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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.

Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  The Market is Open!

Greetings All:

Although you are just getting this Newsletter (Sunday evening/sometime tonight or perhaps Monday), the Market has been open since Saturday!

The reason for the delay? I was in the grips of a Writer’s block Friday and Saturday morning – I know – hard to believe (but true) and a DSL line that constantly goes up and down when it rains. The past 2 days have been worse than normal, but I guess with all of the rain we have had, it was to be expected. Yes, I have called AT&T and eventually they will get it back up (until it goes down A G A I N) – and then hopefully I will have enough time to get this message out before I become DSL-less. It does fine in non-rain weather!

Now – If you want to skip reading my musings, which do include Market News, Weekly Specials, Farmer of the Week information, news about upcoming Events and Classes, little known facts and tidbits about ‘this and that’ then click Take me to the Market. You can access this and other Newsletters/Blog postings by clicking on the Weblog tab on the website!

For those of you still with me, grab a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate made with rich and creamy goat milk and read on!

Market was busy and fun this past Thursday! Mary and I both enjoy getting to speak with you, share ideas and recipes and answer questions! We have reorganized a bit to make it a little easier to get your order together and having Betsy Blankenship as our trusted helper sure makes things easier!


Where are you on your journey to get away from processed foods? What do you know about GMO’s? How do you ensure that the food you are feeding the people you love most are not laden with chemicals and ingredients that are hard to pronounce much less understand? The first class that we are offering is entitled GMOOMG…What the World Am I Eating?!? and it promises to be an hour full of great information, hand-outs, good discussion and reference materials! The class will focus on the definition of GMO, the difference between Organic and GMO, where GMO’s hide in everyday products and how to avoid those traps. The cost of the class is $5 if you add it to your shopping cart or $10 if you simply show up for class! There are 2 dates available: May 7th or 14th! Both classes will start at 7:00 p.m. at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center! When you reserve your spot, please put your preferred date in the Comments Section Both Mary and I will be tag-teaming for this class! Find the class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Want to try your hand at making cheese? Mary, our resident expert Cheese Maker is offering Cheese Making 101 on May 11th! In this 4 hour class from 9 to 1, you will learn how to make Chevere, Mozzarella and Ricotta and take the fruits of your labor home with you! This is the first in a series of classes Mary will be offering! Participation in other Cheese Making classes make this one a “must-do”. Here you will learn the basics, the principles of the art of making cheese! Class size is limited to 6 people, so reserve your spot early! The fee for the class is $50 which includes supplies! What do you need to bring? A stainless steel pot to take home the Chevere, your self, notebook and pen and an apron! Mary will email all participants with all the details! I will be there – as a helper and student! Find this class listed under Event Reservations on the Market page.

Anyone registering in May for a any class will be entered in a drawing to win a Bundle of Organic Spices!

Market News

Heritage Farm is taking orders for meat this week! Please remember that we are on a bi-weekly delivery schedule, so check your freezer and plan accordingly!

Weekly Specials: Goat Milk from Little Tot’s Estate will be available Buy One – Get One Free again this week! Rusty has decided to let more of the does remain in milk for a bit longer – this is especially good news for people who have pets that love goat milk, those of us who are happy to drink it and people who have pets that love goat cheese! This is the best Goat Milk I have ever tasted! (All Goat Milk is labeled for ‘Pet Consumption’ as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and is the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.) Mary and daughter Lea were out at the Farm today and picked up 10 gallons to make cheese! That is a LOT of cheese! Wow, Kirby, Murphy and Leah’s dog, Broccoli are going to be happy, fat, little goat-milk-cheese-campers! Perhaps they will share with Dudley. Leah was not happy to learn that the baby Nigerian Dwarf ‘kid’ that she found quite adorable is moving to Alabama soon! I tried to post the picture in this Newsletter, but my html skills are not quite proficient enough to accomplish that task! I will try to get it up on the Market soon!

An update on the Black Lab and Goat Milk – thievery did take place this past Friday evening! I must learn NOT to set my milk on the end table next to my chair! Oh, the joys of sharing my home with Dudley! He does make me laugh tho’ and scares the crows and is an excellent guard dog and buddy – so I’ll keep him around.

Phoenix Gardens is offering 6 Heirloom Veggie Seedlings at $10.00! The seedlings are good sized and ready to plant. Four different varieties of Tomatoes and 2 varieties of Summer Squash will be welcome additions to your harvest this summer! This is a fantastic opportunity to get GMO-Free seedlings! Be sure and indicate the NAMES of the seedlings you would like in the Product COMMENT section!

Mother’s Day is Sunday! Choose a Mother’s Day Gift Bag from Good Shepherd Herbals which contains many herbal items (3 goat milk soaps in yummy scents, a jar of Beulah Balm and a bag of Wise Woman Tea) – a $37 value for $30! This is a perfect gift for Mom!

My Daily Bread has a Breakfast Basket just for Mom! Imagine presenting her with a basket filled with goodies like Cinnamon Rolls with delicious cream cheese icing, a loaf of Chocolate Zucchini Bread, a jar of homemade Jam and Glorious Morning Muffins! Or choose a Gift Certificate and let Mom shop for herself! (Hint – your chances of her sharing the goodies are greater if you are standing there holding it!) I’m just saying…

Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch has a great special this week! Free DE (Diatomaceous Earth) with the purchase of the Pest Pistol. This is a natural way to kill fleas and other pesky critters!

Find the above items under Weekly Specials on the Market Page!

Doug’s Garden is offering a Red Rose arrangement for Mother’s Day and it is GORGEOUS!

