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Farm2Work:  Only 2 more delivery days before we close for August!

We are going to TRY to make two more deliveries before closing down for August. However, since the church we’ve been working from will be needing our space as of August 1st, we may have to vacate after next week. Soooo…order what you can NOW just in case… As always, we will keep you posted on the latest developments. :-) Thank you!

Make it a great day!


Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Last Few Weeks of Fresh Blueberries

The Market is open Thursday 9am – Monday 9am. After that, ordering is disabled. Pick-up your order Tuesday 4:30-6:30PM at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.

Featured Product

Johnston Family Farms continues to produce high-quality raw cow’s milk (labeled for pet consumption) for our customers for only $6.95 per gallon.

Oder raw cow’s milk from Johnston here.

Also, remember Johnston has his cheese room available for rental. If you have ever thought about making cheese or other dairy products to sell, be sure to contact Johnston here to setup your rental.

July14th, 2013

Lisa, from Bo & Lisa’s Lil Patch emailed and asked us to let our customers know that they will only have fresh blueberries for the next 3 weeks. The plants are producing the last of the "fresh" ones.

During the winter, Lisa will have frozen blueberries and they have have been freezing the extra pints they pick daily, but if you like fresh blueberries, the time to get as many as you can is NOW!

I can tell you I’ve had some of their blueberries in my fridge for weeks now and they’re still firm and plump. Can’t get any fresher than that!

Get fresh blueberries from Bo & Lisa’s Lil Patch here.

Save the date! Our next FREE class will be August 20th and we will be learning how to make your own house cleaning products using essential oils and other all natural ingredients. There will be live demonstrations and, as you already know, commercial cleaning products can potentially wreak havoc on your health if used frequently, so don’t miss it!

And there’s MORE fresh berries, homemade soap, vegetables, and more in our inventory this week. We also have some coconut oil, water & milk kefir ferments, and some Green Pasture products for sale. What a great year of awesome local and nutrient dense products we’ve had! Here’s just a few of the items you will find this week:

Thank you for your support!

Pilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm
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Jbo Locally Grown:  7/20 notes & Know Your Farmer

For Saturday’s market, 7/20:

Hope to see everyone tomorrow, we have berries, a couple new produce vendors and good music. You might even feel like kicking up your heels.

Music: The Barefoot Movement. These folks have been playing at the market from their early days (and ours too!). This year they’ve been touring nationally and placed as the first runners up in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival new band competition!

Happening in town: Relay for Life…noon to midnight on Main Street.

This week in the rotating craft/specialty booth:

  • “Sheek Treats,” baked pet treats
  • “Mt. Riga Baskets,” handwoven by Diane Thompson

    This week’s featured farmers:

    Rogue Harbor Farm
    Read all about Aubrey & Linda Raper here:

See you tomorrow!
Courthouse Square

Swainsboro, GA:  market is open

Had trouble with site this week. Market
is open

Suncoast Co-op:  Order your fresh local chemical free food from, ordering online closes Thursday Noon

To Contact Us

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: Youtube Videos
Phone #: 727-271-2754 – Eric


Membership is Ownership

For $25 a year you can become a member as well as part owner of the Suncoast Co-op. We are a worker owned cooperative and will give special perks for our member/owners. Patronize from the market and reap the rewards years to come with a vibrant local food economy.

  • Receive 10% discount with no market surcharge.
  • Half off on any upcoming workshops or events our co-op may host.
  • Preferred Patron- If there are 5 apples on the market and 6 are sold, members get preference first on their order being fulfilled.
  • You own the business Democratic election of board of directors. Each member gets one vote.
  • Hiring Opportunity- we are worker owned cooperative we only hire from within. “With us, for us, we hire ourselves”

Become a member this week with a $25 investment!

