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Savannah, GA:  Market open

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,1 and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.2

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McConnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace, to first be celebrated on March 21, 1970, the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere. This day of nature’s equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations. A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work.3 While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization launched by Denis Hayes, who was the original national coordinator in 1970, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.45 Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues. (Taken from Wikipedia )
Don’t miss out on the Earth Day Festival here in Savannah on Saturday April 19th at Forsyth Park.
Exhibitors and workshops start at 11am until 3 pm
Recylerama starts at 8am until 11am.
For more information visit

See ya Tuesday
Happy Easter

Conway, AR:  CLG Pickup TODAY 4-6pm. Bring glass jars, egg cartons please.

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.

If something comes up that you cannot personally pick up your order today, please contact someone to pick up for you.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! See you this afternoon.

Come early for the best selection from the EXTRAS table!

Thank you,

How to contact us:

Our Website:

On Twitter: @conwaygrown

On Facebook:

Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039

Email: Steve –

Champaign, OH:  Turn, Turn, Turn!

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to build up,a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together…(lyrics from The Byrds)

As I open the market, tonight, I find myself looking at the changes in the season, the changes in our local attitude, the changes that come once Easter is upon us, and I find myself turning on the brink of a milestone, as I look at my upcoming birthday, next weekend, the last weekend of April.

My birthday month is a big one, for me…it always is greatly anticipated, greatly celebrated, much excitement! This year, I look at an age that only seemed so distant and yet here it is…the year I am turning 50!

But, I do not mourn the fact or even bemoan the fact. I embrace it! I tell people…I am the new face of 50! Everyone is always asking me what I do to keep myself so young at heart, so vibrant? Well, for one…I love every minute of life!! I grab every opportunity and take it for my own. I love my people!! AND…I embrace local. I embrace the local lifestyle, the local way of eating, the local goodness. If it’s local, I am ALL over it!! That is what excites me so much about our little market, here, at Champaign Locally Grown!!! Just as I am the new face of 50…we are the new face of LOCAL!!!! I look at all that I have experienced and conquered, in my first 50 years…I look at all we have experienced and grown with our local market!! The time is now, the new face of local….my new face of 50!

So…as I open the market, let’s celebrate!! Let’s celebrate this WONDERFUL local market that we are so fortunate to have and let’s celebrate the faces of all ages, the faces of local, and the fact that choosing local foods, knowing your farmer, and knowing where it all comes from, is really the new face of everything!!

Help me celebrate…make me smile with at least ONE order to our market!!! It’s a celebration…let’s make it all happen, locally!!

Local Farms First:  The Market Is Open!

Greetings Local Farms First food lovers!

  • Local Beef Is Available!!*

Kathleen Curry from Tomichi Creek Natural Beef has 1 Lb. Ground beef on the market this week! Perfect for all of your spring cooking, CLICK HERE and order some today!!!

Also remember…

There is a new pick up location for Crested Butte!! It is the DAILY DOSE right next to Clarks Grocery Store! This new juice bar will be the new location for the whole winter! Also, there will be different dates to pick up your orders.

Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Amy Konash- Market Manager – a 501c3 non-profit
click here to start shopping on the website:

Fisher's Produce:  Delivery Today

Hello friends,

Our Bristow delivery starts in 30 minutes. We have extra spinach, radishes, lettuce, and turnips. Sorry, but no extra asparagus this week. The Monday night freeze stopped our harvest for the rest of the week. We should pick again Friday afternoon. We have saved a pound each for CSA members.


Claxton Coop:  Closing for a while

It has been too difficult to interest Claxton folks in a natural foods market, so for now, we’re going to close down.

If things change, I’ll let you know.

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  News:Maple Syrup, Farm Tour Date Change, and More...

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Facebook:

Group Buy: Maple Syrup

This weekend I will be taking orders for organically produced Maple Syrup – Grade B, Unfiltered Grade B Maple Syrup, Maple Sugar and other products from Old State Farms in Northern Pennsylvania. I spoke with Joseph yesterday and he is finally ready for our order. It’s been an usually long winter for him. This is a seasonal product and we only order once a year!

