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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. An individual 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.
    • 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.



     
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    Market Closes @ Noon TODAY - Market is CLOSED next week -PLEASE READ


    Hi Folks: If you’ve been considering trying us out then THIS would be the week to do so. We’ve got veggie abundance and good variety this week. Summer is tough on our business and we need all the help we can get getting the word out. Without enough customers to help cover our costs and commitments to purchase vegetables we may not be able to continue the Market this summer. Thanks for helping to get the word out. We appreciate any business you can send our way!

    Help Needed: Particularly needed is a volunteer to pick up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. We will not be able to continue carrying The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to go pick up the orders for our Market. Only SIX Markets remain before we pull the plug on carrying these items. Even once a month would be better than no raw dairy at all. Please respond to make arrangements for this week if possible.





    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

    SPLG Market Closes Wednesday @ Noon - PLEASE READ?


    Hi Folks: If you’ve been considering trying us out then THIS would be the week to do so. We’ve got veggie abundance and good variety this week. Summer is tough on our business and we need all the help we can get getting the word out. Without enough customers to help cover our costs and commitments to purchase vegetables we may not be able to continue the Market this summer. Thanks for helping to get the word out. We appreciate any business you can send our way!

    Help Needed: Particularly needed is a volunteer to pick up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. We will not be able to continue carrying The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to go pick up the orders for our Market. Only SIX Markets remain before we pull the plug on carrying these items. Even once a month would be better than no raw dairy at all. Please respond to make arrangements for this week if possible.

    Just a friendly reminder to place your order now so you don’t miss this week’s Market offerings.

    WE DELIVER ON FRIDAY TO YOUR HOME, OFFICE, OR A CO-OP NEAR YOU Please tell your friends! Interested in joining one or forming a co-op in your neighborhood? Please call Tina at 727-515-9469.

    Our Market schedule for 2015 is posted at this link to keep you informed. Please save it as a favorite.

    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!

    PLEASE SHARE THIS EMAIL TO EXTEND THIS SPECIAL OFFER TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY

    We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to expand our delivery network and attract like-minded folks who want the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced CHEMICAL-FREE foods possible!

    Market NOW Open - July 20th, 2015


    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Direct Order Service

    Here’s how it all works: Whenever you order an item that is labeled as a “DIRECT ORDER”, the Grower will deliver that item to you at a convenient pre-arranged time, separate from your normal SPLG Friday delivery. These plants are too large for our regular Friday deliveries. There is NO additional cost to you for this service. An added convenience is that you will pay for the plant(s) with your regular order from us. The only difference is that you will receive an email contact from the Grower to schedule delivery. We are grateful to Growers who have such a passion for selling more developed plants—including exotic fruit trees—to assist customers in building sustainable & beautiful edible food forests.

    Summertime Volunteer Opportunities

    MARKET PRIORITIES: FIRST, particularly needed is a volunteer to pickup dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. We will not be able to continue carrying The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to go pick up the orders for our Market. Details at Market link below. Only SIX Markets remain before we must pull the plug on carrying these items. Even once a month would be better than no raw dairy at all. Please respond to make arrangements for this week if possible. NEXT PRIORITY – We have three shifts to fill for Friday deliveries. Commitment is a 3-hour shift between 1130AM & 630PM. Delivery volunteers are asked to train to become a part of our Friday team and attend a 20-minute phone conference orientation at their convenience. Teams of two deliver via large air-conditioned cargo van throughout St. Petersburg, near Largo, and into Gulfport. Volunteers must be detail oriented, working with checkoff sheets and distributing invoices. Our delivery duos are forming bonds and meeting smiling and grateful customers excited about their vegetables.

    Details of volunteer needs for the following folks are listed at the links below.
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market is the hub for selling & delivering fine products of many of St. Petersburg’s urban entrepreneurs.
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    NOMINATE US?
    We need your support with a nomination for St. Pete Locally Grown to enter into the competition for Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay. Please link to Goods & Services and enter St. Pete Locally Grown into all the following categorie: Best Farmer’s Market, Best Place to Shop Green, and into Best Category We Forgot enter “Best Chemical-Free Food Coop”. Then link to People, Places and Politics and enter St. Pete Locally Grown as “Best Place to Volunteer”. Thanks in advance!

