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Adams Road farm market:  Food Shed is open

The Food Shed online farmers market is now open and will close Tuesday at 7:30pm with pickup on Thursday 3-7pm.

The Info~Labs series continues on Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Join us for Local, seasonal, organic; What’s the Dif? Lydia from BackYard Produce will be also cover produce codes, clean dozen, dirty dozen, gmo safety, care and tips for produce and the Summer produce subscription. Come ready to get an earful! Register on the Facebook event page and recieve a $5 gift card to BackYard Produce.

Big News is no fee in the month of April. This is brought to you by Coach Guard Custom Designs. Please check out thier website

Last but not least we want to thank you for your business. We know you have a choice and we thank you for shopping small! Small independent business is the heart and soul of communities across this nation. Small business accounts for nearly 60% of job growth and dollars spent with local business stay in our community long after the initial dollar is spent. For that we thank you. Be it the floral shop, print shop, custom graphics, food, etc. it is more important than ever to shop small. Thank you from the bottom of our gardening toes! We invite you to look around your neighborhood and check out the small businesses just in case you need their services, foods or goods.

Please check out the offerings this week, there are new food items available.

Shop small, shop local, shop slow….

Clemson SC:  Stoll Tome To Order for this weel's Drop-off

Hello folks!
Despite the fact that Donna stepped on a board and nails this week, we still plan to have the booth at Clemson Farm Fresh Market and that’s where your drop-off will be, Wed, from 11-2. If you can’t make the hours, contact us and perhaps we can match you up with someone who lives in your area, so you can pick up from them later on. We are a win-win, cooperative group, after all.
Does anyone have those three hours free to help an old lady with a bum foot? Ha, Ha! …. I would love to have a back up to help unload the van and perhaps sty and greet the students and staff at Clemson Farm Fresh Market and introduce them to a fine way of eating locally! Text me at 864-353-6-95 or email
Thanks in advance!

Upstate Locally Grown Market:  Stoll Tome To Order For This Week

Hello Folks!
There is still time to order until noon today, Monday, but remember that the early bird gets the worm. Some items sell out quickly, but there are still plenty of foods like cheeses, meat and milk that are always available. Give it a whirl. You will be glad you did.
Go to and market away!

Athens Locally Grown:  Market Open for April 18

Athens Locally Grown

How to contact us:
Our Website:
On Twitter: @athlocallygrown
On Facebook:
On Thursdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

The official average last day of frost (for Athens) arrives this week, and all of our growers have their gardens going full-tilt. It’s perhaps the busiest time of the year for them, for not only are they maintaining all of the spring veggies, but they’re also preparing and planting all of their summer seedlings for the months ahead. All of the area farmers markets are opening back up to great fanfare, and many people take that as a sign of the season only getting started. But for our growers, the season began months ago, and they’re burning the candles at both ends now to get everything done.

But thanks to their hard labors, we can eat really well, and we have multiple markets to shop from. So, when you see a farmer, weather at a market, or delivering to a store or restaurant, or at the hardware store, or wherever your paths cross, give them your thanks. You can’t imagine how much those thanks mean when they’re working in their gardens after dark, flashlights strapped to their heads, putting in another row of seedlings.

Thanks so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Upcoming Local Food Events

April 27th: Be a Farmer For A Day at Blue Moon Farms This is the second event in our 2013 series of 5 Farmer for a Day Tours, to be held Saturday, April 27 from 10-2 in Madison County. Each event will offer you a chance to experience real work on the farm, so come prepared to work! The work session will last for two hours. You may want to bring your own work gloves, weeding or digging tools, pruners or lopping shears, etc. if you have them. Be sure to prepare for the weather appropriately and dress for getting dirty or muddy. You will be in an agricultural setting and can expect sun, rain, bugs, wildlife, dogs, electric fences, pets, and farm animals to be part of the experience. Do not bring your dog with you for a day in the country. Please plan to closely supervise your children during all activities. Water will be provided during the work session and lunch is provided. Farmers may have products available for purchase at the event, so you may want to bring cash/checks and a cooler with you. If you have special dietary needs, plan accordingly to bring those with you. To save resources, bring your own water bottle and dishes with you. Blue Moon Farms is Certified Naturally Grown and includes 60 acres where the family lives plus two 40 acre pine forests. They maintain natural habitats to support native wildlife. We will be doing a variety of chores including weeding and mulching blueberries, weeding and thinning onions, removing and replacing drip tape, and relocating mushroom logs. If time allows we will prepare seed beds. It is a family friendly event. The event will last from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM What you can expect: 9:30 AM check in, meet and greet 10:00-12:00 work session 12:00-12:45 lunch 12:45-2:00 Guided tour of the farm We are reserving 20 spots for the event. Don’t be left out! I will be taking names for a waiting list once all spots are claimed. Please note that you do not need to be a member of Athens Locally Grown to purchase an event ticket. Sign up for this free tour by adding reservations to your order (look in the “Event Reservations” category). For more information, contact Cathy Payne at

