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Local Farms First:  Salad greens have arrived!

Greetings local food lovers!

The time has come for fresh, local, chemical-free salad greens to fill our plates once again!

We have salad mixes from The Living Farm, Rain Crow Farm and a new farmer, Two Brothers Dirt Ranch. Snatch them up while you can and go green!

Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Maya Silver – a 501c3 non-profit
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Upstate Locally Grown Market:  Market Open For Ordering!


Upstate Locally Grown Market


Did you know, anyone who has a recipe or article published in the Harvest News is entitled to one added month of membership! Tell us about your garden, share your favorite eats with us, or even a book review. Please email your CLG content to Heidi.

Market News



Order today for pickup between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at the Clemson University Farm Fresh Market, located in front of the Student Union in Cox Plaza.

We are participating in Clemson’s Agricultural Services Farm Fresh Market, which takes place Wednesday afternoons through the month of April. We hope you will enjoy picking up your Clemson Locally Grown orders from the market this month, and maybe you’ll meet a few new growers at the same time!

As always, we at Upstate Locally Grown are pleased to offer you plenty of fresh, local proteins and produce, as well as eggs from Putney Farm, Happy Cow milk products, Swamp Rabbit baked goods, and much, much more.

Have your ordered greens from Spurgeon Farms lately? Not only are these fresh collards and kale tender and delicious, they are chopped and packaged in a gallon bag. That means all you have to do is rinse and cook. Better than the grocery store on every level! Be sure to click on the vegetables category and the greens category. Remember, that if you are looking for a specific item, you can type in part of the name and our software will bring up all products with the letters you type. Look on the Market page, about 1/8 the way down, center. Try it, it is fun!

Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to join you. It is always more fun to share the experience of fresh, sustainable local foods with like-minded friends!

Upstate Locally Grown Market *Donates a percentage of our income to the Broken Wing Farm 501-3C project. Bill welch (Welch and Son Farm) and volunteers are training young men who are autistic to plant and grow food the organic way! This is a wonderful outlet for these young men in a low-stimulus environment out in the fresh air and sunshine! I can’t think of a better way to provide a healthy environment and a sense of accomplishment for these young men!
*Clemson Locally Grown
donates 3 percent of our orders off the top to Clemson Montessori School, in return for use of their school parking lot as a drop-off location. We also appreciate the helpful hands of CMS market volunteers. Feel free to lend your hands, if you have a moment to do so. Clemson Montessori School is cultivating our future artists, leaders, and innovators in a system which encourages young minds to think for themselves in a creative atmosphere.

Donna’s Corner

Friend and local food lover Jess O’Neal Bayne made me aware of this upcoming event, and I wanted to share it with you. There is an event happening May 25 in Greenville and many other places all around the world actually. It is called March on Monsanto. This is a march and rally in response to the “Monsanto Protection Act,” recently signed by President Obama as a part of HR 933.

If you value the quality of your food and reject genetically engineered crops, I encourage you to lend your support to this event.

For more information, visit the Facebook site here.

Donna and Lenard, Heidi, and the whole gang of Market helpers.

Augusta Locally Grown:  Weblog Entry

Byne Blueberry Farm, one of the oldest certified organic blueberry farms in the United States, has joined our on-line market. Blueberry season is still a ways-away, but these folks have created some gems that keep throughout the year. One such goodie is their “Georgia Bar,” a whole-grain snack made with all Georgia-grown ingredients. It won the UGA “Flavor of Georgia” award for 2013. Their secret? Farmer Dick Byne reports that his soil is comprised of 5.2% organic matter; the national standard for organics is 2% … obviously these folks are treating their land right! Byne Blueberry Farm is beloved as a pick-your-own location in the CSRA and we’ll be sure to schedule some ALG outings when the season arrives!

We’re looking for one more volunteer to help with the “Cooking Matters” classes that ALG is helping to teach at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Hephzibah on Mondays, 4-6pm. Our first class on April 1 was quite fun (and tasty), and a big thank you goes out to volunteer instructors Jason Wynn and Vicki Sasser. If you can help with any of our remaining five weeks of class, please email

Save the date for the most adorable workshop ever!!!! The Hobby Farmers Association of the CSRA will host a kid’s workshop on taking care of “Chicks, Ducklings and Bunnies” on Saturday, April 20, at 11am, at Trinity on the Hill UMC, Room A004. Best parking is the lot at the corner of Monte Santo & McDowell in Augusta. Master Gardener Kay Pittman will host a concurrent “Organic Gardening” workshop for adults. Visit their website at for more information.

