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Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  News:Group Buy- FCLO

This weekend we will have our monthly Group Buy for Green Pasture products (Fermented Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, Skate Liver Oil, etc. All currently available products (as of today) will be listed on the market site tomorrow for ordering.

Green Pasture is currently having a “Back to School Sale” only on the Infused Organic Virgin Coconut Oils – Caramel, Carob Banana, Cinnamon and Unflavored. Regular Price is $55 and they are on sale for $35. They can pull this sale at anytime depending on their inventory levels so I’m hoping when I place out group order they will still have the sale going on. If I can’t get it for the sale price I will contact you directly. Each serving of Infused Virgin Coconut oil will be 65% min coconut oil, 2+/-ml of Blue Ice Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and .5ml +/- of X-Factor Gold High Vitamin Butter oil and / or Blue Ice Skate Liver Oil.

The prices include our discounted group buy price, shipping, fees and taxes. This will NOT be available for pick up this Tuesday. I will place our group order on Monday and expect it will be available for pick up within 2 weeks. This is a prepaid preorder, so payment is expected this Tuesday. If you are only ordering Green Pasture products this week, please drop a check in the mail or online payment on the co-op market website.

If you are new to the co-op and/or Fermented Cod Liver Oil, I have a section at the bottom of this weblog that discusses the benefits of this amazing product.

B&G Farms now has Chicken Livers!
These pasture raised chicken livers go fast so order while they are available.

Here’s some information about Fermented Cod Liver Oil and its health benefits:

Why choose Green Pasture Products?

•Whole Food Form
•Wild, as Provided by Nature
•Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
•Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other Quinones
•Non-industrialized & Historical Processing Methods
•Clean, Pure, and Extensive Third Party Tested (NO PCBs, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic or other Heavy Metals)
•Family owned business
Why is FCLO better than regular fish oil? •Green Pasture uses wild caught cod in and around the Arctic region (A substantial amount of today’s cod liver oil is produced from farmed fish)
•FCLO higher in nutrients than regular fish oil
•Double the amounts of vitamin A and D as regular cod liver oil
•Goes rancid less quickly
•No synthetic vitamins added
•Most salmon oil has one-fifth the potency of cod liver oil
•1/2 TBS of FCLO provides the amount of elongated omega-3 fatty acids found in twelve 1,000 mg fish oil capsules

What are the benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil?
•Rich in Vitamins A & D which are crucial nutrients that are lacking in most modern diets
•Vitamin A- vital for a healthy immune system and healthy vision and is important for proper development in children
•Vitamin D- improves insulin function, protective effect against multiple sclerosis,
•May help prevent flu (lack of vitamin D synthesis during the winter as one explanation for high rates of influenza infection during cold season)
•In women, higher levels of vitamin D from cod liver oil improve bone mineral density
•EPA- Eicosapentaenoic acid (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) anti-inflammatory and necessary for prostaglandin production
•DHA -docasahexaenoic acid, a nutrient absolutely vital for a healthy brain and nervous system
•Fights inflammation associated with heart disease and heals the lining of the arteries
•Reduces the size of atheromas clogging arteries and improves blood vessel function
•Studies have shown cod liver oil can protect against diseases like cancer and leukemia
•Effective in treating arthritis
•Helps maintain soft skin and minimize wrinkles

How does it benefit my child’s health?
From conception through adolescence, cod liver oil can provide developing children with what they need to thrive. Mothers who take cod liver oil during pregnancy and nursing protect their children from disease while providing them with important nutrients and fatty acids. For growing children, cod liver oil is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as preventing common problems like ADHD. It’s also an excellent treatment for diaper rash and other skin conditions if used topically.

Synergy of Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil
Research shows that butter oil and cod liver oil, taken together, provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. Finally, butter oil contains a broad and deep range of important quinones including Vitamin K, E and CoQ enzymes while cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A and D.

Green Pasture’s High-Vitamin Butter Oil is extracted from dairy milk produced by Guernsey and Devon cows (high butterfat producers) that graze exclusively on irrigated grass in the northern Great Plains. This specific combination of climate and irrigation produces a rapidly growing specialized forage, ensuring optimal levels of Activator X as discovered by Dr. Price. Activator X and other nutrients are then further concentrated by putting the butterfat through a specialized low-temperature centrifuge process

Here is a link to an article about the benefit of cod liver oil and why it’s best taken with a high vitamin butter oil .

I’ve been taking FLCO since October 2011 and I can honestly say that I have seen an improvement in my own health. My hair and nails are stronger than they’ve ever been. My hair hasn’t been this thick since my last pregnancy 6 years ago. My skin feels and looks better. I usually have small bumps on my upper arms and they have virtually disappeared. My hormone level seems more even and no mood swings. One member told me her vision has improved since taking FCLO. My son thinks it’s helped him learn how to read! He loves it and actually requests it. My daughter, on the other hand, takes it only because she knows it’s good for her.

