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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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    Relax. You haven’t run out of time… yet. You have until NOON to shop our Market.

    We want to convince you that we are the ultimate solution for enhancing your dinner table with great, locally grown food that is chemical-free and therefore worry-free. For those who take awhile to make up their minds, we are now offering a 6 month membership to our online Market for $50. This will grant you full access to all the benefits of the annual membership including the monthly Market socials. This offer is limited to first time members. You don’t pay the membership fee until your third order!

    Place your order now

    Market NOW Open - Sept. 15, 2014 - Market Schedule Announced



    Be sure to READ an important “Market Schedule Announcement” below! Our Summer Schedule is becoming permanent.

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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!

    Market Schedule Announcement

    After much consideration I have decided to make SPLG’s biweekly Market schedule a permanent change for several reasons. At sixty, I need a bit more time to relax, as much as I love this Market work so dearly! Secondly, we’ve proven this summer that our biweekly efforts produce almost as much income as two successive weekly Markets. This change will mean less wear and tear on all our resources, including our dedicated volunteers who commit their free time to year-round service of our Market customers and without whom our business cannot exist. Most of all, our biweekly summer schedule has given me such a feeling of well being!

    How will this change impact our valued customers? Not at all. You will continue to enjoy great locally grown, freshly harvested produce delivered with gentle hands from kind, volunteering spirits, and wonderful monthly potluck socials that bring us all together to celebrate the diversity of our local food movement and the wonderful commonalities of our members. I appreciate all of your ongoing support for St. Pete Locally Grown. I step into the future with delight! Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Message from Your Market Manager

    Sorry, no COW raw dairy this week except for cow yogurt. “Grower” is waiting for heifers to have their calves! GOAT raw dairy is available as usual.

    NATHAN’S WORKSHOPS
    This coming Saturday’s workshop on Sept. 20th will start at 8am sharp for anyone learning how to make their own dirt, what Nathan calls “REAL DIRT”. This particular workshop is held every month year-round on the third Saturday of the month. If you miss this one, there is always next month. What’s important about this one is the timing. Tis the season to be planting and the condition of your soil is going to impact the yield of your precious garden and the time you have invested. Hope to see you! Get all the details on both the September & October workshops, plus a preview of Nathan’s garden at this link. You can Rsvp BELOW under the “Workshops & Events” AND get a peek at Nathan’s dirt. He’s really got it down…

    CHANGES ON SPLG EVENTS CALENDAR
    - We will combine potluck socials for November and December into one event we call our Annual Holiday Party—on December 6th. DO mark your calendars now. Active customers, volunteers, and growers will receive their invitations in early November.
    - In November we will be open two weeks in a row just before Thanksgiving so we can close for the week of Thanksgiving. You will have plenty of time to be prepared for this important day of sharing food and being grateful. All weeks of Market schedule are posted on our event calendar and reflect the permanent bi-weekly schedule.

    FEATURED FRESH FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>Fuji apples, green seedless grapes (large and sweet!), Red Sensation pears, and Green Goose pluots. We don’t want any leftovers so please buy fruit this week!

    WELCOME NEW GROWER THIS WEEK!
    JR’s Greens has posted some gourmet cowpeas that originated from Cuba. They are intentionally harvested small to be consumed whole either raw or sauteed. Joe Ramos, upcoming urban farmer, will have lots more interesting produce in the weeks ahead. We are thrilled to have another backyard grower in our repertoire! YOU can do it too. We’ll teach you how.

    LOCAL SUMMER FARMERS
    We are grateful to ALL who contribute goods to our online Market year round. We love the local raw dairy, eggs, honey, and all the household & garden products, coffees, herbal remedies, dried goods, fruit, and natural skin care products that we have come to rely on. The summer is especially challenging for our Growers who farm in the heat. Special thanks to those who have been responsible for almost all the greens and veggies purchased through our Market this summer. Without these dedicated folks, our Market could not have stayed open this summer. Thanks to all!
    Brenon’s Homegrown continues to nurture specialized greens & herbs that are tough to find locally.
    Faithful Farms is bursting at the seams with freshly harvested-to-order produce like lettuces, kales, turnips, spinach, and a beautiful variety of herbs. As hydroponic producers, they are ahead of the curve with fall produce and we have it on our Market now. Yay! They are allocating more volume to us this week so let’s show them our support.
    Glory Road Gardens delivers only the highest quality microgreens and we’re so glad they have returned to our Market. They were missed!
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies is our summer provider of lettuce mixes with substantial textures and tastes. He has become our summer salad specialist.