    ORGANIC LEMONS
    Ours are gorgeous and grown in USA! I have not seen a certified organic lemon in local health food stores any larger than a golf ball and they cost up to .99 each! Abundance is scarce so the price is way up. Ours cost a bit more than local pricing this week but they are a nice size, high quality AND you are getting them practically at cost. Thought you might like the best “Giveaway” we could find!

    SUGGESTED CHANGES FOR YOUR MENU
    Baby Globe Artichokes These are so beautiful! Wondering how to cook these? Here is a brief youtube showing how easy it is to prepare them. 2 or 3 per person should do it.
    Tatsoi is one of the least understood MILD greens available on our Market. Pioneer Settlement and Brenon’s Homegrown have both carried these in the past and NOW Grower Faithful Farms has brought them back on board this summer! “…this unassuming Brassica vegetable is supercharged with calcium, carotenoids [for eye health], vitamin C and glucosinolates, which makes tatsoi one of the healthiest salad greens out there.” SOURCE: http://www.healwithfood.org/ Eat raw, steam, or stirfry and drizzle a little sesame oil on the finished product.
    Roasting Radishes Here is just ONE reason out of five to roast radishes this summer, besides the fact it takes only 10 minutes. “Roasting mellows out their bite: If eating spicy radishes isn’t your favorite thing, you have to understand that roasting mellows them into sweet little bites.” SOURCE: Great recipe! and all the right reasons to change up your menu. Don’t miss Customer Kim’s posting on our Market Community Blog about the soup she made from radish greens.

    FINDING DEALS ON OUR MARKET
    I’ve done just some of the work for you below but remember to do a search in future Markets (on the Market page) by entering “sale” in the “product name” box at top of the product list to find all sale items. Or search for “direct service” to find larger plants for your expanding food forest. Filter products by “economy” to find larger size packages for big savings & lots of 1-pound bags of basil ready for pesto making! Filter by “giveaways” to find items that are priced just above cost to encourage you to try them out. Need help? Call YOUR Market Manager to learn how.

    SALE PRICING
    ALL coffee, Goat Chevre, Goat Kefir, Medjool dates, ALL lamb cuts (there will be no more lamb in the future), Molly’s Suds products including dog wash, several pork cuts, one of Jennifer’s incredible Remedies, and both warm & cold smoked salmons.

    GIVEAWAY PRICING
    GIVEAWAYS are your chance to try items you might not otherwise try. This week our “giveaways” include organic butter, dark sweet cherries, ALL size salmon portions, high quality USA lemons, and luscious tatsoi greens. You won’t know what you’re missing until you’ve tried them. Giveaway pricing is here for the summer to help us all save money and avoid waste.

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Fancy lemons, dark sweet cherries, Medjool dates, seedless green grapes (recipe for Sunken Grape Cake which I have made numerous times), luscious peaches, and both green and ripe papayas grown in St. Pete!

    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.

    YOUR COMMENTS REQUESTED
    If you are happy with our produce, products and services, PLEASE leave us a brief review on Local Harvest, a national directory of farms, markets, CSAs and folks like us. Just click here to “Post a Review”?

    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”, July 25th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: Rita Sewell, always a knowledgeable and very interesting speaker! “Why I Volunteer” Come hear Rita Sewell-a 5-year veteran volunteer of SPLG and longtime local activist and community volunteer within St. Petersburg. For Rita, growing community is an interactive process of give and take. She will share her experiences volunteering for St. Pete Locally Grown and promote more volunteer participation from our Market Community. NOTE FROM YOUR MM: Let’s make this a celebration of volunteerism at large. All social attendees are encouraged to mingle after Rita’s talk and to promote the organizations that they volunteer for. You may bring handouts to pass around.
    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Aug. 8th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Aug. 15th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW

    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!