Last year, my dentist told me I had a small “soft spot” on one of my molars that he wanted to keep an eye on. I doubled up on my fish oil and at my next visit he said it was no longer there! I have been told by others that using this product can help re-mineralize your teeth and reverse tooth decay and now I believe it.

My neighbor just started taking FCLO recently. She is also a breast cancer survivor for almost 14 years but has suffered from lymphedema (swelling in arms and hands). She told me shortly after taking fermented cod liver oil blend gel she has seen a significant reduction in her swelling and sense of well being she hasn’t felt in years!

If you have a testimony you’d like to share, please let me know. I’d love to know how others in our co-op have seen the benefits of taking this wonderful product!

Have a blessed weekend,

Local Farms First:  The Market Is Open!!

Greetings Local Farms First food lovers!

Jubilee Family Farm!

Jubilee offers a ton of prepared food and meals. They are popular for unique breads, frozen dinners, hummus and pesto! To find their products more easily than just scrolling through the whole market, check out the left of the web page and you can fine tune your searches! Jubilee`s products are in the prepared food category!

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

Jbo Farmers Market:  9/21: Support JAMA at the market tomorrow!

Help us fill this basket tomorrow!
The Farmers Market will be supporting tomorrow’s JAMA hunger walk by collecting donations at the market. JAMA is the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association, and their Food Pantry serves an average of 45 Jonesborough-area families per month.
Ways you can contribute:

  • bring a boxed or canned item from home
  • purchase some extra potatoes, apples, or other long-keeping items at the market
  • make a cash/check donation to JAMA (give those at the info booth).

Tomorrow’s Forecast: 100% chance of fresh, local produce, meats, eggs, breads… :)
Lettuces should be especially good with the cooler, wet weather this week.

Music The Old Timers Band, 9-11am.

These crafters will be returning tomorrow:

  • Tim Roberts Pottery will be back
  • “Earth Thyme”, herbal cleaning products

This week’s featured farmer is

McIntosh Woods
Read Andy’s story and get guidelines for freezing produce here:

See you tomorrow!
Courthouse Square

Jbo Farmers Market:  9/14 and Know Your Farmer

The weather is going to be perfect…..before you shop, join us for a muffin and cup of coffee and hob nob with the neighbors….good blue grass music on tap as well as all the fall produce you are looking for…great goat cheese, meat for your weekend grilling and some cool crafts. Lots of puppies to pet and we have dancing babies pretty much every week. Don’t miss out—come see us!

In addition to our 25+ produce, meat, cheese, egg, bread & craft vendors who are with us every week, we welcome these visiting vendors:
Daffodil Hill Mums back again!
Sheek Treats Baked pet goodies

Music: Jeter Family—Rural Route Bluegrass Band

This week’s featured farmer is

Jose Diaz:
Read all about Jose and get a recipe for tomatillo salsa here:

See you tomorrow!
Courthouse Square

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Full List of Upcoming Events


September 5, 2013

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

Dear market customer,

Our Raw Milk Talk last Tuesday was awesome. Sandra Walker, our guest speaker and Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Leader for North Fulton County, shared her experiences and insight on the WAPF guidelines on a diet rich in nutrient-dense foods and the benefits for the wellness of the human body.

Never miss a workshop! Like us on Facebook and join our Meetup group to get notifications of future events.

Next Tuesday’s Workshop

Longevity with Vitality: Daily Life Habits for Prevention

Hosted by Amy Dunne, this workshop covers the use of essential oils and day to day habits that help prevent disease and how to live a long, healthy, and energetic life.

When: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Where: Rancho Alegre Farm (2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019)

Time: 7:00 PM

Cost: FREE



Other Upcoming Events

Our schedule is fully packed with wonderful educational and fun opportunities for Gwinnett Locally Grown members and anyone who is interested. Some events are free and some require a small fee to cover the speakers’ fees and materials.

Every Tuesday at 7pm, you can attend one of our classes/workshops on various subjects, from nutrient-dense foods to essential oils, Weston A. Price Foundation principles, and more.

