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Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Manchester Locally Grown market is open!

Dear Market Members:

Spring is ever-so-softly slipping our way. I can feel it in the air. Signs of the very early part of spring are more and more common. The robins have returned in force to Coffee County, the daffodils are blooming, and the sunshine (when we see it) is warmer each day.

There are lots of eggs on the market this week, including duck eggs; as well as soaps and lotions. Solace Farm has added adorable handmade baby moccasins. Hansen’s Milk & Honey Farm has lots of local honey (so good for allergies). Dogwood Valley Greenhouse has daffodil bouquets again this week, and probably next as well. Grundy Greens’ lettuces and Frontier Family Farms’ spinach are delicious this time of year. And Wayne Diller’s popcorn will make a great healthy dessert. There are several perennials and a few houseplants available from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse.

Come browse through the market and choose a few things for your family this week. Click here to begin shopping.

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  The Cumberland Farmer's Market is OPEN!

It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market

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Here’s another great recipe from Kir Strobel! This one sounds perfect for a chilly winter’s night.

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (serves 4)


1 1/2 lbs ground round beef
1 onion chopped
1-2 cups vegetables – chopped carrots, corn, peas
1 1/2 – 2 lbs potatoes (3 big ones) (try mashed sweet potatoes!)
8 tablespoons butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice


1. Peel and quarter potatoes, boil in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). (Or: My favorite method to peel potatoes is to not cut them but to pierce the skin and put them in boiling water for about a minute or two; then plunge them into ice water and then twist the skins off.)

2. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 a stick) in large frying pan. (Purists can use olive oil.)

3. Sauté onions in butter until tender over medium heat (10 mins). If you are adding vegetables, add them according to
cooking time. Put any carrots in with the onions. Add corn or peas either at the end of the cooking of the onions, or after the meat has initially cooked.

4. Add ground beef and sauté until no longer pink. Add salt and pepper. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add half a cup of
beef broth and cook, uncovered, over low heat for 10 minutes, adding more beef broth as necessary to keep moist.

5. Mash potatoes in bowl with remainder of butter, season to taste.

6. Place beef and onions in baking dish. Distribute mashed potatoes on top. Rough up with a fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely. You can use the fork to make some designs in the potatoes as well. (That last part is optional; I’m usually challenged enough just to get the potatoes spread out fairly evenly. I make these up in individual portions and freeze in glass or plastic containers. Very easy to slightly thaw, remove from plastic container – never cook in them – and microwave for a quick, easy dinner.)

7. If you’re doing a whole baking dish instead of individual portions: Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown
(about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes if necessary to brown.

Market News

Dear Market Members:

The market has been very quiet lately. We are experiencing that lovely season of peace before the whirlwind of spring and summer begins. It’s nice to sit by the fire and think about all the reasons we have to be grateful: we’re warm, we’re well-fed, we have a wonderful supportive community to live in.

Have you heard the birds chirping? What a cheerful sign that spring is on the way! We’ve been seeing daffodils, too. In honor of those cold-defying harbingers of spring, I offer to you this poem by William Wordsworth. You’ve no doubt read it before, but take another look at how he captures the contemplative spirit of a grateful heart. He is grateful, as we are now, for the memories of spring that get us through these cold winter nights!

Daffodils, by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

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Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-Snow, Snow and more Snow on the way!


I realized that I hadn’t opened the market for this week. We have been busy moving snow, sledding and planting that I just forgot.

We ended up with 9-10 inches of snow. Everything came through just fine. With a strange East wind, most of the snow blew off all the high tunnels and I only cleaned them off once. It probably was required, but better safe than sorry!

On the growing front, I am planning on planting tomatoes in 3.5 weeks. It is hard to believe, but that is what my calendar says. I may have to adjust. The onions appear to be doing well. I am glad I have them planted, instead of trying to get them planted this week. I have carrots coming up too. I hope everything makes it through these bitterly cold mornings.

We will be tearing out stuff in the next two weeks to make room for new plantings. We will be offering salad mix this week and probably the following week too. I will leave the Kale for two more weeks, but then it will have to come out too.

