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    There are many fountains of knowledge to draw from within St. Petersburg. Some of the events below are open to the public but lectures are reserved exclusively for active Market customers attending monthly potluck socials. Become an active customer and enjoy all the perks of our Market Community!

    THESE WORKSHOPS ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. One of our missions is to teach everyone to grow their own food. Remember that if you grow your own food, you won’t need to buy it from us! There is NO obligation to sell your produce through our Market to qualify for these classes. Join Nathan Levy of Nathan’s Natural Veggies in his St. Petersburg demonstration garden for two incredible workshops—“Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” and REAL DIRT: Make Your Own”—that will help both garden veterans and beginners make it all work. Learn to create a fertile growing medium in which to grow your own food and enjoy the high quality, fresh-picked produce that you have been craving YEAR-ROUND. Sign up and get discounts for attending both workshops or for bringing a friend with you. COST per workshop: $35 per person, $50 per couple/friends. Individuals can prepay BOTH workshops for $60. MAIL CHECKS, payable to “Nathan Levy” to 5305 20th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714 or pay for both at first class. Email questions to nathan47@tampabay.rr.com or call 727-403-1655. RSVPs are requested. View & print WORKSHOP FLYER

    Visit our Lecture Series slide show and you will see what education & community building look like: Commonality, Motivation, Fellowship, and Knowledge.

    Our Market Blog

    Don’t know how to cook your new veggies? Google recipes for Market veggies. Then share your cooking experiences, and find new ones, on our Market Community Food Blog!

    Stop the Presses

    Help To Promote Us

    • You’re talking to friends and they say they wish they had a green thumb. Point them to Nathan’s classes. Share this one-page flyer on two workshops that teach folks how to make their own REAL dirt and then grow their own food in St. Petersburg.
    • Share this one-page flyer that displays all that St. Pete Locally Grown has become for the St. Petersburg Community. We do much more than sell tomatoes!

    Volunteer Opportunities

    What Are We Up To?

    Professionals We Recommend

    • Chef Emily Golden of Mindful Meals Personal Chef: A Culinary Lifestyle Company Chef Emily has been a “grower” for our Market in the past and now has a thriving personal chef business that keeps her hopping! We often tap into her expertise to advise us on promotional events for our budding small business.
    • Vertical Fitness Coach Jennifer Pierson of Elevate Fitness LLC is excited to offer a unique training program in the St. Petersburg community that is particularly helpful for those with post rehab therapy needs and anyone who wants to shift their routine from typical gym/weight/treadmill practices. Instead, Jenn’s staff trains using the Fitwall, Resistant Tubing, Suspension Training and functional Training. They also offer yoga, Nia, Tai-chi, rejuvenation sessions and one-to-one strength training programs. Pay just $5 for a demo session and get suggested classes that will match YOUR objectives. Located at: 6001 Central Avenue, St. Pete, FL 33710. Ph:727.345.7200
    • Professional Videographer Jeff Yentzer of Vibrant Health Videos. Jeff produces all the videos we use to promote our small business. Contact Jeff @ realenergyus@gmail.com to see how he can help you.
    • Certified Horticultural Professional (FCHP) Bill Ryland is the Garden Specialist at city-owned Sunken Gardens located at 1825 Fourth Street North in St. Petersburg. Bill is the “go to guy” for horticulture-type questions. Degreed in Biology and with 25+ years as an Environmental Specialist for the State of Florida, Bill also arranges on-site educational presentations. If you have a suggested topic you would be interested in attending or if you want to offer your speaking skills please contact bill.ryland@stpete.org. He is always looking for speakers!



     
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    Market NOW Open - Aug. 18, 2014 SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT


    PLEASE READ all about our summer market schedule at this link.

    Ready To Order?

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    FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you. Call your Market Manager for help.

    MARKET TUTORIAL
    Don’t miss our helpful shopping hints now posted as a link at the top of every web page on St. Pete Locally Grown. Check it out and then share it with anyone who asks about us!

    MICROGREENS!

    Glory Road Gardens rejoins us this week and Kevin reports that they are a Featured CNG Producer reflected on the home page of “Certified Naturally Grown”. Congratulations to the GRG team! More great news… Keen Greens Grower Aubrey Hanford reports that his summer experiment of growing microgreens and selling live in kitchen counter containers has been too difficult to continue. HOWEVER, the next step will be to offer microgreen kits within the next month through our online Market so you can grow your own right in your kitchen. St. Pete Locally Grown is committed to helping folks grow their own food!