    COMING TO MARKET THIS FALL
    Doug Wild Alaska Salmon returns to Florida in November so our Market will have salmon to sell right after Thanksgiving.
    Geraldson Community Farm will be back with 100% Certified Organic produce. Availability and variety this year is supposed to improve over last year. We were satisfied last season… but bring it on!
    Pioneer Settlement Garden intends to provide our Market with produce again this fall. We are thrilled!

    MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDNOW EVERY OTHER WEEK
    - We especially need customer oriented folks to join our Friday delivery teams which head out around 11am. We provide all the training & coaching you might need, a comfortable air-conditioned cargo van in which to ride with a skilled partner who will help you be successful AND have a good time doing it. The commitment for this is about 3 hours every other week.
    - We also need more folks on Thursdays to package vegetables for Friday delivery.
    - On Friday morning we are currently seeking folks who like working with a team to load customer coolers and help to get the van ready for deliveries.
    - 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

    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Sept. 20th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Sept. 27th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is Chris Acosta of St. Petersburg Yoga, a major contributor to everyone’s yoga health for at least 25 years. What if what we are feeding our heads is at least as important as what we are feeding our bodies? Chris Acosta’s talk “From Feeding the Body to Feeding the Mind” will help us clean up our mental ingestion. As founder of St. Petersburg Yoga, Chris has been teaching transformation through mindfulness for over 25 years. Expect to feel motivated as Chris shares his perspective on feeding ourselves—figuratively and literally—in pursuit of a new paradigm for personal wellness.

    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

    REAL DIRT: Make Your Own”

    VIEW OR PRINT WORKSHOP FLYER

    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 - Sept. 1st, 2014, LABOR DAY


    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!

    JUICE BOOSTER BY JEFF!

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies is now offering a mix of Power Booster greens (Moluccan Spinach, Green & Chartreuse sweet potato leaves, and Cranberry Hibiscus leaves) to combine with carrots, apples and beets and produce a green powerhouse blend of flavor and nutrients you will feel immediately when you drink it. The product description for “Greens (Juicing Bundle: Power Booster)” holds the recipe and how many carrots, etc. to purchase as those are not included in the bundle. Fortunately for all of us, Volunteer videographer and local juicing expert Jeff Yentzer of vibranthealthvideos.com has designed a how-to recipe for this healthy juice and shared in a 5-minute instructional video for our customers.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    CREATIVE LOAFING BEST OF THE BAY 2014
    We won’t know the results until they are published online Sept. 18th. Thanks to all who voted for us!

    FEATURED FRESH FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>Gala apples and Starkrimson pears which are a beautiful garnet red. These were a huge seller last season.

    TOMATOESCERTIFIED ORGANIC We thought we’d get ahead of the curve and, while waiting for our local growers to have tomatoes, we would order some from a farm in North Florida. We got the OK and then were delivered tomatoes from NC. We do try! Hope you will buy them anyway as we have priced them to sell and we don’t want any leftovers (as we are closed next week…) They weigh about 1/2 pound each and they are beautiful!

    UPDATE ON GROWERS
    Pioneer Settlement Garden is challenged by some type of pest attacking its sweet peppers. Grower Ray sends regrets!

    MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW
    We are still 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

    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Sept. 13th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Sept. 20th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Sept. 27th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is Chris Acosta of St. Petersburg Yoga, a major contributor to everyone’s yoga health for at least 25 years. What if what we are feeding our heads is at least as important as what we are feeding our bodies? Chris Acosta’s talk “From Feeding the Body to Feeding the Mind” will help us clean up our mental ingestion. As founder of St. Petersburg Yoga, Chris has been teaching transformation through mindfulness for over 25 years. Expect to feel motivated as Chris shares his perspective on feeding ourselves—figuratively and literally—in pursuit of a new paradigm for personal wellness.

    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 NOW Open - Aug. 18, 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!

    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?

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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!

    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!