Suncoast Co-op Market News

Azomite: Check out our commerical youtube for Azomite with this rock dust you can convert woody mulch into rich veggie gardens. Learn how one of our growers did it in Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs Permaculture garden using Azomite

Great new Products

  • Tempeh – Fermented Soy Vegan protien source
  • Chaya
  • Okra
  • Sweet Potato Leaves
  • Black Bean: Burger, Meatloaf, Hummus
  • King Kang Greens
  • Pickled Beans
  • Purslane
  • Hand Soaps, Facial Cleansers, Multibalm
  • Cranberry Hibiscus
  • Amaranth
  • Moringa Leaf Powder
  • Grassfed Beef: Soup Bones, Stew Meat, T-bone steaks, Short Ribs
  • Jamaican Cherry
  • Red Brandy Wine tomatoes
  • Crimson Sweet Watermelon
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Peppers
  • Lemon Basil
  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Gluten Free Baked goods
  • Almonds
  • Hummus
  • Essential Oils
  • Bat Guano
  • Pepper Plants
  • Onions
  • Sweet Potato slips
  • Parsley
  • Soaps
  • Honey
  • Milk and more!
Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers. Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.

In the News

Check out photo’s from our latest permablitz at Kinship Garden behind Habitat for Humanity. Kinship Garden Facebook photos.

Latest Youtube
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!

Check out the latest article about the Suncoast co-op from the Tampa bay times! Suncoast Co-op cultivates thriving organic business

Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up 1pm-1:30pm
All Tarpon orders delivered in Suncoast Co-op bags, please return the bags the following week when you re-order. Thanks
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-1:30pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL. Please add a Delivery Charge to your order of $3 located here: Delivery Charge

Now accepting all Major credit cards
We are now accepting all major credit cards for a 3.0% additional convenience fee we will use credit cards for your orders. We can use your credit card at pick-up.

Side of Beef and Pork coming soon!

Would any of our customers be interested in a portion of a side of beef or Pork from a local farm? Please email any of your feedback so we may compile a list and research more Thanks!

Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email

In Search of Website assistance
We would like to update our website to have more information about our co-op, a place for the members to talk as well as our grower converse, and more information about what our mission is about. Would anyone be interested in volunteering with our board on setting up a wordpress that will link to the market and vice versa. What kind of web experience do you have? Please email

Coming Events

You can RSVP for these events either on our On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage or Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up

Suncoast Cafe
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. Conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street. We have a grower table full of fresh veggies and cottage industry goods. You can pick up your online order at Noon-2pm.

Tasty Tuesdays
New Port Richey Library 5939 Main street
Join the co-op every Tuesday at the New Port Richey Library 5939 Main street. We have a grower table set-up along with other vendors selling fresh veggies and products made from our local growers. Get your local food going on all week long.

Suncoast Growers Meeting:
Suncoast Co-op Growers are invited to a Growers meeting and potluck supper. Sunday July 28 @ 5:00 PM. Topics will include a review of summer crops, preparing for autumn planting, gardening practices and marketing your products.

Meeting will be held at the home and garden of David and Tora Strawderman. 8275 Sycamore Drive, New Port Richey, 34654. Located in Tanglewood East. Near Little Road and Ridge Road.

For the Growers Committee,


Permablitz: Deidra’s House

Where: 8004 Laurel Vista Loop, Port Richey FL 34668
When: Sunday July 28, 2013. From 9am –1pm. Come along anytime!
Bring: Yourself,family and friends, hat,some delicious grub and preferably your own utensils to keep this a green event.And if you have, gardening tools—wheelbarrow,rake,trowels,
spades,shovel, hoe, newspaper, compost, manure, mulch,wood chips—or a smile!If anyone is interested in doing a workshop or donating materials related to gardening, let us know!
Inquiries: Contact Travis Morehead at or 727.271.2333

Kinship Garden Seed Starting
August 24th 9am-2pm
Join the co-op in revamping the Kinship garden with a seed starting blitz. Our nursery at the garden will be complete and we will begin planting fall/winter crops en mass to transplant into the gardens. Learn how to grow for Fall/Winter and help jump start Kinship Garden.

We are in need of volunteers and coordinators to help us set-up more future events. What events would you like to see? What can you help us set-up in the future that others would like to attend to increase awareness of local food? Please Email us if you would like to host events for the co-op.

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!

Local Farms First:  Order Pick Up!!

Greetings local food lovers!

Don’t forget to pick up your order today between 4-6 PM!

Crested Butte: The CB Pick-Up Location is now at Montanya Distillery, 130 Elk Avenue.

