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South Cumberland Food Hub:  New Items!

I’ve added some green Kale, Collard Greens and Butternut Squash to the hub this week. All certified organic but in limited quantities, so order early!


South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local Food!

The market is open this morning for orders till noon. We have some delicious homemade breads and granola, as well as fresh lettuce for your salads.

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

Thank you for supporting your local food hub!


The Cumming Harvest:  Extra Specials

Sorry for the extra email, I forgot to tell you about some specials this week.

If you type in “sale” in the search you will see some items from Heritage Farm.
Beef Liver, Rib Eye Steak, Short Loin Roast, Duck and Leg of Lamb are all on sale this week.

Our Weekly Specials include My Daily Bread’s Cinnamon Rolls (you can request with cream cheese frosting or without). Also, Pumpkin Spice bread, and Greek Pasta Salad is on sale.

Farm Fresh Foods has some valentine deals like, Valentine Muffins Dark Chocolate Beet and Chocolate Cherry Galette.

Orobianco has the Mozzarella Scamorza on sale for $8.

Have a great week, thanks for shopping!

Suncoast Co-op:  Suncoast Co-op is in the News! Make your order of local food today.

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

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-2pm 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 Saturdays at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.

Partnership with Tampa Bay Time Bank
Starting in February we will be rolling out our partnership with the Tampa Bay Time bank where for every volunteer hour you give to the co-op you can get time bank hours back to trade/barter with others in the community using their website. We will have more information about this Time bank as the weeks go on ask us more in person or check out the website at

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 take our Survey
We appreciate you taking 5 minutes to fill out a Survey about the co-op, your feedback helps us do a better job: Survey for the Suncoast Co-op

Eat 10% Local
We are launching a campaign advertising our co-op and for local citizens to start shifting their food budget 10% local. We hope to encourage a food Renaissance and share this vision to people of the Suncoast area becoming an edible cornucopia. We hope to engage and educate people into the local food movement via movies, book studies, and Permablitzes social activities to enhance the development of the movement.

Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. Becoming a board of director is taking on a leadership position and requires membership/ownership, while volunteering is for short term opportunities to assist the co-op and requires no membership. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email the co-op with what your most interested in assisting the co-op with at Put Subject: Board of Director or Volunteer to receive more information

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.

Fundraising Committee Meet-up
Saturday, Feb 9th 9:30am
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity 4131 Madison Street, New Port Richey.
We will be discussing how to raise more membership with the co-op by hosting a membership drive. We will continue our conversation about developing a farm to fork fundraiser as well.
The Membership committee is responsible for working with existing Membership to “rally the troops” to become the volunteer “hands” required to implement the marketing plan, fundraising strategies, dissemination of educational materials and other volunteer opportunities.

Free Film Showing: Edible City
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library

Join us for a free film showing of Edible City! Edible City: Grow the Revolution is a fun, fast-paced, feature-length documentary journey through the local Good Food movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Documenting a broad spectrum of activists, organizations and inspired citizens, Edible City shows how everyone can get involved in transforming our food system.

Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The movie digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work– from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies— finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

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!

Russellville Community Market:  Market 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

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The market is closed

The Spa City Co-op market is now closed. Please plan to pick up your order from the Art Church between 3:30 – 5:30 this Friday, the 8th.

Should you be unable to pick up your order, it is your responsibility to find someone to do that for you during the regular pick up time.

Please also consider signing up to volunteer. Its fun and you learn alot.

See you all on Friday,
Karen Holcomb
Market Manager

The Cumming Harvest:  Newsletter - February 6, 2013

Market News

Our FEATURED FARMER OF THE MONTH is Lynn Pugh of Cane Creek Farm in Cumming, GA.

How long have you been farming?
I have been farming for 10 years. I taught science at the high school and college level for 20 years, always having my own organic garden in the summer.

Who farms with you?
I am the farmer. My parents, William and Carolyn Mills, and my husband Chuck Pugh have specific tasks they help with on the farm.
Michele Gillman works part-time as Harvest and Volunteer coordinator.
Many dedicated CSA workers, volunteers, and interns help with the harvest and field work.

