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Gwinnett Locally Grown:  New Happenings at The Market

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 3rd, 2013 – Great Turnaround!

Dear Market Customer,

As I posted on Facebook this past Monday, we have newborn lambs join our family! Our lambs gave birth to these cuties and we are so excited! Help us pick a name for this lamb on Facebook.

Great Turnaround on Mother Earth Meats

We had another great week at The Market. The Mother Earth Meats order had an awesome turnaround, and the Green Pasture products are almost all gone. See the last few items left here.

The freezer is stocked with chicken you can order this week. I also spoke with a potential vendor who roasts coffee, and we hope to add some more great products for all our faithful customers, and support our local farmers too.

Produce Boxes Cancelled Due to Non-Payment

We are disappointed, however, that we had to, once again, cancel the produce boxes order.

A lot of you had ordered boxes but did not pay on time.

These boxes are really a great value, and I hope we can get a good amount of people committed to the program to be able to move it to Tuesday pick-up.

Remember, produce boxes payment is due immediately. As soon as you order, please pay online with your credit card or mail a check. You do NOT have to pay for your full order online; just cover the produce box portion if you like, and pay for the rest at market pick-up.

Click here, fill out this short form, and let us know if you would like the produce boxes for pick-up on Tuesdays and that you would commit to pay immediately after order.

Eggs, More Veggie Sources, and Possible On-Site Farmer

I am also diligently looking for local vegetable sources, and we are getting close to some great things coming up soon. I am also talking to a farmer about coming in and growing some veggies on site; stay tuned!

This week there are plenty of eggs for everyone. I am so excited to have found great egg sources and offer them to you. Be sure to get your local farm eggs here.

Raw Milk Source

Our farm’s raw milk prepaid program is full and we have a wait list of over 100 people!

I know a lot of you would love to get on the program, but do remember that we still have great milk from Johnston Family Farm available for sale at the market by the gallon. Check out Johnston’s dairy products here.

What Would You Like From Wilderness Family Naturals?

I still need to know what you’d like me to order from Wilderness Family Naturals in April, so please click here and fill out this form letting me know what you would want me to stock from them. For all their offerings, visit their website here.

Happy shopping and thank you for supporting your local farmers!

linkPilar Quintero
Market Host
Rancho Alegre Farm
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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
click here to start shopping on the website

Homegrown Co-op:  Market OPEN for Saturday!

Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559

Online Market

Place your order today in our online market!

Saturday Market:
Order online Wednesday 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Sunday 10am – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.

Farm Store


Monday – Sunday
10 am – 7 pm

Membership is Ownership! Become a Member today here

Upcoming Events

Sunday, 4/7 from 9-11am:
Sista Suzie’s Farm Tour

Wednesday, 4/10 at 2pm:
Spring Market at Homegrown

Saturday, 4/20 from 10-6pm:
Central Florida Earth Day 2013!

Saturday, 6/8 from 1-3pm:
Genetically Modified Foods: From Frankenfood to Frankenpeople?

Featured Produce at Homegrown


Sapodilla is a tropical fruit grown in South Florida. The ripe fruit has the consistency and taste similar to a pear dipped in brown sugar. Sapodilla is rich in calories and is a very good source of dietary fiber. Fresh ripe fruit also contains significant amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium. Check out this video about Sapodilla for more information

Lacinato Kale

Lacinato Kale, also known as Dinosaur or Tuscan Kale is slightly sweeter than the more widely know curly-leaf kale. The leaves are darker, more narrow and have an embossed texture. Low in calories and high in Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C, Kale is a nutritional powerhouse.

Member Mondays!

20% Off All Produce!

During regular store hours on Mondays, Members will receive 20% OFF all produce items. This discount will not include meat, dried herbs or shelf items.

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy now by becoming a member

Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.

Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 12-7pm on Saturday. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Thursday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company

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Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Last Minute Orders??

Heirloom Living Market will close for this week at noon today.

Have you checked out all of the new offerings from our Farmers/Producers and Artisans?

Just to mention a few…
Heritage Farm has LambLeg of Lamb, Ground Lamb, Neck Roast Slices, Rump Roast, Chops Heart, Liver, Kidneys, Rib Rack and Shoulder Roast! The Chops are delicious! I will be trying some Neck Roast Slices and the Ground Lamb – I see a Shepherd’s Pie in the near future!

Patchwork Pastures is offering Raised Beds for a fantastic price! (less than 1/2 the price of what you find in the retail market) These boxes are well constructed from unfinished oak and uses re-proposed wood from manufacturing crates. They are hinged, so they are collapsible and have metal brackets making them solidly stackable. It’s time to PLANT!

