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Russellville Community Market:  Market Reminder

First a big thanks to everyone who came out to support the ATU Anthropology Club last Wednesday, for Food Day.

Once again we are at the end of the ordering period for this weeks Market. The Russellville Community Market will close tonight at 10:00pm for ordering, so get your orders in soon!

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

CLG:  Pecans and Urban Farm Kickstarter Project

The market closes tonight at 10 PM. To place an order, visit Please make sure to hit the checkout button. You will receive a conformation email once you place your order.

Urban Farming Project Kicks Off Fundraiser
On October 24th the Urban Farming Project launched an exciting Kickstarter project. Their goal is to raise $5000 in 30 days. This will go towards purchasing a 2000 gallon water tank with a timed, drip irrigation system.
For the whole story click here.

What is Kickstarter?
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others. Since its launch on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter has helped raise over $350 million that has been pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 creative projects.

Building Community Around Food
This week we raised $65 for the Conway Locally Grown Community Fund, a micro lending program that will fund sustainable and community oriented projects. So far we have raised $1690.40 for our next round of Community Fund investments. We plan to start taking applications for the next round of funding in December. To read more about how the CLG Community Fund works, visit our and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Food Pantry Donations
This week CLG Members raised $35 for the food pantry! This year we have raised $1852.35 for the Saint Peter’s Food Pantry.

Have a great day!

Suncoast Co-op:  North Pinellas Local Food Movement

North Pinellas Local Food movement hosted by the Suncoast Co-op


  • Vicki and Jungle Jay: Help show films once a month on local food in Clearwater- Coordinate with Audrey and Adam to show same film each month to cooperate on marketing. Start hosting them at the Unitarian Universalists or other possible venue dependent on the organizing council in Clearwater.
  • Audrey: Hosts once a month film showings at the New Port Richey Library
  • Adam: Help facilitate film showings once a month at the Tarpon Springs Library.
  • Create a master list of movies to show for an entire year, coordinate monthly marketing plan, create a cooperative effort among multiple cities of getting out the awareness on local food.
Book Study
  • Host bi-monthly meet-ups on the Gaia’s garden book study.
  • Host in New Port Richey on Tuesday’s at the New Port Richey library.
  • Coordinate permablitzes in the local area, demonstration sites (such as the UU Garden, Habitat for Humanity, Peace Hall Garden etc.) , guerrilla gardening at night planting edibles , Seed bombing, seed and plant swaps for local growers.
  • Host monthly rotation of workshops from the pool of speakers on off days from the market.
Tarpons Farmers Market –
  • Solicit for more local growers to sell at the Sunday Tarpon Market
  • Coordinate with Laura the Market manager. Laura spoke about the market and opened the information booth and would like to encourage community participation and use of the Sunday Market.
  • Host information about the video showings at the Tarpon Library.
  • Host book study meet-up’s for an hour at the Sunday market bi-monthly.
  • Host work-shops during certain hours of the market giving advance notification before to market.
  • Eric cannot attend every Sunday, Rotate market manager duties with volunteers and coordinate with local organizing council for Tarpon Springs- (Eric: I can possibly bring everything to set-up and pick-up at 2pm but would also like to coordinate so I don’t have to do that as well)
  • Create a pool of speakers for organizing local councils to coordinate with to talk about the local food movement at special events. Coordinate available times, locations, and venues to host workshops.
  • As a co-op we would like to partner with workshop hosts to offer discounts for our co-op members and solicit workshops all throughout the area.
Organizing local council
  • Each city has a organizing local council for their own cities that are represented by the people, organizations, groups already established in the cities. New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, East Lake etc. These councils are independent and self organize themselves and their own events. We are laying out a strategic plan and avenues for support and coordinated growth of the local food movement. Make partnerships within the local cities for the growth of local food movement. Making partnerships across city, county lines to encourage a passion of all of our’s for local food and the growth of a local food economy.
  • We as a co-op market can help facilitate the organizing of local councils and interconnect them all on our online market at Suncoast Co-op, market with our facebook fan page and social media. Work towards cooperation for more local food and better access to all demographics for fresh, chemical free, local food. Work to bring the Tampa Bay Time banks to our communities and coordinate marketing of local food to encourage victory gardens and more producers/purchasers of local food.
  • Offer a community owned business anyone can become a member/owner of and help lead. Partner with other local organizations, the community, and work towards encouraging a local food movement.
  • Tampa Bay Time Bank ( ) : Marie gave a short presentation about the Tampa bay Time bank and re-iterated the value of non-paid workers and how we can value their time, share in the yield, and encourage participation and cooperation voluntarily all throughout the Tampa bay area.
  • Online social network: Our youtube where we will be video recording local growers and information about the co-op: Using Meet-up we can have a listserv and host meet-ups: Facebook Group: Facebook Fanpage:
  • Next Meeting will be at Denise’s home: 470 E. Cypress St., Tarpon Springs Nov. 12th at 6pm. Should we pot-luck light appetizers?
  • Open to Feedback: These notes were taken in a hurry and from my perspective I would love to hear input and edits. We can work on to encourage the growth of local food movement in North Pinellas and beyond. Lets envision together the creation of an Organic pipeline of chemical free, local food all the way from Hernando to Clearwater and surrounding areas.

