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Green Fork Farmers Market:  Weekly Product List

Dear Green Fork Farmers Market Customers,

Don’t forget to place your order from now until Monday at midnight for pickup at the market on Wednesday. As usual, we have a great selection of naturally grown and handmade products available for preorder online. If you haven’t given it a try yet, ordering is easy, and it lets us know what we need to harvest and reserve for you so that the items you want will be available when you arrive at the market.

In addition to our preorder system, we also have many items available for sale directly from the farmers’ tables on Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Breezeway at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. Remember, none of the farmers at our market use chemical fertilizers or pesticides, and handmade items feature as many organic and local ingredients as possible. When you buy from Green Fork Farmers Market, it’s good for you, for the environment, and for our local economy. Everybody wins!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Green Fork Farmers Market

South Cumberland Farmer's Market:  Time to order local food!

It’s time to order from the Cumberland Farmers’ Market
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Cumberland Farmer’s Market


Braised Beef Short Ribs

I’m always looking for a good short rib recipe since short ribs are usually plentiful and economical on the market. The Smitten Kitchen has a great recipe. It’s worth traveling over to her blog to read the recipe and enjoy the pictures. Here’s the link

Market News

It hardly feels like December and the local strawberries haven’t helped… but they sure have been fun! If you missed the strawberries from Daylily Nursery last week be sure to get some this week. They are greenhouse grown and quite tasty.

Last summer Camp Discover took place in Tracy City. This was a great opportunity for kids and now they have a calendar available for a donation to the program. You can reserve this calendar on the market and then make a donation to the program when you come to pick up. This is not related directly to the CFM but we think it is a great program for our community. Here is some more information on the calendar and on the camp:

Looking for holiday gift ideas? Share the beauty of your community with family and friends this holiday season! Filled with pictures from Tracy City and the surrounding area, the Discover Together 2013 calendar is a collection of photos that documents the adventures of kindergarten-2nd grade students participating in a two-week summer camp, Camp Discover, at Tracy Elementary. Share in their adventures as they explore the South Cumberland State Park (Fiery Gizzard, the Natural Bridge, and Grundy Lakes) and other notable local landmarks, including Sewanee: The University of the South, the Grundy County Historical Society, and more! Tips for families and children that highlight ways to connect with one another and the community are featured each calendar month. The Discover Together calendar will make a special gift for adults and children alike.

You may obtain a calendar through the Cumberland Farmer’s Market. A donation is being asked for each calendar. All proceeds from the calendars will be used to fund future Camp Discover activities in Grundy County. For more information about Discover Together programs, email:

The Discover Together calendar was made possible by a generous donation from Scholastic. Discover Together and Camp Discover are part of an ongoing collaboration between Scholastic, Yale Child Study Center, and Sewanee: The University of the South.

December Strawberries!

Petalland, Farmer Brown’s, Tom’s Naturals, and White City Produce all have wreaths and greenery available.

Chickweed has Yule Log Cakes for sale! If you’ve tasted Elizabeth’s baked goods you’ll know that this is going to be a truly special cake – perfect for a holiday party.

Speaking of Holiday Parties, IvyWild has the savory treats, Smoked Duck, Smoked Salmon, and Tasso Ham.

Of course, all of the old favorites are still available and there may be a few new things I have missed too.

Click here to browse the whole list.

Coming Events

Holiday Closings December 25th and January 1st.

The Cumberland Farmer’s Market will be closed this year for both of these holidays (which fall on Tuesdays). Make sure to stock up ahead of time on all your local favorites.

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!

Tampa Bay :  Order now! New Ordering System means New Items. dealine Monday night 11pm.

Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay

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

Seasonal Box

List to come out Monday morning

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Look for signs and cars parked in the back!

Market News

Hi Foodies!

Starting this week – we are testing our new ordering system.

ordering is open now and will close Monday night.

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero (email if there’s something you want and is ‘sold out’)

Order here today!

Pick ups will STILL be Wednesday night between 5&7pm (volunteer run) and Thursday 2-6pm (call ahead case by case basis)

An email and facebook msg will be sent out reminding everyone about the process.

The Birdhouse finally has again farm fresh eggs available (for pet consumption only of course), of which are coming from Ocoee FL – Lake Meadow Naturals Farm. Check them out by clicking here

Also, this week as you will see on the site, we have heirloom beets, broccoli, eggplant, baby spring mix, and more!

