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Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Market is Open

Greetings All:

Market Pickup this week was busy, busy, busy! Jennifer from Jen’s Pesto and her husband, Joe were our Farmers of the Week. They brought yummy samples to share and offered products for sale to those of us who forgot to order. I am all for “tasting”! Jen’s magic in blending spices and herbs in her pestos and hummus (hmmm what is the plural of hummus – hummuses??) make for some remarkable, delicious products. I discovered I really have an affinity for her Fresh Chimichurri! Tomorrow night I am grilling pork chops from Heritage Farm and topping with Chimichurri from Jen! I was dipping Doug’s carrots in it today!

Speaking of Doug, (Doug’s Garden) brought some additional Produce Boxes to sell from the Farmers’ Table and they flew out the door. Mary supplied people with some delicious recipes to ensure that you can utilize all the wonderful produce abounding in your boxes. Seriously, if you have any questions about what to do with all those nutritious greens – ask Mary! (Sometimes I have to ask: Uh, WHAT IS THIS?) She truly has a talent for putting together just the right combos of ingredients and spices and always creates fabulous dishes. She still hasn’t taught me to eat OKRA, but she swears she will! (The way I figure it, I have at least until mid-summer to think up a million excuses why I SHOULDN’T eat Okra!)

Dabrielle from My Daily Bread sent some yummy treats to be sold from the Farmers’ Table and they were also snatched up in a big hurry. Her Chocolate Zucchini Bread is ‘awesome’! Of course I think all of her bakery items are ‘the best’, but there are several that are my favorites! Since I am Gluten-free, I am unable to partake of some of her products; but once in a while will allow myself a small sample! Fortunately her Gluten Free Brownies are equally ‘awesome’! They truly are the BEST brownies I have ever eaten! I am able to eat items made with Spelt Flour and her Spelt Bread is so close in texture to “regular bread”, it is difficult to tell the difference. It is full of flavor with just a hint of nuttiness!

This week, Summer from Good Gracious Granola will be back with us offering her varieties of Granola! She has some great flavor combos!

I had the opportunity to meet with Greg Hutchins from The Heritage Farm this morning. He will be adding some lamb products to the Market tomorrow evening, so be sure and check those out! The Pork Chops from Heritage Farm are huge and flavorful! And the Breakfast Sausage is great. I get a package of the Hot and the Mild, squish it all together and make little patties! Great Breakfast! My favorite is a Frittata with eggs, onions, mushrooms, sausage, spinach and a little shredded cheese! Served with a cup of Vigilance coffee from The Roastin’ Fool and I am good to go!

Ricky from Back River Farm has joined the Market and he offers fresh veggies greens and arugula this week – huge bunches!

Welcome to Patti Parsons from Dances With Bees! She and her husband produce local and varietal honey and hive products. Patti also handcrafts natural bath and body products incorporating honey and beeswax. I am looking forward to trying their products and they come VERY highly recommended!

Lisa and Ben from Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch are also newcomers this week! Welcome ya’ll! Duck eggs! They are great for baking! Also, Lisa has frozen blueberries that she put up last season. I’m thinking those would be great in a smoothie! They will also be offering honey – local, raw, un-processed! The good stuff!

Brennen and Gwendolyn from Phoenix Gardens will soon offer veggies and other goodies! Look for them this week or next!

Of course Johnston Family Farm brings us Raw Milk for Pets every week. Dudley-Do-Right, seriously that is my lab’s name – it used to be Dudley-Do-Wrong, but he grew up and is a well-behaved, much loved dog. He very generously allowed me some CREAMY milk, from which I made Butter – for Pet Consumption of course! He was very happy! (The sad part is – one time he stood up on his hind legs and grabbed a whole bowl of butter (freshly made) while I was downstairs changing out laundry!) He loves butter and bacon and soup bones!

Mary Beth, from Joyful Noise Acres Farm has let me know that chicken breasts will not be available until after processing in May. She does have: wings, leg quarters, small, whole roasting chickens and large ½ chickens available.

Mary and I are working on finding a commercial kitchen and/or space that she can teach Cheese Making and I can teach some hands-on classes on making fermented foods, butter making, kefir and kombucha drinks. If you know of a place, please tell us about it!

We appreciate your support! Please let us know what other products you would like to see offered through Heirloom Living Market. We will do our best to find a Farmer/Grower or Artisan in the local area to fulfill your wish list! We are currently looking for Raw Cheeses.

In addition to the items listed on the Market we will be announcing Group Buy opportunities for products that just are not available locally. Things like some pantry staples — flours and grains, legumes, sweeteners, nuts, and oils – we can purchase at a substantial savings utilizing Group Buys. We have paired with companies like Wilderness Family Naturals, Tropical Traditions, Natural News,, and Green Pasture (for fermented cod liver oil products). We are also investigating other companies that have organic products that we are unable to get locally. Please let us know if you have any preferences and we will contact the company. I will be sending out an email next week giving you the schedule of when we will offer the Group Buy Opportunities and include the price lists, instructions and order forms.