    SPLG Summer workshop pricing LOW Low low


    Workshop prices slashed for the summer! $15 for 2 hours of expertise from Nathan Levy of Nathan’s Natural Veggies. STARTING THIS SATURDAY JULY 11TH! RSVP not required.

    View this link for details and ignore the pricing on the flyer. Please Share.

    Market NOW Open - July 6th, 2015


    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Market Manager = Food Forager

    Yes, it is my job as Market Manager to find new supplies for locally grown veggies and locally raised meats for SPLG Customers. This summer is different than any before because Nathan’s Natural Veggies (my husband) has always been a major supplier year round. Nathan continues to build his permaculature food forest with the intention of planting more fruit trees. Our hope is that we will make extra money in our golden years selling wonderful fruits through this Market or one like it. With Nathan pretty much retired now, I continue to look for replacement produce like okra, yardlong beans, cow peas, and more spinach variety, all of which don’t mind growing in Florida’s summer heat. I’ve met several local farmers who may fill the bill but probably not until next summer. Currently, I am also seeking a new local farmer to raise pork for us as My Mother’s Garden has leased their farmland to a CSA and will no longer raise hogs to sell. Our Market requires a USDA Certified Facility for processing the animals and that can rule out a whole lot of farmers. And so it goes and so I love the challenge! With My Mother’s Garden pulling out of our Market you should know that whatever pork is left is all there is and, unless we find a new farmer, there won’t be anymore. So buy it up while you can! On another subject but related to caring about local food supplies, I found a bit of myself in this article on Local Harvest and it got me to wondering how many others have been part of the local food movement long enough to see themselves as well.

    Summertime Volunteer Opportunities

    ALL MARKET OPPORTUNITIES are listed on our Q&A page. Please take a look and give me a call 727-515-9469. You are needed this summer! Particularly needed are volunteers, both on every other Thursday mid-afternoon, to pickup dairy in Oldsmar and administrative help working with Market Manager to make adjustments to invoices. Details are at the link. YOU ARE NEEDED. Please respond to make arrangements for this week if possible.

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete WORK IN PROGRESS. RAY NEEDS HELP NOW!
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    GROWER NEWS
    Valued Grower Faithful Farms is absent from our Market this week. Luckily we’ve got Brenon’s Homegrown & Nathan’s Natural Veggies providing beautiful greens mixes that substitute so nicely for standard lettuce fare. Just search for “Salad” and you’ll find them on our Market complete with salad dressing recommendations! Now’s your chance to try something different.

    MEDJOOL DATE RECIPES to share. Also this one for stuffing with feta cheese that I often hear about. We have Medjool dates on our Market in TWO sizes of packaging.

    YOUR COMMENTS REQUESTED
    If you are happy with our produce, products and services, PLEASE leave us a brief review on Local Harvest, a national directory of farms, markets, CSAs and folks like us. Just click here to “Post a Review”?

    SMOOTHIE OPERATOR
    Thought it might be that time of year for you too, when summer smoothies become a great chilled substitute for ice cream. I admit I am addicted to ice cream and right now I’m not winning. So my pledge is to retry this great concoction created back in December during a wonderful winter-hat-making party with SPLG Volunteers. Sincere thanks to Customer Phyllis for the inspiration to make this Smoothie Operator that was posted to our Community Market Blog. If YOU want to blog for us, just send me an email and I’ll add you as an Author.

    SALE PRICING
    Pink Lady apples, ALL lamb cuts, ALL pork sausages and bratwurst, ALL salmon portions from 6oz. pieces to 5-pound packages, shallots, Himalayan sea salt

    GIVEAWAY PRICING
    GIVEAWAYS are your chance to try items you might not otherwise try. This week our “giveaways” include butter, garlic, kale, and okra. Giveaway pricing is here for the summer to help us all save money and avoid waste.

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Pink Lady apples, Nectarines, Medjool dates, Dapple Dandy pluots, and Florida papayas.

    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.

    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

    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on July 11th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on July 18th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, July 25th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: Rita Sewell, always a knowledgeable and very interesting speaker! Plans in progress. SAVE THE DATE.

