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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!

    NO WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER! NO WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER! NO WORKSHOPS IN SEPTEMBER!
    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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    Sincere thanks for your support this week and every week you order from our Market! We can’t exist without your loyal support.

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about St. Pete Locally Grown,
    one of the best resources in St. Petersburg for all things chemical-free and locally grown.

    Just a heads up that 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 - order NOW


    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 NOTE RECENT CHANGES and 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 - Aug. 31st, 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.

    GROW YOUR OWN: How to Deal With Bugs Organically

    Pests may not always be as bad as they seem. First ask yourself, Are these bugs REALLY doing that much damage to my beautiful vegetable plants? They may munch a few leaves, but do they leave behind enough for you to eat? Take a look at Nathan’s video “Dealing with Garden Bugs, Think More Organically” filmed during one of his backyard gardening classes. Take some measures to control the pests in your garden using organic methods.

    PRIORITY Volunteer & Training Opportunities

    ATT: RAW DAIRY LOVERS
    Our ongoing request for a volunteer to pick up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. Only TWO Markets remain to train someone to fill this spot. Pam says picking up anytime after Noon until 4 or 5pm will work well. Volunteer will pick up crates (2 or 3 to transport the egg cartons) and 2 or 3 large styrofoam coolers/ice at our home on Thursday on the way to Pam’s. There is a back up person who is ready to help on an emergency basis with 3 or 4 days notice whenever the primary volunteer has something come up. We will no longer carry The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to go to Oldsmar and pick up every other Thursday for our Market. Please respond to make arrangements for training with Nathan this week (on 9/03) if at all possible.

    FRIDAY DELIVERIES FOR SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER – We would like to train more delivery people to prepare for the fall wave that will descend upon us. Due to limited resources, we have been operating with just two shifts all summer. We usually have three shifts on Friday deliveries with shifts operating sometime between 1130AM & 630PM. It’s time to start shifting into a higher gear! Delivery volunteers are asked to attend a 20-minute phone conference orientation at their convenience. How does it all work? Volunteer teams of two deliver via a large air-conditioned cargo van throughout St. Petersburg, near Largo, and into Gulfport. Volunteers must be detail oriented to manage checkoff sheets and distribute invoices. Please call Tina right away at 727-515-9469 if you can help!

    Message from Your Market Manager

    SUSTAINABLE ME RETURNS TO MARKET
    Welcome back to Richard & Jeni Duncan, Growers since 2012. Their eggs are renowned and in high demand locally. Check out their Grower Page. Richard is also an urban aquaponic farmer and I’m hoping to enlist him for a talk at an upcoming potluck social.

    LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR ST. PETE LOCALLY GROWN
    Voting ends on Sept. 8th! Please go to Stage 3 at this link to cast your ballots. Here is where you’ll find us listed: Within Goods & Services, please vote for us as Best Farmer’s Market, Best Place to Shop Green, and at the bottom of the list under “Best Category We Forgot” please select Best Online Farmers Market to get it on next year’s ballot. (For Best Farmer’s Market VENDOR, please select “The Dancing Goat”) Within People, Places and Politics, please declare us the Best Place to Volunteer. I appreciate all of you who have stormed the Creative Loafing website and filed your vote!

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Ginger Gold Apples, Gala Apples, Valencia oranges, green seedless grapes, red plum, Medjool dates, AND avocados & star fruit (aka carambola) grown right here in St. Pete!

    ON SALE THIS WEEK
    Coffee, apples, dried dates, ginger, onions, GROUPER, remedy(s), and dairy products!

    STILL ON CLEARANCE
    All remaining local lamb and Alaskan Sockeye salmon products. Stock up and get them while they last! We will NOT be carrying these items in the future.

    GOOD CUSTOMER FEEDBACK!
    “Everything we received was great! Love that we can get fresh greens in the dead of summer. I won’t be ordering the next round because we will be on vacation but plan on ordering when we get back. Thank you!” Thanks to new customer Meghan W.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Sept. 26, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Debra Black will talk about unusual herbs, their uses and growing conditions. She will bring some of these herbs to display. Debra is owner of Mrs. Chippy’s Plant World and Edible Landscape Design and is a grower for St. Pete Locally Grown. She has turned most of her lawn into food (fruit, vegetables and herbs) with lots of plants to attract pollinators. She has been gardening in Florida for 6 years and has made every mistake that can possibly be made. She is a graduate of the School of Hard Knocks. She gets many of her unusual herbs from seed but also when she travels to the east coast of Florida and visits the Mounts Botanical Gardens in Lake Worth, as well as the Wat Thai Temple in Tampa on a Sunday where there is a plant market on the Palm River.
    • NO WORKSHOPS BY NATHAN IN SEPTEMBER

    We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!

    Market NOW Open - Aug. 17th, 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.

    GROW YOUR OWN: The Benefits of Weeds

    Yes, the roots of weeds have the power to help your garden grow and your veggies to flourish. Here is Nathan’s take on “Weed Power!” filmed during one of his backyard gardening classes. Here is how you can benefit from the weeds in your yard. BEFORE you decide to eat weeds, do some checking at “www.eattheweeds.com” to gain more insight.