I know I have been ‘chatty”, yes, some call me verbose, but I wanted to catch you up on some of the good things happening in our Market! So, thanks for reading! Mary and I hope that you have a joy-filled Easter!

Now would be the time to hop on over to to check out all of the great products offered by our local Farmer/Growers and Artisans! See you Thursday between 4:30 and 7:30 at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center, 927 Killian Hill, in Lilburn! Happy Shopping!

Joyful thoughts and blessings!


Dothan, Alabama:  Eat Local!

Thank you for supporting your local farmers, co-op and market! Encourage your friends and family to shop locally first.
Speaking of local, It was great to see local Chefs Joe and Chris from Dothan’s Nektar Cafe and Wine bar supporting Market at Dothan’s vendors.
Looking for something special? Maybe Mayhaw Jelly like Grandma made? Browse online, Order your favorite local foods from Market at Dothan and pick up Friday between 9am – 12pm
It doesn’t get much easier than that except for Farmer’s Daughters Workplace Delivery! Jump on board the “Farm to Cubicle” Co-op Box delivery for convenient, seasonal and local foods & products…making Wiregrass workplaces happier and healthier!
Again, thank you for eating local and supporting your local farmers, producers and co- ops!
Spread the word, forward our email to your contacts! Connect with us @
Susan & Amanda

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Time to order local food!

It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
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Cumberland Farmer’s Market


Garlic Sauteed Spinach
Ina Garten, 2002 Barefoot Contessa, on the FoodNetwork Web Site.


1 1/2 pounds baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons good olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped garlic (6 cloves)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Sea or kosher salt, optional


Rinse the spinach well in cold water to make sure it’s very clean. Spin it dry in a salad spinner, leaving just a little water clinging to the leaves.

In a very large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 1 minute, but not until it’s browned. Add all the spinach, the salt, and pepper to the pot, toss it with the garlic and oil, cover the pot, and cook it for 2 minutes. Uncover the pot, turn the heat on high, and cook the spinach for another minute, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all the spinach is wilted. Using a slotted spoon, lift the spinach to a serving bowl and top with the butter, a squeeze of lemon, and a sprinkling of sea or kosher salt. Serve hot.

Per Serving: Calories: 109; Total Fat: 6 grams; Saturated Fat: 2 grams; Protein: 3 grams; Total carbohydrates: 13 grams; Sugar: 0 grams Fiber: 5.5 grams; Cholesterol: 5 milligrams; Sodium: 821 milligrams

Market News

We had sad news this week. Guy Bixler of Sterling Candy passed away. Triple B Farm (daughter) and Brooks Girls Cookie Creations (granddaughters) will be off the market for a while.

On a happier note, the weather is warming up, and it is definitely beginning to feel like spring. Jess called just now to ask if I could open the market because she is at the farm, the baby is sleeping, and she is getting a lot done. That is a lovely image isn’t it? Jess, the baby, the earth, and the sky.

Happy Spring!

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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:  JV Farms Mushroom Party

On Sunday April 7 join Jay and Valerie at JV Farm in Bismark from 2-4 pm for a Mushroom Log Party. You can drill, seed, wax and tag your own mushroom Log.

Stick around after for a FARM TO TABLE chicken and shiitake stew with corn bread potluck. Choose Oyster or Shiitake.

Take your log home or leave here with your name and we will bring it to you when it starts to fruit. If you are unable to attend but want a log, we will deliver to co-op after the party.

For more info call Jay and Valerie Lee at:501-732-9093

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  St. Pete Locally Grown Market Survey

Please take 10 minutes to tell us how we are doing. We want your business for the long-term and we’re prepared to work for it. Please click on Our Market Survey and Thank You in advance for completing all 10 questions. Your Market Manager, Tina Levy. ENJOY OUR GLORIOUS WEEKEND WEATHER!


TriLakes (NY) Winter Farmers Market:  Trilakes Winter Market open

Good sunny morning! The Trilakes Market is now open for orders. If you want chicken or duck order really quickly – we are about out! But we do have wonderful spinach and tangy salad mix. The mild salad mix quickly went to flower, and since we are wanting to make room for tomatoes and cukes where the salad greens currently are, we did not replant. It has been too wet (and cold, but mostly wet) to get into field production.

The market will be open until Monday evening. This is it for this winter. Thank you VERY much for supporting us through the winter.

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Invitation to e-Day


All Spa City Co-op vendors and members are invited to the Hot Springs and Garland County Beautification Commission’s environmental fair, which we call the e-Day Festival. e-Day will be held on Sunday, May 19th this year, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Farmers’ Market pavilion in downtown Hot Springs.

What could be a better fit at an environmental festival than nutritious locally grown food? Plus, we emphasize education at e-Day, so here is an opportunity for you to share what you do and why it is important.