    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 22nd, 2015 - ORDER FOR JULY 4TH


    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Recipe Relief

    One of the many things I enjoy as Market Manager is sharing recipes that inspire you to try the produce we sell. In addition to the recipes I promote, we have blog authors on our
    Market Community Food Blog, like customer Kim Munshower, who posts pretty regularly. I just love when customers share their experience so we all can learn new ways to surprise our palates. Here are several more recipes that Nathan and I enjoy as well using a variety of produce on the Market this week: eggplant, swiss chard, and a variety of basils for hummus and pestos. Trust me that this Szechuan Eggplant Stir-Fry is better than what we have been coveting as our favorite from a local restaurant. In addition, this recipe for Curried Red Lentil and Swiss Chard Stew with Garbanzo Beans is good year round and especially in the summer now that chard is still available. I’ve turned alot of people onto this make-ahead stew, saving time and excess heat in the kitchen. Not familiar with pestos? If you have never made pesto before, they are great on pasta, fish, beef, etc. You can even add pesto to any sauces you make. You can substitute whatever nuts you have on hand just as long as you finely chop them. Cheese is not necessary. I add real butter too! Make a creamy consistency to your liking and savor this wonderful condiment called Pesto. Like hummus? You haven’t lived til you make one with peanut butter! OMG here it is… Thai Basil Hummus. Super major flavor and very satisfying. Bon Appetit!

    Summertime Volunteer Opportunities

    ALL OPPORTUNITIES are listed on our Q&A page. Please take a look and give me a call 727-515-9469. You are needed this summer! Particularly needed are delivery teams and administrative helpers.

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete WORK IN PROGRESS. RAY NEEDS HELP NOW!
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    PLEASE HELP US have a good turnout at the next potluck social on June 27th. Our speaker is driving down from Dade City and I would like to have a good showing for his talk. Thanks so much if you can make it! Come meet your fellow locavores and enjoy a relaxing few hours with new friends.

    WHY YOU SHOULD drink cucumber water. Everyone says I must try this but I am SO hooked on lemon water right now! What has been your experience with it?

    FOOD BLOGGERS UNITE!
    We are grateful to everyone who blogs on our Community Food Blog, especially customer Kim Munshower who is diligent about posting her experiences. If you aren’t following her, here’s your change to catch up with how busy she has been. She even mentions her use for pestos in this interesting post for Grilled Cheese with Roasted Carrots. Sincere thanks to Kim! If YOU want to blog for us, just send me an email and I’ll add you as an Author.

    FOURTH OF JULY FOOD FARE
    Having a Holiday gathering for the Fourth of July? Although we can’t plan your menu, we can surely provide many of the ingredients for great summer fare and offer suggestions with recipes that have worked for us. After delivery from SPLG on Friday you’ve got a whole week to prepare for your July 4th gathering using pastured eggs, ham, and apricots from our Market this week. DON’T MISS more recipes in “SPLG BENEFIT: Recipe Relief” on the sidebar at left. Some of the fruit you purchase this coming week will be perfectly ripe for the upcoming Holiday weekend. We suggest some good old standards with a twist here and there. For starters, try this French Style potato salad recipe that is one of my favorites from Cook’s Illustrated. Here’s your chance to
    make devilled eggs from pastured eggs. I’ve heard that it helps to add a pinch of baking soda to the boiling water. Ever tried making pulled pork in a crockpot? Just get a ham and let the crockpot do its thing. For an adventurous ice cream dessert try Brown Butter Apricots Brioche and Ice Cream. Need a time saver? Lately I’ve been making pies (buying the refrigerated crusts you unroll into a pie pan) and using up all leftover fruit I can find. No waste and what a treat! SPECIAL THANKS to Customer Merilee Hampton for sharing this link to desserts for the Red, White, & Blue!

    SUMMER EGGS
    According to Pam of The Dancing Goat, summer egg layers pose a challenge as they want to go broody and hide their eggs. This can make eggs too mature for sale. SO, before you crack them open, put the eggs in a bowl of room temp water. The floaters should be discarded and your Market Manager notified so the eggs can be replaced.