The transition time is always hard to figure out, but I will see if we can keep some stuff going in another tunnel while I clear out the other two. We have 24 flats of plants growing with 50 to 98 seedlings in each one. As soon as the weather evens out, we will be planting.

We will try to fill all orders this week with normal delivery times, but with the winter weather coming in on Sunday night/Monday morning and a baby that can’t make up its mind when it wants to come, it could change. Don’t let that scare you from ordering, just keep it in mind.

Orders are due by 5 pm on Sunday!



Tahlequah Farmers Market:  market closed

The on line market is closed today. We will reopen Sunday…if the website will let me on!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is Open!

The market is OPEN!

Seems like 2 things we have plenty of are cabbage and carrots. This week I’ll share a coleslaw dressing recipe. I grate a head of cabbage and maybe one (sometimes 2) carrots in my food chopper. Then I mix the grated veggies with the dressing. SO GOOD!
1 1/4 cup mayo
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/4 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Happy Shopping!


March 7 is just around the corner and our new market is building steam! We are currently seeking weekly sponsors for the 2013 season. If your local business can support our efforts and would like to be featured for an evening at the Thursday market, please contact or call 706-288-7895. For more info visit

ALG will join efforts with the Augusta Boys & Girls Clubs to recruit volunteers from its “Cooking Matters” classes at three locations, starting in April. Augusta Locally Grown will help bring seasonal & local foods awareness to this nationally-recognized curriculum which focuses on affordability and whole foods. If you would like more details about these volunteer opportunities, please contact

Lisa Kessler of White Hills Lavender Farm has launched an educational blog on herbs and health. This health-care-professional-turned-farmer offers a wealth of practical knowledge and passion. Read the blog at

Channel 6 recently interviewed veggie farmer Mike Fuller at Brandywine Farm in anticipation of the Evans Towne Farmers Market. The airdate is not yet known but look for it soon!

Congratulations to ALG volunteer and local health care professional Lauren Belcher for being named “Young Dietician of the Year” by the Georgia Dietetic Association. Look for Lauren and her colleague Nellie at the “Farm-acy” Nutrition Ed booth sponsored by the ADDS at the Evans Towne Farmers Market soon.

SEE Y’ALL at the market pick up on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay :  Market is OPEN- put your order in NOW! Great products this week!

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Market News


Everything is a go – if you’d like to order produce, go ahead and place your orders online till 11pm Monday night! />
The pick up times have been extended to Wednesday 6-8pm in order to better accommodate our distributor, farmers, and customers!

And Thursday from 1-4pm. (case by case, call ahead)

If there is something special you want, please email before Sunday 4pm.

As for items from certain farmers (Windmill, Morning Star, etc.), if there is not enough product ordered, it doesn’t always make financial sense for us to drive an hour or two to pick it up. We’ll try to communicate better with members when this happens but just wanted to give everybody a heads up.

Check out some great upcoming events down below!

Ryan gets back from Cuba Saturday but until then, Sarah will still be handling the market. If you have any questions, e-mail the BH or call her at (407)754-5794.

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero (some exceptions with Gnarly Farms products)

Order here today!.

Email us if you have any questions.

The boxes are now hand-selected by the customer/member instead of pre-packaged. This means the earlier you come, the more selection you’ll have for your box! Please bring your own box or reusable bag as we are running low at the coop. Also, if you have any to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

We may donate excess food that does not sell in the course of a week to local food programs that the Tampa Underground organizes – the Good Samaritan, the Hub & home church feedings for those in need.

If you would like to be there to help drop off for those folks, please let me know.

Here’s whats been going on at the Co-op.

Over the past few months a ‘steering committee’ has been meeting every month & working to establish bylaws that are in accordance with our values and principles.

We are almost at the point where we can file for Cooperative status with the state of Florida statute 619. Hopefully, within a few months that will be a reality. If you would like to participate, have legal or nonprofit experience, please let us know.

Our location has to change around the end of February/beginning of March.

Right now it looks like we will be moving into the blue building near the current location as another temporary spot. We’re still planning to move around the end of this month and could use some help so let us know if you’d be willing to volunteer your time and/or supplies.