    Message from Your Market Manager

    FEATURED FRESH FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>Red seedless grapes! We ordered cantaloupes but we rejected them due to a quality issue. Please shop early. The more often our Market sells out of fruit, the higher the indicator that I must order more to meet demand.

    CUSTOMER APPRECIATION
    Thanks to all for your patience in the past three weeks due to our unexpected closure. We are SO ready to get moving again! we know that many of you have had to find alternative resources for veggies so we don’t know what to expect for the coming week. Please just do the best you can to support us and remember we are open every other week right now.

    CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF THE BAY 2014
    If you haven’t already done so, please follow-up with our previous weblog notice on casting a vote for St. Pete Locally Grown before 8/31/14 in all of the following categories: Best Farmers’ Market, Best Place to Shop Green, Best Health Food Market, and Best Place to Volunteer. Once again, Here is the link. If you have already voted please go back in and add your vote for us. Help us get on the Best of the Bay List for 2014! Need suggestions to help you meet the 30 entry requirement? Get help from Keep St. Petersburg Local’s (KSPL) list at this link.

    UPDATE ON GROWERS
    Faithful Farm reports that their lettuce heads are smaller due to the late summer heat. Also some of them do not form a tight head. We have adjusted our pricing to better suit the size of head.

    MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW
    Our volunteer opportunities remain the same this summer and we have lost a few valuable resources recently. We are recruiting new folks to serve the St. Petersburg Community from 2 to 4 hours “per Market week” on Wednesdays thru Fridays. We will train and we promise you will have fun! Please call or email me if you want to meet some fabulous, like-minded people!

    WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
    Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

    SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
    Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, August 23rd, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is yours truly, Tina Levy, YOUR Market Manager, who will share her secrets to making super flavorful dressings with fresh healthy ingredients. You’ll get to taste them all on samples of Nathan’s summer salad greens sold on our online Market. When you see how easy it is, you will never buy store bought salad dressing again.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market

    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!

    Market Opens on Monday @ 5pm - We're Back!


    Market Re-Opens on Monday, Aug. 18th at 5pm

    Valued Customers:
    Thanks to all for your patience in the past three weeks as our business has been closed due to passing of my mom “Queen Aurora”. Our team is ready to get back into swing and we hope you will shop with us on Monday starting at 5pm!

    Have you cast your ballot yet?
    Last year St. Pete Locally Grown was a runner-up to Sweetwater Community Farm in the Best Food Co-op Category as part of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2013 competition. This year we qualify for all of the following categories: Best Farmers’ Market, Best Place to Shop Green, Best Health Food Market, and Best Place to Volunteer. We ask for your vote, before 8/31/14, at this link. If you have already voted please go back in and add your vote for us. Help us get on the Best of the Bay List for 2014!

    Need suggestions to help you meet the 30 entry requirement? Get help from Keep St. Petersburg Local’s (KSPL) list at this link.

    Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    727-515-9469

    Request for your votes


    Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2014 – Vote for St. Pete Locally Grown

    Valued Members of Our Market Community:
    Last year St. Pete Locally Grown was a runner-up to Sweetwater Community Farm in the Best Food Co-op Category as part of Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay 2013 competition. This year we qualify for all of the following categories: Best Farmers’ Market, Best Place to Shop Green, Best Health Food Market, and Best Place to Volunteer. We ask for your vote, before 8/31/14, at this link. If you have already voted please go back in and add your vote for us. Help us get on the Best of the Bay List for 2014!

    Need suggestions to help you meet the 30 entry requirement? Get help from Keep St. Petersburg Local’s (KSPL) list at this link.

    We appreciate your votes to help our small business get this recognition,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Special Notice From Your Market Manager


    Market Closed until Aug. 18th at 5pm

    Valued Customers:
    My mom Queen Aurora is getting ready to pass on at the ripe old age of 93 and I am pretty sure I won’t have what it takes to run the Market next week. The photo above was taken just 4 years ago. I just hope I have her genes!

    Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Market NOW Open - July 21, 2014 SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT


    PLEASE READ all about our summer market schedule at this link.

    Ready To Order?

    sign in & shop now
    FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you. Call your Market Manager for help.

    MARKET TUTORIAL
    Don’t miss our helpful shopping hints now posted as a link at the top of every web page on St. Pete Locally Grown. Check it out and then share it with anyone who asks about us!

