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Statesboro Market2Go:  The Market is OPEN!!


We are enjoying some beautiful produce at Statesboro Market2Go! Take time to browse…

Martin's Farmstand:  tomatoes planted In cold weather


Jan 25, 2013
The first tomato seeds for this year have been planted. We hope to start picking these in late May. The earlist planting will be in the passive solar greenhouse at our old farm.
The stand and this market will open for 2013 in the first week of May. I plan to include in the weekly e-mail information about what is coming into season and also tell you about things that are abundant and therefore a good buy.

Augusta Locally Grown:  THE MARkET iS OPEN AT AUGUSTA LOCALLY GROWN


GROW YOUR OWN FAIRMARCH 21
We have set the date for our third annual Grow Your Own Fair for Thursday, March 7, at the Evans
Towne Farmers Market. Save the date!!

VEGGIE TRUCK VOLUNTEER HONORED BY THE AMA!
Check out yesterday’s Augusta Chronicle article featuring Veggie Truck volunteer Brett Heimlich. Brett was honored by the American Medical Association for his leadership role in bringing healthy options to Harrisburg. You rock, Brett!

EVANS TOWNE FARMERS MARKET STARTSMARCH 7
This is a last-call for vendors to get in on the early bird registration rate. Check out evanstownefarmersmarket.com!

 CROP MOB AUGUSTAMARCH 9
Volunteer for a day of work at East Georgia Produce!  Email kim@augustalocallygrown.org to sign up!

ICE BOX FORUM – The good folks at Ice Box Farm, North Augusta, have launched their new series of workshops exploring the natural, awe-inspiring connections between faith and food. To get involved, read the story on our Food Advocate feature at augustalocallygrown.org.

See y’all at the market in Tuesday!
-Kim

Tampa Bay :  Weblog Entry






Birdhouse Buying Club of Tampa Bay


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






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Market News



Foodies,

Everything is a go – if you’d like to order produce, go ahead and place your orders online till Monday night 11pm!

The pick up times has extended Wednesday 6-8pm in order to better accommodate our distributor, farmers, and customers!

And Thursday from 1-4pm.

If there is something special you want, please email before Sunday 4pm.

You now can order ANYTHINGEVEN IF the quantity says zero

Order here today!

The Kumquat festivival is this weekend and we’ll have a bunch this week at pick up, check out how healthy they are

kumquat has calorific value equivalent to that of grapes. 100 g of fresh fruits provide only 71 calories. Nonetheless, they are incredibly rich sources of health-benefiting dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and pigment anti-oxidants that contribute immensely towards wellness.

Email us if you have any questions. Bhbuyingclub@gmail.com

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

The boxes are now hand-selected by the customer/member instead of pre-packaged. This means the earlier you come, the more selection you’ll have for your box!

We may donate excess food that does not sell in the course of a week to local food programs that the Tampa Underground organizes – the Good Samaritan, the Hub & home church feedings for those in need.

If you would like to be there to help drop off for those folks, please let me know.

Bhbuyingclub@gmail.com

Here’s whats been going on at the Co-op.

Over the past few months a ‘steering committee’ has been meeting every month & working to establish bylaws that are in accordance with our values and principles.

We are almost at the point where we can file for Cooperative status with the state of Florida statute 619. Hopefully, within the month that will be a reality.

The problem is our location has to change at the end of February.

We need a permanent spot that we can call home for the state and county to recognize, as our agreement for the Ella’s location was only for 6 months.

The steering committee has begun looking, but currently, the co-op needs to raise funds in order to afford a space. The co-op is current paying for itself but not much more.

We’re trying to plan the next Steering Committee meeting for sometime in the coming weeks. If you would like to join in on the conversation, e-mail us.

More updates to come soon!




Coming Events


Birdhouse is looking for a new home.

If you got any leads, please email us at BHbuyingclub@gmail.com or Steering Committee Chair Josh – Jglenes@gmail.com

The 16th annual Kumquat Festival is Saturday, January 26th in Historic Downtown Dade City! It goes from 9AM-5PM. More info HERE

HCC will be hosting a Beyond Sustainability Conference at the end of February (Feb 28-Mar 1). The focus will be on social entrepreneurship and sustainable economy: exploring nexuses. For more information, Click Here




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

Champaign, OH:  Snowy streets out there!


