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Suncoast Co-op:  Vegetable Garden Tour plus Member meeting events coming up, Please make an order of fresh local food this week.

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


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.
  • Discount Membership to the Tampa Bay Time Bank of $10 will also give Time bank hours to members who volunteer.
  • 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

Contact us if you want to learn how to garden!

Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.

In the News
Our Co-op was mentioned in both the Suncoast News and the New Port Richey Patch. Check out the articles and share with your friends and family. Get inspired by positive things happening in your community and come participate in its creation this co-op is brought to us by our community of members.

Patch article: Locals want Co-op to Grow

Earth Charter US: Tampa bay Company in alingment with YES Magazine

Suncoast News: Co-op brings locally grown food to Pasco

Great new Products
Eggs, Cheese, Milk, Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised chicken, Kale, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Lettuce and so much more are on the market! 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.

Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-6pm 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.

Growing in Kinship Garden
Learn how to garden for FREE!
We are having frequent work days on Wednesdays and Fridays at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street 10am-Noon. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.

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.

Please bring a bag
If you bring extra bags when you pick up your order labeled with your name we will carry them to next week and pre-place your order in a bag. Every week if you bring the bags back we will always have bags available to pre-package your orders. Thank you!

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

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. $1.50 cup of organic locally roasted coffee and conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street.

Vegetable Garden Tour + Potluck
Join the co-op this Sunday March 17th as we tour the vegetable growers of the co-ops gardens! Meet up at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison Street) where we will gather and start the tour off at 1pm. Please bring your pot-luck stuff in coolers as we will be doing garden tours first (3-4 hours). The gardens we will be visiting:

Holiday Oasis Gardens
Veggout Gardens
Good Chance Gardens
Peace Hall Learning Garden
Moatts Garden
Rivergirl Farm

Join us at Rivergirl Farm (Barbara’s House 6410 River Road NPR around 4-5pm) for a pot-luck after party where we will talk about the garden tours and how we can grow an edible Suncoast.

Share this event with all your friends in the area to get a good idea of what is possible growing food on small spaces in our own backyards!We are expecting a dozen+ people and limited car pool options.

Member/ownership Meeting
Tuesday March 19, 6pm
New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street, NPR 34652
Members of the Suncoast Co-op only. All members or potential members please attend
We will be discussing the future of the co-op and going over agenda items to be released later. Also opportunities to speak about the co-op and new agenda items will occur. Please attend if you are a member of the co-op. If you are not a member you may purchase membership that night to participate.

The room is upstairs Room 2.

Free Film Showing: Forks over Knives
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

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!

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Lettuce!

We have lots of lettuce on the market. Order quick!

Follow the link to get started: Tullahoma Locally Grown Market Section

Seeya tomorrow!

Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Last Minute Order??

Heirloom Living Market will close for this week at noon today.

Don’t forget one lucky customer will win $25 off their order…and there will be yummy product samples and prizes!!
Be sure to get last minute orders in before NOON!!

Melody Lane Co-op:  March 13, 2013 - Moss Hill Farm Vegetable CSA

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


Moss Hill Farm ~

I am happy to announce:
Vegetable deliveries from Moss Hill Farm will start again on April 11th.
Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Fill out this CSA Application and drop it off at my house with your deposit any time. You can place it in the locked drop-box in the carport if I am not home when you come by.

These are the freshest, most nutrient-dense vegetables you will find anywhere. Almost everything we get will have been picked that very same day. You can’t get much fresher than that unless you grow it yourself! My family and many of my close friends have been buying from Floyd Keisler for years and we have always been very pleased. Moss Hill Farm is located in nearby Milton, Ga. They are Certified Naturally Grown and use only organic, sustainable, bio-dynamic methods. I know that sounds like a lot of greenwashing buzz words, but you can go to his website for a more in-depth description of everything he does to enhance the soil and work with nature, rather than against it.

What’s better than looking at a webpage? How about taking a tour of the farm to see for yourself! To kick off the 2013 growing season, Floyd has invited us to come take a tour of the farm on Wednesday, March 27th. The tour is free and children of all ages are welcome. Go to our events page on facebook to RSVP. For those of you that are not available on a Wednesday afternoon, just contact Floyd at to schedule a personal tour at a time that is more convenient for you. He will be happy to show you around and answer all your questions.

Floyd sells his vegetables through a CSA program. (What is a CSA?) Full share members will pick up from the co-op every week. Half share members pick up every other week. Payment in full is required before the start of each “season”. See the list of seasons and pricing below or download the 2013 CSA Application. If you can’t commit to a whole season, there will be a limited number of extra shares available each week on a first come, first served basis. Extra shares will be posted in The Market and you can pay for them online or in person when you come to pick up.

2013 CSA Schedule:

SPRING (6 weeks: April 11 – May 16)
full share – $235 | half share – $140 | week-to-week $48

SUMMER (12 weeks: May 23 – August 8)
full share – $440 | half share – $260 | week-to-week $48

FALL (12 weeks: August 15 – October 31)
full share – $440 | half share – $260 | week-to-week $48

WINTER (6 weeks: November 7 – December 12)
full share – $235 | half share – $140 | week-to-week $48

You may be wondering, what exactly is in a share? The specific varieties will change week to week depending on what is in season, but we usually get 10 – 12 different items each week. That’s enough to provide all of the vegetable needs for an average family of four. The spring and winter are usually heavier in root vegetables and leafy vegetables, while the summer and fall are heavier in flowering vegetables and fruiting vegetables. I have listed some examples below. In addition, each CSA share will also include herbs, flowers, goji berries, and cherries, when available.

