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  • What Are We Up To?
  • Professionals We Recommend
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  • Calendar of Events

    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 - HAVE A SAFE FOURTH!







    Relax. 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 - June 22nd, 2015 - ORDER FOR JULY 4TH


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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: 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?

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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: 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!

    Market NOW Open - Apr. 13, 2015



    Or are we skipping spring again this year?
    PEACH PALEO MUFFINS anyone?

    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.

    WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND

    Have you been thinking about getting involved with the local food movement, beyond financial support of our Market? Our Market serves St. Petersburg all year long—all summer long—every other week. There is no break in service because our Growers grow year round, unlike large local farms. We have reached a point where additional volunteers are needed to help on Wednesdays through Fridays during weeks that the Market is open. This time spent together is a win-win for everyone involved. Please consider volunteering several hours (2 to 3) every other week to serve the St. Petersburg Community as you help package goods, deliver produce, or assist with administrative tasks. Your time will help keep this small, woman-owned business sustainable! We train our volunteers to be successful working together as a team and we realize there are some who prefer to work alone. We accommodate as best we can. Wonderful friendships are forming! Our volunteers are having the time of their lives working with others who have similar interests. We are now training volunteers for Thursday and Friday morning teams. Please contact Tina at 727-515-9469 to reserve a spot for you or call just to chat if you have questions. You are needed. Please answer the call!

    Message from Your Market Manager

    SPLG’s fruit basket
    Chiquita bananas, Medjool dates, luscious local papayas, Tango Mandarins, Washington State fancy fuji apples, juicy Florida peaches, luscious d’anjou pears and more succulent loquats. Tis the season for all things cobbler, n’est-ce pas?

    Organically Inclined is back!
    Donna has posted many customer favorites like dried banana chips, dried mangos, red quinoa, chia seeds, raw whole cashews and lots more.

    New to our Market

    • We are excited to be selling bananas for the first time ever and we’ve got over 30 pounds to sell out. This is an experiment of sorts for us. We get them on Monday so we will be storing them carefully until Friday’s deliveries. If you want to freeze bananas for smoothies, we’ve got just the ticket. I always peel mine first.
    • Stevia is a well kept secret for satisfying a sweet tooth AND it’s healthy! Locally grown by Customer Kathleen, our resident food fermentation expert and long distance runner. Stevia is a natural sweetener with a zero glycemic index and no calories
    • Would you believe we have herb-filled window boxes available? Debra Black of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World is really moving forward to expand our Market’s new DIRECT ORDER SERVICE which makes it possible for you to order larger plants in bigger pots. Debra’s variety has exploded this week!

    On sale this week
    All coffee, salmon (rock bottom to get it gone!), extra virgin olive oil, Wisconsin jack cheese, d’anjou pears, shallots, and jumbo white onions.

    When you buy too much
    My mom always said “Your eyes were bigger than your belly!” whenever I left food on my plate. Along those lines, I do tend to overbuy produce with the best of intentions but I don’t eat as much as I used to. I look for ways to save week-old produce (that is still fresher than the local store) AND still keep up with an active lifestyle. Last week I finally selected THE RHUBARB COBBLER recipe I intended to brag about making. Luckily the rhubarb still looked and felt just as fresh as when it arrived. SAVED?? Well… I haven’t actually made the cobbler yet but I DID make the filling and refrigerated it in mason jars to finish later in the week. Who knows? Maybe it will ferment a bit and add some pizzazz to the final result. The most pleasant surprise was discovering an easy way to prepare fruit fillings quickly and save for any occasion, like an ice cream topping! Hmmm.

    What customers say about SPLG

    • We very much appreciate your service!!
    • I am just so happy that St Pete Locally Grown is in existence . Having moved here from Up State NY I had pretty much given up on quality produce but then I discovered You!  The taste and freshness is reminiscent of picking straight from the garden pre GMO days! Thank you for the great customer service! 
    • I am completely satisfied with the customer service. You guys are on top of it. 
    • Everything was great and we look forward to signing on long term! Much easier than driving down to the market every Saturday!
    • Everything was wonderful and I am very pleased. I haven’t had fresh raw cows’ milk since I was a very little girl and I didn’t even know what a papaya looked like before it was cut up and served on my plate! Thank you so much for doing what you do and also thank you for helping me work out the details of the pickup.
    • Everything was wonderful. Delicious, fresh, could not ask for better. Thank you.
    • We’re both very happy with your products and your service, no complaints at all. And I’m already thinking about what to order this week… We’re with you for the long haul, I promise!