Gunnison: Upstairs at the ORE Office (202 E. Georgia).

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

Amy Konash
Market Manager – a 501c3 non-profit
click here to start shopping on the website

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Open for orders

Good Morning,
The South Cumberland Food Hub is
open for orders until noon today.

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

Thank you for supporting your local food network!


Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Weblog Entry

For Chrome users or plain text users,
you will find this easier to read if you go to the Market and choose Weblog
…it’s easier on the eyes! Plus you will get to see the pretty picture imbedded in the email!

Last Chance to Pre-order Holiday Turkeys

Seriously? Yep, I am very serious!

Mary Beth of Joyful Noise Acres Farm is busy planning ahead for the coming season when we will want a pasture-raised bird on our tables for Thanksgiving or Christmas! But those Tom Turkeys don’t magically appear in the Real Food world like they do at the grocery store! Nope, Mary Beth has to order those baby gobblers tomorrow! They will arrive at the Farm and she will let them enjoy life eating all the things Turkeys like to eat, getting fat and sassy! Then, they must be processed and brought to us! Takes a bit of time to grow a Turkey ~ so,

…it is definitely time to talk Turkey! Hop on over to the Market and reserve your Turkey today!Take me to the Market to pre-order my Turkey. Mary Beth will be ordering little ones based on pre-orders. Don’t be left out!

The pasture-raised Turkey Mary fixed last Christmas was picture perfect, succulent, full of flavor and beyond excellent!

Here is what Mary Beth has to say:

“These fresh turkeys will delight your holiday table! Raised on pasture and supplemented with a Soy and GMO free feed, the flavor is sure to please. You can expect a turkey between 12 and 16 pounds. We cannot guarantee the size but will guarantee the price of $6.50/lb. We are taking deposits for the turkeys and will deliver them to you fresh in November. Balance will be due at delivery.”

Mary Beth also sells through other locally grown markets as well as a few traditional Farmers’ Markets and directly at the Farm! After researching other Farms who are raising Turkeys for the Holidays, I have found that Mary Beth’s price per pound is one of the best! Take advantage of this opportunity to pre-order your Holiday bird now or risk eating peanut butter and jelly for Thanksgiving!!

See you Thursday at Market!

Market Closes Today at NOON!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary

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The Cumming Harvest:  Newsletter - July 17, 2013


Green Smoothie

1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 ounces)
1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Combine kale, apple, banana, parsley, and 2 1/4 cups water in a blender; blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water.

Serves 2. Per serving: 105 calories; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbs; 32 mg sodium; 2 g protein; 4 g fiber.

Market News

This Saturday…We’re making smoothies! Come in between 10-12pm and sample some veggie and berry smoothies made with some of the fresh produce from our local growers. Want to watch what we blend together? Come by at 10am, 10:30am, 11am and 11:30am to see how its done. We’ll also have recipes to take home.

Heritage Farm has now listed holiday turkeys for sale online. He’s doing it a little different this year and it saves you about 15% off from last years cost. This year, the turkeys are listed in three sizes, each at a flat pre-order price. Order them early to ensure you get a fully organic turkey for the holidays.

Green Pasture We’re starting another group order for Coconut Oil and Cod Liver Oil. Please email me if you would like to order. Check the Green Pasture website for pricing.

Here’s some tips to help you have the best experience when ordering online.
1. ORDER EARLY…the market opens at 8am every Wednesday, popular items will sell out quickly. (Don’t wait for this email to place your order!!)
2. COMPLETE YOUR ORDER…you can lose an item in your cart if someone else orders and completes the order ahead of you.
3. LOOK FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL…if you don’t receive an email showing your completed order, your order was not placed and you’ll need to place it again.
4. MULTIPLE ORDERS…placing multiple orders aren’t a problem, they will be grouped together on our order form with one total.
5. ARRIVE EARLY TO PICK UP…We usually have extras from various farmers/vendors and maybe a Farmer of the Day. Arrive at 10am for a better selection and less wait time.
6. BRING GROCERY BAGS…Don’t forget to bring your reusable grocery bags to pack your order.
7. EMAIL THE GROWER…each farmer lists their own products and tries to make the listings as clear as possible so that you know what you are buying, but sometimes it may need more explanation. You are buying directly from the farmer/vendor and they are more than happy to speak to you to answer any questions.

Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
Google Map

To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest

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!

Farm Where Life is Good:  CSA Produce Subscription Distribution-- Week 29

Your box for Week 29!

Farm Where Life is Good

Produce Subscription (Week 29)

The box is getting heavier! And fuller. Packing genius, Rog, is starting to exclaim. Little does he remember from last year.

This week seems to have develop an “Allium” theme. Here’s to hoping you like the onion family.
—Make up some garlic chive-flavored cream cheeze dip (Tofutti brand is the best; add a pinch of sea salt).
Sauté the scapes in olive oil, sea salt and toss with freshly boiled new potatoes.
—Slice the Purplette onions paper thin and sprinkle atop a salad with cilantro vinaigrette dressing.
The fresh zing of the allium family is all around you this week. And along with them come the following in your boxes this week:

Cucumber Trouble on the horizon of the hightunnel cucumbers; here’s to hoping the field cucumbers start coming on fast!

Chard A rainbow of colors. Zap these beauties with a little heat and toss in some minced garlic and sea salt. Simple and fresh.

New potatoes Ah, potatoes! Nothing better than gently boiled, a little olive oil and sea salt/pepper. Delicate, edible skins; white flesh. Mmmmm good.

Napa cabbage More tender than regular cabbage and very versatile; it takes a light Asian vinaigrette beautifully.

Cabbage If you are up for a little kitchen work (easier w/ a bread machine); sautéed cabbage/onions/black pepper wrapped in bread dough and baked is an absolutely fabulous pocket-sandwich! (Thanks again, LK)

Salad mix Old standby…is it old by now? Seems to be less appealing than mature head lettuce to the deer, altho harder to harvest!
Sweet peppers Yes, the peppers beat the sugar snap peas; go figure.

Kale, lacinato Fresh kale chips for everyone; give them a try.

Peas, sugar snap The heat has challenged them, but they remain sweet. Hopefully more in the fall.
Cilantro This glorious herb and onions or chives make the walk-in cooler an aromatic mind game round about 8 or 9pm on harvest day (when dinner is still far away!)

Chives Chop and sprinkle on those beautiful new potatoes. Simple for the palate, but oh my…
Garlic chives These guys are shorter and flat-leaved. See what you think.

Garlic scapes The scapes surprised us this week; thought we had harvested everyone. But more popped, so I guess we have more garlic than I thought. Good.

Mini- onion Named “purplette”; how sweet!

Recipes for your consideration

I think this is a simple and fresh week. No complex recipes. Just the flavor of the produce seasoned with the various allium-family items and light sea salt/ground pepper. Make simple vinaigrettes with a good olive oil and light vinegars. Too hot for lots of cooking.

Everyone feel free to add your favorite recipes to the website.

For Your Reading Pleasure

“Considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast.” (From The Aldo Leopold Foundation)

The Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

If you value the outdoors and wildness, you must read this book written so long ago by a visionary and observant man.

“Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators… The land is one organism.” —Aldo Leopold

Farm News

We have lost approximately 25% of our early high tunnel cucumbers. Still trying to figure out to what they succumbed, and whether their neighbors are going to leave us too. Very depressing. The field cucumbers are coming along, but not quite there yet. We hope to keep you stocked.

Wondering what all of you thought about the “new” lettuce mix from last week. Larger, heavier, frillier leaved stuff. Send us your thoughts.

We are going to offer peaches again this year. We order them from a friend of a friend who has a family farm in Colorado. They take special orders and then truck them here over a long weekend. We will store them until delivery day and then distribute them to you. They come in 20# boxes, and they are something to behold! Juice runs down your chin. We order 4-5 boxes for ourselves and try to make them last until we can freeze and can for the year. Lots of fresh eating dwindles our storage pile! Keep your eyes open when we open the market this weekend; we will probably limit the volume for delivery-vehicle sake.

And bonus: There is an albino mini-onion out there somewhere. If you find it, truly a white purplette, with no subtle purple on it, drop us a line and you win a prize next week.

Have a wonderful week, and enjoy the vegetables.

Roger and Lara