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Florida Suncoast Locally Grown:  August 13th, 2018


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Market News

The summer afternoon rains are here and it’s a little soggy in the Suncoast! This is the time of year small farms are preparing for fall crops, and we are no exception. We have turned off the water on the majority of the summer greens in preparation of transplanting new seedlings. So, unfortunately our offerings on the market will be very little for the next few weeks.

For all of us who live and love our Florida Suncoast, we are with a heavy heart over the loss of all the sea life washing ashore dead from Ft. Myers to Tampa.  So many people and businesses have been  impacted, like charter boat captains, commercial fisherman,  bait  and tackle shops, to  hotel and beach cottage rentals, from the RED TIDE and TOXIC ALGAE from Lake Okeechobee. Our beaches are empty, but if you try to walk the beach, the smell of dead and rotting fish and RED TIDE burn your eyes and the inside of your nose and throat. The finger of blame is pointed everywhere, and many fingers are pointed at  big agriculture.
This is not new, the problem has been growing for at least 30 years. So isn’t NOW the time to resolve the problem permanently and look  objectively  to the “economic opportunities” in other parts of the state that are overshadowing the overall health of Florida and the planet? 

We welcome all the  new members who are  signing up for the on line market. We made a decision long ago to keep costs at a minimum for members, growers, and producers  and that includes not charging a membership fee.for the on line farmers market.   For those of you who are new to the market, please remember we are small farms, with a small margin of profit, if  you fail to pick up or pay for your order, you  may be impacting the financial health of the small farm, and their willingness to participate in the on line farmers market..  

A reminder:
You should be able to click on FLORIDASUNCOAST.LOCALLYGROWN.NET on the above contact box, and it should take you right to the MARKET page.

Whats new this week?

PEACH PIT FARMS –Check out the new  varieties of microgreens listed this week,  plus Red Okra, Blackberry Jam, Daikon Radish, Ginger, Pea Tendrils, and Sunflower Shoots, and has added new items this week of, Mustard Wasabina microgreens, Purple Kohlrabi microgreens, and a Spicy Mustard.Blend Microgreen.

FEATHERED OAKS FARMS –Will be closing his sales a little early this week. Please make all purchases before Tuesday afternoon for a Saturday Delivery.  Special bulk prices on eggs are in limited supply.

MY MOTHERS GARDENS – Small Herb plants as well as cut bunches.

GREENS ON THE GRO FARM – Collard Greens and Okinawa Spinach in limited supply..

FLORIDA SUNCOAST MARKET – has added certified organic beets no tops, and new order of organic garlic, along with certified organic sweet potatoes, and rainbow carrots and cremini mushroons..

SLOW FOOD KITCHENS continues to supply samples of their yummy snacks that are. ORGANICRAWGLUTEN FREEVEGAN. with all orders. Have you tried their KALE CHIPS AND SALTY CARAMEL PEPITOS YET?

ALDAY FARM, A Florida Raw Cow and Goat Milk Diary, is listing Raw Goat and Cow Milk in quarts and gallons this week. Future listing will include kefir, creme, and butter. ( for pet consumption)

A SIMPLER PLACE IN TIME FARM & MARKET, in Riverview debuts this week with Buttermilk Biscuits from scratch, (in 2 sizes)  Granola, and a really yummmmmy Vegan Chocolate Cake.

We sit here this evening with our fingers and toes crossed and pray for a mild hurricane season. We are thankful for the daily rain that is changing our brown pasture and yard to a gorgeous green. As we enjoy the beneficial rain showers, we read about the 66 tons of dead fish that washed up on Sarasota beaches last week and really hope and pray that excessive rain fall stops flowing to our Florida Rivers south to Lake Okeechobee…What would it look like if we had another dump of toxic algae into our Gulf of Mexico look like?

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!
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GFM :  Peaches and Cream Corn


Available at the Wednesday Market, 3 to 6 pm.

$4.oo a dozen.

But you must email me at
with your pre-order.

Be sure and tell me by Tuesday evening, 6 p.m., how many dozen you want.

Farmer needs to know how many ears to pull.

or call   423-552-3023

Yalaha, FL:  Meh (about all I can think of)

Order now through 5 pm August 16th for August 18th Pickup (or contact me if you want a different day, we have some flexibility.)

Dog days of summer are here, Only a small few assorted things available. Summer in Florida means only limited things grow well and most farms take summer as a down time for cleaning, re-building, and taking a vacation. We are no different.

Remember to tell me when you want to pick up!

Send me a message if you are interested in Getting Channel Catfish.

If you have any particular requests, let me know I’m happy to grow to order.

Sign in to order.

You have to sign in to see the add to cart button. Then click the add to cart button on the items you want to buy. Remember you need to check out before your order will be placed.
Remember to let me know when you want to pick up on Sat or maybe even Friday late afternoon or on Sunday. (If I don’t send you an e-mail confirmation of your order and pick up time, please make sure you checked out and completed your order.)

Siloam Springs, AR:  Online Market Open! Inventory list attached

Dos Locos Farms will be back at the outdoor market this week with lamb, goat, pork, poultry, beef, and farm fresh eggs.