      Submit YOUR comments today to stpete@locallygrown.net!

    Are you visiting us on Facebook?
    There are lots of reason to stay connected with us on Facebook. We’ve got a great Facebook Page with over 1200 followers! We post local events to keep you informed on the chemical-free movement and environmental aspects of living in St. Petersburg, and other fun subjects like growing your own food!


    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

    • NEW TIMEREAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Apr. 18th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Food Security Conference: Focus on Production & Sustainability”, April 24th-25th, Eckerd College Campus. Free to the public but registration is required. Longtime valued volunteer Rita Sewell will represent SPLG as a panelist to question presenters and then participate in making new policy recommendations. YOU TOO CAN PARTICIPATE! Just sign up. Slots are limited.
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Apr. 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: Market customer, Sara Ann Butler, is a licensed speech-language pathologist, singing teacher, and public speaking coach in private practice in St. Petersburg. She has been a Fulbright, university professor, author, and has recorded in Hollywood, Kansas City, and Atlanta. Having expanded into being a screenwriter, producer, and editor of her Voice Gym DVD, Sara Ann’s presentation will give you an opportunity to experience some of the exercises from her DVD and to talk about how breathing and singing exercises can keep you physically healthier, de-stressed, and have a vibrant speaking voice. Read more on www.saraannbutler.com.

    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 and don’t miss the link below to a (Goat) Nanny Program.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    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 - Mar. 30, 2015 - Welcoming New Customers!



    My oh my! I LOVE rhubarb pie.
    Fresh rhubarb is available this week.
    RECIPES FOR ALL THINGS RHUBARB

    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.

    WE DELIVER ALL SUMMER LONG!

    Here we go again! Warm weather is approaching. We anticipate another great summer of locally grown, chemical-free, SUMMER veggies like okra, yardlong beans, black eyed peas, squash and more!—fresh picked just for our customers. Once again our delivery folks are ramping up for extra protection of your valuable goods from the heat. We need your help to protect and maintain your orders, especially any dairy goods you are purchasing. Here are some guidelines provided by The Dancing Goat. These are always posted for your convenient perusal on Pam’s Grower Page explaining how to maintain and protect dairy during transport from our cooler to your cooler or refrigerator. We count on your partnership to keep these raw dairy products fresh for weeks.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    Volunteers Still Needed
    Our Market serves St. Petersburg all summer long every other week. There is no break in service because our Growers grow year round, unlike large local farms. We really could use more help with deliveries especially to sustain this business throughout the summer months. If you missed my volunteer recruitment post earlier this month, please scroll to this link and read. What if our wonderful little group could be just the uplifting experience you’ve been seeking? YOU ARE NEEDED!

    THIS WEEK’S FRUIT
    Medjool dates, luscious local papayas, cripps pink-skinned apples, juicy d’anjou pears, crisp red rhubarb, fancy lemons IN PRIMO CONDITION (compared to what we’ve had) and succulent loquats. It’s time to make those fruit pies for spring celebrations!

    New to our Market
    Shiitake mushrooms and beautiful, crisp rhubarb.

    Sale this week
    Check out sale pricing on two varieties of smoked salmon, lamb loin chops, nitrate-free bacon, Monterey Jack cheese, Jumbo white onions, Cripps Pink apples, and those yummy Covington yams. IN ADDITION, many growers have posted END-OF-SEASON pricing for items that are SO bountiful they must sell them this week.

    St.Pete Locally Grown’s DIRECT ORDER SERVICE Begins THIS WEEK
    We are going to try something that will make it possible for you to order larger plants in bigger pots. We have not been able to manage these within our current deliveries on Fridays. Debra Black of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World is the first Grower to experiment with what we are calling “Direct Order Service”. If it catches on… who knows?

