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If you placed an order this week, please remember to pick it up today between 4:30 and 6:30. And watch for us to re-open tomorrow night because…local strawberries are back!
Thanks for supporting local farmers and producers!
I hope this finds you all doing well.
My son Chance is selling Boston Butts for his FFA program at Newton County High School.
The boston butts will be fully seasoned, cooked and sell for only $30.00 each. The kids will get together with the FFA teachers and cook them for 8 – 10 hours Friday March 29. The butts will be ready for pick up at the school or my son will bring them to work at Copy Central on Saturday March 30.
We have gotten these for two years now and have ordered again this year. They are wonderful and the proceeds helps the FFA program in different ways. This year it is going to help fund the FFA awards banquet at the end of the year.
If you are interested please let me know. The money has to be paid by Thursday March 14. I will collect money Friday evening and take your reservations. All checks should be Payable to the Newton County High School
The Market is Now Open until Monday at 9AM.
After that, online ordering will be DISABLED until next week.
Pick-up your order on Tuesday between 4:30-6:30PM at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.
Pick-up your Organic Produce Boxes on Friday, March 8th from 2-5 PM.
New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.
March 7th, 2013 – The Market is Open!
Dear market customer,
This was another great week at The Market.
Two of our goats kidded on Monday and Tuesday, so we will be having goat’s milk very soon. Stay tuned! We will let you know as soon as we have milk for sale.
We also wanted to let you all know that Maryanne, our former market manager, is no longer with us. We wish her all the best!
I just learned that I can process additional items on your credit card, so if you decide to purchase additional items in the store, I can add those on to your account if you create a credit card account with Stripe.
Produce boxes are going great and we are looking forward to filling them on Friday. As the requests grow, we anticipate to start offering many of their great products like young coconuts, raw almonds, and some canned goods.
Produce Boxes Pick-up Date is March 8
The Certified Organic Produce boxes pick-up date is March 8th.
Purchase now to get on the next order!
The produce boxes are going great. We are looking forward to filling them on Friday. As we get more requests, we anticipate to grow to offer many of their products, such as young coconuts, raw almonds, and some canned goods.
Please be sure to order now and pay online immediately after order or mail a check to Rancho Alegre Farm to get on the next pick-up date of March 22nd.
Some of the variety produce you will get:
onions * potatoes * tomatoes * garlic * two or three varieties of greens (kale, chard, spinach) * berries * potatoes * broccoli * cabbage * lettuce * apples * carrots * bananas * pears * mushrooms * beets * celery * plums
Please pay for your produce boxes when you place your order online or mail a check to Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019.
Click here and order you produce box now!
Mother Earth Meats Group Buy
Don’t forget to order your Mother Earth Meats with plenty of time. The deadline to order is March 15th, and pick-up date March 30th.
Mother Earth Meats provides pastured, grass-fed, hormone, antibiotic and cruelty-free beef, bison, elk, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and pork, as well as other products like raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats.
Ordering Mother Earth Meats is easy:
1) Go to the Mother Earth Meats website and choose the products you want to order.
2) Download your Mother Earth Meats order form here and fill it out with the products you want to order.
These are some of the best meats you can find; don’t miss this opportunity to stock up on top quality meats!
Raw Milk & Dairy Products
Remember that Johnston’s dairy products are available every week at The Market. Their raw milk, labeled for pet consumption, is top quality, and they also offer delicious cheeses, buttermilk, cream, and chocolate milk.
While Rancho Alegre Farm’s Raw Milk Program is currently full to capacity, Johnston is a great alternative. You can get as many gallons as you want with no commitment!
It’s Coming up Soon! March 16, 2013 – Weston A. Price Foundation
Join us at Rancho Alegre Farm as we host Weston A. Price Foundation’s conference Building Nourishing Traditions. Last year it was completely sold out, so make sure you get your tickets ASAP!
Some of the subjects that will be covered:
- Introduction to Weston A. Price principles of nutrient-dense foods
- History and Importance of Cod Liver Oil — by Dave Wetzel of Green Pasture, maker of fermented cod liver oil
- Farmers Panel discussing sustainable food production, connecting with customers, and building relationships with your local farmers.
Get Your Tickets for the Weston A. Price Foundation Conference Here Now!
The Market Closes Monday at 9AM
Remember that this Online Market is ONLY open Thursdays at 9:00am until Mondays at 9:00am.
After Monday at 9:00am, online ordering will be DISABLED, so you will not be able to place any orders until the following Thursday at 9:00am.
Why? Because we only sell the freshest products, and our farmers/vendors harvest their crops and prepare their products based on your order. We are a local CSA-style Farmer’s Market, we are not a big-store conglomerate. Each order is custom prepared, so after you order on the weekend, our farmers/vendors get the order ready quickly for you to pick up the next day, Tuesday.
We hope to continue to bring you the freshest, sustainable, and nutrient-dense products for many years to come!
Rancho Alegre Farm
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Market Open for Sales,
Closing Friday morning so growers can harvest and we can eat local.
Pick Up on Saturday’s 9am-12pm at 305 S. 2nd St.
Click Here for gallup.locallygrown.net
to get your order going!
Just a quick reminder for those who might need it.
Market OPEN for Saturday! -- Learn about Global Organic Specialty Source
Place your order today in our online market!
Order online Wednesday 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.
Order online Sunday 10am – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!
Monday – Sunday
10 am – 7 pm
Membership is Ownership! Become a Member today here
Featured Distributor: Global Organic Specialty Source
Mitch Blumenthal, founder and owner of Global Organic Specialty Source, began as an organic farmer in Sarasota, Florida. As Mitch sought out other organic fruits and vegetables for his family beyond what he was cultivating on his Blumenberry Farm, he realized that an opportunity existed for an organic-supply company.
Initially working out of an old mobile home at the farm, Mitch soon converted his barn into a banana and tomato room. Shortly thereafter, a 53’ refrigerated trailer was added for storing other fruits and veggies. In no time, he was delivering produce to Miami twice a week, with a single truck.
Global Organics grows their produce and their company based on honesty, integrity and hard work Demand was so great for the quality organic produce Mitch supplied his customers, that he soon outgrew the space available at the farm. Moving into a small warehouse in historic downtown Sarasota , Mitch developed the key values that reflected his beliefs, and continue to drive Global Organic Specialty Source today:
- Procure the highest-quality organic produce available, in order to make it as accessible to as many people as possible.
- Work in support of small, sustainable farms and buy locally.
- Grow the company based on honesty, integrity, and hard work.
In March 2002, Global Organic Specialty Source proudly opened the doors to its present home in Sarasota. This state-of-the-art facility features over half a million cubic feet of refrigerated storage in seven separate temperature-controlled zones. The coolers feature high-efficiency lighting and an environmentally-friendly chill-water system, so as to reduce our footprint upon the planet.
Our employees keep Global Organic Specialty Source running 24 hours a day and 365 days a year to bring you the best quality organic produce at a price you can afford.2007 saw the addition of a new room for Global Organic Specialty Source’s large overwrap program, and our new custom repack label, Noah’s Organic Garden.
Today, Global Organic Specialty Source supports over 160 farms in the US and twenty other countries—from all continents except Antarctica! We are proud to be the largest locally-owned supplier of Organic Produce in the region.
Over eighty people work together, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to make sure that you receive the best quality organic produce available—at the right price. We thank all of our current customers, growers and employees, and welcome those of you visiting our site. We look forward to starting a relationship with you!
From the left: Jim Costello, Director of Sales, Mitch Blumenthal, Prez/Owner, George Caldwell, Director of Purchasing and Christian Garcia, Sales Associate.
Upcoming Member Monday Special!
Check Sunday’s Weblog for next weeks Member Monday special.
Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!
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Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.
Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.
Pickup is from 12-7pm on Saturday February 30th. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups at this time.
Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Thursday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company
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End of Strawberry season get your orders in for Fresh organic LOCAL strawberries!
Membership is Ownership
For $25 a year you can become a member as well as part owner of the Suncoast Co-op. We are a worker owned cooperative and will give special perks for our member/owners. Patronize from the market and reap the rewards years to come with a vibrant local food economy.
- Receive 10% discount with no market surcharge.
- Half off on any upcoming workshops or events our co-op may host.
- Preferred Patron- If there are 5 apples on the market and 6 are sold, members get preference first on their order being fulfilled.
- Discount Membership to the Tampa Bay Time Bank of $10 www.tampabaytime.org will also give Time bank hours to members who volunteer.
- You own the business Democratic election of board of directors. Each member gets one vote.
- Hiring Opportunity- we are worker owned cooperative we only hire from within. “With us, for us, we hire ourselves”
Become a member this week with a $25 investment!
Suncoast Co-op Market News
Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.
Check out our FRESH LOCAL ORGANIC Strawberries on the Market this week! Buy them out as this will be our last time offering them this season. We have 4 flats and they need to go! Strawberries can be frozen and kept throughout summer long great for cold smoothies on a summer day! Strawberries are one of the 12 most un-clean foods we eat and these we are selling are Organic! No Pesticides or harmful chemicals added like conventional store bought Strawberries.
In the News
Our Co-op was mentioned in both the Suncoast News and the New Port Richey Patch. Check out the articles and share with your friends and family. Get inspired by positive things happening in your community and come participate in its creation this co-op is brought to us by our community of members.
Patch article: Locals want Co-op to Grow
Earth Charter US: Tampa bay Company in alingment with YES Magazine
Suncoast News: Co-op brings locally grown food to Pasco
Great new Products
Strawberries, Eggs, Cheese, Milk, Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised chicken, Kale, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Lettuce and so much more are on the market! Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers.
Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-2pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL.
Growing in Kinship Garden
Learn how to garden for FREE!
We are having frequent work days on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Kinship Garden behind the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity at 4131 Madison street. If you are apart of the Tampa bay Time Bank you can receive Time bank hours for your volunteering.
Partnership with Tampa Bay Time Bank
Starting in February we will be rolling out our partnership with the Tampa Bay Time bank where for every volunteer hour you give to the co-op you can get time bank hours back to trade/barter with others in the community using their website. We will have more information about this Time bank as the weeks go on ask us more in person or check out the website at www.tampabaytime.org
Now accepting all Major credit cards
We are now accepting all major credit cards for a 3.0% additional convenience fee we will use credit cards for your orders.
Please take our Survey
We appreciate you taking 5 minutes to fill out a Survey about the co-op, your feedback helps us do a better job: Survey for the Suncoast Co-op
Eat 10% Local
We are launching a campaign advertising our co-op and for local citizens to start shifting their food budget 10% local. We hope to encourage a food Renaissance and share this vision to people of the Suncoast area becoming an edible cornucopia. We hope to engage and educate people into the local food movement via movies, book studies, and Permablitzes social activities to enhance the development of the movement.
Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. Becoming a board of director is taking on a leadership position and requires membership/ownership, while volunteering is for short term opportunities to assist the co-op and requires no membership. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email the co-op with what your most interested in assisting the co-op with at Suncoastcoop@gmail.com Put Subject: Board of Director or Volunteer to receive more information
You can RSVP for these events either on our On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage or Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. $1.50 cup of organic locally roasted coffee and conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street.
Free Film Showing: Forks over Knives
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 6:00pm
New Port Richey Public Library
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Tuesday March 19, 6pm
New Port Richey Library
5939 Main Street, NPR 34652
Members of the Suncoast Co-op only. All members or potential members please attend
We will be discussing the future of the co-op and going over agenda items to be released later. Also opportunities to speak about the co-op and new agenda items will occur. Please attend if you are a member of the co-op. If you are not a member you may purchase membership that night to participate.
The room is upstairs Room 2.
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!
Heirloom Living Market will close for this week at noon today.
Don’t forget one lucky customer will win their order free…and there will be upcoming product samples and prizes!!
Be sure to get last minute orders in before noon!!
Just a reminder, the market will be closing tonight, don’t forget to order.