The boxes are changing slightly, instead of coming pre packaged, the customer/member will get to hand select the produce they want in their box.

So that means we still only have a select amount of boxes available – so be sure to buy yours asap!

So come early if you want to buy local, fresh and mostly organic produce!

Any extra produce that does not sell in the course of a week, there has been discussions about donating excess food to a local food program that the Tampa Underground runs.

Every Tuesday night, homeless and those in need congregate at the Good Samaritan off of Florida Ave and folks from the Tampa Underground facilitate a dinner for those folks.

If you are interested in helping, email

We’ll be there this Tuesday at 5:30pm – email if you want to join!

We can’t thank those who have been behind the scenes making all this stuff happen – so to those who know who they are, THANK YOU for your help from farm to fork to the website and more.

Without volunteers, non of this awesome local & regional food would be possible.

If you’d like to get involved, please send an email to, or simply show up to the co-op near Ella’s and lets have a chat!

Some cool events & happenings are in the pipeline.

Thanks again to everyone for their support.

Coming Events

Good Samaritan
Feed the Needy

Tuesday 12/11 5:30 start – till ?
3302 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 224-9722

Monday 12/17 @ 7pm – 9pm (tentative)
Co-op Steering Committee Meeting
5108 N. Nebraska ave 33603

Farmers Market (Tentative Jan 2013)

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

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  The Market is now open for odering

Hi all!
The market is open for ordering. Please place orders before 9 pm. next Tuesday and remember pickup is Friday the 14th between 3:30 and 5:30.
This week’s manager is Karen Holcomb 501-282-6314 if you need to contact her for any issues.

Superior Seasons:  Try us, You Like us

Good Day

Reminder! Ordering is still open, CLICK HERE, until Monday at 5pm for Wednesday options. We don’t have a Wednesday pickup option for the winter season, so form a buying group and we’ll deliver to your office! Visit the Q and A section for any questions – but basically as long as the order is $25, delivery is free.

Christmas and Hostess Gifts
Superior Seasons is loaded with great options for the locavore/foodie or hard to buy for! From books to preserves, flour, vinegars, veggies and meats. You can’t go wrong.

Good Growing

Click to Read the Superior Seasons Weekly!

Old99Farm Market:  Pros and Cons re chickens in urban settings

The Hamilton public health staff report Keeping of Chickens in Urban Areas [PDF] is a good resource.

It lists the potential benefits:

  • educational opportunities (i.e. teaching children about where food, such as eggs comes from, and providing animal care experience);
  • greater control over egg source in order to know where the egg originated;
  • increased food security, although limited, when financially feasible to keep chickens;
  • the belief that global environmental sustainability begins with local initiatives such as backyard chickens;
  • a lessening to some extent of carbon emissions typically associated with transporting food such as eggs;
  • companionship for family members as chickens may be treated as a pet;
  • the belief that eggs will be fresher, taste better and will be pesticide free;
  • expected better conditions for hens in comparison to industrial farms; and,
  • possible reduction of municipal solid waste through consumption of table scraps and other organic waste by hens.

It also lists the risks/challenges, which it notes “could be mitigated by following good practices … through a regulatory tool such as an urban chick by-law or through amendments to the City’s Responsible Animal Ownership By-Law 12-031.”

  • problems with the number, age, and sex of chickens (how many to keep, abandonment of old chickens, and whether to include chicks or roosters);
  • food safety issues (egg safety, unlawful sale or distribution, potential for disease transmission);
  • chicken slaughter (illegal slaughter or lack of local chicken slaughterhouse locations);
  • chicken (hen) care and treatment (potential for disease transmission from sick hens);
  • chicken coop and design versus free range (risk of pests and predators and disease transmission); and,
  • chicken waste (i.e. methods of disposal, odours and how to not affect groundwater).

To mitigate these risks, public health recommends the following:

  • no sale or distribution of eggs to others outside of the household in order to comply with relevant Provincial/Federal legislation and to reduce the potential for food borne illnesses and other disease transmission;
  • limit the number of chickens to three to four per single family dwelling;
  • prohibit the keeping of roosters or any other poultry except chickens (hens);
  • prohibit chicks under four months of age;
  • the chicken coop shall be located to reduce noise and odour complaints and the risk of disease transmission. Distances are recommended to be at least 3 metres from any side lot line and at least 6 metres from any rear lot line or dwelling;
  • hen coops shall be maintained in a clean condition and coop shall be kept free from obnoxious odours, substances and vermin;
  • chicken coops and runs shall be located only in the rear and side yards and must fully enclose the chickens to prevent them from escaping;
  • prohibit owners from allowing chickens to be at large (outside the coop, chicken run, or off the property);
  • chickens’ food supply must be protected against vermin;
  • manure disposal should occur through municipal waste disposal unless a suitable method of composting is available;
  • no home slaughter of hens; only at licensed slaughterhouses;
  • any naturally deceased hen shall be disposed of at a livestock disposal facility or through the services of a veterinarian within 24 hrs of death; and,
  • a permit/registry be required for all coops for the purpose of quick tracking should the need arise to contact owners.