Join us for this one-of-a-kind paddle, local foods fest and concert on the River in Evans,GA. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Augusta Locally Grown, one of three nonprofit beneficiaries. Our proceeds will be used for youth gardening programs. Sign up to paddle at!

Chef Charleen of Culinary Connections & Augusta Locally Grown will host a Five Farm Tour on Sat, May 18 thru Sun, May 19. The price is $75 each and includes a Saturday lunch, tour, and make-and-take vinegar workshop at White Hills Lavender Farm, a tour and farm bbq at Savannah River Farm, a tour and cheese tasting at Flat Creek Dairy, an antique mill tour at Freemans Mill, and a Sunday evening garden harvest and cooking class at Walker Organic Farms. Transportation and lodging is not included in the price; lodging at your choice of two locations in Statesboro will be recommended. Tickets on sale now! Space limited to 20.

Big hugs to the farmers who have committed to the Veggie Truck Farmers Market in Harrisburg every Tuesday evening, 4:30pm-7pm: Addersons Fresh Produce, Shady Creek Greens, JandL Farm and Stable, Icebox Farm and Crossed Stars Farm. This is the only farmers market in the Augusta area that accepts food stamps; in fact, with a grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia, we are able to double the value of those benefits when you purchase from these local farmers. Come join the fun and generous spirit of the Veggie Truck Team at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Augusta.

See you all at the markets on Tuesday and/or Thursday!

Tampa Bay :  Times Are A'Changing- Last Week to Order- PLEASE READ

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Market News


The market is now open – if you’d like to order food, 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!

The operations at the BHBC are coming to a close. This well be the last week to order. There will be a follow-up e-mail with an explanation as well as a survey for members to take for some feedback on how the buying club has been doing as well as what members want to see. It has been a great run but we have to focus on other aspects of the local food movement. We appreciate your business and have loved seeing you all over the months.

We are thinking of having a potluck/documentary night for the close of our operations as a temporary farewell and thank you, so let us know what night would work for you.

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 upcoming events down below!

Email us if you have any questions.

Please bring your own box or reusable bag

More updates to come soon!

Coming Events

Art on 19th Street
Singing Stone Gallery presents their 4th year promoting Tampa Bay artists and musicians during Art on 19th St. Held on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the art event features contemporary crafts and live art demonstrations in jewelry, ceramics, fibers, wood, paintings, photography, metals, or mixed media.

Women’s Brew Day with Mary Mac
Presented by Special Hoperations!
Both experienced and novice brewers are welcome, and we will pair beginners with advanced brewers. A food truck will be present.
Women brewing at the event will receive 20% off ingredients used for the brew day. Equipment will be available to borrow on a limited basis. If you would like to brew at the event, please call us at 813-238-7800 to sign up/discuss borrowing equipment. If you would just like attend, no sign up is necessary.
Southern Brewing and Winemaking
4500 N. Nebraska Ave
Starts at 10AM

An Introduction to 50 Wild and Feral Edible Plants of Florida with Andy Firk
Saturday, April 6, 10AM-2PM
at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lakeland
730 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL.
-Safely identify & respectfully forage wild edible plants
-Prepare delicious, nutritious recipes
-Find out how our health can benefit from including these plants in our diet
-Seasonal awareness
-And much more
Bring a notepad, sunhat, and your favorite salad dressing.

Greater Seminole Heights 15th Annual Home Tour
Sunday, April 7 11:30AM-5PM

$15 in advance, $20 day of the tour.
Seminole Heights Garden Center
5108 N. Central Ave.

