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Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  News: New Vendor, Coffee Roasting Open House and Group Buy Schedule

Hi Everyone!

Thank you to all the families that attended the Great Harvest Bakery Tour and Family Fun Day at the Farms! The bakery and farmers were so happy to put a face to the names they recognize every week from their orders. I’m thrilled you were able to see firsthand where your food comes from. It’s not every day that our kids have an opportunity to gather just laid eggs! We will definitely do some more events like this at our other farms in the future!

New Vendor- Molly’s Suds
I am very happy to welcome Monica Leonard with Molly’s Suds to our family of growers and vendors. She’s a mom, just like most of us that is concerned about all the chemicals our children exposed to and created Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder. Visit her website for more details

About Molly’s Laundry Powder:
128 loads $0.17 per load!
Enzyme Free Formula

Safe for High Efficiency Washers and front loaders. Be sure to add the powder directly to your laundry tub. It is not formulated for the dispenser cup, though it dissolves completely during the wash cycle.

Our fabulous free flowing powder is perfume and dye free. Ultra concentrated. Use only 1 Tablespoon (scoop included) per load. Safe and fabulous on cloth diapers! Cloth diaper wash cycle does require the use of more than the standard 1 Tablespoon scoop.

No SLS/SLES, no phosphates, no petrochemicals, no formaldehyde, no parabens, no 1,4 dioxane, no EDTA, no Diethanolamines, no synthetic surfactants, no PEG, no NPE’s.

Safe for high efficiency machines. Biodegradable. Certified Vegan and Cruelty Free. Human and Pet Safe.

Great for those with extremely sensitive skin and cloth diapers as well. If you are at all conscious about what you put on your skin- remember laundry detergent is very toxic to humans and our earth. Our Laundry Powder is gentle to both you and the planet.

Ingredients: Proprietary blend of sodium carbonate from the Green River Basin in Wyoming, sodium bicarbonate, epsom salt (epsomite) and sea salt. While there are no perfumes, which are neurotoxic and petroleum based, there is a very minimal amount of organic peppermint essential oil.

Coffee Roasting Open House
JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting
Sunday, April 14th 10am to 3pm
Want to see how your coffee is roasted? Stop by the roastery on Sunday, April 14, 2013 any time between 10am and 3pm to see how we take your coffee from green coffee beans to packaged for you.

Feel free to bring the kids and invite others who may be interested. Evite will be sent out shortly.

Upcoming Group Buy Schedule
In order to help with planning and budgeting below is the group order schedule. More details to come as we get closer to the order date.
Green Pasture Order – 4/19 to 4/21
Vital Choice Wild Caught Seafood – 5/17 to 5/19

The market will open around 7am tomorrow and close on Sunday at 5pm.

Thank you for your support!

Fisher's Produce:  Update

Ordering will be open until noon on Thursday.

Fisher's Produce:  Asparagus is here!

We finally have a little bit of asparagus to sell! We will bring some extra to delivery. Order ahead if you aren’t able to come by early.

This week’s CSA stand will likely include: asparagus, spinach, lettuce mix, your choice of a variety of green veggies, radishes, and salad turnips.

We will be open from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. See you all tomorrow!


Champaign, OH:  Reminder for market pick-up...

Just a reminder for those customers, old and new, who ordered this week. Please don’t forget to pick up your orders from 4:30-6:30 at the Y tomorrow evening (Thursday). The process starts by paying at the front desk and bringing your receipt to the volunteer table. There you will gather your basket, or bag, and go thru your order to confirm everything is there. Please remember to bring a shopping bag for your items so we can be as waste-free as possible. Thank you for helping us trim down our amount of help needed to fill the orders. See you there!

Champaign, OH:  Reminder for market pick-up...

Just a reminder for those customers, old and new, who ordered this week. Please don’t forget to pick up your orders from 4:30-6:30 at the Y tomorrow evening (Thursday). The process starts by paying at the front desk and bringing your receipt to the volunteer table. There you will gather your basket, or bag, and go thru your order to confirm everything is there. Please remember to bring a shopping bag for your items so we can be as waste-free as possible. Thank you for helping us trim down our amount of help needed to fill the orders. See you there!

Local Farms First:  Order Pick Up Reminder!

Greetings local food lovers!

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!

Maya Silver
Market Manager – a 501c3 non-profit
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Gallup, NM:  NEW Market location and hours

New Market hours and Location! The market will now coincide with the CSA which is beginning next week! no weekend market this week.

NEW Pick-up is from 3 P.M. to 7 P. M. each Tuesday afternoon, customers can pick-up their goods at the new DOWNTOWN location BEHIND, 213 W. Coal Ave, Gallup, NM 87301.

This is the lot that is just east of the pedestrian mall between Coal and Aztec, next to where the farmers market takes place.

It may be best to park in the small lot off of Aztec, or in the larger lot near the courthouse.


to get your order going!

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Get FREE Goat Feta Cheese!

This Online Market is ONLY open Thursday 9:00am – Monday 9:00am. Pick-up your order on Tuesday between 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.

April 11th, 2013 – FREE Feta Goat Cheese!

Dear Market Customer,

We are enjoying a wonderful Spring Break week as a family here at Rancho Alegre Farm. I am so excited about the warmer days coming up and what they mean to farming: more, larger eggs, more vegetables, and a lot more local offerings!

To celebrate Spring Break 2013, I have a very special giveaway to 9 lucky market customers this week! Read on!

FREE Handmade Goat Feta Cheese this Week!

WOW! One of our customers shared this delicious homemade cheese with her guests, and she said they were eating with their eyes closed, savoring every bite. Yum!

This week ONLY, you can be blessed with a generous portion of this scrumptious cheese, made exclusively here at Rancho Alegre Farm, if you follow these simple instructions.

You can mix this cheese with any of your preferred herbs (as shown in the picture), with your favorite jams, or just by itself on salads, etc.

How Can I Get my FREE Goat Cheese?

It’s very easy! Simply follow these easy instructions, and if you are one of the first 9 to follow through, you get it FREE with your order this week.

1- Go to our Google Page, click on Write a Review on the right side, and tell us about your positive experience as a market customer.

2- Place your market order as usual, of $25 or more, and leave a comment to the market manager, at checkout, with the statement: "I want to win the free goat cheese! My Google username is XXX." (Replace XXX with the Google username you used to leave us feedback.)

Hurry up! You must be one of the first 9 to follow the two easy steps above to win, so the faster you order, the better.

3- That’s it! You will be notified via email if you won. You will absolutely LOVE this hand-crafted goat feta cheese!

Almost Sold Out of WFN and GP Products

We only have a few bottles left of Green Pasture’s High Quality cod liver and butter oils, and a very limited amounts of Wilderness Family Naturals coconut oil and flour, that you can pick-up immediately without having to pre-order. Be sure to order quickly, as I literally only have 3-4 more of select items left.

Upcoming Workshops at Rancho Alegre Farm

I’m going to be making some goat milk soap and lotion. If you are interested in learning too, be sure to reserve your spot for this entertaining and educational workshop here. All you need to do is add the workshop to your market shopping cart as you would any other product.


Plenty of Eggs and Chicken!

We continue to have plenty of pastured eggs, from local farmers, available for purchase.

According to, pastured eggs have:

  • 2-3 times more Vitamin A
  • Up to 7 times more beta-carotene
  • 3 times the Vitamin E
  • Twice the Omega-3 Fatty Acids which is severely deficient in the modern American diet
  • 4-6 times more Vitamin D…Convinced yet? :)

Free Range Chickens

Also, I still got free range chickens in the freezer available for purchase this week. At this price, they will be difficult to beat for the quality you are getting.

These are Mother Earth Meats chickens, that, as you know, are humanely grown animals that are not caged in or mistreated. Once you try these chickens you will never want to go back to conventionally grown chicken, I promise!

Placing a Wilderness Family Naturals Order Soon!

Very soon I will be placing an order with WFN. They offer some of the BEST coconut oils, flours, and sugars available on the market. If you are interested in any of their products, please click here and fill out this form letting me know what you would want me to stock from them. To learn more about their products, visit the Wilderness Family Naturals website here.

Enjoy the warm weather!

linkPilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm
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Suncoast Co-op:  Co-op's first year celebration!, Earth Day, and more, Support your local food movement with an order today!

To Contact Us

How to contact us:
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 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.
  • Discount Membership to the Tampa Bay Time Bank of $10 will also give Time bank hours to members who volunteer.
  • 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

Great new Products

  • SALE Laundry Detergent: Buy a gallon of laundry detergent from A Sprouts Life before Thursday this week and receive a half gallon free.
  • New Herbal Extracts: Vanilla, Orange, Stevia
  • Jams: Loquat, Strawberry, Tangerine
  • Eggs
  • Brassica Krisps snack
  • Pesto
  • Hummus
  • Soup Mixes
  • Organic Coffee
  • Herbal Ice Tea
  • Juice Concentrate
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Grass Fed Beef
  • Pasture Raised chicken
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Live Plants
  • Compost, Natural Fertilizer/Pesticides to get your garden growing.
  • and so much more are on the market!
Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers. Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.

Membership Meeting
The members of the co-op came together to host a meeting. We talked about the history of the co-op and started to envision a road map forward that we hope to release to everyone in the future as a well put together plan of action you can help volunteer to see happen. Some big ideas placed forward is in a years time having over 100 growers and hundreds of local products. Multiple pick up locations, Times, and days throughout both Pasco and Pinellas. A farmers market feeling at the Habitat store where we will have more hang out sessions and free education for the community to begin learning how to grow their own food. More outreach to the community about our co-op and how they can get involved. Later down the road 2-3 years out we can imagine getting our own retail location or farm growing food directly for our membership. What can you envision the co-op moving forward growing into? Please share your vision with us and participate by becoming a member today.

In the News
Our Co-op was mentioned in both the Suncoast News and the New Port Richey Patch. Check out the articles and share with your friends and family. Get inspired by positive things happening in your community and come participate in its creation this co-op is brought to us by our community of members.
Patch article: Locals want Co-op to Grow

Earth Charter US: Tampa bay Company in alignment with YES Magazine

Suncoast News: Co-op brings locally grown food to Pasco

Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up 1pm-2pm
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-2pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL.

Growing in Kinship Garden
Learn how to garden for FREE!
We are having frequent work days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10am-Noon at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street 10am-Noon. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.

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.

Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email

Coming Events

You can RSVP for these events either on our On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage or Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up

Suncoast Cafe
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. $1.50 cup of organic locally roasted coffee and conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street.

Celebrate Earth Day New Port Richey
Saturday, April 20th
Meet up with several local green vendors and the Suncoast Co-op in Downtown New Port Richey at the courtyard between City Hall and the Library at 5205 Main Street. The market hours will be from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event is Free!

Dunedin Light + Life Lantern Parade
Sunday, April 28th
Facebook event rsvp
Join us in Dunedin for the Light + Life Lantern Parade To Support the Local Organic Food Movement through education and outreach! Music, food, and great times in downtown Dunedin!

Free Film Showing: King Corn
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In the film, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm.

Watch the Trailer

Co-op Birthday + Permablitz
May 5th, 2012 Time TBD
Join the co-op for a celebration of our first year open! May was our kick off month for the co-op in 2012 and we have grown so much! We are growing still, Barbara is in need of setting up more garden space at her home to grow more veggies for the co-op market. So we are hosting a Birthday Permablit for the co-op to keep on growing! Our permablitz group will keep them going over the summer for every 3 blitz’s you go to your property is eligible to be blitzed. This is a pot-luck event please bring your favorite dish, plates, utensils, drinks. Learn more details on our meet-up: Meet-up RSVP

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:  Time to order Local Food!

Good Morning on this beautiful warm day!
The South Cumberland Food Hub is
open for orders today until noon. Please call
if you have any questions. Have a wonderful

Risa. 615-643-3347

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