My family easily goes through a gallon each year. This is a delicious nutrient dense traditional sweetener that has many uses besides a great pancake syrup. Use it in smoothies, glazes for salmon & chicken, marinades, yogurt & ice cream topping, maple butter, vinaigrettes, etc. and baking.

I also buy a gallon and put in pint and quart mason jars with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts. Add Lizzie’s whole grain pancake mix and you have a nutritious, non-GMO, pesticide free, healthy gift basket anyone would love to receive!

This maple syrup and other maple products are organically produced, no chemicals, formaldehyde-free, no sprays or fertilizers used on trees, evaporator is stainless steel (lead free) and they practice Low Impact Maple Production.

What is unfiltered maple syrup?
Maple Sap is tree’s the primary source for nutrients. When the tree’s root system begins pumping sap up the trunk to feed the tree in early spring it brings with it many nutrients and minerals (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese & Selenium). Old State Farms collect the sap and boils off water until the syrup reaches the proper density (66.7brix). During the boiling process only the water evaporates. Not only does the sugar concentration increase, so does the mineral concentration. These minerals begin to collect to one another and form small granules (known to syrup makers as “sugar sand” or niter). This “sugar sand”, given this name because of its light blond color and slightly gritty texture, is then filtered out of the maple syrup. Unless you have asked for it specifically from a producer, any syrup you will find will be the filtered variety and look very clear.
In a nutshell unfiltered syrup is pure maple syrup with all the minerals and nutrients that were present when the sap was collected from the tree. It tastes the same and looks the same but will have a cloudy rather than clear appearance.

Joseph Burkett and his family has been producing maple syrup on their farm since 2001.

This is a pre-order and payment will be due at next week’s pick up or you can mail your check. Our order will take several weeks since Joseph is still tapping the trees. I will contact you as we get closer to a delivery date.

Farm Tour Date Change to Sunday, May 4th

I was recently contacted by Michele from Certified Naturally Grown and they would also like to partner with us. They are a group of local farmers and are at the farmers markets on Saturdays. Therefore, we’ve decided it would be best to move the farm tour to Sunday, May 4th.

Also, we’re adding a Pot Luck to the event. Feel free to bring your favorite covered dish using nutrient dense, (non-GMO, soy free, etc.) ingredients. Please bring a Recipe card due to food allergies and people can take pictures of it to make it on their own. Feel free to feature products you purchase on the co-op market! :-) I know the vendors/growers will appreciate it!

Join us on SUNDAY, May 4th for Farm Day Open House at BeeBerry Farms from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.

There will be guided tours from 2 pm to 4pm.

Pot Luck begins at 4pm. Feel free to bring your favorite covered dish using nutrient dense, (non-GMO, soy free, etc.) ingredients. Please bring a recipe card due to food allergies and people can take pictures of it to make it on their own. Feel free to feature products you purchase on the co-op market! I know the vendors/growers will appreciate it!

Come see the pastured hens that produce those beautiful BeeBerry eggs and the breathtaking gardens!

Also attending are other farmers and vendors from Suwanee Whole Life Co-op, Cumming Harvest and Certified Naturally Grown! This is a great opportunity to meet many of our growers. They will have tables and tents set up with demos, tastings and items for sale.

There will be face painting (non-toxic, lead free, of course) for the kids!

This is a free event sponsored by BeeBerry Farms, Suwanee Whole Life Co-op, The Cumming Harvest and Certified Naturally Grown.

BeeBerry Farms is family community Urban Farm and is a Certified Naturally Grown CNG) farm located at 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041

I will send out an Evite to RSVP and feel free to invite friends and family.

Looking forward to seeing you at the farm!

Molly’s Suds is Back in Stock!

Molly’s Suds (natural laundry powders and products)is stocked back up! They have also added a few new products- Dog Shampoo and Sports Laundry!