Would you like to get involved? Contact us to volunteer at

Stone County, AR:  Just a few more hours!

Hi, Everyone!

This is a reminder that there are still a few more hours left to shop!

And, we’ve got greens! Just as hoped, the new Stone County cold frames are beginning to produce. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support your local growers and get fresh, local winter greens!

Come on in!

Rural Resources :  Time to Order

Lots of yummy choices this week. We are featuring some of the very best salad mix I’ve ever tasted. We also have greens, bell peppers, onions, and more. Turn your order in and pick up on Thursday morning from 10:00am until 12:00 noon.

ALFN Local Food Club:  Market Closes Tomorrow

Good Morning Friends,
The Market closes tomorrow morning. And then there will be no more ordering for you… Very sad.
Still lots of great things to buy. Radishes and turnips, plus THIS great recipe for Radish Relish. Also, word on the street is Arkansas Fresh Bakery will have some Pumpkin Sourdough or Cranberry Walnut bread for sale this weekend.
Happy Halloween!
Sam Hedges

Mid-Georgia:  Heron Bay Farmers' Market


A real cold and windy day to you!

The James Family Farm will skip tomorrow because of the weather report which has predicted a lot of wind preventing putting up their tent.

They will be back next week. Come back.

Be careful of the goblins in the neighborhood!


Tampa Bay :  Order by Tuesday 11pm - Organic Ezekiel bread in-store sale & only 7 boxes left!

Working to build into a transparent, democratically managed, sovereign Food Cooperative that makes more affordable & available nutrient dense, fresh, local/regional foods

Market News

Here’s the weeks list – some great pictures from Tomazin farm will be coming up soon!

This week on Wednesday in store only! – members will be able to buy Organic Ezekiel & Muesli Bread from 20 Shekels at %50 off!
*Non members will be able to purchase the bread at member rates.

Farm Update: we won’t have any more eggs from Twenty Four Rivers Farm till the first of the year 2013. Due to the weather snap the Shram’s lost production early but luckily because of their protein sales they’re able to keep things moving.

If membership wants to go with egg’s from Lake Meadow Naturals – a farm in Ocoee, FL – that’s something to be investigated.

We only have 7 more boxes available this week and dozens of items available.. and there will be some extra produce at the co-op available for purchase wed-friday.

Check out some of the new items online!

Get your holiday pumpkins at the co-op this week too – We still have some Calabaza Pumpkins 2lbs – 7lbs.

This weeks all local seasonal box pick:

Bok Choi
Yard Long Beans

We are grateful to all the members and customers – make sure you buy your membership today to avoid being charged more for your purchase!

Get the specials along with reduced costs to all the cool events coming up this Fall! Remember the first 100 get 1/2 off lifetime membership when that is established. We only have @ ’pre’memberships 60 left!

Ok so here’s the deal with the order system:

1. All Orders placed bewteen Monday morning & Tuesday night by 11pm

2. Pick up Wednesday between 2pm & 7pm at the new co-op

If we don’t have enough product that week to fill your order, we will put you down for the following week

If you have questions, please contact Ryan @

Check out this great article about farming in America and some of the challenges out there! – *NY Times

“Perhaps most difficult to quantify is that this kind of farming — more thoughtful and less reflexive — requires more walking of the fields, more observations, more applications of fertilizer and chemicals if, when and where they’re needed, rather than on an all-inclusive schedule. “You substitute producer knowledge for blindly using inputs,” Davis says.

So: combine crop rotation, the re-integration of animals into crop production and intelligent farming, and you can use chemicals (to paraphrase the report’s abstract) to fine-tune rather than drive the system, with no loss in performance and in fact the gain of animal products.

Why wouldn’t a farmer go this route? One answer is that first he or she has to hear about it. Another, says Matt Liebman, one of the authors of the study and an agronomy professor at Iowa State, is that, “There’s no cost assigned to environmental externalities” — the environmental damage done by industrial farming, analogous to the health damage done by the “cheap” standard American diet — “and the profitability of doing things with lots of chemical input isn’t questioned.”

We are starting to ramp up business as the growing season slowly picks up from the wet summer and fall that delayed planting for farmers.

So keep your eyes peeled for new items popping up on the website!

We are all right now volunteering for the buying club – no one is on salary currently and everyone is pulling together to make purchases because of the desire to build a food system we can trust and because of a common belief that healthy food is right!

So if you have time and or professional skills, ideas, please don’t hesitate to join in.

Just email a resume and interest to

Come out and check out the new space across the street from Ella’s Folk Art Cafe!

Upcoming Local Food Events

USF Farmers Market
October 30th
Bring cash & bags – spread the word on Facebook

Farm to Fork Dinner
Ella’s Folk Art Americana Restaurant
Nov 12th
Details to come


Ryan Iacovacci
Buying Club Market Manager

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!

StPete.LocallyGrown.Net:  Market NOW Open - Oct. 29, 2012

Please make all checks payable to “STPETE LOCALLY GROWN”. Thank you!

Key to a Successful Purchase

  • If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you.

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Message from Market Manager

NOTE FROM GROWER ORGANICALLY INCLINED: HOW TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS OF DELIVERED PRODUCT When you purchase items from Donna, please note that plastic bags are used only to transfer the product to you. All nuts and seeds, chunks of energy products or anything containing oil should be refrigerated in glass jar to avoid contents from picking up odors and to keep it fresh. Plastic packaging does not protect contents from absorbing surrounding odors and is not airtight which means that oils can go rancid. Refrigeration is not needed for dried fruit (dates, cranberries, raisins), and legumes & grains (lentils, beans, peas, rice, oats) but they should be stored away from light, within closed glass jars to keep out the humidity. All good advice to keep your precious purchase fresh!

SUNDAY GARDEN LECTURE SERIES Thanks to all who attended and special thanks to Sunday’s lecturers Christine Larsen and Jeff & Emily Drew. Check weblog Calendar of Events for next Sunday’s FREE lectures. Hope to see you! For a limited time, Chris’ presentation is available online at this link.

JEFF YENTZER’S NEW VIDEO ON CONSUMING MORINGA We are SO grateful to Jeff of Vibrant Health for his video contributions to our Market Community. He does these for us and for you! This 3-minute video has loads of nutritional info on the benefits of moringa and how to substitute moringa for protein powder.