    THE LOCALS

    Learn what it means to “eat local” by reading Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal Vegetable Miracle”. Although small in numbers available—and vegetable volume will build over time—this week we have local okra, avocados, eggplant, squash, turnips, callaloo, kale, onions, hot peppers, and sweet potatoes. These—and many types of greens too numerous to list—are all grown locally chemical-free by urban farmers in the St. Petersburg Area. Shop early and get your share so you can decide if you want to grow your own! Perfect opportunity to sample the local…by eating local.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    HI FOLKS:
    If you missed the email about our summer hours now in effect then please read this webpost. We would like to hear from you about any concerns you have that will keep you from ordering every other week. We want to address each concern so that we may mutually support one another.

    FEATURED FRESH FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>nectarines and red seedless grapes! Please shop early. The more often our Market sells out of fruit, the higher the indicator that I must order more to meet demand.

    SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER
    When was the last time you had fresh beets and, in July? Are you missing out on the possibilities of juicing these locally grown beets, or cutting them into a medium dice and cooking them with sweet local scallions? This summer we are selling beets! Are we on another planet? NO, we are right here in St. Pete selling hydroponic veggies from Terra Ceia. Life is GOOD folks! Remember, the more demand we build for Faithful Farm produce, the more we will get. Let’s sell out and show them we want more! BTW, Faithful Farms has lacinato so young and premium that you can eat the stems!

    UPDATE ON GROWERS
    We’ve been selling locally roasted, organic, fair trade coffees from Java Planet since April 2012. We have marvelled at the number of people coming on board as they recognize the health benefits and quality of this fabulous, locally roasted coffee. St. Pete Locally Grown is a proud supporter of these efforts! Fox News recently taped a wonderful interview with Owners Jennifer & Mike Simmons as part of their Earth Watch segment. Congratulations, Java Planet!
    The Maker’s Farm has moved and is busy building a functional farm for their expanding operations. They intend to start producing meat chickens again in August-September timeframe to be ready in October. These are SO worth waiting for! We have 20 reserved on a monthly basis and can increase that amount as demand increases. If you know NOW that you will want one, please let me know so I can reserve enough for everyone.
    Keen Green is still recovering from the virus that wiped out the micro greens. The plan is to begin selling them again when our August market re-opens. Customers will be asked to pre-order so the micro-greens can be grown to order and delivered on their next order.
    Pioneer Settlement Garden is taking this week off and has been preparing for fall planting (already!) Now THAT is exciting!
    My Mother’s Garden joins us this week from Wimauma, Florida. Wonderful locally pastured, grassfed heritage pork is now available. Owner Susan Bishop is also affiliated with the locally grown network. Welcome Susan!
    Alleluia! Organically Inclined is back this week with amazing dried fruits, nuts and seeds. More quinoa and rice too! Can you even say “Dried Mango Slices” without smiling?

    MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW
    Our volunteer opportunities remain the same this summer and we have lost a few valuable resources recently. We are recruiting new folks to serve the St. Petersburg Community from 2 to 4 hours “per Market week” on Wednesdays thru Fridays. We will train and we promise you will have fun! Please call or email me if you want to meet some fabulous, like-minded people!

    WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
    Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

    SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
    Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, July 26th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. We are expecting about 40 people! Come meet your fellow Locavores. Our Speaker is Dino Korovessis of Melina International Trading Company. Dino is descended from Kalamata, Greece, one of the most famous olive producing areas in the world and his family is part of a cooperative of small family farmers involving 160 groves in Kalamata. Dino is going to tell us more about the farm and its methods of growing, why we need to consume olive oil daily and how to select a quality oil. Dino’s final product is available through St. Pete Locally Grown’s online Market.
    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Aug. 9th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Aug. 16th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market

    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!

    Sunken Gardens THIS Saturday!


    St. Petersburg As A Small Town Farming Community

    Valued Customers:
    Come see how your support of our Market contributes to building a small town farming community with all the benefits that presents to our lovely urban setting. I sincerely encourage your support by bringing your friends to share in this important informational session. Cost is $8 per person, $6 for seniors. Free to members of Sunken Gardens. Sunken Gardens, 1825 4th St N. This Saturday, July 19th @ 1130AM.

    Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    727-515-9469

    UPDATE PER 7/21/14: We had a great turnout of about 20 folks of all ages, ALL so interested and inquiring on our wonderful mission to build a small town farming community. Made great connections and a NEW Grower will be joining us soon from that informational session!

    Market NOW Open - July 7, 2014- Summer Schedule in Effect


    PLEASE READ all about our summer market schedule effective this week at this link.

    Ready To Order?

    sign in & shop now
    FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you. Call your Market Manager for help.

    MARKET TUTORIAL
    Don’t miss our helpful shopping hints now posted as a link at the top of every web page on St. Pete Locally Grown. Check it out and then share it with anyone who asks about us!

    Satisfaction Guaranteed

    Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    HI FOLKS:
    If you missed Sunday’s email about our summer hours which go into effect THIS WEEK then please read this webpost. We would like to hear from you about any concerns you have that will keep you from ordering every other week. We want to address each concern so that we may mutually support one another.

    FEATURED FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>peaches and plums

    UPDATE ON GROWERS
    Keen Green has wonderful seedlings online this week. However, they have no micros this week as they had to “wipe the slate clean and start over”.
    The Faith House is taking a break this summer and we expect them to be back in the fall.
    We have a few local urban farmers “in the wings” just waiting for their produce to be ready.
    Every summer is a new adventure for St. Pete Locally Grown!

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
    Our volunteer opportunities remain the same this summer and we have lost a few valuable resources recently. We are recruiting new folks to serve the St. Petersburg Community from 2 to 4 hours “per Market week” on Wednesdays thru Fridays. We will train and we promise you will have fun! Please call or email me if you want to meet some fabulous, like-minded people!

    NEW CO-OP St. Pete Locally Grown is now delivering to the Broadwater Neighborhood in the vicinity of 45th Ave. S. & 35th Way S. Delivery fee is $4. Just submit a comment with your order and we’ll send you the details for picking up there on Friday.

    WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
    Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • TONIGHT (7/7/14) is the monthly meeting for Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) at Enoch Davis Center starting at 7PM. Don’t miss this one! One of our Market’s Growers for The Faith House, Bill Bilodeau, is the featured presenter. He IS a True Guru on many subjects and tonight’s subject is on pollinators. Here are all the details. Hope to see you there!
    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on July 12th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on July 19th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, July 26th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Come meet your fellow Locavores! Our Speaker is Dino Korovessis of Melina International Trading Company. Dino is descended from Kalamata, Greece, one of the most famous olive producing areas in the world and his family is part of a cooperative of small family farmers involving 160 groves in Kalamata. Dino is going to tell us more about the farm and its methods of growing, why we need to consume olive oil daily and how to select a quality oil. Dino’s final product is available through St. Pete Locally Grown’s online Market.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market
    The Faith House

    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!

    Special Notice - Summer Market Schedule 2014


    SPLG Market goes on Summer Schedule

    Valued Customers:
    As we head into our fourth summer of serving the St. Petersburg locavore community, we are grateful for your ongoing support of our Market. If you have been with us for awhile, then you know that this summer’s produce and product list is TRIPLE what it was last summer. Unlike last summer when we had more customers than produce, this summer we have more produce than customers. This is only temporary as the summer season cycles in and we still need—and greatly value—your year-round support. We expect this kind of evolution for this pioneering local Market called St. Pete Locally Grown and we are prepared to handle new growth as summer progresses!

    OUR SUMMER SCHEDULE Our online Market will open every other week effective this week. This means that the Market will open this coming Monday, July 7th, with orders delivered on Friday as usual. The Market will then close the week of July 14th and re-open on July 21st and so on, until mid-or-end of October. WHEN DEMAND BUILDS FOR IT, we will resume weekly deliveries BEFORE summer’s end if needed. We would like to hear from you about any concerns you have that will keep you from ordering every other week. We want to address each concern so that we may mutually support one another. For a quick glance of our Market schedule, please refer to—and store as a favorite—our Calendar of Events. Thanks to all who are continually promoting us to friends and family!

    WEEKLY CUSTOMERS Most of our customers order every other week. The majority of our greens last for 2 to 3 weeks when properly stored. We will still offer domestic fruit whenever available. Of course, frozen foods won’t be an issue. Regarding dairy, here are guidelines for keeping yours fresh up to two weeks. I know these work because my goat kefir lasts a good two weeks or more. A number of dairy products can be frozen too.