    GIVEAWAY PRICING
    GIVEAWAYS are your chance to try items you might not otherwise try. This week our “giveaways” include gourmet eggplants, Florida mangoes, all salmon, and a variety of local pork including Pork bratwurst, chorizo, and mild Italian sausages. Now available at giveaway pricing just in time for the 4th of July Holiday.

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Fancy lemons, Pink Lady apples, Apricots, Dark Sweet Cherries, Medjool dates, Florida mangos, and papayas.

    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.

    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 27th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: The special guest speaker for this social is Leon Elt, owner of Alexandra Lake Farm and provider of our Market’s lamb cuts. He will talk about raising animals in a sustainable and humane way and volunteer opportunities up in Dade City for those who want to learn from his experience. Leon is also a Permaculture designer, specializing on integrating animals in living systems of any scale and if you have questions about that you will have a chance to ask them. Also, as co-founder and the President of a non-profit farm incubator (Big Small Farm, Inc.), Leon is knee deep in advocating the production of healthy local food and teaching other people to do that. Leon is making the trip all the way from Dade City to join us so let’s get a good size group here to meet & greet him! Please RSVP if at all possible so we can plan for adequate space!
    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on July 11th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on July 18th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW

    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 8th, 2015


    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Foodies Unite!

    Our monthly potluck socials hold promise for more than “just” fostering friendships. Equally valuable, lots of health conscious foodies attend and share wonderful recipes you can easily make at home. Taste test serendipitous “trough” dishes; try different types of hummus like this smoky paprika hummus I like to add roasted red bell peppers, skinned and unseeded, and use less olive oil to keep end product consistency thick enough. There is likely to be a nice salad dressing available for the variety of salads that appear. Your can’t go wrong with this Paleo French Dressing. It is my new “go to!” dressing. So bring your own specialty to share with your fellow Market Members, most of whom are looking for new ways to dress up their current menus. If you are ready to learn more about what to do with the veggies and produce we sell on our Market, consider taking full advantage of your membership benefits at St. Pete Locally Grown. Attend the next potluck social on June 26th. Find your email invite from www.whoozin.com and do RSVP if you can.

    IMPORTANT Volunteer Opportunities IMPORTANT

    St. Pete Locally Grown is seeking a talented volunteer to help on Wednesday afternoon for about 90 minutes of administrative help. Must be computer literate and technically proficient with excel spreadsheets (including copying formulas), uploading and downloading data and creating documents, accessing Google drive, sending emails using templates, etc. If you’ve “got the touch” please contact your Market Manager.

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    SUMMERTIME RESOURCES
    It is that time of year when change in seasons causes veggie resources to fluctuate due to the summer heat. We are in hot pursuit of new resources but until we can locate them or they even come into an existence, we will sustain our small local business using different strategies for providing great summer fare for our customers. As in the past years, we are doing our best to find the summer produce that is grown locally. If it exists then we are going to find it. If you know about sources then please get in touch and I will pursue it. We want to serve you year round. We are SO fortunate to have local growers like Brenon’s Homegrown, Ida’s Garden, and Faithful Farms to support us all summer long! Your patience and support are much needed, especially for these upcoming summer months. This is even more reason for you all to learn to grow your own food, even in the summer. Let Nathan teach you. Next Saturday 8AM come find out and get your seeds in the ground.

    GIVEAWAYS!”
    So many of this weeks offerings can be grilled or wrapped in foil and baked on the grill, and I am selling some items at “very close to cost” to get them out the door! I have created a new category I call “Giveaways”. These items are priced way below local retailers so I’m practically giving them away. I’ve chosen to use this strategy rather than have spoiled produce that won’t keep until next Market. Most of the time I have a partner with a small business who shares the minimum order I am required to make from a local organic distributor. However, whenever I have to “go it alone” I will be posting “giveaways” for our customers. The benefits of your membership is getting these kinds of deals under these tricky circumstances. I invite you to recruit friends to get these great deals as well! It is a win-win for everyone with good healthy fresh produce at excellent pricing!