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market on Saturday has opened for the season on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons (see their website for info). The Watkinsville market has opened as well. The Washington-Wilkes Farmer’s Market in Washington is open every Saturday 9-12 behind the Washington Courthouse, and several ALG vendors also sell there. Most of the other area markets are preparing to open back up as well very soon!

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (even the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm week of April 14, 2013

How many of you had a power failure last week. There were 150 000 customer of Ontario Hydro without power for up to two days, I was out for 26 hours. Long enough to lose the hatching eggs in my incubators, even tho I had the solar PV and batteries that latest 24 hours. Sign of things to come methinks. Get that generator for your sump pump in the basement.

The spinach is looking very good again this week, as is the chard, kale and cilantro. I’m out of carrots, arugula and claytonia.

The egg special cleared the backlog and the hens are laying a bit less, so prices go back to normal this week.

You can order your raspberry canes here, if you have your eye on a little patch at home. I have two junebearing varieties, both tasty red berries.

Are you following the tarsands/XL Pipeline debate? And the reversal of Line 9 to bring tarsands ‘dilbit’ eastward? What if governments decided that most of the tarsands had to stay in the ground to avoid catastrophic climate upset in our lifetime?
See this link:
It matters to billions of people. A moral crisis in the words of MLK: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” wrote Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”

Writes Joe Romm of ClimateProgress, "many have criticized the demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline, which would open a major spigot to the Canadian tar sands, as unwarranted and untimely — unwarranted given our broad dependence on fossil fuels and untimely because of our struggling economy. We disagree.

We think there has been far too little direct action, given the staggering scale of the threat. As the International Energy Agency has explained, we must leave the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground if we are to preserve a livable climate and avoid levels of warming that “even school children know” will be catastrophic for us all. The tar sands would be near the top of any list of the largest, dirtiest pools of carbon that must be forsaken for the sake of humanity."

Northeast Georgia Locally Grown:  Locally Grown - Availability for April 17th, 2012

Hey Local Food Lovers,

I almost forgot to post a message tonight, and I’m afraid this one will have to be brief. That’s a bit odd, since I’ve been writing all about Locally Grown for my graduate thesis for about two weeks now. I hope to share some of this with you later in the summer, when I’ll have a bit more time.

I will add that every spare moment I’ve had out in the sunshine (or rain) have been pure bliss the last week or so. I was able to plant some beets and Napa cabbage today, pick asparagus, weed onions, check on blooming strawberries, admire the leaves poking out on the raspberries, and check on the mulch around blueberries, persimmons, figs and paw paws. Yesterday I completed the final plantings of asian persimmon trees (that’s 60 total fruit trees planted over the last two months). I also planted quite a few dill and just a couple of cilantro. Spring is still my absolute favorite time in the garden. And if you’re the same then you are in luck because Leah Lake Farms has a gazillion plant starts posted this week. So do yourself a favor and spread some compost in the garden and get to planting. The spring season is short…..and sweet.

Hope you enjoy this weeks offerings!


Justin in Habersham
Chuck in Rabun

Suncoast Co-op:  Organic blueberries! Earth day this Saturday at NPR Library! Order fresh local food today from

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.
  • 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

  • Blueberries!
  • New Herbal Extracts: Vanilla, Orange, Stevia
  • Moringa Rolls
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.

In the News
Suncoast Co-op wins local Sustainability Award

Last week our co-op was awarded with a Sustainable Business award from Earth Charter US. MBA student from University of Tampa (Right Ghadeer) and Herb US Earth Charter committee chair (Left) presented the award. Thanks to Barbara, Audrey, Rick, Eric and Loretta the founding board members for a year ago coming together to form a local food co-op for our Suncoast area. All of us worked really hard for the co-op to get where we are. The time is right and has come for local food in our area! Together we can create a local food economy. Also a big thank you to the volunteers of the co-op, all of our Growers, the members for supporting the co-ops growth and all the patrons who buy fresh local food! We as a community make this happen together, we all want fresh chemical free food available to the community.