My Daily Bread has added new items: Apple Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, Lemon Poppyseed Bread, Banana Walnut Bread, Bagels, Pumpkin Spice Bread and Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip! All of their Bakery items are Organic and Delicious!

Low Low Knows Bones has 3 different flavors of Organic Dog Treats. Dudley has his eye on the Large Package of Mixed Treats. He says he needs to see which one he likes best! Mary’s crew, Murphy, Kirby and Brocolli (the dog, not the veggie) have already ordered their Cheese Treats!

Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch has a few packages of Frozen Blueberries still available and Duck Eggs. Try them for your baking recipes – what a difference duck eggs make! I also use them in Frittatas.

The above list is just the highlights of new offerings. Hop on over to and place your order for pickup tomorrow between 4:30 and 7:30pm at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center in Lilburn!

We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at Market pickup!

Joyful thoughts,


Suncoast Co-op:  New products on the market and laundry detergent sale!

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
  • 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.

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

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 Everyone,
The South Cumberland Food Hub is open for
orders today until noon. Have a great day!

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


McColloms Market:  Reminder of FFFN Pick Up

Just wanted to remind you guys that today is FFFN Pick-Up day (and, of course, hump day.) Although the pick-up is officially from 5-7, I hope to be ready by 4:30. If you can make it before 6:30, that would be great but if you can’t, no worries.

See you later at 103 Helen.



Vista Marketplace:  BASKET ORDERS

Please order your baskets by Thursday evening 6pm. Please comment whether you would like a delivery or you will pickup at the Vista Marketplace at Whaley on Saturday morning between 10-2.
Everyone’s invited to come out and enjoy the market, the food, produce, breads and cakes, arts and crafts. See you there!*

The Cumming Harvest - Closed:  Newsletter - April 3, 2013


Beef Jerky from an online site called “Against All Grain”.

1 pound london broil steak or flank steak
1/4 cup coconut aminos*
3/4 teaspoon all natural liquid smoke**
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
dash of cayenne pepper
*You can substitute Tamari for the coconut aminos but omit the sea salt.

*I buy All Natural Wright’s brand liquid smoke. Ingredients should just be Natural Hickory Smoke Concentrate and Water)


Place the steak in the freezer for 2 hours to firm it up and make it easier to slice thinly.
Remove it from the freezer and trim any visible white fat. Any fat left on the meat will spoil after drying.
Slice the steak into 1/8 inch pieces. For London broil slice it with the grain, for flank steak slice it against the grain.
Whisk together the ingredients for the marinade and combine the marinade with the beef slices in a shallow dish or a ziploc bag. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours turning occasionally to evenly coat.
Remove the meat from the marinade and pat it dry with paper towels.

Dehydrator Method
Evenly place the strips on dehydrator sheets lined with parchment paper, careful not to let them overlap.
Dehydrate the beef for 3-4 hours at 145 degrees F, flipping once half way through.

Oven Method
Preheat oven to the lowest setting, usually 150-170 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and place a heavy wire rack over both (an oven safe cookie cooling rack will do).
Place the strips of beef on the racks leaving space between each piece so they’re not touching. Place the trays in the oven, leaving it open a crack to allow air to circulate.
Dehydrate for 8-10 hours, depending on the thickness of the meat, turning 1 time half way through.

*If you have a convection setting this process will probably take about half the time. Check for dryness around 5 hours and continue dehydrating if the strips are still moist.

Store the beef jerky in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. *The research I’ve done shows that this method results in jerky that can last on the shelf in a well sealed container for as long as 2 months. It never lasts long enough in our house to test that out though!

Market News

I hope you’re enjoying your Spring Break week, especially all the beautiful weather before the rain comes tomorrow. Thank you for visiting us on Saturday at the Easter Eggstravaganza event, I got a lot of new interest for the market and met the people at Chuiced. They make a unique blend of fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds in two flavors. It’s juice you chew and although sounds odd, it’s really good!

I don’t know if you heard but Toula Argentis of 2B Whole lost her son last week to complications of the flu. We offer her and her family our condolences and hope they are able to find peace in their hearts soon. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Questions?: Please feel free to contact the farmers directly, they are available to answer your questions and concerns. If you have questions about the market, I am always available. If you don’t know who to ask, email us both. :)

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

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!

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The Market is Closed

The Spa City Co-op on-line market is now closed. The market is closed
Orders can be picked up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. this Friday at the Art Church. Please set yourself a reminder and do come before 5:00 if you can.

Many thanks for supporting our local food co-op. See you Friday!

Denise Marion
Market Co-manager