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Homegrown Co-op:  Market OPEN for SAT. - Join us at Central Florida Earth Day!

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 3pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Saturday 1pm – 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

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

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



Weekly Ordering Schedule

From now on the Online Market will be opening on Saturday around 1pm for the Wednesday market instead of the usual Sunday Morning time. This will give members almost an entire extra day of ordering.


Season’s Pick, Locavore and Fruit Boxes

We are now offering small, medium and large Fruit boxes at the online market. These do include some local fruit, but also include non-local USA grown fruit. These are perfect if you’re a juicer!

If you are interested in setting up a recurring box, send us an e-mail at or visit us in the store. We can set you up on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly plan.


Satellite Pick-up sites

We are looking to set up a few satellite pick-up sites around Central Florida to help reduce delivery fees and offer better access to local food. Are you interested in hosting a pick-up site? Do you know a school or business that would allow us to distribute orders once or twice a week? Let us know.

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 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 12pm-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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Gallup, NM:  Market Open - Tuesday afternoon pickup

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!

Tampa Bay :  BHBC: Where We Are- Please Take the Survey and Join us for a Potluck!

Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay

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

Market News

Please give us your feedback. Take the survey.

—>Dear Foodies,

As some of you may have heard, and if you’ve been reading the emails, you know that Birdhouse is going on an indefinite hiatus. Below you’ll find a brief explanation of the reasoning and the next steps for Birdhouse and local food in Tampa.

First off, we want to thank you: our customers, members, chefs, community at large, and our growers. Without y’all, local food wouldn’t even be on the map in the Tampa Bay area. It’s been a true pleasure to work with you and serve you.

Due to several factors, we’ve decided to take a step back and reassess our place in the local food community. Among other things, we want to ensure that we’re providing a useful service that doesn’t draw business away from other local outlets. Though there are many successes to claim for the buying club, there is still a steep road ahead for local food. Our system in Florida, from the farm to your table, is still very young and fragile. Another challenge the buying club faces is the massive commitment of time and finances required to build a true cooperative. A cooperative needs financial and human resources to secure leases and insurance, purchase equipment, trucks, and fuel, and pay wages. Developing these resources is a long and involved process which the buying club is not yet prepared to undertake.

Although we will not be moving forward right now with plans to continue Birdhouse or develop a cooperative, we are still interested in continuing to work towards improving access to local food in the Bay Area. Please see the following sections for some of the steps we’re taking as we suspend operations:

Birdhouse Survey and Final Potluck

Many of you have donated time and resources to the buying club, and we hugely appreciate your involvement. We also greatly appreciate your dedication as purchaser and growers to the goal of developing the Tampa Bay local food ecosystem. While the buying club’s operations will be suspended, we are all still dedicated to this goal. We have developed a survey to collect your input on how well the buying club met your local food needs and what efforts may meet your needs moving forward. All responses in this survey are completely anonymous. There is the potential for better achieving our ideals and meeting the needs of the community in the future. Your feedback will help us figure out if and how that is possible for us. We invite all members, growers, and interested parties to take the survey.

In the coming month, Birdhouse will host a final potluck at which we can discuss further your interest in and goals for developing access to local food. We will provide date and location information once the potluck has been scheduled.

If you still believe in a cooperative system, please let us know and take the survey, but more importantly, come out to the potluck to figure out what everyone wants and can do from here.

Membership Reimbursement

If you purchased the $25 membership within the last year in anticipation of the buying club developing into a cooperative, we would like to offer you a full reimbursement. Please respond to this email, and we will coordinate reimbursing you for the membership.

Other Local Food Sources

In the meanwhile, we encourage you to check out these awesome spots for local and/or organic food:

Twilight Market at the Roosevelt 2.0 in Ybor (Tuesday nights from 5-10PM)

Tampa Bay Organics

Suncoast Cooperative


Sweetwater Farm

The Tampa Farmers Markets

and, of course, our many farms around the county.

Please also check out these local restaurants, which have bought or are currently buying local food:

Ella’s Folk Art Americana Cafe

The Refinery

The Mermaid Tavern

Cigar City Brewpub


Trang Viet Cuisine

Cafe Hey

The Corner Store in Plant City

Reservations to Go

and there’s probably more now!