    Summertime Volunteer & Training Opportunities

    ATT: RAW DAIRY LOVERS
    Our recent plan for getting raw dairy to you from The Dancing Goat has been cancelled due to a well deserved promotion and additional responsibilities for our would-be volunteer. Congratulations to Miss Carol! I am back asking for a volunteer to pick up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. Pam says picking up anytime after Noon until 4 or 5pm will work well. Volunteer will pick up crates (2 or 3 to transport the egg cartons) and 2 or 3 large styrofoam coolers/ice at our home on Thursday on the way to Pam’s. There is a back up person who is ready to help on an emergency basis with 3 or 4 days notice whenever the primary volunteer has something come up. We will not be able to continue carrying The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to go to Oldsmar and pick up every other Thursday for our Market. Only THREE Markets remain to train someone to fill this spot. Please respond to make arrangements for training with Nathan this week (on 8/20) if at all possible.

    FRIDAY DELIVERIES – We would like to train more delivery people to prepare for the fall wave that will descend upon us sometime in October or November. We have three shifts to fill for Friday deliveries of about 2.5-hours each sometime between 1130AM & 630PM. Delivery volunteers are asked to attend a 20-minute phone conference orientation at their convenience. How does it work? Volunteer teams of two deliver via a large air-conditioned cargo van throughout St. Petersburg, near Largo, and into Gulfport. Volunteers must be detail oriented to manage checkoff sheets and distribute invoices. If this sounds like YOU, please call Tina right away at 727-515-9469.

    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

    CHANGE IN MARKET SHOPPING DATES
    Effective on October 5th, our Market Calendar has been revised to change dates that St. Pete Locally Grown Market will be open for end of year holidays. Here is the Revised Calendar which you can always access via a link from the Weblog page. I suggest you save it as a Favorite. The calendar timeframe is now different in the weeks of October 12th through November 13th. They are now the opposite of what they were on the old calendar. In other words, the weeks that were open for that timeframe are now closed and vice versa.

    VOTE FOR ST. PETE LOCALLY GROWN
    Your support is needed! Just go to Stage 3 at this link to cast your ballots. Here is where you’ll find us listed: Within Goods & Services, please vote for us as Best Farmer’s Market, Best Place to Shop Green, and at the bottom of the list under “Best Category We Forgot” please select Best Online Farmers Market to get it on next year’s ballot. (For Best Farmer’s Market VENDOR, please select “The Dancing Goat”) Within People, Places and Politics, please declare us the Best Place to Volunteer.

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Ginger Gold Apples, Cantaloupe melons, local avocados, local star fruit (aka carambola), Medjool dates, luscious peaches, red Starkrimson pears, and green papayas grown in St. Pete!


    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS

    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Aug. 22th, Nathan’s Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY Whoozin.com e-vite ONLY. Want to Learn about Cooking with Essential Oils? Attend this month and Learn How to Incorporate Essential Oils in your Daily Cooking. Jennifer Gilman, Master Herbalist and Owner of The Herbal Cabinet, will teach us how to use these precious oils to enhance the flavor of our food. You’ll learn conversions from teaspoons to drops and how to adjust your favorite recipes. She’ll be bringing a couple dishes for us to sample…Yum…and she’ll have a few “Cooking with Essential Oil Sample Kits” for sale to get you started. The kits will have a variety of oils for just $15. Jennifer uses only PURE Essential Oils that have the FDA Supplement Facts Panel on them which shows that they can be ingested.
    • NO WORKSHOPS BY NATHAN IN SEPTEMBER

    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!

    Volunteer Needed for Raw Dairy Pickup


    St. Pete Locally Grown Market Needs Volunteer to Pick Up Raw Dairy

    Raw Dairy Lovers:
    I didn’t think this could wait for Monday. Our recent plan for getting raw dairy to you from The Dancing Goat has been cancelled due to a well deserved promotion and additional responsibilities for our would-be volunteer. Congratulations Miss Carol!

    I am back asking for a volunteer to pick up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday afternoon. Pam says picking up anytime after Noon until 4 or 5pm will work well. Volunteer will pick up crates (2 or 3 to transport the egg cartons) and 2 or 3 large styrofoam coolers/ice at our home on Thursday on the way to Pam’s. There is a back up person who is ready to help on an emergency basis with 3 or 4 days notice whenever the primary volunteer has something come up.

    We will not be able to continue carrying The Dancing Goat’s products as of Oct. 1st without a volunteer to do the pick up. Only THREE Markets remain to train someone to fill this spot. Please respond to make arrangements for training with Nathan next week (on 8/20) if at all possible.

    Thank you!

    Only the Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Vote for us as Best of The Bay!


    St. Pete Locally Grown Market Nominated for BEST OF THE BAY 2015

    Market Supporters!
    We’ve been nominated for Best of The Bay 2015! Here is your chance to help our SMALL, LOCALLY-OWNED BUSINESS get noticed!

