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Statesboro Market2Go:  If you placed an order this week...

If you placed an order this week, please be sure to pick up your order today between 4:30 and 6:30 at the location you selected.

Also, we will be losing Katie Stacy who has been my helper at Sugar Magnolia (she is a college senior) and we are looking to hire a replacement. Work hours are EVERY THURSDAY 3:00-6:30 p.m., and the pay is $8.00 an hour. If you know anyone who may be interested, please e-mail me at

See you at the market!

Local Farms First:  Local Farms First Needs Your Help!

Greetings local food lovers!

Local Farms First has been selected as a finalist for an Alpine Initiatives $5000 grant to help with farmer training and marketing!

The winners will be selected by Facebook contest.

Please help us out, all you have to do is like the Alpine Initiatives Page and vote for us! If you can re-post on your Facebook that would be awesome too!

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

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

Clemson SC:  The Market is Closed for Spring Break: See you Next Week!


Clemson Locally Grown Market

To Contact Us

Market Administrator
Donna Putney

Heidi Williams
Virginia Dumont Poston


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.

Market News



Orders dropped off a bit last week, which we suspect is in preparation for your Spring Break trips. We will take this week off, and Reopen For Ordering on Thursday, March 14-Monday, March 18. Enjoy your travels, wherever they may lead!

We thank you for registering at Clemson Locally Grown Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join you.

Clemson Locally Grown donates 3 percent of our order profits to Clemson Montessori School, in return for use of their school parking lot as a drop-off location. We also appreciate the helpful hands of CMS market volunteers. Feel free to lend your hands, if you have a moment to do so.

Donna’s Corner

We at Upstate Locally Grown strive to find you the freshest, greenest, and most alive foods available anywhere! They are picked fresh for you at the very peak of their ripeness, cooled, and shuttled to you in our little white veggie-van, always in coolers to preserve the vibrancy, crispness, and nutrition. We are what we eat, and we produce live cells from living foods!

The milk that we bring to you is from the latest and freshest batch, the greens were in the field earlier that day, and the eggs are always freshly laid! What more can you ask, than for the grower to go out and pick/pull, gather, and harvest just for you, and send it quickly on to your kitchen?

Please tell your friends about us, and ask them to mention that you sent us. You will receive 10% off your order when your friend writes a note on their order that you sent them! 

We appreciate Clemson Montessori School for allowing us to host our drop-off in their shady parking lot!

Donna and Lenard, Heidi, and the whole gang of Market helpers.

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Last Call for Meats and Produce Boxes

The Market is Now Open until Monday at 9AM.
After that, online ordering will be DISABLED until next week.

Pick-up your order on Tuesday between 4:30-6:30PM at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.Pick-up your Organic Produce Boxes on Friday, March 22nd from 2-5 PM, same location.

New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.

March 13th, 2013 – Growing Leaps & Bounds!

Dear Market Customer,

This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to speak at the Georgia Multicultural Sustainable Agriculture Conference, and my presentation was a huge success.

Special thanks for Julian for helping me plan this speaking engagement!

I am super thrilled to share my experience and expertise in nutrient-dense foods and help people take control of their health.

On another note, remember, you only got 2 days to order Mother Earth Meats. Keep reading for more details.

Give Us a Review on Google!

As you know, Rancho Alegre Farm is the host of this Market and is very proud to provide you with nutrient-dense food sources. If you have had a good experience with us, would you take a minute to leave us your feedback on our Google page?

To leave us your positive feedback, please click here and then click on Write a Review on the right side. We thoroughly appreciate it!

If you have any concerns or suggestions, would you also let us know? Simply fill out this short form and we will respond back shortly!


linkPilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm
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Last Days to Order Mother Earth Meats

Dear market customer,

Mother Earth Meats is one of the most HUMANE and trust-worthy meat sources we’ve ever found, and you have an opportunity to get on this bulk-buy through this market and stock up on your favorite, healthy meat cuts at very reasonable prices.

The deadline to order Mother Earth Meats in March 15th, so please order now!