See some of their great stain tips on their website

New items:
Dog Shampoo – Molly’s Suds Dog Shampoo Does your furry family member have dry, itchy or irritated skin? Have you tried “everything” and nothing has worked? Molly’s Suds was formulated for dry, itchy, sensitive or irritated skin and is great for all breeds with all fur and hair types! It’s only made from pure food grade ingredients and does not have foaming agents or toxins! Wet your dog thoroughly first, then apply from head to toe the Shampoo and then let it sit on your Dog for at least 5 minutes. It will dissolve the exoskeleton of fleas and their eggs will be destroyed! It is not a pesticide, so it will not continue to kill fleas. Ingredients: Ingredients: Proprietary blend of purified water and coconut oil, folic acid, minerals and enzymes from edible and seed bearing plants, essential oils of lavender and organic peppermint. NO GMO INGREDIENTS.

Laundry – Molly’s Suds All Sport
All Sport is an amazing liquid for your laundry that really gets the stains and stink out of your laundry! It is geared towards smaller load sizes, stinky uniforms and athletic apparel, and for delicates. It can be used as a stand alone laundry detergent, a spot treatment, stain remover, or as a laundry booster. It is made with all food grade ingredients, is antibacterial and safe for septic and HE machines! 32 loads per bottle! Ingredients: Ingredients: proprietary blend of purified water and plant derived ingredients: coconut oil, organic alcohol (in processing), folic acid (in processing), minerals and enzymes derived solely from edible and seed bearing plants, organic sweet orange essential oil. All of our ingredients are on the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe List) and are food grade.

Look for these and other great products from Molly’s Suds tomorrow on the co-op market!

RESTART Sugar Detox Program – New Session starting soon!

If you missed the first round of the RESTART Sugar Detox program, you’re in luck! The next class starts Saturday, April 26th at 1pm @ Vitality Method Pilates Studio in Duluth (off Peachtree Industrial Blvd)

Are you addicted to sugar and not sure where to start in order to take control of your health? Dealing with irresistible sugar cravings is not easy and you don’t have to deal with them alone! You must first understand that sugar cravings are not caused by a lack of willpower, they are caused by imbalances in the body. Sugar cravings occur when the following are present: stress, poor nutrition, toxins, poor digestion and immune challenges to name a few!

And there is something you CAN do to start reversing the ill-effects of sugar! I’m teaching this 5-week Sugar Detox class to help you give your body a break from the sugar spikes & sugar crashes that are damaging your organs, your health & your vitality.

As a group we will go through a gentle detox, and as we heal we will share our experiences and celebrate the small victories along the way! Here’s what others who have completed the program have said:
“I never thought I could do this, but with all the information and support, it went by really fast and I feel great! You have changed my life and I thank you for that!”

“Since I did the RSD I’m off of two medications; one for asthma and the other for acid reflux. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this!”

During our 5 weeks together, you will learn how to prepare for the detox, how digestion is supposed to work and ways to help yours, the different stages of sugar imbalance and ways to address those, the importance of Fat in the diet and how to proceed after the sugar detox. Are you ready to take the first step?

Register today @ & bust those sugar cravings!
See you in class, Melissa.

Call Melissa @ 404-941-6069 with any questions or concerns.
Melissa is a local Nutritional Therapist & Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant.

Upcoming Group Buys

Below is a list of upcoming co-op group buys to help with planning and budgeting. All dates are subject to change.

Old State Farms- Unrefined Maple Syrup- THIS WEEKEND! 4/18/14 – 4/20/14

Green Pasture- Fermented Cod Liver Oil-4/25/14 – 4/27/14

ReCap- Jar Pour Lids – 5/2/14 – 5/4/14

Great Lakes Gelatin – Grass fed collagen and gelatin – 5/2/14 – 5/4/14

Muddy Pond- Sorghum Syrups – TBD Spring 2014

Mountain Valley Farm – Grass Fed Butter 5/9/14 – 5/11/14

Green Pasture- Fermented Cod Liver Oil- 5/30/14 – 6/1/14

Wilderness Family Naturals – Organic Coconut Oils and pantry items – 6/13/14 – 6/15/14 – Bulk Organic Raw Nuts – 6/13/14

Tulsa Clean Food Market :  Greek yogurt at Cherry Street Saturday

Just a quick note to let you know what Wagon Creek plans to have at the market on Saturday, (we’re at 15th and Quincy, south side between Three Springs and McClain’s) 7-11 a.m. Please reply to this email to preorder. Or call 580-496-247. Thank you.

