

Please shop by MONDAY NIGHT for anything you want from GCF as this will better insure you get what you want. The rest of your order can be placed anytime before Wednesday noon when we close the Market for the week.

Don’t miss Rebecca’s water kefir THURSDAY workshop so you can get your own kefir grains and start producing your own probiotic drink. ALSO, Nathan’s SATURDAY urban farming course will focus on your summer veggie garden! ALL DETAILS BELOW.

Why not let our online Market give you a unique and healthy option for mom’s gift this year? These local folks sell through our Market, and some of them are ONLY on our online Market at

  • 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
  • Fresh Chevre Torte from The Dancing Goat (soaps too!)
  • Workshop on “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” from Nathan’s Natural Veggies
  • Fresh eggs from Sustainable Me
  • Locally roasted coffees from Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters
  • Prepare a platter of Fresh Key West Shrimp from Offshore Seafood Company
  • Papayas 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

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. Call her TODAY to make an appointment and tell her you were referred by St. Pete Locally Grown. 727-520-5303 ( Cristy is a talented professional who is passionate about her connection with the earth.

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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Upcoming Events

All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

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.

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 or 727-688-9069 to register and for directions.

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 still 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!

Suncoast Co-op:  (VIDEO) How to create a FREE Victory vegetable garden with community using a Permablitz

How to create a FREE Victory vegetable garden with community using a Permablitz

Check out the latest youtube about how to create your very own FREE Victory vegetable garden using the community with a Permablitz! Please subscribe to our youtube channel for future video about local food. Please share with your friends and family as well!

Would you like a permablitz at your place? Volunteer with the co-op at 3 or more permablitzes and your be eligible for a blitz at your house!

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 please Subscribe!: Youtube Videos
Phone #: 727-271-2754 – Eric

Tell me what you think of the video I love hearing your feedback please comment, like, and share it!

Our co-op market gardens and community gardens are growing abundance! We desperately need storage space that is refrigerated. We are in a campaign to win potentially $25,000 grant for supporting our local food with the Seeds of Change campaign going on Facebook starting today. Please click the below link and vote for us daily till the grant challenge ends 5/17/2013. You can vote once a day. The gardens with the most attention will be up for a $25,000 grant or one fifteen $10,000 grants.

“Click here to vote for the Suncoast co-op vote Daily!”

The link to share to your friends and family is:

We are in desperate need of a storage shed, one that can be locked, and air conditioned. Our gardeners drop off their produce,at habitat, we organize the produce, sort the names of those that ordered and store in make shift bins. We have no storage area, and no air conditioning. Without refrigeration and more storage area we are limited as to growing in our community. We live in Florida and heat wilts the vegetables pretty fast. habitat allows us to use a space on Saturday morning for the co op, but all week the area is open to the public. So we are unable to store and leave anything behind. Right now we store products such as honey, grass fed beef, free range chicken in our own homes and transport it ourselves.

Thanks and please share this email! Encourage others to share the facebook link and vote daily. Your support is most appreciated by the entire community!

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local Food!

Good Morning from the South Cumberland Food Hub!

It’s time to place your orders for local food this week. We’re open till noon!

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

Click here to go directly to the Rootedhere Locally Grown Market Page


The Wednesday Market:  Place Your Orders Today

Good morning to The Wednesday Market community. I’m so glad the sun is shining today!

This message is a short reminder that the Market is open for orders. Please place your orders by 10 p.m. tonight. You may pick up and pay for your orders Wednesday between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Here is the link:

Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you on Wednesday!



CAFE:  Maybe May will be May


Maybe May will be May…


As a child growing up in southern Michigan I took pride in the seasonal fact that my birthday (around the same date) came just at the time that the last of the native trees were fully leafed out. That is just about the state of Spring unfoldment here right now, which seems to me (in my brief experience) to be about a month behind schedule. This phenomenon has had consequences for growers, and I congratulate them for the fine quality and consistent production maintained throughout some inclement weather in the last two ordering cycles. It has been an extremely challenging year for some very early crops like asparagus and strawberries, where just as they were at the very early harvest stage or starting to rise, the season got suspended by cold. And the heavy rains we are having make strawberry harvesting difficult and yields low. I eagerly await the (promised in long range forecasts) coming warming trend to see if these crops can recover.

On the other hand, I have personally enjoyed the sustained late winter – early spring transition. Some of Earth’s most vital forces go into the first vigorous flush of Spring growth. The green crops being harvested right now are simultaneously at their peak of quality AND abundance, a fact that defies our conventional economic mindset. In terms of its Earth vitality, however, a bunch of kale produced this week will have greater value now than it might later in summer, should heat and drought depress supply, even though it could fetch a much higher price on the market.


CSA programs that offer subscribers pre-chosen and boxed weekly portions of what is in season, often provide recipes and suggestions for “What do you do with all that kale, or all that zucchini?” Rather than bemoan the monotony of it, I suggest that it may be well worth finding ways. These crops are in such abundance precisely because they are in their prime condition for harvest. One of the old-fashioned wisdoms of putting food up is to capture each crop in its peak condition of both flavor and nutrition.

On CAFÉ at this moment we have 33 Growers offering 594 products. You may have tried kale, but have you tried all varieties (at least five, plus mixtures, are offered) of kale? Have you tried it from all of our growers (at least five are now selling kale)? Each are growing in diferent conditions with plants at different stages of maturity.

To encourage experimentation with better utilization of local abundance CAFÉ is offering a special Locavore challenge for this week’s potluck: Present a novel/creative way to increase your consumption (either raw, cooked, processed) of a currently abundant crop and we will award you a $10 CAFÉ credit. Abundant is hereby defined as an in-season vegetable that has not yet sold out (Hurry, Market closes today at noon!) Besides kale, some candidate crops are arugula, beets, cabbage, lettuce, mustard, onions, swiss chard, – and here’s something I have never tried – C&D Farms has just re-emerged as an active CAFÉ Grower over the weekend with a crop called goji, or gou gou, an heirloom Chinese green with highly touted benefits.


As the Spring growth has been retarded by cold, our transition to our new website has been delayed by obstacles on our “real job”) calendars that have prevented us from reconfiguring and re-entering enough of the necessary data from one site to the other. Toward this end we have been well by volunteers Meg Smith and Gary Thompson. By Mothers Day we should have a definite timetable for this exciting transition.

Thanks to all who braved late winterish weather to attend the Farmers Markets and Green Living Tour over the past weekend!

Market open until noon. Avoid hail, eat more kale! Lance

McColloms Market:  May FFFN Order Closes Today at 5 pm

Just wanted to send a reminder in case those of you who haven’t ordered, still want to. Thanks much.


Clemson SC:  Don't Miss the Monday Deadline for This Week's Order.

Hello Folks! There is still time to get your order in to the growers if you complete it before noon on Monday.
Since the crops are picked especially for you, you cannot find any fresher! Add to this the convenience of buying directly from each grower’s farm while online, and you have the best of both worlds. You purchase sustainable foods from trusted farmers, and yet, you can even shop in your jammies if you want! We pick it up from the grower, pack it up for you, and drop it off at a convenient spot!
So, hurry and make your selections before the noon Monday deadline to get your this week’s delivery.