So many logistics come into play when we do a bulk buy of this kind. If at all possible, please don’t wait until the last minute to order and go ahead and fill out your order form now. It will greatly help us deliver the absolute best and timely service to you!

Mother Earth Meats provides pastured, grass-fed, hormone, antibiotic and cruelty-free:

  • beef
  • bison
  • elk

  • goat
  • lamb
  • chicken

  • turkey
  • duck
  • pork

They also offer other products like raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats, all of excellent quality.

Here are some interesting facts about Mother Earth Meats:

  • There is NO sales tax or added delivery fee!
  • There are no nitrates or MSG in the uncooked sausages, fresh bacon or seasoned bacon.
  • Mother Earth Meats does not add any kind of salt or chemical washes to their meats, nor do they use gases to sterilize it.
  • Mother Earth Meats does not use any fertilizers at the farm, other than their own manure and homemade compost.
  • The chickens and turkeys are pastured/free-range and are given a limited amount of non-GMO feed which does include corn/soy.
  • Pork lard is already rendered and pork fat is not; the same is true for beef lard and fat (however, you can easily render it yourself in the oven).

How to Order Mother Earth Meats

Remember, the rules to order Mother Earth Meats are a little different. You would NOT order through The Market.

Instead, follow these easy instructions:

The Deadline to Order is March 15th; Order Now!

1) Go to the Mother Earth Meats website, browse around, and choose the products you want to order.

2) Download your Mother Earth Meats order form here and fill it out with the products you want to order.

3) Save your filled out order form on your computer and email it back to with subject line "MEM ORDER".

That’s it!

These are some of the best meats you can find; don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on top quality meats!

*Delivery date for Mother Earth Meats is Satuday, March 30th, NOT Tuesday as usual*

If you run into any issues or have any questions about ordering Mother Earth Meats,
please fill out this short form or call 770-383-1284.

Last Call for Produce Boxes

This is the last week to order your Certified Organic Produce boxes for pick-up March 22nd.

*Payment is due by Sunday, March 17th. Read details below.*

The produce boxes are definitely a best seller here at The Market. We are looking forward to filling them again on Friday, March 22nd. Please be sure to order now and pay online immediately after order or mail a check to Rancho Alegre Farm to get on the next pick-up date of March 22nd.

Some of the variety produce you will get:

onions * potatoes * tomatoes * garlic * two or three varieties of greens (kale, chard, spinach) * berries * potatoes * broccoli * cabbage * lettuce * apples * carrots * bananas * pears * mushrooms * beets * celery * plums

Please pay for your produce boxes when you place your order online with your credit card or mail a check to Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.

Click here and order you produce box now!

Raw Buttermilk

This week you can order raw buttermilk from The Market. It is said that raw buttermilk has great benefits for your skin, and this one is labeled for skin use, as hand lotion.

This vendor has great quality dairy, and as always, The Market is simply a means for you to access these products and does not control any of the products offered or how they are packaged.

Egg Inventory Adjustment

The egg inventory has been adjusted on The Market and, if you are patient, you will get plenty of eggs this year! As spring comes and days are longer, chickens will begin to produce a lot more.

We also now have a source of duck eggs! You can order duck eggs at The Market now.

Looking for a Source of Local Produce

As many of you know, Brady Bala from Double B is still recovering from his accident, and will be offering his veggies in about a month or so. I am in search of a veggie vendor at the moment to fulfill the demand, so stay tuned, and if you know any prospects, please send them our way!

Birthday Parties at Rancho Alegre Farm

Rancho Alegre Farm is proud to host this wonderful Gwinnett Locally Grown Market. We also wanted to remind you that our full service farm is also glad to host your birthday parties, weddings, field trips, corporate events, and family reunions.

Here at Rancho Alegre Farm your kids and family are sure to have the time of their lives with our pony rides, petting zoo, and hayrides. For more information, visit our website here.

Go Shopping!

Remember that this Online Market is ONLY open Thursdays at 9:00am until Mondays at 9:00am.

After Monday at 9:00am, online ordering will be DISABLED, so you will not be able to place any orders until the following Thursday at 9:00am.