    MARKET COMMUNITY EVENTS & SPONSORED WORKSHOPS
    NO changes here. Our potluck socials will continue on the 4th Saturday of each month. Nathan’s urban farming classes will continue the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of each month.

    VOLUNTEERS GREATLY NEEDED Our volunteer opportunities remain the same this summer and we have lost a few valuable resources recently. We are recruiting new folks to serve the St. Petersburg Community from 2 to 4 hours “per Market week” on Wednesdays thru Fridays. We will train and we promise you will have fun! Please call or email me if you want to meet some fabulous, like-minded people!

    Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    727-515-9469

    Market NOW Open - June 23, 2014 CLOSED WEEK OF FOURTH


    Remember to order this week for your Fourth of July menu. NO deliveries on Friday, July 4th.
    Our Market’s veggies are freshly harvested so that most will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

    How to make these cute paper stars

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    Ready To Order?

    sign in & shop now
    FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you. Call your Market Manager for help.

    MARKET TUTORIAL
    Don’t miss our helpful shopping hints now posted as a link at the top of every web page on St. Pete Locally Grown. Check it out and then share it with anyone who asks about us!

    Healthy Ingredients

    Looking for some Fourth of July recommendations? Here are just a few… but DO check out the entire list of over 200 hundred chemical-free products and produce from local urban farmers and small business entrepreneurs. Your support is much needed!
    The seafood from Madeira Beach Seafood surpasses any we’ve sold before. You can practically taste the Key West Pinks just looking at them. Each shrimp is individually frozen and then bagged so you don’t have to cook them all at once.
    The beets from Faithful Farms are wonderFul roasted, juiced, or fermented. Have you made your beet chips yet?
    Lake Kersey Farm‘s 100% grass fed, grass finished beef short ribs cook great in a crockpot after browning them. I stir in a little beef base, a small touch of black bean paste, good catsup or tomato paste, and tart cherry juice. Both Pioneer Settlement Garden and *Nathan’s Natural Veggies* are providing beautiful pumpkin squashes. Great roasted and if you take it a step further you can puree the leftovers into a soup and serve chilled. Cook some ginger into the soup first.
    The Faith House Garden has beautiful Genovese basil for pesto and Toad Stool Ponds always has incredible chives with generous portions.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    Hi Folks: Please don’t miss the info on our summer hours below, an important question about fruit for our Market, and a request for delivery volunteers… Have a safe & restful Fourth of July!

    SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
    Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables. This week we have a great variety of spinaches, squash, and new seedlings on the Market. You’ll find no curly green kale or string beans posted today but we may be posting some beans before Wednesday at which point I’ll send out an announcement.

    NEW CO-OP St. Pete Locally Grown is now delivering to the Disston Heights Neighborhood in the vicinity of 39th & 39th! Delivery fee is $4. Just submit a comment with your order and we’ll send you the details for picking up there on Friday.

    CLOSING FOR WEEK OF JULY 4TH
    With the 4th on a Friday it’s not possible to work out the logistics for delivering on a Holiday. Please order what you need this week. MOST all produce and products will keep AT LEAST two weeks if not three.

    SUMMER HOURS
    This summer we will close one week of each month until around October. This is our way of “beating the heat” & still providing convenient service and excellent produce to our customers all summer long. As many of you can attest, the produce is so fresh that much of it generally lasts as long as 3 weeks. That’s what happens when produce is harvested fresh to order for you! Our first week off will be next week for the Fourth of July. When the Market re-opens on Monday, July 7th, I will publish the summer schedule which is currently being finalized. In the meantime, please call Tina if you need help figuring out what will keep. 727-515-9469

    ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FRUIT?
    Everything we wanted to order this week was only available from Mexico. This continues to be a dilemna for us. All fruit we buy is USDA Certified Organic but much is grown in Mexico and at certain times of the year is imported from other countries besides Mexico. The explanation I am getting is that, due to extensive drought conditions on the USA West Coast and elsewhere, growers are gravitating to grow in Mexico and other foreign countries with similar climates as an extension of their USA operations. Unless we can all move beyond the stigma of purchasing imported fruit, it is quite possible we won’t have the supply of fruit we have come to expect year round unless we can grow it locally. Yes, we do pursue Florida fruit whenever possible! I am wondering… If I purchase imported fruit from outside the USA and it is grown by a USA-based Certified Organic Grower, will you purchase it?