Every year for the past five years the Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission has put on a family environmental fair called the e-Day Festival. The “e” stands for environment, Earth, energy efficiency, education and excitement. We will have about 50 vendors/exhibitors, children’s activities, entertainment, and food vendors, and expect at least 2,000 people. It’s not only a fun event; it’s also a place new ideas are shared, connections are made, and visitors learn about businesses and organizations in our area that are doing something positive for a sustainable future.

Here is our webpage:
You can find us on Facebook, too (remember the hyphen and the word “Festival”): e-Day Festival

Denise Marion
Chairperson, e-Day Team
Hot Springs Garland County Beautification Commission
501-318-6095(L) 501-655-3130©

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Equal Exchange close-out

There are a few packages of organic fair-trade Breakfast Blend coffee and one can of organic baking cocoa remaining from the coffee and chocolate close-out. You can buy them at the market on Friday or email Denise Marion at to reserve a package.

Denise is also selling one Sun Oven at wholesale cost ($180) to the person who will demonstrate it at the e-Day Festival in Hot Springs on Sunday, May 19th.

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Spa City on-line market is open

The Spa City Market is now open for ordering. You have until Tuesday at 9 pm to place orders. Pick up is Friday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm at the Art Church (preferably before 5:00).

This week’s market manager is Denise Marion. Please contact her with problems/questions, at or 501-318-6095(L) 501-65503130©.
Happy shopping!

Tampa Bay :  Happy Easter- Put Your Orders in ASAP for Wednesday Pickup!

Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay

Providing Tampa Bay citizens a democratically-managed source of local, healthy, fresh food


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Market News


The market is now open – if you’d like to order produce, go ahead and place your orders online till 11pm Monday night! If you would like to order special items, i.e. not a box, please put your order in ASAP!

We are planning to have a Steering Committee meeting this coming week so please e-mail us if you’d like to be part of the conversation. We’d love your input!

We have brought on a few new, either certified USDA Organic or organic methods, farms – Rabbits Etc uses organic methods in Masaryktown; Geraldson Farm , a USDA organic farm out of Sarasota; as well as Windmill farms, a small backyard organic permaculture operation out of Plant City.

There are some really good items from all – from eggs to kale to tomatoes!

We try to find the most honest farmers with the healthiest & freshest food for the club as we build into an Food Cooperative.
We’d really appreciate your input on anything and everything regarding the buying club- this is a cooperative and is therefore, to be democratically managed by member owners. We want to build community so please, give us feedback so that we can perform better and have a strong backing when we file for nonprofit cooperative status with the state!

We’re also thinking of having a potluck and documentary night, so let us know what night would work for you. Like our Facebook page

As for items from certain farmers (Windmill, Morning Star, etc.), if there is not enough product ordered, it doesn’t always make financial sense for us to drive an hour or two to pick it up. We’ll try to communicate better with members when this happens but just wanted to give everybody a heads up.

Check out some great upcoming events down below!

Email us if you have any questions.

The boxes are now hand-selected by the customer/member instead of pre-packaged. This means the earlier you come, the more selection you’ll have for your box! Please bring your own box or reusable bag as we are running low at the coop. Also, if you have any to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

Farm Spotlight

My Mother’s Garden
USDA Certified Organic

My Mother’s Garden is located in south Hillsborough County on the Little Manatee River. We have been certified organic since 1992 and keep 3 greenhouses of culinary herbs, a little citrus and a small market garden. We are ecologically diverse, raising our Berkshire pigs in the woods and on pasture, grass-fed and finished beef rotationally grazed and laying hens in chicken tractors ferilizing the pastures. The livestock has not been certified organic but are raised in a natural habitat and are never given antibotics or hormones.

For more info, e-mail Susan Bishop at

Be on the lookout for Recipes under the appropriate tab on Locally Grown!

More updates to come soon!

Coming Events

Farm Fun Season at Dakin Dairy Farms
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 10pm

Dakin Dairy Farms, 30771 Betts Rd, Myakka City, FL 34251

Free Skool: Writer’s Workshop
Sunday, March 31st at Kaleisia Tea Lounge, 3PM

A workshop and discussion group for writers of poetry and short fiction. Bring some writing that you’d like to work on. RSVP to Cole at

15 Years of Flashbacks Celebration
April 2 – April 7

Lots of in-store deals & give-aways.
A great time to shop at Sherry’s YesterDaze!! (Florida Ave and Hillsborough Ave)

Tampa Museum of Art: To See As Artists See- the Phillips Collection through April 28.
Museum hours: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat/Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, FL

Bay Area Renaissance Festival
Sunday, March 31 – Monday, May 13, 2013

Mosi, 11315 N 46th St, Tampa, FL 33617
Weekends • February 23rd – April 7th, 2013
Plus Friday, March 22nd
10am – 6pm • Rain or Shine!
FREE Parking!

Thank you for supporting our efforts to bring you the healthiest, freshest, and most delicious locally-produced foods possible.