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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

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

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

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?

….A quick reference….
Heritage Farm has Lamb – Leg of Lamb, Ground Lamb, Neck Roast Slices, Rump Roast, Chops Heart, Liver, Kidneys, and the Rib Rack is on Sale this week! I have tried the Lamb Chops and ground Lamb and both were fabulous! This week I have ordered the Rib Rack – grilling seems like a good option with the weather so beautiful! Mary made a great, creative dinner with the Shoulder Roast this past week that got rave reviews from her family! Ask her for the recipe – she will have it at Market! I’d tell you what it is, but don’t want to spoil the surprise!

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! All of Dabrielle’s Jam and Jellies are on sale this week! The Blackberry Jam is awesome – homemade, organic and delicious!

Low Low Knows Bones has 3 different flavors of Organic Dog Treats. Dudley says It’s official! His favorite is the Cheese! Mary’s crew, Murphy, Kirby and Brocolli (the dog, not the veggie) also love the Cheese Treats!

Bo and Lisa’s Lil Patch have Duck Eggs that are still available. Try them for your baking recipes – what a difference duck eggs make! I also use them in Frittatas.

Little Tot’s Estate is offering Goat Milk! It is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way that RAW milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia. Dudley will be enjoying some this week and has asked for Goat Cheese! So Miss Mary and I will be making that a project for the weekend!

Johnston Family Farm has Cow Milk! It is labeled for Pet Consumption as required by the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the only way that RAW milk can legally be sold in the state of Georgia. Since Dudley is out of Butter, I have ordered a gallon of frozen CREAMY Milk to re-stock his supply. And of course I get milk for him every week – for his daily ration as well as the Kefir that gets made daily!

Dances With Bees has lots of great RAW honey – the GOOD stuff and the stuff that is good for us! Patti also has some Creamed Honey that sounds divine!

Good Shepherd Herbals has added Rescue Liniment to their offerings. This is recommended for insect bites and stings and to calm angry acne. Dena’s Trauma Balm has helped my Sciatica and helped Mary’s pain with her sprained ankle! Great alternative medicinals that work!

The above list contains the highlights of new offerings. Hop on over to and place your order for pickup Thursday 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 and blessings!

~Maryanne and Mary

The Cumming Harvest - Closed:  Newsletter - April 10, 2013


Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
via nom nom paleo

2 onions
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 tablespoons of butter
6 garlic cloves
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
1/2 ounce of dried mixed wild mushrooms, rinsed and minced (use all dried porcini mushrooms if you have it)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1.5 pounds cremini mushrooms
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup organic chicken broth
1/2 cup dry red wine
3 pounds of boneless and skinless chicken thighs
1/4 chopped fresh basil (optional)

Saute the onions, tomato paste, butter, garlic, oregano, wild mushrooms, and red pepper flakes in a skillet until onions are clear. Add this mixture to the slow cooker and stirr in the cremini, tomatoes, broth and wine. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add them into the slow cooker and mixed everything well. Then, I put on the lid and cooked the dish for 4-6 hours on low.
Top the dish with some basil chiffonade.

Market News

My Daily Bread has all jams $1.00 off this week. Prices are marked.

This is the last of the salmon and halibut. What I have in the freezer, listed online, is it until August.

I thought I’d share a post from Athens Locally Grown this week.

Are you planning a garden of your own? If you’ve been preparing your garden, or just thinking about starting one, be sure to check out the live plants offered by our growers through the market. Sure, you could run off to Home Depot and buy some mass-produced seedlings soaked in synthetic fertilizers, but you can also get hardy seedlings grown by the same people cultivating plants for their own vegetable beds, free of synthetic chemicals.

It’s still a little early to safely put out summer plants like tomatoes, peppers, squash, and eggplants, unless you protect them. The average last frost date for Cumming is still a week away. The weather forecast for the next week looks pretty good, but right now the low for next Saturday is projected to be 43 degrees. That’s well above freezing, but quite cold for tropical tomatoes. If you want to get a jump on things, just use row covers or other protection to keep the cold nights from stunting them.

Why am I encouraging you to grow your own food when I’m in the business of helping growers sell you food they grow? For one, studies have shown that people who grow their own gardens tend to actually increase their yearly purchases at their local farmers markets. Once they take an interest in their food so strong that they begin growing what they can, they find that they can rely even more on their local growers for things that they used to get at the grocery store. And besides, my goal is for every community to become less reliant on food grown elsewhere and shipped in from long distances. And you having your own little patch of garden in your yard is a big step in helping us do just that.

Cane Creek has had some transplants listed online and look for heirloom tomatoes coming up beginning of May from Heirloom Gardens. If you are looking for something for your garden, let me know and I’ll see if I can find it.

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!

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 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

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?


Sista Suzie’s Organic Garden Tour

Thank you to long time Homegrown member and volunteer Jackie for organizing our most recent Farm Tour at Sista Suzie’s Organic Garden this past Sunday. There was a great turn out and we are looking forward to more Farm Tours in the future. You can view selections available from Sista Suzie’s Garden here.


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 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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Stone County, AR:  Market's Closed!

Dear Shoppers,

The Market’s now closed.

See you next week!

Russellville Community Market:  Market Reminder

Only a few more hours of ordering time for the market! Be sure to get your orders in by 10:00 p.m. tonight!

Don’t forget we have new pick up times available from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

We look forward to seeing you at the Market on Thursday at All Saints Episcopal Church!

You can now follow RCM on Facebook! Check out our new page for great info on local foods issues and upcoming events. RCM Facebook
Be sure to click on the “Like” button at the top of the Facebook page to get automatic updates. Thanks!

Russellville Community Market