    CALL FOR FRIDAY DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS
    We are in great need of volunteers to help deliver fresh, gorgeous produce to St. Pete customers on Fridays between 1pm and 530pm. We have two shifts of teams to build for the summer and our 1-hour training program will guarantee that you have fun in the process of meeting grateful customers and seeing other parts of St. Pete you haven’t visited yet. Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 to discuss what is involved.

    WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
    Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, June 28th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Come meet your fellow Locavores! Our Speaker is Monica Leonard of Molly’s Suds. She will educate us on the importance of using chemical-free products on our pets and ourselves. The premise for her company? “There are 80,000 chemicals used in the USA and only 200 have been tested for human safety, and of those only on men, not women or children!” Monica’s products are sold nationwide, at local health food stores, AND on stpete.locallygrown.net.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market
    The Faith House

    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!

    Market NOW Open - June 16, 2014


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    Gratitude & Volume

    We are grateful to have a great group of dedicated growers this summer! This means that you will have access to wonderful veggies like summer greens, beans, spinaches, and squash for which our Market has become known PLUS much more. Hydroponic growing methods make it possible for Faithful Farms to offer produce not normally available this time of year. As a result, our Market is also expecting lettuces, kale, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, peppers, sugar snap peas, and more bush beans. Once these items start producing they should be available all summer long, short of any issues with weather or bugs. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP: Initially the amount available is going to seem low but please know that AS DEMAND GROWS, Faithful Farm will allocate more veggies for us on a weekly basis. REMEMBER: The priority is to eat FRESH produce that can be artistically arranged and dressed so that your palate welcomes them to your body! Read Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” and get all the inspiration (and more) to get on board with this concept.

    Grower News

    NEW GROWER
    Keen Green has joined us to offer hydroponically grown, UNCUT LIVE micro-greens in small containers that you can leave on your kitchen counter to harvest at will. Several of their greens will give you more than one growing!

    Message from Your Market Manager

    CLOSING FOR THE FOURTH
    We will close the week of July 4th. Please plan ahead for what you might need and order the week of June 23rd instead. MOST produce and products will keep AT LEAST two weeks. Remember that all meats and fish are frozen so they can easily be purchased in advance too. Do call Tina if you need help figuring out what will keep. 727-515-9469

    FRUIT!
    Thanks to all who helped to make our Market fruit a sellout last week. I will continue making a concerted effort to bring fruit into our market in larger quantities—every other week—as demand builds. Until then, you will need to shop early to get a share of it.

    CALL FOR FRIDAY DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS
    If you have been considering volunteering for St. Pete Locally Grown, now is the time to jump in. We are in great need of volunteers to help deliver our fresh, gorgeous produce to St. Pete customers on Fridays between 1pm and 530pm. We have two shifts of teams to build for the summer and our training will help make it fun. You can’t imagine how wonderful it is to be greeted by customers who are excited and grateful to be receiving delivery from you. Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 to discuss what is involved. Oh, almost forgot to mention, you get to ride in or drive a beautiful air-conditioned van with our magnetic signs on it. It is a blast and a great service to provide to the St. Petersburg Community.

    NEW CO-OP St. Pete Locally Grown is now delivering on Friday at Bryan Dairy & Belcher Roads. Please help us get the word out? Delivery fee is $6. The location is 7600 Bryan Dairy Rd. in Largo at the intersection of Bryan Dairy & Belcher. Dr. Tracy Leonhardt, DO has an office there and has given us permission to use the parking lot. We so appreciate her support! FYI, Dr. Leonhardt’s website is www.PeaksOfHealth.com

    SUMMER HOURS
    In the summertime, we normally close the Market every other week so we can regroup and rest for the busy fall season. HOWEVER, I am having second thoughts about that. Instead, I am considering closing just ONE WEEK per month so our growing customer base will have the produce and service they have come to expect. During the month of June, I will be watching closely to determine if the demand is there for us to stay open 3 out of 4 weeks. Stay tuned!

    WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
    Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on June 21st, 1PM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, June 28th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Come meet your fellow Locavores! Our Speaker is Monica Leonard of Molly’s Suds. She will educate us on the importance of using chemical-free products on our pets and ourselves. The premise for her company? “There are 80,000 chemicals used in the USA and only 200 have been tested for human safety, and of those only on men, not women or children!” Monica’s products are sold nationwide, at local health food stores, AND on stpete.locallygrown.net.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market
    The Faith House

    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!