Do you farm full-time or have any other jobs?
The farm is a full time business with both production and education missions.

What do you produce? Do you have a specialty?
We grow vegetables, flowers, fruit, and herbs for a CSA, on-farm market, on-line market and a restaurant. We have a couple of cows a few sheep and a flock of chickens. We sell grass-fed beef, lamb and eggs from the chickens. We also grow goldenseal and a few other medicinal herbs. We sell the medicinal herb products produced by a coop to which we belong.

Every year we teach two intensive courses on Organic Farming and Gardening in partnership with Georgia Organics. One- day workshops, field trips, and farm tours are also offered to the community. Through internships, apprenticeships and the CSA worker program interested people are trained each year to run their own farms.

How did you get into farming? What made you want to become a farmer?
After teaching for 20 years, I was ready for a change. We had bought and lived on 17 acres of land with a dream of living a more sustainable life, but not fully realizing that dream. I loved being outside and growing plants. I had earned a degree in plant pathology when I was young, so I had some background. Starting a farm seemed like the right thing for me.

At first I did not farm too seriously. I grew more than I needed for our family, and sold the extra at the farmers’ market in my local town. Then I grew a little more and went to a farmers market in Atlanta. As I was developing the farm, I was also working for Georgia Organics on some grant projects, interviewing farmers and developing a marketing tool, then a curriculum. I attended workshops and conferences and had many conversations with people who were farming.

The work from these early years shaped the farm. I realized that the CSA model was the one that best fit my vision for the farm. I had all the skills to run a CSA, I lived in a county that was one of the fastest growing in the country, and my desire for community could be met with a CSA. We have had a CSA for 8 years now with a loyal community of shareholders and helpers. The markets and restaurant purchase the extra produce that is not needed for the CSA.

What is unique about your farm?
Cane Creek is an educational farm. As I finished the work on the organic farming curriculum for Georgia Organics, I realized I wanted to teach the course, to test out the curriculum. This started one of the most satisfying things I have done- teaching a course on Organic Farming and Gardening to adults who want to farm or develop a better garden. I teach the course twice a year, in the fall and winter. Each course covers 7 Saturdays of classroom discussion and hands on learning on the farm. The people I have met through these classes have enriched my life greatly and many still keep in contact. I feel such pleasure as I see them successfully start their own farms and gardens.

Talk about the biggest challenge you’ve encountered as a farmer.
My biggest challenge has been running the business side of the farm. As I have worked to make the farm more profitable, I have had to learn to consider the business aspect, as well as the growing aspect in decision- making. This has been a struggle for me, because I am not naturally interested in these aspects and have a hard time staying attentive to money issues. Though there is still much room for improvement, I have succeeded in improving profitability and becoming more comfortable with this type of thinking.

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!

Fresh and Local CSA Market:  We'll be delivering broilers and farm eggs to Tenley this Saturday!

Dear Friend of Locally Grown Foods -

Just wanted you to know that we are going to be delivering broilers and farm eggs to Tenley this Saturday morning. (If you can’t meet us at the drop, we can leave goods for you.)

I’ve prefer not to use the database for small orders like this, so let me know if you are interested by emailing me at

I have a limited number of broilers and a limited number of eggs, so order soon or I’ll be sold out.

Eggs are $5 a doz. Broilers are $3.99 a pound and are running between 4 and 5 pounds.

I’ll also have some commercially prepared and packaged jerky from our beef for $8 a package (circa 4oz)

Again, please order directly from me via email.


-Farmer Allan

Plattsburgh Online Ordering:  Farmers Market online orders

Good chilly evening. I enjoyed the sunny day, and even started some seeds.

We will have special guests at the market Saturday. The 4H group that won the regional Lego Robotics competition will demonstrate their stuff, sell baked goods and crafts, and willingly accept donations to fund their trip to the national competition in St. Louis. What a great opportunity for them. Please come support them.

I apologize for not opening for orders earlier – just got distracted (imagine that). Please get your orders in by early Friday morning.

Champaign, OH:  Tick, tock!

T-minus thirty minutes! Get shakin’ folks if you need to put an order in tonight. That is all…thank you!