    Here’s how it all works: Whenever you order an item that is labelled as a “DIRECT ORDER”, the Grower (initially, Debra) will take responsibility for delivering that item to you at a convenient pre-arranged time, separate from your normal SPLG Friday delivery. The price of the plant includes the Grower’s delivery fee AND you will pay for the plant(s) just as you always have, included with your regular order from us. The only difference is that you will receive an email from the Grower after Market close on Wednesday to schedule convenient delivery of your plant(s). Questions? Please call your Market Manager at 727-515-9469. We are grateful to Debra for having such a passion for selling the larger, more developed plants which will assist our customers in building beautiful edible food forests. THIS WEEK JUST ONE PLANT IS BEING OFFERED SO WE CANTEST DRIVETHIS NEW SERVICE.

    LIKE OUR MARKET?
    Here is your chance to tell fellow locavores that you recommend us as their locally grown veggie supplier! Please post a review for us on Local Harvest. That’s how many people find us. You can help welcome them to our Market. Just go to this link and click on “Post a Review”.

    Grower & Product News

    WELCOME New Grower Lucky Ladybug Gardens
    Claudie Babineaux is the former farm manager for Geraldson Community Farms and struck out on her own this season partnering with Bree Cheatham, Market Manager of www.dunedin.locallygrown. Claudie grows in several locations within Pinellas County, including St. Petersburg, and now has ample vegetables to sell through our Market. Welcome Lucky Ladybug Gardens!!

    WELCOME BACK Urban • Olio
    For one season in 2011, Stephanie & Peyton were generous suppliers of avocadoes and Hamlin oranges for our fledgling Market. Then life had them moving away to new adventures. But lucky us, they are back living in St. Petersburg and now offering their homegrown loquats on our Market. Welcome back Urban Olio!

    OH THOSE SALADS!
    Our Salad Signature Series is relaunching this week from Nathan’s Natural Veggies. You know the ones… “salad mixes with substance” containing various bits of cranberry hibiscus, purslane, and Ceylon spinach. You’ll know them when you see them. Just search for “salad” on our Market. Each mix comes with a salad dressing recipe especially suited for the mix you purchase. These salads sell like hotcakes all summer long should local lettuce become scarce.

    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

    • NEW TIME “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Apr. 11th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • NEW TIMEREAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Apr. 18th, 8-10AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Apr. 25th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Speaker planning in progress!
    • “Food Security Conference: Focus on Production & Sustainability”, April 24th-25th, Eckerd College Campus. Free to the public but registration is required. SPLG Market Manager will participate as a panelist to question presenters and then participate in making new policy recommendations. YOU TOO CAN PARTICIPATE! Just sign up.

    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 and don’t miss the link below to a (Goat) Nanny Program.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    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 - Mar. 16, 2015 - Welcome Valued Customers!



    Eckerd College students visited Nathan’s Natural Veggies in February to donate 80 hours of garden work. Nathan was delirious and his garden jumped for joy!

    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.

    DIRECT ORDER Begins March 30th

    We are going to try something that will make it possible for you to order larger plants in bigger pots. We have not been able to manage these within our current deliveries on Fridays. Debra Black of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World is the first Grower to experiment with what we are calling “Direct Order”. If it catches on… who knows? Here’s how it all works! Whenever you order an item that is labelled as a “DIRECT ORDER”, the Grower (initially, Debra) will take responsibility for delivering that item to you at a convenient pre-arranged time, separate from your normal SPLG Friday delivery. The price of the plant includes the Grower’s delivery fee AND you will pay for the plant(s) just as you always have, included with your regular order from us. The only difference is that you will receive an email from the Grower after Market close on Wednesday to schedule convenient delivery of your plant(s). Questions? Please call your Market Manager at 727-515-9469. We are grateful to Debra for having such a passion for selling the larger, more developed plants which will assist our customers in building beautiful edible food forests.

    Message from Your Market Manager

    WILL YOU ANSWER THE CALL?
    If you missed my volunteer recruitment post earlier this week, please scroll to the bottom of this link and read. Please consider that our wonderful little group could be just the uplifting experience you’ve been seeking.