We have also been visiting an aquaponics farm in Dade City called Morning Star Fishermen. They have a 65,000 gallon aquaponics system and are raising tilapia as well as a ton of vegetables. It is a truly inspiring production- they even teach classes and are expanding. We’re thinking of planning a field trip up there with members so be on the lookout for info! We want members to be involved and get to know their farmer(s), so check out the growers on the website, let us know if you are interested in visiting any of them, and we can try to set something up. After all, that’s the point!

Be on the lookout for Recipes under the appropriate tab on Locally Grown!

More updates to come soon!

Coming Events

Ryan, our Market Manager, will be in Cuba from February 13-23 in order to learn about cooperatives and permaculture initiatives there. Sarah, along with any volunteers who would like to help, will be handling orders and pickup during that time. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, feel free to contact Sarah at 407-754-5794 or

Saturday, February 23rd, Tampa Free Skool will be hosting an Introduction to Medical Botany Class at the Roosevelt 2.0 at 6PM. It will be a brief introduction/overview of plants and their medicinal uses. Topics to be covered include: (VERY) basic plant metabolism and botanical nomenclature; brief history of medical botany; (a few) common botanicals used for certain ailments; active compounds; modes of action; and how/where they are commercially sold.

Tuesday, February 26th is Swingin’ for a Cause at the Mermaid Tavern to benefit the Venture Compound. Event starts at 8PM but come early if you want swinging lessons. The Venture Compound is a Florida Non-Profit Anti-Gallery, Alternative Venue and Artspace focused on young and emerging artists and artforms that are not otherwise commercially viable.

HCC will be hosting a Beyond Sustainability Conference at the end of February (Feb 28-Mar 1). The focus will be on social entrepreneurship and sustainable economy: exploring nexuses. For more information, Click Here

USF’s Student Environmental Association is hosting RecycleFest- an opportunity for creative minds to create art pieces from recycled material that may be displayed in the MSC Centre Gallery! The event will be taking place March 28th at 1:30PM at the MSC Amphitheater. If you are interested and/or have any questions, contact Sarah Seabrook at

Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.

Champaign, OH:  It's the Ice Capades

Well not really but surely be careful out there!

Had to share a small success story that happened overnight. One of our great new customers Bob Munch replied by email that he was looking for a particular type of radish called a watermelon radish last night after the market opened. While I haven’t heard of it, I sent an email to our vendors to let them know. I awoke this morning to find that Lonny has already ordered seed and will work his magic to deliver said radish to the market. Does it get any faster than that folks? Thanks to both Lonny and Bob for working together towards success!

Please give us suggestions on what you want to see at our market as we would be glad to try! Stay safe out there and thank you for shopping with us!

Conway, AR:  Bring Glass Jars to CLG Pickup Today at 4pm! Thanks!

Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Champaign, OH:  Announcements

Couple of Announcements…
Tonight we all sampled JC Grower’s Roasted Garlic Jelly and it is amazing. It was a true treat and is now available on the market site. It is two-thumbs up for sure! Also, Carla was invited to
speak to the Goshen Garden Club tonight so she has made it to the big time! Great job garlic friend!

While I’m not endorsing one school fund raiser over another, I thought I would share the news of the following. Please consider supporting their fund raiser which by the way also gets two-thumbs up as a healthy choice of fundraisers!

“The Mechanicsburg FFA is selling strawberries! All the proceeds go to the Relay for Life campaign. Half flat is $10 and Full flat is $20. Sale will run through March 1 and be delivered the week of March 18. Contact the FFA if you would like some strawberries.”(call the school for more details!)

While not baking loaves of Cosmic Charlie Breads, our very own Pam Bowshier is knee-deep in Oscar prep for the big event on Saturday evening in downtown Urbana. I hear there’s even a red carpet! I know she would love your support. Check with Pam or the Boston for more details!

Also the rumor mill is churning that Swisher Hill’s sheriff and boss lady are brewing up some new concoctions. I can’t share the details but let’s just say they are spicy!

All for tonight but we cannot thank our customers enough! Without you we wouldn’t be here! And you know, we have the best vendors too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys work all day and have to work some more on market days so we really appreciate you! Thanks guys!