Here are the scheduled upcoming events. Follow each link to learn more and R.S.V.P.

rancho alegre farmSeptember 17 at 7pmLongevity with Vitality: Daily Life Habits for Prevention with Amy Dunne, FREE.

rancho alegre farmSeptember 17 from 8am to 4pm – I (Pilar) will be speak at the Georgia Multicultural Sustainable Agriculture Conference, $20.

rancho alegre farmSeptember 18 & 19 at 10am - Homeschool/Play Group Day – fun farm adventure for individual families and groups of 10 or less. Registration starts at 9:30am, $7 kids, $4 adults.

rancho alegre farmSeptember 22 at 2pmChicken School: Learn How to Dress a Chicken from Coop to Kitchen

rancho alegre farmSeptember 22 from 11am to 5pm - Patagonia Asados is hosting a traditional Argentinian asado (grill out), which includes grilled pork and beef, chorizo, salad,s and desserts. They will have folkloric dances, tricks, congas, mates, and much more. This will be a FUN event for the whole family! $45 adults, $10 kids. Kids younger than 3 years-old are free.

rancho alegre farmSeptember 26 from 8:30am to 1:30pm – Homeschool Workshop for Kids: Fall Into Learning with Sarah Neal, $55 per child. $10 sibling discount.

rancho alegre farmOctober 1 at 7pm – Herbal Infusions and Tinctures Class with Anne-Marie Bilella of Bella Vista Farm, $15.

rancho alegre farmOctober 22 from 6pm to 9pm – Canning Class with the Gwinnett Canning Club. More details coming up.

rancho alegre farmSometime in October, date TBDVitamin A+D and the Benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil with a Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Leader. More details coming up.

Hope to see you at some of these awesome events!

As always, this week Gwinnett Locally Grown has your favorite grass-fed beef, chicken, pork, produce, herbs, raw cow’s milk, farm-fresh eggs and more.

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

Pilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm

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Local Farms First:  Your Orders Are Ready For Pick Up NOW!!!

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 Montanya Distillery, 130 Elk Avenue.

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

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

The Cumming Harvest:  Weblog Entry

Market News

Our pick up today went fairly smoothly, with just a couple of hick-ups. As you may notice I originally said ordering would begin at 6pm today but then this morning moved it to 3pm. I felt this would give everyone more time to order and still give me enough time to close the previous orders before your orders came in for Saturday pick up. I understand some of you may be working and it may be difficult to place the order right at 3pm, but others maybe unavailable due to kids school schedules so maybe this time would give for an even playing field. Who knows, it’s all game.

Thank you again for being patient as we work through the logistics.

Saturday Pick up is the same time (10-12pm) and place.

GREEN PASTURE COD LIVER OIL AND COCONUT OIL Taking orders now if you are interested please email me what you would like. For a list of what’s available visit,

RAW MILK for the Wednesday market only. Order Sunday thru Monday.
Sam Jones is a dairyman from Butler, GA. He is familiar with Weston A Price diet guidelines, leaky gut issues, Celiac disease. His cows roam on organic pastures of a 1200 acre organic farm. He has a closed herd, which means he has whole families of cows and knows the genealogy as well as the genetics of each individual. He feeds a GMO- Free grain at milking time and the amount of grain each cow receives depends on their body condition at milking. Sam explained that the need for cows to have some grain has been bred into cows. If they are suddenly prohibited from having any grain at all, they will starve themselves to death – mostly they survive on grasses, but man introduced grains to increase milk production.

In an effort to correct this unfortunate reality, Sam is working with Dairymen in New Zealand where there exist closed herds that have never been fed any grains. Since he inseminates his cows, he is able to purchase semen from New Zealand in an effort to achieve the goal of having a herd that does not need grain to survive, but will in fact, thrive on a diet of pasture grasses. At the present time, Sam has bred 3 or 4 generations toward this optimum objective.

Sam does have his cows tested and all but one have the A2 gene and are “A2 cows”! Sam is a consultant for Farmers in Georgia and the surrounding states for purchase of Dairy cows, the breeding of Dairy cows and pasture management. His “hobby” is cow genetics!

Sam does not vaccinate, he has his cows tested regularly, has his milk tested regularly and has a reputation with the Dept of Ag for having exceptionally excellent results. He does not use antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary and the milk is not incorporated with the batch until it tests negative.

Cedar Rock, his Farm near Madison, Georgia is home to his beef cattle, which are Longhorns! His Dairy herd roams his 1200 acre Organic farm in Butler, Georgia.

Note: All Raw Milk Products are labeled “For Pet Consumption Only”. This is in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Agriculture for the State of Georgia. This is the only way Raw Milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.

Sam sells milk in 1/2 gallon jugs for $4.40 each. He will also sell in glass Mason jars but this system needs to be worked out once we find out how many of you want to get your milk in glass.

Here’s some tips to help you have the best experience when ordering online.
1. ORDER EARLY (Don’t wait for this email to place your order!!)
2. COMPLETE YOUR ORDER…you can lose an item in your cart if someone else orders and completes the order ahead of you.
3. LOOK FOR A CONFIRMATION EMAIL…if you don’t receive an email showing your completed order, your order was not placed and you’ll need to place it again.
4. MULTIPLE ORDERS…placing multiple orders aren’t a problem, they will be grouped together on our order form with one total.
5. ARRIVE EARLY TO PICK UP…We usually have extras from various farmers/vendors and maybe a Farmer of the Day. Arrive at 10am for a better selection and less wait time.
6. BRING GROCERY BAGS…Don’t forget to bring your reusable grocery bags to pack your order.
7. EMAIL THE GROWER…each farmer lists their own products and tries to make the listings as clear as possible so that you know what you are buying, but sometimes it may need more explanation. You are buying directly from the farmer/vendor and they are more than happy to speak to you to answer any questions.

Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040. Pick up every Saturday between 10-12pm.
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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!

Dothan,Alabama:  VOTE for The Bread Lady...

Market At Dothan
Eating Locally, Year Round


Market At Dothan Locally Grown

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Show The Bread Lady some local lovin’ &
VOTE for The Bread Lady in the 2013 Martha Stewart American Made Contest. Voting ends September 22nd.
To vote for The Bread Lady,
For full story go to

Thank you for your loyal support!

MarketAtDothan is the most convenient way for you to put locally grown food on your tables. It’s amazing what transpires each week thanks to you!

Thanks so much for your support of Market At Dothan, all of our growers and local food.
See you on Fridays at Dothan Nurseries from 9am – 11am! RECYCLE your co-op boxes, egg cartons, plastic produce clams and brown bags…thanks!
Coming Soon: Fall Events…stay tuned for exciting news!

Eating Locally, Year Round & Grateful,
Susan & Amanda

Galatians 5:22-23

Farm to Table Recipes

Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich


Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins

1 eggplant, sliced into strips 
2 red bell peppers 
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced 
3 cloves garlic, crushed 
4 tablespoons mayonnaise 
1 loaf focaccia bread 

Notes / Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

2. Brush eggplant and red bell peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil; use more if necessary, depending on sizes of vegetables. Place on a baking sheet and roast in preheated oven. Roast eggplant until tender, about 25 minutes; roast peppers until blackened. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and cook and stir mushrooms until tender. Stir crushed garlic into mayonnaise. Slice focaccia in half lengthwise. Spread mayonnaise mixture on one or both halves.

4. Peel cooled peppers, core and slice. Arrange eggplant, peppers and mushrooms on focaccia. Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap; place a cutting board on top of it and weight it down with some canned foods. Allow sandwich to sit for 2 hours before slicing and serving.

Eating Locally

TIP #2: Local Foods Create Community
Knowing where your food is from connects you to the people who raise and grow it. Instead of having a single relationship – to a big supermarket – you develop smaller connections to more food sources. All of the sudden you know vendors at the farmers market. For some people the benefit of this is social and psychological; for all of us, though, it pays off in the foods we eat. People who know you tend to want to help you, whether it’s giving you advice on how to cook okra, letting you know when your favorite tomatoes will be in season or if there are any extra eggs available.
Eating locally? Amazingly, it can connect you to a larger world.

What’s In Season

Less rain + More sunshine = Bountiful Produce:
Okra, Eggplant: Globe, Japanese; Peppers: Bells, Jalapeños, Cayennes, Banana;Muscadines, Assorted Herbs.
Now is the time to can, dehydrate and/or freeze produce to extend the season!
Fall planting has begun! Stay tuned…

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!

Tullahoma Locally Grown:  Raw Milk Products

I know some of you have been waiting patiently for news of our milk products. Murari Farm is setting up a Cow Share program to enable us to buy the raw milk and raw milk products legally.

If you are not familiar with a Cow Share Program, it works like this:
Each interested party purchases a “share” of a milk cow. This gives each person ownership of the cow, and it is perfectly legal to consume raw milk/products from your own cow.
Of course, the cow will stay at Murari Farm and they will feed it, take care of it, milk it and produce all of the milk products for us. The “owners” of the cow will purchase the milk and milk products from Murari Farm, either for a monthly fee or by the item(s). I don’t have the details on that yet. We will work it out to be as close to the same procedure as simply ordering them on the mkt. Pick up of the items will be the same as usual, which is a plus, for normally with a Cow Share program you have to drive out to the farm to get your products.

So, basically it means if you want to be able to buy raw milk/products you must belong to the Cow Share. And there will be some sort of up front fee to purchase your share and then the fees for the products themselves each month.

When you join a Cow Share program, it is a commitment. There is a contract to be signed and it is something you will agree to do for a specific amount of time. But it is a wonderful way to obtain great tasting, healthful milk, yogurt, cheese, etc, without any worries of legal issues. Plus, I’m sure Murari Farm wouldn’t mind you bringing your kids out to the farm to see “their” cow occasionally.

If you are interested in joining the Cow Share Program, please email me and let me know. Murari Farm would like to know how much interest there is for this kind of a program.
Thank you!


South Cumberland Food Hub:  Open for Orders

Good Morning from the South Cumberland Food Hub. We are open today for orders. Have a wonderful day!

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