Swainsboro, GA:  Market closes tonight

The market closes at 8pm tonight. Don’t forget to place your order

Local Farms First:  Order Pick Up Reminder

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).

And congratulations to Montanya Distillery for winning the CB/Mt. CB Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year Award! They are kind enough to let us use their space each week for the CB customer delivery. If you’re a rum lover, it’s the place to go for locally distilled, delicious alcohol!

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

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

Homegrown Co-op:  Market OPEN for Saturday! Price drops!

Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559

Online Market

Place your order today in our online market!

Saturday Market:
Order online Wednesday 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Sunday 10am – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.

Farm Store


Monday – Sunday
10 am – 7 pm

Membership is Ownership! Become a Member today here

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00am:
Energy Boosters and Stress Reducers with Dr Samadhi

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30pm:
Tower Garden Workshop

Feautured Producer: Grower Jim

Hello! My name is Jim Ford, and I am a long-time producer of fresh, naturally-grown fruit, potted herbs, vegetable plants and edible landscape plants. Everything I sell is locally grown in Apopka, where I have been cultivating the same plot of land for 25 years.

I define naturally-grown as being grown without any artificial or manufactured products (Beyond Organic). “Certified Organic” growers are allowed to use bacteria, toxic alkaloids, and other man-made compounds on their crops as long as they are derived from plant or animal sources. I do not use these products. If a plant can’t be grown without the use of chemicals, I don’t grow it. For weed control I rely on labor-intensive hand pulling, mulch suppression and weed fabric/ground cloth.

My fruit grove is naturally watered only with rainfall, and the lack of irrigation concentrates and enhances the flavor of my fruit.

My fresh vegetables and herbs are all grown outdoors in the ground in natural sun, wind and rain. As a result, they may not always be picture-perfect, but the flavor and nutrition levels can’t be beat. Vegetable seedlings are grown in the same outdoor conditions, producing a sturdier transplant than commercial greenhouse-grown varieties that collapse when exposed to real-world conditions.

My potted plants are grown in a compost/soil blend made from materials composted on site, and watered with rainfall and ground water from a well. I don’t use any synthetic fertilizers, instead relying on the nutrients inherent in the compost/soil mix and bio-active pond water rich with fish waste and algae. All containerized plants are grown in 100% re-used post-consumer pots.

Beside Homegrown Co-op, you can buy my products direct from me at the following locations:
-Apopka Foliage & Fresh Market on the first and third Saturdays of the month (Oct-May) Both plants & some produce.
-Sanford Farm Swap meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Mainly plants and some seasonal fruits.
-Orlando VA Clinic Farmers Market on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (produce only).

Check out my blog/website to learn more about many of the plants I grow:
I also invite you to “like” my business page on Facebook:


**These prices are available on the market now and will be available in-store starting Saturday
Red Potato

Was $2.11/lb — Now $1.55/lb — Save $0.56/lb


Was $5.06/lb — Now $2.19/lb — Save $2.87/lb

Green Pepper

Was $4.67/lb — Now $3.34/lb — Save $1.33/lb

Savoy Cabbage

Was $2.89/lb — Now $1.77/lb — Save $1.12/lb

Red Onion

Was $3.33/lb — Now $2.90/lb — Save $0.43/lb

Rainbow Chard

Was $3.26/lb — Now $2.50/lb — Save $076/lb

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy now by becoming a member

Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.

Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 12-7pm on Saturday. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Thursday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company

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Melody Lane Co-op:  March 13, 2013 - Announcements

The Market is still fully stocked with meat from Mother Earth Meats and will remain open until Friday to make sure everyone gets a chance to order.


Sorry for all the emails this week. There is just so much going on, I don’t want you to miss anything!


Our Wilderness Family Naturals order from a couple weeks ago is here. Thank you, Lauren, for taking care of that for us! I also have the rest of our Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil from Green Pasture. If you were in on the bulk order of Olive Oil from Chaffin Orchards late last year and have not gotten your olive oil yet, I still have a couple of bottles here. I’m not sure exactly who they belong to since Lila handled this order for us. Thank you, Lila!
Stop by any time on Thursday (tomorrow) from 3:00pm to 7:00pm to pick up your stuff.

Also tomorrow is the Homemade Raw Milk Yorgurt Demonstration at my house starting at 7:00pm. I still have a couple spots available. You can RSVP at the link above or just email me if you would like to join us.

You are planning on going to the Local Weston A. Price Conference this Saturday, right? It’s a full day of traditional food lectures, workshops, free samples, and a mini farmers’ market. The Melody Lane Co-op is sharing a booth with a few other co-ops / virtual farmers’ markets where we will help people connect with a co-op or market near them. If anyone would like to volunteer to help man our booth, please let me know! I will also be leading the Farmers’ Panel where we will discuss issues that our local small farmers face and learn the right questions to ask when you are buying real food. You’ll want to bring some extra cash because there are going to be some great deals on locally grown food and traditional food products. There will even be a cod liver oil tasting table where you can try every flavor of Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Yum!
Click here to find out more and to register for the conference


It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me with all this conference planning, hosting workshops in my home, and organizing the Mother Earth Meats order. I have an opportunity to go on vacation next week and I think I need it! I just need to find someone to pick up the Carlton Farm order for me next Thursday and drop it off at my house. Please email me if you can help out.

Because I will likely be out of town next week, I also need to postpone the Tallow Soap & Lotion Workshop that was previously scheduled for Thursday. I have not decided on a new date yet. If you are interested in learning how to make homemade soap and lotions with tallow, please email me with your preferred time/date. I would like to keep it on a Thursday, if possible.


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator


South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Time to order local food!

It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
click here to go directly to the market page

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Cumberland Farmer’s Market


Wilted Greens with Bacon Vinagrette

This recipe from the food network calls for romaine hearts, but any of the fresh lettuces available this season can be used as a substitute. Here’s the recipe at the source:


4 hearts romaine, chopped
4 slices bacon
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place romaine in a serving bowl. In a skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove bacon and crumble over greens. To the pan, add sugar and vinegar, and simmer until sugar is dissolved, scraping up bacon bits that cling to the bottom of the pan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour hot dressing over greens and toss. Serve immediately.

Market News

Welcome back to those that were on spring break last week. It’s a great time to restock the fridge with leafy greens.

Double A Farm will be away next week so if you need to stock up on grass fed beef, now is the time to do it.

Spinach is still available.

Click here to browse the whole list for yourself.

Coming Events

Wondering why local meat is so expensive? You may want to ask why industrial meat is so cheap. Begin to explore the topic on Thursday March 21st with a screening of “American Meat”.

A screening of the documentary “American Meat” followed by a panel discussion on alternative agriculture will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 21, in Gailor Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. “American Meat” chronicles the current state of the U.S. meat industry. Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms in Virginia, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution.

The film and discussion are co-sponsored by Sewanee’s religion department, Center for Religion and Environment, Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, environmental studies department, and the University Lectures Committee.

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!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Raw Milk bill

To those of you who are interested in the status of regulation concerning raw or unpasteurized milk in Arkansas:

Raw Milk Friends

I just want to update you to let you know HB 1536 will be heard by the House Agriculture Committee this Friday, March 15th at 9:00 am in Room 138. This bill will be opposed by the Health Department and it is also opposed by the Farm Bureau, although I believe I have a commitment from them that they will not testify against it at the hearing.

If any of you would be able to attend to speak on behalf of this bill that would be fantastic! If you wish to speak, you simply sign up with the clerk at the front of the committee room when you come in.

I had this bill sent to the Agriculture Committee rather than Health so I think we have a reasonably good chance to get it out of committee. If we can do that, I believe it will pass the House.

If you cannot attend, please write and express your support to the members of the committee. E-mails to your legislators DO have an impact, especially if it is personal and not a copy of 15 others they receive. You can find out the committee members online by going to

Also, there is a free app you can get that will allow you to get contact information on ALL state legislators, committee information and see the bills under review. You can get this by going to LobbyUp on your smart phone or I-phone.

Prayers would be helpful as well. Thanks for your support of this bill.

Randy Alexander

State Representative, District 88