Message from Your Market Manager
I am JUST SO EXCITED this week! This season is beginning to bust out already and none too soon for me! I hope that you are as pleased as I with our variety this week.
SO “WHAT’S NEW?” TO YOU
One thing our Market is becoming known for is the diversity of “unusual” fare NOW GROWING in the St. Petersburg Area:
Tatsoi is an Asian green that is so lovely when you get to know it. Grown in St. Pete! Even Epicurious.com has heard of it.
- Did you know that Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers can be pickled like cucumbers? or so says mariquita.com. Grown in Bradenton.
- Are you tempted to try sour oranges? Grown in St. Pete. Here are 5 Uses For Sour Orange Juice and I’m guessing you can come up with several of your own.
- Everyone is talking about the health benefits of turmeric root. Grown in St. Pete! I’ve never seen so much on our Market before at one time. So here are 90 trusted turmeric recipes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.
NEW CO-OP DROP SPOT
St. Pete Locally Grown has a new co-op drop spot in the Edgemoor Neighborhood at the newly named Edgemoor Community Garden which is set back from the road at 1st Street N & 62nd Avenue N. Formerly known as the FCC Garden, the garden will now display a banner posted on playground equipment nearby announcing Edgemoor Community Garden. You will be turning from the street onto the grass and driving towards the playground area to meet our delivery van at this beautiful community garden. Let me know if you would like to pickup there and we will meet at a pre-arranged time. BTW, if you are interested in getting more info on how YOU can grow your own food there, please visit their website for all the details, and then get started. Tis the season to be planting!
Tis the season for all great growers to reappear on our online Market! Returning this week is Ray Wunderlich of Pioneer Settlement Garden and Donna Robbins of Organically Inclined. Welcome back to both. You are needed!
WE SNEAKED THEM IN!
We managed to locate FLORIDA GROWN cucumbers and green beans for our Market this week! Plus we’ve got those fabulous Covington domestic yams from PA, the BEST we’ve ever had. Portabellos too!
ON SALE THIS WEEK
Apples, pears, ginger root, and several of Jennifer’s remedies from The Herbal Cabinet. Plus, with good weather and the right growing season, abundance brings good buys for our customers in our ECONOMY category.
GCF PURCHASE DEADLINE
Your order for veggies from Geraldson Community Farm must be submitted no later than Monday 8pm TONIGHT. If you’re late then you’ll have to wait two weeks for another chance. I will send you a reminder at 6pm but you should set your own reminder in case I am delayed. You don’t have to submit your entire order by 8pm tonight, just what you want from GCF. For first timers, I suggest you submit your entire order all at once just to avoid the multiple orders. The system will think it’s time to charge a membership fee on your second order. If this should happen to you just call me so I can adjust your invoice.
SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
Fresh coconuts, calamondin (aka sour oranges), and green papayas are available—all locally grown in St. Pete. We’ve got red seedless grapes from CA. Also available, and ON SALE THIS WEEK, are U.S. grown bosc pears and gala apples from Washington State. In addition, with the return of Organically Inclined, we currently have dried fruits like banana chips, cranberries, and raisins among other products she offers our Market. “OI” is an occasional provider for our Market, so don’t hold off on purchasing from her.
WHY WE SHOULD STOCK UP ON APPLES
This article from Local Harvest’s Newsletter of 8/31/15 spells out a crazy scenario that we should all be aware of. You have to read it to believe it! Also, did you know that SPLG is a proud contributing member of Local Harvest? Please visit our listing and post a review while you’re there.
Not sure if kitchen gardening in Florida homes make sense. Do any of you have experience with this? Here’s Kitchen Gardening 101: How to Grow Your Own Food from KGI but I would have questions about controlling humidity and pests in the home. Might be a good option for apartment dwellers.