Again, thank you to all those who have helped along the way, from the Awesome Foundation, to Famous Tates, to Ella’s restaurant and of course all the members and growers for believing in this project. If you don’t want to see the Cooperative movement end, then don’t let it! Take the survey, reply to this email with any questions or comments, and join us for a potluck! We look forward to engaging with you around our shared passion for local food.

All the best!
Birdhouse Buying Club

Don’t forget to take the quick survey.

Coming Events

Earth Day Tampa Bay 2013
USF Botanical Gardens
Celebrate Earth Day with the USF Office of Sustainability and the Tampa Bay Sierra Club. This year’s theme is “Fresh Food Revolution” to promote locally sourced food producers and supporters.
Ryan will be there with the Local Roots Table.

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

South Cumberland Food Hub:  Local Food!

Good Morning!
It’s time to order local food from the South
Cumberland Food Hub. We have a new
salad mix on the market consisting of baby
greens that are organically grown. Check
it out and have a great day!

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


Heirloom Living Market Lilburn:  Last Minute Orders??

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

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


Little Tot’s Estate has a great deal on Raw Goat Milk! BOGO WOW! Buy 1/2 gallon or 1 gallon of this fresh, creamy and delicious Raw Goat Milk and get the same amount FREE! (This product is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way raw milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia.)

Phoenix Gardens is offering Heirloom Seedlings for your Garden! It is time to plant and with these starters you are good to go!

Patchwork Pastures has collapsible, stackable Raised Garden Beds – great for planting your veggies or flower garden! The weather prediction for this weekend looks like it will perfect to accomplish those garden tasks!

Doug’s Garden is offering beautiful Virginia Blue Bells. This plant flowers in March and April but leaves behind pale green foliage to give your garden contrast throughout the growing season. This is a perennial so you can enjoy it for some years to come! A Produce Box from Doug will keep you in veggies for the week! It is beautiful and bountiful and Mary always has great recipes that never fail to please!

My Daily Bread will have items on the Farmers’ Sale Table at Market pickup, but don’t take the chance that your favorite will be available! Dabrielle’s delicious Bakery breads and treats don’t last long! Order those Brownies! Yummy!

Farmer of the Week

Mary from Patchwork Pastures is our Farmer of the Week and will have goodies at Market pickup! From her Bath Salts, to Flavor-Infused Salts and Organic Spices to her Natural Dishwasher and Laundry Soaps, Raised Garden Beds, Daylilies and Lotions, there will be quite a variety of items to check out!

These are just the highlights of items available on Heirloom Living Market! Hop on over to the Market and get your items ordered! Take me to the Market.

We appreciate your support of the Market and our efforts to bring you, your family and the community LOCAL, fresh, pesticide/chemical/GMO/soy Free products from Farmers/Growers who are passionate about bringing healthy food to your table!

See you at Market pickup tomorrow from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Gwinnett Gymnastics Center!

Joyful thoughts and blessings,


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The Cumming Harvest - Closed:  Newsletter - April 17, 2013

Market News

For those of you that have questions about how this all works, here’s a quick Q & A…

How do I order?
Each Wednesday morning, a list of available products is sent to all of our registered customers by e-mail. Customers must place their order for the week any time after that email goes out, but no later than Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Orders should be placed here on our website, but if you are having troubles you can respond directly to the e-mail. Ordering through this web site is Locally Grown’s preferred method as it is designed to reduce the amount of time it takes us to process orders as well as provide you with detailed information about our products.

Will I have to buy vegetables I don’t want?
Unlike some co-ops, buying clubs, or CSAs where everyone gets the same box of stuff (and you don’t know what you’re getting until you get it), with Locally Grown you get to order what you want, in the quantities that you want, from the farms that you want. The weekly email lists the produce, milled products, fresh flowers, and artisan goods available that week, and you can browse the items on this website before you place your order.

So there’s no minimum order amount?
Nope. Order as much or as little as you want, from the farms that you want.

How and when do I pay?
When you place an order, you are committing to paying for those items ordered. We take payment in several ways:

1. You can pay into your account in advance (via check or cash in person, or online via Credit/Debit card), and draw down over time. This is a very convenient method, since you only have to think about it every once in a while, but you can also:

2. Pay via credit/debit card online when you place your order. We support all Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club cards. Or:

3. Pay via cash, check, credit/debit card, or EBT when you pick up your order. If you pay via card, there is a 3% convenience fee to help us cover processing costs.

If you pay in person when you pick up your order, we will have already paid the growers for you on your behalf. If you fail to come pick up your items, you will still be expected to pay the amount due.