Last Saturday we welcomed Payne Farms back to market. Make sure to say hi to Ericka. Their eggs should be available online soon.

We also have a new wood craftsman, Jimmy Butler, who does beautiful scroll work.

Flavorful Kettlecorn will be at market this weekend and we William Adkins will be playing live music.

Have a great week and see you Saturday!

Fresh Harvest, LLC:  Fresh Harvest for August 12th

Market News


We’ve got lots of great produce for you this week! It’s the time of year when summer crops slightly overlap with Fall crops, and the diversity of offerings increases! It’s a great time for food!

Lots of watermelons and okra, and peppers are coming in!

And don’t forget your meats! Our meat farmers are the best Nashville has to offer and we are proud to work with them! They raise their animals in a conscientious and humane way, and the care and expertise is apparent in the quality of their product. Don’t settle for less!!

We’ve got flowers and also a selection of dried herbs for tea – both are organically grown and recently harvested and dried, so are of top quality and taste. They are delicious hot or cold!

Thanks for your support, and we will see you on Wednesday!

John and Tally


Athens Locally Grown:  ALG Market Open for August 16

Athens Locally Grown

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Market News

The new school year brings many new people to Athens, and many new people to Athens Locally Grown, so I thought this week I’d give a brief primer on how ALG works. Those of you who have been with us during these last sixteen years probably already know all this, but I’ll try to keep it interesting for you too. In January, I’ll spend several weeks going into much more detail about all this.

First off, ALG is best thought of like a traditional farmers market, because except for the lack of tents and tables that’s very much how we operate. The growers are putting their own items up for sale directly to you, at prices and quantities they have set. The market volunteers and I are here to make sure it all happens smoothly, but the growers are selling their products directly to you. Growers do have to apply to sell through the market, and I personally approve each of them before they list their products. Here’s a summary of the standards we have set:

  • All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
  • All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown or made
  • All growers must be from the greater Athens area. Right now, this means within about 50 miles
  • All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured
  • Handicrafts must be made primarily from items produced or gathered on the farm
  • Prepared foods must use organic ingredients if at all possible, and locally grown ingredients if at all possible
  • All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained
  • All growers must first participate in the market for a few weeks as customers, so they can clearly see how it all works

When I’ve turned down requests to sell through ALG (and I have turned down many), the items clearly broke one or more of those standards. There are a few edge cases that I take on a case by case basis, such as coffee. In cases like that, we set the standards as strict as we can. With coffee, for example, the beans must be sustainably grown, they must be roasted locally, and the roaster must have a direct business relationship with the farm that grew the beans.

So, the growers list their available products and set their prices. For most all of the products, they do this before they’ve harvested the items, so they have to estimate how much they will actually have. They’ve gotten pretty good at this guess, but it is a guess, and the unpredictable nature of farming means they may have far less than they thought (thanks to deer, a hail storm, etc.) or they may have far more than they thought (a nice rain can double the growth of lettuce overnight, for example). Most of them are conservative with their estimates, and so they let you continue to order even if they’ve already sold more than they guessed they’d have. That’s why popular items may have a quantity in the negatives when you look at the listings. The system will still let you order on the chance that they’ll actually have enough, but you’ll get warnings along the way that you’re taking a gamble.

I do not collect items from the farms, and do not know myself until Thursday afternoon what the growers were able to harvest and bring in to town. The growers do have each other’s contact information, so if one grower is short and another has a surplus, they may arrange with each other to get all the orders filled, but in general, if a grower cannot fill an order for something, they’ll remove that ordered item and you’ll see a comment on your invoice indicating that. Since I’m not a middle-man, I can’t arrange for substitutions myself.

When the growers bring in the items you ordered on Thursday afternoon, packaged and labelled with your name, I pay them on your behalf out of our shared cash box during the hour before we open the market for their sales from the previous week. Then, you arrive and pay into the cashbox for your order this week. We deposit the money you pay (via cash, check, or credit) into our bank account so it will be there when we write checks as the cycle begins anew. As explained elsewhere on the website, you are really ordering directly from and paying the growers yourself, but our shared cashbox system makes things convenient for you and them. (Imagine if you ordered from ten growers having to write ten checks when you picked up your items!) This shared cashbox system does mean that if you place an order and then never arrive to pick it up, we’re left holding the bag. For that reason, you are responsible for paying for orders not picked up, and that amount is automatically added on to your next order for your convenience. We do accept credit card payments on the website, and many customers take advantage of that and skip the pay table. The cards don’t actually get charged until after pickups on Thursday, so your charge will reflect any adjustments that had to get made along the way.