Greek yogurt (whole and skim) $8/qt.
1/2 gallon whole $14

Raw milk Cheeses, 6 oz. blocks, sticks,
or shredded $5.00
Cheddar and Chives
Cheddar and Sun Dried tomato
Asiago with peppercorns
Ricotta, 16 oz $5.00

Granola (no salt, and cranberry versions also available)
8 oz $4
16 oz $7.50
2.5# $16.00
3# $18.00

Granola Bars $2/bar
10 pack $17.50
25 pack $40.00

Pizza crusts 6 count , 8" $10.00

Grass Fed Beef
Ground beef $6.50/lb
Ground Beef patties $6.50
10# bundle (10 × 1# units) $60.00
50# bundle (50x 1# units) $287.50
Liver $4.50/lb
Ox Tail $4.50/lb
TBone Steak $11.00/lb
Roasts $7.00/lb
Fillet $16.00/lb

Farm News:
We had a hard freeze Monday night, so most likely lost the sandplums this year. The redbuds didn’t seem fazed by it, so we’re still enjoying their blossoms. It’s been over a month since we had more than 1/10" of rain, so we’re needing it badly. We thought we had a good chance today, but now the forecast is pulling back. We, and all the farmers around, would appreciate prayers for rain—and for cheerful patience in the meantime!
Thanks for your support of our farm,


The Market is open Thursday Noon-ish – Monday 9 a.m. After that, ordering is disabled. Pick up your order Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. ONLY, at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.

I am very early this morning! Pilar is hosting another school field trip today (and tomorrow) and I will be out at the farm helping with one of the stations. Thought I would surprise all of you with an early open market, since I know a lot of you know, I am not really a morning person ;-) So enjoy your shopping this morning!

Benji from Anderson Farm told me they are experimenting with their spice blend in their sausage. Feedback is important! If you like it, or prefer stronger, or not so strong, let me know, and I will pass the information along to him, he really wants to know :-)

Mother Earth Meats: If you placed an order with Mother Earth Meats for this month, delivery will be during Tuesday’s market.
Green Pasture: We have uploaded some of the available items to market and will continue to add additional ones as we check the pricing to make sure we can get you the best available deal. Remember, ordering will cease this cycle with the April 29th market.

We will be hosting a workshop this Tuesday night!
Amy Gregerson
Empowering Yourself With Essential Oils

When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rancho Alegre Farm
Why: Learn why doTERRA Essential Oils are a safe, effective and cheaper healthcare solution.
Cost: FREE
To Register: Click here.
Workshop Instructor Message: There must be five pre-registered guests to hold the class.

Have a wonderful week!
Debbie Moore
Market Manager

Pilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm

Please contact the email address above for questions pertaining to Market or Raw Milk. It is very difficult to take phone calls during the day, especially in the spring on a working farm. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Meetup to get notification on all our wonderful events and news.

Local Farms First:  Pick Up Reminder!

Greetings Local Farms First food lovers!

Pick Up Reminder!!


Don’t forget to pick up your order today between 4-6 PM!

Crested Butte: The CB Pick-Up Location is now at The Daily Dose juice bar right next to Clark’s Grocery Store

Gunnison: Upstairs at the ORE Office (202 E. Georgia).


Also remember…

There will be different dates to pick up your orders. Please see below for the WINTER DATES!!

January 15th
February 12th
March 5th & 19th
April- back to weekly pickups depending on the weather this winter!

Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Amy Konash- Market Manager – a 501c3 non-profit
click here to start shopping on the website: