If you have a question that’s not answered here, please contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 727-515-9469. For routine questions, email is preferred over a phone call.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: When you open an account with our Market, please enter a phone number where we can reach you on delivery day. We will only call you if we have to speak with you about your order. (Please see QA’s for what happens if you forget to pay for a co-op order and we cannot reach you quickly. Remember that we have a delivery route and a schedule that we have committed to meet.)
Should you place an order online and you have not supplied us with a phone number, we will have to disregard your order. Thanks for providing us with this valuable piece of information.
Here are some frequently asked questions:
- What does it cost to use this Market?
- Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
- How do I order?
- What are my payment options?
- Why Support Locally Grown?
- How can I sell through this market?
- What about Unclaimed Orders?
- Why do you use the term "chemical-free" instead of "organic"?
- How do I cook with this produce? Do you have any recipes?
- Do you have a Calendar of Events?
- Are there any Volunteer Opportunities?
- Since you don't provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe?
- Do you deliver? Where to? How much?
- Why are you selling items that are not locally grown or produced?
- How should I inspect my order?
- What are Fresh Fridays Co-ops all about ?
- When does my credit card get charged?
- How can I keep raw dairy products fresh?
- How can I find what's new on the Market?
- Do you issue refunds, "no questions asked?"
- How can I help protect my order's frozen items?
- HOW-TO Buy a Gift AND Support Local Small Businesses
- How much salmon should I order?
- How long will fresh cut greens last in a bag in the refrigerator?
- How do I cook grass-fed meat products?
- How much meat should I order?
- Do you need Volunteer help with the Market?
And here are some answers:
What does it cost to use this Market?
We think it’s best to be transparent about our overhead costs, instead of building them into the price of our produce.
You get to order from us TWICE before your annual membership fee becomes due. The website will automatically add the $90 membership fee to your third order. That’s less than 26 cents per day for your entire household to have access to fresh, chemical-free, locally grown produce YEAR-ROUND. Check out local options and compare pricing. You won’t find anything for under $100 where you can buy what you want, if you want, and as little as you want YEAR-ROUND. If a membership fee is cost prohibitive, we suggest using a credit card payment to defer your payments
Sharing An Account
Many people ask if it’s ok to share an account and split the membership fee. Since our livelihood depends on each annual membership fee to operate YEAR ROUND for our customers, the answer has to be NO. Just an FYI: The majority of our Growers receive—and well deserve—80% of what you pay for their goods. The Market gets the remainder. This is just ONE reason why CUSTOMER ACCOUNT SHARING IS PROHIBITED.
When you purchase $20 of produce using the online Market, you’ll pay 63 cents toward website maintenance and hosting. More exactly, it’s 3.15% per total order.
Flat rate of $8 for home delivery and $4 for picking up your order at a veggie drop spot in or near your neighborhood. Orders going outside of St. Petersburg city limits may cost slightly more. See Q & A’s section for more info.
Intrinsic value of membership
Membership in St. Pete Locally Grown has intrinsic value beyond what is listed here but you won’t discover that unless you become a member or speak to those who are. The tangible list of membership benefits in this Market Community gives you and your household access to high quality, organically grown produce from local urban farmers with whom we have built trusting working relationships, one that does not require purchase or minimum orders, access to local SME’s who are part of our business’ network, and invitations to monthly potluck socials where growers, volunteers and customers converge to build a small town farming community right here in St. Petersburg. We could charge much more for membership but we choose to make this a very INCLUSIVE local movement.
Will I have to buy vegetables I don't want?
With this Market, you will make your own choices from vegetables available in the quantities you want, and you can also choose NOT to purchase.
How do I order?
If you don’t already have an account with us, open an account, then sign in after the Market opens at 5 pm on Monday and place your order here on our website no later than Wednesday noon when the Market closes.
Be sure to generate your delivery fee each time you order. This fee is usually sent to you by the Market Manager when you open your online account. You can also Mapquest your distance from NE High School in St. Pete and find the rate in Q&A’s section. To apply the fee to your order, find the product called “Delivery Fee” which is listed as a $1 product. Then enter the number ‘n’ as quantity to generate the $n delivery fee. Finally, click the shopping cart to add your delivery fee to the invoice. Do not forget to click the SUBMIT ORDER button. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not submit your order.
What are my payment options?
Prompt receipt of your payment is important because we need those funds to pay the Growers on your behalf when they deliver the goods you order next week. Should your order invoice change due to events out of our control (infestation, etc.) we will automatically apply an adjustment to your next order.
• Pay online when you place your order with either credit or debit card from Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB, or Diner’s Club. You can tie a credit or debit card to your account. The CCA requested is the last three digits on the same line where you sign the back of the card. Once the card is validated, you’ll be able to pay directly into your account and draw down over time or charge your individual orders to this card. This page is secure, and the card information will be securely stored with our payment processors. The market managers will not be able to access your card information directly. You will be able to edit or remove this card or replace it with a different one at any time. Your card does not get charged until we have delivered your order so multiple orders from you (in a week) will result in just one charge to your card.
• In person, we accept cash or checks. Please make all checks payable to “ST. PETE LOCALLY GROWN”. Thank you!
• IN THE FUTURE We hope to offer our customers an additional way to pay online using a Dwolla account. Just like PayPal requires a Merchant to be willing to accept payments via PayPal, so does Dwolla. What tops PayPal though is that Dwolla Merchants are locatable by smart phones which shows you who is willing to take Dwolla payments for merchandise. These are called “Dwolla Spots”. Watch this brief video and decide if this option will work for you. Here is an interesting article on Dwolla compared to other payment services, including PayPal. Dwolla is coming of age with the advent of new smart phone technology.
Why Support Locally Grown?
Enhance your local economy: By purchasing produce and other items from local growers you are providing stability to your local economy through the support of local businesses.
Save natural resources: Buying locally makes you an invaluable link in the process of saving resources such as fossil fuels and packaging materials. Also, we are right here in your community so the expense of transportation and delivery is kept to a minimum.
Provide learning opportunities: Locally Grown supporters provide member growers the means to help educate our community about the importance of sustainable agriculture.
Supporting a way of life: The number of small farms in the United States has decreased dramatically in the last decade. Please help us preserve an honest and worthy means of making a living.
We believe that small, diverse, family-owned farms contribute to society’s overall health.
How can I sell through this market?
You cannot use synthetic chemicals to fertilize or to control pests in your garden if you want to be a Grower for this Market. You don’t have to be certified organic either. Please visit this link for more info.
If you are not currently a customer, at the very least carefully read through the entire website so you have a good understanding of how we operate.
If you’ve already created a customer account, simply go to Our Growers , follow guidelines at top of page and click on ‘Join this Market’. This will add you to our system and our market manager will contact you with the next step. We charge 20% of your overall sales as a “table fee” for selling through the market. Like at a traditional farmers’ market, you do get to set your own prices. Market Manager has final say on items listed for sale and will advise on pricing as needed. Email Market Manager if you want more information.
What about Unclaimed Orders?
We will attempt to contact you on your account phone number if there are problems with delivering your order. You can assign another person to pick up for you but must notify us with their name and phone number as soon as you plan for that. If your order is undeliverable because you are unable to take delivery then it will be donated or given away. Since the growers have harvested just for you, and since we will have paid the growers on your behalf, you are still responsible for paying for items, even if you do not receive the order. We’ll charge your account for the forfeited order, and that amount is due immediately.
It is best to *SETUP A CALENDAR REMINDER for delivery day. Please be available for a possible phone call on delivery day. Make sure your account phone number is a place we can reach you.
Why do you use the term "chemical-free" instead of "organic"?
First off, no “conventional” growers are allowed to sell through our market. Everything sold here is grown without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. But we still cannot call ourselves “organic” growers. To use the word “organic”, a grower must register through the USDA and keep up with a tremendous amount of paperwork. The process is very expensive and intensive, and certainly favors the larger factory farms over the small family farm.
Another system is Certified Naturally Grown. This nation-wide program seeks to correct the problems with the USDA certification system. The standards are just as strict (and in some cases, more so) as the USDA Organic Program, and there is minimal cost involved to become certified. There is still some paperwork, but not as much. More importantly, the growers in the program inspect each other, rather than relying on an outside for-profit certifier.
Finally, a few growers are not certified by anyone but still use organic sustainable methods on their farms. To find out more about our growers, and to see what certification, if any, they have, take a look at our Growers page.
How do I cook with this produce? Do you have any recipes?
We provide links to online recipes for many of the vegetables we sell. These are posted in our community blog, which is used to discuss and compare how we prepare, cook, and consume all wares sold by this Market. Every member gets invited to Author on our Blog. We’ll even teach you how!