Patchwork Pastures has several Mother’s Day offerings! Give Mom the gift of relaxation – Bath Salts of Epsom or Dead Sea Salts scented with aromatic therapeutic doTerra oils will go a long way too soothe and rejuvenate! (Hint: Then leave her be so she can relish her ‘alone time’ and enjoy her escape from life’s daily stressors!) Prices range from $8.50 to $25.00 depending on the oil combinations and type of salt. Or perhaps you would rather surprise Mom with a bundle of Grilling/Roasting/Rub Spice Blends – and let Dad fire up the grill and give Mom the day off! A bundle of 3 of these flavorful Blends is $20.00 and a Bundle of 6 Blends is $38.00. The spices are not yet listed on the Market; however, they will be available at Market pickup. You can email Mary if you would like addition information and to order! Use Market email at bottom of this email!

Mary also offers natural salts containing the vital minerals we need to survive and thrive – whether it is the Pink Himalayan Salt, Celtic Sea Salt or anyone of her flavor infused salts, you can’t go wrong. My 2 current favorites are the Thai Ginger and the Spicy Curry! Added to a Red Lentil Soup the Thai Ginger gives it a gentle, warming quality that enhances flavor and really makes this soup shine. The Spicy Curry is perfect with Lamb!

Farmer of the Week

The Farmers are still busy, so we will not be meeting any of our Farmers this week. We will have a Farmer’s Sale Table which will feature delicious goodies from My Daily Bread and the Mother’s Day Gifts Specials available from Good Shepherd Herbals, My Daily Bread and Patchwork Pastures! In addition, we will also have information about upcoming classes and will be taking reservations.

…this and that…

Joyful Noise Acres Farm will be processing chickens on Mary 13th. Mary Beth will be offering the opportunity to pre-order whole chickens and/or parts before Market closes this week. She is currently busy dealing with issues caused by so much rain and hasn’t had time to get things listed. JNAF will also be offering a 12 to 14 pound Bulk Package with some Pork included. For those of us who make Bone Broth – Chicken Feet, Backs and Necks and organ meats will also be available! I will send a short email as soon as things are listed.

We are working with Rusty and Lucy to arrange a Farm Tour of Little Tot’s Estate! We will tour the farm, interact with the goats and help with some chores that Rusty will assign. If you have any interest in participating, please email us at or let us know by putting I am interested in the upcoming tour to LTE. in the Comment Section when you check out! We will try and finalize the date, time and the particulars and list it under Event Reservations next week! …Talk about getting to know your Farmer!

A Final Thought…

I have finished my delicious hot chocolate made with goat milk, cocao, a little dash of cinnamon, a bit of coconut sugar, a few drops of vanilla and almond extract – a great treat for a chilly, rainy day! As you can tell the “writer’s block” has been resolved and I am chatty once again! So, it is time to say – thank you for taking the time to read this missive and…

Again, please know that we appreciate your support of our dedicated, LOCAL Farmers/Growers and Artisans and the local economy! Please “Like” us on Facebook and continue to share the Market with family and friends!

We will see you Thursday at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center between 4:30pm and 7:30 pm!

As always, Mary will have a couple of recipes featuring products she has purchased from the Market!

Have a wonderful week! Happy shopping!

Joyful thoughts and bountiful blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary
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Cumberland, TN:  CSFM Open

The Cumberland Sustainable Farmers Market is now open for this weeks ordering

Thanks for supporting your local farmers!

Athens Locally Grown:  Market Open for May 9

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Hello, all! I’m a bit under the weather, so I’ll be quick. The market is open and ready for your orders! We have the first of the strawberries, and the asparagus is really coming in strong. The cold wet spring has been a wonderful change from recent years, but it has slowed everything way down. But if you love spring veggies, now is the time to eat your fill. One of my favorite underused spring veggies is bok choy, and you’ll find some new recipes using it on the recipe portion of the website. Have a recipe for anything from our market you’d like to share? Please do!

Thanks so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, 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!

Upcoming Local Food Events

May 18th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Coventant Valley Farms This is the third FREE event in the Farmer for a Day Tour Series of 2013. We arranged five tours this year, scheduled around the needs of various small farms. Each one is unique. Be sure to get your event ticket today! Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for an “outing” as this would stress the livestock and disrupt work. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and a nutritious lunch is also provided. Farmers will have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, feel free to bring your own water bottle and dishes. Covenant Valley Farms Tour Event Nolan and Annie Kennedy own Covenant Family Farms in Colbert – Oglethorpe County. They produce grass fed Angus cattle, eggs, pork, honey, handcrafted lip balms, beeswax candles, and Georgia pecan honey butter. The day will shape up like this: 1:45-2:00 Meet and greet 2:00-4:00 assist with general gardening chores including weeding, building raised beds, livestock care and feeding, and working with honeybees. 4:00-5:00 Farm Tour 5:00-6:00 Light supper including grass fed Angus sliders and vegetarian options. Opportunity to shop from the farm store for honey, lip balms, candles, beef, pork, eggs, and honey butter. NOTE: Honeybees on the property. Bring epipen if needed, and avoid wearing black. We hope you can join us for a fun day of volunteering, meeting new friends, delicious food, and fresh farm air! This is a free event! You will be contacted to confirm registration and be given the address and directions. You will be asked for a phone number in case of emergency cancellation. If you do not get a confirmation, please email Cathy Payne. For questions, contact Cathy Payne, event coordinator, at or 706-283-7946.

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (even the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Farmer At Your Door:  Your Local Market is Open

Browse 250+ locally grown and produced items and place your order by Tuesday evening for Thursday pickup or delivery.