After researching other municipalities that allow hens – Guelph, Kingston, Niagara Falls, Quinte-West, Kamloops, Richmond and Surrey – public health summarized the rules those other municipalities follow: “all have by-laws which include requirements as to number of chickens allowed, location and size of coop, lot sizes and distance restrictions, etc.”

They also learned that those municipalities “receive few complaints; less than five per year each,” because most people don’t keep chickens, and those who do “abide by the regulations in order to be good neighbours and avoid complaints.”

Old99Farm Market:  Bane workshop full, Backyard Chickens voted down

We have a very interesting group of attendees for Peter Bane’s workshop presentation on Sunday. Peter will speak on “Designing Resilient Communities: How our Towns and Suburbs can Incubate the new Eco-Agriculture and Launch a Food Security Revolution”, building on his handbook. This is for people/families with a quarter-acre lot or a small farm, in the city, suburbs, or plans for same.

Already suggested is to have him back in the summer and organize a tour of all Transition Town projects in the province, consulting and teaching as he goes. You can get his book, 500 pgs of well crafted advice on starting up a ‘garden farm’ on your city lot (like he did in Bloomington IN) The Permaculture Handbook, Garden farming for town and country. see for more on contents.

Closer to home, our illustrious councillors voted against a pilot project in Wards 1 and 2 for backyard chickens. This was last monday. It will come to council for ratification (same people with different scope of duty and procedure) on Dec 12. You can raise a cry of disagreement, after all many cities allow backyard chickens without ill effects. A pilot project is just that: a test case to find out the facts.

Write to the city clerk at to have your letter appended to the agenda for the Dec 12 meeting. Write your councillor too.

Here is the letter I send, based on Ryan McGreal’s in

Do it soon.

Dear Mayor and Members of Council,

On December 4, 2012, the planning committee voted against a pilot project in wards 1 and 2 that would allow residents to keep a small number of backyard hens, even though the evidence does not support the objections that were raised.

Other municipalities that have legalized backyard hens have not experienced significant numbers of complaints.
  • Allowing backyard hens is not a ‘slippery slope’ to allowing cows, goats or other large farm animals.
  • Hens are no more harmful than cats or dogs from a public health perspective.
  • Hens are quieter than dogs, especially large dogs.

Quite simply, a bylaw that allows the responsible ownership of a small number of backyard hens poses no significant risk of harm. There is no good reason not to support this proposal – especially given that it is only a pilot for wards 1 and 2, and the councillors for those wards support it.

I ask council to reverse the decision of the planning committee and approve this pilot project. Then, if the negative outcomes that some councillors fear materialize, council will have a chance to evaluate the results of the pilot and decide accordingly.


Rivervalley.locallygrown:  Market is open Less Stutzman's Pantry

Melvin of Stutzmn’s Pantry informed us today that they will not be making any deliveries for this market period. They will be offering their full line of products the following week. Any of their products ordered between Dec. 14 and the 18th. will be available for pick-up on Friday the 21st. which will be the last market before Christmas!

Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is OPEN!

We are opening a little early tonight because many of us (me included!) are downtown for Statesboro’s First Friday Christmas Celebration!

Enjoy shopping, and think of us when you are Christmas shopping! Lots of great gifts!

Vista Marketplace:  The new Market at Whaley

Join us at the Market at Whaley each Saturday from 10:00am- 2:00pm. This week’s brunch menu features Custom-made omelets by Mac’s on Main. That’s right, Chef Fatback is in the house! His famous Peach Cobbler is available too.
Several other vendors have brunch items such as quiche, muffins, breads and spreads, sweet rolls, cookies, coffee and tea. From produce and holiday decor to gift items, the vendors at the Market at Whaley are eagerly awaiting your arrival!
See you Saturday and bring your friends. Lots of new things to see