Do you have a Calendar of Events?
Are there any Volunteer Opportunities?
Yes! Members who wish to volunteer either in The Garden or for The Market are greatly needed now. Because our volunteers learn transferable skills they can apply in their own gardens and beyond, we hope to attract repeat volunteers who will commit to coming back often enough to help so that we are not constantly training new volunteers. That said, if you want to volunteer once to “feel it out” we encourage you to do so. We need you. Details of opportunities to help in the garden are specified on individual Grower pages for Nathan’s Natural Veggies, Pioneer Settlement Garden, and The Faith House Garden. If you are interested in volunteering for Market duty then check out these opportunities.
Since you don't provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe?
Due to unpredictable delivery of items from Growers due to circumstances beyond their control, and due to growing customer traffic (yippee!) it is becoming too labor intensive to send out adjusted invoices. Plus, some folks are still forgetting to generate their delivery fee. At present, here is how we handle invoicing.
- You will receive an initial invoice via email when you order online.
- We do not provide a printed invoice at delivery. Our driver will tell you what you owe. If you “must have” a printed invoice you can print your own after following the steps below.
- If you need to know your invoice total prior to delivery and you are concerned about overpaying, you can sign-in to your on-line Market account, click on Your Account tab and scroll down to the Customer heading. You can then click on Your Order History and a link to your most current invoice will be available at the top of that list. There you will find the amount you need to pay when you accept delivery. BE ADVISED that sometimes we don’t get all the adjustments applied prior to delivery. We regret the inconvenience this may cause you. BUT we will make the adjustments before we close out your order and allow the system to charge your credit card.
- The default action is to just let us track any adjustments we apply up or down to your account and either a debit or credit will be applied to your next order. You can track how well we are doing our job by checking your customer purchase history at your convenience.
Do you deliver? Where to? How much?
We deliver on Fridays within a 9-mile radius of Northeast High School from 11am – 6pm. We have planned an efficient delivery route, saving fuel, and keeping the cost of delivery as low as possible. We distribute our delivery schedule on Wednesday night to those who have placed an order.
Here are your delivery options in St. Petersburg (prices may vary beyond city limits)
- To help us save on all resources involved with the delivery process, we highly recommend joining a co-op! Co-op members pay just $4 for delivery. Read about our Fresh Fridays Co-op Program. Let us help you connect with fellow Market members in your neighborhood OR let us help you form an office co-op. We don’t deliver to the beaches but we do meetup with folks on St. Pete’s outskirts at public co-op sites.
- We will deliver to your home or office for $8.
CURRENT “VEGGIE DROP SPOTS” (aka CO-OPS) PER 4/14/14
- Allendale neighborhood in vicinity of 13th St. N. & 45th Ave. N.
- Barclay Estates neighborhood in vicinity of 14th Way & 87th Ave. N
- Disston Heights neighborhood in vicinity of 39th St. N. & 39th Ave. N.
- Eckerd College, GO Pavilion, students, faculty, employees only
- Elevate Fitness, 6001 Central Avenue, serving Pasadena Bear Creek Estates, Live Oak, Westminster Heights, Treasure Island
- Euclid Heights neighborhood in vicinity of 12th St. & 48th Ave. N.
- Euclid-St.Pauls neighborhood in vicinity of 10th St. & 18th Ave. N.
- Greater Pinellas Point neighborhood, EAST side in vicinity of 4th St. S & 59th Ave. S.
- Greater Pinellas Point neighborhood, WEST side in vicinity of 27th St. S & 66th Ave. S.
- Gulfport Library at 5501 28th Ave. S.
- Historic Uptown neighborhood in vicinity of 7th St. & 8th Ave. N.
- Jungle Terrace neighborhood near 28th Ave. N & 80th St. N.
- Kenwood neighborhood near of 4th Ave N & 27th St.
- Northeast Park neighborhood near 8th St. N.E. & 38th Ave. N.E.
- Old Southeast neighborhood near 17 Ave. S.E. and Bay St. S.E.
- Woodlawn neighborhood near 13th St. N. & 24th Ave. N.
- Vicinity of 54th Ave. S. & US 19 S.
- Vicinity of Starkey Road & Park Blvd.
Why are you selling items that are not locally grown or produced?
