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Suncoast Co-op:  Suncoast Co-op Market news, upcoming workshops, meetings, and social events!


To Contact Us

How to contact us:
Suncoastcoop@gmail.com
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

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



*Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.

Initiating the 10% patron fee
Starting in November we have begun adding on a 10% patron fee for all patrons using the market. We want anyone to be-able to use our online local market to order local food. If you become a part member/owner of the co-operative your 10% patron fee will get waived. This fee will be used to grow and expand our market as well as more market customer pick-up locations. We want everyone to buy into the co-op enabling us the resources to provide you with the most fresh, local, and healthy food possible on the market. You will notice this market surcharge fee when you place your order. If you are a Suncoast Co-op member your fee will be deducted at pick-up so disregard the fee on your bill and look at your total sales for you cost.

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 Suncoastcoop@gmail.com 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

Pasco Ecofest
November 10th 9am-2pm
New Port Richey Public Library
5939 Main Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652

For more information please visit http://www.pascoecofest.com/

North Pinellas Local Food Movement
Monday Nov. 12th 6:00pm
470 E. Cypress St. Tarpon Springs, FL

Join us for a get together to discuss the North Pinellas Local food movement meeting. Our agenda is to review our notes from the last meeting, establish a regular book club study, a calendar for local food documentaries to be shown, and start initiating permablitzes on land to establish edible landscapes for our members.

Victory Vegetable Gardening
November 17th 11am-2pm
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity ReStore
4131 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652

This 3 hour workshop takes you both inside and outside into the Habitat for Humanity’s Kinship garden. $30 for the workshop; $15 for Suncoast Co-op members. If you are financially unable to pay for the classes contact us for volunteer time bank hours you can trade volunteering in Kinship Garden for workshop. During the workshop you will learn how plants work, how to create thriving soils out of Florida sand, Pest identification, different styles of gardening, as well as planting schedule for Florida gardeners. Come to the class and receive free edible plants! Proceeds of the workshop will benefit both Habitat for Humanity’s mission and the Suncoast Co-op’s goals as well of making an edible New Port Richey.

Introduction to Permaculture
November 24th 11am-2pm
West Pasco Habitat for Humanity ReStore
4131 Madison Street, New Port Richey, Florida 34652

This 3 hour workshop gives you an in depth introduction to permaculture. $30 for workshop; $15 for Suncoast co-op members If you are financially unable to pay for the classes contact us for volunteer time bank hours you can trade volunteering in Kinship Garden for workshop. This introductory course to Permaculture will give you the design tools to start designing your home to be more conscious for creating a sustainable human habitats. Learn how to connect different pieces of the puzzle with your garden to
increase fertility. Learn about the founders of permaculture, permaculture concepts from around the world, and how you can design your own permaculture homestead. Learn a step by step process of growing your very own food forest here in Florida! Come to the class and receive free edible plants! Proceeds of the workshop will benefit both Habitat for Humanity’s mission and the Suncoast Co-op’s goals as well of making an edible New Port Richey.

Holiday Boat Parade Fundraiser
Saturday, December 1, 2012 3:00pm
6410 River Road New Port Richey, FL

Come join the Suncoast Co-op at Barbara’s house along the river in Downtown New Port Richey for watching the New Port Richey boat parade. We will have short discussions about growing food locally, Permaculture, and the worker owned cooperative. Join us for a silent auction as well as raffle drawings for gifts from businesses in the community. This event is a pot-luck and BYOB, bring your own plates, utensils, and tables/chairs if you have them. A great family event to learn about local food and how we can all work cooperatively towards the growth of a local food economy making New Port Richey an edible city.

Every Saturday 10am-2pm Suncoast Cafe
West Pasco Habitat For Humanity 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey, FL

Every Sunday 9am-3pm Tarpon Market
Tarpon Sunday Market Alt. US 19 and Tarpon Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL

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!

Superior Seasons:  Happy November


Good Day!

Reminder! Ordering is still open, CLICK HERE, until Monday at 5pm for Wednesday options! We don’t have a Wednesday pickup option for the winter season, so form a buying group and we’ll deliver to your office!

New Vendors
This season has brought a few new vendors to the market – make sure you check them out and become familiar with their products (ie: taste test)! All of our vendors are committed to providing sustainably produced products that adhere to all food safety guidelines. We want to be selling you more and more good stuff every year!

Good Growing


Click to Read the Superior Seasons Weekly!

Tahlequah Farmers Market:  Market is Open


Market is Open! Will remain open

ALFN Local Food Club:  Falling Sky Tyrkeys


The latest in market research indicates that rapid-fire, low-content bullet points are the most effective form of invasive advertising. Let’s give it a shot…
Falling Sky Turkeys available. Reserve now!
Real Food recipe for greens! We have lots of greens!
Pecans! Pecans! Pecans!

I didn’t find that satisfying. We do have pasture-raised turkeys available for reservation. For a Thanksgiving feast, a humanely and naturally raised centerpiece is the best form of thanksgiving for Earth’s abundance. Reserve yours now!
Sincerely,
Sam Hedges

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Volunteers


Thank you to Jamie Koonce and Jody Sprague for signing up to volunteer at the pick-up day this Friday!

There are still a lot of open shifts for upcoming markets, so check out our calendar on VolunteerSpot and sign up: http://tinyurl.com/Co-opVolunteers

Remember, for EVERY shift volunteered, whether a full 1:00-5:30 slot or a 1:00-3:30 slot, each volunteer will receive TWO FREE MONTHS of co-op membership.

In addition, for every 1:00-5:30 shift completed, each volunteer will receive a $5 Walmart gift/gas card!

If you have any problems or prefer to contact me directly, my email is kgharbut@aol.com

Thanks!

-Karen Harbut
Volunteer Coordinator

Cumberland, TN:  CSFM Open


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

Thanks for supporting your local farmers!

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Nov. 5, 2012 --> Wider Variety Has Arrived!


Please make all checks payable to “STPETE LOCALLY GROWN”. Thank you!

Message from Market Manager

HERE IS THE VARIETY AND VOLUME WE’VE BEEN WAITING FOR
WORDEN FARM organic produce is now offered through our online Market! Suncoast Food Alliance has worked hard to make this happen. Major thanks to John Matthews for bringing fresh local organic produce to St. Pete Locally Grown!

HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH?
We take our cue from weekly sales to our treasured customers. We will buy more volume if we know we can sell it. So if we sell out this week on any item, we’ll know we have to get more next time around! Please support us in buying your veggies and fruits through us so we can gauge our purchasing to have adequate inventory that meets our customers needs. It’s a tricky maneuver but we love figuring it out!

NEW FRUITS FROM ORGANICALLY INCLINED Persimmons, Pineapples, Galas, Tangerines, Barletts … OH MY!

IF YOU BUY BASIL
We love sharing new ways to keep your purchases fresh. We have learned that we should not refrigerate basil. Refrigeration tends to brown out the leaves. Instead, put the stems in a glass of water on your counter and use as needed. Do not submerge the leaves in water. Do be prepared to use up your basil within just a few days. Once it has been cut, it won’t stay fresh for more than a few days. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS as we will no longer issue refunds on basil.

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? on the third bullet item. Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

Ready to Order?

Click here to sign in & shop now

  • If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you.

Get to Know Us

Upcoming Events

SATURDAY WORKSHOP – Nov. 10, 2012 from 1 pm – 3 pm. “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” with Nathan Levy. Cost is $35 per individual OR pay $25 each when you bring a friend. (price includes copy of “What We’ve Learned”) RSVP is not required. You are not obligated to sell your produce through our Market if you take this course. Would you like to produce for yourself as our Growers do for our online Market and feed your own family healthy abundance? Become more independent and self-sustaining as you speed up your learning curve with Nathan’s experience:

  • Growing vegetables year round regardless of temperature
  • Using free materials for most all of garden needs
  • Harvesting weeds and seeds for extra bounty
  • Winning the “battle of the bugs”
    This workshop is a great refresher for garden veterans and solid advice for beginners! This 2-hour workshop is jam-packed with information for you to apply in your backyard vegetable patch as you plant, maintain, and harvest from your fall garden. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714 QUESTIONS: Call Nathan at 727-403-1655.

FREE SUNDAY LECTURES ON November 11th, 2 PM – 4:30 PM

“Community Gardens at Work” with Richard Duncan @ 2:00PM

What would you do if your employer asked you to start a community garden on workplace property? Richard Duncan was approached to do a feasibility study on an employee community garden at the company’s local facility where he works. The proposed garden would be run by Richard and volunteer staff. Just in case there’s a community garden in your future, you won’t want to miss out on Richard’s adventure as he shares the results of his workplace community garden research, including funding, legalities and many other considerations. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 QUESTIONS: tlevy@tampabay.rr.com. BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net

“Managing and Growing with the Eckerd College Organic Garden” with Deborah Hilbert @ 3:15PM

Listen to Eckerd College senior, Deborah Hilbert, share the history of the college’s organic garden, her experiences managing it, and the process of integrating the garden with the school’s mission and student interests. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 QUESTIONS:levy@tampabay.rr.com. BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net

First Annual Permaculture Yard Tour, Saturday, November 10, 2012 This FREE Yard Tour includes locations in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, and one in Clearwater. View and/or print flyer to share. Please help promote this event. Green Saturday, Catherine Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, November 24, 2012. Buy fruit & nut trees PLUS see the Movie “Grow”. View and/or print flyer to share. We need your help to get the word out about this event.

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!

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Reminder!


Just a reminder to please get your orders in before noon today. You’ll get a second chance to order this week on Wednesday morning as well. We’re going to keep that option open as long as it works for us financially. Hopefully the orders will justify the extra costs for us to do the Friday delivery.

Have a great day!
Risa

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Turkeys


The turkeys will be ready for pick up on Saturday the 17th. They are going to be processed Friday morning. They will not be frozen. They will not need to be frozen before they are cooked. Please make plans to pick up at the market on Saturday November 17 at the market you selected, between 9 and 10.

Let me know you have this and will be able to pick up at the market otherwise we will need to make other arrangements.

Thank you,
Brady

Conyers Locally Grown:  Turkeys


The turkeys will be ready for pick up on Friday the 16th. They are going to be processed Friday morning. They will not be frozen. They will not need to be frozen before they are cooked. Please make plans to pick up at the market on Friday November 16 between 5 and 7.

Let me know you have this and will be able to pick up at the market otherwise we will need to make other arrangements.

Thank you,
Brady