    GROWER PRODUCT NEWS

    • From SPLG Market Organics, a $1 per pound offer of small organic red potatoes that came in for last Market. They have just barely begun to hint at some “eye” activity. Not much—mind you, but enough to want them out the door, cooked into wonderful potato salads, and chilled in your refrigerator for savory enjoyment!
    • This week we welcome St. Petersburg based Coquina Key Bee Sanctuary to our Market. Their “Save the Bees” combo pack with two beeswax lotion bars, bee-friendly flower seeds, and a complimentary honey sample debuts today! Just search the market for “Save the Bees”. BE SURE to visit their Grower page link to find out more about getting your own bees or simply providing space for them to produce honey on your property.
    • Faithful Farm has more romaine lettuce than they know what to do with this week! Take advantage of a 3-fer offer of 3 heads for just $6.45. No “fuzzy math” here! Check out their flat leaf spinach 2-pounders too.
    • Sunset Ranch formerly sold delicious ground lamb on our Market. This week Jim Kuntzelman is offering us new products from fresh ground pork. Our Market is introducing Mild Italian and Hot Italian sausages along with Coarse Ground Bratwurst made locally in Sarasota using Jim’s pastured pigs. Read all about Jim’s new venture on Sunset Ranch’s Grower page.
    • Nathan’s Natural Veggies is offering new vegetable seedlings for your spring planting, including callaloo and Seminole pumpkin squash. Just search the market for “Seedlings”.
    • Pioneer Settlement Garden offers celery stalks on our Market that will convince you that you’ve NEVER tasted real celery before. Try it before the season is gone. Even the color of the stalks are different than you’re used to. It is rare to find this grown locally. Ray has Strawberry seedlings too!

    THIS WEEK’S FRUIT
    Medjool dates, papayas, cripps apples with a flourescent pink skin, and kiwis. Due to low fruit sales last Market, we cut back this week.

    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 Mar. 21st, 1-3PM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Mar. 28th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is valued Market customer and local non-profit Executive Director Barbara Rhode, founder of a locally acclaimed program called The Red Tent Women’s Initiative. This important program has served more than 450 women since its inception in 2012. Barbara’s talk will focus on factors that prevent these women from reconnecting with community and become fully functioning members of society again. She will help us understand why it is so critical and what steps we can all take to combat our culture’s rampant “fear factor” mentality in support of community building that promotes inclusion and acceptance.
    • “Food Security Conference: Focus on Production & Sustainability”, April 24th-25th, Eckerd College Campus. Free to the public but registration is required. SPLG Market Manager will participate as a panelist to question presenters and then participate in making new policy recommendations. YOU TOO CAN PARTICIPATE! Just sign up.

    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 and don’t miss the link below to a (Goat) Nanny Program.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies in St. Pete
    Pioneer Settlement Garden in St. Pete
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market in St. Pete
    The Dancing Goat in Oldsmar
    Alexandra Lake Farm in Dade City

    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!

    Will YOU answer "The Call"?


    A CALL TO ACTION FROM ST. PETE LOCALLY GROWN

    Greetings Valued Customers:
    Have you been thinking about getting involved with the local food movement, beyond financial support of our Market?

    If so, please consider volunteering several hours (2 to 3) every other week to serve the St. Petersburg Community as you help package goods, deliver produce, or assist with administrative tasks. We train our volunteers to be successful working together as a team and we realize there are some who prefer to work alone. We accommodate as best we can. Wonderful friendships are forming! And, YES, we do have fun…

    Many of our loyal volunteers literally have been with St. Pete Locally Grown for YEARS. There are reasons for that. Our volunteers are treated fairly, highly appreciated, well trained, and having the time of their lives working with others who have similar interests. They want to give their time to a local food movement that is well organized and guarantees success of every member of the team. No one leaves without feeling like a winner!

    Through life circumstances, several on our current team are making changes in their lifestyles, traveling more, and exploring or expanding new avenues based (at least a little bit) on what they’ve experienced volunteering for St. Pete Locally Grown. As a result, we have reached a point where new volunteers are needed to help on Wednesdays through Fridays during weeks that the Market is open. This time spent together is a win-win for everyone involved.

    One of our new customers, Suzanne, is volunteering with our Market to become familiar with everything we sell and to learn what to do with the veggies she has never bought before. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED in learning more about the food you buy from us, want to be an integral part of a successful team, or you want to learn how to do what we do- please contact me at 727-515-9469 or email me with a good time to call you & chat. We will make room for you to come and help. If you would like to speak with any of our volunteers to get feedback on what it’s like, they are willing to share their enthusiasm! Just let me know and I will connect you.

    We begin training new volunteers for our Thursday and Friday morning teams on March 19th & 20th. Please contact me to reserve a spot for you on either day. Or call just to chat if you have questions.

    You are needed. Please answer the call!
    All the best,
    Tina
    YOUR Market Manager