    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.

    SPLG’s fruit basket
    Ruby pink grapefruit, Fuji apples, Haas avocados, Medjool dates, Cantaloupes, Gold Pineapples, and papayas.

    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

    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on June 13th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on June 20th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, June 27th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: The special guest speaker for this social is Leon Elt, owner of Alexandra Lake Farm and provider of our Market’s lamb cuts. He will talk about raising animals in a sustainable and humane way and volunteer opportunities up in Dade City for those who want to learn from his experience. Leon is also a Permaculture designer, specializing on integrating animals in living systems of any scale and if you have questions about that you will have a chance to ask them. Also, as co-founder and the President of a non-profit farm incubator (Big Small Farm, Inc.), Leon is knee deep in advocating the production of healthy local food and teaching other people to do that. Leon is making the trip all the way from Dade City to join us so let’s get a good size group here to meet & greet him! Please RSVP is at all possible so we can plan for adequate space!

    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 - May 25th, 2015 - Memorial Day


    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Blooming Friendships

    One of the best kept secrets of a membership in St. Pete Locally Grown is the camaraderie that grows between attendees of our potluck socials from one month to the next. Equally valuable, volunteering for St. Pete Locally Grown has benefits beyond the importance of serving the St. Petersburg Community. There is lots of seredipitous sharing of resources and knowledge. Entrepreneurs offer an exchange of small business practices. Health advocates connect and collaborate. College interns bring youthful ideas to our processes. Retirees & corporate professionals share expertise to improve our business. Activists bring resourceful approaches to serving our local community. All walks of life comingle for surprising results! All these interactions form bonds at some level that are important to the hearts and minds of those who participate. Just ask anyone involved “what are they getting out of this experience?” From a nice change of pace to personal satisfaction of doing a great job, each person contributes to a phenomenal blessing for all involved. If you are ready to experience new people and grow personally while serving your community, consider taking full advantage of your membership benefits at St. Pete Locally Grown.

    IMPORTANT Volunteer Opportunities IMPORTANT

    They are ALL important, but right now I am recruiting a volunteer for Thursday afternoon to drive OUR vehicle and pick up raw dairy goods and pastured eggs from The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar every other week around 330pm. On the way back, the driver will drop off the car at Enterprise Truck Rental in Pinellas Park around 445pm—transferring goods from car to delivery van that we will use on Friday. This adventure takes from 2.5 to 3 hours depending on traffic. The importance of filling this volunteer spot is that Nathan is fully retiring by October and will no longer be available to make this trip. Our ability to continue selling raw dairy and eggs from The Dancing Goat could be impacted if we don’t find a replacement by then. Perhaps someone who loves Pam’s raw dairy will decide that they just cannot live without it on our Market?

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    CO-OP DELIVERY ANYONE?
    Have you checked out our current co-op list lately to see how close you are to picking up in your neighborhood for just $4?

    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.

    SPLG’s fruit basket
    Fuji apples, Medjool dates, cantaloupes, peaches, black plums & papayas. All USA grown, of course. Papayas are local!

    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

    • “Summer Gardening” Presentation on June 6th, 4PM, FREE Nathan Levy will share experience growing summer vegetables that thrive in heat. Details on this talk at FCC Community Gardens
    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on June 13th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on June 20th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, June 27th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: Leon Elt, owner of Alexandra Lake Farm, provider of our Market’s lamb cuts, will be here to talk about raising meat sheep. More details to follow!

    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 - May 11th, 2015


    Vidalias, sugar snaps, portabellos, spaghetti squash, and so much more!

    I never knew that spaghetti squash should be cooked WHOLE!

