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StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market Closes @ Noon TODAY - Market is CLOSED next week

Relax. You haven’t run out of time… yet. You have until NOON to shop our Market.

We want to convince you that we are the ultimate solution for enhancing your dinner table with great, locally grown food that is chemical-free and therefore worry-free. For those who take awhile to make up their minds, we are now offering a 6 month membership to our online Market for $50. This will grant you full access to all the benefits of the annual membership including the monthly Market socials. This offer is limited to first time members. You don’t pay the membership fee until your third order.

Place your order now

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market Closes Wednesday - order NOW - No Market Next Week

Market Closes Wednesday @ NOON

Just a friendly reminder to place your order now so you don’t miss this week’s Market offerings.

WE DELIVER ON FRIDAY TO YOUR HOME, OFFICE, OR A CO-OP NEAR YOU Please tell your friends! Interested in joining one or forming a co-op in your neighborhood? Please call Tina at 727-515-9469.

Our Market schedule for 2015 is posted at this link to keep you informed. Please save it as a favorite.

We want to convince you that we are the ultimate solution for enhancing your dinner table with great, locally grown food that is chemical-free and therefore worry-free. For those who take awhile to make up their minds, we are now offering a 6 month membership to our online Market for $50. This will grant you full access to all the benefits of the annual membership including the monthly Market socials. This offer is limited to first time members. You don’t pay the membership fee until your third order!


We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to expand our delivery network and attract like-minded folks who want the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced CHEMICAL-FREE foods possible!

Cross Timbers Food Cooperative:  CTFC Market Open for March 14 Pick-up

Hey, folks—

Ordering for the first March delivery is OPEN.

Orders can be placed through Sunday, March 8.

Pickup is from 1:30 – 2:30 PM on Saturday, March 14.

for Cross Timbers Food Cooperative

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Mar. 2, 2015 - Welcome Valued Customers!

Broccoli flowers in the winter garden of Nathan’s Natural Veggies

Ready To Order?

sign in & shop now
FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. 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. Call your Market Manager for help.

Save Money. Buy Bulk.

Our Market’s definition of “bulk” may be different than you are used to. We don’t have cases of vegetables to sell but we do have packages of items weighing from 1 to 3 pounds that are priced to sell due to oversupply. They are still FRESHLY HARVESTED but there is so much to sell that Growers would rather discount them than toss them into the compost. From arugula to green beans to oregano, our ECONOMY category (as we call it) just might hold the nuggets that you don’t have access to in these larger quantities. Dry some pungent Greek oregano and share as gifts with your co-workers. Freeze stringbeans for up to nine months! Swiss chard works wonders in soups and stews which freeze very nicely. Try Curried Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew with Garbanzo Beans. To view all ECONOMY items—from “The Market” page—simply click on “ECONOMY” under categories listed on the left side of your screen. To switch back, select “All Products” instead. This is called “filtering”. If you need help, call your Market Manager at 727-515-9469. Stock up and save money!

Message from Your Market Manager

We are going to try something that will make it possible for you to order larger plants in bigger pots. We have not been able to manage these within our current deliveries on Fridays. Debra Black of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World is the first Grower to experiment with what we are calling “Direct Order”. If it catches on… who knows? Here’s how it all works! Whenever you order an item that is labelled as a “DIRECT ORDER”, the Grower (initially, Debra) will take responsibility for delivering that item to you at a convenient pre-arranged time, separate from your normal SPLG Friday delivery. The price of the plant includes the Grower’s delivery fee AND you will pay for the plant(s) just as you always have, included with your regular order from us. The only difference is that you will receive an email from the Grower after Market close on Wednesday to schedule convenient delivery of your plant(s). Questions? Please call your Market Manager at 727-515-9469. We are grateful to Debra for having such a passion for selling the larger, more developed plants which will assist our customers in building beautiful edible food forests more quickly.

Medjool dates, papayas, honeybells and mammoth royal mandarins, boscs and braeburns. No strawberries this week! Our customers appear to be losing interest in them. Please let us know if you want them on the next Market in two weeks.

If you haven’t visited Nathan’s garden lately or taken a recent tour before our monthly potluck social, here’s what you’ve been missing. Nathan’s Natural Veggies: winter garden tour Feb 2015

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? 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.

Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables.

Upcoming Events

All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events


  • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Mar. 14th, 1-3PM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
  • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Mar. 21st, 1-3PM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
  • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Mar. 28th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is valued Market customer and local non-profit Executive Director Barbara Rhode, founder of a locally acclaimed program called The Red Tent Women’s Initiative. More to come on this highly anticipated talk!

Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed and don’t miss the link below to a (Goat) Nanny Program.
Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete
The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

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!

Green Fork Farmers Market:  Market this week

Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers,

It looks like it might be a good idea not to have a market this Wednesday. The weather is supposed to be bad, and we don’t want to have orders that can’t be filled by farmers, or farmers who bring in product and customers aren’t able to pick up, or have to cancel it altogether. So we will take a break and be back next week.

It’s supposed to be nice the rest of the week, though—so we’d like to let you know about the Dig In! Food and Farming Festival *coming up this weekend. The festival will feature Douglas Gayeton as the keynote speaker, who will present on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon about food, farming, and food system change. There will also be classes, kids’ workshops, an opening reception and film, information/vendor fair, seed and tool exchange, food and farming art show, short films and discussions, and yummy local food. Take a look at the festival schedule and pre-register at *

Have a good week, and we’ll see you next Wednesday!

Green Fork Farmers Market

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Reminder! Plants, Facial Products, Policy Changes, and More!

I hear it’s nearly time to get those seedlings in the ground, not that I know anything about gardening. But I believe it, because I heard it from a farmer, which is something I find myself saying pretty often these days. Those of you with a greener thumb than I, may be pleased to find that things are slowly but surely being added to our Plants, Flowers & Seeds section. Order early and often for the best selection from everything that ABC Greenhouse and Herb Farm and Willow Springs Market Garden have to offer.

Speaking of additions to the market, check out the intriguing new facial care products from Homayd Natural Care Products made with skin loving ingredients like aloe vera, rosehip oil, and other essential oils.

And just in case you’ve been living under a rock, allow me to remind you of all the exciting things going on at ALFN:

  • Beginning Saturday, March 7th in addition to being able to pay via credit or debit card through our website, you will also be able to pay by card when you pick up your order. If you do not have a form of payment, your order can not go home with you. To receive your food, you can come back during Food Club with a form of payment, pick your order up on Monday, or we’ll hold on to it one full week for an additional $10 fee. Though it may not seem like much, we can no longer bear the administrative costs of tracking IOUs.
  • Beginning Monday, March 9th the Monday pickup will be 5:00-6:00pm. In order to help cover our costs, all orders picked up on Monday will be charged a $2.50 convenience fee.

When you pick up the order you’ll undoubtedly be placing before The Market closes on Wednesday at noon, these policies will be in place. Please read them carefully now, to ensure that you aren’t caught off guard. If you have questions or concerns about any of these changes, you may contact us by replying to this email, or calling (501)291-2769.

In other exciting news, ALFN is seeking applicants for a part-time Program and Market Manager position. We’re looking for motivated folks that are passionate about sustainable agriculture to manage our programs, communicate with our stakeholders, and contribute to the sustainability and growth of our mission. Check out this link to read the full job description. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to by Sunday, March 15th. Contact Alex at or 501.291.2769 if you have any questions.

-Rebecca Wild
Program Manager

Do you have questions or comments about this, or any, weblog? Thoughts on local food, goods, or events? Reply to this email and let us know what’s on your mind. Your feedback is always greatly appreciated!

Joyful Noise Acres Farm:  Don't forget to order before 8:00 tonight.

The market closes at 8:00 so get your orders in . We will resume regular pick-up hours, 12-4 barring any more snow’storms’
Thank you everyone for being so flexible in getting here early.
Mary Beth

Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Have you ordered???

Market closes at 8:00pm

Hop on over to the Lilburn Market

See you Thursday…



Heirloom Living Market Lawrenceville :  There is still time to order...

Market Closes at 8:00pm Monday!

Hop on over to the Market and place your order…

Pickup Day and Time: Thursday 4:30 – 6:30pm
Pickup Location:
Pickup Location: Crossfit Ozone
519 Hurricane Shoals Rd., Suite J
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

See you at Market on Thursday!
Thank you for your support!

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Heirloom Living Market Hamilton Mill:  There is still time to order...Market closes at 8:00pm

Market closes at 8:00pm

Thank you for your cooperation in picking up your orders last week at the Crossfit/Lawrenceville location. We are back to ‘normal’ this week!

Hamilton Mill Members
Pickup Day and Time: Thursday 2:30 – 4:30pm
Pickup Location:
Hamilton Mill Community Clubhouse
1669 Hamilton Mill Parkway
Dacula, GA 30019
Click Here for Map

Hop on over to the Hamilton Mill Market

Have a wonderful week!