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

Earth Day this Saturday
We will not have the Ad-hoc table at Habitat for Humanity. Join us at the New Port Richey Library (details below) this Saturday to celebrate Earth Day. We will have fresh local veggies, coffee, herbal tea, and veggie wraps for sale!

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.

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
5939 Main Street New Port Richey Library courtyard
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 5939 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
Downtown Dunedin
Main Street and Douglas Avenue, Dunedin
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
5939 Main Street New Port Richey 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 9:00am-4pm (Come anytime)6410 River Road, New Port Richey, FL
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
Click here for Flyer for event to print and help market our co-op birthday!

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!

Atlanta Locally Grown:  Available for Saturday April 20

Available for Friday April 19
I hope this finds you all doing well.
The market is open.
We will be headed to Milkyway this week.
We have started the great tomato plant off. We got about 675 plants in the ground and have some 650 cherry tomatoes to plant. Ill get the rows ready Tuesday or Wednesday and hope to get the next batch in by Thursday. The pepper planting will be almost as dramatic. We have ~ 1000 plants from very hot to not.

This week from the garden we have some great lettuce, salad mix, braising greens, turnips, radishes, mustard, pea tendrils, micro beets and mushrooms. All picked fresh just for you.

We have a few more heritage hogs available.

We are also looking to offer a few small whole hogs for whole hog dinner. They are going to be in the 40 – 50 lb range. Contact me directly for more information.

Remember you have at least 21 meals to plan for this week, 28+ if you include your snacks. We hope some of your selections come from our efforts.

We enjoy being your farmers.

We will be making our regular delivery the Sandy Springs market. Please pick up between 9 and 10 am. The dogwood festival is at piedmont park this week so we will only by making a quick drop at the park. We will be here from 9 – 10 am. Please make sure you pick up by 10 am.

Thank you,
Brady Bala
Market Manager

Champaign, OH:  My mother nature story from today...

So I admit, I sometimes try to fool mother nature and she doesn’t miss a beat. The background is I have a older hen that was made an outcast from the group a few months ago. To me, chicken coops are where bullying must have originally started and if left to battle it out, sometimes ends in death. Knowing this, I intervened and placed her in a separate cage to strengthen her and give everyone a chance to forget their meanness. There indeed is a “pecking order” with hens and I believe this is true, even in how they place themselves on the rows of the roosts with the roosters best girlfriends alongside him and just those other ladies on lower roosts. I have heard this order is also to protect the best of the flock should an intruder enter the coop allowing the lowest ones to be sacrificed while the most protected remain higher up on the roosts. Thankfully this portion of the story remains unproven in my coop.

So tonight I let them all out in the grass and into the compost pile beside the barn to scratch and munch on bugs. They obviously loved them and squawked with delight. The man in charge directs them to certain finds and calls them to attention. This too is amazing that they listen so intently to his suggestions. Often if he finds something, he calls to them and backs up allowing them to eat it unselfishly. Impressive chivalry!

The sneaky part of my story begins when I quietly retrieved my little outcast who has really plumped up in her secure little vacation spot and placed her along the edge of the fencing. Looking exactly a mirror image to the other Barred Rocks, she sauntered towards the compost and snuck around the currant bush awaiting it’s spring leaves.

She joined the group near the base of the compost hill and that darn rooster wasn’t fooled a bit. He made a few calls with a throated-gesture and tip-toed almost sideways towards her. I have begun to think that the sideways walk is part mating ritual and part agent 007 as it seems too predictable to me but not to “the girls”.

He immediately let us both know the gig was up and tried to fight her like two boxers on the ropes. I intervened once again and carried her quietly back to her more-than-temporary home. We shared a few words and I apologized for the bully in the barnyard. She seemed to understand and perhaps from the flashbacks of terror or from the sight of the full food and water dish, she trotted right back into her cage. So sleep tight ladies and gents…we’ll try again another time!

As another day on the farm comes to a close, I encourage you to try something new this season. Chickens are a wonderful addition but perhaps herbs are your choice. Whatever you choose, spread your wings and give something new a go! You will learn so much, even if it is who is nice to you in your flock!

Don’t forget to order from us as the market is open! There are lots of exciting things to share so spend a few minutes and learn more about our vendors! Good night to my friends in my flock!

Conyers Locally Grown:  Milk!

We will be headed up to Milkyway this week.