    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: Food Forest Guidance

    Part of our Market’s mission is to teach our customers how to grow their own food so they can become more self-sufficient in their “food foraging”. Some even get to the point where they don’t have to purchase anything from our Market! That is a GOOD thing for us. This keeps our business sustainable and manageable by not having to expand our home based business model into something that will feed the entire community. How do we support you in building your own “food forest”? Nathan offers classes twice a month, year-round, to show you how to make your own dirt using no unnatural additives. He teaches his students of all ages and skill levels how to grow YEAR ROUND and to fight pests naturally. To support your homemade dirt, our Market offers several types of chemical-free soil amendments. You can find them all listed at the bottom of the product list under the “Z’s”. We prefer NOT to mix them in with the food listing. If that’s not enough, then we have just launched a Direct Service program to bring larger potted plants to enhance your food forest design, including exotic fruit trees. This program is getting very popular! The icing on the cake is attending our monthly potluck socials to compare notes with other customers who grow their own food. Lots of sharing going on! So when will you start your journey into building a food forest on your property?

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We SO appreciate the recent responses we’ve had to our call for Volunteers. We are still in need and ask you to consider the opportunities below. There is something for everyone with a minimal investment of 90 minutes to 2 hours every other week. RIGHT NOW, the Market continues to need the most help, particularly some technical expertise with an understanding of spreadsheets. After sufficient training, this piece could be done (possibly) from your home.

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    JUST RETURNED FROM SEDONA
    I am SO refreshed from a recent 5-day journey to the red rocks of Sedona and the wonders of the Grand Canyon. Even Market Managers need renewals. I can now say that I’ve been to the edge!


    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.

    SPLG’s fruit basket
    Medjool dates, luscious local papayas, beautiful nectarines, and primo lemons from CA. Peaches will also be available for our Market very soon! Apples and pears are all imported right now so I did not order any this time.

    More NEWS from the Farms

    • Tara Kipp of Faithful Farms reports that they won’t have lettuce for a few more weeks due to startup and the heat. Their curly kale is also hurting but luckily our other Growers can fill your orders for kale. Faithful Farms will be with us ALL SUMMER! They are just one of several of our Growers who grow all year round. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL for that!
    • Ray Wunderlich of Pioneer Settlement Garden has closed the garden for the summer and anticipates even more availability in the fall. We could not be more grateful for Ray’s astute commitment to furthering the cause of urban farming in St. Petersburg. His behind-the-scenes activities are too many to list. Suffice it to say that he is responsible for lots of gardens getting started in St. Petersburg AND he sends many of them to our Market to sell their overage to our grateful customers. This is key to our sustainability as a locally supported small business.

    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 May 16th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, May 23rd, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: New Grower, Jenifer Slocum, owner of Coeurisma, local provider of coconut oil using all organic ingredients, will speak on the health benefits of coconut oil and the energy this saturated fat provides. She will also share with us some new ideas and perspectives about Alzheimer’s through her experience as a caregiver. Jenifer is very knowledgeable about Alzheimer’s since her Mother’s diagnosis 13 years ago by the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville. She will be sharing with us her personal journey and serendipitous discovery about coconut oil for both her Mother Barbara and Mother-in-law Tillie and the results of integrating this food into their daily diet.

    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 - Apr. 27, 2015


    Cucumbers, green beans, and tomatoes, OH MY!

    8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water

    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.

    SPLG BENEFIT: We know the Growers!

    One of the important jobs of your Market Manager is to build supplier relationships on your behalf. These ties with valuable local resources have been nurtured over years of give and take and getting to know each others’ work ethic. This makes it easier for our Customers to commit to supporting these important local resources. We are fortunate that our vendors—we call them Growers—have similar mindsets and have made a commitment to produce high quality, chemical-free produce and products for the local community. Building our Grower base was a big challenge when we first launched back in 2010. The trend towards chemical-free has exploded since then and now we have vendors pursuing us! Many of our Growers are small entrepreneurial enterprises like our own. We provide them with great online exposure in many ways and, in turn, they help our Market remain well rounded with high quality variety. We want you to know that several of the larger Growers who support us don’t really need our business. However, they understand the importance of small local businesses and take social responsibility by making an investment in our future. THANK YOU to all Growers—large and small—who provide healthy products for our grateful Customers!