In our last customer survey, many of you asked for fruits, nuts, and other items that are not locally grown or are tough to find. We have been told by the national network locallygrown.net that as long as the majority of our items are locally produced we can balance out our Market to provide more variety and customer convenience. This includes some international selections as well. That’s why you are now able to buy dried fruits, nuts, legumes, and even huge sea scallops for your culinary pleasure, among other things! We respect a customer’s decision to decline on purchasing international products if they are intent on purchasing only from the USA. Point of origin is designated for all international items as well as those made in USA.
How should I inspect my order?
INSPECT YOUR ORDER Please check the condition of your order and contact us immediately if all is not the way you expect it. In rare cases, you may notice vegetables are wet; that is likely from morning dew, recent rain, or when appropriate, condensation from refrigeration. In few cases, it means we had to rinse some mud off the vegetable because of inclement weather. With our see-through plastic bags, moisture is more visible and that moisture is going to be your cue to take action. Please vent any wet bags of vegetables to let the refrigerator absorb some of the moisture or insert several paper towels into the bag to absorb excessive moisture. If ignored, depending on the vegetable, they may begin to decline and start to mold. The more delicate the vegetable (like lettuce) the higher chance for degradation from too much moisture.
What are Fresh Fridays Co-ops all about ?
Our Fresh Fridays Co-op Program is designed to save fuel and lower delivery fees. This document explains it all… Note: You don’t have to join a co-op to enjoy our Market goodies but delivery fees for a single order delivery are often double that paid by co-op members.
When does my credit card get charged?
We wait until mid-day Friday, after deliveries have started, before we mark all Market orders “complete”. Once we do that, the system takes over and charges all the credit cards. We have NO access to your credit card information.
How can I keep raw dairy products fresh?
Refer to Grower Page of The Dancing Goat for HOW TO MAINTAIN FRESHNESS OF RAW MILK. Pam Lunn has posted a great one-page document to print and attach to your refrigerator.
How can I find what's new on the Market?
Our Growers are always trying to offer new items for you to enjoy so be sure to check what’s new on the Market each week from “The Market” tab. From there, the “What’s New” revolving marquis is the best place for you to see what new products have been posted this week. The default setting on the Market page is for you to see the revolving marquis’ of both “What’s Featured” and “What’s New”. Those settings can be controlled from the lower left side column of the Market page. Call Market Manager at 727-515-9469 if you need help with these settings.
Do you issue refunds, "no questions asked?"
We try to but we cannot always issue a refund when a customer has not taken sufficient time to read a product description before purchasing. Our Growers invest their time to put this info together for your education and safety. Their income from our Market depends on your satisfaction with their products. Remember you can always contact the Market Manager prior to purchasing if you don’t have sufficient info. Call Tina at 727-515-9469. We are also open to your email suggestions for improvement.
How can I help protect my order's frozen items?
We guarantee that we will deliver frozen goods to you in frozen condition. From that point—Whether you have purchased frozen goods from us before or you are just beginning to buy frozen foods from our Market—here are suggested guidelines to follow to keep your frozen goods safe—and FROZEN—once delivered to you. 1) Move frozen goods from your kitchen counter into your freezer immediately upon receipt. 2) If you leave us a cooler, please assess—on a weekly basis—how many ice packs are required for the frozen goods you have purchased. When in doubt, please contact your Market Manager at 727-515-9469. If a large volume of ice is required, then please leave multiple coolers to provide adequate space for your order. Please note that we cannot take responsibility for frozen goods once we have delivered them to your door. Also, please leave loaned Market coolers and ice packs in a visible place for pickup at your next order. We loan these out as a courtesy to get you over the hump but we need them back! With hot weather coming, we would appreciate ice pack donations if you have lots extra. Thank you in advance.
HOW-TO Buy a Gift AND Support Local Small Businesses
Please support these local small businesses all year round, many of which can be found ONLY on our online Market at www.stpete.locallygrown.net.
- A Market Gift Certificate from St. Pete Locally Grown to shop with St. Petersburg’s urban farmers
- Organic Sprouted Breads from 20 Shekels Bread
- Seasonal Remedies from Imperial Gardens
- Fresh Raw Dairy products from The Dancing Goat (soaps too!)
- Workshop on “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” from Nathan’s Natural Veggies
- Fresh cut Aloe Leaves from Sustainable Me
- Locally roasted coffees from Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters
- Greek Oregano from Brenon’s Homegrown
- Natural Home Products from Molly’s Suds
- Cuban Oregano from The Faith House
- Wild Sockeyed Salmon Fillets from Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon
- Lip Balms, Soaps & Honey from Rebecca’s Bees
- Fresh Micro-greens from Glory Road Gardens
- Herbal Teas & Pain Management Remedies from Herbalwise (other Remedies too!)
- 28 pounds of goodness from Jane’s Earthworm Castings
How much salmon should I order?
TO HELP US SERVE YOUR BETTER: when you order either a fillet or portion, please leave a comment on the item and let us know how many people you hope to feed. We’ll do our best to accommodate you. “Fillets” average 1.5 lbs. and “Portions” average 3/4 pounds but their weight can vary enough to be either too small or too large for your household. The USDA recommends 3 oz. portions for salmon; however, Nathan and I shared a portion of just under 7 oz. between the two of us and I could have eaten just “a bit” more. It just tasted SO good and we did nothing to season it! YUM!
How long will fresh cut greens last in a bag in the refrigerator?
Up to two to three weeks if they are the heavier, heartier type. From 8 to 10 days if lighter weight, like lime basil, for example. Either way, it is best to keep them from getting condensation so don’t store them against the wall of the refrigerater and—if you must—then keep the bags somewhat open so the refrigerator removes excess moisture. When all else fails and they can’t seem to stay dry enough, then place a few paper towels in the bag to absorb moisture. Change out the paper towels as needed. Don’t wash the greens until you plan to eat them. If your greens suddenly don’t seem fresh enough to eat raw, you can always cook them! They are STILL fresher than what you can purchase at a local store. I don’t use the special green bags that folks are raving about, but I hear they are pretty major in keeping things fresh. You can research those at http://www.greenbags.com/ Let us know how they work for you!
How do I cook grass-fed meat products?
We want you to have a great experience with all produce and products you purchase through our Market. Many folks are not aware that grass-fed beef and lamb are made for rare to medium-rare cooking. If you want it cooked more well done then you have to stew it on very low heat. GRASS FED BEEF HAS THE FAT CONTENT OF SKINLESS CHICKEN. Source: www.americangrassfedbeef.com. Here are some tips for successfully cooking grass-fed beef and some how-to recipes for different cuts of grass-fed beef. Here are some tips for successfully cooking grass-fed lamb with recipes too. Here is an all purpose link with recipes for all meats, including pork. Bon appetit!
How much meat should I order?
Let’s figure out how to enjoy locally raised meat products! Being new at this, I’ve noticed that the amount of bone varies by type of meat and by the particular cut. How much bone should you expect in the cuts that you purchase? This link helps to identify different cuts within each type of meat and a shopping guide to each, including how much to buy. Bon appetit!
Do you need Volunteer help with the Market?
Absolutely! Here are the opportunities that will bring Market experience to those who volunteer with St. Pete Locally Grown. We believe the small urban market is a growing industry and many folks will be / are needed to make it all happen. Come learn by doing! Contact Market Manager at 727-515-9469.
- Thursday weighing and packaging fruit and produce from 1PM until 530PM (anywhere in that timeframe for a few hours)
- Thursday greeting Growers between 8AM and 5PM. You choose the hour(s) you can come.
- Thursday morning harvests. Commitment is from around 8:00AM until 10:00AM.
- Friday morning distribution preparation. Commitment is from 7:15AM until 10:30AM.
- Friday deliveries: Commitment is a 2-hour shift between 11AM & 5PM. Delivery volunteers are asked to train to become a part of our Friday team. For newbies, we have a 30-minute phone conference orientation each Wednesday at 1130AM. Call Market Manager Tina Levy at 727-515-9469 to inquire on qualifications and to get in on the phone conference. As part of our delivery day, you get to ride for two hours as part of a tag team delivering throughout St. Petersburg and into Gulfport. Our delivery folks are forming bonds with one another and getting to meet smiling and grateful customers excited about their vegetables. YOU CAN GIVE EVEN GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS CARD. We have three 2-hour shifts to fill which run somewhere between from 11am until around 6pm. All times are approximate. PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO THOSE LOOKING TO MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS WITHIN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY.
VOLUNTEER WISH LIST
- Food bloggers for Market Community blog on Google
- Volunteer coordinator (recruit and train)
- Education coordinator (post workshops and events)
- Monthly potluck social coordinator
- Photographers for volunteer activities and monthly events (socials and workshops)
- Customer service follow-up phone calls
- Grower outreach (organize meetings, recruitment)
- Document business processes
- Create various user manuals
- Perform research on selected subjects