Leafy Greens
beet greens
mustard greens

Spring Share Summer Share
Fall Share Winter Share


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator

Connect with other members of the co-op and join the conversation now on Facebook

The Cumming Harvest:  March 13, 2013



A bit of background — all leafy greens are not interchangeable. Some are delicate enough for salads; others can be tough as shoe leather. In general, though, they fall into two categories, each of which is handled differently. Within each category, though, the type of green used is pretty much interchangeable. The “tender greens” (beet greens, Swiss chard, spinach) are delicate and moisture-rich. The “assertive greens” (kale, mustard, turnips, collards) are stronger in flavor, and require added liquid as they cook.

This is a great recipe for those more assertive greens. Technique is the key. The initial shallow blanching erases some of their bitterness without robbing them of their character. It preserves their color and flavor, saves time, and allows them to be cooked more quickly.Once the greens have been blanched and drained, they can be used in any number of tasty recipes. In this one, the sweetness of the onions and the richness of the cream mellow the bitterness of the greens.

Source: Perfect Vegetables: A Best Recipe Classic, 2003, by the editors of Cook’s Illustrated magazine
Serves: serves 4 (about 2 cups of cooked greens)


2 pounds kale, collards, mustard or turnip greens, washed and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. unsalted butter
2 medium walking onions (white portion only) or shallots, chopped fine
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

Step by Step Instructions

1. The essential blanching step: Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a deep pot, add the salt and greens, and stir until wilted. Cover and cook until the greens are just tender (about 7 minutes). Drain in a colander. Rinse the pot with cold water, refill it with cold water, and pour in the greens to stop the cooking. Gather a handful of greens, lift out of the water, and squeeze dry. Repeat with the rest. Roughly cut each bunch of greens, and proceed with the rest of the recipe.
2. Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When the foaming subsides, add the onions or shallots and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. Then add the squeezed, cut greens and stir to coat them with the butter.
3. Stir in the cream, sugar, thyme, and nutmeg. Cover and cook until the greens are heated through (about 2 minutes). If any excess liquid remains, remove the lid and continue to simmer until the cream has thickened slightly (about 1 minute longer).
4. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.

Market News

Good Morning!
Coming Soon…Yonah Mountain Coffee.
March 23rd Yonah Mountain Coffee will be visiting the market to show their products and brew a fresh batch of coffee just for you! Yonah Mountain Coffee has an interesting story that you can read about on their website HERE.

I will place another order for Cod Liver Oil and Coconut oil on April 1st. Send me an email,, or sign up at Saturday pick up.

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


March 16 – Weston Price Conference at Rancho Alegre Farm. Info and Register Here

March 24 – Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is hosting a Grow Your Own Food Event.

March 30 – Christ Community Church and Natural Body Spa are hosting an Easter Eggstravaganza and Health Fair. The Cumming Harvest vendors will be participating. Should be a fun event for the entire family!

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!

Stone County, AR:  That's it for this week!

Hey, Everyone!

The Market’s now closed.

We’re sorry to report the upcoming cold frame workshop has been postponed. We’ll keep you posted on the new date.

Don’t forget the Master Gardeners’ annual “bare root” tree and shrub sale at the Stone County Fair Grounds this Saturday, March 16, from 9A-12. Plants will sell for $4 each.

And, if you have just a few minutes, you might give a call to your Senators to stress how much you care that they create an equitable and sustainable farm bill. Our farmers need our support! The SSAWG Webpage will tell you everything you need to know.

Thanks so much! Have a great week!

Champaign, OH:  That's a wrap!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful market! Woo hoo to each of you! Thank you vendors and customers for such support!

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars Monday night to come hear an update of our local foods scene following the documentary The Economics of Happiness at 7 PM at UU. It will be great information!

Manchester Locally Grown:  Market is Closing Soon

Don’t forget to place your order before tomorrow at noon for delivery Thursday afternoon. Please let me know if you have any problems setting up your customer account or placing your order. E-mail .


Russellville Community Market:  Order Reminder!

Only a few more hours of ordering time for the market! Be sure to get your orders in by 10:00 p.m. tonight!

Don’t forget we have new pick up times available from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Market on Thursday at All Saints Episcopal Church!

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook
Be sure to click on the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page to get automatic updates. Thanks!

Russellville Community Market

Conyers Locally Grown:  FFA Plant Sale Starts March 25

Some of you may already know but for all the others, get ready. The Newton County High School FFA is having there 2013 plant sale. the sale will be held at the schook greenhouse everyday after school from 3:30 till 6:00, starting Monday March 25. They will have the sale untill they sell out. according to Mr. Belcher the greenhouse is filled from top to bottom. All the proceeds benefit the Newton County High School FFA program. The plants are propigated by the students with Mr. Belchers guidance.

2013 Plant Sales

Plant Type: Cost:
Begonia (red) Single plant $.50
Flat $10.00 (18 per flat)
Coleus (different Types) Single Plant $1.00
Marigold (Disco Queen) pack $2.00
Flat $10.00
Tomatoes (Better Boy, Beef Master, Rutgers)
pack $2.00
Flat $10.00

Geraniums (Red) Single Plant $6.00
Hanging Basket $10.00
Wave Petunia (blue, purple, pink)
Single Plant $1.50

Impatiens (mixed flats) pack $2.00
Flat $10.00
Boston Ferns (green) Basket $10 .00

Lantana Single Plant $2.00

Bell Peppers. pack 2.00
Flat $10.00
Sweet potato (ornamental)
Single plant $1.00

Vinca. pack $2.00
Flat $10.00

New Guinean Impatient. Single plant $1.50
10” pot $3.00

Verbena. Single plant $1.50
Mixed hanging baskets. $8.00