    SPECIAL THANKS TO…


    Volunteer Rita Sewell for representing our Market at Eckerd College this past weekend for the “Food Security Conference: Focus on Production & Sustainability”
    Volunteers—and New England snow birds—John & JanJee Bean and sisters Anita & Rita Roux soon departing for their summer homes. These generous folks are important to our SPLG Volunteer Team and we look forward to their return for next season. We are really going to miss them!

    Volunteer Opportunities

    To sustain this Market for the long term, we will need more Customers to get involved as Volunteers. If you have a vested interest in keeping this Market going, please volunteer some time to make that happen. We have organized our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. RIGHT NOW, the Market needs the most help.

    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete is the hub for selling fine products of many of the Growers below needing volunteers—and all those listed on Our Growers page.

    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    Message from Your Market Manager

    ON SALE this week
    Several lamb cuts (loin and shoulder chops), white and red infused balsamic vinegars, grass-fed butter, white garlic, shallots, and specially formulated laundry soap for athletes (ALL SPORT).

    SPLG’s fruit basket
    Medjool dates, luscious local papayas, and Washington State fancy fuji apples. We partner with another local small business to meet the minimum purchase requirement from our large distributor of Certified Organic non-local fruits and veggies. Regrets that we are light on fruit this week as our partner was not able to participate. Fortunately, this is a rare occurrence. We will plan an abundance for next Market in two weeks.

    WELCOME New Grower Coeurisma
    Jenifer Slocum joins us this week with her own line of coconut oil using all Certified Organic ingredients. I was struck by her passion to have an impact on our local community. Read all about Coeurisma and then try out her products. Jenifer will be the speaker at our next potluck social on May 23rd where you can sample them and she will explain the health benefits of this saturated fat. One of her products is flavored with dark chocolate… Processed in a commercial kitchen in Largo, Jennifer makes small batches, to order, by hand. In the future, as demand for volume grows, High Pressure Pascalization (HPP) will be implemented for the product. Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascalization for a definition. Coeurisma’s website is a work in progress and may reflect HPP in some browsers as the original launch intended to implement this process. Jenifer wants to be transparent and state that they are NOT currently using HPP in their operation but they intend to as soon as feasible. If you want to get to know Jenifer, you can meet her and sample her products at the Local Artisan’s Market located inside William’s Sonoma at the International Mall in Tampa on Saturday, May 2nd from 11am – 4pm.

    WELCOME BACK Strawberry Passion Farms
    With strawberry season over, Jerry & Charlie of Strawberry Passion Farms are still working hard in Plant City to grow other Certified Organic veggies. This week they’ve got cucumbers, strawberry onions, round yellow squash, and string beans. Let’s hear it for the basics! They will have produce available until June. Rumor has it they MIGHT try to grow all summer. Keep your fingers crossed! Do read about the Strawberry Onions grown in Central Florida. “…this onion is planted on the edge of the fields to keep bugs and pests away from the precious strawberry crops.” They are supposed to be impacted by the sweetness in the strawberries and we have some this week!

    NEWS from Faithful Farms
    Tara reports that “We don’t have any lettuce as the last cold snap damaged the leaves with freeze spots and we can’t sell them.  So it will be several weeks before we have them again. We do have spinach, etc. and new for this week Shishito peppers. Shishito peppers are generally mild but 1 in approx every ten will light you up. Chefs are going crazy for them right now. They add them to dishes but not as the main ingredient.”

    Have you tried our new DIRECT ORDER SERVICE?
    Debra Black of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World is really moving forward to expand our Market’s capabilities. Our new DIRECT ORDER SERVICE makes it possible for you to order larger plants in bigger pots. Debra’s variety continues to “grow”. Did you know that you can filter by Grower to see all of her—and any Grower’s—items? Watch our Market Tutorial at the 2:10 time mark for instructions on that.

    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 May 9th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on May 16th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, May 23rd, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. SPEAKER THIS MONTH: New Grower, Jenifer Slocum, owner of Coeurisma, local provider of coconut oil using all organic ingredients, will speak on the health benefits of coconut oil and the energy this saturated fat provides.

    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!