Good morn to you locavores! Be careful if you have to travel on these slippery roads. Stay home and learn something new if you can. Just a few exciting things to cover today…

First, the market board has discussed opening the market sooner so you have more time to shop. I agree we can do this and still close the market at regular hours on Tuesday eve. So, we will be opening the market on Sunday as scheduled but NEXT week, we will open the market Thursday evening at 8 PM after market pickup. If you are a traditionalist, you won’t need to do anything different. If you are a trendsetter (and we know you all are!) you can now shop Thursday thru Tuesday. Only issue might be if an item usually sells out, you might need to adjust your shopping habits to purchase earlier to get the best selection. Again, look for the change next week after market pickup on Thursday!

Also, we are going to be working with some of our vendors who are interested in hosting a gathering at their farms or homes. We have an option on the bottom of the sales listing that can be used for reserving a spot at an event. We will provide details for each tour as they are added and will be asking those interested in attending to sign up with a reservation so we know how many will be attending. We’re hoping to provide teachings, tastings and tours monthly throughout the year so let us know who you want to visit! Our vendors all want to show you how they make/grow/raise your food with as much transparency as possible and tours are perfect for this! A nominal fee (a few dollars) will be charged to compensate our vendors for their time but look forward to some take-aways too! It will be fun I promise! Just mention to your market helpers who you would like to tour and we will try to fill your requests!

Have a wonderful day and be watching for our super specials coming up to help you celebrate the SuperBowl with local produce!

Champaign, OH:  Snowy streets out there!


Good morn to you locavores! Be careful if you have to travel on these slippery roads. Stay home and learn something new if you can. Just a few exciting things to cover today…

First, the market board has discussed opening the market sooner so you have more time to shop. I agree we can do this and still close the market at regular hours on Tuesday eve. So, we will be opening the market on Sunday as scheduled but NEXT week, we will open the market Thursday evening at 8 PM after market pickup. If you are a traditionalist, you won’t need to do anything different. If you are a trendsetter (and we know you all are!) you can now shop Thursday thru Tuesday. Only issue might be if an item usually sells out, you might need to adjust your shopping habits to purchase earlier to get the best selection. Again, look for the change next week after market pickup on Thursday!

Also, we are going to be working with some of our vendors who are interested in hosting a gathering at their farms or homes. We have an option on the bottom of the sales listing that can be used for reserving a spot at an event. We will provide details for each tour as they are added and will be asking those interested in attending to sign up with a reservation so we know how many will be attending. We’re hoping to provide teachings, tastings and tours monthly throughout the year so let us know who you want to visit! Our vendors all want to show you how they make/grow/raise your food with as much transparency as possible and tours are perfect for this! A nominal fee (a few dollars) will be charged to compensate our vendors for their time but look forward to some take-aways too! It will be fun I promise! Just mention to your market helpers who you would like to tour and we will try to fill your requests!

Have a wonderful day and be watching for our super specials coming up to help you celebrate the SuperBowl with local produce!

Conway, AR:  CLG Pickup 4pm TODAY!


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!

Republican Valley Produce:  RVP-Opening the Market


Hello,

The market is going to be open this weekend. With that being said, for the best choice and selection, come to the Farmers Market on Friday Night at Pottorf Hall in CICO Park from 4 til 8pm.

I am running low on greens. I have plenty of Carrots, Red Russian Kale and Winterbor Kale, but I am out of Dinosaur Kale. I am also out of Swiss Chard (until it regrows). I am also out of lettuce until the next planting get big enough to pick. I also harvested out the remaining baby kales, swiss chard, mustards and haikuri turnips to make a “Hardy Winter Green Mix”.

By doing this it allows me to prep beds and get spring carrots planted ASAP. I also am going to be out of haikuri turnips and Daikon radishes until spring. I am working up these beds to get onions plants planted in 2 weeks. I am also starting tomatoes very soon (kinda crazy to say). I also am cleaning up and working up the beds in my big tunnel to get ready for spring plantings of tomatoes.

With a new baby on the way, I am trying to get as much stuff prepped or planted before it comes.

New news, with a really good winter market season and some careful planning I was able to purchase a small tractor. It will really help me be more efficient next spring. I am also working on building a plastic mulch layer and rebuilding a cultivator. I hope to have them done in February. I will share pictures as they get finished. I am really excited for this.

Thank you for supporting everyone. Without our customers, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!

Finally, if you have an order from last week I will have those for you on Friday night.

Thanks,

Jay

Melody Lane Co-op:  January 26, 2013 - NEW! Produce Boxes




Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday to place your order for this week.



(Produce Box orders must be sumbitted by 7:00pm Monday evening)

Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.

FRESH & LOCAL

NEW – Produce Boxes!