    Just go to Stage 3 at this link to cast your ballots. Here is where you’ll find us listed: Within Goods & Services, please vote for us as Best Farmer’s Market, Best Place to Shop Green, and at the bottom of the list under “Best Category We Forgot” please select Best Online Farmers Market to get it on next year’s ballot. Within People, Places and Politics, please declare us the Best Place to Volunteer.

    Thank you so much for your ongoing support!

    Only the Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Market Calendar shopping dates have changed effective 10/05/15


    St. Pete Locally Grown Market Calendar REVISED – Important Read

    Valued Customers:
    Our Market Calendar has been revised to change dates that St. Pete Locally Grown Market will be open for end of year holidays. Here is the
    Revised Calendar which you can always access via a link from the Weblog page. I suggest you save it as a Favorite.

    The calendar timeframe is now different in the weeks of October 12th through November 13th. They are now the opposite of what they were on the old calendar. In other words, the weeks that were open for that timeframe are now closed and vice versa.

    Please contact me with any questions. Thanks for being flexible!

    Best,
    Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    727-515-9469

    Market NOW Open - Aug. 3rd, 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.

    GROW YOUR OWN: Moringa

    There is still time to get moringa trees in the ground as they thrive in the heat. They can be pretty invasive so do some research before you transplant them from a pot into your yard… Here is Nathan’s take on “Easy to Grow Plant for Hot Climates, Moringa Tree” filmed during one of his backyard gardening classes. Beware the moringa causes heartburn in some people both raw or cooked, so test it out first. BEFORE you decide to take the plunge, read this article “Moringa, More Than You Can Handle” from someone who found the Moringa hard to manage.

    Summertime Volunteer & Training Opportunities

    MARKET PRIORITIES Thanks to all who have responded to the call for picking up dairy in Oldsmar every other Thursday. We’ve got a plan in progress now and I’m following up with folks who volunteered to be backup in case the primary person is unable to make it. If you’re interested, please contact me.

    NEXT PRIORITY – We need more delivery people trained and ready for the fall wave that will descend upon us sometime in October or November. We need to use the summer to train folks for this. We have three shifts to fill for Friday deliveries. Commitment is a 2.5-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

    CLEARANCE ITEMS
    We are just bulging with new categories for our Market lately. Next up is “clearance” for discontinued goods. Either there isn’t enough demand or there isn’t enough supply. SAVE BIG as many of these items are pretty much going “at cost”. My new mantra is “live & learn”!

    SPECIAL THANKS TO SUMMER GROWERS
    Despite recent ongoing rains, Growers for SPLG continue to push forward the best they can to produce for our customers. We offer sincere thanks to all of them for supporting our Market and our Customers! Special mention of Nathan Levy for dropping his workshop prices to just $15 per class. Take advantage of this special summer pricing! Detailed flyer is linked on our Weblog page.

    RECENT CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
    We really do appreciate hearing from you when things are good and when we need to improve. This time thanks go out to Katie and Jenifer!

    • “We really enjoyed our first delivery!!!  Scallops were amazing and Don bounced out of this house this morning happy with his fresh apples – thank you for making it a great experience for your (our) customers!!!” – Grower/Customer Jennifer Slocum of Coeurisma
    • “Just cooked up the burger I purchased a couple of months ago, it is outstanding, soooo good, reminds me of the real beef when we butchered our own steer at Jones packing in Chemung IL. so happy you do what you do. Thanks! Katie

    VOTE FOR ST. PETE LOCALLY GROWN
    August 6th is the date to begin voting on Creative Loafing’s website for Best of the Bay 2015 local businesses. Of course, we are hoping to have been nominated in several categories. The vote runs August 6 – September 8 and access to Best of the Bay voting will be made available at this link on August 6th. So please refer back to this email when you decide to vote! The Categories where you may find us are in the “Good & Services” and “People, Places and Politics” sections. Within Goods & Services, please vote for us as Best Farmer’s Market, Best Place to Shop Green, and Best Chemical-Free Food Co-op. Within People, Places and Politics, we hope you deem us the Best Place to Volunteer.

    SUGGESTED CHANGES FOR YOUR MENU

    • Never had grass fed lamb before? Now is your chance to try it at clearance pricing. We will not be repurchasing due to low demand. Lots of other clearance items, including salmon, available to enjoy before they are gone for good.
    • I’m quite curious about several new herbs coming this week from The Faithful Farms. Check out Anise Hyssop which has a licorice flavor but comes from the mint family. Another herb, Salad Burnet has CUCUMBER-flavored leaves.
    • Variety of Peppers this week to stirfry, eat raw, or “get hot” over! Just search for peppers to find hot ones and oh-so-sweet ones Here’s a recipe for the Shishito’s!

    SPLG’S FRUIT BASKET
    Early Gold Apples, Cantaloupe melons, Medjool dates, seedless Red grapes, luscious nectarines, and green 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

    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Aug. 8th, 8-10AM SUMMER PRICING JUST $15. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Aug. 15th, 8-10AM SUMMER PRICING JUST $15 RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Aug. 22th, 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.

    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 - July 20th, 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: 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.