For a number of legal reasons, ALG never takes possession of your ordered items. We don’t buy them from the growers and resell them to you, nor do we repackage them in any way. The growers drop off your items for you, and you arrive and pick them up. The market volunteers facilitate that happening. Because of the need to maintain that separation, we cannot deliver, nor can we generally hold your items later than 8pm on Thursday if you fail to come pick them up. We start calling those who haven’t arrived by 7:30, and quite often we just get answering machines and voice mail. Anything still at our pickup location at 8pm will get divided up among those there at the time, primarily our volunteers, and then we finish loading up the truck and leave. There are some things you can do to insure you won’t get charged for things you didn’t come get:

1. If you know prior to Tuesday at 8pm that you won’t be able to come get your order or send someone in your place, send me an email and I will cancel your order.
2. If you find out later that you can’t come, send me an email. So long as I know before market begins, I can put the things you ordered on the “extras” table, and your fellow customers will almost certainly buy them for you.
3. If you discover Thursday while we’re at market that you can’t arrive, give me a call at 706-248-1860. I’ll put your items on the “extras” table, and if they sell, you’ll be off the hook.
4. If you have a cell phone, make sure that number is the number on your account. You can go to the “Your Account” page on the website to be sure. If you’re out and about and I get your home phone or your work phone, no one gets helped.

Some weeks there is a sizable pile of things up for grabs at 8pm. If you’re in the area and want to do a little extra shopping, swing by at about ten til (or wait until then to come get your own order). There may be things for sale you want, and you can save a fellow customer a charge to their account. Our volunteer workers get to split things up as a benefit of working, but paying customers do come first. And it usually seems there are several things sitting there that were in high demand that week.

Finally, ours is a paperless system, so we do not have paper receipts for you when you pick up your order. An electronic receipt is generated, though, and can be found on the website. Go to the “Your Account” page, view your order history, and you’ll see an invoice for each order. By 2pm on Thursday, it will show what we expect to have for you that evening. After we fill your order, it will show exactly what we packed for you, and what, if anything, was missing. You can view that at any time, even years from now. If we didn’t get you something we should have, or if anything you got was of unacceptable quality, please contact me ASAP. I’ll share the problem with the grower so we can insure it won’t happen again. If you’re logged into the site, most of the growers have their contact info on their profile page (off the “Our Growers” page), so you can contact them directly if you choose.

Thank you so much for your support of Athens Locally Grown, all of our growers, local food, and our rights to eat it. You all are part of what makes Athens such a great area in which to live. We’ll see you on Thursday at Ben’s Bikes at the corner of Pope and Broad Streets from 4:30 to 8pm!

Other Area Farmers Markets

The Athens Farmers Market has returned to Saturday mornings at Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons at Creature Comforts downtown. You can catch the news on their website. The West Broad Farmers Market has returned, and you can catch the details on their website here: The Comer Farmers’ Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. Check for more information. Washington, GA also has a lovely little Saturday market, running Saturdays from 9 to noon. You can learn all about them here: Folks to the east can check out the Hartwell Farmers Market, which starts bright and early on Saturday morning from 7am to noon, and Tuesday afternoons from noon to 4pm. The city of Monroe has a downtown market on Saturdays, 8:30 to 12:30, and you can learn more here: If you know of any other area markets operating, please let me know.

All of these other markets are separate from ALG (including the Athens Farmers Market) but many growers sell at multiple markets. Please support your local farmers and food producers, where ever you’re able to do so!

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!

Dawson Local Harvest:  Cucumbers. Squash, and Beans are Back on The Market!

Dawson Local Harvest for August 17th

Cucumbers, Squash, and Beans are Back on The Market!


Good News for all you Vegetable Lovers! Cucumbers have started producing again, along with the next round of Yellow Squash and tender Green Beans. Also, exclusive to Harvest customers we’ll continue to have Tasty Tomatoes available, although they’ll be some assorted small to medium sizes while we wait for the next larger crop to come along. LEILANI’S is also starting to plant Fall cool-weather veggies like Broccoli and Cauliflower for October harvest. Good things are a-comin’.

Expect 2-3 NEW VENDORS to join Dawson Harvest the next couple of weeks. We’re real pleased at some of the exciting new variety of Goodies you’ll be able to enjoy soon!


REMEMBER! You can now order until Tuesday night at 9 pm. Pick up your order at Leilani’s Gardens Friday afternoons from 4 to 6 pm.

You’ll find the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST at

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! We guarantee your satisfaction with all products in the DAWSON LOCAL HARVEST.

If you like what we’re doing please tell a friend!

Alan Vining
Market Manager

Russellville Community Market:  Market Closes at 10pm!

To ensure your order is placed, make sure you click the “Place My Order” button once you have completed your shopping. You will receive a confirmation email.

Orders will be ready for pick from 4PM – 6:30PM this Tuesday at the Downtown Russellville Train Depot!

Russellville Community Market


Miami County Locally Grown:  Good Luck to Michael's Pastured Poultry!

Wishing our youngest vendor, Michael Bair, of Michael’s Pastured Poultry,
Good Luck at the Miami County Fair! :-)

Entering several animals, he’s going to be busy!! Can’t wait to see how he fares at the Fair!

And Thanks to mom Annette of Bair Trax Dairy for the great pictures of Michael with his animals :-)

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Don't forget to order...

Just a friendly reminder, if you haven’t already placed your order, that market orders are due online by 6 pm TODAY.

Click Here to Place Your Order For WEDNESDAY pick up in Suwanee

Thank you for placing your order and supporting local farms and businesses!