UPCOMING VEGGIES Be sure to check the Market closely every week going forward as the veggie variety begins to shift in the direction of FALL. “Yayyy!” (I heard that)

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS! Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? on the third bullet item. Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

Upcoming Events

SATURDAY WORKSHOP – Nov. 3, 2012 from 1 pm – 3 pm. “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” with Nathan Levy. Cost is $35 per individual OR pay $25 each when you bring a friend. (price includes copy of “What We’ve Learned”) RSVP is not required. You are not obligated to sell your produce through our Market if you take this course. Would you like to produce for yourself as our Growers do for our online Market and feed your own family healthy abundance? Become more independent and self-sustaining as you speed up your learning curve with Nathan’s experience:

  • Growing vegetables year round regardless of temperature
  • Using free materials for most all of garden needs
  • Harvesting weeds and seeds for extra bounty
  • Winning the “battle of the bugs”
    This workshop is a great refresher for garden veterans and solid advice for beginners! This 2-hour workshop is jam-packed with information for you to apply in your backyard vegetable patch as you plant, maintain, and harvest from your fall garden. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714 QUESTIONS: Call Nathan at 727-403-1655.

FREE SUNDAY LECTURES ON November 4th, 2 PM – 4:30 PM

“Should You Be Gluten Free?” with Emmanuel Roux @ 2:00PM

Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is affecting more and more people. Chef Roux will lead discussion on the effects, the reasons, and how to see if you are affected by this condition and adapt to it. This talk will be based on a commonsense approach and feature dietary recommendations that may alleviate the symptoms. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 QUESTIONS: BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net

“Humans and Honey Bees” with Rebecca Conroy @ 3:15PM

Rebecca Conroy will share the importance of honey bees in our lives and local environment. In our urban world honey bees connect us with the flowers and life around us. Rebecca will talk about how you can take a direct role in connecting with the world through honey bees. Since humans and honey bees have a long and intertwined history she believes that having them around you is intrinsically beneficial. LOCATION: Nathan’s Backyard Garden, 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fl 33714 BRING: lawn chair & beverage. FREE Sunday Garden Lecture Series is Sponsored by StPete.LocallyGrown.Net


Our “Hip” St. Pete Locally Grown Members will get a 24% discount on this upcoming Workshop. Join Rubén Vasquez and Missy Feathers for a memorable 5-hour “Urban Yoga Retreat: A Vacation for Your Senses” on Saturday, December 1, 2012, 2pm to 7pm. Normal price is $99, but as a St. Pete Locally Grown member you will pay just $75 if you sign up before November 1st! See details and link to sign-up from here. Be sure to use Promo Code: yogasave when you checkout. Space is limited so early sign-up is recommended!

First Annual Permaculture Yard Tour, Saturday, November 10, 2012 This FREE Yard Tour includes locations in St. Petersburg, Gulfport, and one in Clearwater. View and/or print flyer to share. Please help promote this event. ALSO, Green Saturday, Catherine Hickman Theatre, Gulfport, November 24, 2012 Buy fruit & nut trees PLUS see the Movie “Grow”. View and/or print flyer to share. We need your help to get the word out about this event.

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!

ALFN Local Food Club:  Markey Updates

A Happy Week’s Start ter ya’ll!
First and foremost, I wish you a merry Cornbread Festival. That’s right, it’s this Saturday. Speaking of which, the Festival is in need of more amateur cornbread competitors! If you are, or know someone who is, a mean cornbreader, consider signing up! Details below…
The market has got great stuff. Radishes galore. Check out this guide on Martha Stuart’s site for great radish recipes! We’ve also got turnips and some cool recipes for them, including Turnip Fries as well as Turnip and Sweet Potato Gratin. Delicious!
For fear of tooting my own horn, I must tell you that the Real Food in Little Rock blog posted a contribution by yours truly (that’s me) concerning our Network! Follow this link down the rabbit hole. Please read and share with folks who don’t know about us! Feel free to send along compliments and constructive criticism.
OK, last but not least, notes for amateur cornbread warfare: contact Liz Sanders at 501-617-2511. It’s $25 to enter, and you can win big prizes! Find the form here. Please consider entering; they are hungry for more amateur competitors!
Sam Hedges