Are there membership fees?
To help us with our overhead costs, we ask that you pay an annual fee of $25 per household for one calendar year. You are welcome to try us for two orders before officially becoming members.

The membership fee will be automatically added to your third order.

Are there taxes or other charges added to my order?
The growers set their own prices, and are all-inclusive, including any taxes (like gasoline at the gas station, or food at the airport). Since the growers are selling directly to you, they (not TCH) are responsible for collecting and reporting sales and other taxes.

When and Where do I pick up my order?
From 10am until 12pm on Saturday morning, customers can pick-up their produce at 106 Colony Park Drive, in the basement of unit 100.

We do not make deliveries.

Payment is still expected for produce that is ordered but not picked up.

When I come pick up my order, you guys run around, and return with an armload of stuff. What goes on?
It’s a major effort to get all the produce together, organized, and then distributed back out to the customers. Imagine taking a full farmers’ market, spread out over a park or other location, and condensing it down to a single room — that’s what we do.

Our volunteers helped the growers unload everything, and know, more or less, where everything is. They’re running from table to table finding and gathering your items.

Oh no! I forgot to pickup my order! Now what?
Well, I’m sorry we missed you.

About a half hour before we pack up to go home, we’ll call you if you haven’t come yet, using the phone number you tied to your account. If you have a cell phone, use that number!

Most times, we get an answering machine, so if we haven’t reached you when it’s time to go, we’ll try again.

If we still haven’t been able to reach you, your items will be donated or given away! We do not have a means to keep items until the next week, or to deliver them to you. If we were able to reach you on the phone, we may be able to work out an arrangement, but otherwise, your items will be donated or given away!

Since the growers harvested just for you, and (more importantly) since we paid the growers on your behalf when they brought them to our market, you are still responsible for paying for items, even if you do not pick them up. We’ll charge your account, and that amount will get added to your next order.

Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.

Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.

Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.

Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.

We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.

Why are some of your products labelled “organic” and others are not?
First off, no “conventional” growers are allowed to sell through our market. Everything sold here is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. Everything here could be sold as “organic”, but many growers choose not to.

To use the word “organic”, a grower must register through the USDA and keep up with a tremendous amount of paperwork. The process is very expensive and intensive, and certainly favors the larger factory farms over the small family farm.

The state of Georgia has seen that, and has given the small producer who sells only a few thousand dollars a year of produce a means to register with the state department of agriculture. A few of our growers have gone that route, and they can legally use the word “organic” in Georgia.

Another system is “Certified Naturally Grown”. This nation-wide program seeks to correct the problems with the USDA certification system. The standards are just as strict (and in some cases, more so) as the USDA Organic program, but there is no cost to become certified. There is still some paperwork, but not as much. More importantly, the growers in the program inspect each other, rather than relying on an outside for-profit certifier. Several of our growers have gone this route.

Finally, a few growers are not certified by anyone but still use organic sustainable methods on their farms.

To find out more about our growers, and to see what certification, if any, they have, take a look at our Growers page.

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!

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!

Middle Tennessee Locally Grown:  Pullets Available!

Wayne Diller has added pullets to the market!

If you’ve already ordered this week, & want pullets, you can place a 2nd order which will be added to your 1st at checkout.

If you haven’t ordered yet this week, the market is open till noon Wednesday. Happy shopping!

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

The Spa City Co-op on-line market is now closed.

Orders can be picked up between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. this Friday at the ArtChurch. Please set a reminder on your calendar.

If possible, please pick up your order by 5:00 if you can.

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

Karen Holcomb
Market Co-manager

Stone County, AR:  That's it for the week!

Dear Shoppers,

That’s it for this week! Your online market is now closed.

See you next week!

Citrus County Locally Grown:  Growth

Hi All
Yes this is a period of growth the warm nights mean that every plant seems to be growing well.

We Welcome a new grower
Roxanne, with Roxy’s Garden. Offering limited quantities of Kale, Collard Greens and Curly Parsley. Welcome Roxanne.

Gaia’s Creamery has moved to a new farm. What an operation! House and Farm. Fences and Buildings to be made ready too.
Fresh Cow and Goat Milk are still available and this week. Goat cheese is now available again.

Simply Seafood have added 5oz Lobster tails for $10.

All good news
Thank you for supporting your On-Line Farmers Market

See you at Pickup

Your CCLG Team

Link to CCLG Market.