Chess Club at the Mermaid Tavern
Wednesday, April 10th, 6PM

In collaboration with Tampa Free Skool

Wildcrafting Hike in collaboration with Tampa Free Skool
We will go for a short hike from 12-2PM and learn about some Florida ecosystems, harvest some plant fibers to make a couple types of cordage, work with palmetto fronds to make mats, and maybe do some basketry. That hike will conclude at 2pm. If anyone wants to stick around after that, I will lead a hike further back into the swamp til maybe 5 or 6.
Hole-In-The-Fence Trailhead @ Wilderness Parks Off-Road Bike Trails on Morris Bridge Rd just east of the Tampa Bypass Canal, directly across from Trout Creek entrance

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.

CLG:  CLG Pick-up TODAY 4-6pm. Bring Glass Jars, Please.

Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Market is open

The market is now open for ordering!

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

Champaign, OH:  Good eve!

Good evening shoppers! All went swimmingly at the market tonight thanks to the Charlene and our newest helper Michelle Comer of Homecomer Traditions. You know Michelle lovingly as “The Pretzel Lady” around this neck of the woods. She does more than that but my personal addiction is indeed her pretzels! Thanks Michelle and Charlene for the awesome job!

Thank you to all the vendors and customers who are perfecting our new changes that help the process flow better. We are really trying to get things to work with fewer hands as all our vendors are busy growing their businesses in many avenues. Thanks again to Pam and Mark for staying with us as long as they did! We will miss you both for certain!

Some updates on things…don’t forget it is flea market weekend and many of our vendors will be selling there too. As I stopped by Katie Hoover’s home tonight at nearly 9 PM, she was still in the kitchen baking brownies and goodies with plans for a few more batches until bedtime. She should be in her same spot in the corner of the horticulture building I believe. Swisher Hill Herbs (Charlene and Joe as we know them) will be out there (4-H building last I knew near the restrooms) and I know they were prepping tonight too. Also look for Jared with his honey (I think he is still in the merchant building). ( I apologize if I left someone out, or gave you the wrong building, but that was the last I knew so be sure to message me if I did and I would be glad to help spread the news!)

We have some exciting news too that Swisher Hill Herbs are now offering live plants for the 2013 planting season.  In addition to their selection of herbs and veggies they have added scented geraniums and for the cat lovers “cat grass”. Sounds awesome!

For those curious about the maple harvest, both Connolly’s and Valley View report great syrup seasons and are both done boiling. While I only got to visit with Marc briefly tonight, Shirley Connolly said they had a record year and had run out of storage space for syrup! Luckily they were able to help out and share with a producer in Wisconsin who needed some due to their weather! I’ll be looking forward to some creative recipes in addition to my pancakes! Yummo!

I had feedback from our friend who was collecting the survey of shopping habits of local food and she was glad to report that we had a huge turnout from Champaign County! Great job everyone!

Thanks again to Shannon and Beth with the Y for being so assertive in making a positive impact on the market. Paying directly to them frees up the money box job for us and while you might have had a bit of a trip around the lobby, it really makes things easier for us and our volunteers.

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for everything tonight!

GFM :  Market Open

We now have some live plants for sale by some of our vendors. Come on over and place your order for Wednesday Pickup. Keep your eyes open, as more items are getting added as they become available!

Local Farms First:  The Market is Open! Pork Chops Are Here!

Greetings local food lovers!

The Market is Open!

The sun is shining, the weather is warm and we’ve got produce, eggs & more.

What else do we have on the market this week? Pork chops and ground pork from The Living Farm!

I ordered these pork chops last week and they are the kind of meat you would see featured in a vivid Dutch still life painted in the 1880s. They are beautiful!

I will be marinating them in a balsamic/teriyaki sauce, pan-frying them and topping them with some kind of delicious, apple-based sauce. Try them out!

Thanks for supporting local family farms,
Maya Silver – a 501c3 non-profit
click here to start shopping on the website:

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  What would you like from WFN?

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.


Order Local Pastured Eggs!

We have plenty of pastured eggs for sale this week. This is a HUGE blessing! As you alread know, pastured eggs are better. This is what says about pastured eggs:

"Grass-fed/pastured hens are raised on pasture, as opposed to being kept in confinement and fed primarily grains. Eggs from pastured hens contain up to 20 times more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than those their less fortunate cousins, factory hens. "

What Would You Like From Wilderness Family Naturals?

As I mentioned before, 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. In summary, they have some of the best coconut products out there (oil, flour, sugar, etc.)

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