I mentioned last week that I am in search of a source for fresh, organic produce. After researching many options, I have found one local company that just might work – Destiny Organics. They are the only certified organic wholesale distributor that operates out of the Atlanta State Farmers’ Market in Forest Park, GA. (The oldest and largest farmer’s market in Ga). They try to source their produce locally and/or regionally whenever possible and everything is certified organic. They sell their products “CSA style” in various size boxes. By “CSA style” I mean you don’t get to choose what comes in your box. Every Friday they send out a list of what will be in the box the following week. No substitutions are allowed. It changes week to week and season to season. Unlike a traditional CSA, you do not have to pay up front and you are not locked into a 2 – 3 month commitment. You choose each week if you want to order a box or not.

I don’t know for sure yet if this is going to be a good fit for our co-op. I want to try them out for a couple of weeks to see how everything goes. I will still focus on building relationships with the small farms closest to us but Destiny Organics may be a way to supplement the things that are not available from our local farms. If you decide to order a box this week or next week I will be asking you for your feedback on whether or not we should continue ordering from them.

See the box descriptions and prices listed below. The current prices are a little higher than I was hoping for, but these are based on an estimate of 5 boxes per week for our co-op. If our total number of boxes per week goes up we will see a discount on the price per box.

Produce box orders must be submitted by Monday at 7:00pm

Pick up from my home the following Thursday during normal co-op hours (3:00pm – 7:00pm)

Produce boxes are listed in The Market under category FRESH & LOCAL > Destiny Organics.









MIXED BOXSMALL ($29)
2 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
1 Grapefruit (FL),
1 Avacado,
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
2 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
.5 lb Red Peppers,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms
MIXED BOXMEDIUM ($39)
3 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
1 Grapefruit (FL),
1 Avacado,
1 pkg Blueberries
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
2 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
1 lb Red Peppers,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms,
1 bunch Lacinato Kale (FL)
MIXED BOXLARGE ($49)
4 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
1 Grapefruit (FL),
2 Avacados,
1 pkg Blueberries
1 lb Kiwi,
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
3 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
1 lb Red Peppers,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
2 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms,
2 bunches Lacinato Kale (FL),
.5 lb Wheatgrass (GA)

VEGGIE BOXSMALL ($29)
1 lb Butternut Squash,
1 Broccoli (FL),
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
2 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
.5 lb Red Pepper,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms
VEGGIE BOXMEDIUM ($39)
1 lb Butternut Squash,
1 Broccoli (FL),
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
2 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
1 lb Red Pepper,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms,
1 bunch Lacinato Kale (FL)
VEGGIE BOXLARGE ($49)

2 lbs Butternut Squash,
1 Broccoli (FL),
1 head Romaine Lettuce,
3 Russet Potatoes,
1 lb Tomatoes on the Vine,
1.5 lb Red Pepper,
1 bunch Collard Greens (GA),
2 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms,
2 bunches Lacinato Kale (FL),
.5 lb Wheatgrass (GA)

FRUIT BOXSMALL ($29)
2 Braeburn Apples,
2 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
1 Grapefruit (FL),
2 Lemons,
1 Blood Orange,
2 Tangerines (FL),
2 Avacados
FRUIT BOXMEDIUM ($39)
3 Braeburn Apples,
3 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
1 Grapefruit (FL),
3 Lemons,
1 Blood Orange,
3 Tangerines (FL),
3 Avacados,
1 box Blueberries
FRUIT BOXLARGE ($49)
4 Braeburn Apples,
4 Pink Lady Apples,
2 lbs Bananas,
2 Grapefruits (FL),
4 Lemons,
2 Blood Oranges,
4 Tangerines (FL),
4 Avacados,
1 box Blueberries,
1 lb Kiwi

GROUP BUYS

No new Group Buys this week.

Our Mother Earth Meats delivery scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Sunday due to weather conditions near the farm. If you are part of this order, you should have received an email with all the details. Contact me ASAP if you did not get that email.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS


Building Nourishing Traditions


A full day devoted to local, sustainable, nutrient-dense food sources and preparation.

Saturday, March 16th
Rancho Alegre Farm, Dacula GA


Register here: http://buildingnt2013.eventbrite.com
Early registration is open through Feb 23rd. Last year it sold out early, so register soon to ensure your space.

Please note: If you have volunteered to help out or to teach a workshop, please contact Celeste celestems@gmail.com for your discount code before registering online. She is still in need of volunteers, so email her if you’re interested in helping out.

CO-OP CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Market is open


Good Morning Everyone,

The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

Have a blessed weekend!